I Drive a Union

It looks like this:

The United Auto Workers union will get a 55 percent stake that will be used to fund its retiree health care obligations, while the U.S. and Canadian governments will receive a combined 10 percent stake. Fiat would get 20 percent, with the possibility of up to 35 percent.

We need more protests like this

Artists’ models in Paris stripped naked Monday, braving freezing temperatures to protest against a ban on tips and to demand better pay and recognition.

More than 20 male and female models, some posing nude while others were draped in a colorful array of shawls, sheets and fur coats, took part in the protest that had the backing of two of France’s biggest labor unions.

The action was triggered by a recent decision by the Paris authorities to enforce a ban on artists’ tips, known as “cornet” after the rolled-up cone of drawing paper in which painters traditionally dropped some money for their models.

Another choice quote –

She said an average wage of 10 euros ($13) an hour for posing sessions that often lasted around three hours was inadequate. She added that models, classified officially as “special diverse personnel,” wanted clearer professional recognition.

“It is a profession, it’s tiring. Because it’s physical, you need a lot of endurance and it’s also expressive,” she said.

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Overheard in a conversation…

A husband picks up a case of Budweiser and puts it in their cart.

“What do you think you’re doing?” asks the wife. “They’re on sale, only $10 for 24 cans,” he replies.

“Put them back, we can’t afford them,” demands the wife, and so they carry on shopping.

A few aisles further on along the woman picks up a $20 jar of face cream and puts it in the basket.

“What do you think you’re doing?” asks the husband.

“It’s my face cream. It makes me look beautiful,” replies the wife.

Her husband retorts: “So does 24 cans of Budweiser and its half the price.”

On the PA system: – ‘Cleanup needed on aisle 25, we have a husband down’