March 05, 2015

Woody Guthrie - Tom Joad - Part 1 - YouTube



Woody Guthrie - Tom Joad - Part 1



Tom Joad got out of the old McAlester Pen;
There he got his parole.
After four long years on a man killing charge,
Tom Joad come a-walkin' down the road, poor boy,
Tom Joad come a-walkin' down the road.
Tom Joad, he met a truck driving man;
There he caught him a ride.
He said, "I just got loose from McAlester Pen
On a charge called homicide,
A charge called homicide."
That truck rolled away in a cloud of dust;
Tommy turned his face toward home.
He met Preacher Casey, and they had a little drink,
But they found that his family they was gone,
He found that his family they was gone.
He found his mother's old-fashion shoe,
Found his daddy's hat.
And he found little Muley and Muley said,
"They've been tractored out by the cats,
They've been tractored out by the cats."
Tom Joad walked down to the neighbor's farm,
Found his family.
They took Preacher Casey and loaded in a car,
And his mother said, "We've got to get away."
His mother said, "We've got to get away."
Now, the twelve of the Joads made a mighty heavy load;
But Grandpa Joad did cry.
He picked up a handful of land in his hand,
Said: "I'm stayin' with the farm till I die.
Yes, I'm stayin' with the farm till I die."
They fed him short ribs and coffee and soothing syrup;
And Grandpa Joad did die.
They buried Grandpa Joad by the side of the road,
Grandma on the California side,
They buried Grandma on the California side.
They stood on a mountain and they looked to the west,
And it looked like the promised land.
That bright green valley with a river running through,
There was work for every single hand, they thought,
There was work for every single hand.
The Joads rolled away to the jungle camp,
There they cooked a stew.
And the hungry little kids of the jungle camp
Said: "We'd like to have some, too."
Said: "We'd like to have some, too."
Now a deputy sheriff fired loose at a man,
Shot a woman in the back.
Before he could take his aim again,
Preacher Casey dropped him in his track, poor boy,
Preacher Casey dropped him in his track.
They handcuffed Casey and they took him in jail;
And then he got away.
And he met Tom Joad on the old river bridge,
And these few words he did say, poor boy,
These few words he did say.
"I preached for the Lord a mighty long time,
Preached about the rich and the poor.
Us workin' folkses, all get together,
'Cause we ain't got a chance anymore.
We ain't got a chance anymore."
Now, the deputies come, and Tom and Casey run
To the bridge where the water run down.
But the vigilante thugs hit Casey with a club,
They laid Preacher Casey on the ground, poor Casey,
They laid Preacher Casey on the ground.
Tom Joad, he grabbed that deputy's club,
Hit him over the head.
Tom Joad took flight in the dark rainy night,
And a deputy and a preacher lying dead, two men,
A deputy and a preacher lying dead.
Tom run back where his mother was asleep;
He woke her up out of bed.
An' he kissed goodbye to the mother that he loved,
Said what Preacher Casey said, Tom Joad,
He said what Preacher Casey said.
"Ever'body might be just one big soul,
Well it looks that a-way to me.
Everywhere that you look, in the day or night,
That's where I'm a-gonna be, Ma,
That's where I'm a-gonna be.
Wherever little children are hungry and cry,
Wherever people ain't free.
Wherever men are fightin' for their rights,
That's where I'm a-gonna be, Ma.
That's where I'm a-gonna be."


