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Started by Joe Balkis Jan 1, 2012.

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Comment by Joe Balkis 10 hours ago

The August 29th Progressive Labor Party forum, from 7-9 pm, at the Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. briefly tells of reaction to two police killings in Chicago last Sunday. On the west side 500 demonstrators marched to the 11th Dist. police station Wednesday night to protest the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Rashon McIntosh. On the south side police caused a near riot yesterday when they tried to destroy a memorial to 17-year-old Desean Pittman. Please read this and pass it on. Thank you. & Three Days in Ferguson: Observations From The Rust Belt By Vincent Emanuele 27 August, 2014 Countercurrents.org Three days ago, myself, along with several activists and community organizers drove from northwest Indiana to Ferguson, Missouri. We, like so many others, felt an inherent urge to join the ongoing protests and lend our support to the local community. After internally processing over a week's worth of coverage, we could no longer bear viewing the events unfold from the comfort of our homes. After all, we live less than five hours from ground zero in what has become one of the most galvanizing events in recent memory. Ferguson, like many deindustrialized midwestern cities, is littered with strip malls, big-box stores, Chinese buffets, sports bars, truck stops, fast-food restaurants and decaying infrastructure. Located just northwest of St. Louis, Ferguson is reminiscent of the many Rust-Belt towns adjacent to Chicago: Dolton, Calumet City, Whiting, East Chicago, Michigan City and Gary. The houses are falling apart; the lawns are unkept and the bushes overgrown. Unlike suburban-white-America, most blacks living in the wasteland of Capitalism care less what type of lawnmower their neighbor owns, if they can afford one at all. After all, who has time to bother with properly manicured lawns when teenagers are being executed in broad-daylight by racist police? Of course, Ferguson doesn't have organic vitamin stores or "farm-to-fork" restaurants. Although, no less than four blocks from West Florissant Ave., I observed gentrification manifesting in the form of antique bicycle stores, micro-breweries and Euro-bistros. As whites stared through the brewery windows, occasionally glancing at the Cardinals baseball game on the tube, hundreds of protestors marched from West Florissant to North Florissant Ave., chanting "We Are, Mike Brown!" and "Hands Up, Don't Shoot!" I could't help but note that every-single-one of the brewery patrons were white, some smirked as we walked by, others angrily staring, and yet even more refused to acknowledge our very presence. Upon arriving at the Ferguson Police Department late Wednesday evening, we were greeted by several dozen protesters who had set up an encampment across the street. With bullhorns blazing and protestors chanting, people began to share personal stories concerning militarization, police brutality, racism and poverty. One protestor, an older black woman, took the bullhorn and gathered our group in a large circle. Hand-in-hand, black and white, the local ministers led us in prayer. Honestly, while many of us would rather get our teeth pulled, than pray, the sacred performance allowed an opportunity for total strangers to become immediately intimate. Holding hands is a powerful act, especially in a society as alienated and segregated as modern-America. We expressed our love, fear, anger, resentment, solidarity and frustration. During the prayer, Mother Nature decided to cool us down with a nice shower. Some ran to their cars; many continued to pray. Others, including myself, joined a couple dozen protestors who continued to march back to West Florissant Ave. in what turned out to be a quick, yet wicked thunderstorm. With rain pounding our heads, and lighting stretching from one end of the sky to the other, those marching maintained good morale and jovial spirits. When we arrived at West Florissant, we could see the crowd growing.

