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Breaking News & then some—>

Taylor triumphs, T-Rump teed off
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 2-14-2024

Siren princesses traumatize trolls
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 2-7-2024

Super Bowling: Culinary Union hosts heavyweight huddle to start Super Bowl Week

Commissar T-Rump Serves Czar RasPutin
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 1-31-2024

After Teamsters meeting, Trump says of possible union endorsement, "Stranger things have happened"
By Jill Kolvin & Tom Krisher / Associated Press / 1-31-2024

Ben Franklin's bleary bifocals
Guest-starring Peter Sellers & The Muppets

And a true story: Song from the streets of San Francisco

Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 1-24-2024

Breaking News—>CANCELLED/ON HOLD / STAY TUNED.
Teamsters picket US Foods in Golden Valley, north of downtown Reno

2:00p.m. PST Jan. 24 thru 11:00a.m Saturday Jan. 27
US Foods, 850 N. Hill Rd., Reno NV 89506
In Solidarity with Teamsters Local 705 Chicago
Read all about it.

To Die For
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 1-17-2024

Nevada Association of Letter Carriers President Glenn Norton Dies.
1-16-2024

Portents from the Terminator
MASK UP: COVID, RSV and Influenza are swamping emergency rooms
BUYER BEWARE: Cancer-causing chemicals in makeup and everything plastic
(Consumer Reports)
SIGN AND VOTE: Initiative petition filed to regulate payday loan predators
APPLY TODAY:
Now hiring union organizers
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 1-10-2024

Culinary Union sets Las Vegas hotel strike deadline 1 week before Super Bowl

Control freaks and crackerjacks
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 1-3-2024

Local Union Leaders Seek to Build Momentum off Strong 2023
By Andrew Zuker / OurTownReno.com 1-2-2024

Hope you and yours enjoyed Happy High Holly Days
Christmas/Kwanzaa/Solstice/Festivus/
Chanukah
/Thanksgibleting
Feliz Navidad, próspero año y felicidad
HAPPY NEW YEAR / Feliz Año Nuevo
/ Felice Anno Nuovo
Frohe Weihnachten und beste Wuensche fuer 2024
Vaxx up, stay safe, pray for Ukraine and almost 100 other currently war-torn lands.

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

Larry Barbano, Frater Mei
1947-2023

Breaking News & then some—>

T-Rump raps America
The Orange Crusher goes hip hop
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 12-27-2023

The greatest movie never made
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 12-20-2023

I Love Lucy: Open the Golden Door
All those thousands of unkempt travelers on our southern border are not our problem, they are our solution. Screen them. House them. Feed them. Educate their children. They will make us prosperous and proud.
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 12-13-2023

Series of measures protected renters from NV’s harsh eviction laws. Not anymore.
By Michael Lyle / Nevada Current 12-11-2023 / Also appeared in Reno Gazette-Journal 12-17-2023
Much More at Rentvolution.org

Pearl Harbor 12-7-1941

In the cocoon of our unhealthy cartoon
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 12-6-2023

11-30-2023
St. Andrew's Day in Scotland & BarbwireLand

Hoist ye holy spirits. Alleluia!

Be well. Raise hell. Stay safe. Ciao.

Bonfire of the Vampires
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 11-29-2023

Who will answer?
Part 2
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 11-22-2023

Last Chance Joe meets Sherlock Holmes
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 11-15-2023

My brother died for his country. Twice.
Larry Barbano, 1947-2023
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Special Veterans Day Edition 11-11-2023

Carano/Caesars outfit and Culinary Union cut a deal before strike deadline
Other Gomorrah South gambling joints predicted to follow suit
By Howard Stutz / Nevada Independent / 11-8-2023
U-News UPDATE: Union holds Caesars, MGM & Wynn contract ratification votes Nov. 20-21-22, a Happy Thanksgiving indeed.

Upsy daisy Nevada crazy
New renters' rights organization tries again
Judge bounces teachers union petition to put Oakland A's tax-paid corporate welfare stadium before voters
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 11-8-2023

A Brief History of the End of the World
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 11-1-2023

Happy Hallowe'en / All Hallows Eve
All Souls Day/All Saints Day
Feliz al Dia de los Muertos
Nevada Day

Letter to the Lord of War
For my bro Larry Barbano, 1947-2023
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 10-25-2023

Wasting workers where everybody knows your name
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 10-18-2023

STRIP DOWN—>Thousands picket LV Strip 8 MGMs+Caesars
Thursday 10-12-2023

Ted Pappageorge, Culinary Union Secretary-Treasurer and
union members will be available for English and Spanish interviews:
10am-12noon: Paris Casino, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South
5:00pm-7:00pm: Park MGM, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S.

