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Staples You Suck: Printed Copy Of Petition To Be Delivered To Staples Corporate Today!


By Jueseppi B.




Printed copy of Petition to be Delivered to Staples Corporate Today!


By Sue Whistleblower


This is it! The day where all our hard work pays off! A 10 lb box of printed signatures was sent to Staples Corporate Headquarters and is scheduled to be delivered today!


If Staples doesn’t respond within a week, I would like to schedule a Call-In to the Office of the President on Monday February 3rd.

Thanks again for your continued support!
The following letter was included with the petition signatures:
Sue Whistleblower
1660 Soldiers Field Road
Brighton, MA 02135
January 18, 2014
Ron Sargent
Chief Executive Officer
500 Staples Drive
Framingham, MA 01702
Dear Ron Sargent:
I am a part-time employee of your company, Staples. I have served Staples faithfully for many years, and have earned your company far more income than you have paid me over that time. On January 4th, 2014, a policy was enacted at your retail stores that limited part-time employees to 25 hours a week. I have worked over 25 hours a week for the entirety of my employment at your company, as have a vast majority of your part-time staff. I inquired about the reason of the policy up the chain of command, and was not given a straight answer at every level.
It is for this reason, that we the part-time employees of Staples, hereby petition your company for the following actions:
1. Amend your policy to at least 35 hours a week for part-time employees or abolish said policy.
2. If there are reasons this cannot be done, Staples is to make an honest and truthful public statement as to why.
You are probably wondering under what authority we as employees have the right to demand such changes from the CEO of a company. As Customer Service Representatives, it is not only our duty to represent the company to the customer, it is also our duty to represent the customer to the company. Enclosed is a printed copy of over 200,000 signatures of people who disagree with your current actions and demand you change your policy. Most of them are your customers and have pledged not to shop at your stores until you take corrective action.
We know that thousands of other companies have been enacting similar policies for one reason, the Affordable Health Care Act. We also know that the medical insurance you currently offer through Aetna does not meet the minimum standards of the law. The ACA states that any employee working over 30 hours a week is entitled to health insurance, or the company faces steep fines. We understand that paying those fines would be an unacceptable cost to your corporation. However, we encourage Staples to be more open as to why this company is enacting such changes. If complying with the law would cost Staples hundreds of millions of dollars, then speak out!
If you truly need to enact such policies to avoid hefty fees, and to give you time to research ways to comply with the law that meet the needs of both the company and its employees, then please make this known in a public statement!
We also hereby inform you that we will use all lawful means to petition your company until we receive an answer, and that this letter will be distributed to all petition signers.
Sue Whistleblower
Petition Executor
Enclosed: 201,751 petition signatures from Change.org

Twas The Night Before Christmas & ALL Through Staples….Employees Get Their Hours Cut To Avoid ObamaCARES.


By Jueseppi B.




On December 6th of 2013 I wrote this…. “Tis The Holiday Season” At Wal-Mart, a Wal-Mart employees mom’s account of an incident at her son’s Wal-Mart store. Now come a similar store about Staples.


The Petition: “Staples: Don’t Cut Part-Time Hours Because of Obamacare!.” 


My name is “Sue,” and I work at Staples. I can’t tell you my full name because I’m afraid I’ll lose my job for what I’m about to tell you: Staples recently decided to cut part-time employees’ hours just so they won’t have to provide health care benefits under Obamacare.


Staples is taking advantage of a loophole in the health care law that says employers don’t have to provide coverage for employees who work less than 30 hours a week. Staples also told managers to hire more part time workers if they need people to cover the schedule.


Cutting employees’ hours just to avoid paying for health care is not right. I can’t afford to make less money than I do now without taking on another job. That’s why I started a petition on Change.org asking Staples to not cut part-time employees’ hours and comply with Obamacare. Will you join me by signing my petition?


I’ve worked as an Easy-Tech Representative for 9 years now, selling thousands of computers, protection plans, and services. I typically work 30-35 hours in a week, so when I was told that my hours would be cut, I was heartbroken. I recently got married and we have a baby on the way — 25 hours a week is not enough to make ends meet, let alone start a family.


