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60 St. Louis County municipalities join holiday warrant forgiveness program

ST. LOUIS COUNTY • More than 60 St. Louis County municipalities have agreed to participate in a warrant forgiveness program for the month of December.

The program, timed for the holidays, is sponsored by Better Family Life and the St. Louis County Municipal Court Improvement Committee.

The latter is a voluntary committee of judges, prosecutors, court administrators, community leaders and defense attorneys who have joined to reform the municipal courts, which have been scrutinized heavily for heaping fines upon the region's poorest citizens.


http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/st-louis-county-municipalities-join-holiday-warrant-forgiveness-program/article_0101d9c5-af16-5080-9e96-204dbf9fad61.html

USW, Allies Rally in Houston, Call for End to Sherwin Lockout

HOUSTON (November 19, 2014) — More than 150 Sherwin Alumina workers along with allies from across south Texas rallied on Wednesday outside the Houston offices of Sherwin’s parent company Glencore, calling on the global conglomerate to end a six-week lockout at Sherwin’s Gregory, Texas, facility.

Sherwin locked its doors on 450 members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 235A on October 11 after the workers overwhelmingly rejected a contract offer demanding deep cuts in benefits for workers and retirees.

“Glencore is a highly profitable company, and the USW members at Sherwin have worked hard for years to help make it that way,” said Ruben Garza, Director of USW District 13. “For the company to lock its doors on those same hard-working employees is not only greedy and irresponsible, it does a disservice to the entire community.”

Glencore, a commodities firm based in Switzerland, made $4.6 billion in net income in 2013 and ranks 10th on the Fortune 500 list of the world's largest companies.

http://www.usw.org/news/media-center/articles/2014/usw-allies-rally-in-houston-call-for-end-to-sherwin-lockout

Labor-Board Officer Rejects Marist College Vote Against Adjunct Union

An official at the National Labor Relations Board has called for the agency to toss out the results of an unsuccessful vote to unionize adjunct instructors at Marist College after concluding that the election had been tainted by the college’s interference and by ballots wrongly cast by administrative employees.

Thomas A. Miller, a regional NLRB hearing officer, said in a report released on Monday that illegal actions by the private college, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., justified disallowing the narrow vote against unionization that had resulted. He said the college’s administration had interfered in the process just before ballots were cast last June by offering adjuncts pay raises, proposing the establishment of a faculty committee on adjunct issues in lieu of a union, and enforcing a faculty-email policy in an inconsistent manner to put the union organizers at a disadvantage.

http://chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/labor-board-officer-rejects-marist-college-vote-against-adjunct-unionization/89885

Casino Workers March Against Billionaire Investor Carl Icahn

As the Trump Taj Mahal casino hurtled toward closing, hundreds of union members marched on Atlantic City's Boardwalk on Wednesday to denounce billionaire Carl Icahn and his role in its anticipated demise.

Icahn would acquire the casino and its parent company, Trump Entertainment Resorts by swapping the $286 million in company debt he holds for ownership of the company. His planned $100 million investment into the Taj Mahal, however, is contingent on receiving $175 million in state and local tax breaks that have so far have been rejected at every level of government.

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Casino-Workers-to-March-Against-Billionaire-Investor-Carl-Icahn-283169261.html

Firefighters union plans legal action against York

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -
The budget cut proposal is not sitting well with everyone, especially not the firefighters union who plan on taking legal action against the city for what they say is a breach of contract.

"One of the hardest things I've had to do is call the four members getting laid off and tell them they are getting laid off because they were young families," union president Fred DeSantis said.

Of the 75 city jobs that could be cut, 46 are police officers and eight are in the fire department.

"It's going to be a lot of stress because you don't have as much time to rest," DeSantis said.

http://www.abc27.com/story/27430620/firefighters-union-plans-legal-action-against-york

Facebook Drivers Vote To Join Teamsters

WASHINGTON) – Drivers who shuttle Facebook employees to and from the company headquarters in Menlo Park., Calif., have voted in favor of representation by Teamsters Local 853 in San Leandro, Calif.

