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UT Student/Farmers Alliance holds rally against Wendy’s

The UT Student/Farmworker Alliance held a rally Wednesday to protest Wendy’s refusal to join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program, which would have Wendy’s pay farmworkers a penny more per pound of tomatoes. In addition, the FFP would hold Wendy’s responsible for ensuring its Florida tomato suppliers maintain a certain level of humane labor conditions for farmworkers.

The rally gathered outside the Wendy’s in the Texas Union and marched to the Wendy’s in Jester, where the alliance gave a letter requesting Wendy’s join the FFP to two waiting Wendy’s employees at both locations, who wished to remain anonymous.

“The FFP guarantees rights never before seen for Florida farmworkers, such as rights to shade and rest breaks from their grueling work and zero tolerance for sexual harassment and modern slavery,” the national Student/Farmworkers Alliance letter read. “Since 2011, participating buyers have paid more than $15 million through the FFP, constituting the first pay increase for workers in over 30 years.”

Wendy’s spokesman Bob Bertini said it is not necessary for Wendy’s to join the FFP, as Wendy’s does not work directly with farmworkers.

Read more: http://www.dailytexanonline.com/2015/10/01/ut-studentfarmers-alliance-holds-rally-against-wendy%E2%80%99s

Cross-posted in the Texas Group.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Oct 1, 2015, 04:12 AM (2 replies)

UT Student/Farmers Alliance holds rally against Wendy’s

The UT Student/Farmworker Alliance held a rally Wednesday to protest Wendy’s refusal to join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program, which would have Wendy’s pay farmworkers a penny more per pound of tomatoes. In addition, the FFP would hold Wendy’s responsible for ensuring its Florida tomato suppliers maintain a certain level of humane labor conditions for farmworkers.

The rally gathered outside the Wendy’s in the Texas Union and marched to the Wendy’s in Jester, where the alliance gave a letter requesting Wendy’s join the FFP to two waiting Wendy’s employees at both locations, who wished to remain anonymous.

“The FFP guarantees rights never before seen for Florida farmworkers, such as rights to shade and rest breaks from their grueling work and zero tolerance for sexual harassment and modern slavery,” the national Student/Farmworkers Alliance letter read. “Since 2011, participating buyers have paid more than $15 million through the FFP, constituting the first pay increase for workers in over 30 years.”

Wendy’s spokesman Bob Bertini said it is not necessary for Wendy’s to join the FFP, as Wendy’s does not work directly with farmworkers.

Read more: http://www.dailytexanonline.com/2015/10/01/ut-studentfarmers-alliance-holds-rally-against-wendy%E2%80%99s

Cross-posted in Omaha Steve's Labor Group.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Oct 1, 2015, 04:12 AM (0 replies)

Skinner charged with soliciting a prostitute in Arlington

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas police officer has been fired after being charged with soliciting a prostitute in Arlington.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown fired 35-year-old Senior Cpl. Marqueon Skinner Wednesday. Authorities say Skinner told police he hired a prostitute on Craigslist and while in her apartment June 30, a man and woman entered and robbed Skinner at gunpoint.

Authorities say Skinner ran from the apartment naked and called police. Police say they found the officer's clothes and other belongings inside the woman's apartment.

Skinner, who has been with the department since February 2004, was arrested Aug. 19 by Arlington police. He had been on administrative leave pending the investigation.

http://www.oaoa.com/news/state/article_423b23f3-2550-5e9e-b42d-53e5fef89aa2.html



[font color=330099]My apologies to DU's Skinner for the bait-and-switch thread title.[/font]

Poor academic, financial ratings result in La Marque ISD superintendent's removal

TEXAS CITY — La Marque residents convened Tuesday evening at Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church, 302 N. Oak St.

Leaders from several area churches organized the meeting to answer questions the community had regarding the Texas Education Agency’s decision to remove La Marque’s school board and Superintendent Terri Watkins.

The agency’s commissioner, Michael Williams, confirmed the ruling Sept. 23. The resolution calls for a board of managers to govern the district.

“Our main concerns right now are just educating people,” the Rev. James E. Daniels said. Daniels is founder and chairman of the Eagles’ Nest Community Organization in Texas City. “We’re going to work with community leaders to show support for the board and superintendent in a passionate but dignified manner.”

Read more: http://www.galvnews.com/news/free/article_755448b4-67ef-11e5-8dd5-e38eb5581b28.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Oct 1, 2015, 03:47 AM (0 replies)

Former border agent gets 99 years in shooting

A former U.S. Border Patrol agent, who claims he found God before shooting his estranged wife's boyfriend earlier this year, was sentenced to 99 years in prison Wednesday. He was convicted of attempted capital murder Tuesday.

Alberto Montelongo, 41, was sentenced to 99 years in prison on one count of attempted capital murder and fined $10,000. He was also sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $10,000 on one count of continuous family violence.

The two sentences, the maximum allowed on both charges, will be served concurrently.

