Jul 11, 2008
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:
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!
May 7, 2008
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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.
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.
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
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
"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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2, 2 children
Kansas City, MO, USA
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