The 87 drivers, employees of Loop Transportation, organized to improve their working conditions, including low pay and an abusive split shift schedule.

“The only way that Loop will listen to us is with a union and a collective voice. I’m very relieved that we have that now,” said Demaurae Hooston, a driver.

Loop Transportation is one of a number of operators that Silicon Valley companies contract with to provide transportation for their employees.

http://teamster.org/news/2014/11/facebook-drivers-vote-join-teamsters

Asia Facing Christmas Tree Shortage

SEATTLE: A slowdown at a busy Washington state port amid a labour dispute could mean that thousands of Christmas trees grown in the Pacific Northwest will not be shipped in time to meet holiday demand in Asia, industry officials said on Monday.

Some 8 million to 10 million evergreen trees grown in Washington state and Oregon are sold as Christmas trees each year, many destined for markets in Asia, Canada and Mexico, said Bryan Ostlund, executive director of the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association.

Trees that should have already left the Port of Tacoma for cities like Hong Kong and Tokyo have been languishing in shipping containers for about two weeks, he said. The ocean voyage from Washington state to Asia takes about 23 days.

“Trees are a perishable commodity, so the clock is ticking,” Ostlund said, adding Tacoma was the primary port for tree shipments.

http://www.malaysiandigest.com/world/528498-asia-facing-christmas-tree-shortage.html

November 20

National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

"This is the best recipe for creamy and delicious peanut butter fudge I have ever used. It is great for sharing at work." http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easiest-peanut-butter-fudge/


Great American Smokeout

The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet about 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes — a bit under 1 in every 5 adults. As of 2012, there were also 13.4 million cigar smokers in the US, and 2.3 million who smoke tobacco in pipes — other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco. http://www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/greatamericansmokeout/index?gclid=CO3jnbLkiMICFeRzMgodQEwAsg


Name Your PC Day
Mine is named "Sherman" what is yours?



Universal Children's Day
By resolution 836(IX) of 14 December 1954, the General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children's Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children. It recommended that the Day was to be observed also as a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world. The Assembly suggested to governments that the Day be observed on the date and in the way which each considers appropriate. The date 20 November, marks the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989. http://www.un.org/en/events/childrenday/



Use Less Stuff Day http://www.use-less-stuff.com

In other news from Ferguson

Northern Lights “Holidays Around the World”

Ferguson’s Annual Holiday Celebration! This year’s theme is “Holidays Around the World.” The holiday market is open from 2 – 7 p.m. with specialty food and gift vendors to start your holiday shopping. The lighted holiday parade will begin on Florissant Road at 5:00 p.m. traveling south. After the parade, head back to the market for free cookies and hot chocolate. The tree lighting and parade awards ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. Santa has promised to make an appearance at the market after the parade!

http://fergusoncitywalk.com/event/1172/

  November 19

Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day

National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day acknowledges the importance Americans place on their sweetened, caffeinated soda pop. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1062398


American Made Matters Day

Equal Opportunity Day

At the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery in southern Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. This 270-word speech is considered one of the greatest in American history, though it didn't receive much attention at the time. Equal Opportunity Day is observed at Gettysburg National Cemetery each year, where ceremonies commemorating Lincoln's address are held under the sponsorship of the Sons of Union Veterans and the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania. Sometimes this day is referred to as Gettysburg Address Day . http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Equal+Opportunity+Day


GIS Day (Geographic Information Systems)

Have A Bad Day Day

International Men's Day

National Educational Support Professionals Day

Rocky and Bullwinkle Day



Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

World Toilet Day.

19 November is a special day for the World Toilet Organization, for a few reasons. The World Toilet Organization was founded on 19 November 2001 and the inaugural World Toilet Summit was held on the same day in Singapore.
As it was the first global summit of its kind, it was decided that an international day to cherish and celebrate toilets was needed. With the aim to draw global attention to the sanitation crisis, World Toilet Day was established.
Its genesis was met with mixed reactions – amusement, ridicule, laughter and support – yet World Toilet Day continues to promote discourse and debate on toilets and sanitation. http://worldtoilet.org
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