Monday, January 31, 2011

Social Security ~ Not Doomed !

Flash ! Social Security’s Not Doomed...!
by Mike Hall, Jan 28, 2011

Here’s some news that gets buried in the normal the-sky-is-falling Social Security coverage.

Although the weak economy is having a short-term impact on Social Security’s finances, Social Security is still projected to run an $868 billion surplus over the next decade, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Economic Policy Institute (EPI) economist Monique Morrissey says the latest report shows the surplus is “sufficient to last through the peak baby boomer retirement years.” Nevertheless, gloomy news reports show that when it comes to Social Security, no news is bad news. For example, an Associated Press story on the CBO report claimed that “Social Security will run at a deficit this year and keep on running in the red until its trust funds are drained by about 2037.” Says Morrissey:
The story misrepresents the trust fund’s solvency by excluding interest earnings, a major source of revenue for Social Security. The article also fails to mention that even if nothing is done to shore up the system’s finances, current tax receipts will be sufficient to cover most benefits in 2037, which will still be higher in inflation-adjusted terms than benefits are today. Social Security is not in crisis. For more on Social Security’s long-term finances, check out Morrissey’s new EPI paper, which shows the biggest cause of Social Security’s projected long-term shortfall is not rising life expectancy or the baby boomer retirement, but rather stagnant wages and growing inequality. She writes that rising life expectancy represents “only a small part of the fiscal challenge facing Social Security.” The bigger problems are weak wage growth and rising earnings inequality, which account for more than half the projected shortfall that has emerged since the system was last restored to long-term balance in 1983. Earnings inequality has eroded Social Security’s taxable earnings because earnings above a cap are exempt from Social Security taxes. Likewise, slower wage growth increases the costs as a share of taxable earnings. Rising health care costs, which create a growing wedge between compensation and taxable wages, a falling birth rate and higher disability take-up are also contributing to the projected shortfall.

Editorial : Republicans call it, An Entitlement program, and it is, you are entitled because it is your money ! Hey Republicans, do not touch Social Security !

Union vs. Non-Union = Private Slave Employment

Good News ~ Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis Gets it !

Politics really does matter. We can never let up!

Statement by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on Bureau of Labor Statistics report on union members in 2010

WASHINGTON –Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis issued the following statement regarding the Bureau of Labor Statistics' annual "Union Members – 2010" report released today: "Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that, in 2010, the unionization rate of employed wage and salary workers was 11.9 percent, down from 12.3 percent in 2009. Among private sector employees, the rate dropped to 6.9 percent from 7.2 percent in 2009. "The data also show the median usual weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary union members were $917 per week, compared to $717 for workers not represented by unions. For Latinos, the wage disparity is even greater with union members earning an average of $771 compared to $512 for workers not represented by unions, a difference of 33.6 percent. "When coupled with existing data showing that union members have access to better health care, retirement and leave benefits, today's numbers make it clear that union jobs are not only good jobs, they are central to restoring our middle class. "As workers across the country continue to face lower wages and difficulty finding work due to the recent recession, these numbers demonstrate the pressing need to provide workers with a voice in the workplace and protect their right to organize and bargain collectively."

Editorial : It is most difficult to organize workers into labor unions, when all of our manufacturing base is moving to non-union environments and tax-payers subsidize their move ! Wake Up America !

Friday, January 28, 2011

Saving Union City Goodyear Plant...Cong. Stephen Fincher, In Union City !

Congressman Stephen Fincher Will Visit Union City TN !
By : Don Jones ...1/28/11

Our Newly Elected Congressman from the 8th. District-TN~Stephen Fincher Will visit Union City Tennessee ! The Date is below. Cong. Fincher is calling it his, "District#8 Expansion listening Tour". I would suggest, that we all attend and let him listen to our concerns over the Goodyear Tire Plant in Union City Tennessee ! Jobs, Jobs, Jobs ! The Job you save may be your own ! I realize this is short notice, but, I just found out about this.