Staples doesn’t want to provide health care to its employees — but there is hope. Other chain employers such as Darden Restaurants (owners of Olive Garden and Red Lobster) reversed similar cuts after intense public pressure. And other corporations like Starbucks have pledged not to reduce part time hours.


By signing my petition, you’ll be amplifying the voices of thousands of Staples employees across the country who are afraid to speak out and can’t afford to have their hours cut. Click here to sign my petition demanding Staples follow the law and provide health care instead of cutting part-time employees’ hours.


Thank you for your support.

“Sue” Whistleblower




Sue’s Petition:


Staples: Don’t Cut Part-Time Hours Because of Obamacare!


I am writing this petition as an anonymous person, as I fear my employer will persecute me if they knew my identity. My trust in the company I work for has been shaken, as they have enacted a new policy to reduce our hours, and I believe they are not telling the whole truth as to why.


I have worked as an Easy-Tech Representative at Staples, sold countless thousands of computers, protection plans, and services, and have made Staples far more money than they have paid me. I typically work 30-35 hours in a week, and have so for about 9 years now. I enjoy working at Staples, and the staff at my store have come to depend on me. I love my job. I recently got married, and am pregnant with my first child.


However, in mid-December, the company announced to the staff at my store: A new policy of limiting ALL part-time workers to 25 hours a week – with NO exceptions — for reasons of “Scheduling Flexibility”.


This left me heartbroken, as I knew 25 hours a week wouldn’t let me make ends meet, let alone have enough to start a family!I questioned my co-workers as to why they would make such a drastic change. Even the General Manager couldn’t get a straight answer out of the upper management. So I decided to do a little digging, and with the help of the internet, I came across what appears to be the answer: The Affordable Healthcare Act aka “Obamacare.”


I read about how countless other companies were slashing part-time hours to use a loophole in the law: You don’t have to pay for healthcare if your employees don’t work more than 30 hours a week. I also learned that the Aetna medical insurance plan that Staples provided didn’t count, as it didn’t provide enough coverage to meet the minimums.


I was stunned. The TRUE reason was obvious: Staples didn’t want to follow the law and provide better heathcare to its employees. Instead, its giving its part-time workers a de facto pay cut and saving money by using a loophole.


However, there is hope. Other major employers such as Darden Restaurants (owners of Olive Garden and Red Lobster) rescinded similar cuts after intense pressure. Congress has also delayed the requirement until 2015, giving Congress time to sort things out. Corporations such as Starbucks and H-E-B have pledged NOT to reduce part time hours.


Will you join me in asking Staples to join companies like Starbucks and H-E-B to pledge NOT the cut part time employees’ hours? 


Ron Sargent, CEO of Staples
Don’t Cut Part-Time Hours Because of Obamacare! Join Starbucks and H-E-B in pledging not to cut hours!

[Your name]


Sign this petition





I received many comments on my Wal-Mart post alerting me that I only posted/reported one side of that story. So here’s a solution to that lie….if you have opposing information or facts to this Staples post or the Wal-Mart post, and when I say facts, thats exactly what I mean, then send that opposite side of the big box story to me, and I’ll post them.


Otherwise, miss me with your bull shit.



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Today 1,500 “Black Friday” Protests Against Walmart, Organized By Making Change At Walmart.


By Jueseppi B.




Today, more than 1,500 Black Friday protests against Walmart — organized by our friends at Making Change at Walmart — are being waged by workers and shoppers who have had enough.


We recently told you about how Walmart is asking its barely-getting-by employees to provide food to its homeless and hungry employees. We were outraged by it, and so were you. You overwhelmed us with your support for raising the minimum wage. You demanded we support all workers and fight for a living wage that’s more than $10 an hour too. And you wanted us to take on other corporations that leave their employees in poverty.


