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Killing the public trust

From LA Times

I have no idea how many towns in America have managers who are ripping off the public. I hope that the officials of Bell, Ca are the only ones who are openly ripping off the public, but, you know, I doubt it. We have to spend more and more of our time watching our money. We can’t shop at that store because their prices are too high. We can’t get that credit card because there are hidden fees. We have to watch our city council officials because they might be lining their own pockets with our money. It’s pure craziness.

I don’t think believe type of thing is new. I think it’s probably been going on since the founding of our nation. There are always going to be crooks. With the economic conditions so tight, we have to look out for these con artists. I suspect that they are everywhere.

From LAT (I added emphasis):

The prosecution documents allege that Rizzo used the false 2008 contracts in response to questions about his salary. He allegedly told one citizen who asked whether he was really making $400,000, “If I can make that kind of money, I wouldn’t be working here.”

Prosecutors accused Rizzo of continuing to use the false contracts in recent months amid growing scrutiny of his salary by the district attorney’s office and others.

Sometime after June, one of the false 2008 contracts was given to the city attorney following requests for records of Rizzo’s pay. The contract listed Rizzo’s salary as $221,460. In reality, Rizzo was on course to make more than $1.5 million in salary and benefits this year.

As recently as last week, Rizzo pointed to the contracts in response to questions from the state attorney general’s office and falsely claimed they were genuine and were approved by the City Council, the court documents allege. (more…)

By |2010-09-23T09:20:38-04:00September 23rd, 2010|Domestic Issues|Comments Off on Killing the public trust

Fighting for rape and against the American people

This is why we need to keep fighting to get Senators and Congressmen fighting for us and NOT the corporations. You can’t tell me that the average person in Oklahoma wants their Senator standing up for rape.

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From HuffPost:

An amendment that would prevent the government from working with contractors who denied victims of assault the right to bring their case to court is in danger of being watered down or stripped entirely from a larger defense appropriations bill.

Multiple sources have told the Huffington Post that Sen. Dan Inouye, a longtime Democrat from Hawaii, is considering removing or altering the provision, which was offered by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and passed by the Senate several weeks ago.

Inouye’s office, sources say, has been lobbied by defense contractors adamant that the language of the Franken amendment would leave them overly exposed to lawsuits and at constant risk of having contracts dry up. The Senate is considering taking out a provision known as the Title VII claim, which (if removed) would allow victims of assault or rape to bring suit against the individual perpetrator but not the contractor who employed him or her.

By |2009-10-23T15:02:54-04:00October 23rd, 2009|Afghanistan, Congress, Iraq, Party Politics|Comments Off on Fighting for rape and against the American people

Badness at BOA

Summary: the MSM hasn’t really reported this yet and I don’t know if it is true. I don’t have any contacts inside Bank Of America but this looks like something that corporate America would do. There used to be shame in laying off people. Not any more.  Reagan changed that. Now Wall Street wants and expects a company to trim the fat.

From Daily Kos:

I just got a call from a friend who works in HR at Bank Of America in Delaware. I wanted to diary this to add to the list of ‘outrages’ perpetuated by this bank. Just to clarify, they did nothing illegal. Just crappy. And it was probably naive of people to continue to work for a company based on what’s been said as supposed to written contracts.

Today was a big layoff day for Bank Of America, but the media hasn’t yet reported it. I will update this as soon as they do. (UPDATED BELOW) I don’t have an exact number of the jobs lost today, but as soon as I get a number I’ll post. I’m hesitant to guess at this point, as they are still in the process of letting people go until tomorrow.

So what makes this more cruel than their usual layoffs?

When Bank of America absorbed MBNA into it’s organization, they gave away three year protection packages to long term and high ranking employees here which meant that if they were laid off within that three year period, they would gain an additional one month to a year of severance.

This package expired on December 31st of last year, and today, five weeks after expiration, a large amount of employees that fell under that umbrella of protection are being let go. The HR rep estimates that 90% of employees that were let go today fell under that category.  (more… )

By |2009-02-04T00:29:21-04:00February 4th, 2009|Corporate Wrongs, Economy|Comments Off on Badness at BOA
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