Defense lawyer Miguel Cervantes said he was disappointed in the jury's verdict and will go through court documents before making a decision on whether they will appeal.

Read more: http://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/2015/09/30/former-border-agent-gets-99-years-shooting/73099212/

Cross-posted in LBN.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Oct 1, 2015, 03:20 AM (0 replies)

Former border agent gets 99 years in shooting

Source: El Paso Times

A former U.S. Border Patrol agent, who claims he found God before shooting his estranged wife's boyfriend earlier this year, was sentenced to 99 years in prison Wednesday. He was convicted of attempted capital murder Tuesday.

Alberto Montelongo, 41, was sentenced to 99 years in prison on one count of attempted capital murder and fined $10,000. He was also sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $10,000 on one count of continuous family violence.

The two sentences, the maximum allowed on both charges, will be served concurrently.

Defense lawyer Miguel Cervantes said he was disappointed in the jury's verdict and will go through court documents before making a decision on whether they will appeal.

Read more: http://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/2015/09/30/former-border-agent-gets-99-years-shooting/73099212/



Cross-posted in the Texas Group.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Oct 1, 2015, 03:20 AM (4 replies)

Judge: Sherwin Alumina should have allowed union inspection

GREGORY, TEXAS -- Sherwin Alumina Co. should have permitted a union representative to observe federal inspections of its Gregory plant, a judge ruled.

United Steelworkers Local 235A interpreted the ruling by Administrative Law Judge Thomas P. McCarthy as a victory for the 450 Sherwin employees it represents, but conceded its 11-month lockout with the company remained at an impasse.

In a 34-page ruling Friday, McCarthy said Sherwin should have allowed Sherwin employee Joe Guzman to accompany Mine Safety and Health Administration personnel during inspections of the plant last year.

Guzman, also a union representative, was prevented from entering the facility on Oct. 20, just nine days after the company imposed a lockout. Guzman was kept from another inspection in November.

Read more: http://www.caller.com/news/energy-effects/judge-sherwin-should-have-allowed-union-inspection-20e5245e-24c9-6df8-e053-0100007fb0d3-330007971.html

Cross-posted in the Texas Group.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Oct 1, 2015, 03:11 AM (0 replies)

Judge: Sherwin Alumina should have allowed union inspection

GREGORY, TEXAS -- Sherwin Alumina Co. should have permitted a union representative to observe federal inspections of its Gregory plant, a judge ruled.

United Steelworkers Local 235A interpreted the ruling by Administrative Law Judge Thomas P. McCarthy as a victory for the 450 Sherwin employees it represents, but conceded its 11-month lockout with the company remained at an impasse.

In a 34-page ruling Friday, McCarthy said Sherwin should have allowed Sherwin employee Joe Guzman to accompany Mine Safety and Health Administration personnel during inspections of the plant last year.

Guzman, also a union representative, was prevented from entering the facility on Oct. 20, just nine days after the company imposed a lockout. Guzman was kept from another inspection in November.

Read more: http://www.caller.com/news/energy-effects/judge-sherwin-should-have-allowed-union-inspection-20e5245e-24c9-6df8-e053-0100007fb0d3-330007971.html

Cross-posted in the Texas Group.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Oct 1, 2015, 03:11 AM (0 replies)

KKK is recruiting in Round Rock

The KKK is recruiting in one Round Rock neighborhood. FOX 7 spoke with one of their members who says, they aren't doing anything illegal. This leaves residents there concerned.

It was three weeks ago when KKK recruiting pamphlets were passed out in Austin. Now similar flyers are being found in Round Rock.

Walking down the sidewalk in the Forest Creek Neighborhood, several residents got an unexpected surprise.

It was a Ziploc bag with a rock and a recruitment flyer for the Ku Klux Klan.

Read more and watch video: http://www.fox7austin.com/news/local-news/26431839-story
My apologies for the source.

[font color=330099]In the Ziploc bag the pamphlets have a number to contact so you can speak to Bubba.[/font]

Banker admits to stealing $826K from Pantex Federal Credit Union

AMARILLO, TEXAS -- A former assistant vice president of teller operations at Pantex Federal Credit Union has pleaded guilty to embezzling $826,000.

Dorothy Stegall Barnes, 56, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to stealing from the federally insured credit union for Pantex Plant. Barnes took the money over a 14-year period, from September 1996 to November 2010.

The missing funds were initially noticed in October 2014, when Barnes told the credit union president another teller had quit. She was assigned to count that teller’s vault and reported the vault was short $380,000. In the ensuing audit, it was discovered that Barnes transferred $826,000 to her vault. She admitted to that transfer, but not to the transfer of $380,000.

“There was another lady up there who had evidently engaged in a similar type of practice,” said William Kelly, Barnes’ attorney. “I don’t know where her case is.”

Read more: http://amarillo.com/news/latest-news/2015-09-30/banker-admits-stealing-826k

Cross-posted in Omaha Steve's Labor Group.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Oct 1, 2015, 02:44 AM (0 replies)
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