District#8 Economic Expansion Listening Tour
Start: Tuesday ~ February 1, 2011 12:00 pm
End: Tuesday ~ February 1, 2011 1:00 pm
Location: 1212 Stad Avenue, Union City, Tennessee 38261

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Social Security ~ Keep it Off the Table !

Social Security ~ What Part of NO, Don`t Republicans Understand ?

Either House Majority Leader Eric Cantor doesn't understand how Social Security works or he doesn't care.

Just hours after President Obama said that Social Security cuts and privatization are off the table, Cantor said that Social Security had to be cut to balance the budget. But here's the thing: Social Security does not and never has added a single dime to the federal deficit. Let me try to explain this to Mr. Cantor. Social Security is paid for through the payroll tax. Currently, the payroll tax raises way more money than Social Security pays out and things are projected to keep going this way for another couple of decades. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? They add to the deficit. Tax breaks for billionaires? They add to the deficit. Subsidies for big oil? They add to the deficit. Bailing out Mr. Cantor's friends on Wall Street when they make a bunch of shady deals, cause a financial crisis and almost ruin the world economy? That adds a lot to the deficit. Simply put, Social Security will run a surplus for decades. The rest of the budget runs a deficit. So, why are we even talking about Social Security? Here's why: Eric Cantor and his right-wing friends want to destroy the program. That's the only reason we're having this conversation. Join me now and let's send Eric Cantor and other members of Congress a message -- Keep Social Security Safe, Stable and Secure. Please sign the petition now. > < Eric Cantor's comments aren't anything new. Right-wing Republicans have been trying to tear down Social Security for generations. It's the holy grail of the right-wing. Now Republicans are playing with fire -- they're threatening to shut down the government. They're holding the debt ceiling hostage. They'll do whatever it takes to put cutting Social Security on the table. But America is a community. We stand up for one another -- including our Seniors. That's why DFA has launched it's biggest campaign ever to push back against the right-wing lies and spin and to push a real solution to keep Social Security safe, stable and secure forever. See, right now people like Mitch McConnell and Sarah Palin don't pay the same percentage of their income into Social Security that most Americans do -- and big surprise -- neither does Eric Cantor. That's because the tax is capped at $106,800, but most Americans don't know it. All we need to do is scrap the cap and make the payroll tax fair and equal for everyone to keep Social Security safe, stable and secure.
When we stand up for our values of Community, Security and Liberty, America wins.

Runaway CEO Pay ! Makes the Boss Mean !

Too Much Money Can Make the Boss Mean
by James Parks, Jan 25, 2011

Here’s another reason to do away with runaway CEO pay. A study shows bloated CEO pay can make the boss mean.
The study examined the corporate behavior of 261 companies and found a close correlation between pay inequality and poor treatment of workers. In companies where CEOs made much more than their average workers, the companies were more likely to underfund pensions or cut corners on health and safety. Often, according to the study, the bosses engaged in a cost-benefit analysis, calculating that a fine would be a cost of doing business, compared with the profits they could make. “You end up basically thinking of those at the bottom as numbers,’’ Sreedhari Desai, a Harvard research fellow who co-authored the study, told The Boston Globe columnist Joanna Weiss. “You feel somehow that they aren’t even worthy of the normal people that you’d meet. They’re disposable.’’ Writing about the study last summer for the Campaign for America’s Future, Sam Pizzigati sums it up this way: The…data and the lab games, in the end, would both generate findings that point to the same conclusion. Wide pay gaps between executives and workers…enhance the sense of power executives feel and cause them to “objectify lower level employees.” Or, to put the matter more plainly, “executives with higher income treat employees more meanly.” Click link below or title of this article !
Editorial : Only Where/When Free-Democratic Unions Exist, will the middle class survive ! Think about it ! Above Left-Jimmy Hoffa Jr. President Teamsters.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tennessee~Anti-Union, You Bet`cha !

Tennessee Republicans Now Control The Entire State Politically, Not Good News For Average Working Men & Women !
It started in Alabama and has spread to Tennessee. The Anti-Union Tennessee State Legislature has introduced three bill`s in the House that will try to destroy Unions in the Private Sector and Teachers Union. Remember who you voted for and watch how they vote on this very important issue in Tennessee.

