Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Barack and The Kenyan Weed Affair

Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree

Barack and The Kenyan Weed Affair
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There’s so much ugliness going on in the world, and so many heavy issues going on in my personal life, I needed a break. So after seeing a photo of Rick Perry in a meeting with President Obama where Perry seems to be pouting like a child, it was so hilarious that I decided to build a purely fictional scenario around it to take my mind off things. So again, this story is completely fictional, it has no basis in either fact or reality, and is intended as a spoof of some of the idiotic scenarios that people like Rush Limbaugh and the Fox News organization try to pass off to the American people as truth. In fact, I’m surprised they haven’t beat me to it.


Kevin,

Just between you and I, we get special reports in the hood about what’s going on in the White House, and according to those reports, the President just has one weakness - that damn Kenyan weed. It’s a throwback to when he was a kid. His relatives used to manage to get it in here to him when he was in college. And from what I understand, just before that meeting with Rick Perry, he got his hands on some, and I hear that shit is monstrous! Look at how everybody in the photo is grinnin.’ And from the look on Rick's face, he seems to be the only one who didn't get a hit - and the combination of that good Kenyan bush, and the look on Perry’s face, seems to have given the President a severe case of the "goofies." Personally, I think the President purposely bogarded. He just couldn’t bring himself to waste none of that good bush on Perry’s ignorant ass - and I don’t blame him.
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Now this may be an urban legend, but they tell me that Kenyan weed is twice as potent as any other weed in the world, because it’s grown in the wilderness and it has lion piss on it, and that seems to be substantiated by the President’s demeanor - the brother is crackin’ up! Similarly, the expression on Rick Perry’s face seems to suggest that he knows he missed out on something fabulous, because I’m sure the contact alone had Perry giddy and squirming in his seat just for one hit, but obviously, the President wasn’t having it.
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You see, Texas is right there on the Mexican border, so Perry knows some premo weed when he smells it. That Mexican weed been pissed on too, by coyotes - and coyote piss ain’t nothin’ to sneeze at either. And bein’ a Texan, Rick Perry knows his piss. But the most potent pissin’ coyote in the wilderness don’t hold a candle to lion piss, and Rick Perry knows that, that’s why he couldn’t wait to wrap his lips around that good, Kenyan weed. From what I understand, just the contact from that Kenyan shit will make the hairs fall out your nose, because a lion has some powerful piss. You can damn near start a Corvette with a gallon of lion piss. So that Kenyan weed is powerful! Check out the President - that shit got him crackin’ up!!! And another thing, when was the last time you saw a Kenyan that wasn’t smilin’?
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Now, I’m not going to tell you how I obtained these pictures, because they’re Top Secret, but I will tell you this - they are right out of the Secret Service files. So if you think I’m lyin’ about how bad this Kenyan shit is, check this out. This is a picture the President took right after the meeting:
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And if you think that’s something, check him out here - he completely took it to the next level. I couldn’t get my hands on the one where they said that shit had him thinkin’ he was Spider Man, but they tell me he was tryin’ to climb up the side of the White House wall, and then kept looking at his hands, tryin’ to figure out why his web wasn’t workin.’
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And a whole 5 hours later he went to a late afternoon lunch with Al Sharpton. Here he is gettin’ his grub on. That lion piss had him attackin’ that grub like a starvin’ werewolf. He scared the hell out of Al! Al said, "I was just hopin’ he got full, because I made up my mind that if he started lookin’ up at me I was gone haul ass. I ain’t never seen nothin’ like it - the brother was grubbin’ like a man who’d been stranded at sea for two weeks.
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So, like I said, that shit is bad. So bad, in fact, that the Secret Service added a special detail to make absolutely SURE the President couldn’t get his hands on nothing else that any lion, or anything else, might have pissed on. You know how you White folks are. You go overboard on everything. So once they made the connection between the weed and the lion piss, they forgot all about the weed - they're used to people gettin' wasted in the White House; George Washington even had a plant or two at Mt. Vernon - they started focusing on the piss. Now they’ve gone on a mission to make sure that the President doesn’t consume anything that might have been pissed on.
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That's right - they done made piss a national security issue. They even had a Hazmet detail wearing those white jumpsuits sniffin’ the collard greens in the White House galley. I guess they figure if lion piss can make the President trip-out like he did, God forbid what might happen if some crack-smokin', socialist hood rat piss on the presidential collard greens!   So now they’re growing ALL White House vegetables in a $22 million, specially constructed, hydroponic garden with round the clock guards, just because the President got ahold of some good weed. No wonder the poor people are starvin’ to death!  
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In addition, they put out a special memo to everybody on the White House staff that said, in no uncertain terms, that anybody who sneaks anymore of that shit into the White House is gonna be dragged down to the basement, and the Pentagon is gonna send in a special team of Navy Seals just to kick their Black ass. Then they’re gonna send ‘em to Guantanamo Bay and let ‘em chill a few months with Adul the Booty Bomber. But after giving it some consideration they thought better of it, and redacted the "Black ass" part. But it was clear who they suspected of gettin’ the President high. Things never change. It’s always us. How do they know some White, weed-smokin’ attache from the State Department didn’t bring that shit in? 
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But when all is said in done, I’d just like to know one thing. What pissed on that shit that Bush and Cheney was smokin - it must have been something we thought was extinct, or maybe it was the Koch brothers.
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So those are the facts - at least, according to the hood rat grapevine. But I’ve got to run, my man - I promised to take my woman to the zoo.  By the way, you wouldn't happen to have a bucket around here somewhere, would you?   
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Eric L. Wattree
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Ewattree@Gmail.com

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Sunday, September 07, 2014

An Ugly Truth: Why Some Black People Are Still Waiting For Santa Claus

Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree
 
An Ugly Truth:
Why Some Black People Are Still Waiting
For Santa Claus
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Whenever I hear the Name Belafonte the first word that comes to mind is "Class." That’s the only word appropriate for the way Harry Belafonte represented Black manhood in the fifties and early sixties. During a time when the few other Black celebrities with the crossover appeal of Belafonte were trying their best to make the White world forget that they were Black, Harry Belafonte flaunted his Blackness with dignity and pride. This soft-spoken, intelligent, and self-assured Black man with the undulating body drove White women crazy for just a taste of forbidden fruit, while at the very same time giving the White establishment a glimpse of things to come.
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During that period America still viewed Black men in the Steppin’ Fetchit tradition, so for the most part, the only Black men that we saw or heard in the media were people like Lightin’ and Amos n Andy. So brothers like Harry Belafonte were sorely needed to upgrade our image, but ironically, Belafonte was so self-assured, and moved about the White world so effortlessly that there were a few in the Black community who called him an Uncle Tom. Such people will always be around. No matter how impressive a person is, you can always depend on a handful of haters pointing out that one of his shoestrings is shorter than the other. 
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But, of course, calling Belafonte an Uncle Tom was ridiculous. Harry Belafonte was on the cutting edge when it came to defining the modern American Black man. Again, Belafonte was one of America’s first looks at what the modern Black man - at his best - was to become. While on the other hand, those who called him an Uncle Tom represented a throwback to the slave mentality of the Black man at his worse, with a mentality that dictates that any Black man who doesn’t walk around looking at his feet, or who is comfortable in casually dealing with White folks eyeball-to-eyeball, can’t be trusted.
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I’ve come to call that mentality the Smiley/West syndrome. You can always spot these people with just a glance. While they don’t act overtly subservient to White folks, and they’re even militant at times, their interactions with the White world always have a needy, self-conscious tinge to them, as though they’re seeking admiration, or recognition from the White world for being "brave" enough to speak up, and smart enough to speak to them in their own terms. Thus, while on the surface, they seem to be speaking on behalf of Black people, the message beneath the surface seems to be a desperate plea for acknowledgment, for the "Great White Father" to give them recognition for being "special."  Their actions and behavior seems to say, "See, I ain’t like those other niggas!"
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Notice the Body Language. 
There's No Doubt Who's the Dominant
Personality Here.


