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[EDITOR'S NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, historical items appear courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac [PDA]. Items highlighted in blue are of interest to labor in particular and seekers of justice in general. Red means war. Occasionally but not surprisingly, magenta will mean both. Copyright © 2007-2019 Dennis Myers (1949-2019). More Myers.]

Updated on 2-26-2021 GMT

Betty J. Barbano
2-7-1941 / 12-27-2005
Remember her laughter


Union arbitration with superspreader bus system collapses, manager fired
By Bob Conrad / ThisIsReno.com 2-25-2021
NevadaLabor.com Teamsters/RTC archives

Barnum, Reagan, Rambo, Gingrich & the Czar
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 2-24-2021 Sparks Tribune

Murderous MAGA moonhowlers meander among us
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 2-17-2021 Sparks Tribune

A hard rain falls on the land of the giants
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 2-10-2021 Sparks Tribune

Maskerape: Get COVID-19 & vax on one bus ride
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 2-3-2021 Sparks Tribune


SUPERBOWL SUPERSPREADER: COVID-19 as a religious experience

Facebook 7 Feb. 2021 — On this, America's highest holy day, there be two COVID-19 superspreaders loose in the land — those worshipping at the Tampa Bay Cathedral and those who may be boarding public transit in Las Vegas, Sparks or Reno to participate in the sacrificial rite. Hi thee hence to NevadaLabor.com to witness smoking guns of intentional and/or incompetent dereliction of duty by appointed, elected and hired officials and their minions. Just because the president. the governor and CDC mandate safety precautions doesn't mean the local overlords have to enforce them, right?

Taxpayer-supported public transit serves the least among us: minorities, low-wage workers, the ill and disabled, the young and elderly, the poor and homeless — and people taking the bus to get vaccinated. I hope I never see a headline about someone who boarded a Nevada carrier to get a shot, then died of COVID-19 before the vax could act to ax the tiny bus-born beasties which boarded the person who boarded the bus. Washoe and Clark County Regional Transportation Commission membership lists are available at the NevadaLabor.com war room. Only voter pressure can fix this. So help us make some good trouble.

Be well. Raise hell. Stay safe. — Andrew


Skipping the line: The politically powerful get vaccinated first
List includes Regional Transportation Commissioner & Community Health Alliance CEO Oscar Delgado

By Jason Hidalgo / Reno Gazette-Journal main front page story Sunday 2-7-2021

Former Reno-Sparks NAACP president decries unequal vaccine distribution for seniors
By Abel Garcia / KOLO TV-8 / 2-5-2021

All Nevada Labor Mourns


Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2021 17:21:27
To: news@nevadalabor.com
From: Andrew Barbano <barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us>
Subject: Latest loss and renewed fight

To: Nevada trade unionists, NAACP branches & community organizations

Hereinbelow, you will find news of the latest outrages perpetrated by our north/south superspreader bus systems, but I must first convey more transfigurative information.

We are now without our union brother, IATSE Local 720 and A. Philip Randolph Institute leader BJ Thomas who died died last Sunday, Jan. 31. I was informed of his passing by former Nevada State Education Assn. President Christina Giunchigliani from Las Vegas earlier today. Remember BJ, his contributions, his leadership and his warm friendship as we go forward. I will post obituary and memorial information at NevadaLabor.com and SenJoeNeal.org as it becomes available.

BJ now stands with Sen. Joe Neal, D-North Las Vegas, ACLU leader Dr. Richard Siegel and former AFL-CIO President John Sweeney as we mourn their loss and exalt their exemplary lives. We carry on in their honor. Solidarnosc! — AB

Cy Ryan, 88, dean of Nevada capital reporters, dies Feb. 4
Carson City Nevada Appeal / Geoff Dornan
Las Vegas Sun / Ed Koch & Rebecca Clifford-Cruz
KTVN TV-2 / Associated Press

Nevada labor lawyer and lifetime union man Lawrence Yenko dies at 70
Reno Gazette-Journal 2-4-2021

A hard rain falls on the land of the giants
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 2-10-2021 Sparks Tribune





