United Steelworkers Local 8751, the Boston School Bus Drivers Union, continues to fight a two-year battle to get four of its elected leaders reinstated after being fired. At the same time, the union is fighting for a just contract, the resolution of 700-plus grievances and many unfair labor practices, and safe transit for the city’s children, their precious cargo.Yet the union never fails to stand up when racism raises its ugly head. Workers World spoke to two union stalwarts, Bobby Traynham and Samir Stanley, whose “solidarity in action” included representing Local 8751 at the October “Justice Or Else” march. Stanley is a 32-year driver, multiterm chief steward and Team Solidarity member of the executive board serving on the accident review committee. Traynham is a rank-and-file Team Solidarity leader with 37 years behind the wheel and a long-time member of Workers World Party.Workers World: What does the word “solidarity” mean to you?Bobby TraynhamBobby Traynham: It means that you support a person if they are having a hard time. Solidarity forever, that’s what I say. You make workers know that and make them feel better. We had a sound truck going around the neighborhood for City Councillor Charles Yancey. We knew he was having a hard time because the bourgeoisie was giving a lot of money to [his opponent] Ms. Campbell. [The bosses’ favorite won the election.] We gave a lot of support to Chuck Turner [a former city councillor who served time on trumped-up federal charges]. He was under the gun. He didn’t have no solidarity in City Hall; they voted against him. Yancey was the only one who stuck with Chuck. The local was behind him. I was in court every day. Now Chuck’s in the forefront of the negotiations for the fired drivers.Samir StanleySamir Stanley: That’s a good question. I would be in solidarity with probably any group that believes in fairness and justice and equality for humanity. Local 8751 shows solidarity for most organizations that support equality, anti-racism, housing, and for those that don’t have a voice, and labor period. One of the main things is better wages and jobs for workers. McDonald’s workers walked out for better wages. That is one of the most consistent things that we have fought for.WW: Why did Local 8751 send a delegation to “Justice or Else”?Stanley: I think that is easy, because they support what “Justice Or Else” stands for, which is equality and justice for those who don’t have it.I was at the original [Million Man March], so for me the experience was overwhelming. You have to be a Black American to understand what it feels like to be among a group like yourselves that has been portrayed so negatively: your culture, your food, your education, etc. So to not see any of those things at all at a massive rally is a thing to behold. The Million Man March was the highlight of my life. The rally this year was similar to but not equal to that experience. It was like coming home again.To deal with the problem you have to deal with the root. I feel that this country has a problem: that is racism. It might not be at the top of your agenda, but for a person that’s dealing with it, it’s at the top of the list. When it comes to the root, the inception of America, you have the taking of the land of the original people that were here. Then you have the immigrants coming onto the land. Then you have the involuntary immigrants, the Black people. If those three entities are not addressed, then the fight against racism is not a real fight. That event, that shows Black people in a positive light, was not aired. Events like this show that the fight on racism is far from being done.Traynham: I wanted to be there. This is the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. I went 20 years ago. That was the highlight of my life to see one million Black men. There was a whole lot of youth at this year’s one. I met kids from Texas and I talked with them about 20 years ago. It was good to see young people watch our backs. One of the biggest things was the Native Americans and they highlighted them speaking about their struggle. Also parents talked about their kids being shot down by police. I expected more from the Nation of Islam about boycotting the holidays. I was disappointed that Minister Farrakhan pulled back. He did not clarify what the “else” was in “Justice or Else.”WW: Why did the drivers attend the WW conference?Traynham: I think most of the drivers went because they love Workers World. They talked about it to other workers when they got back. All the workers were asking what happened. For three or four days we explained. Freeport Yard [one of four bus yards where Traynham works] supports the party. The thing we got to do, we got to recruit. After the contract is settled we can recruit.I was born in a place in West Virginia they call Redstar. So I was made a communist from the beginning. I don’t know what I’d be doing if I had not entered Workers World. I took to it right away. When I met the party, I got rid of all my vices, drinking beer and whisky and smoking. The party is probably why I am still alive. I am going to pay a debt to Workers World as long as I live. That’s what I’m doing.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Linkedin Previous articleThe Skiff: September 13, 2018Next articleESPN’s ‘The Undefeated’ writer visits campus, talks media coverage on Nike, Kaepernick ad Robbie Vaglio RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR I am the executive editor of TCU 360 from Raleigh, North Carolina. If you walk by my desk in the newsroom you’ll immediately know I’m Post Malone’s biggest fan. I’m always looking for a good story to tell! If you have any story ideas, feel free to reach out! Go Panthers! Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ TCU wants ex-professor’s discrimination suit dismissed + posts Robbie Vaglio Facebook Two students joined harassment and discrimination lawsuit against TCU Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award ReddIt TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Facebook Snow temporarily stepping down as honors dean Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ ReddIt Shawn Robinson threw two interceptions Saturday night against the Buckeyes. TCU vs Ohio State. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto Linkedin Twitter Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ What to watch during quarantine printShawn Robinson threw two interceptions Saturday night against the Buckeyes. TCU vs Ohio State. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSotoTCU Football’s Saturday night loss to Ohio State was characterized by sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson’s erratic decision making.Robinson stunted some flashes of brilliance, including a 51-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver TreVontae Hights, but showed his lack of on-field experience with two costly interceptions and a fumble.A 51-yard touchdown to TreVontae Hights brought the Horned Frogs to within five points in the fourth quarter. TCU vs Ohio State. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto“I have to be better,” Robinson said. “There were two plays that I just can’t do.”In addition to Robinson’s errors, punter Adam Nunez dropped the ball and gave the Buckeyes excellent field position inside TCU’s 25-yard line late in the third quarter. Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins found receiver K.J. Hill just two plays later to put the Buckeyes up by 12.Head Coach Gary Patterson said the inexperience of his football team was a major factor in the turnover margin.“We made mistakes,” Patterson said. “We have 37 new guys on this team. They fought their tails off. You have to correct and make the plays you’re supposed to make.”Robinson’s miscues were the difference maker in the ballgame, accounting for 14 points in a game decided by 12. Nunez’s muffed punt led to seven more Buckeye points.“We gave them 21 points,” Patterson said. “We did it to ourselves. You can’t beat yourself.”With the Buckeyes leading by three in the first quarter, Robinson was sacked on his own eight-yard line by star defensive end Nick Bosa. The ball was recovered in the end zone by Ohio State for a touchdown, extending their lead to 10.From that point, the Horned Frogs outscored Ohio State 21–9. TCU running back Darius Anderson and the offense gained momentum with the running game as all three TCU touchdowns came on the ground.Darius Anderson recorded the longest touchdown in program history against Ohio State. TCU vs Ohio State. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSotoAnderson’s 93-yard touchdown burst was the longest rushing play in school history and was the largest play from scrimmage Ohio State has allowed in program history.Anderson finished the night with 154 rushing yards and two touchdowns.Ohio State had difficulty matching TCU’s offensive tempo, leading to the scoring disparity.With 5:54 remaining in the third quarter, Robinson rolled out to the left and attempted a shovel pass. The pass went right into the chest of Buckeye defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones who returned it for a 28-yard pick-six, putting the Buckeyes up 26–21.Robinson called the interception a “horrible read.”“The main thing with me is execution,” Robinson said. “We did better than SMU, but we definitely fell short and had a lot of plays we didn’t execute on. I need to keep my feet calm in the pocket and trust what I see. I still have a long way to go.”The Horned Frogs never led again. An interception from Robinson on a very underthrown ball in the final minutes would seal the victory for Ohio State.“One of the things that coach preaches to us is that things are going to go good and things are going to go bad,” said TCU senior defensive end Ben Banogu. “It’s how we act from that.”Despite the inconsistencies, Robinson did not crumble under the bright lights of AT&T Stadium. He finished the night with 308 passing yards on 60 percent passing.“I’m pretty impressed with Shawn,” Banogu said. “Things are going to go wrong and things are going to go right, but at the end of the day he just has to know who he is and he has to keep playing.”Saturday’s primetime matchup was only Robinson’s fourth start. Patterson said he expects Robinson to continue to grow and is confident in a successful maturation process.“In this kind of environment, what he’s doing and how he’s doing it, he’s a good football player,” Patterson said, “There are things that happened to him today that he’s not going to make the same mistakes again.”Robinson will have an opportunity to prove he learned his lesson Saturday, Sept. 22 against the Texas Longhorns in Austin, Texas. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Twitter
