Snark: to annoy or irritate

"Snark" has been in English language dictionaries since at least 1906, and Lewis Carroll used the word to describe a mythological animal in his poem, The Hunting of the Snark (1874). Most recently, the word has come to characterize snappish, sarcastic, or mean-spirited comments or actions directed at those who annoy or irritate us.

At first, this blog was just going be a place to gripe, but because it's more satisfying to take action than it is to merely complain, now most of the posts/reposts suggest ways to get involved in solving problems.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Tell Senators: Stand With Unions

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A message from CREDO Action:

For months, House Republicans have been trying to use the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a way to attack labor unions.
And until recently, Senate Democrats along with their colleagues from the House and the White House, have been standing strong and fighting back.
But now, Senate Democratic leadership is poised to cave to the rightwing and anti-worker Republicans in the House, and allow what should be a bill about aviation safety and security to become one that unilaterally changes labor law to the detriment of working people.
It might not surprise you that this fight began with the House Republicans following their tried and true tactic of holding a vital bill hostage to their extremist demands.
In August, House Republicans even caused a temporary shutdown of the FAA after inserting a poison pill provision that attacked labor rights into the FAA reauthorization bill, and then skipped town for the August recess.
Members of the Senate Democratic leadership are acting as though they've won something because the current deal on the table does not include that specific anti-labor provision that caused the FAA shutdown. But our friends in the labor movement aren't buying it. And neither are we.
What appears to be happening is this: In exchange for Republicans giving up the poison pill, Senate Democrats have agreed to significant changes to the rules that govern unionization in the rail and airline industries — changes that have not been vetted through the legislative committee process and that will make it easier for corporations to engage in union busting.
The labor movement stands with progressives on civil rights, immigrants rights, women's rights and a host of other issues. Progressives need to stand with labor and tell Senate Democrats to reject anti-worker provisions in the FAA reauthorization bill.
Tell Senate Democrats: Stand with unions. Don't cave to Republicans.
Click below to automatically sign the petition:
Thank you for standing up for working people.
Matt Lockshin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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