 
Such people are frauds. They’re trying to play both ends against the middle. On the one hand, they’re trying to gain the admiration of Black people for having the courage to speak up on their behalf, while on the other, they’re winking at the White man and desperately seeking his approval. That’s why such people were so hostile toward people like Harry Belafonte in the past, and those same sort of people are hostile toward Barack Obama today.
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People like Belafonte and Obama have attainted the stature and genuine respect of the White establishment that the frauds so desperately seek, so their response to people like Belafonte and Obama is like that of a child who resents his brother or sister because their daddy seems to like their sibling more.
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There’s clear evidence of this syndrome in the career of Cornel West. For a man who claims to love "his people" so desperately, it’s very curious that he’s never invested one smidgen of his oft-lauded skills as an educator into an effort to educate Black kids. Cornel West has never taught at a predominantly Black school in his entire career. He’s chosen to educate the kids of the White elite at Harvard, Princeton, and Yale instead.  And with respect to that, a good rule of thumb when attempting to assess the character of any individual - be they preacher, politician, or potentate - is to ignore what they say, and watch what they do.
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Any Black man who advocates "conserving"
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There are far too many Black people around who still suffer from this slave mentality. They’ve been convinced over the years that their own people are inferior, so unlike the people of most cultures, whose prime motivation is to come together and help move their people forward, the prime motivation of far too many Black people is to prove that they’re somehow superior to their own people. Then, when they come across other Black people who demonstrate the excellence, and even brilliance, that thrives throughout the Black community, instead of embracing these people, they feel challenged, and become hostile.
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As a direct result of that attitude by some, the very Black people with the knowledge, foresight, and character to help us move forward, are often severely scrutinized and brutally attacked, and that’s exactly what’s taking place with respect to President Obama. Instead of just letting the President do his job like any other president, people like Tavis Smiley and Cornel West are constantly demanding that he PROVE that he cares about Black people. It’s ridiculous - the man’s wife and children are Black, and he’s Black!
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But it’s more than just ridiculous; it hurts the Black community, and it hurts the nation. It makes the President’s job twice as hard, because in order for the President to be effective, he has to have the solid support of the people. So this constant insinuation by his Black critics that he’s somehow "not Black enough," not only dilutes his Black support, but their constant demands that he do something SPECIAL for the Black community to prove his Blackness, serves as grist for the mill of his political opponents. His opponents use such demands to both further dilute the Black community by claiming that he should be doing more for Black people, and then flipping the coin and telling the President’s White supporters that all he cares about is delivering special treatment for Black people. Thus, everything he does is scrutinize and evaluated in that light. As a result, everything he does that happens to benefit any group, is turned around and used against him as evidence that he doesn’t care about another.   
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BOYCE WATKINS
It also hurts the Black community because it prevents President Obama from using his bully pulpit to even suggest things that the Black community could do to improve its plight, and that’s something that’s needed very badly. A prime example of that was when, then, Senator Obama, was running for President, he gave a Father’s Day speech suggesting that Black fathers step up to the plate and take responsibility for their children. The next day all hell broke loose. Dr. Boyce Watkins in - who it now turns out is an undercover Black conservative in drag - wrote an article in "Your Black World" wanting to know why Obama singled out only Black deadbeat dads. It seemed to me, that should have been obvious - because he's Black, and he wants to see Black people thrive.  But, of course, Watkins was simply fishing for an issue.
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What makes this problem so tenacious, and so easily seized upon by Black demagogues, is that Black people have been on the receiving end of such groundlessly slanderous criticism over the centuries that we’ve become overly sensitive to ALL criticism - even when it’s constructive and warranted. We’ve got to get past that and learn to follow truth. We’ve got to train our minds to always give truth priority over ideology, and learn to follow truth wherever it leads and regardless to whose ox it gores. If we can simply teach ourselves to do just that one thing, it would put us "Miles Ahead" (pun intended) of every other group in America.
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Recklessly irresponsible parents should be
liable for the crimes their kids
commit - Period.
Truth is much like physical pain. While it can be severely uncomfortable, it can also alert us to serious problems that need to be addressed. So again, we should always follow truth wherever it leads, and then, if we don’t like where it leads us, instead of trying to deny truth, we should take the necessary action to modify what it reveals.
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If we can do that, we’ll see many of the problems in the Black community begin to melt away, because truth will tell us that we’re both the primary source of many of our problems, and should be the primary source of their solutions. Truth would tell us that more money passes through the Black community than through many countries, so if we would learn to work together and patronize our own businesses, we could become a nation within a nation. Truth would also tell us that we need to begin to teach our children the value of knowledge from the day they’re born, and we should also teach them about the stupidity of killing one another over a "territory" where they don’t own even one blade of grass.
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Truth would also tell us that our churches should be doing a lot more in the community than just preaching and collecting money every Sunday. It’s not enough to just recite the words of Jesus. Jesus’s words were designed to teach us how to actually live, not just TALK about how to live. 
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One of the things that Jesus said was, "If you claim to be the children of Abraham, you’d be doing the works of Abraham." Are our churches doing the works of Abraham? I don’t think so. If they were, there wouldn’t be a hungry child in America. So again, truth would tell us that our Churches, and the preachers who preside over our churches, spend far too much time TELLING us about Jesus, and far too little time LIVING like Jesus.
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Take the issue of poverty, for example. One of the biggest expenses for many working mothers is childcare. Why aren’t our churches helping to relieve that burden by keeping the churches open during the week and using some of their tithes to provide affordable childcare for working mothers? They could also hire unemployed mothers to staff the operation, and use retired teachers within their congregation to help educate the children. I think that’s what Jesus would have done. 
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So until we open our eyes to the truth, we cannot correct one of the most serious legacies of slavery - the belief by many that Black people have a moral obligation to remain ignorant. It doesn’t matter how sophisticated we think we’ve become, we are still the product of a racist environment, and as such, many of us are just as racist toward other Black people as any racist, sheet-wearing, barefoot, Hillbilly - and in many cases, even more so.  I refer to such people as "bligots" (Black-on-Black bigots) - and let there be no doubt about it, there are many of them out there. 
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So in order to neutralize that inbred legacy of slavery, it is incumbent upon us to expand our minds and seek to become independent thinkers. Each and every one of us should begin to educate ourselves, and thereafter, never give anyone else's ability to think priority over our own. Yes, we should continue to absorb knowledge from the knowledgeable, but we should evaluate that knowledge, and then ALWAYS connect the dots for ourselves.
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And remember, even though knowledge is the most valuable commodity on Earth, it's free, so no one can deprive you of it. There is just as much knowledge on Google or at the corner library as there is at Harvard, Princeton, and Yale Universities combined. So if you don't avail yourself of it, you're CHOOSING to remain ignorant. That's the one thing that we can't blame on the White man.
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And finally, the human mind was designed to hate ignorance, so true pride can only be had through the acquisition of knowledge. Thus, until such time that we obtain the true pride that comes with knowledge, we are doomed to continue to hate ourselves, which will make it impossible for us to ever come together to fight for the independence, equality, and justice necessary to sustain a viable culture. So the long and the short of it is, until we learn to respect the power of knowledge, we will remain enslaved - period.

 
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Eric L. Wattree
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Ewattree@Gmail.comCitizens Against Reckless Middle-Class Abuse (CARMA)
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Saturday, September 06, 2014

Revenge of the Nerds: Are Americans Being Brainwashed Into Mass Servitude?

Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree
Revenge of the Nerds:
Are Americans Being Brainwashed Into Mass Servitude?
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THE GOP HAS A VESTED INTEREST IN KEEPING
AMERICANS MISERABLE, ANGRY, AND UNEMPLOYED
I gave up watching television about a year ago. One day I got tired of simply complaining about how silly and inane television shows were and decided to do something about it. So I called Direct TV and told them to shove it, and I haven’t regretted that decision for even one second since. 
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But last week I had occasion to spend a night in a motel, and for lack of anything else to do, I decided to turn on the television and let it lull me to sleep. That decision not only confirmed why I stopped watching it in the first place, but much more. After not watching it for a year, its aggressive propagandizing was not only much more apparent to me, but its blatant and heavy-handed approach to controlling the public’s collective mind was all but oppressive.
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The problem - and danger of television - is that it lulls the mind into a hypnotic state and then presents ideas and concepts as though it goes without saying that they’re valid. That causes the public to accept the most ridiculous and dysfunctional propositions as valid without the scrutiny of critical evaluation.
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One of the most destructive propositions that television promotes in this manner is the concept that brawn is superior to brains. How many times have you watched movies or television shows that portray the dumb and clueless jock as superior to the "nerdy" intellectual? These shows will show a jock who can’t chew gum and tie his shoes at the same time as a handsome, sharp dressing, and confident lady’s man, while portraying the most intelligent student in the school as disheveled, awkward, and a turn-off to women. In short, they routinely profile intelligence and the pursuit of knowledge as a dysfunctional condition to be avoided at all costs.
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That is the exact opposite of the message that we should be sending our young people. So it’s no wonder that America is rapidly sliding downhill. The fact is, just because an individual is intelligent, that doesn’t mean that he or she is either awkward, nerdy, or, socially dysfunctional. One simply has to look at many of the elegant denizens of Wall Street or Madison Avenue to recognize the fallacy of that portrayal - in fact, many of the struttin’, jock-strap-wearing "lady’s men" from high school are now the chauffeurs, flunkies, and "gofers" of these so-called nerds.
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But perhaps that’s why many of the rich and accomplished have so little sympathy for middle-class America - they remember how they were treated in high school and college while they were trying to lay down their foundation for success. Many were looked down upon and treated as outcasts, so now, it’s payback time - and we’ve made that payback extremely easy to accomplish.
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When many of us should have been hard at work laying down our own foundation to become competent individuals, we were so busy trying to be popular, and living vicariously through the exploits of our favorite celebrities and sports heroes, that we never learned to think. Instead of learning HOW to think, we were taught WHAT to think. As a result, we’ve become so thoroughly programmed in group-think that we’re now mired in a cesspool of intellectual dysfunction. That accounts for why we routinely hear, and never question, comments like, "President Obama is a socialist - he’s engaged in a socialist plot to provide my family with healthcare." Many Americans have been so brainwashed with respect to the "isms" that they fail to recognize the stupidity of such a statement.
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A sizable number of Americans have also casually accepted the ridiculous concept that by making the simply rich, filthy rich, it will help to create jobs - and that’s in spite of the fact that the American middle class has been plummeting downhill for the past 35 years under the fallacy of that economic concept. Far too many Americans lack the simple intellectual competence to recognize that regardless to how much money we give to the rich, they will never use that money to create jobs unless they have someone to purchase the products in which those jobs produce - and the American middle class no longer possess those funds, because we’ve already given the rich our money . . . for free. So the one-percenters have absolutely no incentive to create jobs - they don’t have to. They can just sit back and play the stock market with the money they’re already getting from the American taxpayer. So why should they take on the additional headache of actually having to produce a product? 
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The scheme to convince the American people that jobs are created by the rich was conceived during the Reagan administration by USC economist, Art Laffer. His name is quite appropriate, because the rich have been falling out laughing all the way to the bank every since. Even many Republicans were absolutely shocked when the American people fell for such a transparent scam. George Bush Sr. called it "voodoo economics," because the scam was, literally, predicated on the assumption that the American people were so gullible, undereducated, and dumb, that they could reintroduce Santa Claus back into our lives - and the amazing part was, it worked.
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That was an eye-opener for the corporate community and their political cronies. The mere fact that they could get America to embrace a concept as ridiculously self-defeating as "trickle-down economics" clearly demonstrated to them that they could get the American people to embrace ANYTHING, as long as they could convince us that it would hurt a targeted group that they could conditioned us to hate, the concept was repeated often enough, and it was wrapped in the appropriate patriotic vestments. That’s why every time you turn on your television set you’re served up the virtual equivalent of "The Night Before Christmas" - even though Christmas Day has been eluding us for the past 35 years now.      
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The reality is, jobs are created by a vibrant and healthy middle class who has the money to purchase goods and services. Thus, it doesn’t matter how much money we give Gucci, he will never hire anyone to produce handbags if he’s forced to try to sell them in a homeless shelter - and for good reason - because no one would have the money to purchase the product that he’s produced - and essentially, that’s what we’ve allowed America to become, a homeless shelter.
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So when we turn our money over to the rich, they’re not going to use it to create jobs and re-circulate that wealth; they’re going to let that money draw interest, and dust, in offshore accounts. We’ll never see that money again. That’s why the top 5% of the nation controls 83% of the nation’s wealth, while the bottom 80% of Americans only control 7% of the wealth, and the gap is widening with every day that passes. So consider what happens when the 7% of the wealth that’s controlled by the middle class becomes only 3%, or even 1%. At that point, for all intent and purposes, we’ll be slaves. The only difference is, we’ll have to provide our own housing and maintenance, and therein lies the corporate whip.
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So if there’s a moral to this story, it’s that the American poor and middle class need to wake up, begin to educate ourselves, and stop allowing corporate interests and their political cronies to keep us fighting among ourselves. It’s way past time for us to recognize that we’re no longer engaged in a race or ethnic war; we’re now in the middle of a class war, and we’re losing badly.
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Now, that isn’t to say that racism and bigotry is a thing of the past; on the contrary, it’s still being used to great effect. But there’s a major difference in its character. Today, bigotry is no longer the war itself. Racism and other forms of bigotry have now become a TOOL of war. It’s being used to keep the poor and middle class divided, because as long as they can keep the masses at one another’s throats, the people will never come together to defend their mutual interests.
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Another important distinction of a class war is the fact that we can no longer assume that because a person is of the same race or ethnic group, that they’re on same side. That fact should have been made abundantly clear to White America during, and subsequent to, the 2008 Wall Street calamity. It wasn’t just Black people who lost their homes and jobs, and they’re not just sending the jobs of women and gays overseas, the corporatists are targeting ALL of poor and middle class America. Be you Black, White, Asian, or Eskimo, if you’re not independently wealthy - and comfortably so - you’re the new "nigger" on the block. 
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That point was driven home in graphic detail during the recent school board election in Los Angeles, when two Black politicians (Alex Johnson, and his mentor and boss, Mark Ridley-Thomas) mounted a highly financed campaign (funded by charter school interests) that brutally slandered Dr. George McKenna, a nationally recognized and respected educator who was portrayed by Denzel Washington in the movie, "The George McKenna Story." Even though Johnson and Ridley-Thomas are Black, just like Dr. McKenna, they weren’t concerned about the interests of the Black and minority community, their alliance was with the corporatist agenda. 
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And again, the same is true of White corporatists. They don’t care any more about poor and middle class White people than they do Black people, women, or gays. This is true of corporate feudalists of every stripe. All these people care about is subjugating the poor and middle class to big business - period.
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So the next time you turn on your television set, or allow yourself to be swept away by any component of the mass media, keep in mind who’s tailoring the message being propagated. Because chances are, that message was specifically designed - or at the very least, promoted - to cloud your mind (and the minds of your children) with nonsense that undermines your way of life - all "isms" notwithstanding.
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Eric L. Wattree
Http://wattree.blogspot.com
Ewattree@Gmail.comCitizens Against Reckless Middle-Class Abuse (CARMA)
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

An Open Letter to America’s Black Journalists

Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree

An Open Letter to America’s Black Journalists
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Subsequent to the August 12th runoff election for District 1 of the Los Angeles Unified School District where Dr. George McKenna defeated Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas aide, Alex Johnson, Journalist, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, commented that it was "Scary" how close the election was (53 to 47%), and attributed it to "low informed negroes."
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Even though McKenna did prevail, I'm feeling the very same kind of frustration as Hutchinson. Dr. McKenna should have won by a landslide, not only because of his depth of experience and national renown as an educator compared to the profound inexperience of Alex Johnson, but just as importantly, due to the political threat that Johnson/Ridley-Thomas’ supporters pose to the Black and minority community.
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So watching the community’s response to this election and their complete state of clueless ignorance regarding what was at stake was not only frustrating, but horrifying to watch. It reminded me of the fear and frustration that I felt when my kids were teens and I couldn't get them to see the potential threats and stumbling blocks to their well being in their path that was so crystal clear to me as an adult. So I'm in complete agreement with Ofari Hutchinson on the ramifications of how close this election turned out to be. It is absolutely horrifying that these demagogues got so many votes - and what’s just as horrifying is their respectable showing may encourage them to try to run again next year.
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That’s why it’s so important for Black journalists to begin to recognize the fact that, as Black journalists, we can’t allow ourselves the luxury of pretending to be detached when confronted with the blatant nonsense that has become so common in the mainstream media today. We have a unique and special mission. We are also educators, so in addition to reporting objective facts, we also have a responsibility to the Black community to help connect the dots - and to report the possible ramifications of what the facts reveal - for a community that is so distracted by the simple struggle to survive that many don’t have the time to sit around and analyze the motivations and ever-changing machinations of political predators for themselves.
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As Black journalists our job is every bit as important as Dr. McKenna’s. It’s George McKenna’s job to educate our children; it’s our job to educate their parents. Dr. McKenna is an educator, not a politician, so his sole focus is on educating our young people. Thus, he has neither the time nor inclination to have to contend with the constant maneuverings of power-hungry political predators as well. That job falls to us. That’s why the press is referred to as the fourth estate. Government cannot function effectively unless we keep the people informed.
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So between now and next year's general election, we’ve got to give the people a crash course in power politics, demographics, and political manipulation, because that’s what the charter school movement is all about. National demographics now threaten the power of those who control this country. The minority community is growing at a rate that will soon make us the majority, so the powers that be can no longer depend on racism alone to maintain their power base. That’s why all of a sudden they are so interested in the education of our children. Their very survival depends on their obstructing minority voters, corrupting our politicians, clergy, and community leaders, and gaining control over the minds of our children.
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As a case in point, Tavis Smiley is a graphic example of how our community leaders are being used to manipulate the Black community. What happen to the "Poverty Tours" now that President Obama has been reelected? And why did Tavis Smiley and Cornel West come up missing during the Black Friday demonstrations against Wal-Mart, never even issuing a statement of support? And speaking of Cornel West, why has he seemingly severed ties with Tavis Smiley? Previously he and Smiley were connected at the hip, but when was the last time you’ve seen them together in the past year? West didn’t even show up or issue a statement of congratulations when Smiley purchased his $30,000 star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame (and then claimed he didn’t know how he was chosen for the honor). The Black press should be all over these issues, because they speak directly to how social manipulators are using the greed and egos of many Black leaders to manipulate an under-informed Black community.
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Now, charter schools are being presented to a desperate and frustrated community as an opportunity for the minority community to obtain a better education for their children - and just like Tavis Smiley was used to rope in victims of the Wells Fargo "Ghetto Scam," and is currently fronting for Wal-Mart - Alex Johnson and Mark Ridley-Thomas are being used to front for these groups. Their pitch sounds good on the surface, but demagoguery always does. But as journalists, we’ve got to get the people to understand that the bottom line behind charter schools is to eliminate the public’s control over the education of our children - or essentially, to hand the minds of our children over to conservative mind-twisters. Charter schools will also reinstate segregation into our educational system in a routine and legally justifiable way as a matter of course.
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In addition, charter schools are also a slippery slope. Once the charter school industry gets a lock on our educational system, down the line they will start to charge fees, and that will lead to a society where education will only be available to those who can afford it. They've all but completed that mission at the college and university level.
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So our job is cut-n-dried, and it shouldn’t be that difficult achieve. We’ve simply got to get the people to ask themselves one question - when was the last time that rich, out-of-state billionaires showed any interest whatsoever in the education of Black and minority children? Thereafter, we’ve got to help the community to understand that those Black politicians who are in league with the charter school agenda represent a 400-year tradition of Black Judas goats who are out to feather their own nests at the expense of Black people as a whole.
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Alex Johnson’s undergraduate degree wasn’t in education, it was in political science, and he’s been all over the board in an attempt to promote his political ambitions every since. And Mark Ridley-Thomas is clearly on a fierce mission to increase his political power within the state. When Thomas was a city councilman and I was a union rep for the National Association of Letter Carriers, he came to one of our meetings trying to form an alliance with our branch - and not during an election period; he was just doing a drive-by, trying to gather and consolidate his political power. That's what caused me to begin to watch him initially. As I sat there listening to his inarticulations, I asked myself, what mutual interest could a city councilman and a national union possibly have other than Ridley-Thomas’ attempt to gather and consolidate political power?
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Thus, the Johnson/Thomas alliance has absolutely nothing to do with education, or, what’s in the best interest of our children. It’s about the consolidation of power, and feathering their own nests. Their passion isn’t limited to a seat on the LAUSD. They want ANY office, and we have to explain that to the people. We also have to get the people to understand that politicians of Thomas’ ilk will do anything in their power - including forging an alliance with the Devil - to obtain ANY office.
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So if we ever intend to become a healthy, viable, and prosperous community, it is incumbent upon us to immediately recognize such people and do everything we can to insure that they’re never allowed to obtain - or if already elected - maintain, political office. Because it was undoubtedly self-serving Black people just like these who sold us into slavery in the first place.
 