Share via Shortlink It isn’t unusual for the administration to appoint members to the board last minute. In 2019, Stone was appointed alongside three new public members and a new chair in late April, ahead of the May 7 preliminary vote. The mayor appointed new representatives for owners, tenants and the public in late April 2018, announcing the members one day before the board’s scheduled preliminary vote.Scott Walsh, currently the sole owner representative on the board, is frustrated that the mayor hasn’t named Stone’s successor, saying it “highlights the complete disregard toward owner issues.” He said even if a replacement is named before the hearing, the member is being “set up for failure,” having missed multiple meetings where the board went over reports detailing the state of the city’s rent stabilized housing stock.Landlord groups echoed that sentiment. Jay Martin, executive director of the Community Housing Improvement Program, said the lack of action is “emblematic of how the city has treated the needs of rent-stabilized property owners during the de Blasio administration.”Owners have long criticized research reports put out by the RGB, saying they fail to take into account certain costs incurred by landlords and leave out rent-stabilized buildings with fewer than 10 units. There is also a general feeling among owners that the outcome of the board’s deliberations is preordained, largely by the mayor. When de Blasio called for a freeze on rents last year, groups accused him of trying to steer the board’s decision. Ultimately, the body approved a freeze on one-year leases and a 1 percent increase on the second year of two-year leases.Joseph Strasburg, president of the Rent Stabilization Board, a landlord group, said for that reason, the lack of one owner representative doesn’t really matter.“It is another indication of this administration’s disrespect for the process and its attitude toward the industry,” he said. “This is his last hurrah.”Ahead of Wednesday’s vote, landlord groups are advocating for increases of between 2 and 4 percent on one-year leases and between 3 and 5 percent on two-year leases. Tenant groups are calling for a rent freeze or a 5 percent rollback on rent. During a hearing last week, tenant groups warned that approving an increase would incentivize landlords to reject federal rent relief, given that as a condition of receiving back rent, landlords can’t increase rents for a year.Contact Kathryn Brenzel Full Name* Mayor Bill de Blasio (Getty)With just three days until its preliminary vote, the city’s rent board is still one landlord voice short.The nine-person Rent Guidelines Board is poised to cast its preliminary vote Wednesday on what rent increases should be permitted on stabilized apartments for one- and two-year leases. The board usually consists of the chair, two tenant representatives, two owner representatives and four members who represent the general public. All are appointed by the mayor.Patti Stone, an attorney with Rosenberg & Estis who was named to the board in 2019, said she gave the city notice of her departure several months ago. Her seat, however, has remained vacant for the board’s meetings and hearings this year.ADVERTISEMENTThe mayor is expected to name a replacement in time for Wednesday’s vote, according to the administration. But a replacement landlord representative doesn’t have to be named for that vote to happen: The board already has enough members for a quorum.Read moreCity board freezes rents for stabilized apartmentsNotorious RGB? Rent panel under microscope during pandemicRent-stabilized housing income fell for the first time in 15 years: report Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* Tags Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the date of the preliminary vote. It is slated for May 5. Bill de BlasioMultifamilyRent Guidelines BoardRental Market
MVP Health Care,Rejecting rate increases initially sought by health insurer MVP after departmental review, BISHCA Commissioner Steve Kimbell approved new rates but only after sending MVP back to sharpen their pencils and reduce their initial request.Kimbell said, ‘MVP’s initial rate filings reflected’inappropriately, we believe’the inherent uncertainty of reliance on high-deductible health care plans. MVP apparently misunderstood the impact of moving so aggressively toward these unpredictable product designs. Vermont businesses and individuals are not going to bear the full cost of this miscalculation.’ MVP had submitted significant rate increases for network-based insurance products, citing unforeseen performance results from new high-deductible products.A high deductible plan requires an insured person to pay a larger amount of his or her own money for care before insurance pays any part of medical bills. The new rates go into effect July 1, 2011.In recent years Vermont health insurance carriers have asked for large rate increases for individuals and small employer groups. ‘This is a trend that has to be fought, not just by the Department but by insurers and providers if we are to have any hope of success in our efforts to achieve real health reform effort in Vermont,’ Kimbell said. Source: Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration. May 24, 2011
Nov 21, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Preliminary tests indicate H5N1 avian influenza caused the death of a 35-year-old Indonesian man in Jakarta on Nov 19, according to a government official quoted today in the Jakarta Post.However, Indonesia is awaiting confirmation from a World Health Organization (WHO) reference laboratory of what would be the country’s eighth fatality from avian flu. WHO has already confirmed 11 cases, seven of them fatal, in Indonesia.Elsewhere in Southeast Asia and Europe, governments continued to push for changes in reporting and response to avian flu as the virus spreads among poultry.China pushes pace of reportingLocal governments in China have been ordered to report avian flu outbreaks, as well as outbreaks of other zoonotic diseases, to national authorities within 4 hours, according to a Bloomberg News report.Officials who fail to comply can be fined US $247 and be demoted or fired, according to the story, which cites an announcement yesterday by Xinhua, China’s official