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Chick-Fil-A restaurants added to 'We Do Not Patronize' list for using non-union bricklayers, tile se

Fourteen months ago, when Chick-Fil-A built a new restaurant on Hampton Avenue in South St. Louis, Bricklayers Local 1/Tile Setters Local 18 bannered the project for using out-of-state bricklayers and tile setters who paid below the area standard wages and benefits negotiated by Local 1/Local 18.

Chick-Fil-A’s management noticed and in discussions with Local 1/Local 18 pledged to give union contractors consideration on future projects. That promise lasted about as long as it takes to order lunch at the drive-thru.

Construction of new Chick-Fil-A restaurants in Bridgeton and Florissant –– both of which recently opened –– and St. Peters –– which is still under construction –– have all used non-union workers.

“They said they would give the union an opportunity,” said Mike Fox, president and field representative for Local 1. “It wasn’t much of an opportunity though.”

https://labortribune.com/chick-fil-a-restaurants-added-to-we-do-not-patronize-list-for-using-non-union-bricklayers-tile-setters-and-electricians/

The 4 Best Photo Scanning Apps

Thought I would pass this along for those who might find it of interest.

There was a time when people would take photos and put the extra prints into several shoeboxes. We now have a generation that is trying to merge this past practice with current digital trends to save their family history. The task can seem a little overwhelming, but thanks to technology it’s getting better! We combed the internet to find the four best photo scanning apps to make this task as easy as possible. Grab a coffee and pull up a chair, let’s start saving the past for the next generation.

https://www.adoramapix.com/blog/2019/02/28/the-4-best-photo-scanning-apps/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=coneml-030119

With Conventional Farmers Embracing Dicamba, Specialty Crops Likely Next In Line For Damage

Andrew Joyce won’t be growing any tomatoes this summer. His three-acre produce farm in Malden, Missouri, will lie fallow. The cause: damage from the weed killer dicamba.

“I just like making things grow. I used to be pretty good at it,” Joyce said, standing next to his stand just off a county highway. “But now, with the chemical drift, you just don’t stand a chance to grow anything anymore.”

Joyce said his produce was so heavily damaged by dicamba drift that he lost money — he wouldn’t say how much — and had to start driving a forklift in town to make ends meet.

Tommy Riley also farms in this area of southeast Missouri, known as “the bootheel.” Dicamba has been a lifesaver for his 4,000 acres of cotton and soybeans, the latter of which he uses Bayer’s Xtend seeds, which are dicamba-resistant.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/conventional-farmers-embracing-dicamba-specialty-crops-likely-next-line-damage

Female Spy in Cold War Era Soviet Union

https://www.c-span.org/video/?451445-1/female-spy-cold-war-russia

Watched this program yesterday on C-Span and found it to be a fascinating account of intrigue.

Furniture Bank Delivers Used Furnishings And Hope To St. Louisans Struggling To Start Over

Mary Hayes cradled Tucker, a 15-year-old Boston terrier, tightly in her arms as movers from the nonprofit Home Sweet Home furniture bank maneuvered a donated sofa into her second-floor flat in south St. Louis.

“With the furniture coming, oh, gosh, it’ll be so wonderful,’’ she said, gently rocking Tucker. “It’ll take the emptiness away.’’

The furniture bank operates like a food bank: It collects used furnishings and housewares and distributes them at no charge to people in St. Louis and St. Louis County who are working their way out of sad yesterdays — homelessness, abuse, poverty.

Hayes and her husband George moved to St. Louis in January after he lost his job in Florida during the federal government shutdown. He had been working for a federal contractor cleaning out hurricane-damaged housing. They hoped to live with relatives while he looked for a job, but that didn’t work out.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/furniture-bank-delivers-used-furnishings-and-hope-st-louisans-struggling-start-over

Why Is This Man Running for President?

In the American Dream sweepstakes, Andrew Yang was a pretty big winner. But for every winner, he came to realize, there are thousands upon thousands of losers — a “war on normal people,” he calls it. Here’s what he plans to do about it.

