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More insanity from the Trump nazi.  CBS News reports:

"President Trump started his Labor Day with an attack on a top union leader, lashing out after criticism from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.  Mr. Trump tweeted Monday morning that Trumka "represented his union poorly on television this weekend." He added: "it is easy to see why unions are doing so poorly. A Dem!"

What's your excuse, Donny boy?  Repeatedly disgrace yourself, lie like hell, continue to lose your grasp on reality, then criticize a union leader who desperately tries to return you to planet Earth?  LOL.

"The president's attack came after Trumka appeared on "Fox News Sunday" over the weekend where he said efforts to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement should include Canada. Trumka, whose organization is an umbrella group for most unions, said the economies of the United States, Canada and Mexico are "integrated" and "it's pretty hard to see how that would work without having Canada in the deal."

He's right.  Trump remains a clueless idiot.  LOL.


"The president said Saturday on Twitter that there was "no political necessity" to keep Canada in NAFTA. But it's questionable whether Mr. Trump can unilaterally exclude Canada from a deal to replace the three-nation NAFTA agreement, without the approval of Congress. Any such move would likely face lengthy legal and congressional challenges. Mr. Trump fumed after the Toronto Star published sentiments he had expressed over the trade talks with Canada, accusing another publication of leaking the remarks."

Whoever leaked the story performed an heroic public service.  LOL.  Exposed the idiot for precisely whom and what he is.  LOL.

"Trumka also said of Mr. Trump: "the things that he's done to hurt workers outpace what he's done to help workers," arguing that Trump has not come through with an infrastructure program and has overturned regulations that "will hurt us on the job."  Asked about the low unemployment rate and economic growth, Trumka said "those are good, but wages have been down since the first of the year. Gas prices have been up since the first of the year. So, overall, workers aren't doing as well."  The national average for gas as of Monday is $2.84 a gallon, according to AAA. Gas prices were closer to $2.50 at the start of the year, according to AAA."

Wouldn't want to confuse the Trump nazi with the truth, would we?

"On Monday, the president also touted the economy, saying "Our country is doing better than ever before with unemployment setting record lows." He added, "The Worker in America is doing better than ever before. Celebrate Labor Day!"

Our nazi fuhrer remains disingenuously clueless.  Laissez-faire capitalism, that is, unregulated and/or extremely poorly regulated capitalism has become a zero-sum, winner-take-all ruse.  Designed to line the pockets at the top of the food chain.  Precisely, why the middle class remains endangered, quickly going extinct.  Haves, and have-nots.

"The unemployment rate of 3.9 percent is not at the best point ever — it is near the lowest in 18 years.  Mr. Trump has made redoing trade deals and touting the economy key pillars of his presidency, even as other controversies — like a lawsuit against his charitable foundation and convictions of former associates — swirl around him in Washington."

Running the government as he's run his business empire, -- like a Mafia don.

Cowardly fail to financially and/or materially support those fighting for all civil and constitutional rights and liberties at great personal cost and risk?  Get what you truly deserve.


The judiciary is stepping up.  CBS News reports:

"A federal judge has dealt a blow to President Donald Trump's effort to overhaul the U.S. bureaucracy. U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson said in a ruling issued Saturday that key provisions of three executive orders that Mr. Trump signed in May that would have made it easier to fire government workers "undermine federal employees' right to bargain collectively" as protected by federal law.  The judge said in her decision that "the President must be deemed to have exceeded his authority in issuing them."  Organizations representing federal workers had sued over the executive orders and applauded the judge's ruling.  Mr. Trump's executive orders covered federal employee collective bargaining rights, grievance procedures and official time use."

Good day for labor and unions.  About time.  Far more, however, needs to be done to rein in the Trump nazi and the corporate management suite.

Cowardly fail to financially and/or materially support those fighting for all civil and constitutional rights and liberties at great personal cost and risk?  Get what you truly deserve.


Think older workers aren't discriminated against by employers?  NPR reports:

"After working at a call center for two decades, Linda Bradley's job came to an end about a year and a half ago. Since her layoff, she has combed online job sites every day looking for work — without much luck.  Bradley, who is 45 and lives near Columbus, Ohio, began suspecting age discrimination after someone at her union mentioned how recruiters often target online ads at younger candidates. "I thought to myself, 'Oh, that's why I wasn't seeing some of the ads that my daughter has seen on her Facebook,' " she says."

Imagine that.  Couldn't be, could it?

