Posts Tagged ‘labor’

Substitution Exercise: Matthew Engelhart is Hitler, Cafe Gratitude is the Third Reich

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Ah, let’s check in with Matthew Engelhart of notorious Cafe Gratitude via Reyhan Harmanci’s Café Gratitude Shutdown Prompts Jeers as Well as Tears:

“Do you know who Deepak Chopra is?” he asked, referring to the self-help guru, before quoting from correspondence with his daughter. “She said, ‘I don’t know what you guys are doing but the fact that there’s so much passion for you, one way or the other, means you’re doing something great.’”

All right, that’s your baseline. now a little substitution. Imagine Adolph Hitler said this:

“Do you know who Deepak Chopra is?” the Fuhrer asked, referring to the self-help guru, before quoting from correspondence with Eva Braun. “She said, ‘I don’t know what you guys are doing but the fact that there’s so much passion for you, one way or the other, means you’re doing something great.’”

You see how that works? Pissing people off by doing bad things means that you’re doing something great, somehow.

(Also, property is theft, meat is murder, Terces is “secret” spelled backwards(!), Operation Barbarossa is the opening of the L.A. branch of CG, and, most importantly, Soylent Green is people.)

And speaking of Soylent Green, here’s what “2 for 1 wheatgrass Wednesday” looks like:

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Good-bye, Cafe Gratitude restaurant chain.

You are… welcome, to leave any time you want.

(Also, if you all are so rich, why don’t you pay your bills and your employees, you deadbeats?)


Are Apple Store Managers Nationwide Getting Trained for “Union Awareness” Right Now This AM? Yes, Per CNET

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

What’s this – Apple’s is doing “Union Awareness” training at Apple Stores all over the country this Tuesday morning, November 8, 2011?

Yes. Josh Lowensohn has the story.

Well, that’s news to me. Thanks, CNET!

And who’s the prime mover of this movement? It’s San Francisco resident Cory Moll, that’s who. (I don’t know why he doesn’t get more attention around town…)

Now if I were in charge of fighting unionization at Apple, I’d start handing out free bunny-ear iPhone cases to all workers. You know, as a way to win them over.

Like this:

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All right, we’ll just have to wait and see how this Apple vs union fight turns out.

In the meantime, feel free to send the unionizers a message, why not?

Labor Unrest on Market Street: Carpenters Local 2236 vs. McRoskey, the Absurdly Expensive Mattress Maker

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

This was the scene yesterday on Market Street near Gough:

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Is the National Labor Relations Board involved with something to do with McRoskey Mattress Company, that longtime manufacturer of absurdly expensive mattresses, as well as absurdly expensive pillows and, well, you get the idea? I think so.

Anyway, if you ever want to buy a cot for $2000+, or a twin bed for $3600 (plus tax of course), well, just push past the protesters and shop, shop, shop.

City Family Unites for “Yes on C, No on D” Campaign Kickoff – Warren Hellman and the Wronglers Play

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Public Defender Jeff Adachi was nowhere to be seen this AM during the big Yes on C, No on D campaign kickoff in the Western A today.

Warren Hellman (who used to be on the other side) and the Wronglers provided music. (Believe it or not, this is Warren’s most understated Star of David getup.) 

Via Steve Rhodes

Supervisor Carmen Chu, seen just behind Mayor Ed Lee, could hardly contain her enthusiasm – there was no place in the world she would have preferred to have been than right here, obviously:

Also via Steve Rhodes

A few deets:

“SAN FRANCISCO, September 23, 2011“Yes on C, No On D” pension-reform campaign will hold its campaign kickoff. Warren Hellman’s “old time” band, the Wronglers, will provide entertainment.

WHAT: Yes on C, No on D Campaign Kickoff
WHO: Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor John Avalos, business and labor leaders
WHEN: Saturday, September 24, 10:30 AM
WHERE: African American Art and Cultural Complex, 762 Fulton St. (@Webster), San Francisco”

Supervisor Eric Mar and Assemblywoman Fiona Ma Host Meeting Regarding Alcohol Sales at Self Checkout Machines

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Word from District One Supervisor Eric Mar:

“Please join me this Friday along with Assemblywoman Fiona Ma for a community meeting to discuss Assembly Bill 183, regarding Alcohol and Self-Checkout machines at grocery stores/supermarkets. Leaders in our community have expressed concerns about the sale of alcohol to minors and intoxicated persons through automated self-checkout machines. Learn more about what we’re doing and how we can work together to make our communities safer.

When: Friday September 16th
Time: 5pm – 6pm
Location: Richmond Branch Library, 351 9th Avenue”


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I’ll spare you my thoughts (cough regarding unions! NIMBYs! cough) on this matter.

