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Jul 11, 2008

Hi,

I just signed an important petition to help get our country back on track, and I hope you’ll join me.

In today’s economy, working folks like you and me need a fair deal and a chance to get ahead. But some CEOs just go too far. They rake in millions while cutting back health benefits and raises for their employees.

It’s outrageous, and it’s only getting worse for working families as the cost of everything from gas to groceries keeps going up.

It’s time to bring back some balance in this economy, and that’s why I signed a petition supporting the Employee Free Choice Act, which would help level the playing field by giving workers more power to demand better wages, health care, and working conditions.

Our goal is one million signatures. Will you take a moment to sign, and pass this along? Go to:
http://freechoiceact.org/WA

We’re all in this together. And this bill is a real opportunity for all of us, by giving workers more muscle to raise living standards, improve health care, and stop outsourcing. Please, help us get to one million signatures! It just takes one minute – be sure to upload your picture, too!

http://freechoiceact.org/WA

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Posted: Jul 11, 2008 1:41pm
May 7, 2008
PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO ALL FRIENDS!
Working America and the AFL-CIO want to know

About the unique issues that women face in the workplace.
Dear Friend,

What do you do if you need to take time off work to care for a sick child or parent?
Does having children hurt your career?
Unequal pay. Maternity leave. Spiraling health care costs. Family and children plus a full-time career.
Working people face these issues every day. But all too often, women especially don’t have the resources or support to help meet these challenges.
Working America and the AFL-CIO are conducting a nationwide survey on what it's like to be a working woman. If you’re a working woman, your opinion matters greatly. Please take a moment to complete the Ask a Working Woman survey and share your thoughts and experiences.
The results of this survey have never been more important. Women’s rights and labor organizations will use the results to advocate for women across the country over the next two years. Your voice matters. We want to hear from you (or the women in your life), Robin.
It's short, easy (we promise) and will serve as an invaluable tool for moving working women's issues into the national dialogue. Click here now to take the survey.
And if you’re not a working woman, forward this e-mail to your sister, your mother, your co-workers and your friends to make sure their voices are heard.
Thanks for helping lead the way for women in the workplace. Together, we can make lasting change.

In support of working women everywhere,

Working America, AFL-CIO
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Posted: May 7, 2008 9:54pm
Mar 31, 2008
From the other side of the fence..... Received the

following from Tom O'Malley, who was a Director with

SW BELL in Mexico City:



"I spent five years working in Mexico . I worked

under a tourist Visa for three months and could

legally renew it for three more months. After that

you were working illegally. I was technically illegal

for three weeks waiting on the FM3 approval."



"During that six months our Mexican and U.S. Attorneys

were working to secure a permanent work visa called a

'FM3'. It was in addition to my U.S. passport that I

had to show each time I entered and left the country.

Barbara's was the same, except hers did not permit

her to work."



"To apply for the FM3, I needed to submit the

following notarized originals (not copies):

1. Birth certificate for Barbara and me.

2. Marriage certificate

3. High school transcripts and proof of graduation.

4. College transcripts for every college I attended

and proof of graduation.

5. Two letters of recommendation from supervisors I

had worked for at least one year.

6. A letter from the St. Louis Chief of Police

indicating that I had no arrest record in the U.S and

no outstanding warrants and, was "a citizen in good

standing."

7. Finally; I had to write a letter about myself that

clearly stated why there was no Mexican Citizen with

my skills and why my skills were important to Mexico.

We called it our 'I am the greatest person on Earth'

letter. It was fun to write."



"All of the above were in English that had to be

translated into Spanish and be certified as legal

translations, and our signatures notarized. It

produced a folder about 1.5 inches thick with English

on the left side and Spanish on the right."



"Once they were completed Barbara and I spent about

five hours, accompanied by a Mexican Attorney, touring

Mexican Government office locations and being

photographed and fingerprinted at least three times at

each location, and we remember at least four locations

where we were instructed on Mexican tax, labor,

housing, and criminal law and that we were required to

obey their laws or face the consequences. We could

not protest any of the Governments actions or we would

be committing a felony We paid out four thousand

dollars in fees and bribes to complete the process.

When this was done we could legally bring in our

household goods that were held by U.S. Customs in

Laredo Texas. This meant we had rented furniture in

Mexico while awaiting our goods. There were extensive

fees involved here that the company paid."



"We could not buy a home and were required to rent at

very high rates and under contract and compliance with

Mexican law."



"We were required to get a Mexican drivers license.

This was an amazing process. The company arranged for

the Licensing agency to come to our headquarters

location with their photography and finger print

equipment and the laminating machine. We showed our

U.S. license, were photographed and fingerprinted

again and issued the license instantly after paying

out a six dollar fee.

We did not take a written or driving test and never

received instructions on the rules of the road. Our

only instruction was to never give a policeman your

license if stopped and asked. We were instructed to

hold it against the inside window away from his grasp.

If he got his hands on it you would have to pay

ransom to get it back."



"We then had to pay and file Mexican income tax!

Annually using the number of our FM3 as our ID number.

The company's Mexican accountants did this for us and

we just signed what they prepared. It was about

twenty legal size pages annually."



"The FM 3 was good for three years and renewable for

two more after paying more fees."



"Leaving the country meant turning in the FM3 and

certifying we were leaving no debts behind and no

outstanding legal affairs (warrants, tickets or liens)

before our household goods were released to customs."



"It was a real adventure and if any of our Senators or

Congressman went through it once they would have a

different attitude toward Mexico."



"The Mexican Government uses its vast military and

police forces to keep its citizens intimidated and

compliant. They never protest at their capitol or

government offices, but do protest daily in front of

the United States Embassy. The U.S. embassy looks

like a strongly reinforced fortress and during most

protests the Mexican Military surround the block with

their men standing shoulder to shoulder in full riot

gear to protect the Embassy. These protests are never

shown on U.S. or Mexican TV. There is a large public

park across the street where they do their protesting.

Anything can cause a protest such as proposed law

changes in California or Texas."



Please feel free to share this with everyone who

thinks we are being hard on illegals
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