So I wanted to make sure you know: for us, this isn’t just about Walmart. And it isn’t just about one piece of legislation. It is about fighting to protect and regain all of the basic rights and services that created the American middle class — starting with wages that workers can survive on.


We know that income inequality in this country is unsustainable, and we want to be at the forefront of the movement to raise the minimum wage every single chance we get.




Outraged at income inequality in America? Then help us fight it by contributing $5 now to fuel our campaign to raise the minimum wage and force corporate America to do right by their workers.


Our minimum wage problem isn’t just unfortunate, it’s causing a crisis. There are more than 47 million working people in this country whose income still falls below the poverty line. These people want to work hard to provide for themselves and their families. They want the American dream. Instead, they are going to bed hungry. Or choosing between getting their prescriptions filled and keeping the lights on.


We can’t — and we won’t — accept poverty wages any longer. Raising the minimum wage is too important to let live or die by the fate of one bill or the whims of one house of Congress. It’s a battle we have to take to every corner of this country — to every state, to every city, and to every corporation that would rather spend its fortunes playing tricks on Wall Street than paying fair wages on Main Street.




We want to call out corporations that mistreat their employees. When Missouri, Alaska and other states vote on raising the minimum wage in 2014, we want to be there to make sure those referendums pass. And next year we want to help elect a wave of progressive politicians at every level of government who care more about the people they are elected to serve than the donors who paid for their campaign ads.


But we can’t do any of these things without your support. Chip in $5 now, and help us grow this campaign so we can challenge corporate power everywhere and finally get working Americans the wages they deserve.


Thank you for everything you do. Working together, we’re unstoppable.

- Charles

Charles Chamberlain
Executive Director, Democracy for America




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You Shop At Wal-Mart Why? Wal-Mart Asks Workers To Donate Food To Its Needy Employees


By Jueseppi B.




Wal-Mart Asks Workers To Donate Food To Its Needy Employees


By ASHLEY LUTZ For Business Insider


A Cleveland Wal-Mart store is holding a food drive — for its own employees.


“Please donate food items so associates in need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner,” reads a sign accompanied by several plastic bins.


The Cleveland Plain Dealer first reported on the food drive, which has sparked outrage in the area.


“That Wal-Mart would have the audacity to ask low-wage workers to donate food to other low-wage workers — to me, it is a moral outrage,” Norma Mills, a customer at the store, told the Plain Dealer.


A company spokesman defended the food drive, telling the Plain Dealer that it is evidence that employees care about each other.


“This store has been doing this for several years and is for associates that have faced an extreme hardship recently,” spokesman Kory Lundberg told us.


Lundberg says an example of this would be a recent layoff in the family or some other financial hardship.


Wal-Mart has been criticized for paying low wages to its 2.2 million employees.


Last week, 50 people were arrested after protesting the retailer’s pay at a store in Los Angeles.


Wal-Mart turned a profit of $15.7 billion last year.



Facts About Wal-Mart That Will Blow Your Mind

Wal-Mart is America‘s biggest retailer.


We compiled some facts about Wal-Mart that will blow your mind


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3 Reasons Why Costco Is Beating Wal-Mart And Target



By ASHLEY LUTZ For Business Insider


Business at Costco is thriving.


The retailer is posting gains even as competitors like Wal-Mart and Target have struggled to attract cash-strapped consumers.

Analysts at Trefis have pinpointed a few reasons for Costco’s incredible success.


1. Customers want deals. It’s estimated that shoppers can save up to 55% on groceries from buying in bulk at warehouse chains, write the analysts at Trefis.


Costco also keeps prices low by keeping store displays at a minimum and offering fewer items. The retailer only marks up merchandise 15%, compared with a 25% average for most grocery chains.


“Due to these bargains, the warehouse club industry sales have grown at a higher rate than general merchandise store sales over the last decade,” the analysts write.



2. Costco is hyper-focused on local markets. The brand “grants its local store managers some discretion over the products that are kept in stores,” the analysts at Trefis write.


Demand for salsa is highest in the Southwest region of the U.S., so stores there are sure to stay stocked up, for example.