"Her daughter, who is 26, found something right away. Bradley eventually took the only job she could land — making far less than she had in her previous job. Her job hunt continues, but she says feels she is being excluded from even finding out about opportunities.  "It's a struggle taking care of four children [and] not being able to have the same opportunities as everybody else," Bradley says, crying."

A classic example of laissez-faire capitalism where employers are effectively free to do as they please with rare exception.  Either no regulation, or extremely poor regulation.  Republican national socialists argue let the 'free' market decide.  Problem with this is the fact there is no such thing as a free market.

The market is owned, manipulated, controlled by those with the wealth.  No more complicated than that.  Claims to the contrary by the GOP national socialist, fascist element in our formerly great country are no more than a ruse to maintain an unworkable, unsustainable status quo.  -- Not-so-cleverly designed to line the pockets of those at the top of the food chain who in turn line theirs.

"When an employer sets out to recruit young people for a certain job, is it discriminating against older job seekers in a way that breaks the law? That question is at the center of several pending lawsuits that could help improve job opportunities for older Americans.  Bradley is a plaintiff in one such case brought in December against T-Mobile, Facebook and a host of other companies. The lawsuit, filed by the Communications Workers of America on behalf of Bradley and other workers in the same situation, alleges the companies discriminate by excluding older workers from seeing their ads."

Forget?  The American Way.  Precisely, why unions are so desperately needed.  To empower the work force.

"Workplace civil rights law prohibits discrimination against workers 40 and older. Yet worker advocates say recruiters sometimes exclude older workers by narrowing how and where they look for candidates. In addition to Bradley's suit, another recent case has challenged whether an employer can recruit exclusively on college campuses. Another is challenging whether it's legal to cap the number of years of experience an applicant can have.  "We see that this is one of the factors that keeps older workers out of the job market after a job loss," says Jody Calemine, chief of staff with the Communications Workers of America."

The problem with unions even in their heyday was the fact ALL unions should have united in common cause, brought the collective corporate management suite to its knees.  Consider the power of the workforce if it had indeed united across the nation, walked off the job until compensation was fair and just.

The hopelessly greedy bastards in management could not have done all the work themselves.  Their bottomless greed and that of shareholders would have been reined in.  Instead, today we have a middle class that is rapidly becoming extinct.  Two extremes.  Haves and have-nots.  Top and bottom.  Not sustainable.  Hear the rumble?  An unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looming.

Cowardly fail to financially and/or materially support those fighting for all civil and constitutional rights and liberties at great personal cost and risk?  Get what you truly deserve.


Voters stood tall in Missouri.  NPR reports:

"Voters in Missouri have overwhelmingly rejected a right-to-work law passed by the state's Republican-controlled legislature that would have banned compulsory union fees — a resounding victory for organized labor that spent millions of dollars to defeat the measure.  With about 98 percent of the precincts reporting, the "no" vote on Missouri's Proposition A, which supported the law, was running about 67 percent, with nearly 33 percent voting "yes."  In 2017, the right-to-work law passed Missouri's Republican legislature and was signed by then-Gov. Eric Greitens. However, union organizers gathered enough signatures to keep it from going into effect pending the results of a statewide referendum. The rejection of Proposition A effectively kills the law.  "It's a truly historic moment," said Mike Louis, president of the Missouri AFL-CIO. "Tonight we celebrate, but tomorrow we're getting back to work. We're going to take this energy and momentum and build more power for working people across Missouri."

Non-union members financially benefit from collective bargaining efforts of unions.  Why shouldn't they pay their fair share?

Cowardly fail to financially and/or materially support those fighting for all civil and constitutional rights and liberties at great personal cost and risk?  Get what you truly deserve.


Yet, another appalling nazi U.S. Supreme Court decision.  NPR reports:

"In a blow to organized labor, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that government workers who choose not to join a union cannot be charged for the cost of collective bargaining.  The vote was a predictable 5-to-4 margin. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion with the court's conservatives joining him.  "Under Illinois law, public employees are forced to subsidize a union, even if they choose not to join and strongly object to the positions the union takes in collective bargaining and related activities," Alito wrote. "We conclude that this arrangement violates the free speech rights of nonmembers by compelling them to subsidize private speech on matters of substantial public concern."

Yet, these very same employees who refuse to pay union fees enjoy the very same pay and benefits fought for and won by their fellow union workers.  Called stealing.  One of the most important reasons why the corporate management suite is so out of control has been the decimation of unions across our formerly great nation.

Not only that, lack of unionization is certainly partially responsible for egregious skewing of wealth to the very top of the food chain.  Zero-sum game.  Winner-take-all mentality that is one of the reasons why an unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looms.  Too deaf to hear the rumble?

