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UAW battles for salary increases for its autoworkers; the Big Three juggle dollars for their demands and the EV transition
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UAW battles for salary increases for its autoworkers; the Big Three juggle dollars for their demands and the EV transition
Thursday morning at 12:00 AM, auto workers from Detroit’s Big Three automakers Ford, General Motors (GM) and Stellantis went on strike under the unified efforts of their union, United Auto Workers (UAW), The Stand Up Strike. (Stellantis N.V. is a multinational automotive manufacturing corporation formed from the merger of the Italian–American conglomerate Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the French PSA Group. They carry the Jeep, Ram, Chrysler, Dodge and Fiat brands.)UAW President Shawn Fain remained adamant about the Sept. 14, 11:59 p.m. deadline for the nearly 150,000 members to have a deal in place with the Big Three; a few hours before the strike, he made a statement on Facebook live to the public about the absolute deadline if the demands were not met.Meanwhile, General Motors CEO Mary Barra told CBS Mornings they have presented four different offers to the UAW since they have been at the table with them since July 18, receiving 1,000 demands; Barra said GM couldn't be successful if the company met all of UAW's demands. The initial demands, she said, were over $100 billion.In a Facebook live broadcast on August 1, Fain presented "audacious" demands of members in a new four-year contract being negotiated with a Sept. 14 deadline to the Big Three: (see document below from UAW)elimination of wage tierssubstantial wage increasesrestoration of cost of living allowance increasesdefined benefit pension for all workersreestablishment of retiree medical benefitsthe right to strike over plant closureslimits on the use of temporary workersmore paid time offincreased benefits to current retirees
BHN INSIDER:  Alabama brawl's riverboat connection spawns the question of the two 'Harriets'
Aug 15 2023
BHN INSIDER: Alabama brawl's riverboat connection spawns the question of the two 'Harriets'
As an update to the August 5, 2023 riverboat brawl in Montgomery, Alabama on the Alabama River docks, there are now five people who have been charged in the ongoing investigation, where a Black co-captain was attacked by a group of white men. The co-captain asked them to move their illegally parked pontoon, which was stationed in the spot typically reserved for the Harriott II Riverboat. The captain by loud speaker had already asked them to move several times, circling the river for 40 minutes, hoping the boat owners would follow his request and move their boat. Meanwhile, the offenders who turned themselves in last week include: Mary Todd, 21, Richard Roberts, 48, Allen Todd, 23, and Zachery Shipman, 25. Also, the Black man, Reggie Ray, 42, wielding the chair at a few white offenders after exiting the riverboat due to racial slurs and threats of violence hurled his way before exiting the boat, has turned himself into the Montgomery law enforcement. One of the workers on the riverboat claimed the group of white men called him the n-word and threatened to use a gun. According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, a woman named Crystal Warren, who was working on the riverboat, said one of the white men who attacked the Black worker yelled, "F**k that n****r" before coming down the dock to fight him. Over $300,000 has been raised online for Ray's case. However, the memes keep coming, as many Black people are identifying the incident as racially motivated; videos posted to online social media pages are depicting wielding-chair scenes, a Black history lesson on folding chairs and memes relating the Underground Railroad, historical figure, Harriet Tubman.BHN insider has the facts regarding the question of the two “Harriets." The truth is revealing of the real historical relevance of Harriet Tubman and the ship that was named after her.
President Biden establishes Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument, cementing history
Jul 28 2023
President Biden establishes Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument, cementing history
The Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument became the country’s 425th national park July 25, on the 82nd anniversary of Till’s birth, as President Joe Biden established the park through proclamation during a White House ceremony. However, the pains of this racial crime still run deep because the known killers of the teenage Black youth were never charged."Insisting on an open caset [sic] — casket for her murdered and, I might add, maimed and mutilated son. Fourteen years old. Fourteen years old. She said, “Let the people see what I’ve seen.” “Let the people see what I have seen," said President Biden during an emotional speech before signing the proclmation."My God, all of us who have lost children in other ways, how hard it is even to close the casket or keep it open or to — what a debate it is.""The story of Emmett Till and the incredible bravery of Mamie Till-Mobley helped fuel the movement for civil rights in America, and their stories continue to inspire our collective fight for justice," said Vice-President Kamala Harris. "Our history as a nation is born of tragedy and triumph, of struggle and success. That is who we are. And as people who love our country, as patriots, we know that we must remember and teach our full history, even when it is painful — especially when it is painful."Emmett Till was an African American teenager who grew up in Chicago and had relatives in the Mississippi Delta. At 14, he visited Mississippi on vacation in August 1955. He was kidnapped, tortured and killed by white men after being accused of whistling at and making sexual advances toward a white woman.His mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, was an active member of the Chicago community with an especially close relationship with her son and who became a civil rights icon after his death. She quickly sought justice for her child, demanding his casket be transported home and unsealed, and then insisting his mangled corpse be shown to the world. Till-Mobley devoted the rest of her life to seeking justice for her son, speaking publicly on issues of racism, educating children and comforting other grieving families. Her long journey was filled with setbacks, but her determination and resilience saw her through. She died in 2003.