3. Costco changes its brands often.  “Customers always find something new at its stores and get a ‘treasure hunt’ experience,’” say the Trefis analysts.


The retailer occasionally offers some high-end items like Coach purses and Dom Perignon champagne to further intrigue shoppers.

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News Views To Peruse And Use

By Jueseppi B.






Wal-Mart protests draw hundreds nationwide


Protestors want better pay, affordable health care


Published On: Nov 23 2012
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -Hundreds of people — including some employees — have taken part in Black Friday demonstrations at Wal-Mart stores nationwide, protesting what they say is the retailer’s retaliation against speaking out for better pay, fair schedules and affordable health care.


According to organizers from the union-backed group OUR Walmart, workers and supporters rallied in Landover Hills, Md., Miami, Oakland, Calif., Chicago, Danville, Ky., Dallas and Kenosha, Wis. The organizers say the protests will continue throughout the day.


One of the bigger protests occurred in Landover Hills, near Washington. Organizers said about 350 people participated, although video of the event showed around 100 participants. Dawn Le, who works for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which backs OUR Walmart, would not say how many of those taking part were Wal-Mart employees.


Wal-Mart, in a statement, said there were 26 protests Thursday night, when its stores opened at 8 p.m. to begin Black Friday. It estimated that fewer than 50 Wal-Mart workers participated, and that many of the protests involved no employees at all.


Read The entire article here At CNN Money




Climate Reports Forecast Dire Future, Even If Action Is Taken


By  Huff Post Green


In the absence of aggressive government policies aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions, a number of leading organizations, including the United Nations, the World Bank and others, have begun issuing analyses that regard potentially dangerous temperature elevations as not just a possibility should the status quo prevail, but a near certainty even if things start to change.


The latest report, released Wednesday by the United Nations Environment Program, suggested that greenhouse gas emissions levels are currently around 14 percent above where they need to be by the end of the decade in order to avoid what many analysts believe could be a risky level of planetary warming.


That report comes on the heels of a study issued Tuesday by the Geneva-based World Meteorological Organization, which stated that human civilization has pumped roughly 375 billion tonnes, or metric tons, of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere since the dawn of the industrial age, when the extraction and combustion of fossil fuels began in earnest.


Get this full story at Huff Post Green




Republicans’ “Plan B” for Tax Hikes Is the Same as Plan A: Lie Through Their Teeth

Republicans in the Senate are brainstorming ways to shield small businesses from tax hikes should they be unable to persuade President Barack Obama to extend the Bush tax rate cuts for everyone.


A sort of GOP Plan B, a carve-out could give Republicans — and some red state Democrats — a way to save face if they’re faced with a choice between allowing the government to go over the fiscal cliff or swallow some sort of marginal tax rate increases.Maine Republican Susan Collins and other GOP senators are toying with what they’re calling a “carve-out” to benefit small businesses that pay their taxes through the individual side of the Tax Code.


Collins, for her part, is reprising her proposal to impose a 2 percent surtax on the wealthiest earners, with a carve-out. But the concept could also apply to a broader marginal rate increase. The idea is to exempt those profits, from S-corporations, partnerships and other passthrough entities, from the income tax increases Obama wants for top earners…


“The problem with raising tax rates on wealthy Americans is that more than half of them are small-business owners,” Boehner said in a press conference last week.


Let’s get a reality-check from those well known socialists at Bloomberg :


The argument that raising tax rates on upper-income individuals would harm entrepreneurs is likewise flawed. We love small business as much as anyone. But with the U.S. facing unsustainable budget  deficits that will require many Americans to pay higher taxes, it’s worth separating fact from fiction.


First, small businesses destroy almost as many jobs as they create. Second, only about  3 percent  of small-business owners fall into the upper-income  tax brackets  that would increase if, as Obama has proposed, the Bush tax cuts are allowed to expire. And third, many businesses counted as small aren’t engaged in traditional small-business activity. Instead, they are  partners in hedge funds , law firms and private-equity shops, or they are highly paid actors, athletes, speakers and authors.