CBS reports:

"The ruling Wednesday fulfills a longtime wish of conservatives to get rid of the so-called fair share fees that non-members pay to unions in roughly two dozen states. President Donald Trump tweeted immediately after the decision that "non-union workers...are now, as an example, able to support a candidate of his or her choice without having those who control the Union deciding for them."

Another outrageous lie by the Trump nazi.

"His tweet is wrong: Unions were already not permitted to use funding from non-members for political activity, an arrangement that was in place for 41 years. However, the plaintiff in the case, Mark Janus, argued that paying any money to the union that represents him constituted political speech. That's because the union's bargaining for higher wages and benefits on behalf of its members directly affects issues like government spending by his home state of Illinois. This mirrors an increasingly common conservative argument that sees the very existence of unions as inherently political.  The decision, which was widely expected, is likely to devastate funding for public sector unions, including those representing teachers, police officers and municipal workers."

Doomsday revolution clock strikes ever closer to midnight.

Cowardly fail to financially and/or materially support those fighting for all civil and constitutional rights and liberties at great personal cost and risk?  Get what you truly deserve.


Progress is being made as Republican national socialists continue to show their true colors.  NPR reports:

"Ask AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka about the climate for unions on this Labor Day weekend, and he starts with something positive: a new Gallup poll showing public support for unions at its highest point since 2003.  "There's much more excitement about unions," Trumka says during an interview in his Washington, D.C., office just across Lafayette Square Park and with a view of the White House. He adds that, "over 61 percent of the people in the country support unions."  That number is significant, especially when you consider that just 8 years ago — in the wake of the deep financial crisis, automobile company bailouts and serious economic troubles that then-new President Obama was dealing with — that just 48 percent of Americans expressed a positive view of unions in a similar Gallup poll."

Short of a revolution, the only way to rein in the corporate management suite is organized labor.

"But the AFL-CIO's Trumka says, as appealing as that message may have been to many union members, Trump hasn't delivered as president: "His promises in the campaign haven't matched up with what he's done."

They haven't.  Quite the opposite.

"Instead, Trumka says, there's been an assault by the president and his administration on regulations that protect workers in so many ways. He begins listing them right off the top of his head: "Health and safety regulations that protect us from things like — protecting us from beryllium and silica... Overtime regulations that would have brought overtime to 4 or 5 million people. Consumer protection regulations. Regulations on Wall street. He's done away with a number of those things."

Trump's base bought his bullshit.  Now paying the price.

The Washington Post reports:

"Unions are enjoying a popularity surge, with more than 61 percent of adults in the United States saying they now approve of organized labor — a five-point jump from last year, according to a new Gallup poll. That’s the highest approval rating since 2003, when 65 percent of respondents said the same, but it comes as union membership is falling.  About 14.6 million workers belonged to unions last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a 240,000-member drop from 2015."

The following is extremely interesting:

"Though union ranks are shrinking, acceptance among conservatives seems to be rising, per the Gallup survey, which polled 1,000 people nationwide between August 2 and 6.  Forty-two percent of Republicans said they approved of unions, a jump from 2011, when only 26 percent of Republicans showed support."

Is that because GOP demographics are changing, or are some Republicans beginning to see the light?  Handwriting on the wall?

"Among Democrats, 81 percent of Democrats approved of unions, compared to 78 percent in 2011. Support among Independents has also climbed, reaching 61 percent from 52 percent six years ago."


The nazi State of Kentucky is determined to shit on all civil and constitutional rights and liberties. The Washington Times reports:

"Republican lawmakers in Kentucky used their new majority in the state Legislature to pass bills targeting labor unions and abortion on Saturday over the shouts of hundreds of protesters that packed the cavernous Capitol."

This is precisely what's called for.  Ferocious, but peaceful, protest.

"With chants of “we will remember in November” seeping through the closed doors of the state Senate, lawmakers gave final passage to a bill saying employers cannot force workers to pay dues to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining. They also repealed a law guaranteeing higher wages for construction workers on publicly financed projects. And they voted to require a woman seeking an abortion to first undergo an ultrasound and listen to the fetal heartbeat."

Those aggrieved, should this legislation be signed into law, need to find an attorney and sue the living shit out of the nazi bastards.

As in nazi Texas, the Kentucky Legislature is practicing medicine without a license.  CNN reports:

"House Bill 2 requires a physician or technician to perform an ultrasound, describe and display the ultrasound images to the mother, and provide audio of the fetal heartbeat to the mother before she may have an abortion."