Listed below are anti-union bills that will go before the legislature during the 107th General Assembly:

HB0130 -By Maggart and SB0113 - By Johnson
Teachers, Principals and School Personnel - As introduced, abolishes teachers' unions ability to negotiate terms and conditions of professional service with local boards of education. Amends TCA Section 5-23-107 and Title 49.

HB0160 - By Glen Casada
Campaigns and Campaign Finance - As introduced, creates Class C misdemeanor for labor organizations to contribute to candidates. Amends TCA Title 2, Chapter 10.

HB0159 - By Glen Casada
Employees, Employers - As introduced, prohibits public employees from having a payroll deduction to a political action committee or for dues for membership organizations that use funds for political activities. Amends TCA Title 3; Title 7 and Title 8.

I will be watching these bills and will keep you updated. This is just the beginning of what we will be up against, they have until February 17th to file bills. If this sounds kinda one sided...IT IS ! Talk about denying rights ? Wow ! Republicans just want to help you, When Pigs Fly ! Anti-Union = Anti-People ! To read these bills as introduced Click on title or link above or here >

Friday, January 21, 2011

Social Security ~ It`s Your Money ! Republicans Want It !

Social Security ~ The Best of the Best !

Yesterday, Republicans passed a bill to repeal health care reform. We know that bill won't become law. But their next target is Social Securityand there, they might just succeed. Washington has been whipped into a frenzy over the deficit, and there are rumors the White House may try to cut a deal with Republicans by offering cuts to Social Security in the State of the Union.
1. just like they did over the Bush tax cuts. Some key Democrats in Congress have also signaled that they're open to cutting Social Security.

2. But cutting Social Security is massively unpopular

3. And if we can spread the word that this threat is more real than ever, we can create an outcry loud enough to stop it in its tracks.

So we're aiming to get 150,000 signatures saying that any cuts to the most successful government program in history have to be completely off the table. We'll deliver the petition to the White House before the speech next week. Will you add your name ?

Click here to sign the petition to President Obama:
Tea Party hysteria about deficits is pushing Republicans—and many Democrats—to support big cuts to Social Security benefits. Speaker of the House John Boehner wants to cut benefits3 by over 20%4, and he's not alone. Members of the media, and even leading Democrats like Steny Hoyer are trumpeting Social Security cuts—even though Social Security runs a surplus, can't contribute to the deficit, and can be secured for decades without any cuts to benefits.

If the rumors are right, President Obama could be next to embrace cuts, even as soon as the State of the Union address next week. Social Security belongs to us, the people who pay into it, and benefit cuts are deeply unpopular—not to mention devastating for the middle class workers who count on benefits to make ends meet. We can stop benefit cuts in their tracks, but President Obama needs to hear from us. We need a massive outcry in defense of Social Security, to convince the President to take benefit cuts off the table. We're aiming for 150,000 signatures to get things started—can you add your name?

Click below to sign the petition to President Obama:

Thanks for all you do. And Thanks to Mike Stanley for this article ! Remember Social Security is the most successful government program of all time ! If You donate $50.00 to it, so do your employers ! Perhaps Big Business would like this to STOP ! Ya Think ?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

How to e-mail, Speaker of the House, Cong. John Boehner

You Can Now e-mail John Boehner(R)

By Mackenzie Weinger Anyone in the country can now e-mail House Speaker John Boehner.

