Stop Veolia in Boston and Detroit!

first_imgThe following message from the four fired leaders of United Steelworkers Local 8751 in Boston was delivered to the Detroit MLK rally and march on Jan. 19.Detroiters march on MLK Day, Jan. 19.WW photo: Tachae DavisWe’re honored to bring greetings on Martin Luther King Jr.’s weekend. Our union for 40 years has sought to live the legacy of Dr. King. At the time of his assassination he was standing with sanitation workers and building for a Poor People’s March on Washington, D.C. Our union’s always been about more than just grievances and good wages and benefits. We’re being targeted because we are a political union that stands against racism.Our very history is tied up with the struggle against racism. Whether it was dealing with the rocks and bricks that were thrown at the buses with Black schoolchildren that were going into racist neighborhoods or dealing with our union being 98 percent people of color from the immigrant communities — Haitian, Cape Verdean, Asian, African American — we are united as one. We believe we are living the true legacy of real unionism.One of our mottos has been that “An injury to one is an injury to all.” Every union, everybody in Boston knows the record of Steelworkers Local 8751. For 40 years we haven’t lost anything. We never take the concessions they try to impose on unions. This is why the Veolia corporation, the latest company to run the privatized school transportation in Boston, is after us. They computerized the payroll system so only management can get in, and the result is wage theft. We’ve filed over 300 grievances, and they have refused to pay most of them. They made our insurance more expensive and took away benefits. They made long-term disability benefits almost impossible to access.They will keep breaking our contract until somebody stops them, and we’re going to stop them!Veolia was hired like a hired gun here, the same way as in Detroit. It’s in water, sewage, transportation and energy, but it really doesn’t produce anything. People in Detroit recognize that. What it really is hired to produce is cutbacks, austerity and union busting.Fighting Veolia in Boston, Detroit and everywhereThroughout the world Veolia is known for doing anything for profit, even some of the worst things. Like helping the Israeli government oppress the Palestinian people. Veolia operates a segregated rail line where only Jewish settlers ride one line and only Arab Palestinians ride another line in and out of the West Bank.Moreover, the very same banks that created the artificial financial crisis in Detroit are Veolia’s chief moneylenders.On the morning of Oct. 8, 2013, drivers in four different yards came into work and asked their boss for a meeting over outstanding issues. Jonathan Steketee, who the city has now hired to be transportation director, called the police instead of agreeing to meet with the drivers. They came with dozens of officers, as if it had been pre-planned, to all four yards and ordered all the workers to get off the property with their vehicles. Veolia illegally locked out the workers. They created the lie in the media, with the mayor’s assistance, that the drivers had gone on a wildcat strike.Veolia then went after the organizational infrastructure, suspending, out of 900 workers, four leaders, one from each yard. On Nov. 13, 2013, they thought that this union would fall apart when they fired us.Last year Brother Kirschbaum, founder of the union, was among some 300 supporters, including a father with a set of 18-month-old twins and people in wheelchairs. He was giving a peaceful update. But Veolia got the city to file trumped-up charges and he faces years in jail for felonious assault and trespass.Now it’s important to really own the legacy of the Civil Rights movement, which was uniting the rank and file to take on the bigots and racists, to build a united movement that can bring true justice in our important fights.Black Lives Matter. Black cities matter. Unions matter. Detroit matters to us, and we are honored to share these words knowing that our struggle matters to you.Andre Francois, Steve Gillis, Steve Kirschbaum and Gary MurchisonFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Japan mulls turning helicopter destroyer into F-35B carrier

first_img View post tag: Izumo-class Share this article View post tag: F-35B Japan is considering turning one of its helicopter destroyers into a “multi-purpose aircraft carrier” as part of a review of the country’s National Defense Program Guidelines, Japan’s defense minister Takeshi Iwaya has confirmed.Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, the defense minister said the country is evaluating plans to convert one of its two Izumo-class helicopter destroyers into platforms capable of accommodating fighter jets.While the defense minister did not confirm, the plan would likely include F-35B short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) stealth jets.Japan already has a number of F-35A (the conventional takeoff and landing variant) on order and is preparing to procure another 100 F-35 jets. According to a Nikkei report which cited anonymous sources, the order would include both short take-off and conventional take-off variants.The Japan Maritime Self Defense Forces’ two Izumo-class helicopter destroyers measure 248 meters in length and currently operate 9 helicopters. Should they be converted for the operation of F-35B jets, the ships would have to receive a special thermion coating which would protect the flight deck from the temperatures created by F-35B thrusters.The US Navy is currently in the process of upgrading its 258-meter Wasp-class amphibious assault ships for F-35B operations. An F-35B jet flying from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Essex recently became the first F-35B ever to conduct a combat strike as it provided ground clearance operations in Afghanistan.Japan would receive an aircraft carrier for the first time the since World War II should the defense ministry go ahead with plans of converting one of its helicopter destroyers.center_img Photo: JMSDF file photo of helicopter destroyer JS Izumo View post tag: JMSDFlast_img read more