All medically unnecessary.  Direct violation of the First Amendment Establishment Clause, that is, church-state separation, freedom from religion.


No one should be forced to perform at the inauguration of any President, but especially a nazi 'President.'  NPR reports:

"Late Friday, following negotiations with the Rockettes owner, the Madison Square Garden Co., and the performers' union, The American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA), announced on Facebook that no Rockettes would be obligated to perform."

Was quite an issue for a couple of days.  Shouldn't have been.

"Fortunately, the Company has agreed that ALL participation in this particular event will be voluntary. We are greatly relieved and hope to work with our Members to inform them and alleviate the anxiety and fears that this has caused."

Indeed.  No company owns the asses of its employees, although nearly all corporations believe otherwise.

"Donald Trump's transition-team and the Madison Square Garden Co. confirmed that the Rockettes would perform at the president-elect's inauguration next month.  Almost immediately, the Rockettes were coming under criticism on social media — including from one Rockette herself."

This is most encouraging.  Clearly, not all the country will roll over and support our first nazi 'President.'

"In a since deleted post on Instagram, dancer Phoebe Pearl said she was "embarrassed and disappointed" to learn of the decision.  "The women I work with are intelligent and are full of love," Pearl wrote. "The decision of performing for a man that stands for everything we're against is appalling." She added, "We have been performing with tears in our eyes and heavy hearts," with the hashtag #notmypresident."

Indeed.  This is why it is so critical to stand up to the nazi son of a bitch.  Don't acquiesce.  All dancers should have stood tall, refused to perform.  If necessary, been willing to lose their jobs over the issue.  Expose the company for whom and what it is.  No longer tolerate being no more than corporate human chattel.  Owned.  Bought and paid for.

Hopefully, the nazi about to take office will generate renewed public interest in unionization, -- the only to rein in the hopelessly avaricious, greedy bastards.  Don't stand up to the pieces of shit?  You're cowards.  Get what you truly deserve.  Richly so.

"The Austin American-Statesman reported Thursday that Texas State University's dance team, The Strutters, had shut down its Twitter account following harsh criticism for agreeing to participate. It remained deleted as of midday Saturday."

That's good.  Pressure the bastards.  Exercise your right to free speech, protest.  Ferocious, but peaceful, resistance.  Give the fascist bastards no quarter.  No comfort.  Force them to question whether or not they can effectively govern when they don't have consent of over half the population.

"Several major acts, including Elton John, Garth Brooks, Celine Dion and Idina Menzel, have reportedly refused to participate in the inauguration celebrations. In response to a question from Vanity Fair about Trump's difficulty locking down performers, Menzel said, "It's karma, baby."

Indeed, it is.  Far more than that, however.  It is the people who are ultimately responsible for running this country.  That's why the Founders created a democratic republic.  With a Constitution and its Bill of Rights designed to control power, rein it in, offer recourse to those f--ked over by the corporate management suite and its bought and paid for shills at all levels of government.


Trump will get to appoint the labor board that regulates his hotels.  Convenient, isn't it?  NPR reports:

"Like other business owners, President-elect Donald Trump has often had a strained relationship with labor unions, sometimes resulting in regulatory disputes and legal battles."

As every corporate tycoon, the bastard wants something for nothing.  Indentured servitude.  Near free labor.  How else could he so extravagantly line his pockets, those of his henchmen, to say nothing of shareholders?

"Unlike the others, Trump will soon get to appoint the people who run the agency that hears many of those disputes, the National Labor Relations Board.  "We have never seen a situation like this in the 81-year history of the board, where the president who appoints parties has had a financial interest in a matter coming before the board," says William Gould, former NLRB chairman and professor emeritus at Stanford Law School."

This is a problem.  If unresolved, hear the rumble?

"As president, Trump will be able to name three of the five members of the NLRB, and after next year, he will also get to appoint the all-important general counsel, who decides which cases are heard by the board.  Trump is familiar with the agency already. Like other real estate developers, he has a history of NLRB complaints over labor practices, including some that are still pending."

Interesting, isn't it?  Think the shit won't hit the fan after the fascist bastard takes office?

"One of the most prominent cases occurred this year, when employees of the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas sought to become members of the Culinary Workers Union.  Trump fought the effort at the NLRB, and when he lost he appealed the board's decision in federal court. The union retaliated by organizing a boycott of Trump properties."

This is precisely what it takes.  Ferocious, but peaceful, resistance.


