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April 24, 2007

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Dominic Santos

The shareholder vote to sell Clear Channel will be held on May 8.

The BOA's action with respect to labor negotiations between a labor union and Clear Channel is clearly anti-free market and sends the wrong message to the business community. Elected officials should represent union members and corporate executives alike, rather than giving favor to union members. If market forces make it more appealing to move to a production pay system, then it should be so. Workers who can not make ends meet under a production pay system will leave Clear Channel and seek better paying work in another field.

Our government should be assisting those displaced workers by giving them incentives to build up their skills and find better paying work, not penalizing companies by requiring them to over pay labor.

The BOA's action sends a message to Clear Channel that in Somerville, the government, and not the market, will dictate who you hire, whay you pay them, and under what terms you hire them. This is wrong.

Dominic Santos

The shareholder vote to sell Clear Channel will be held on May 8.

The BOA's action with respect to labor negotiations between a labor union and Clear Channel is clearly anti-free market and sends the wrong message to the business community. Elected officials should represent union members and corporate executives alike, rather than giving favor to union members. If market forces make it more appealing to move to a production pay system, then it should be so. Workers who can not make ends meet under a production pay system will leave Clear Channel and seek better paying work in another field.

Our government should be assisting those displaced workers by giving them incentives to build up their skills and find better paying work, not penalizing companies by requiring them to over pay labor.

The BOA's action sends a message to Clear Channel that in Somerville, the government, and not the market, will dictate who you hire, whay you pay them, and under what terms you hire them. This is wrong.

Ron Newman

Clear Channel is an out-of-town corporation with no connection to the Somerville business community. If this BOA action influences them to sell out to a more local concern, that would be fine for our city.

Old Gent

Except for The School Teacher's Union, whom 90% live out side of the city, Somerville has never backed it's own union groups.
An example: Capuano brought in an unknown (disposal) firm, TOOK AWAY 30 + union jobs, donated city owned trucks and THEN Later
donated $1,000 to the striking UPS drivers.

Kiss of Death

I'm just curious is Rebakah as smug as she looks in her photo?

Lobo

Kiss,

In a word... YES!!!

Dwight Schrute

Great! Yippie! Well how about the 200+ public safety employess who have been without a contract for 3 years? Have any of our esteemed Alderpersons ever backed those people? Other than Alderperson Gewirtz, have any of them refused to cross an informational picket? How about passing a resoulution that the city must deal in good faith with the public safety unions? How about a resolution calling for a study on the structural integrity of the police station? ....... Yeah, I thought so!

BloggerX

Anti free market Means that Bush's and Red McCombs Clear channel will buy up every radio station an replace local News and Djs with robot play lists. They will also work to hire more immigrants on those fancy HB-1 visas and drive down the "Cost of Labor"

Do a google search on "Fcc burries Study media" This will point you to their lies about "Free Market", then do a google search on "Bush & 'Clear channel' and then maybe one with the carlisle group"

These businesses destroy communities and America. Their owners live in gated communities and get rich by destroying communities across the country.

GET RID OF THEM!!!!

Fool on the Hill

Free-market capitalism has been dead in this country for at least a half-century. What we have now is socialism for the wealthiest individuals and corporations, a badly-flawed welfare state for the poorest individuals, and harsh monopoly capitalism for everyone else.

Striker57

Clear Channel is a Texas-based corporate giant with a very active right-wing agenda. Clear Channel censored ant-war billboard ads, banned the Dixie Chicks from radio stations they owned and sued opponents of billboards personally to try and silence them.

On Wednesday, April 25th, Clear Channel attempted to get a US Federal Judge to grant an injunction stopping Painters DC #35 from picketing its Stoneham plant but more importantly, trying to stop picketing at billboard locations and trying to silence picketers and protesters from saying anything to scab workers flown in from Texas, Georgia and Florida. US District Court Judge Richard Stearns refused to grant the injunction.

On Clear Channel's website, they report that the Outdoor Advertising Division -billboards - had increased revenue in the first quarter of 2007. They note the Boston market was one of better areas for the industry. This strike isn't about workers demanding unreasonable money - it is about Clear Channel wanting to break a union that was chosen by the workers in a secret ballot election years ago (Note that in its court presentation Clear Channel said it was paying $60,000 a week for police details plus hiring private security - add those numbers up over the now almost 8 weeks of the strike. Think Clear Channel could have setled a contract with 25 workers with that amount of money? Of course they could - this is about their corporate goals of operating non-union)

Finally, don't forget - as Alderman White pointed out at the Aldermen's meeting where the ordinance was passed - Clear Channel is moving forward with putting MORE billboards in Somerville (on MBTA property) and has won a first round in court that stops the Somerville Planning Board and Somerville officials from having any say about these new billboards. Clear Channel believes that Massachusetts workers and Massachusetts cities are cash cows for them - not worthy of respect from Texas.

And . . . Painters DC #35 appreciates the support from the various members of the Somerville Board of Aldermen. The Board put aside any political differences and voted to support workers and to protect Somerville residents from the safety hazards created from inexperienced scabs working above city streets. New supporters from Board as well as Board members who stood with Painters DC #35 years ago at the TAGE Inn are to be commended for taking a stand against a corporate bully like Clear Channel

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