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Missouri yearbook prank leads to student's arrest

COLUMBIA, Mo. • A Columbia high school student faces a possible felony charge in criminal court after her arrest for changing a classmate's name in the school yearbook to a sexually suggestive term.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that a 17-year-old Hickman High School student was arrested May 14 after she allegedly changed a student's last name from Mastain to "masturbate" in the yearbook. She could be charged with first-degree property damage, a felony, and harassment.

The school decided against reprinting more than 700 yearbooks and instead placed stickers on the altered page with the student's correct name.

Raigan Mastain told the newspaper she "wasn't devastated" over the incident and was surprised the student was arrested. No charges had been filed as of Tuesday morning.


Right To Work dies in the Missouri Legislature

Jefferson City – Missouri workers took a pair of hits this legislative session, but one of the most concerning, right-to-work (for less), failed to make it out of the House or Senate.

One measure in the House would have put the right-to-work (for less) question before voters in August 2014. A separate measure in the Senate, which would have made Missouri a right-to-work (for less) state, never made it out of committee.

Mike Louis, secretary treasurer of the Missouri AFL-CIO said legislators appeared unwilling to touch the measure, due in part, perhaps, to the reluctance of some Republican legislators to have to vote for right-to-work (for less) when they face re-election in 2014.


That was not the case with two other measures: paycheck deception and a targeted prevailing wage bill.

There is still time to contact the Governor's Office and ask him to Veto SB29 "Paycheck Deception".

American Crystal Sugar employees return to work

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — More than 400 American Crystal Sugar Co. workers who have been locked out of their jobs for nearly two years returned to work Tuesday.

Actually, the return happened much sooner in Mason City: Six year-round employees returned to work on April 30, according to the Jarod Johnson, the plant supervisor at the United Sugars plant. United Sugars is co-owned by American Crystal Sugar Co.

Johnson said he hopes to hire back another 15 or 16 seasonal workers this summer.

About 1,300 sugar workers had been locked out of their jobs in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa since August 2011 after the union rejected a company contract offer. The new contract was signed about a month ago.


A 100-Year-Old Idea That Could Transform the Labor Movement

One hundred years ago this month, a long-forgotten union powered by a remarkable engine of everyday solidarity and direct action was born. The union's distinguishing feature—that it was directly operated by workers on the job, bears little resemblance to today's traditional labor movement with formal negotiation by a bargaining agent as the end goal of even the most creative campaigns. With over 93 percent of private sector workers finding themselves outside of traditional union membership and with little prospect of getting in, this dramatically different and powerful unionism offers a compelling path forward for workers today.

The story of Local 8 of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) begins with a large industry-wide strike of longshoremen on the docks of Philadelphia. The local union borne of that May 1913 strike represented, in the view of some, the high-water mark of durable power and multiracial organizing in the widely-studied IWW. Despite that, its story was almost relegated to the proverbial dustbin of history.

The Local 8 example, and the road not taken for labor that it represents, was resurrected by historian Peter Cole in two recent books: Wobblies on the Waterfront: Interracial Unionism in Progressive-Era Philadelphia and Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly. His painstaking work unearthing this history is a major contribution to today's search for effective models of worker power.

While Local 8's solidarity unionism model, to use Staughton Lynd's term, was not that of the traditional labor union and its representational approach, it shouldn't be mistaken for the model used by today's worker centers either. Worker centers do stress leadership development, worker education, and community involvement, just as Local 8 did. But Local 8 was explicitly and proudly a labor union, and the control it exerted through worker organization on the job and across Philadelphia's maritime industry was the hallmark of union power.


On the Front Lines of Food Safety

MOSS LANDING, Calif. — With piles of fresh strawberries beckoning consumers at markets and stores this season, an alliance of a major retailer, fruit growers and farm workers has begun a program to promote healthy produce and improve working conditions.

The initiative, unfolding along neatly planted rows of berries at the Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce’s Sierra Farm here, is an effort to prevent the types of bacterial outbreaks of salmonella, listeria or E.coli that have sickened consumers who ate contaminated cantaloupes, spinach or other produce.

One of the workers, Valentin Esteban, is on the front lines of the new effort, having gone through a training program that helps him avoid practices that lead to possible bacterial contamination that could undermine the safety and quality of the strawberries he picks.