January 03, 2014

EMPLOYEE RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
UNDER THE FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT
Basic Leave Entitlement
FMLA requires covered employers to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid,
job-protected leave to eligible employees for the following reasons:
• for incapacity due to pregnancy, prenatal medical care or child birth;
• to care for the employee’s child after birth, or placement for adoption
or foster care;
• to care for the employee’s spouse, son, daughter or parent, who has
a serious health condition; or
• for a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to
perform the employee’s job.
Military Family Leave Entitlements
Eligible employees whose spouse, son, daughter or parent is on covered
active duty or call to covered active duty status may use their 12-week
leave entitlement to address certain qualifying exigencies. Qu
alifying
exigencies may include attending certain military events, arranging for
alternative childcare, addressing certain financial and legal ar
rangements,
attending certain counseling sessions, and attending post-deployment
reintegration briefings.
FMLA also includes a special leave entitlement that permits eligible
employees to take up to 26 weeks of leave to care for a covered service
-
member during a single 12-month period. A covered servicemember is:
(1) a current member of the Armed Forces, including a member of the
National Guard or Reserves, who is undergoing medical treatment,
recuperation or therapy, is otherwise in outpatient status, or is otherwise
on the temporary disability retired list, for a serious injury
or illness*;
or (2) a veteran who was discharged or released under conditions other
than dishonorable at any time during the five-year period prior
to the
first date the eligible employee takes FMLA leave to care for the covered
veteran, and who is undergoing medical treatment, recuperation, or
therapy for a serious injury or illness.*
*The FMLA definitions of “serious injury or illness” for
current servicemembers and veterans are distinct from
the FMLA definition of “serious health condition”.
Benefits and Protections
During FMLA leave, the employer must maintain the employee’s health
coverage under any “group health plan” on the same terms as if the
employee had continued to work. Upon return from FMLA leave, most
employees must be restored to their original or equivalent positions
with equivalent pay, benefits, and other employment terms.
Use of FMLA leave cannot result in the loss of any employment benefit
that accrued prior to the start of an employee’s leave.
Eligibility Requirements
Employees are eligible if they have worked for a covered employer for at
least 12 months, have 1,250 hours of service in the previous 12 months*,
and if at least 50 employees are employed by the employer within 75 miles.
*Special hours of service eligibility requirements apply to
airline flight crew employees.
Definition of Serious Health Condition
A serious health condition is an illness, injury, impairment, or physical
or mental condition that involves either an overnight stay in a medical
care facility, or continuing treatment by a health care provider for a
condition that either prevents the employee from performing the functions
of the employee’s job, or prevents the qualified family member from
participating in school or other daily activities.
Subject to certain conditions, the continuing treatment requirement may
be met by a period of incapacity of more than 3 consecutive calendar days
combined with at least two visits to a health care provider or one visit and
a regimen of continuing treatment, or incapacity due to pregnancy, or
incapacity due to a chronic condition. Other conditions may me
et the
definition of continuing treatment.
Use of Leave
An employee does not need to use this leave entitlement in one block.
Leave can be taken intermittently or on a reduced leave schedule when
medically necessary. Employees must make reasonable efforts to schedule
leave for planned medical treatment so as not to unduly disrupt the
employer’s operations. Leave due to qualifying exigencies may also be
taken on an intermittent basis.
Substitution of Paid Leave for Unpaid Leave
Employees may choose or employers may require use of accrued paid
leave while taking FMLA leave. In order to use paid leave for FMLA
leave, employees must comply with the employer’s normal paid leave
policies.
Employee Responsibilities
Employees must provide 30 days advance notice of the need to take
FMLA leave when the need is foreseeable. When 30 days notice is not
possible, the employee must provide notice as soon as practicable and
generally must comply with an employer’s normal call-in procedures.
Employees must provide sufficient information for the employer t
o determine
if the leave may qualify for FMLA protection and the anticipated timing
and duration of the leave. Sufficient information may include t
hat the
employee is unable to perform job functions, the family member is unable
to perform daily activities, the need for hospitalization or continuing
treatment by a health care provider, or circumstances supporting the need
for military family leave. Employees also must inform the employer if
the requested leave is for a reason for which FMLA leave was previously
taken or certified. Employees also may be required to provide a
certification
and periodic recertification supporting the need for leave.
Employer Responsibilities
Covered employers must inform employees requesting leave whether
they are eligible under FMLA. If they are, the notice must specify any
additional information required as well as the employees’ rights and
responsibilities. If they are not eligible, the employer must
provide a
reason for the ineligibility.
Covered employers must inform employees if leave will be designated
as FMLA-protected and the amount of leave counted against the e
mployee’s
leave entitlement. If the employer determines that the leave i
s not
FMLA-protected, the employer must notify the employee.
Unlawful Acts by Employers
FMLA makes it unlawful for any employer to:
• interfere with, restrain, or deny the exercise of any right provided
under FMLA; and
• discharge or discriminate against any person for opposing any practice
made unlawful by FMLA or for involvement in any proceeding under
or relating to FMLA.
Enforcement
An employee may file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Lab
or
or may bring a private lawsuit against an employer.
FMLA does not affect any Federal or State law prohibiting discrimination,
or supersede any State or local law or collective bargaining agreement
which provides greater family or medical leave rights.
FMLA section 109 (29 U.S.C. § 2619) requires FMLA
covered employers to post the text of this notice. Regulation
29 C.F.R. § 825.300(a) may require additional disclosures.

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"IBEW Burying Ground"


OMOV DEMOCRACY IN THE IBEW!

"Union Burying Ground"

Woody Guthrie (1946)

I see they're lowering right new coffin,
I see they're letting down right new coffin,
Way over in that Union Burying Ground.
And the new dirt's falling on a right new coffin,
The new dirt's falling on a right new coffin,
Way over in that Union Burying Ground.
O, tell me who's that they're letting down, down,
Tell me who's that they're letting down, down,
Way over in that Union Burying Ground.
Another union organizer,
Another union organizer,
Way over in that Union Burying Ground.
A union brother and a union sister,
A union brother and a union sister,
Way over in that Union Burying Ground.
A union father and a union mother,
And union father and a union mother,
Way over in that Union Burying Ground.
Well, I'm going to sleep in a union coffin,
I'm going to sleep in a union coffin,
Way over in that Union Burying Ground.
Every new grave brings a thousand new ones,
Every new grave brings a thousand members,
Way over in that Union Burying Ground.
Every new grave brings a thousand brothers,
And every new grave brings a thousand sisters,
To the union in that Union Burying Ground.