Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $21,272
Woo hoo!! And the first 24% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: workersparadise

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Old Havana Residential Building Collapses, Killing 4

    07/16/2015 8:44:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Cuban officials say a building has collapsed in Old Havana, killing four people. A government statement published in the Communist Party daily Granma says the two-story building contained two family homes. The dead include a 3-year-old child, two 18-year-olds and a 60-year-old woman. Three other people sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.
  • Elian Gonzalez wants to come to U.S.

    05/19/2015 5:03:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies ^ | 5/19/2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    Elian Gonzalez, the Cuban who at the age of 6 was found floating in waters of Florida’s coastline, after the boat he was sailing with his mother capsized, said in a recent interview he’d like more than anything to visit the United States.
  • Cuban migration surges over land and by sea

    10/10/2014 6:09:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 10, 2014 8:47 AM EDT | Michael Weissenstein and Christine Armario
    The number of Cubans heading to the United States has soared since the island lifted travel restrictions last year, and instead of making the risky journey by raft across the Florida Straits, most are now passing through Mexico or flying straight to the U.S. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol figures show that more than 22,000 Cubans arrived at the U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada in the fiscal year that ended last month. That was nearly double the number in 2012, the year before restrictions were lifted. The changes in Cuban law eliminate a costly exit visa and make it...
  • China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted

    04/18/2014 10:51:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 18, 2014 4:31 AM EDT | Ian Mader
    Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China’s government released a yearslong study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country’s farmland is contaminated with toxic metals, a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party’s authoritarian rule. The report, previously deemed so sensitive it was classified as a state secret, names the heavy metals cadmium, nickel and arsenic as the top contaminants. It adds to widespread doubts about the safety of China’s farm produce and confirms suspicions about the dire state of its soil following more than two decades of explosive industrial growth, the overuse of farm...
  • 'Imagine: Living in a Socialist America'

    01/21/2014 7:07:11 AM PST · by rktman · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/20/2014 | Rick Moran
    That's the title of a new book by Fred Jerome, a compilation of essays from these and other noteworthies: This anthology features essays by revolutionary thinkers, activists, and artists-including Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, civil rights activist Angela Davis, incarcerated journalist Mumia Abu Jamal, and economist Rick Wolff- addressing various aspects of a new society and, crucially, how to get from where we are now to where we want to be, living in a society that is truly fair and just. I suppose that's one way to describe their vision. I might ask the question, "fair and just for whom"?...
  • EU court: Workers sick on leave can get extra time off

    06/21/2012 11:11:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 21 June 2012 | Last updated at 11:33 ET
    Workers who fall sick during their annual leave are entitled to take corresponding paid leave at a later date, the EU's top court has ruled. The European Court of Justice ruling is legally binding throughout the EU. Thursday's ruling was prompted by a Spanish trade union case against a group of department stores. "The right to paid annual leave cannot be interpreted restrictively," the court says. The UK does not have an opt-out in this area of EU labor law. The court in Luxembourg said the EU Working Time Directive grants workers a right to at least four weeks' paid...
  • Banned pesticides found in teas sold in Fujian, Sichuan & Hainan

    04/14/2012 3:00:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    What's on Xiamen ^ | 15 Apr 2012
    TEA produced by some of China's top companies contained residue of banned pesticides, Greenpeace said in a report. The environmental organization tested nine brands of 18 types of tea sold in Beijing, Sichuan and Hainan, including green tea, oolong tea and jasmine tea. Prices ranged from 120 yuan (US$19) to 2,000 yuan per kilogram. Some brands tested, such as Wuyutai and Zhangyiyuan, are among the most popular in China. The tests showed that all the samples contained at least three types of pesticide residue from a total of 29 pesticides identified. One type of oolong tea, bearing the Richun brand,...
  • Amid uneven metropolitan growth, city of Memphis sees ranks of employed dropping