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Hi Eric,
 
As kids across the country head back to school, Walmart’s owners are trying to make those classrooms run more like Walmart. Can you tell the Walton family to stop using their money to attack our public schools?

Walmart vs. Teachers

 Tell Walmart's owners to end their attacks on public education. 
  sign the petition
The Waltons have spent more than $1 billion to push corporate-style education reform that has resulted in school closures and shifting much-needed resources from public schools to for-profit corporate schools. Meanwhile, the Waltons have pumped big money into fighting common-sense proposals like ensuring that all kids get access to free public pre-K education.

Teachers and parents are fighting back.

Teachers like Paul Kennedy are telling the Waltons to stop meddling with the future of our children. Kennedy, a Philadelphia teacher, knows all too well how the Waltons do business. When his brother worked as a Walmart manager, he watched how the company hurt its employees. Then after eight years with one school and set of students, he was forced to transfer when he and all of his peers were fired after the Walton family helped push for his school to be replaced by a private charter school.
Click here to stand with parents and teachers like Paul in telling the Walton heirs to keep their hands off our schools.

We know that poverty is one of the largest single factors influencing whether a kid succeeds in school. As owners of the largest private employer in America, the Waltons have the opportunity to single-handedly help countless students by raising hundreds of thousands of moms and dads out of poverty. Instead, they’re lobbying to close the schools that serve those families, while continuing to pay most of their workers poverty wages.

Tell the Waltons, we say no to Walmart-style classrooms: http://action.changewalmart.org/WalmartEdu
In Solidarity,
Jamie
Jamie Way
Making Change at Walmart
 
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Eric L. Wattree
Http://wattree.blogspot.com
Ewattree@Gmail.com
Citizens Against Reckless Middle-Class Abuse (CARMA)

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

This is What's Happening to the American Middle Class, Compliments of the U.S. Postal Service. Wake Up, America!!!

Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree 

 The United States Postal Service’s Criminal Assault on the Middle Class, and the Illusion of American Justice
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Where's Jesse, where's Sharpton, where's Barack, but most importantly, where's justice? Where are the people who fight for the poor and middle class when they're out of camera range? Dr. Cornel West, where are you?
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Thousands of people have been following the story of Ms. JoAnn Snow’s pursuit of justice within the Los Angeles District of the United States Postal Service. This woman was literally being forced to work for free, as are many others within the postal service. Then when clear evidence was revealed to document her abuse, the officials and governmental agencies mandated to protect her interest closed ranks to protect her abusers, and thereby, the agency's very lucrative  status quo.
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Prior to deciding to stand up for her rights, Ms. Snow was not only coerced into working twelve hours a day and more, but robbed of her compensation. Then when she decided not to take it anymore, she became the subject of reprisal for having the audacity to complain to the Office of Inspector General - and not only from her bosses, but the OIG’s office itself. But she wasn't surprised. She was prepared for it, because this is business as usual within the United States Postal Service. As late as yesterday, a manger who is also considering coming forward advised me that she was also being force to work twelve hours a day, six days a week, without proper compensation.
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So the interest in this case has been with good cause, because Ms. Snow’s ordeal is the perfect metaphor for the blatant corporate, and now, governmental assault on the American middle class as a whole. But when I promised to keep you abreast of the twists and turns in this particular case, I thought it was simply going to be the story of a middle-class worker’s struggle to finally obtain justice. But instead, it has not only become the story of governmental extortion, threats, and collusion, but the clear demonstration that justice has become nothing more than an illusion for the American middle class.
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What makes Ms. Snow’s story so unique, however, is unlike most of us, this lady not only has the backbone to stand up against her own union, but one of the nation’s largest and most brutal agencies. And in doing so she’s refused to be swayed by either money, or the systemic pressure and reprisals that have allowed the government to sweep its gross assault on middle-class workers under the rug. Ms.Snow is motivated by the conviction that shining a light on the millions of dollars a day that the postal service is extorting from its employees should take precedence over the $8,000 of hush-money that they offered to pay her to drop the case. She says, the pursuit of justice also takes precedence over the reprisals that she’s been forced to endure for refusing to cave in.

