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Let’s go, rail workers!
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After monthslong fears of a national railroad strike, Congress voted Wednesday to force an end to negotiations between the railroads and their unions with a pair of bills designed to draw concessions from both sides.
One bill (which passed with 79 Republican votes and 211 Democratic ones) codified the higher wages the railroads were offering. Members of Congress also voted to implement mandatory sick time as part of the deal, a nod to worker demands for more paid time off that railroads were unwilling to relent on.
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That successful amendment, sponsored by Democratic Representative Peter DeFazio and independent Senator Bernie Sanders, came on the heels of bipartisan criticism of President Joe Biden's support of a deal without concessions for paid time off, a deal-breaker that earned scorn from progressives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez alongside conservatives like Missouri Senator Josh Hawley.
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Florida Senator Marco Rubio tweeted Tuesday he "will not vote to impose a deal that doesn't have the support of the rail workers."
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Ultimately, all but three Republican members of Congress—who, notably, have unlimited sick days and all 10 federal holidays off per year—still voted against it.
Internally, the result was largely expected. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy indicated to reporters prior to the vote few Republican members were expected to vote in favor of increasing paid time off.
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But outwardly, it's not clear why: So far, no Republicans have offered a public rationale for rejecting the deal, nor is it clear whether they opposed the concept of sick time or congressional intervention in railroad workers' efforts to negotiate the deal for themselves.
In early negotiations, the unions requested 15 days of sick leave, while the resolution adopted Wednesday notably had just seven. Numerous Democrats also voted against the larger bill to avert the strike, calling the compromise a betrayal of workers' desire to negotiate a contract on their terms.
However, the fact no Democrats voted against the sick time provision signaled to some that Republicans were voting to prevent workers from obtaining benefits they themselves have: namely, the ability to take time off work whenever they feel the need.
In an earlier vote in the Senate this year, North Carolina Republican Richard Burr and Mississippi Republican Roger Wicker introduced a resolution intended to resolve the strike that did not include provisions for sick leave, earning scorn from Sanders in a speech on the Senate floor. (The resolution failed.)
The disparity between railroaders and members of Congress was visibly on display on social media after the vote.
Notably, a Politifact examination of a Facebook post several years ago alleging similar claims determined there is no limit on sick days or time off for members of Congress, while a Bureau of Labor Statistics report from 2020 found the average private industry worker received an average of eight paid holidays, seven paid sick leave days and 11 paid vacation days per year after one year of work.
And while railroaders get anywhere between three to four weeks of paid vacation and over 10 personal leave days per year, many do not have the flexibility to use them the way people in other industries—like Congress—typically do.
"The 'working class party' strikes again," Justin Baragona, a media reporter for the Daily Beast, tweeted following the vote.
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Cyberpunk praxis! [link]
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writerjocarroll · 7 months
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Underrated Ninth Doctor Things:
How distinctly working class his vibe is! Aside from his nice leather jacket, his outfit is fairly simple, his accent is from a working class area (Eccleston is from a working class background himself), his companion is working class, and he wears a pair of sturdy work boots. I really love this about his vibe since the working class, particularly in English media it seems, aren't portrayed very well.
His seriousness. A lot of people seem to not like this about him, but I really like it. He's serious for good reason — he just blew everything he'd ever loved and known to hell, which is why it makes sense he's more somber than other Doctors. Not to mention that seriousness as a quality in general is underrated — sometimes serious people aren't buzzkills! A huge benefit to serious people is that they're more careful oftentimes, which seems like a lack of fun, but can often be better in the long run.
His sense of humor. Can he be harsh? Yes. But almost every Doctor can be. He's also got a lot of great one liners. "What are you gonna do, moisturize me?" Classic!
His care for innocent lives. He may have gone too far at times with killers and villains, but when it came to innocents, Nine cared very deeply. He was heartbroken over the death of a pig creature and proclaimed that he would rather be a coward than a killer. There are so many instances of this throughout his run, it's beautiful.
His redemption. Nine is a man who'd just killed billions. This is the story of him pushing back his old self. This is the story of him turning from the man who'd destroyed worlds and becoming the man who saved them. This is a story of a good soldier who'd proclaimed he'd never be a coward, turning from that and becoming a man who said he'd rather be a coward than a killer.
His wonder. As a character he fills us with wonder. And as a character he shows wonder at the ordinary. (When he's not insulting species under pressure, of course.)
His portrayal of mental health. This is just my opinion of course, but Nine seems to display symptoms of trauma and depression. But it's very realistic. People with trauma and depression often don't show it in ways you would expect and they don't show it all the time. Nine will lash out when someone brings up something related to his trauma, such as when Rose asks him about where he's from. He'll also laugh and crack a joke. That's just how it is sometimes.
The joy he takes in certain things. Like his euphoric "just this once, everybody lives!" or how excited he gets at the chance to impress Rose. When Nine is happy, I'm happy!
Christopher Eccleston's acting! I think Eccleston gets a lot unnecessary hate from people for leaving. The man wanted to stick by his ethics and he was going through a very difficult period of his life. And even if he just didn't want to be in the show anymore — so? He doesn't owe you an explanation as to why he doesn't want to be part of a show anymore. In addition, playing the Doctor doesn't mean his life has to now revolve around Doctor Who. The man gave us a great performance and that is all we are allowed to ask of him.
All in all I love Nine and I love Chris Eccleston's performance! Add on more reasons you love Nine in the notes!! :)
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Lesbian Construction Workers Protesting for Jobs, unknown date
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"A poor man died building a rich man's luxury tower"
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October, 2022 - Scenes of police having run out of petrol across France, as a large strike by workers at French refineries and fuel depots has crippled the petrol supply. Workers are demanding a pay raise, paid from the record-high profits of the oil companies. Macron is trying to force the workers back to their jobs with the threat of fines and jail-time. [video]
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Young punks of the mid-’80s working class punk scene of north east England, as captured in 1985 by Chris Killip in the moshpits of The Station, an anarcho-punk venue set up in an old police social club in Gateshead, opposite Newcastle.
Retired Harvard professor Chris Killip was trying to photograph nightlife in Newcastle during a fellowship at the time and was blown away after finding out about The Station.
“...It was peak Thatcherism, and Tyneside – that being Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, Tynemouth, Wallsend, South Shields and Jarrow – was hit hard by the region’s decline of industry. Shipbuilding, engineering and coal-mining jobs were diminishing and this caused long-term unemployment, whereby poverty, deprivation and crime prevailed. For a small group of youths in Gateshead, however, they found unity in The Station – a former police social club that had been transformed into a live venue and rehearsal space run by a local punk collective.
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You’d think that a 39-year-old man, sporting white hair and always wearing a suit, would be questioned upon arrival at a place like this and that The Station was the kind of place one might be warned away from, especially if they didn’t fit a certain type.
“...But instead of the anti-social violence wrongly associated with anarchism Killip found solidarity. “These weren’t the punks of 1970s London,” he says, “these guys were politically aware. They were very keen on animal rights and would often join the miners’ strike marches (…) It was so different to anything else because it wasn’t a commercial space. It was owned by the people who were dancing there and the bands that played there – a group called the Gateshead Music Cooperative.”
“There is a great value in capturing these cultural moments,” he says. “It’s a part of somebody else’s history, and it’s a history that gets overlooked. Young people doing something – succeeding at doing something, organising this club, running it successfully – it’s all forgotten. My hope is that it can be an inspiration to young people today. As in: get your act together, don’t ask permission, get on with it and do it.”
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Komsomol young man at the wheel of a paper making machine. Photo by Arkady Shaikhet (1929).
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Lesbian welders, unknown date
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