After former Speaker Nancy Pelosi passed Boehner the gavel, his office launched to allow voters to easily contact him. Members of Congress have long accepted e-mail from their constituents through web forms, but they've typically blocked people from outside their districts or states from writing. Boehner’s new media director Nick Schaper said having a general address makes it easy for citizens to contact the Speaker online. Schaper noted the "Speaker Boehner" mailbox — which collects messages from both a web form on and direct e-mails — received about 150 emails over the weekend, with roughly 20 percent related to the Tucson shooting. "It's our goal to make sure we’re tracking every touch we have with citizens — calls, letters, emails — in a way that allows us to keep them informed on the issues they care about," Schaper told in an e-mail. The all-access mailbox originated with Pelosi during her first stint as Minority Leader five years ago. She invited people to e-mail her at Staffers read and evaluate the emails, and they even send responses to a lucky few. "We want to hear from everyone, not just constituents," Pelosi spokesperson Drew Hammill said. "It's an opportunity for people to have a way to weigh in on issues of the day." According to Hammill, Pelosi receives reports on the trends and issues that are dominating the email correspondence. And just as the email operated during her tenure as both Minority Leader and Speaker, Hammill said "will continue to serve as her way to hear from people across the country" in her new role. As for Boehner's new e-mail address, Hammill noted the success of AmericanVoices likely inspired the Speaker's team. "I have no doubt that’s something they wanted to mirror," he said. Meanwhile, Schaper said the GOP has taken "full advantage" of the web in recent years, and added that citizens will "now see that enthusiasm translated into more effective governing." And Speaker Boehner recently told NBC's Brian Williams he gets "strength every day just going to my Facebook site." Boehner's no stranger to other forms of new media, and has a @SpeakerBoehner Twitter account to go along with his accounts on Facebook and YouTube. "Whether it's Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or the next communications tool we’ve yet to see, the Speaker and his colleagues will continue to explore new avenues to connect with those they represent," Schaper wrote.

(Mackenzie Weinger writes for Roll Call.)

Dear Speaker Boehner ; 1/18/11 Please reconsider your stand on healthcare ! I believe it is one of the primary reasons that our jobs are going to CHINA ! Healthcare is a major contributor to the cost of manufacturing. Healthcare is not sustainable in its present form. Our manufacturing base can no longer afford healthcare in its present form. Our Citizens can no longer to afford healthcare in its present form. We can do this ! We need you`re leadership and help ! Vote to keep and not repeal healthcare. T

Thank you, for your time.

Don V. Jones = Underdog

Monday, January 17, 2011

Reform Congress Act of 2011 ?

Subject: Congressional Reform Act of 2011 Please Read

Sent: by Steve Sauter

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds)
took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people
demanded it. That was in 1971...before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or
less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure.

I'm asking you to forward this email/Blog to a minimum of twenty people
on your address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will
have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2011:

(1.) Term Limits.

12 years only, one of the possible options below.

A. Two Six-year Senate terms

B. Six Two-year House terms

C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

2. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no
pay when they are out of office.

Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social
They do pay in and receive Social Security benefits Now !
However, their Congressional pension is Fabulous !

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social
Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social
Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.
This is probably the best solution and would FIX any problem Social Security had/has !

(4.) Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all
Americans do.

(5.) Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.
Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
Raise problem solved !

(6.) Congress loses their current health care system and
participates in the same health care system as the American people.
Healthcare problem Solved !

(7.) Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the
American people.
This is constitution !

(8.) All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void
effective 1/1/11.
If you think this is too harsh ? It happens to US/as in You and I, everyday !

The American people did not make the current contract with members of Congress. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.
The Founding
Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will
only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message.


COUNTRY MIGHT BEST BE CHANGED STARTING FROM THE TOP DOWN. If you agree with the above, pass it on. If not, just delete

Editorial : This is strictly non-partisan Both Democrat and Republican need to subscribe to this. Thanks to my good friend in Hersey Michigan for this ! I love it ! And it makes sense. Probably why it won`t happen ! Unless, WE DEMAND IT !
My good friend also writes beautiful poetry. Try it, you might like it ? Just click on title of this piece or link under his name above.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Senator Bob Corker(R)Tennessee~ Anti-Union ! You Bet`cha !