"Somebody's got to stand up, so I guess it's got to be me. I didn't ask for this, but sometimes God just drops things in your lap. That means he want's you to hanldle it, so I'm gonna do it."
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But the postal service had yet another card up its sleeve. It got Ms. Snow’s union, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), to sign off on a settlement, without her knowledge or consent, awarding her a cash payment, even after she specifically demanded in writing that her union not accept any monetary settlement without bringing those who falsified her official time records to justice. But the NALC signed off on it anyway - and she didn’t even receive so much as a decision letter until she demanded it after noticing $7,866.26 mysteriously showing up in her bank account. Obviously they expected her to simply accept the money, along with the fact that her fight for justice was in vain. But obviously, neither her union nor the postal service understood the kind of woman they were dealing with. The letter reads in part:
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“Dear Mr. Jackson:
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"Calvin Brookins and I discussed the above captioned grievance on at least two occasions, the last being April 15, 2011.
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"After a full review of the information, contentions, and arguments, both parties have reached the pre-arbitration settlement. In reviewing TACS records and the other information contained in the file it was agreed that the grievant is entitled to compensation.
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"The Grievant will receive a lump-sum payment of $7,866.26 as compensation.
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"This agreement is entered without prejudice to the position of the parties and constitutes full settlement of the issues pertaining to this grievance.
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Steve Marney
Manager Labor Relations
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Calvin Brookins
NALC”
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Labor Relations manager, Steve Marney, a signatory of the above agreement offered Ms. Snow the identical resolution last year, but she turned it down because he added the proviso that she drop the charges against Manager Marci Luna and Area Manager Tyrone Williams. Then after he saw that Ms. Snow wasn’t going to cave in for money, and later, one year of pressure, he went to the NALC for help. The above agreement seems to indicate that he colluded with the NALC to circumvent Ms. Snow’s wishes.
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Now, I understand that “collusion” is an ugly word, and since I wasn’t there or in anyway privy to the negotiations that led to the settlement between management and the union, maybe I’m being unfair to characterize the agreement in that way. But Ms. Snow sent the following letter to the NALC. Mr. Larry Brown is president of Branch 24 and also a national officer of the NALC. Please read the letter and draw your own conclusion:
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“April 30, 2010
President Larry Brown:
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“I spoke to Ray Espana today, and he told me that he was meeting with Marci Luna and the postal service next Friday to get me paid for their falsifying my clock rings. I told him at that time that I didn't just want to be paid. I want the people responsible for falsifying my time removed from the postal service. In response, Ray told me that he couldn't do that. That's what EEOs are for.
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“That's a bunch of crap! Ray has been [Executive]Vice President of Branch 24 for over 15 years. You'd think that he'd know that the EEO procedure is for discrimination, not simple theft. The postal service is an equal opportunity thief. They steal from anyone, regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, age, or gender. Therefore, if I filed a claim with the EEOC it would simply be thrown out. If he doesn't know that, he's not qualified to be in his position.
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“In addition, I had to fight him last week just to get a copy of what was supposed to be my clock rings. He refused to give me a copy, saying that it was "union property.” What?!! It was my understanding that the grievant owns the grievance. But even if I'm wrong in that regard, why should a grievant have to fight with the union to get a document in their own case?
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“Then once I got the document, it turned out that it wasn't my clock rings at all. It was only a summary of my weekly time, without any indication of my rings, or any modifications thereto. Why didn't he reject that useless piece of paper out of hand and ask for the documents that I'm alleging were falsified? Ray Espana's efforts in this case just don’t pass the sniff test. It looks to me like he either doesn't know what he's doing, or that he's much too accommodating to management.
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“If I'm going to have to fight both the post office, and the NALC, I'm more than prepared to do so. But in that event, I respectfully request a copy of every document that the union relies upon to prosecute this case. Let's be clear. The union is not going to sweep this crime under the table without a lot of noise. That's why the post office thinks it can do whatever it wants to the employees with impunity.
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“I am formally requesting that you have someone handle my case who is both knowledgeable, and has some modicum of integrity. And DO NOT RESOLVE THIS CASE WITHOUT THE PEOPLE WHO PERPETRATED THIS CRIME, AT THE VERY LEAST, BEING REMOVED FROM THE POSTAL SERVICE. Nothing else is acceptable.
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18 U.S.C. § 1001 of the United States Code reads as follows:
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“‘Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully - (1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact; (2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or (3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry; shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both.’”
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“I don't know what's going on here, but I've been in the postal service for 27 years, and 21 of those years was in management, so I know how things work in the post office. So please understand that I am far from an innocent and trusting fool.
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“I look forward to a just resolution of this case - not just for me, but for every employee who's being robbed by the postal service.
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Sincerely,
JoAnn Snow
Ayerssnow@aol.com
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Questions
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This case brings up several burning questions that are begging to be answered. First, why would the NALC sign off on a “pre-arbitration agreement” in spite of the fact that the grievant specifically told them not to settle on any money agreement without also agreeing that the perpetrators of the crime against her be brought to justice? Secondly, why would the NALC help the postal service conceal discovery documents that would prove conclusively that the agency is stealing wages from employees all over the district? And further, why would the NALC even consider settling a matter that's clearly an open-and-shut case, with ample documentation, proving that the agency is engaged in misconduct that leads to the extortion of millions of dollars, possibly per day, from their membership across the country?
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This settlement is directly analogous to a bank robber being caught red handed with the loot, then saying, "Okay, okay, you caught me. I'll tell you what.  Why don't I just give you the money back and we'll call the whole thing square."  To enter into such an agreement is not only malfeasance on the part of the NALC, but it does a gross disservice to every postal employee across the country.
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In addition, the decision letter indicates a January 6, 2011 arbitration date. How can the above agreement be a “pre-arbitration agreement” if it was entered into 14 weeks after the arbitration was scheduled to go forward? And finally, why is the union grieving criminal conduct administratively in the first place? We’re dealing with a federal crime here. Why isn’t this matter being handled criminally? If an employee is robbed by a manager in the parking lot is the NALC going to handle it like a simple grievance? What kind of crime does the postal service have to commit for the NALC and OIG to do their jobs?
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Facts in the case
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I initially became involved in this matter when I found out that a friend of mine, Ms. JoAnn Snow, was the victim of repeated instances of forced unpaid labor and time fraud. Ms. Snow indicated that she was routinely coerced into working between four and six hours per day without pay. Then after she had the audacity to hit the clock, Ms. Luna used her government provided access to the time system to falsify the records and insert three hour lunch breaks that Ms. Snow hadn't taken. Then one day Ms. Snow walked into Ms. Luna’s office and she personally heard Area Manager Tyrone Williams instruct Ms. Luna to take her time out of the system.
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The irony of this situation is that Ms. Snow's problems arose as a direct result of her competence and dedication to duty. As closing supervisor it was Ms. Snow's responsibility to follow up behind all of the supervisors that worked during the day to make sure that all of the mail was delivered, and to ensure that all mail collected during the day was dispatched to the general mail facility for processing in a timely manner. That included checking every route and every vehicle for "sleeper mail" that might have been overlooked during the day. She was also responsible for seeing that the mail in every collection box in the immediate area was collected on time, but not before the time indicated on the box. In addition, she returned calls and addressed all customer complaints that had been overlooked, or more often than not, shunned by supervisors during the day.
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In short, it was Ms. Snow's job to check behind every employee and supervisor each day to make sure that they'd carried out all of their responsibilities effectively - and according to her previous manager, Mr. Eugene Jeffries, there was none better at what she did. That fact was also reinforced by Ms. Snow’s unprecedented longevity in her position.
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As Mr. Jeffries pointed out in a letter subsequent to his retirement, Ms. Snow would often volunteer her own time to make sure she carried out all of her responsibilities efficiently. But instead of thanking her for her dedication, this new breed of less than insightful managers felt that "we've got a fool here," and began to load her down with even more responsibilities. It finally got to the point where Ms. Snow would still be in the post office when the morning shift arrived (she came in at 12 noon). At that point she had no alternative but to start hitting the clock to be compensated for the time she was being forced to work. That's when her problems began, even though a knowledgeable source indicated that after she left her responsibilities were being carried out by two supervisors.
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According to Ms. Snow, after she started hitting the clock - as she was supposed to have been doing all along - she was contacted by Mr. Tyrone Williams (the new area manager who replaced Marci Luna after her demotion) and asked why she hit the clock. When she told Mr. Williams that she was being loaded down with so many additional responsibilities that she couldn't get them all accomplished in a reasonable time, Mr. Williams told her that she sounded like one of the carriers. She then was told that she simply wasn't managing her time wisely, and if she couldn't do any better she'd be returned to delivering mail - this, after twenty-one years of dedicated service as a supervisor.
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Thereafter her manager, Ms. Luna, stayed with her to assist her with her responsibilities on one occasion, and even with the two of them, they were there for twelve hours before Ms. Luna decided to leave for the night.
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On another occasion they placed so much work on Ms. Snow that by the time she was finally ready to close the station, she didn't have to because the morning tour was showing up for work. So instead of going home, she checked into a motel across the street from the post office.
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Then, while still at the motel, she received a conference call from Station Manager Marci Luna and Area Manager Tyrone Williams wanting to know why she hit the clock to be paid. When she told them that they had placed too many additional responsibilities on her, Area Manager Tyrone Williams is alleged to have told her that she simply wasn't using her time wisely. But Ms. Snow stuck to her guns, and just as Mr. Williams threatened, on Monday, April 12, 2010 she was scheduled to be "retrained" to carry mail.
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Employee Background
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What makes this situation so egregious is the postal service’s cavalier attitude toward its most dedicated employees. Ms. Snow is the kind of employee that’s loved and respected by everyone in the workplace. Her superiors depended upon her because of her can-do, A type personality, and her subordinates would seek her out for council, knowing she could be depended upon to do the right thing (making sure they were properly paid, for example, or doing battle on their behalf with their immediate supervisors over injustices). In addition, she would donate her vacation time every year to employees who became ill and ran out of sick leave, because she never found the time to take a vacation herself.
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This woman was so highly depended upon by her superiors, and so dedicated to her job that for years she was working seven days a week just to cover their backs against any oversights. And since she had been in her current position for over twenty-one years - again, probably longer in one position than any other supervisor, manger or postmaster in the United States Postal Service's Los Angeles district - when the administrators needed any kind of information, or any issue addressed, in many cases they wouldn't bother with the station manager - they come and go - they'd wait until after 11:00 a.m. when Ms. Snow arrived so they could address the issue with her.
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A former manager said the following:
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I was the Manager of Customer Service at Bicentennial Station in Los Angeles from 1997 until I retired in 2001. I was Ms Snow's manager during this time. Prior to coming to Bicentennial Station, the two previous managers, Lloyd Curtis and James Barnett had apprised me of Ms Snow's supervisory skills and total dedication to duty and company. Upon coming to the unit I was not disappointed and found all they had told me concerning Ms Snow was true.
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Ms. Snow was one of my closing and weekend supervisors. She had an exceptional knowledge of the overall operation and excelled at running a difficult unit and she required little to no supervision. She could be counted on to work beyond what was normally considered an average work day without complaint. She always finished her assignments no matter how long her day was extended and this included weekends. She has excellent interpersonal skills which you need supervising the diverse workforce at Bicentennial Station. Ms Snow exceeded my expectations relative to handling my business customers and resolving complaints. In addition to all of this, Ms. Snow would routinely call the office on her scheduled off day to see how things were going and offer her assistance if needed.
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Joanne Snow proved to be an invaluable asset and even now in retirement, I often think of her and thank her when I talk to her for helping make my tour at Bicentennial successful.
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Eugene Jeffries

