1st Vice Aird


1st Vice Aird is an author at BLET Wisconsin State Legislative Board.

Articles by 1st Vice Aird

Train Operators Crack Down On Employee’s Use Of Personal Electronics

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Train Operators Crack Down On Employee’s Use Of Personal Electronics Posted by Richard N. (Rick) Shapiro Thursday, May 23, 2013 9:13 PM EST   A recent incident discussed by the Federal Railroad Administration reveals just how important it is for railroad workers to abide by all federal regulations, even those that might not seem especially […]

Romney enlists Ryan to wage war on railroad workers

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

CLEVELAND, August 14 – Less than three weeks away from formally accepting his party’s nomination for the Presidency of the United States, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has chosen Wisconsin Representative and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, the architect of a plan to gut the pension rights of railroad workers, as his running mate. […]

Whistleblower rights under attack; BLET fights back

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

CLEVELAND, June 26 — The railroad industry has launched a coordinated attack on rights enacted by Congress as part of the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA). These “whistleblower” rights, which are contained in Section 20109 of Title 49 of the United States Code, protect BLET members and other railroad workers from harassment and intimidation when […]

Why Our Founding Fathers Would Disapprove of the Tea Party

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

  July 4, 2012  |  BySam Pizzigati Not too long ago, Americans only dressed up in George Washington wigs and tri-corner hats on the Fourth of July. But then the tea party came along. Colonial garb started turning up at rallies all year around. In quick order, the legacy of 1776 started “belonging” to the tea […]

Wisconsin Recall Primary Results: Barrett To Face Walker

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

It will be Barrett vs Walker in the recall election on June 5. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett had a wide margin of victory in the democratic primary to become the party’s nominee. Barrett lost in his bid for Governor back in 2010, but will be given another chance next month. Barrett garnered 58 percent of […]

Walker takes campaign out of state; still dogged by protesters

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Gov. Scott Walker is taking his case to stay in office on the road, with an  appearance before the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Tuesday before heading off to  a GOP event in Troy, Mich. And, of course, protesters will be with him every step of the way. About two thousand union members “with a 20-foot […]

Walker legal fund for John Doe probe raises question: Is he a target?

Monday, March 12th, 2012

   MARY SPICUZZA | Wisconsin State  Journal  Posted: Saturday,  March 10, 2012 5:15 am   Gov. Scott Walker announced on Friday that he has formed a legal fund to pay  for expenses related to the ongoing John Doe investigation into his close  associates and former aides, a move that suggests he is being investigated. “I […]

Meet the New Hate, Same as the Old Hate

Monday, February 6th, 2012

By Phil Scarr On February 4, 2012 ·   Salon has an interesting interview with Arthur Goldwag, author of the new book The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right.  He argues that the racist and conspiracist approach of today’s right-wing nut jobs is “largely the same as it was 50 […]

What did Walker know? And when?

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

  John Nichols is the associate editor of The Capital Times. jnichols@madison.com Read more: http://host.madison.com/ct/news/opinion/column/john_nichols/john-nichols-what-did-walker-know-and-when/article_89deb61a-fd67-553a-b0fa-9eceb35cb2cf.html#ixzz1lD9gt9so     Just hours after he delivered a State of the State address that he hoped would set the tone for his campaign to avert a recall election threat, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was hit with exactly the sort of […]

Analysis: Democrats finish ‘recall summer’ with 2 big wins, a better position in the Senate

Friday, August 19th, 2011

JOHN NICHOLS | Cap Times associate editor | jnichols@madison.com madison.com | Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 7:15 am BRIAN PASSINO — Associated Press/Kenosha NewsDemocratic State Sen. Bob Wirch addresses supporters at the UAW 72 Hall in Kenosha on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011 after he won his recall election against Jonathan Steitz. Two Democratic Wisconsin state […]

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