Unionizing Apple Store Workers Nationwide? Cory Moll, of Union Square, Starts Up the “Apple Retail Workers Union”

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Cory Moll, a worker at our busy, busy Union Square Apple Store, is trying to start up a (can you guess by now?) a UNION.

Oh noes!

See? Check it:

“Work Different,” it says:

Via Cory Moll

It’s not much yet, but Cory’s been getting national (and international) attention the past few months.

And folk art – there’s folk art already:

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Hey, why doesn’t somebody, you know, in local media, look into this situation?

(Consider that a challenge to you, personally, if you want.)

All right, Apple workers, rise up and “Work Different.”

This is what it looks like when an Apple Store opens in the 415 – people seem genuinely happy, but who knows…


How to Deal With Hollywood Jackholes What STILL Haven’t Paid “Contagion” Film Extras Since February

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Now it was a little funny earlier this year when a high level person at Rich King* Casting started quoting sub-minimum wages for extras in that new Contagion movie starring, I don’t know, everybody, you know, these people right here (and let’s throw in Famous Movie Director Steven Soderbergh too – he’s a luminary as well):

But then somebody, no not somebody from the local Film Commish and not any MSM reporters (who don’t seem to be aware of what the minimum wage is in the place where they live and work), but somebody up here in the 415 got word down to Los Angeles County about The Law ‘n stuff.

So fine, the RKC people changed their minds and decided to pay extras “$80” for up to eight hours (and then they finally did the math and decided that $79.36 would be the wage, cause, you know, después de todos, dinero es dinero.)

But now word comes that RKC thinks it’s OK to pay people up to six weeks** later?

And the extras still haven’t all been paid?

And RKC is ignoring contact attempts from said extras?

Could all this be true?

Well let’s hear from a Real Life Contagion Extra:

“I got in the film as well, but its now mid April, and I have not seen the payment in the 6 weeks that the casting company stated. Got my work receipt right here – would be nice if someone from this casting agency would follow up with my contact attempts.

“It was still a really cool day either way. I got to see an amazing set up of the set @ Candlestick and didn’t mind standing/sitting around all day. That is what background extras do. All of these girls were being very rude that day saying “when are we going to meet the stars”, and “I can’t believe they are making us stand around”, and “come on! I wan’t to be in the movie already!! Shortly after one of the assistants heard those remarks, our group was dismissed for the afternoon. It is like they never listened to what they told us at the casting meeting at Fort Mason, or the information the casting directors told us over the phone when they offered us the part. I did not get an email confirmation after that day, but a personal phone call.

Would be nice to see my check, but I will give them a bit more time to respond since I bet the other 5,000 are hounding them as well. I mean come on – I am on unemployment – it would be nice to have the $79 bucks right now, but I can wait a bit”

Now, isn’t it ironic, dont’cha think, that a company what has a cavalier attitude about at least one kind of wage and hour rule would drag its feet about making payments? (Well, maybe not, in my experience.)

Anyway, all you non-union extras ought to form a union or something so you can start playing hardball with the Hollywood vanga vanga.

So why don’t you pay all your extras ASAP, Rich King Casting? Like posthaste or something.

Thank you.

Now, speaking of Hollywood, wouldn’t you like to see a list of all the movies that Steven Soderbergh has seen the past twelve months? Sure you would. See it after the jump.

*Forget about Obama’s birth certificate – I want to see the one with “Rich King” printed on it, and oh, Sandy Beach too, I want to see one of those as well – I think Hollywood still has a few guys around with that name.

**I should make a horror film – it’ll be about the horrors of Regular People dealing with Hollywood People. It’ll be called 42 Days Later.


Family Portrait: Old Bridge, Old Bridge, New Bridge – America Still Laughing at Us – “Mike (Still) Sucks Big Titties”

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Let’s see here, can you spot the PG&E Tower of our Golden Gate Bridge in the lower left? Good, now check out vertical elements of our old and new San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridges.

Not much has changed with the poorly-managed 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake-related fix-up job that’s due to finish up sometime this decade, so there’s no reason to think that America isn’t still laughing at us.

Of course you should try to not to stare at the new ornamental tower when you are cruising by on the temporary S-curve. Safety First, right? Anyway, it’s a little higher now. See?

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And, of course, Mike still sucks big titties.

That’s your Bay Bridge update for 2011.

Good News for You Extras Working Matt Damon’s “Contagion” Movie: You’re Getting a Pay Rise – Now, $80 Per Day

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Turns out that you extras working on the local Contagion shoots are going to get $80 per working day instead of the $64 that Rich King Productions was talking about the other day.

Simply, the people at JKP were unaware that S.F. has its own minimum wage of $9.92 per hour.

Anyway they’re back down in Los Angeles now, but they’ve just sent a message to me how they going to pay $80 for starters and then more after the first eight hours, if necessary.

Break a leg!