Friday, June 6, 2014
The Panda Bear on Afghanistan, Freedom and Unions
The world today makes no sense today for the Panda Bear. Like why is the US in Afghanistan why Kharzi does not even want the US there? What is the US defending? It is not clear whether large groups of Afghanis even wants the US there or want Western type democracy. And are we in the USA really free when people are afraid to speak freely against their employers?
In one previous post the Panda Bear said she wanted to stand on her desk and shout "Liberty, Equality and Fraternity," until she remembered they were from the French revolution not the American. However, she found on some US stamps the motto "Liberty forever, Justice forever, Equality forever, Freedom forever" with the American flag. She posts this on her desktop. She hides the revolutionary nature of these American sentiments (she works for a very hierarchal organization) by putting it near some materials from the organization.
Today is the day after the second anniversary Father's Panda death. Father Panda felt the heads of US industry were both corrupt and incompetent. His father helped organize some car worker Unions in Michigan (However, it should be noted that Father Panda and his father appeared not to have gotten along). Perhaps, the anniversary of Father Panda's death is making the Panda Bear more upset about things than she normally would be but she feels the rebel’s blood flow through her veins and now she feels so proud.
The Panda Bear recently got a card recognizing her as an affiliate member of the AFL-CIO. The AFL-CIO has now realized that most American workers don't work for unionized places anymore and has opened an affiliate membership for all workers. The Panda Bear works for a large publically funded institution and she is tired of hearing whenever she asks about a company policy regarding something as basic as attendance rule both HR and the managers say they don't know and to the Panda Bear this is pretty basic stuff.
The Panda Bear got a written up for speaking too loudly and being denied some bonus days at work. If she had union there would there would be an advocate for her. The Panda Bear has made a counter claim that she has a medical condition that is covered under American for Disabilities (which she really has this condition and her providers have supplied to the institution her medical information). It has been two months she has declared her disability but the process for setting up accommodation has not yet happened.
However, the Panda Bear still very hurts about those two bonus days. She is trying not to let it ruin her weekend. It is going to be hard to handle her angry feelings at work.
The Panda Bear had a friend who thinks the Panda Bear's employers should be so glad to have her because she is a straight arrow and works very hard. The Panda Bear had a hard time not laughing when she heard that-many employers badly treat their good works.
The Panda Bear knows of many good workers who are don’t feel treated well by their employer.