Contact: Bethany Khan <BKhan@culinaryunion226.org>

MEMORIES OF MEmorial

The most dangerous animal in the world
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 10-11-2023

Unforgettable, Unforgivable & Unnecessary
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 10-4-2023

The Last Picture Show: Serenata for Renate
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 10-4-2023

The fires of September that changed forever

¡Viva huelga!

NV Secretary of State Cisco Aguilar Joins UAW Reno Strikers
Wednesday 10-4-2023 5:30p.m. PDT
TEN-ISH ANYONE?: State Treasurer Zach Conine hits the line
Tuesday 10-10@10-ish — 10:30 a.m. or thereabouts

A Song for César: The life & legacy of César Chávez

PBS Network Premiere: 9/29/2023 | TV-PG |
Through interviews with Maya Angelou, Joan Baez, Carlos Santana and more, see how music and the arts were instrumental to the success of the social movement Chávez helped found, which mobilized thousands of farmworkers across the U.S. Through interviews with Maya Angelou, Joan Baez, Carlos Santana, Cheech Marin and more, see how music and the arts were instrumental to the success of the social movement Chávez helped found. Connecting the activism of the 1960s to today, musicians Abel Sanchez and Jorge Santana pay homage to Chávez, grassroots organizers and farmworkers through song.

PBS Reno KNPB TV-5 additional telecasts
Saturday/sábado, September/septiembre 30 / 2:30 am PT
Monday/lunes, October/octubre 2 / 4:00 am PT

Check local listings. Spread the word on UAW picket lines.

Watch preview or full program

CésarChávezNevada.com

¡ se puede!

We know how to fight

Communications Workers of America National President Pickets with Reno/Stead UAW Strikers
Nationwide Release 9-28-2023

George "Battling" Nelson, the UAW and the Fight of the Century

Unions go for Nevada hat trick
—> 1. National UAW strike spreads to GM in Reno

Déjà vu all over again
"Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it." — George Santayana

Déjà vu all over again (5-15-2009) — César Chávez/ Nevada Labor.com Hall of Famers Sam Lumpe (1940-2016), left, and George "Battling" Nelson (1932-2016), second from left, lead the United Auto Workers Local 2162 March to Reno City Hall in 2019. Good Sam was a retired member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 26/AFL-CIO. Boxing aficionado Nelson was an internationally recognized member of the United Auto Workers Union, honored with the Walter Reuther Distinguished Service Lifetime Achievement Award not long before his death. The signs speak for themselves. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
(NevadaLabor.com photo by Andrew Barbano)

This just in from Gomorrah South —>
—> 2. Culinary Union members OK strike that would make Vegas go dark
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3. Culinary 226 launches organizing campaign vs. Alexxa's LV in Paris Casino

¡ se puede!

¡Union diga si!

SPECIAL ADDED DETRACTION
KLANWATCH —> Indivisible Northern Nevada and Battle Born Progress co-host 9/28 public meeting warning of the Orwellianly named "Moms for Liberty" now metastasizing in Nevada. MFL designated as a hate group according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. (White sheets optional but not recommended.)

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MOVING ON TO THE NEXT ORGANIZING CAMPAIGN —>
(U-News 9-6-2023) —> Longtime Teamsters Union Local 533 leader Bill Montgomery died Sept. 5
May the big guy rest in peace. Watch NevadaLabor.com for more information.

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Washoe will decide presidency in 2024
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 9-27-2023

Elon Musk, President of the United States
Plus 2 Barbwire National News Exclusives
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 9-20-2023

Death by a thousand cuts
The incredible shrinking phony phone book
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 9-13-2023


Requiescant in pace.


