Posts Tagged ‘Murder by Proxy’
Thursday, February 21st, 2013
Save the US Postal Service. It employs approx. 650,000 workers. The unionized workers are paid sufficiently (avg. $41K) to enable them to support families, home ownership and purchasing goods to keep the economy alive. They have health insurance and pensions.
This compensation package was typical for unionized workers in the U.S. until recent times when employers eliminated fixed pensions, making workers gamble in the stock market with their own funds to cobble together a pension (401K plans).
The media likes to remind the public that the USPS operates in the red as if they are poorly run. The red ink is the result of a 2006 destructive act passed by Congress. That law, the PAEA, requires $5.5 billion annual pre-payment of 75 years of health insurance for workers. No agency, private employer or any organization in the world does that. There is evidence that the USPS has overpaid and is owed billions.
Congressional post office haters want to shut down the USPS so we all have to use FedEx or UPS to mail and ship. The Postmaster General, CEO, of the USPS, seems to hate the organization he is paid to lead, too. He recently announced the cessation of Saturday letter delivery, saving $2 billion cutting 26,000 jobs, but only a drop in the bucket.
We seem to live in a time of manufactured deceitful “crises.” This problem is entirely preventable. Leave the Post Office and its workers alone. It is NOT a government agency, hasn’t been since the 1970’s. It gets no taxpayer funds. Congress should butt out — after it repeals PAEA. Postmaster Patrick Donahoe should resign.
Here are some of the myths surrounding the unnecessary loss of jobs and the killing of an American public institution mandated by the Constitution.
Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
Two Freedom Week events by our New York affiliates …
October 24, 2012 – Albany, NY – The film, Murder By Proxy: How America Went Postal (2010 Documentary, 74 mins.) will be shown at the First Unitarian-Universalist Society of Albany, 405 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12206 on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:45 p.m.) .
The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion, led by the New York Healthy Workplace Advocates (NYHWA.ORG), about the film, the effects of workplace harassment on workers and employers, and the current efforts that are being made in NYS to pass legislation to address workplace bullying. Suggested donation $5.00. Contact NYHWA for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
October 25, 2012 – Albany, NY – The New York Healthy Workplace Advocates (NYHWA.ORG) will provide a one hour breakout session seminar titled, “Murder By Proxy: How America Went Postal,” as part of Sage College’s 13th Annual Northeast United States Conference on Character Education. Conference registration is required to participate in this event. Details available at http://www.sage.edu/centers/charactered/events/conference Keynote speaker will be Lee Hirsch, director of the documentary Bully, and friend of WBI.
Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
The documentary, Murder by Proxy, of which we have written extensively runs Thurs. Oct 18 on the Documentary Channel. You can purchase a copy of the film from the website.
Sunday, September 30th, 2012
The documentary, Murder by Proxy, of which we have written extensively runs Sun. Sept 30 on the Documentary Channel. You can purchase a copy of the film from the website.
Monday, July 30th, 2012
Seen the ads for the newest reality show, “Stars Earn Stripes,” a dancing with the stars format that pairs celebrities with soldiers (or former soldiers called operatives) testing their “military mettle” with real ammunition? This wacky war-is-fun theme is not going to be buried on TLC, A&E, HGTV or Spike. It’s going to air on NBC produced by Dick Wolf and Mark Burnett, Hollywood men with the midas touch.
Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
By SAM LOGAN KHALEGHI, The Oakland Press (MI), Sunday, May 6, 2012
An interview with the filmmaker behind Murder By Proxy, the documentary.
Friday, April 13th, 2012
On April, 13 2012 WBI Director Namie, “Murder By Proxy” filmmaker Emil Chiaberi and former target who won a $1.4 million settlement contribute to a CNN news story.
Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
March 4, 2012
How bad labor practices led to “going postal.”
At one point in his documentary Murder By Proxy, director Emil Chiaberi attempts to advance the theory that school shootings like the one this week in Chardon, Ohio, have roots dating back much further than just the Columbine massacre of 1999. In revisiting some of the workplace shootings that inspired the term “going postal” during the 1980s, Chiaberi argues that each set of killings was spurred on by similar motives – most specifically institutionalized harassment and alienation of “undesirables.”
Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
Speaking of documentaries, Murder By Proxy warns employers that if degrading, toxic work environments are not addressed the risk of actual workplace violence and homicide becomes more likely. The film that uses the US Postal Service as the launching point for discussion is beginning its national screening schedule — Royal Oak, MI (3/13); Washington, DC (3/20); New York City (3/27); Los Angeles; and Seattle. You can now purchase the film by download or mail. Every union should own several copies.
Monday, February 13th, 2012
Feb 13th 2012
The Moderate Voice
The phrase “going postal” has become part of American culture since those awful days in the early to mid-80s when there were news accounts of mass murders at American post offices — murders usually committed by employees or former employees. Wikipedia even has an entry on the expression “going postal” — which explains:
“The expression derives from a series of incidents from 1983 onward in which United States Postal Service (USPS) workers shot and killed managers, fellow workers, and members of the police or general public in acts of mass murder. Between 1986 and 1997, more than forty people were gunned down by spree killers in at least twenty incidents of workplace rage.”