Well, here we are a decade later, and it’s the most powerful mercenary firm in the world. It has 20,000 soldiers on the ready, the world’s largest private military base, a fleet of twenty aircraft, including helicopter gunships. It’s become nothing short of the Praetorian Guard for the Bush administration's so-called global war on terror. And it’s headed by a very rightwing Christian activist, ex-Navy Seal named Erik Prince, whose family was one of the major bankrollers of the Republican Revolution of the 1990s. He, himself, is a significant funder of President Bush and his allies.
The Pump Handle has the scoop.
Thanks to all the scientists and public watchdog groups that brought the problem to light in the first place. To every driver out there, how do you feel about a company using the profits sucked from your pockets being used to lie to you? Maybe it's made you angry, angry enough to boycott. Maybe you know of another company endangering people's lives and wellbeing for a quick buck, if so you are encouraged to blow the whistle.
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- British Petroleum
- General Electric
- State Farm
- Chevron Texaco
- Donna Karan
- Proctor and Gamble
- SC Johnson
One wonders just how these turds sleep at night.
How do you feel about the way your company handles things when you are too sick to work? Perhaps you'd like to share your own experiences in the comments.
Unlike our counterparts in most developed nations, American workers are not allowed to get sick. Many American workers, especially the middle-class and working-class, have no paid sick days under their employment policies, because they are not mandated by law.
Daulton, over on Kos, pointed out some of the worst companies to work for if you are gay. If you support the pursuit of happiness in America, perhaps you'll consider boycotting the compaines on his list. Some of the name, like EXXON are no surprise, but did you know that Progressive Insurance was hostile towards gays at the workplace?
Go read more and then do something about it please.
The National Conference for Media Reform
January 12-14, 2007
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With a change in party control of Indiana's legislature, one shift may be new resistance to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniel's pell-mell movement to privatize all public services.
"Our caucus basically does not support privatization," said Speaker-elect Patrick Bauer. "We don't support making profit out of poor people or mentally ill people," referring to the new proposal to give a $1 billion, 10-year control to a consortium to take over welfare-eligibility processing. This follows a slew of recent privatization initiatives in the state:
- Outsourcing the Department of Corrections' food services
- Giving a 75-year lease of the Indiana Toll Road to an Australian-Spanish consortium
- Beginning the privatization of state developmental centers
These have been matched by unsuccessful attempts to privatize state park inns and other proposals that are on the drawing board.
Despite the magnitude of change involved in privatizing social services in the state, the Governor scheduled just one hearing at 9am last Friday-- which didn't stop community members such as Cornell Burris from the NAACP from denouncing the corporate contracting out as a "sham" that was excluding community input.
As we noted earlier this year, one problem with these kinds of privatization deals are the incestuous deals that threaten to corrupt politics. For example, the consortium, Affiliated Computer Systems, vying to run these social services is the former employer of Indiana's Family and Social Services Administration, Secretary Mitchell Roob, just par for the course for a scandal-plagued company that had to oust its CEO and CFO last week over improprieties surrounding its stock option plans.
Instead of such rushed privatization, states should enact rules that require careful evaluation of the costs of contracting out and whether in-house alternatives are more cost-effective. Hopefully, Indiana will be moving in that direction with its new legislative leadership.
from the UFCW:
Watch a special investigative report on the workers' conditions at Smithfield's plant in Tar Heel, N.C. this Friday, December 15 . Tune in to your local PBS station for the program Now with David Brancaccio to watch an inside look at the workers' fight to form a union for better working conditions.
To find out when the program airs in your area, please visit: www.pbs.org/now/
For information on how to get involved in the workers' fight for justice, please visit: www.smithfieldjustice.com