More on this here at Alternet




Dow Jones Industrial Average  Climbs Back Above 13000




NEW YORK—Stocks made a Black Friday foray far into the green, as shares locked down their biggest weekly percentage gain in months in a lightly traded short session.


he Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 172.79 points, or 1.4%, to 13009.68 in light trading. Over the week’s four trading days—the U.S. stock market was closed Thursday for Thanksgiving—the blue-chip gauge climbed 421.37 points, or 3.3%, for the measure’s best weekly rise since the week of June 8.


All 30 Dow components closed higher, as blue chips closed above 13,000 for the first time since the U.S. elections on Nov. 6. Technology stocks Hewlett-PackardHPQ +4.19%Microsoft MSFT +2.78% andCisco Systems CSCO +1.95%led the blue chips, rising 4.2%, 2.8% and 1.9%, respectively. Still, H-P was down 3.2% on the week after it announced a charge related to accounting irregularities at a company it acquired last year.


Full report available at The Wall Street Journal




Romney may have lost, but the voting system is still broken


by  Gerry Bello and Bob Fitrakis


Two weeks have passed since the night of the Rove meltdown and Romney’s electoral loss. Like the days after a major sports championship, everybody has an opinion on two things: why victory was achieved this time and how victory can be achieved the next time. However, political reality is quite different than sports. Democracy is more than a game. And if our current democracy is a game, the people lost in 2012.

America is at best a minimal democracy. It functionally has two parties, one more than a dictatorship. It allegedly grants one person one vote each election, although this is not constitutionally guaranteed. Our elections fail to meet even minimal standards by allowing the racist suppression of votes that we thought was outlawed in 1965. What this election has made clear is that more than a small minority seek to erase 140 years of struggle from Andrew Jackson to Lyndon Johnson to secure and defend these most basic tenets of democracy: the right to vote.


Full post available at OpEdNews




Last but not least:


How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory


The onetime Nixon operative has created the most profitable propaganda machine in history. Inside America’s Unfair and Imbalanced Network.



At the Fox News holiday party the year the network overtook archrival CNN in the cable ratings, tipsy employees were herded down to the basement of a Midtown bar in New York. As they gathered around a television mounted high on the wall, an image flashed to life, glowing bright in the darkened tavern: the MSNBC logo. A chorus of boos erupted among the Fox faithful. The CNN logo followed, and the catcalls multiplied. Then a third slide appeared, with a telling twist. In place of the logo for Fox News was a beneficent visage: the face of the network’s founder. The man known to his fiercest loyalists simply as “the Chairman” – Roger Ailes.


“It was as though we were looking at Mao,” recalls Charlie Reina, a former Fox News producer. The Foxistas went wild. They let the dogs out. Woof! Woof! Woof! Even those who disliked the way Ailes runs his network joined in the display of fealty, given the culture of intimidation at Fox News. “It’s like the Soviet Union or China: People are always looking over their shoulders,” says a former executive with the network’s parent, News Corp. “There are people who turn people in.”


The key to decoding Fox News isn’t Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity. It isn’t even News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch. To understand what drives Fox News, and what its true purpose is, you must first understand Chairman Ailes. “He is Fox News,” says Jane Hall, a decade-long Fox commentator who defected over Ailes’ embrace of the fear-mongering Glenn Beck. “It’s his vision. It’s a reflection of him.”


Photo Gallery: Roger Ailes, GOP Mastermind

Read more at Rolling Stone




Please sign the petition to tell Congress to Pass The American Jobs Act!!


Pass Obama’s Jobs Bill .The American Jobs Act.It Has Been Blocked By The House GOP Long Enough


The American People Need Jobs. So The American People Need Congress To Pass Obama’s Jobs Bill. The American Jobs Act Has Been Blocked By House Republicans For Way To Long. This Bill Would Put Americans Back To Work. So Pass This Bill And Put Americans Back To Work.


We ALL can have a wonderful, happy & safe Holiday Season if we ALL have jobs.





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