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U-T San Diego must pay 1.285 former newspaper carriers $3.18 million, according to an intended statement of decision by Superior Court Judge John S. Meyer, as reported by the Union-Tribune. The newspaper's chief executive, John Lynch, said there will be an appeal. As reported here May 23, the carriers argued that they were illegally classified as independent contractors, when they were in fact employees of the company under California law. The law firm filing the suit, Callahan & Blaine of Santa Ana, had previously won a substantially similar $38 million suit against the Orange County Register, which then went bankrupt. It was settled for $30 million.

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Anon92107 June 20, 2013 @ 12:49 p.m.

This is one more application of the Republican Doctrine to turn American labor into slave labor, along with the slave labor they use by exporting American jobs to other countries to do for less than a dollar per hour.

Wal-Mart is the most infamous example that enriches each Billionaire Walton family member using the old Southern model of plantation slavery, this time in Wal-Mart stores throughout the entire United States.

This post documents another example that republican papers like the U-T and Register support the return of slavery in the United States, while they also editorialize support for the GOP Commandment to destroy all American labor unions and the American middle class.

It's time for a Declaration of Independence against the GOP because their 2012 presidential primary debates, Romney's rhetoric, the "HATE OBAMA" U-T ad for "2016" and the GOP controlled House prove beyond all doubt that they are dedicated to ending American Democracy.

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Don Bauder June 20, 2013 @ 9:28 p.m.

Anon92107: Having so-called independent contractors who are actually employees is common in a number of industries, including stock brokerage. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 June 21, 2013 @ 12:34 p.m.

Thanks for the definition Don, let's see if I got this right:

"Independent Contractor" = Slave v.21C

Is that also what they call Asians who work for American industry for about $1 per hour so they don't have to hire pesky Americans who demand more than $1 per hour from oligarchs like Wal-Mart Billionaires?

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Don Bauder June 21, 2013 @ 4:11 p.m.

Anon92107: You forgot one thing. This is the MO so the CEO can rake in $25 million a year. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 June 22, 2013 @ 3:15 a.m.

OK Don, now I understand, nothing has really changes since 5th Century BC Athens when it was Oligarchs oppressing lower class slaves.

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Don Bauder June 22, 2013 @ 12:25 p.m.

Anon92107. We did change once. Go back to the 1960s. Chief executive officers in the U.S. made about 80 times what the average worker made. The economy was fairly well balanced in distribution of wealth and income. Now the CEOs make around 300 times what the average employee makes. But then we began regressing in the 1980s and now the richest 1% control a huge percent of the wealth. Best, Don Bauder

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gekko June 23, 2013 @ 9:09 a.m.

Don, Remember, they paid Burl Stiff $156,000 per year (three stories per week @ $1,000 per story). As a former paperboy for the Evening Tribune, I think paying Stiff that kind of money was almost as bad as the way they treated the newspaper carriers.

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Don Bauder June 23, 2013 @ 11:56 a.m.

gekko: As I understand it, Stiff worked directly for David Copley and was not on the payroll of the paper. There was a good deal of resentment about his pay, especially since he was writing such lightweight copy. Incidentally, Burl was a nice guy. Best, Don Bauder

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Duhbya June 23, 2013 @ 1:14 p.m.

Yeah, Burl was no stiff. He possessed a grand sense of humor, which could take on an irreverent tone, quite amusing in certain settings.

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Don Bauder June 23, 2013 @ 7:43 p.m.

Duhbya: He was well read. Generally, society columns in newspapers are considered atavistic. But Burl did his with a certain flair. I read it because he covered so many Copley family parties; I wanted to know who was in and who was out on the company hierarchy. Best, Don Bauder

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Duhbya June 24, 2013 @ 11:36 a.m.

That you needed to read the column to discern who the players were is humorous in and of itself.

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