Andrew Yang is not famous. Not yet, at least — maybe he will be someday. But let me tell you his story. He’s 44 years old; he was born in Schenectady, N.Y., a city long dominated by General Electric, the sort of company that had long dominated the American economy. But which, as you likely know, doesn’t anymore. Yang’s parents had both immigrated from Taiwan, and met in grad school. His mother became a systems administrator and his father did research at I.B.M.; he got his name on 69 patents. Their son Andrew studied economics and political science at Brown, got a law degree at Columbia, and ultimately became a successful entrepreneur, with a focus on widespread job creation. In the American Dream sweepstakes, Andrew Yang was a pretty big winner. But along the way, he came to see that for every winner, there were thousands upon thousands of losers.

The economist Joseph Schumpeter famously described capitalism as an act of “creative destruction” — with new ideas and technologies replacing the old, with nimble startup firms replacing outmoded legacy firms, all in service of a blanket rise in prosperity. The notion of creative destruction has for many decades been part of the economic orthodoxy. And it’s undeniable that global prosperity has risen, and not just a little bit. But Yang — like many others — has stopped believing in the economic orthodoxy of creative destruction. As he sees it, there’s just too much destruction; and the blanket rise in prosperity isn’t covering enough people. We’re living through what Yang calls “a war on normal people” — a war that Yang fears is getting uglier all the time. And that’s why he has taken to saying this:

http://freakonomics.com/podcast/andrew-yang/

Missouri voters already rejected RTW; don't sign petition to put it back on the ballot

https://labortribune.com/missouri-voters-already-rejected-rtw-dont-sign-petition-to-put-it-back-on-the-ballot

Just a few short months after Missouri voters overwhelming rejected Proposition A, a new petition could place another so-called “right-to-work” (RTW) initiative on the 2020 ballot.

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has certified a petition submitted by former GOP chair Todd Graves that would allow Missouri voters to make Missouri a RTW state through a constitutional amendment.

“We made a statement last year,” the Missouri AFL-CIO said in a statement. “We DO NOT want ‘right-to-work.’ Yet greedy CEOs are trying to bring it up again. Know before you sign any petition.”

It will take more than 160,000 valid signatures to put a RTW amendment on the 2020 ballot; if enough voters ignore the petition drive, a right-to-work amendment can’t go forward.

Missouri voters already rejected RTW; don't sign petition to put it back on the ballot

Just a few short months after Missouri voters overwhelming rejected Proposition A, a new petition could place another so-called “right-to-work” (RTW) initiative on the 2020 ballot.

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has certified a petition submitted by former GOP chair Todd Graves that would allow Missouri voters to make Missouri a RTW state through a constitutional amendment.

“We made a statement last year,” the Missouri AFL-CIO said in a statement. “We DO NOT want ‘right-to-work.’ Yet greedy CEOs are trying to bring it up again. Know before you sign any petition.”

It will take more than 160,000 valid signatures to put a RTW amendment on the 2020 ballot; if enough voters ignore the petition drive, a right-to-work amendment can’t go forward.

https://labortribune.com/missouri-voters-already-rejected-rtw-dont-sign-petition-to-put-it-back-on-the-ballot

Eight Guild members facing layoff as Post-Dispatch outsources its union copy editing and design jobs

In a move the United Media Guild had long feared, Lee Enterprises announced it is moving the design and copy-editing work at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to its design/editing hub in Munster, Ind., continuing the company’s looting and decimation through greed-driven staff cuts and consolidation.

Lee Enterprises’ Executive Chairman Mary Junck has overseen the layoffs of hundreds of journalists while enriching herself with more than $40 million in compensation.

“As far as I can tell, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has no permanent city hall reporter, no science reporter and no education reporter,” UMG member and retired Post-Dispatch reporter Michael Sorkin said in a Facebook post about the latest consolidation. “And soon it will have no copy editors or national/international news editors – the editing and headlines will be done remotely, in Munster, Indiana.”

One way loyal newspaper readers can fight back, Sorkin says, is to remain subscribers.

https://labortribune.com/eight-guild-members-facing-layoff-as-post-dispatch-outsources-its-union-copy-editing-and-design-jobs

Andrew Yang Fundraising Announcement

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