news agency.Even as the announcement was made public, China logged two new outbreaks of the virus, Bloomberg reported today. Morin Dawa County in Inner Mongolia had 176 bird deaths on Nov 15, according to a separate Bloomberg report. About 3,500 geese died the next day in Shishou City in the central province of Hubei. The H5N1 infection was confirmed by China’s National Avian Flu Reference Laboratory.Those outbreaks bring the total number of outbreaks in China this year to 21, Vice Agriculture Minister Yin Chengjie told Bloomberg News. The outbreaks have killed 144,624 poultry and prompted the culling of 21.2 million to contain the disease.The Associated Press reported today that Yin said there was an “increasing virulence of avian influenza,” as demonstrated by an increase in H5N1 illness in ducks and geese.Hong Kong promotes hygieneHong Kong enlisted public help yesterday for a widespread hygiene education effort aimed at preventing avian and pandemic flu.The 3-month effort began with yesterday’s “Community Cleanliness Day,” according to a news release from the Hong Kong government. The effort will include more than 230 community cleansing and hygiene programs with health seminars, roaming exhibits, bus parades, and home cleaning for the elderly. More than 80,000 people are expected to participate.Vietnamese official warns local authoritiesAvian flu could become a national disaster in Vietnam, Prime Minister Phan Van Khai warned yesterday in an Agence France-Presse (AFP) story.”The risk of a human pandemic would be very high if avian influenza is not checked in a timely manner in the country,” he said. “The epidemic [among poultry] is continuing to break out and become more and more serious.” He threatened to discipline officials who manage the problem poorly.”There has been a tardiness and an inefficiency in the fight against bird flu in several localities,” he added.Despite the vaccination of about 220 million poultry in Vietnam since September, the death toll continues to rise, AFP reported. About 1 million poultry have died or been culled because of H5N1 since October.Thai fighting birds to re-enter ring in 2006Thailand, which had banned cockfighting to help prevent avian flu, is preparing to permit the popular sport again in 2006. But this time measures will be taken to prevent the spread of H5N1 virus among birds or to people, authorities said in an online report Nov 19 from the Thai news agency MCOT.Officials will meet with breeders to agree on guidelines to allow the fights to occur. The birds must be registered and pass a health check before competing, said Khun Ying Sudarat Keyuraphan, the agriculture and cooperatives minister, on Nov 19. She said only about 40,000 of Thailand’s 1 million fighting cocks had been registered so far.An 18-year-old Thai man contracted a fatal H5N1 infection and died in September 2004 after using his mouth to clear mucous from the beak of one of his fighting birds.Romania confirms outbreak of H5N1A British laboratory has confirmed that Romanian hens found dead last week in Caraorman in the Danube River delta were infected with H5N1, Reuters reported today.The dead birds were found Nov 14, leading to the culling of about 2,000 birds and a quarantine of the village.Avian flu was also found in wild birds not far from the village, Reuters reported. Those samples will also be tested in London.Follow-up tests in Maliuc, where H5N1 was detected in October, were negative, the Romanian agriculture ministry reported, according to Reuters. Restrictions on the village have been lifted.Japanese outbreak H5N2, not H5N1Japan has confirmed that an avian flu outbreak on a farm in Ibaraki prefecture is not H5N1, but rather a low-pathogenic version of H5N2, according to a report filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Laboratory tests have confirmed that the outbreak, which began Nov 4, was H5N2. Those findings are consistent with speculation in published reports at the beginning of the outbreak; Ibaraki prefecture has seen H5N2 outbreaks since last June.
Manhattan looks for home win vs Niagara February 6, 2020 Associated Press BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Marcus Hammond is averaging 13.5 points and four rebounds to lead the charge for the Purple Eagles. James Towns is also a key contributor, accounting for 12 points per game. The Jaspers have been led by Pauly Paulicap, who is averaging 9.3 points and 6.4 rebounds.MAAC IMPROVEMENT: The Jaspers have scored 66.7 points per game against conference opponents thus far, an improvement from the 60.2 per game they recorded against non-conference foes.MIGHTY MARCUS: Hammond has connected on 39.4 percent of the 104 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 8 of 22 over his last five games. He’s also converted 82.2 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: Niagara is 0-9 when scoring fewer than 64 points and 7-5 when scoring at least 64.BEHIND THE ARC: Manhattan’s Samir Stewart has attempted 119 3-pointers and connected on 28.6 percent of them, and is 6 for 23 over the last three games.BALL SECURITY: The diligent Niagara offense has turned the ball over on 15.8 percent of its possessions, the 16th-best mark in Division I. 21 percent of all Manhattan possessions have resulted in a turnover (the Jaspers are ranked 291st, nationally). ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNiagara (7-14, 5-5) vs. Manhattan (9-10, 5-5)Draddy Gymnasium, Riverdale, New York; Friday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Manhattan looks for its seventh straight win over Niagara at Draddy Gymnasium. The last victory for the Purple Eagles at Manhattan was a 60-56 win on Feb. 17, 2013.