Lives are on the line — the bus line
BUS CRASH: Washoe transit system managers and foreign-owned contractor contradict each other,
then lie to media about CDC virus safety compliance

Maskerape: Get COVID-19 & vax on one bus ride
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 2-3-2021 Sparks Tribune

Fool's gold, a few gems & meat spots
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 1-27-2021 Sparks Tribune

Bus drivers lay to rest one of their own, call on RTC to enforce COVID-19 protections
By Astrid Mendez / KTNV TV-13 (ABC-Las Vegas) 1-22-2021

Funeral today for 2nd Nevada bus driver felled by COVID-19

Capitol punishment and bus station blues
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 1-20-2021 Sparks Tribune

Biden Demands Resignation Of Reaganaut Nat’l Labor Relations Board Lawyer

Washington, DC (20 Jan. 2021) — President Biden on Wednesday demanded the resignation of Peter Robb, the Trump-appointed general counsel at the National Labor Relations board who had earned the ire of union members over the years. Bloomberg News reported the resignation demand, noting it has been decades since the last forced departure from that job. Robb’s term was scheduled to end in November. The bad blood with unions goes back decades: Robb was an attorney on the Reagan administration case against thousands of striking air traffic controllers. The Service Employees International Union, 2 million members strong, wrote to the Biden transition team in December calling for Robb’s ouster, HuffPost reported. Fight for 15, a major labor movement player that wanted Robb gone, celebrated the move Wednesday.

UPDATE: Robb refused to resign and was fired by the president on Thursday, Jan. 21. Like so many Republican appointees before him, a documented anti-worker fox was placed in the chicken coop built to protect workers. Fox Robb performed as expected and got caught with bloody feathers in his whiskers.


CARSON CITY, NV (19 Jan. 2021)In his State of the State Address, broadcast statewide,
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak praised the service and honored the memory of Sen. Joe Neal

A MUST-READ: Abraham Lincoln, at age 28, predicted the rise of 'mobocratic spirit' and leaders who abet it
Sen. Neal was honored with the Elijah Lovejoy Award, named for the abolitionist newspaper editor murdered by a mob in 1837 and mentioned in the above item
Bret Stephens / New York Times, Seattle Times et al. 1-18, 1-19-2021

Nevada MLK weekend events

Fire is the Devil's Only Friend
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 1-13-2021 Sparks Tribune

JOE NEAL: You can't run from the truth
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the Wednesday 1-6-2021 Sparks Tribune

Trumpist Treason on Joe Neal Day

Sen. Joseph M. Neal, Jr., 1935-2020

Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts:

The best who ever was just embarked on a new journey. At 12:45 a.m. on 1-1-21, Sen. Dina Neal, D-North Las Vegas, informed me that her father, 32-year former State Sen. Joseph M. Neal, Jr., D-North Las Vegas, died at 10:25 p.m. PST 12-31-2020.

"Hello, Mr. Barbano. Happy New Year. I bring sad news to you. My Dad, after a long-fought battle, succumbed to an illness. He passed away at 10:25 tonight at Dignity Health, Sienna Campus, in Henderson, (where) he received the best care, surrounded by family."

My friend Joe had become ill over the past several weeks and apparently succumbed to multiple system failure after rebounding many times to the surprise of professionals and family surrounding him with thoughts and prayers.

Please monitor SenJoeNeal.org and NevadaLabor.com for details. You may send remembrances to me for posting.

Requiescas in pace, Senatore Maximissimo, frater mei.

Andrew Barbano
First Vice-President & Political Action Committee Chair
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112


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Suicide for citizens but not political careers
Lives are on the line
/ Expanded from the 12-30-2020 Sparks Tribune

Betty J. Barbano
2-7-1941 / 12-27-2005
Remember her laughter

They said there'll be snow at Christmas
They said there'll be peace on Earth
But instead it just kept on raining
A veil of tears for the virgin birth

Date: Fri, 25 Dec 2020 04:23:57 -0800
To: barbwireconfidential
From: Andrew Barbano <barbano@frontpage.reno.nv.us>
Subject: I believed

Dear Friends:

I just got my one Christmas wish (other than the impossible peace on earth). As he does every year, Max Volume played the greatest Christmas song ever written on KOZZ 105.7 on this cold winter even. As always, I have been surfing other northern Nevada stations but The Z once again stands alone.