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The Office of Inspector General
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When I first became aware of how Ms. Snow was being abused I was shocked, but not alarmed. I thought I could simply contact the Office of Inspector General and have the matter, and the manager involved, taken care of. I was certain that the OIG would be anxious to investigate the matter in order get the offending culprit out of their midst. But to my amazement it not only took two reports, but over a month before I was even contacted regarding the complaint.
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Then when I finally was contacted and I carefully explained the situation to the OIG inspector, Special Agent Reid Robbins. I pointed out that a postal manager, Marcie Luna, was forcing Ms. Snow to work between four and six hours a day without pay, and was committing fraud by falsifying a government document and changing the employee's official clock rings to reflect a three (3) hours lunch that she wasn't permitted to take, I was essentially met with a yawn.
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Agent Robbins was somewhat distant, and related to me like I was some kind of trouble maker. Instead of showing any kind of concern about the crime that was being committed, the first thing out of his mouth was, "Who are you, and how do you know this employee? Are you a postal employee?” Then after we finally got past what felt like an interrogation to determine whether or not I had a right to NOT mind my own business, Agent Robbins went on to explain that the OIG's office generally didn’t investigate time issues - which was a blatant lie (they just don't investigate time issues when the government is doing the stealing).
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But at first I accepted his word at face value, until I gave the matter further thought. Then I began to ask myself, "What kind of crime fighting organization doesn't fight crime?" It was my understanding that the Postal Inspection Service investigated external crimes against the postal service, and the Office of Inspector General investigated internal crimes within the postal service. So if the OIG doesn't investigate the intimidation, coercion, and extortion of employees, or the falsification of government documents, the OIG must not consider employee abuse a crime.
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So I attempted to contact Agent Robbins at the number he provided, but he failed to return my calls, even after six attempts. So I decided to leave a message on his voice mail asking him the following questions: 1) Whose office would handle the matter if the situation was reversed, and the employee worked only eight hours and falsified her time to be paid for twelve? 2). Whose office would handle the falsification of government documents? And finally, is he going to investigate the matter, and will anyone be held accountable for the commission of this crime? But to this day, fourteen months later, I have yet to receive a response. It seems that Special Agent Robbins simply disappeared into thin air.
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But Ms. Snow did hear from him. The next day she called to advise me that Agent Robbins had contacted her. She went on to say that he seemed to be more interested in how she knew me than he was the crime that had been committed against her. She also said his tone was aggressive and intimidating. And he told her that when she accepted the job of acting supervisor, working overtime without pay came with the job. So yet again, he told a blatant lie.
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The National Association of Postal Supervisors advised me that a certified supervisor can be required to work a maximum of 30 minutes without pay (in emergencies), and since 204Bs (acting supervisors) are covered under various craft employee contracts, they must be paid for every minute they work.
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But even worse than fluffing Ms. Snow off, giving her inaccurate information, and failing to investigate the complaint, Agent Robbins also revealed both the complaint, and the nature of the complaint to postal management, and that information is supposed to be confidential.
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As a direct result, this highly productive employee who has held the same position for over twenty-one years - longer in the same position than any other supervisor, manager, or postmaster in the Los Angeles district - has been demoted by a manager who hadn’t even entered the postal service until six years after Ms. Snow was a productive supervisor. And even worse, while the manager, Ms. Marci Luna, who had recently been demoted from area manager herself, was informing the employee of her demotion, she allegedly commented to Ms. Snow, "I just want you to see how it feels when the postal service doesn't appreciate all that you've done for them."
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What!!? Is this manager actually saying that she wants the employee to suffer because she feels that she's suffered an injustice? How was the employee responsible for the manager's demotion?
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Reprisal
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Area Manger Tyrone Williams later denied that Ms. Snow was demoted as a reprisal against her for insisting to be paid for time worked and reporting criminal to conduct to the OIG. He indicated that she was returned to craft simply because the postal service was cutting back on 204Bs. But that’s ridiculous on it’s face. Ms. Snow had more seniority and experience than any other 204B in the Los Angeles district, so why would she be the first one to get the demoted? The 204Bs who continued to work off the clock for free did just fine.
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In addition, even after they returned this post 50 year-old woman to carrying mail, they detailed her out of the post office that she’d worked her entire career, while holding on to substitute carriers that had just come into the post office. And after she refused to drop the charges against Tyrone Williams and Marci Luna, they tried to detail her to one of the most dangerous area’s in the city of Los Angeles. The following is a letter sent to Districr Manager Ruiz and Branch 24 president, Larry Brown:
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Letter Complaining of Reprisal to NALC Branch president, Larry Brown, and District Manager Ed Ruiz
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President Larry Brown, District Manager Ed Ruiz:
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Since it's become clear that the postal service has decided that the best way of handling Ms. JoAnn Snow is through intimidation, I thought that it might be instructive to provide you with a little information regarding her past history with the postal service and her current concerns.
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While Ms. Snow was the victim of time fraud and theft at the hands of Station Manager Marci Luna and CSO Tyrone Williams, she's the one that punitive action has been taken against. She's been removed from a higher level position that she's held for 21 years (which she has no problem with - in fact, she's come to enjoy, since she's now only responsible for her own productivity), she's been issued a Notice of 14-Day Suspension, and she's been involuntarily bounced all over the city, in spite of her seniority in both craft and career. At the same time, the people cited above who falsified federal documents, in direct violation of federal law, in a conspiracy to deprive her of her rightfully earned wages have not only remained in place, but CSO Tyrone Williams has since been both promoted and awarded a Regional vice President's award for performance.
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So it is clear that after refusing monetary compensation with the quid pro quo of dropping her demand that the two managers be removed offered by Labor Relations Manager Steve Marney, the district has gone to plan B - intimidation. But as the case below clearly demonstrates, while Ms. Snow seems to be a very demure lady and has a history of being extremely accommodating to the postal service, she is not without backbone when she feels that she's being treated unjustly.
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Ms. Snow prevailed in the case below (Under Clarence Thomas, no less) leading to the removal of the manager, and former Postmaster James Smith (then, Area Manager) would have also been removed if she hadn't dropped the charges against him in return for agency concessions to improve the working conditions of her coworkers.
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So why am I sending you this document?
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First, to alert you that it has been suggested to Ms. Snow that there's a possibility that she may have been illegally transferred to South Central Los Angeles (for the first time in her 27-year career) to make it easier to justify her experiencing bodily harm during after-dark delivers; secondly, to place Ms. Snow's concerns on the official record; and finally, to clearly establish that District Manager Ed Ruiz is fully aware of what's taking place on his watch.
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President Brown, please make this communication a part of the official record of both of Ms. Snow's pending cases.
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Response to 14-Day Suspension
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October 20, 2010
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JoAnn Snow
City Carrier
Los Angeles District
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Official Statement in Response to Notice of 14-Day Suspension
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In accordance with Article 15 of the USPS/NALC National Agreement, I, JoAnn Snow, here by file this official statement in response to the Notice of 14-Day Suspension issued to me on September 27, 2010 by the United States Postal Service. The document reads in part:
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All Postal employees with time-keeping responsibilities are required to maintain time -keeping and pay records in strict compliance with postal regulations. When acting in a management position, employees with time-keeping access are aware that coworkers are to be compensated appropriately for work performed. Our regulations also require that clock rings accurately reflect the pay and work status of our employees. The postal Service has recently become aware that you have made time record entries for coworkers that were improper.
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Postal Records reflect you entered numerous clock rings for craft employees Terria Clausell and Barbara Elzie that were improper and may have reflected the employees worked fewer hours than they actually worked. You made the entries for these employees which did not report directly to you.
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I'm challenging the above action on the grounds that it is nonprogressive, punitive, untimely, and the facts as presented are ridiculously contrived. In addition, the charges brought against me are a blatant and unconscionable exercise in reprisal within the meaning of 5 USC 2302 (9) (a) of the federal code, which reads as follows:
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Any employee who has authority to take, direct others to take, recommend, or approve any personnel action, shall not, with respect to such authority take or fail to take, or threaten to take or fail to take, any personnel action against an employee or applicant for employment for the exercise of any appeal, complaint, or grievance right granted by any law, rule, or regulation.
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Falsifying Clock Rings
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The charges indicate that I entered numerous clock rings for craft employees that didn't report directly to me. What they didn't say, however, was that it was the station's policy that 204Bs not hit the clock. In addition, 204Bs were also instructed not to enter their own time. Therefore, the facts will show that the above notice of suspension has been issued for the egregious offense of following instructions. Therefore, the matter that actually needs to be investigated is why 204Bs are not allowed to hit the clock in the first place. Every 204B in the district clearly understands the reason why - because any time worked over 10 hours constitutes penalty overtime which requires the agency to pay the employee double time, and 204Bs routinely work between 12 and 16 hours a day, time that the district demands, but refuses to pay for.
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In addition, the charges seem to indicate that when I entered a 204Bs time, it was my intent to deprive them of compensation that they were entitle to as a result of gainful employment. But the fact is, as the evening supervisor, I didn't get in until after 12 p.m. So I had no personal knowledge of how many hours the morning supervisors worked. I simply had to rely on the information that they provided me, so if they worked 14 hours and told me that they only worked 10, I entered 10 hours. Thus, if they were cheated out of hours, they cheated themselves as a result of the intimidation leveraged against employees to adhere to the district's illegal policy regarding time - and that is routinely the case.
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Clear evidence of my contention is indicated in a memo sent out by Area Manager Joe Digiacomo to the supervisors in his area. It states the following:
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Sent: Monday, February 01, 2010 11:28 AM
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Effective Tuesday, Feb 2, 2010 all delivery supervisors will be required to stay until all their carriers are back. Unless specifically documented and requested, no extra time will be given without my personal approval. No exceptions!
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Any questions, call me.
Thanks
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Joe Digiacomo SOM-2
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Delivery supervisors are generally in the office by 6 a.m., and carriers are often on the street until after 8 p.m. So the above memo is instructing delivery supervisors that they must work that overtime without pay. Therefore, the above memo is grossly inconsistent with management's contention that "When acting in a management position, employees with time-keeping access are aware that coworkers are to be compensated appropriately for work performed." This clearly shows that while the postal service is preaching integrity out of one side of its mouth, it's threatening its employees not to hit the clock out of the other. So after getting such a memo, if a 204B worked 16 hours, what are the chances that they're going to tell me that? Yet, after gross intimidation of its employees not to report the time they actually worked, the postal service now want to hold me responsible for their under-reporting their time. Thus, the action taken here against me represents the height of hypocrisy.
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The Postal Service's History of Time Fraud
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The theft of employee time that's going on here in the Los Angeles district is not an aberration, however. The postal service has clearly adopted time fraud as a national business strategy. One law suit against the postal service alleged that time fraud against its employees was so rampant and widespread that it constitutes a criminal enterprise. The attorney in the case actually tried to charge the postal service with violation of the RICO Act (The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act), the law passed by congress to go after the Mafia. And the postal service didn't deny the charge. Instead, it petitioned the court to thrown the allegation based on the fact that a government agency can't be charged with engaging in a criminal enterprise:
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USPS has petitioned the District Court to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses postal officials of intentionally deleting parts of employees' Time Records to Avoid Paying Overtime. The suit alleges USPS violated the RICO, Privacy and FLSA Acts. However, USPS argues, " The Postal Service is not Subject to RICO Liability As Part of the Federal Government; and "Postal Service Officials Cannot Be Held Criminally Liable for Acts Committed in Their Official Capacity." Donahue vs FBI (pdf) . The petition further states "the Supreme Court observed ( in USPS vs Flamingo Industries (pdf) ) that while the Postal Reorganization Act of 1971 may have waived the Postal Service's immunity from suit, it...did not strip it of its governmental status."
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In New Hampshire, Congressman Paul Hodes (D-N.H.) called on the United States Postal Service to present a plan to fully reimburse postal workers for the wages they have lost as a result of managers manipulating their timecards." The congressman went on to say:
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“It has been weeks and the hard-working employees at these post offices are still waiting for answers,” said Congressman Hodes. “The USPS should immediately present a plan to ensure that workers are immediately reimbursed for their lost wages, and that appropriate disciplinary action is taken. Those individuals responsible for cheating New Hampshire families out of hard earned wages must be held accountable . . . In May of this year, I wrote to USPS Inspector General David Williams requesting that his office investigate claims that the United States Postal Service had altered letter carriers’ timesheets on an electronic time system for the last six years. "
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On December 2, 2009, Arbitrator Sherrie Rose Talmadge said in her decision against the postal service for time fraud that "Management’s violations were so egregious over a period of many years that punitive damages were awarded to deter the service from further clock ring violations.”
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And finally, just this past week Barbara Stickler, president of Branch 1100 of the National Association of Letter Carriers, picketed the Long Beach postmaster for harassment, intimidation, and time fraud:
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While Management everywhere is pushing Letter Carriers to do their routes and part of another route in an impossible time frame, Long Beach management has taken it to new heights. Long Beach management is consistently violating the parties collective bargaining agreement with their abusive remarks and creative discipline. Management is on a rampage destroying its very own employees. Letter Carriers are brought into the office and threatened with discipline if they do not make the delivery times arbitrarily created based on projected times and inappropriate deductions, and have been disciplined for not making these illegitimate standards. Additionally, the union is investigating several cases of management falsifying clock rings for the entire office.
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Background on Previous Complaint and Reprisal
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This is an accurate portrayal of what took place after I had my time stolen, as related in the Los Angeles Sentinel:
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I recently found out that a friend of mine was the victim of repeated instances of forced labor and time fraud committed by her manager in the U.S. Postal Service. When I first became aware of it I was shocked, but not alarmed. I thought I could simply contact the OIG's office and have it, and the manager involved, taken care of. I was certain that the OIG would be anxious to investigate the matter and get the offending culprit out of their midst. But to my amazement it not only took two reports, but over a month before I was even contacted on the matter.
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Then when I finally was contacted and explained to the OIG inspector, Special Agent Reid Robbins, that a postal manager, Marcie Luna, was forcing an employee to work between four and six hours a day without pay, and was committing fraud by falsifying a government document and changing the employee's official clock rings to reflect a three (3) hour lunch that the employee wasn't permitted to take, I was essentially met with a yawn.
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"And who are you? How do you know this employee?" Then after we finally got past what felt like an interrogation to determine whether or not I had a right to NOT mind my own business, Agent Robbins went on to explain that the OIG's office generally doesn't investigate time issues - which was a blatant lie (they just don't investigate it when the government is doing the stealing).
