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Funday Sunday: Labor Day Edition

Robert Reich: Corporate Lies About Unions (4 minutes):

Well, once a year America takes its hat off to work. The rest of the year, they’re pretty much ignored except to bitch about them. This year, labor in general received some increases due to labor shortages as a commodity. It kind of backfired as inflation set in, Labor was to blame, most mistakenly think.

Yet the Federal Reserve is on a mission to raise interest rates which will slow borrowing which will slow expansion which will reduce the need for labor because increases in labor are what caused inflation. This is their mistaken thinking. Could there be shortages due to Russia’s war on Ukraine or companies raising prices for massive profits, right?

Still, at this point, things are looking pretty good for those looking for work, and wages continue to rise. Union activity is on the rise, but still not strong. Unions have 71% approval right now. Maybe people are finally remembering that it’s the work that really makes the building.

Another week of right-wing radicalism.

A) In a Thursday night speech in Philadelphia, President Biden warned that what threatens the very foundation of democracy?

B) Among the files recovered during the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago were several files which were what?

C) Labor History: Which man started the cigar makers union and eventually founded the American Federation of Labor (AFL)?

D) A new documentary released last week examines the life of which Iowa hero of the 1930s and 1940s?

E) In addition to extreme downpours, which state capital has the added problem of a water plant that has stopped working?

F) Who is famous for organizing agricultural workers in California in the 1960s?

G) As yet another delaying tactic, the FPOTUS legal team asks a what to sort out the documents stolen by FPOTUS?

H) North to Alaska! Who won the election to replace the late Don Young as Alaska’s congressman?

I) Almost as remarkable which former national candidate lost in the Alaskan election?

J) What is the largest labor union in the United States (2020 statistics)?

K) Speaking of work, the monthly employment report was released on Friday. How many new jobs were created last month?

L) Once again, Ginni Thomas, wife of Judge Clarence Thomas, tried to alter the election results in which second state?

M) A Dutch soldier, in the United States for training exercises, was shot in which American city last week?

N) UN inspectors visited what type of power plant in Ukraine last week to assess the damage?

O) Which former President of the Chamber is in the crosshairs of the Commission of January 6 to have information on the attempted coup?

P) In what year was the highest percentage of the labor force represented by unions?

Q) Which sitting US senator predicted (threatened?) that prosecuting Trump would lead to “rioting in the streets”?

R) Which last Prime Minister of the USSR died last week in Moscow at the age of 91?

S) The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rebuffed an attempt by which company tried to overturn an earlier successful union vote?

T) Serena Williams lost her match on Friday in what could be her last US Open tournament. She has been called a GOAT in tennis. What does goat mean?

Harry Truman’s famous phrase fits perfectly with Pres Biden’s speech on MAGA: “I never gave them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell. Dean Obeidallah


A) Extremism

B) Empty – 43 to be exact. Must have been sold?

C) Samuel Gompers

D) Nil Kinnick

E) Jackson Mississippi

F) Caesar Chavez

G) Special master (and we bought that Putin was his special master)

H) Marie Peltola

I) Sarah Pallin

J) Education Association

K) 315,000

L) Wisconsin (she was found to try in Arizona earlier

M) Indianapolis

N) nuclear power generation

O) Newt Gingerich

P) 1953 – 32.5%

Q) Lindsey Graham

R) Mikael Gorbachev

S) Amazon

T) Greatest of all time

Republicans fear midterm voters think women deserve rights –Andy Borowitz

Happy Labor Day, everyone!