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A hodge podge of topical things.

The shitty contract forced onto rail workers by Congress and the President that contains zero (0) paid sick days is going to cause a lot of problems. Either immediately to the supply chain if a wildcat strike happens, or electorally when unions abandon Democrats for abandoning them.

“B-b-but it was Republicans who voted against it!” some might say. And that’s what Democrats planned on by decoupling sick leave from the rest of the bill. I typed a version of this on Mastodon, where I’ve been dabbling since my Musk-induced departure from Twitter. Hive Social is phone only, and not very secure, so I’m not doing much there besides parking my name.

Decoupling sick days from the rest of the rail bill was done by the Democratic House, so they could blame Senate Republicans while pleasing rail barons.

The antitrust thing could be about Ticketmaster flubbing Taylor Swift tickets, Amazon, cable companies, or almost literally anything else that sucks in this country.

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What’s New on Streaming

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The omicron wave and a colder than usual March caught me up on a lot of TV. Marvel and Star Wars superfans will probably get mad at me even though I ate up all that garbage. I also read books. Mostly the Dune sequels though. Shut up.

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Starbucks’ Union-Busting Tactics

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Starbucks franchises across the country are unionizing, and the company is not pleased. Same with REI, and countless other places where people have been forced to deal with our most terrible citizens throughout the pandemic.

Their coffee stinks, too. I’m not a total Boston stereotype, though. Dunkin’ is much worse.

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The Extended Groundhog Forecast

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We’re about to get a nor’easter this weekend, so I’m not optimistic about what the groundhog’s gonna say next week. In fact, I’m not optimistic about anything, except that I’ll get to go snowshoeing this weekend.

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Kellogg’s Corp. Flacks

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After more than two months on strike, Kellogg’s workers rejected a contract offer that would’ve shafted younger employees. So Kellogg’s is pulling a Reagan and replacing everyone instead of negotiating in good faith.

So stop eating their garbage, even Cheez-Its. I stuck to cereals for a visual theme, but the lack of a Cheez-It mascot illustrates just how bad Kellogg’s hiring practices are.

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Stop & Shop’s Corporate Scabs

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Stop & Shop is a massive corporation that is probably second only to Dunkin’ Donuts in ubiquity here in New England. Often there’s a Dunkin’ inside the Stop & Shops. What makes those brands stand-ins for our region isn’t their corporate boards and the profits they shovel to shareholders, it’s their employees. They deserve everything and more than what their asking for.

Their strike is now entering its second week and in addition to not crossing picket lines, the employees can use all the support they can get.

I hope they prevail soon. I have to travel all the way to West Roxbury to buy groceries at Roche Bros. instead.

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