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Then after giving the matter further thought, I began to ask myself, "What kind of crime fighting organization doesn't fight crime?" It is my understanding that the Postal Inspection Service investigate external crimes against the postal service, and the Office of Inspector General investigate internal crimes within the postal service. So if the OIG doesn't investigate the intimidation and coercion necessary to force an employee to work six hours a day for free, or the falsification of documents necessary to steal an employee's wages, the OIG must not consider employee abuse a crime.
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So I attempted to contact Agent Robbins at the number he provided, but he failed to return my calls, even after six attempts. So I decided to leave a message on his voice mail asking him the following questions: 1) Whose office would handle the matter if the situation was reversed, and the employee worked only eight hours and falsified her time to be paid for twelve? 2). Whose office would handle the falsification of government documents? And finally, is he going to investigate the matter, and will anyone be held accountable for the commission of this crime?
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I have yet to receive a response.
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But it doesn't stop there. The next day the employee involved called to advise me that Agent Robbins had contacted her. She went on to say that he seemed to be more interested in how she knew me than he was the crime that had been committed against her. She also said his tone was aggressive and intimidating, and he told her that when she accepted the job of acting supervisor, working overtime without pay came with the job - another blatant lie.
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The National Association of Postal Supervisors advised me that a certified supervisor can be required to work a maximum of 30 minutes without pay (in emergencies), 204Bs (acting supervisors) who are covered under various craft employee contracts must be paid for every minute they work. We know this information to be accurate because if it wasn't, it wouldn't have been necessary for the manager to falsify government documents to achieve her objective, to rob the employee.
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But even worse than giving the employee inaccurate information, and failing to investigate the complaint, Agent Robbins also revealed both the complaint, and the nature of the complaint to postal management, and that's supposed to be confidential information.
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As a direct result, this highly productive employee who has held the same position for over twenty-one years - longer in the same position than any other supervisor, manager, or postmaster in the Los Angeles district - has been demoted by a manager who didn't even entered the postal service until six years after the employee was a productive supervisor. And even worse, while the manager, Ms. Marcie Luna, who had recently been demoted from area manager herself, was informing the employee of her demotion, she allegedly commented to the employee, "I just want you to see how it feels when the postal service doesn't appreciate all that you've done for them."
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What!!? Is this manager actually saying that she wants the employee to suffer because she feels that she's suffered an injustice? How was the employee responsible for the manager's demotion?
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In the interest of full disclosure, I became personally (but objectively) involved in this matter because I know it to be particularly egregious based on my personal knowledge of the employee involved. It also speaks directly to an issue that I've been addressing in many columns and is of particular interest to me - the negative impact of America's new business model on the middle class. So while admittedly, I know the subject of this piece personally, the facts in this case alone clearly demonstrate the business community's full-throated assault on the America middle class.
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The character of the manager and agencies mandated to protect the rights of the employee is clearly revealed through the facts in this case.
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The federal law is clear. 18 U.S.C. § 1001 reads as follows:
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"Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully - (1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact; (2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or (3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry; shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both."
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If that is indeed the law of the land, then why did the postal service and the Office of Inspector General allow Station Manager Marci Luna to falsify Ms. Joann Snow's clock rings and insert three hour lunch breaks that she didn't take? Then, when it was reported to the OIG, instead of the appropriate action being taken against Ms. Luna, Special Agent Reid Robbins of the OIG interrogated Ms. Snow. He treated her like SHE was the criminal for allowing it to be reported (Who is the guy who reported this? How do you know him? Didn't you know that working without pay goes with the job?).
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They placed so much work on this employee that by the time she was finally ready to close the station, she didn't have to because the morning tour was showing up for work. And instead of going home, she checked into a motel across the street from the post office.
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Then, while still at the motel, she received a conference call from Station Manager Marci Luna and Area Manager Tyrone Williams wanting to know why she hit the clock to be paid. When she told them that they had placed too many additional responsibilities on her, Area Manager Tyrone Williams is alleged to have told her that she sounds like a carrier and she simply wasn't using her time wisely - this, to an employee that's been doing the same job for twenty-one years with nothing but praise for her efforts.
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The following is a letter from my former manager:
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I was the Manager of Customer Service at Bicentennial Station in Los Angeles from 1997 until I retired in 2001. I was Ms Snow's manager during this time. Prior to coming to Bicentennial Station, the two previous managers, Lloyd Curtis and James Barnett had apprised me of Ms Snow's supervisory skills and total dedication to duty and company. Upon coming to the unit I was not disappointed and found all they had told me concerning Ms Snow was true.
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Ms. Snow was one of my closing and weekend supervisors. She had an exceptional knowledge of the overall operation and excelled at running a difficult unit and she required little to no supervision. She could be counted on to work beyond what was normally considered an average work day without complaint. She always finished her assignments no matter how long her day was extended and this included weekends. She has excellent interpersonal skills which you need supervising the diverse workforce at Bicentennial Station. Ms Snow exceeded my expectations relative to handling my business customers and resolving complaints. In addition to all of this, Ms. Snow would routinely call the office on her scheduled off day to see how things were going and offer her assistance if needed.
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Joann Snow proved to be an invaluable asset and even now in retirement, I often think of her and thank her when I talk to her for helping make my tour at Bicentennial successful.
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Sincerely,
Eugene Jeffries
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I was demoted immediately upon speaking to the Office of Inspector General regarding having my time stolen. Yet, Area Manager Tyrone Williams indicated in his statement that I filed a grievance because I was demoted, or in his words, "because she was informed that her higher level detail would be ended because the four supervisor vacancies were filled at this office."
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His reason for my demotion might have rang true if it were not for the fact that Barbara Elzie, the other 204B in the station remained in place, and is still a 204B at this writing. In addition, while I was issued a Notice of 14-Suspension on September 27, 2010 for entering Ms. Elzie's time, at this writing, a month later, she hasn't been issued any corrective action for entering my time.
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Punitive, Nonprogressive, and Untimely Action
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About three months after I file my grievance for time fraud I was contacted by Labor Relations Manager Steve Marney. I assumed the investigation interview was to get clarification of my complaint, but it turned out that he wasn't investigating the time being stolen from me - he accused me of doing the same thing to Barbara Elzie and Terria Clausell that I was complaining about, but I wasn't having that. I told him that I'd been a supervisor for 21 years, and in all of those years I had never stolen a penny from any employee. I also told him that if he could show where I had stolen from an employee, he wouldn't have to bring corrective action against me, I'd leave the postal service on my own accord, so his attempt at intimidation didn't work.
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Then he offered to pay me several thousand dollars in back pay because, he said, "It was the right thing to do." But there was a quid pro quo - I had to drop my demand that Manager Marci Luna and Area Manager Tyrone Williams be fired for conspiring to steal my time. But I refused to accept that remedy, because this is not just about me. I represent thousands of postal workers across this country. While I'm not a crusader by nature, now that I've been placed in this position I'm not going to turn my back on that responsibility. Somebody has to stand up and say enough is enough, so I guess I've been chosen by fate to be that person.
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The resolution that Mr. Marney was suggesting is how the postal service has been getting away with this corruption for so long. Whenever any employee refuses to succumb to intimidation, they offer them money to sweep the matter under the rug. Giving me eight or nine thousand dollars wouldn't be anything but a business expense to the postal service, because the agency is stealing millions of dollars a day from its employees. So I made it clear that I wasn't going to go for that. The only way that we're going to stop managers and supervisors from stealing the hard earned wages of employees is to set a precedent that makes it clear to all management personnel that if they engage in time fraud and falsifying government documents they're going to lose their jobs, go to jail, or both, just as the law prescribes.
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So that's why I've received this untimely and punitive action - it's yet another attempt at intimidation. I had my investigative interview on June 17th, yet I didn't get a notice of suspension until September 27th. That's untimely. In addition, I've never had any previous corrective action, so it's also nonprogressive. And finally, everything I've said in this statement clearly demonstrates that this action is punitive.
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In closing, I'd like to predict in advance that the postal service is going to leave no stone unturned in their attempt to avoid providing me the TACS documents that I requested in discovery, because they're under no illusion that those documents will prove beyond a doubt that they're robbing their employees blind.
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JoAnn Snow
Regular Carrier
Los Angeles District
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Discovery Request
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Request for an Extension for Pending Discovery
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The notice of 14-day suspension issued to Ms. JoAnn Snow on September 10, 2010, is punitive, non-progressive, untimely, and the facts in the case are flawed. In addition, the charges brought against Ms. Snow is a blatant reprisal within the meaning of 5 USC 2302 (9) (a) of the federal code, which states the following:
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Any employee who has authority to take, direct others to take, recommend, or approve any personnel action, shall not, with respect to such authority take or fail to take, or threaten to take or fail to take, any personnel action against an employee or applicant for employment for the exercise of any appeal, complaint, or grievance right granted by any law, rule, or regulation.
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The following discovery documents are hereby formally requested in order to substantiate the grievant's claim:
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1). Terria Clausell's complete and unabridged statement.
2). Barbara Elzie's complete and unabridged statement.
3). All of Barbara Elzie's clock rings for the year 2010.
4). Marci Luna's complete and unabridged statement.
5). Tyrone Williams' complete and unabridged statement.
6). The OIG's complete and unabridged report regarding Ms. Snow's complaint that her time had been falsified.
7). All of the Postal Service's investigative documents relating to Ms. Snow's complaint.
8). All of the district's TACs records and clock rings for all 204Bs for the months of January through March 2010.
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In addition, the grievant requests a 10 day extension to respond after requested discovery documents have been provided. The grievant intends to prove that falsifying employee time is the district's standard operational procedure:
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Sent: Monday, February 01, 2010 11:28 AM
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Effective Tuesday, Feb 2, 2010 all delivery supervisors will be required to stay until all their carriers are back. Unless specifically documented and requested, no extra time will be given without my personal approval. No exceptions!
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Any questions, call me.
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Thanks
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Joe DigiacomoSOM-2
Los Angeles District
7001 S. Central Ave Suite 307.
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Los Angeles Ca 90052-4200
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JoAnn Snow
Regular Carrier
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NALC Malfeasance
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As in the initial case where the NALC assisted the postal service to circumvent Ms. Snow’s insistence that the case not be resolved without the people who stole from her being held accountable, again, the NALC assisted the postal service to avoid having to produce their TACS records in discovery. Instead of insisting that the postal service produce the requested discovery documents, which would have both proven Ms. Snow’s case conclusively, and also served as prima facie evidence that the postal service was routinely robbing its membership blind, the facts seem to suggest that the NALC colluded with the postal service to suppress the requested discovery records.
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This was accomplished in the very same way that they allowed the postal service to avoid holding the managers who falsified Ms. Snow’s records accountable for their crime. In this case the NALC agreed to a settlement with management to reduce Ms. Snow’s 14-Day Suspension to a Letter of Warning, and again, without her consent. The settlement letter reads as follows:
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Dear Mr. Jackson,
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Ray Espana and I discussed the above noted grievance and have reached the following settlement. The union contends in this grievance that management did not have just cause for the issuance of a 14-Day Suspension to the grievant. After consideration of all the evidence in the file the following settlement is reached.
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The discipline at issue will be reduced to a Letter of Warning.
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This agreement is made without prejudice to either party, and constitutes a full and final settlement regarding all issues relating to the attached list of grievances.
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Steve Marney
Management Representative
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Ray Espana
Union Representative
2/7/11
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The above settlement not only did a gross disservice to Ms. Snow, but also to every member of the NALC. It clearly demonstrates why letter carriers are suffering all across this country. Instead of the NALC aggressively pursuing the rights of their members, management is being routinely let off the hook for their crimes against letter carriers, which is in direct violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
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And the OIG, the agency mandated to protect postal employees, is doing absolutely nothing to protect worker rights. Instead of engaging in due diligence to bring thes egregious crimes within the postal service to an end, they’re simply paying lip service to it as the postal service continues to rob, extort, and intimidate its employees. Last year the OIG put out the following notice:
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FROM THE USPSOIG:
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Having Problems with Your Time and Attendance Records? The OIG Wants to Hear From You.
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Recent news stories have identified a few instances where Postal Service employees have had time deleted from electronic time card records. There have also been other time and attendance instances where managers inaccurately calculated employee work hours for out–of-schedule work.
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If you are a Postal Service employee and are experiencing similar problems or any other time and attendance issues at your work place, we would like to hear from you. Please take our brief survey or provide comments below.
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This topic is hosted by the OIG’s Human Resources and Security audit team.
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The OIG posted the above last year. They know very few people are going to come forward - they’re afraid to, because they know that the OIG can’t be trusted, and the very same thing that happened to Ms. Snow will happen to them. And besides, if they really wanted to crack down, all they’d have to do is audit the TACS records. Why were all of the 204Bs in the Los Angeles district not hitting the clock during the period of Ms. Snow’s Discovery request?
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Ms. Snow’s case clearly demonstrates that filing grievances and EEOs play right into the hands of a system that’s designed to defeat you. The administrative process takes forever, and justice delayed is justice denied. The system is designed to make you think you have rights, while its actual function is to maintain the status quo. That's why you're paying thousands of dollars in union dues and you're still suffering.
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Have you ever wondered why an employee can pick up a Walmart coupon out of the trash and be summarily fired, while your manager can be caught falsifying thousands of dollars of employee clock rings then be promoted? It's time for employees to wake up and use their political clout to hold everybody's feet to the fire.
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The only way that the American middle class can ensure that they receive justice, and that their jobs are secure, is for them to come together and make sure that the jobs of their bosses, union officials, and politicians are always insecure.
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A Time for War
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From: Steve Spencer
to: Ewattree@gmail.com
date: Wed, May 18, 2011 at 9:52 AM
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subject:Postal Abuse
mailed-by: yahoo.com
signed-by: yahoo.com
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hide details 9:52 AM (5 hours ago)