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This acreage retreat has a hidden wellness secret

first_imgA perfect spot to relax. The cellar has the capacity to store 1500 bottles of wine.“We have toured places like the Barossa Valley and that inspired the cellar,” Mr Regec said.“It fits 1500 bottles so we like to look for different selections of wine to store.”This Gold Coast property manages to be influenced by hacienda — or Spanish — style, with a touch of California, but the Hamptons look is also there, and there’s no ignoring the Italian touches. It took the Gold Coast businessman two years to rebuild the rundown property into a country paradise — his family purchased it in 2013. The property sits on 5053sq m. But here it is infused in the pool.There is also a separate self-contained granny flat that currently returns $250 per week.Mr Regec drew on his role as director of AMS Property Renovations which carries out renovations, and his studies as a civil engineer architecture in Slovakia, to complete the renovation of this scale and cost.“It is difficult for your average person to do that extent of renovation,” he said.After enjoying his creation for three years, Mr Regec has listed it so the family can move closer to their son’s future school and fulfil their desire to travel more. The expressions of interest campaign, marketed through Luke Frederickson from Holmes and Moore Southport, has attracted immediate interest. 21 Hugh Guinea Court, Worongary is on the market via an expressions of interest campaign.IT’S got a Himalayan salt water pool and a 1500-bottle capacity wine cellar so it’s no wonder people are flying from across the country to tour it. Other decadent touches at this Gold Coast property are evident in the imported Italian pizza oven, the mini-putting green in the backyard, the internal natural rock feature walls and the climate-controlled cellar inspired by vendor, Slovakian emigrant, Andre Regec’s wife Tina’s passion for wine. Or made into salt lamps. Photo: YVETTE JEWELLcenter_img Italian tiles and stone benches feature in the large kitchen.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago Himalayan salt is usually found in kitchen. Pic: Mark Cranitch. While a stone feature wall takes centre stage in the living area.“I loved the old bones of the home, it was very structurally sound, and now I love that it looks different from a design perspective,” Mr Regec said.The Regec family moved to Worongary about five years ago in pursuit of a lifestyle closer to nature.“We have a vegetable patch, an orchard, there is a herb garden and a chicken coop,” Mr Regec said.“My son loves swimming, he took to it like a fish to water.”But it’s not the natural watering holes where eight-year-old Lucas swims — rather the sparkling pool infused with Himalayan salt, renowned for emulating a spa treatment and being more gentle on the skin. There’s also a bush rock fire pit with natural log seats.“My agent has told me has four potential buyers interested already … one is booked to fly from Perth to come and see the property,” Mr Regec said. CoreLogic property data has recorded a 32.9 per cent increase in the median house price for Worongary over the past five years. The current record sale for the suburb was $3.8 million for a seven-bedroom mansion nearby in 2015.last_img read more

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Rashid Sumaila:Winning the PSL with Sundowns is a dream come true

first_imgBlack Stars defender Rashid Sumaila has exclusively told Joy sports winning the South African league this season is a dream come true for him in his professional career.Sundowns beat Supersport United in their penultimate fixture of the season 3-0 at home to seal the title ahead of second-place Kaizer Chiefs on Tuesday. The hard-tackling Sumaila who joined Sundowns from Asante Kotoko last year June after signing a pre-contract in January played a key role in Sundowns success having played 22 out of 29 league games.This title represents his second consecutive league title in two years as a player following a title with Asante Kotoko and the 22 year old says he is excited at helping Sundowns achieve this feat. “This is my first season here at Sundowns and for me it is a dream come true to have won the PSL with this great team,” he told Joy sports in an exclusive interview“I’m really happy for this because we were all looking forward to it and I’m satisfied with my contribution as well because out of the 29 games we have played so far I have made 22 appearances. “So I have done a lot for the club and if not for injury sometimes I’m sure I would have played all the matches, now I hope I will be able to win more titles with the team.”last_img read more

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