But hey, didn't some great philosopher once say that the first shall be last and the last shall be first? I submit The Z as a number one example. Grazie.

Here's my ante into the game: Title by John Lennon, incidental music by Sergei Prokofiev and a reading by Sir Sean Connery in the spirit of an oft-ignored carpenter's union organizer from Nazareth, Galilee.

So this is Christmas —> What have you done?
/ Expanded from the 12-23-2020 Sparks Tribune

Enjoy in moderation. No over-exulting allowed.

Hope you and yours enjoy Happy High Holly Days
Feliz Navidad, próspero año y felicidad
HAPPY NEW YEAR / Feliz Año Nuevo
/ Felice Anno Nuovo
Frohe Weihnachten und beste Wuensche fuer 2021

Be well. Raise hell. Stay safe.

Love and laughter,

Andrea Luigi Barbano

UPDATE 12-27-2020: My heartfelt thanks to everyone who responded so positively to this upload directed toward several thousand of my closest friends. If I can make a few lives brighter during dark times, then everything becomes worthwhile. Molto grato. AB

I believed in Father Christmas




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Suicide for citizens but not political careers
/ Expanded from the 12-30-2020 Sparks Tribune

So this is Christmas —> What have you done?
/ Expanded from the 12-23-2020 Sparks Tribune

Transitions and decisions in a darkening winter

Expanded from the 12-16-2020 Sparks Tribune / Updated 12-18-2020 GMT

A golden goose for the morally obtuse
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 12-9-2020 Sparks Tribune

Bus boss oblivious: Neoma Jardon in denial

B-Words: Obtuse Bus Boss' brain fade bungles boast of transit system's COVID-19 safety

Recipes to die for in a toxic holiday season
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 12-2-2020 Sparks Tribune

11-30-2020: ST. ANDREW'S DAY IN SCOTLAND. Italians celebrate it, too.
Benedicta! Andrea Luigi Barbano

The Sermon on Mount Barbwire
Barbwire by Andrew Barbáno / Expanded from the 12-25-2019 Sparks Tribune




Asked to buck-up his constituents with a positive thumbs-up, President Trump instead goes digital with his feelings. Or maybe his thumbs were just too busy elsewhere on his perfect body.

(Photo: Anna Moneymaker for the Fake News New York Times 11-4-2020)                                                                                NevadaLabor.com

Expanded from the 11-25-2020 Sparks Tribune
We have met the enemy and he is us


Laborers' Union Local 169 Donates $12,500 in Grocery Gift Cards to 7 Nonprofits to Help Families & Veterans

American Monster M*A*S*H: Suicide is painless
Almost two-dozen mass transit drivers are now infected with COVID-19.
Barbwire by
/ Expanded from the 11-18-2020 Sparks Tribune

Legerdemoniacal legerdemain: 3 Rights Make a Left
Barbwire by
/ Expanded from the 11-11-2020 Sparks Tribune

Union members picket "greedy and unaccountable" St. Mary's-Reno Hospital
By Jeri Davis / This is Reno 11-9-2020

The greatest political figure of 2020
Barbwire by
/ Expanded from the 11-4-2020 Sparks Tribune

FREEBIE ALERT! FREE election bets. NEW!
Barbwire by Barbáno / Expanded from the 10-28-2020 Sparks Tribune

Suede-shoe salesmen sucker city hall
Barbwire by
/ Expanded from the 10-21-2020 Sparks Tribune

Bigotry means never having to say you're sorry
Barbwire by Barbáno / Expanded from the 10-14-2020 Sparks Tribune

Intervention Mayday! Suicidal Nevada union workers
Barbwire by Barbáno / Expanded from the 10-7-2020 Sparks Tribune