UAW Pushing Foreign Companies with U.S. Plants to Allow Union Votes...
by James Parks, Jan 13, 2011

Companies that do not allow union elections violate human rights, said Bob King, president of the UAW, which is talking with some foreign auto companies that have plants in the United States about a set of principles aimed at ensuring fair elections. Such principles are necessary, King said, because National Labor Relations Board procedures are outdated and allow companies to intimidate workers and spread misinformation. Transplant companies are foreign-owned companies that have plants in the United States. United Auto Workers (UAW) is adopting this strategy because of changes in the global economy. Fundamental changes in the global economy have demanded fundamental changes in the labor movement. Our mindset is not adversarial, and we do not seek conflict. We do not believe the United States can successfully compete in a global economy if we are divided and politicized. “These are really good companies,” King said of the foreign auto manufacturers. King said he thinks the companies will see that working with the union is more cost-effective than spending millions of dollars to keep UAW out. That light bulb’s going to go off. Speaking yesterday at the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit, King said automakers in Germany and Japan, in particular, recognize and co-operate with unions in their home countries. If the same companies do not allow fair union elections in this country, the UAW will publicize the idea that the company treats its U.S. workers as “second-class citizens.” He cited a recent picketing campaign against Toyota dealers in California, which called attention to the company’s plant closing there, as an example of the type of actions workers might take against companies that mistreat workers. The adverse publicity “had a huge impact” on the company, King said. Workers also could hold public meetings, outreach campaigns and focus on young consumers to get the automakers’ attention, he said.

Meanwhile, the Commercial Appeal in Memphis reports that U.S. Sen. Bob Corker ( R-Tenn.) says he has told Volkswagen officials that he thinks it would be “highly detrimental” to the German manufacturer if the UAW organizes its Chattanooga assembly plant, which opens next year.

The UAW is “committed to the success of the employers that we represent, Ford, GM, Chrysler,” King said, and the union supports a “winning formula” for overseas transplants, “whether it be Volkswagen, Toyota or Honda.”
Guenther Scherelis, Volkswagen Group of America’s general manager of communication, told the paper in an e-mail:

At Volkswagen Chattanooga, the employees will decide for themselves about their representation. Volkswagen Chattanooga has a neutral position.

Editorial : Every Tennessean knows that Senator Bob Corker (R) is and has been Anti-Union ! Surprise, surprise. Hey, he`s Anti-Middle Class. Nothing new here ! Senator Corker, stay out of employee`s deciding for themselves. Bob King(upper left) Senator Corker (upper right) To contact Senator Corker, click on link provided or title of this article !

Thursday, January 13, 2011

China`s Unfair Tactics ~ Vote Now !

Please Make Your Opinion Known on China's Unfair Tactics !

Click on the following link or the title of this article, to register your opinion in the Washington Post online poll on China's currency manipulation. This practice gives China's domestic manufacturers a big advantage while hurting ours. Let's drive up the poll results and send a strong message that the White House should turn on the pressure!

Take the Poll Now ! >

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tennessee`s New Congressional Rep`s...2011

Tennessee`s New Elected Congress/Persons

by Don Jones...1/11/11

Click on link below or the title of this article, to go to their particular web-site !

•Black, Diane, Tennessee, 6th (R)
•Blackburn, Marsha, Tennessee 7th (R)
•Cohen, Steve, Tennessee, 9th (D)

•Cooper, Jim, Tennessee, 5th (D)

•DesJarlais, Scott, Tennessee, 4th (R)

•Duncan Jr., John J., Tennessee, 2nd (R)

•Fincher, Stephen, Tennessee, 8th (R)

•Fleischmann, Chuck, Tennessee, 3rd (R)

•Roe, Phil, Tennessee, 1st (R)
Editorial : Only two progressive representatives are now serving in Tennessee ! Steve Cohen and Jim Cooper ! Hold on, it`s gonna be a bumpy ride ! Yes, Tennessee has gone completely Republican ! Unbelievable.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Tommy Douglas on Future of Medicare (1983)

Tommy Douglas is a former Baptist Minister, who was voted the most admired Canadian hero in the last 100 years ! If I were Canadian, I`d Vote for him ! Listen carefully, to what he say`s !

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Republicans Put On Show ! Healthcare !

Repeal Health Care ? Give Up Your Own First !

