September 29, 2011 • 8:41 PM
Pilots join Wall St. protest (photo: Forbes)
THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Protester Chris Biemer: “At a certain point, there’s a valid criticism in people asking, ‘What are you doing here?’”
The movement began as a protest against greed — something that a large part of the country understands, but now it appears other parties have joined the protests to bring attention to their own smaller “specialized” agendas. The pilots union marching against the United-Continental merger — this alone is a worthy cause of concern for America — but it seemingly adds confusion to many Americans who are trying to get a handle on this protest.
Not that I’m discouraging unions and other groups marginalized by corporate greed from participating — in fact I encourage everyone to join in — it is however time for a single voice stating a clear goal. Otherwise the people we need to reach may just tune out.
More from the LA Times: Occupy Wall Street protesters are driven by varying goals – latimes.com.
Filed under: Politics, Chris Biemer, greed, pilots, protest, resistance movement, unions, wall st, wall street
August 14, 2011 • 9:22 PM
U.S. Dept. of Labor Seal
THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — I spotted this floating around the net. Keep this list in mind the next time your GOP candidate asks for your vote:
1. Scrap Davis-Bacon and all prevailing wages laws that force up costs of
construction and other projects at the city, county, state and federal
[They want to pay construction workers close to minimum wage as possible without any benefits]
2. End Collective Bargaining of public unions. Governor Scott Walker in
Wisconsin shows the dramatic results that can happen if this is done.
School districts that had budget deficits hugely in the read, saw them
immediately go into the green, and not even for reasons that one might
think. I wrote about it in Union-Busting is a “Godsend”; Elimination of
Collective Bargaining is the Single Best Thing one Can do for School Kids
[They want to hire only teachers who will work for the lowest wage possible. Benefits? You're kidding.]
3. Pass national right-to-work laws. Again this will help cash-strapped
cities, counties, and states that have to deal with union-mandated pricing
instead of competitive pricing. The goal of government should be to
provide the most benefit for the least cost. The goal of unions is to
provide as little work as possible for the most cost. It’s time we end
[They want to be able to hire people willing to work for lower pay, not the most skilled in their profession.]
4. Immediately kill defined benefit plans for government workers and
accept the idea that promised benefits will be reduced voluntarily or via
[They think retirement plans are bad ideas.]
Filed under: Politics, labor, unions