Unions recently got a boost from the Supreme Court.  NPR reports:

"In a victory for organized labor, a split Supreme Court effectively ruled that public employees who are not union members may be required to pay "fair-share" fees for the union's collective bargaining activities. This upheld an earlier high court ruling of a generation ago allowing such fees."

Why not?  Scabs benefit from unions.  Enjoy the benefits unions secure for workers.  Why shouldn't they pay their fair share?


U.S. District 'Judge' Sharon Johnson Coleman ruled 6-3-16 the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team Players Association has no right to strike the U.S. Soccer Federation and the Summer Olympics.  Sadly, this sad excuse for a 'jurist' has her head securely lodged where the sun seldom shines.  ... To put it 'politely.' -- More 'politely' than this woman truly deserves.  Especially, since she's determinedly legislating her perverse ideological views from the bench.

The contract she referenced expired, -- 2012.  Didn't stop this piece of crap from denying these ladies their constitutional right to strike.  Then again, this is Nazi America.  A goddamned fascist police-state.  Where day is night, night is day, and shit smells perversely sweet.  The ladies complain they're paid far less than the men.  Surprise, surprise.  Who'd 'a 'thunk' it, no?  This ruling needs to be appealed.  Nothing quite like involuntary servitude, is there?  To say nothing of a 'judge' beholden to her corporate masters.


The White House simply doesn't get it.  Remains hopelessly clueless.  Job growth absolutely stunk during May.  Reportedly, 38,000 new jobs created.  The White House blamed the union and strike at Verizon.  Abject bullshit.  A crock of shit.  These workers are being f--ked over.  Verizon is lining its pockets.  Won't share the wealth.  Wants it all.  Tough shit.  Management got what it deserved.  Too bad they didn't stay out longer.  Hold out for more.

Unemployment statistics are determinedly inaccurate no matter what.  By design.  People who are unemployed and have given up looking are not included in the statistic.  That's called fudging data.  Abject bullshit.  A goddamned ruse.  This economy stinks because the top 1% are bound and determined to take it all.  Precisely, why salaries and perqs of the corporate management suite continue to sky rocket.

Why corporate profits and cash reserves remain at record levels.  The middle class and bottom are paying the price.  Royally f--ked in the ass without the Vaseline.  While the greedy bastards in the top 1% laugh their financially portly asses off all the way to the bank.  After properly giving thanks to the Lord for their good fortune on bended knee in church every Sunday.  Goddamned hypocrites.

Indeed, it's fascism:

Fascism, nazism, national socialism defined as the pernicious blend of government, business, and religion. 'Justified' by perversion and bastardization of the latter.

Yet, it's not enough.  Never is.  Unbridled, laissez-faire capitalism.  Discredited Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged 'principles' that line the pockets of the top 1% at the expense of the middle class and bottom of the food chain. These goddamned corporations continue to move headquarters overseas to evade U.S. taxes.  Let them go.  Force them to leave all assets behind including forfeiture of U.S. citizenship.

The middle class has been eviscerated as all wealth moves to a virtual handful, -- the top 1%.  Another reason why an unwanted dreaded second American revolution remains catastrophically looming on the horizon.  Yet, the greedy bastards still don't get it.  Remain determinedly clueless as Nero, who fiddled as Rome burned centuries ago.  Where? Wake up.  Where else?  Nazi America.  Indeed, The Fourth Reich. Right, Sheriff?  TL?


A Wisconsin court has finally stuck it to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his national socialist cronies.  Struck down the Governor's right to work law as unconstitutional.  This law, and others similar to it, have absolutely nothing to do with any right to work.  It's intended to bust unions.  Make it harder for unions to organize, exist, and be effective protecting the rights and best interests of their members.

It prevents those who do not wish to join from being assessed union fees to pay for the cost of union activity necessary to force employers to pay a livable wage and benefits.  The cowardly bastards who refuse to join nonetheless enjoy these benefits obtained through union activity.  -- Union activity that costs money.  Money obtained from union members.  These goddamned scabs don't pay their fair share.  Yet, greedily enjoy the benefits.

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel says the not-so-great State of Wisconsin will appeal.  Expects to win.  In Nazi America, a goddamned fascist police-state owned and operated by the corporate management suite, it remains more than likely the Attorney General is quite right.  The bought and paid for government shills of the corporate management suite will likely uphold the will of their goddamned corporate masters.  Nazi justice in Nazi America.  A raucous Sieg Heil!, you nazi sons of bitches?

Tim Chorney, Publisher
Liberty In Peril

Tim Chorney, Publisher
Liberty In Peril
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