Monthly Archives: August, 2011

Labor Department Agreements Protect Illegal Workers

Hilda Solis Labor Department Secretary says that the number of agreements signed between U.S. agencies and foreign officials pledging to give migrant workers the full protections of U.S. workplace laws — regardless of their legal status — and she says her department will uphold them. “No matter how you got here or how long you …

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Obama Calls for Extension of Gas Tax to Fund Highway Construction, Repair

On Wednesday President Obama called on Congress to pass a transportation funding bill that includes an extension of the federal gas tax, claiming the move would protect about 1 million jobs.  On September 30 the transportation spending bill expires.  Obama said a failure to pass the bill by that date would result in the government …

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Muslim head gear cause altercation at NY amusement park

Yesterday a New York amusement part was temporarily shutdown after a large-scale altercation erupted between Muslim patrons and park rangers over a disagreement on headgear rules.  Muslim women in the tour group at Rye Playland in Westchester County were reportedly denied access to several rides because they were wearing hijabs – their traditional headscarves.

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House GOP to spike rules as part of jobs agenda

The House Republican agenda this fall will focus on repealing environmental and labor regulations that GOP lawmakers say are driving up the cost of doing business and discouraging employers from hiring new workers.  In his memo, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says, that as soon as Congress returns to Washington next week he will start …

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Hospital says get a flu shot or be fired

A major northern Michigan healthcare group has issued an ultimatum for employees: Get a flu shot by Dec. 31 or get fired.  According to Munson Healthcare, which includes its flagship Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, says individual rights must be sacrificed for the welfare of patients whose health could be threatened if exposed to …

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Obama’s “Illegal” Uncle has “valid” SS Number

We all know that Obamanut’s aunt is still living in this country illegally, and in public housing, but now we learn that his Uncle Omar, last week was arrested for DUI, and his response was that he would call the White House to arrange bail.  But now we discover, that although Obama Onyango, 67, is …

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Battle brewing over hurricane relief funds

House Republicans are saying new funding for relief for Hurricane Irene or other disasters must be offset by cuts elsewhere.  Unless additional disaster relief money is found, federal officials said communities still rebuilding from natural disasters earlier this year must wait while funds are diverted to help victims of Hurricane Irene.

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Debt super committee vexes even lobbyists

Thousands of Washington lobbyists are scrambling to influence the work of a congressional “super committee” given the job of identifying up to $1.5 trillion in deficit reductions, with many worried about how to gain access to its 12 members.  By Thanksgiving the committee is supposed to present its recommendations for budget cuts to Congress.  “Anyone …

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Logger’s playday T-shirt mocks bin Laden

Every year, in September, the city of Hoquiam Washington celebrates the state’s loggers, by having a festival.  This year is no exception, but this time it is drawing much controversy.  To raise funds, one of the organizers came up with the idea to sell t-shirt, no problem with that, but this one is different.  The …

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Wis. clinic warns of possible disease exposures

A Madison WI based clinic is trying to track down hundreds of patients after a nurse apparently spent years improperly using diabetic injection devices on them, potentially exposing them to blood-borne diseases such as HIV.  On Monday Dean Clinic officials began trying to contact by phone and letter 2,345 patients who saw the nurse between …

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