Comment by Joe Balkis yesterday
Some customers of The UPS Store may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus found on systems at 51 stores in 24 states.
A spokeswoman for UPS says the information includes names, card numbers and postal and email addresses from about 100,000 transactions between Jan. 20 and Aug. 11.
United Parcel Service Inc. said Wednesday that it was among U.S. retailers who got a Department of Homeland Security bulletin about the malware on July 31. The malware is not identified by current anti-virus software.
The company is not aware of any fraud related to the attack, spokeswoman Chelsea Lee said.
Atlanta-based UPS said it hired a security firm that found the virus in systems at about 1 percent of the company's 4,470 franchised locations. At many stores, the intrusion did not begin until March or April.
Lee said that the problem was fixed by Aug. 11 and the company took additional steps to protect systems at other stores. She said the affected stores were not linked electronically, and UPS is still investigating how they were compromised.
UPS said it is providing identity protection and credit monitoring help to affected customers.
The affected stores were in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
From the company's description, the breach appeared far smaller than one that hit Target Corp. during the holiday-shopping season, when hackers stole credit and debit card information involving millions of customers. Fallout from the incident is still hurting profits. Target, which said Wednesday that second-quarter profit fell 62 percent, has spent $235 million related to the breach, partly offset by $90 million in insurance payments.
The UPS breach won't have a material financial impact on the company, Lee said.
Last week, Supervalu said that hackers might have stolen names, account numbers, expiration dates and other information from card holders who shopped at up to 200 of its grocery and liquor stores. Restaurant operator P.F. Chang's, Goodwill thrift stores and other retailers have been hit by data breaches.
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A list of the 51 locations of The UPS Store where malware was discovered is at Home
Comment by Joe Balkis on Thursday

NTSB will release final report on UPS crash September 9

By Robert Stevenson - email
By Jonathan Hardison - bio | email
 
Source: WBRC videoSource: WBRC video
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBRC) -
We now know when the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will release their final findings into the accident - and who won't be a part of that report.
Comment by Joe Balkis on Thursday

On September 9, the NTSB will release its findings on what caused the crash.

On Monday, the NTSB told UPS and its pilots' union, the Independent Pilots Association (IPA), they are out of the agency's investigation because the board says both made public statements about the cause of the accident before the investigation finished.
Earlier this month, the union released a statement blaming the accident on the flight crew's fatigue and calling for a change in the rules governing cargo pilots' schedules.
The union told us today they're not commenting on this move to remove their "party status" from the investigation.
The NTSB says it may grant "party status" to those organizations that are able to provide technical assistance in an investigation.
A condition to that status is that parties agree to not release investigative information, analysis, or comment on findings, to the media without consulting with the NTSB.
When the investigation is over, those restrictions are lifted.
A UPS spokesperson told us they were "surprised and disappointed" by the NTSB's decision but maintains the company takes compliance with investigation rules seriously.
The crash of the Airbus A300 on final approach to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport on August 14, 2013 killed both pilots.
Brian Gaudet, spokesperson for the IPA, gave us this statement:
"The Independent Pilots Association will not comment on today's NTSB press release and will refrain from commenting on the Flight 1354 accident until the NTSB releases its final report."
Mike Mangeot, UPS spokesperson, said in a phone interview that UPS has never had its party status removed from an NTSB investigation before.
He said UPS "applauds the unbiased and scientific" investigations of the NTSB and appreciate the work they have done.
He concluded by saying UPS wants to find the cause of the crash so this can be prevented in the future.
Copyright 2014 WBRC. All rights reserved.

Comment by Joe Balkis on Tuesday
IRB Charges All Local 710 Officers 
 The Independent Review Board (IRB) has moved to bring charges against all the officers of Chicago Local 710. According to the report of charges dated August 15, all members of the Executive Board violated their fiduciary duty when they repeatedly approved the purchase of excess visa gift cards under the control of Local Secretary Treasurer Pat Flynn.
Flynn was charged in July, and on July 30 the local was put into trusteeship following a recommendation by the IRB. Those actions are detailed here.
The new charges hit Local 710 president Mike Sweeney and fellow officers Gerald Pauli, Charles DeCola, Larry Alexander, Anthony Lamy, and Kevin Wagoner. They were already removed from office when the trusteeship was imposed. Now they face a hearing and possible expulsion or suspension from Teamster membership.
The report states that between 2008 and September 2013, the officers breached their fiduciary duty and failed to protect the members’ assets. For example, in November 2011 they approved the purchase of 1000 visa gift cards to be given to meeting attendees, but only 600 members were present, and the remaining 400 cards were under Flynn’s personal control.
Hoffa appointed International vice president John Coli as Trustee of Local 710. Coli has no experience in representing the UPS, freight, trucking, and grocery Teamsters who make up the 13,000 member local. He has political operative Brian Rainville running the local. Rainville was paid $178,080 in 2013 by the International and Chicago Joint Council 25. Some 7000 UPS Teamsters in Local 710 rejected a concessionary contract last February by 73% No vote, and have heard nothing since about negotiating an improved contract.
Comment by Joe Balkis on Monday

