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excellence in public services, dignity in the workplace with opportunity
and prosperity for all!
Local 34, P.O. Box 15222, Commerce Station, Mpls., Mn. 55415
is, of course, no guarantee of success. But politics is not
about observations or predictions. Politics is what we
create, by what we do, what we hope for, and what we dare to
imagine." ~ Paul Wellstone
is a relative thing ya know....
65 degrees, Arizonans turn on the heat...people in Minnesota
50, Californians shiver uncontrollably...people in Minnesota
40, Italian & English cars won't start...people in
Minnesota drive with the windows down.
30, Georgians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves, wool
hats...people in Minnesota throw on a flannel shirt.
25, New York landlords finally turn up the heat...people in
Minnesota have the last cookout before it gets cold.
10, People in Miami all die...Minnesotans close their
0, Californians fly away to Mexico...people in Minnesota get
out their winter coats.
20 below zero, Hollywood disintegrates...Girl Scouts in
Minnesota are selling cookies door to door.
40 below, Washington DC runs out of hot air...(Ya think?
Nah.)...people in Minnesota let their dogs sleep indoors.
70 below, Santa Claus abandons the North Pole...Minnesotans
get upset because they can't start the snowmobile.
200 below, ALL atomic motion stops...people in Minnesota start
saying..."Cold enough for ya, eh?"
250 below, hell freezes over...Minnesota public schools open 2
Community Nutrition Jobs! Community
nutrition educators in AFSCME
Local 3937 help low-income families make
healthy food choices on limited budgets. They work
with food banks, schools, and senior centers in all 87
counties.But the University of Minnesota is cutting 92
CNEs. We need to save their jobs and mission.
call Federal Farm Bill conferees. Urge them to restore
SNAP-ED funding. Call:
Amy Klobuchar, 1-888-224-9043
Collin Peterson, 1-202-225-2165
Tim Walz, 1-877-846-9259
remind university leaders that outreach and public
service are part of their land-grant mission. Ask them
to restore CNE jobs. Contact:
Durgan, U of M Extension dean, 612-624-2703 or by
Kahler, University President, 612-626-1616 or by
Employees March for a Fair Contract! A
little snow recently didn’t stop members of Locals 977 and
2474 at Hennepin County Medical Center from continuing their
struggle for a fair contract. Negotiators are back at the
table, fighting off the hospital’s attempts at
takebacks, which include cutting parts of their pay, raising
their health insurance costs, and restricting use of paid time
off. Workers and allies marched a six-block route around the
Scholarship Money Available! December
31st is the deadline to apply for AFSCME
International’s 2014 Family
renewable scholarships, worth $2,000 per year, will
be given for full-time college study. Eligible
applicants must be a graduating high school senior
whose parent, legal guardian, or financially
responsible grandparent is a full AFSCME member.
Other requirements and full application details are
GOP, In Two Numbers!
Last week, President Obama laid out a sweeping agenda to
combat income inequality, strengthen the middle class, and
extend ladders of opportunity to those striving to enter it.
He also challenged the GOP to put forward their own ideas
instead of just rejecting whatever he proposes. We have yet to
see any new ideas from the Republicans but their opposition to
the president’s agenda of economic empowerment is still
numbers perfectly illustrate the almost cruel indifference
shown by today’s GOP toward the concerns of the millions of
Americans who are struggling to get by:
That is the number of low-income Americans who will not
receive health coverage through Medicaid simply because
Republican governors and legislatures are refusing to expand
the program under the Affordable Care Act. Because the
expansion is almost entirely paid for by the federal
government, states refusing to expand the program will forego
billions in tax dollars, even as providers remain on the hook
for uncompensated care provided to the uninsured. Texas will
lose out on more than $9 BILLION, while Florida is leaving
more than $5 BILLION on the table.
That is the number of unemployed Americans who will
immediately lose their benefits come January if Republicans in
Congress refuse to extend long-term unemployment benefits,
which would be an unprecedented move during a period of
persistently high unemployment.
The number who stand to lose
their benefits would climb to 3.6 MILLION by the end of 2014.
In addition to unnecessarily causing added misery for millions
of struggling families, letting the extended benefits lapse
would also deal a blow to the economy to the tune of 240,000
lost jobs as well as reduced growth. Over the weekend, Sen.
Rand Paul (R-KY) tried to justify the GOP’s intransigence by
making the bizarre argument that extended benefits are somehow
harmful to the unemployed and do them a “disservice.”
Line: If Republicans want to appeal to a broader group of
Americans, they should stop putting politics ahead of people.
The policies Republicans are pursuing will needlessly punish
millions of Americans who can least afford it. ~ The Progress
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