    04/08/2012 7:40:10 AM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 4/8/12 | Tom Bailey Jr.
    The latest labor stats offer better news for the Memphis area than for Memphis. The number of people employed -- 563,640 -- in the eight-county Memphis metropolitan area is a 3.2 percent increase over February 2011 when 545,880 were working. But among Memphis residents, the number employed fell by 7,890, or 3 percent, from 270,000 to 262,110. Those numbers show that while local employment is on the rebound since the most recent recession, the growth is not evenly distributed across the metro area. The disparity, a local economist said, may result from a continued migration of people and wealth from...
  • BERKELEY: The Pacific Steel Casting Situation (News Analyis)

    02/15/2012 7:01:42 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 2/14/12 | Steve Martinot
    People are back in the streets because of Pacific Steel Casting Company. In the past, it has been the issue of pollution. The workers have struck over the issue of health and safety (the same issue, as seen from inside). And now, some 200 workers are protesting unjust job termination, owing to intervention by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), in violation of the spirit of Berkeley as a sanctuary city. This factory remains a problem. There will be a march to publicize this problem on Friday, Feb. 17. Here's a bit of the story (aka history). The factory is a...
  • Occupy protests just the latest to tear up Oakland

    02/07/2012 10:11:09 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/7/12 | Chip Johnson
    Gunfire on the left. Gunfire on the right. And a gaggle of protesters dead ahead shouting: "Police are bastards" and "F- the police." While Occupy Oakland protesters rant on and on about the brutality of the Oakland Police Department, brutality has been occurring all around them. From Thursday to Monday, 15 people were shot in the city in unrelated incidents. And Oakland police weren't responsible for any of those shootings. Five of the people who were shot died. Perhaps Occupy Oakland should plan a march to protest all the violence in our city - including their own. Because in Oakland's...
  • Oakland to give layoff notices to hundreds of workers

    01/12/2012 2:11:05 PM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/12/12 | Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Oakland -- Hundreds of City of Oakland employees will receive layoff notices next week, as the city embarks on severe cost-cutting measures to make up for the loss of redevelopment funds, city staff said Thursday. The pink slips will arrive next week, when City Administrator Deanna Santana releases the 2012-2012 budget.The redevelopment agency - which will be nearly eliminated due to state cutbacks - has 158 full-time positions and more than 200 workers. But because of seniority rules, some of those employees might be transferred to other departments.
  • Older Democratic politicians clogging up the waiting line

    08/22/2011 1:17:13 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/22/11 | Dan Walters
    The new congressional, legislative and Board of Equalization districts drawn by an independent commission made a long-evident political reality official: California, once a Republican bastion, is now solidly, even overwhelmingly, Democratic. Democrats will control the Legislature – with two-thirds majorities in reach – and the congressional delegation. And while it may not be impossible for a Republican to win statewide office, as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Steve Poizner demonstrated, it's at best unlikely, even when lavishly self- financed, à la Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina. California's most important political contests will either be over the state's biennial spate of ballot measures,...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Pension reform injects life into dull election season

    05/19/2011 12:34:23 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1+ views
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 5/19/11 | Ken Garcia
    If pension reform were running for mayor this year, it would be the only candidate in a crowded field that could gain more than 50 percent of the vote. That’s why all eyes will be focused on it next week when the Board of Supervisors receives a long-awaited version of a negotiated retirement plan for The City’s public employees. And when it’s served up Tuesday, the politics around pension reform will slide front and center, instead of merely serving as a backdrop for the November election. The charge for pension reform has been led by Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, who joined...
  • High death and disability rates due to fractures in Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe

    09/27/2010 5:03:32 AM PDT · by decimon · 6 replies · 1+ views
    International Osteoporosis Foundation ^ | September 27, 2010 | Unknown
    New report reveals tragic state of post-fracture care in the region, predicts huge increase in osteoporotic fractures due to aging populationsPreliminary findings from an upcoming new report by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) show alarming projections and reveal the poor state of post-fracture care in the Russian Federation and many other countries in the region. The findings were announced today at a press conference in St. Petersburg at the IOF Summit of Eastern European and Central Asian Osteoporosis Patient Societies. Osteoporosis, a disease of the bone which leaves people at increased risk of fracture, is most common in the older...
  • Oakland votes to lay off 80 police officers