Fired for making over million dollars, yet current CEO made $1,096,721 in 2013. Scoll to page 8 on the bottom, and you can see how much of your donation is going to pay a lot of people over $200k a year, and a few over # $ $300k. https://s3.amazonaws.com/.../2d46a6c340d7ec84af_fgm6br150...

Comment by Joe Balkis on Monday
Comment by Joe Balkis on Sunday
ScrewUps NewsWire HANDS UP DONT SHIP MINNEAPOLIS UPS WORKERS STAND WITH FERGUSON After discovering ties between Mo law enforcement and a company whose shipments they handle each day a small group of UPS workers in Minneapolis spoke out against their labor supporting the police violence against the population of Ferguson Mo in the aftermath of the murder of Michael Brown an unarmed 18 year old black man Workers undertook actions against handling packages from Law Enforcement Targets Inc in order to show our objections to our work benefiting the police violence directed at Ferguson residents Law Enforcement Targets is a company based in Blaine Mn which produces range targets and holds contracts with police departments federal agencies and military branches across the country The company has at least 10 contracts with federal agencies in Mo and more with county and local police departments and other agencies They have received criticism before being forced to withdraw a line of targets called No More Hesitation which featured young children and pregnant women with guns and still offer a predictably messed up Urban Street Violence line All of it is shipped through the UPS sorting facility in Minneapolis  On 8/22 a group of workers decided they would not be silent about the connection between their work and murders such as Mike Some of us intentionally removed targets from trailers that would deliver them to law enforcement agencies while others stood in solidarity and refused to ferry these packages to their intended trailers Those who were uncomfortable or unable to directly engage in these actions posed with a sign reading ‪#‎handsupdontship‬ in order to speak out Actions like this took place in various work areas across the building and were taken by people with a variety of job positions One worker involved in organizing the action on his section put it this way UPS knows the rule of this game just like any other company make your money however you can get away with it Its like their number 1 rule you always gotta keep the wheels turning If you got the cash UPS will ship it even if its part of this f*d up system that winds up with a kid getting executed by cops and then this military invasion of the town where it happened give them the check and they couldnt care less Well we care While this action was symbolic with no packages winding up being halted we believe its important to build the idea that workers can and should find ways to refuse to do work that contributes to racism and other forms of injustice We hope that this action is the first step in dealing with this issue and others like it We shouldnt have to go into work and have our job support the murder of any more black youth just because UPS makes a buck off of it In the weeks ahead we expect to see more actions that demonstrate our outrage at being pawns in this deadly game We encourage workers especially at UPS to think about how their labor contributes to the  situation in Ferguson and elsewhere and what we can do together to stand against it And we want to help you make it happen If you want to get involved or have an idea of how to take a stand but need help making it happen please contact us at screwups@riseup.net
Comment by Joe Balkis on August 23, 2014 at 16:36

Behind a facade of selfless philanthropy, William Aramony lived a life of sexual escapades propelled by champagne, limousines, four-star hotels and Concorde jets. Now the 67-year-old former head of...
Comment by Joe Balkis on August 23, 2014 at 15:55
UPS Confirms Security Breach
bits.blogs.nytimes.com
The hacking is the latest in a string of incidents at major retailers, including Target, Neiman Marcus and...
 

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