NAACP launches national drive to contact infrequent voters

Superspreaders, homotextuals & hall of famers
Exclusive interview with Supreme Court Justice-Designate Amy Coney Barrett
Barbwire by
/ Expanded from the 9-30-2020 Sparks Tribune


Our Toothless Mask Mandates
By Dr. Elizabeth Rosenthal / The New York Times op-ed 10-1-2020

A former big city ER physician, Dr. Rosenthal is an ex-NYT journalist who is now editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News. Her 2017 book "An American Sickness: How health care became big business and how you can take it back" is still the single best encapsulation of how to fix the broken US system. (For a film on some of its best suggestions, get Michael Moore's 2007 "Sicko.") Dr. Rosenthal's latest Times piece notes that law enforcement officials refusing to enforce gubernatorial mandates in Ohio and Wisconsin are creating "a new level of lawlessness." Ditto Nevada. Two of our Cow County sheriffs have announced the same thing, as has our Reno-Sparks-Washoe turkey. Ditto the Reno Police Dept. "Not our job." And our infection rate increases accordingly. What a country.

Teamsters Union sues to enforce bus system mask mandate
NAACP President Feemster supports Teamsters fight for passenger/worker safety


The Best Who Ever Was
Barbwire Nominee Dennis Myers elected to Nevada Press Association Hall of Fame
Barbwire / 9-30-2020

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Messages from the gods: Ignore at your peril
Barbwire by
/ Expanded from the 9-23-2020 Sparks Tribune
Margaret Dumont and Groucho Marx
Still crazy after all these years.


NAACP Devastated by Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
"On the basis of Justice, we honor RBG"
By Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO / Washington DC 9-18-2020

"THE SOLUTION: As always, expanding economic opportunity with a healing dash of human respect for this magical little place we've been given for just a little time. John Lewis and Ruth Bader Ginsburg lived their lives that way." — Andrew Barbano, Sparks (Nev.) Tribune 9-23-2020



Union drivers test positive for virus
Management refuses governor's mask mandate
Charges also filed with federal regulatory agencies


     KEOLIS-19 BREAKING NEWS —> (Reno, NV, 3:27 p.m. PDT, 18 Sept. 2020) —

IBT 533 Trade Unionists: Monitor KOLO TV-8 (ABC) from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. PDT today. (And 10:00 p.m. on CW Network over-the-air at 8.3 / Charter-Spectrum 695, Direct TV 9)

Ed Pearce
, the most experienced and credible TV journalist in northern Nevada for the past 50 years, interviewed union RTC drivers earlier today. The story should run today but there's always a disaster that can pre-empt. Yesterday, Mr. Pearce got diverted to the narrowly-averted NVEnergy cutoff of Incline Village electricity. TV2 ran the story of Local 533 vs. the transit system four times on Wednesday and probably again on their early morning Thursday newscasts.

I am informed that Regional Transportation Commission Executional Director Bill Thomas spoke before the four obtuse elected commissioners this morning and noted that RTC is doing all it can to enforce safety requirements.

Ahh, another bright shining lie.

Monitor NevadaLabor.com for ongoing updates. New things in the works soon. Keep us posted on what's happening with you. We especially need photos of packed buses with many maskless riders.

Be well. Raise hell. Stay safe.

     KEOLIS-19 BREAKING NEWS —> (Reno, NV, 4:36 p.m. PDT 16 Sept. 2020) — Washoe County bus system management told KTVN TV-2 (CBS) News that they will not use their standing security force to enforce the governor's mask mandate but instead rely on local police. As noted on this site for months, both the Washoe County Sheriff and Reno Police Department have served notice that they will not enforce the safety of the bus system. TV-2 journalist Valentina Bonaparte reported that this diverges from southern Nevada, where officials told her that they use their security infrastructure to enforce COVID-19 mitigation procedures. Ride at your own risk in Reno-Sparks.

     An expanded version aired at 5:36 p.m., again at 6:34 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. PDT. You may visit TV-2's website or monitor for additional broadcasts tonight and well into Thursday morning news programs. Be sure to stay tuned to NevadaLabor.com for more. Be well. Raise hell.


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