In exchange, Andrew & Williamson is providing Mr. Esteban better pay and working conditions than many migrant farmworkers receive, a base pay of $9.05 an hour versus the $8 average in the area.


Laborers strike Independent Pipe for health and pension payments

St. Louis County – Members of Laborers Local 110 went on strike May 13 against Independent Concrete Pipe’s plant here, saying they are seeking only a modest contribution to their health care and pension benefits.

“They’ve already spent more on attorneys than this would have cost,” Steve MacDonald, business representative for Laborers Local 110, said.

All 10 Laborers who have been working at Independent Pipe were on hand for picketing, along with some of the six workers who have been on layoff recently. Many passers-by waved or honked in support.

Contract negotiations began in October, and the Laborers have been working without a contract since January. They are not seeking a wage increase, but they do want the company to increase its support for health insurance and pensions by 44 cents an hour. The talks have gone to mediation. MacDonald said the company has not provided documentation of its claim it is losing money.


Chess makes move as next spectator sport

If Grandmaster Yasser Seirawan ever decides to completely hang up chess, he should be comforted to know he has a future in golf. Maybe not as a player – I haven’t even seen his backswing – but certainly as a commentator.

I realized this on a Sunday afternoon a couple weeks ago, sprawled out in the same sunken spot on my couch where I had lain for hours, still unshowered and in my underpants. I don’t even play golf, but that’s definitely how I watch it.

I took in the U.S. Championships of chess as I do the Masters. The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis recently converted its basement into a production studio and broadcast the national tournament out to tens of thousands of the game’s fanatics around the world. While America’s best battled upstairs in the tournament hall, high-tech boards with micro-chipped pieces sent positions to viewers instantly, as they happened.

And I relished Yasser on a lazy Sunday the same way I do Jim Nantz. Seirawan, a four-time U.S. champion himself, took in each move and offered opinion on what those upstairs grandmasters might be thinking, showing us his thoughts as he clicked around his own digital analysis board. Alongside Women’s Grandmaster Jennifer Shahade and Grandmaster Maurice Ashley, the three highlighted key squares and hot pieces, tossed in the occasional arrow of attack, and broke each game down to a level that any woodpusher could understand.


Missouri's method for calculating minimum wage seen as a model for push to raise federal wage

That’s because a provision of Missouri’s state minimum wage fits in with the president’s overall quest that begins with hiking the federal minimum wage, now $7.25 an hour, to at least $9 an hour.

Missouri’s state minimum is now a dime more, at $7.35 an hour, because of a cost-of-living clause in the state law that provides for annual adjustments. Harris said the president would like to see the same sort of indexing in the federal law.

“The president’s proposal includes that idea,’’ Harris said, “that once the minimum wage is raised to $9 an hour, the minimum wage thereafter would be indexed to the cost of living, so that if the cost of milk and gas and utilities went up, minimum wage workers would be able to keep up.”

If Congress were to approve the president’s proposal, Harris said wages would go up immediately for 15 million workers nationally who now earn the minimum $7.25.


May 29th is Put A Pillow on Your Fridge Day

May 29th is Put A Pillow on Your Fridge Day, which is celebrated in Europe & USA and supposedly brings good luck and wealth to the household.

It is unclear as to where this tradition originated from. However it is known that before the 1930′s, cloth was put in larders to bring prosperity and good luck to the household.

The first refrigerator to see widespread use was the General Electric “Monitor-Top” refrigerator which was introduced in 1927. Since then fridges have replaced larders worldwide, causing the old tradition to be unheard of.

However, the national tradition of putting cloth into larders didn’t die with the larder. Since then, the old tradition has gradually developed over the years, and is now celebrated by placing a pillow on, or inside the refrigerator


May 28, 1892 – In San Francisco, California, John Muir organizes the Sierra Club.

The Sierra Club is one of the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organizations in the United States.[2] It was founded on May 28, 1892, in San Francisco, California, by the Scottish conservationist and preservationist John Muir, who became its first president. The Sierra Club has hundreds of thousands of members in chapters located throughout the United States and is affiliated with Sierra Club Canada.


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