For 2 years, GOP leaders in Congress fought tooth and nail to oppose health care reform. They did their best to keep tens of millions without coverage, decrying any effort to help citizens as "socialist," "fascist" or some other equally baffling "ist." Now that they are the majority, their first act will be to vote to repeal health care reform. Yet, when it comes to their own coverage, Republicans in Congress are happy to accept government-sponsored health care. Senator Chuck Schumer is calling the GOP on their hypocrisy, and calling on them to give up their government-sponsored health care. We couldn't agree more: Write Republican leaders and tell them if they want to repeal health care, they need to practice what they preach, and give up their own government-sponsored health care first.

Sign the Petition : Click on link below or the title of this article !

Tweet this petitionTell the GOP: Practice what you preach ! Give up your own health care !

Editorial : What happened to Jobs first, with the Republicans ? It looks like they have forgotten, JOBS. It appears they are more concerned with Healthcare, repealing it, that is ! Yet they are fully aware that They cannot repeal it ! It`s Showtime folks ! Nancy Pelosi (upper left) Tommy Douglas (Upper middle) John Boehner (upper right) If you do not know, who The Honorable Tommy Douglas is, I suggest you google it !

Friday, January 07, 2011

Healthcare Repeal~ A Very Bad Joke ! You Bet`cha

As Republicans Try to Repeal Health Care Law,
New Benefits for Seniors Kick In

House Republicans are wasting no time trying to repeal health care reform. The new Congress convened on Wednesday, and the House Rules Committee met on Thursday to report a rule to repeal the health care law. The full House voted today 236-181, largely along party lines, to move ahead to next week's final vote, which is scheduled for Wednesday, January 12. The plan to repeal the health care reform law would increase the deficit by $230 billion by 2021, according to a preliminary analysis from the Congressional Budget Office. Because of the law, many important, positive changes to Medicare - such as free preventive screenings - went into effect on January 1. Those benefits, as well as a 50% discount for brand name drugs and 7% off generics for beneficiaries in the Part D doughnut hole, would disappear if the repeal were to become law. The doughnut hole is set to close entirely by 2020, but a repeal would change that. In addition, subsidies for early retiree health care would disappear. The 2010 law also extends the solvency of Medicare by 12 years. To see the Alliance fact sheet on 2011 Medicare changes, go to

It is expected that nearly all or all House Republicans will vote for the repeal legislation, (H.R. 2), next week. However, Senate Democrats and grassroots organizations are pushing back. On Monday, the Senate Democratic Leadership – Sens. Harry Reid (NV), Dick Durbin (IL), Patty Murray (WA), Charles Schumer (NY) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) - wrote then soon-to-be Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and told him that repeal of health care reform will not occur in the Senate. The five Senate Democratic leaders asked the Ohio Republican in the letter to preserve the health care law or risk leaving seniors without expanded insurance coverage for prescription drugs that the law provides. In addition, the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, a coalition of 65 senior organizations, including the Alliance, sent a letter to all members of the House on Wednesday night urging a vote against repeal; to view that, go to “Repeal would hurt retirees immediately,“It would be a giant step backwards given all of the problems that were addressed by the 2010 health reform law.”!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Good News for a Change ! Tires That is !

Union Official : BF Goodrich Modernizing Indiana Plant
Posted: Dec 29, 2010

WOODBURN, Ind. (AP) - A United Steelworkers of America local president says BF Goodrich is adding workers and updating equipment at a tire plant outside Fort Wayne as part of a $77 million modernization project. Local 715 President Jim Wetzel told The News-Sentinel in a story Tuesday the plant in Woodburn has added 50 to 60 people the past few months and now has 1,400 employees. BF Goodrich spokesman Tate Hoxworth says the company has laid the groundwork for making improvements at the plant, but no final decisions have been made. Wetzel said the plant will modify existing equipment so it can make a larger variety of tires.

(Copyright 2010 by (The Associated Press.)

Editorial : Michelin owns B.F. Goodrich. Michelin is non-union...BF Goodrich is Union ! Thanks to Mike Stanley for this article !