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Good morning Mr. Wattree. My name is Wanda Spencer. My husband was Steven L. Spencer, a twenty seven year employee of the USPS. He died June 2, 2009 by self inflicted gun shot wound. This was done at the USPS annex Gastonia, NC. He was being harrassed by postal management. He had kept a notebook on all his time clocks. There were also other notes depicting his harrassment. On the day of his death postal management changed his clock rings. They changed them "five different times in three days". I would like for you to see the articles on my husbands death. It is documented on Postal Mag and the Gaston Gazette. I am presently pursueing legal action. Also there is a documentary being made at this time with Steve being part of the story line. I think you may be able to contribute to this film. I would like to make a difference in seeing all injustices of the postal service made public. I think if the public knew what the usps is doing to them there would be change. I believe that change has to come when the public realizes how much money is used to cover up such injustices as Ms. Snow and my husband. I intend to make my husbands death a rallying cry for justice. Thank you for listening to my cry. May God Bless. wss

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Notice the heading on this email. Steve is literally reaching back from the grave for justice. Let us not let him down.
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ALL OF THE POSTAL OFFICIALS INVOLVED IN THE JOANN SNOW CASE HAS SINCE BEEN PROMOTED
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 Eric L. Wattree
http://wattree.blogspot.com/
Ewattree@Gmail.com
Citizens Against Reckless Middle-Class Abuse (CARMA)
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Religious bigotry: It's not that I hate everyone who doesn't look, think, and act like me - it's just that God does.

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