Posts Tagged ‘union’




Today, Kickstarter offered its response. The communications officer emailed me, and said he would like to share a statement from the CEO with the project creators. The statement said that Kickstarter:

  1. Stood by its decision to fire the organizers, and would be dispatching its lawyers to fight their claims.

  2. Would not voluntarily recognize a union even if the vast majority of workers signed in support of one.

  3. Would not pledge to remain neutral on unionization, and would continue to actively oppose the effort.

FILE PHOTO: Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) officers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) look on after executing search warrants and making some arrests at an agricultural processing facility in Canton


Mississippi ICE Raids Targeted Workers Who Fought for Better Conditions



 Wednesday’s raids targeted chicken processing plants operated by Koch Foods, one of the largest poultry producers in the U.S. Last year, the company paid out $3.75 million to settle an Equal Employment Opportunities Commission class-action suit charging the company with sexual harassment, national origin and race discrimination, and retaliation against Latino workers at one of its Mississippi plants. Labor activists say it’s the latest raid to target factories where immigrant workers have organized unions, fought back against discrimination or challenged unsafe and unsanitary conditions.



When you talk with ignorant “Libertarians” who are in fact the recipients of the benefits of centuries of labor struggle–before they were even born–you see a mindless disconnect. They really don’t understand the topics they are so passionate about. Useful idiots of capitalist dogma.

Inside the Corporate Utopias Where Capitalism Rules and Labor Laws Don’t Apply




Ok, my wife rented this, as it’s available at your local Redbox this week. I wasn’t going to watch it, but now that I have I should say something. This was probably the gayest movie I’ve ever seen, and I’m a fan of lesbian dramas. There’s something about men going at it on screen that makes me uncomfortable; can’t help it.

Michael Douglas pulls off an amazing performance as Liberace, showing the many facets of this legendary entertainer. Matt Damon’s role is equally as impressive, as the two live out the memoir of Liberace’s live-in boyfriend. The story clicked because of its direct “gay marriage” aspects, where the two lived as though married for about four years. With gay marriage a hot button issue today it is easy to see why the film was greenlighted.

Perhaps knowing that both actors are actually straight factored into perceptions of the film and how it was received. Jim Carrey’s I Love You Phillip Morris worked similarly. Carrey and Ewan McGregor had an incredibly moving relationship on screen, more so even than Douglas and Damon — which is strained and often creepy.


The drama is tense in Candelabra, because of Liberace, his twisted persona, advanced age and obsessions. There is a doomed quality from the beginning, and Damon is cautious and jittery as Douglas makes his move. The age disparity is hard to overcome — for the audience — even though Damon’s character does just that. The characters are complex, and the events range from laugh out loud absurd to the expected and inevitable.

Another ridiculous aspect to that world is the in-the-closet nature of fame back in the day. Liberace was so flamboyantly flaming, perhaps the most out and in your face gay man in America, and yet the public relations machine persisted, and middle America bought that he was supposedly straight. His life was defined by non-disclosure agreements and payoffs to ex-lovers. It’s all a fascinating and unexpectedly true to life telling.