    06/25/2010 7:39:56 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/25/10 | Matthai Kuruvila, Chronicle Staff Writer
    The Oakland City Council voted Thursday to lay off 80 of the Police Department's 776 officers as it slashed at a $30.5 million budget deficit. The decision could be rescinded if the police union agrees to pension concessions. Council members would like the officers to contribute 9 percent of their salaries toward their CalPERS pension, the same as every other city union worker. Union leaders and city officials are set to negotiate Sunday and Monday, a move some interpreted as a sign the union was willing to change its position. "I'm confident that we can have an agreement by July...
  • CALIFORNIA: Job loss pulls down state's personal income level

    03/29/2010 12:29:53 PM PDT · by SmithL · 21 replies · 649+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/29/10 | Dale Kasler
    Californians lost their jobs at a faster pace than most Americans. Not too surprisingly, their incomes shrank at a faster pace, too. Per capita personal incomes fell 3.5 percent in California last year, . . .
  • LA Times: Hawaii is far from an economic paradise

    01/02/2010 7:22:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies · 1,428+ views
    LA Times ^ | January 2, 2010 | By Alana Semuels
    The plunge in tourism has resulted in soaring unemployment and home foreclosures, a shortened school year and an exodus from the state. Some residents blame the visiting President Obama. Hawaii was so short of cash last year that it furloughed teachers and suspended school for 17 Fridays during the academic year, giving students the fewest school days of any state in the union. Home foreclosures and bankruptcy filings are soaring. The unemployment rate has more than doubled over the last two years to 7.0%. Though that's well below the national average of 10.0%, it's a stunner for a place that...
  • Dan Walters: Out-of-staters gleefully delve into California's woes

    07/15/2009 7:53:37 AM PDT · by SmithL · 20 replies · 738+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 7/15/9 | Dan Walters
    National Public Radio is running a series of broadcasts this week called "California in Crisis." And NPR is not alone. Network and cable television news shows, public broadcasters, major out-of-state newspapers and countless magazines are taking turns recounting and analyzing California's economic and fiscal travails. The tone of many reports is found in the German word "schadenfreude." It means taking pleasure from the distress of others. The state's periodic social and economic upheavals have always generated that kind of media attention, something along the lines of "tarnish on the Golden State." But the current spate has an even edgier tone,...
  • In the Nightmare "The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin's Russia"

    10/11/2008 5:42:45 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 27 replies · 1,291+ views
    National Review magazine ^ | Sept. 29, '08 | Ronald Radosh
    We know that history holds many surprises. One doesn't expect to learn more about the secret history of of the Gulag than we already know from both Solzhenitsyn's "Gulag Acrcipelago" and Anne Applebaum's "Gulag: A history." This feat, however, is exactly what author Tim Tzouliadis has accomplished: the previously unknown story of the thousands of Americans who, during the Depression, sought employment and a better future in the "worker's paradise" built by the Bolsheviks. All kinds of Americans joined the exodus. Some of them were Communists or fellow-travelors but the majority were average Americans - skilled workers promised paid passage,...
  • S.F. needs a moderate champion of good ideas

    05/22/2008 7:51:18 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 98+ views
    San Francisco Values ^ | 5/22/8 | C.W. Nevius
    San Francisco is a funny place. Everybody says that and nobody laughs. The issue of Propositions F and G in next month's election is a perfect example. If Proposition G passes, the groundwork will be laid to turn the huge abandoned Hunters Point Shipyard into 10,000 houses. A public housing project could be rebuilt, and toxic hot spots will be cleaned up. Some 300 acres of parks and open spaces are planned, in addition to the possibility of a new NFL stadium for the 49ers.If Proposition F passes, the developer has said it couldn't afford to do the project because...