9-11-2001

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A tale of two cupcakes
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 9-6-2023

You bet your life
Broken promises, broken bodies, broken bets & broken democracies
Make your Labor Day weekend count for workers

Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 8-30-2023

Life as a color cartoon
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 8-23-2023

Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford keynotes Aug. 26 NAACP dinner

Renate Neumann: Once upon a time
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 8-16-2023

Tin boxes and tin men
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 8-9-2023

The apogee of the apocalypse
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 8-2-2023

Déjà vu all over again—> BLACK SMOKE AND BLACK FIRE
Culinary Union publishes Station Casinos' hiring discrimination lists
If you are identified as a union sympathizer, your name is MUD
As always, gambling moguls consider themselves above the law
8-2-2023
Barbwire revealed such casino practices in 1999
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 7-11-1999

HONOR ROLL: The late great Sen. Joe Neal, D-North Las Vegas, was born on 7-28-1935 in Mounds, Louisiana. Happy Birthday, old friend.

The Hounds of the Tubervilles
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 7-26-2023


Trucking Giant Yellow Shuts Down Operations
By Sarah Nassauer & Paul Page • Wall Street Journal / Sunday 7-30-2023

Hot August Strikes!

7-25-2023 — Teamsters reach tentative deal with UPS. Where have we heard that one before? Oh, yeah. See July 2, hereinbelow. Stay tuned.
"It ain't over 'til it's over" — Yogi Berra

Teamsters Local 533 president hails tentative UPS agreement
Ratification vote dates not yet announced
By Bob Conrad / ThisIsReno.com 7-25-2023

Current strikes by the Writers Guild, Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and at Bigbux Overpriced Coffee may be only the beginning. More nationwide work stoppages are imminent at United Parcel Service (UPS) [Teamsters]; Yellow Corp. [YRC Freight and Holland, formerly known as Yellow Freight] (Teamsters); and General Motors, Ford and/or Stellantis [Chrysler-Dodge-Fiat-Peugeot] or all of the above (United Autoworkers).
Tune up your picket sign and stay tuned. Viva Huelga!
¡Sí se puede!

Hot August Strike? AGAIN?

Northern Nevada UPS drivers hold 'practice picket' as possible strike over contract looms
By Ben Margiott / KRNV TV-4 & KXRI TV-11 / 7-6-2023

More than 1,200 Reno-area UPS employees may go on strike Aug. 1
By Bob Conrad / ThisIsReno.com 7-5-2023

1997 NevadaLabor.com UPS strike archive

After marathon sessions, UPS negotiations collapse
Teamster.org 7-5-2023

Love's Labours Lost Dept.
Teamsters and UPS reach tentative agreement, diminishing national strike chances
By Julia Mueller / The Hill 7-2-2023
Sparks police acted like company strikebreakers in 1997 UPS strike
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 6-14-2023

340,000 UPS workers are voting whether to authorize a massive strike
By Vanessa Yurkevich / CNN 6-6-2023
1997 NevadaLabor.com UPS strike archive

Teamsters Local 533 War Room

Miss Priscilla Goodbody channels Princess Cassandra
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 7-19-2023

Love letters from Miss Priscilla Goodbody
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True Confession: I drink Bud Light
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 7-5-2023

If you strike a king
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 6-28-2023

Lithium Nevada sues Thacker Pass opponents, alleging trespass, vandalism and threats
By Bob Conrad / ThisIsReno.com 6-29-2023

Teamsters 533 warns Austin, Texas, transportation regulators not to hire Keolis Transit
Sparks Tribune
6-28-2023

Culinary Union wins card-check agreement at former Sheldon Adelson Las Vegas properties
6-27-2023

RENTVOLUTIONV.ORG
Republican Nevada Gov. Giuseppe Lumbago vetoes pro-tenant bills despite warnings of impending homeless crisis

Invasion of the Chicken Pluckers
Gov. Ron DeSatanist soils the Silver State at GOP testiclefest
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 6-21-2023 / Expansions in blue

Politicians with nothing to hide
The Barbwire Nakedly & Unabashedly Announces Its New Fleshing Out Follytix Forum—>
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 6-14-2023
More naked reality

Sparks police acted like company strikebreakers in 1997 UPS strike
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 6-14-2023

GOOD JOBS WITH A FUTURE. Laborers' Union Local 169 is accepting applications for its apprenticeship program. Apply online at local169.com/apprenticeship/ For more info, call (775) 343-0171 or e-mail <laborerstraining@local169.com> Tell them you heard about it on the Barbwire.

Don't say I didn't warn you as far back as 1992—>

From the NevadaLabor.com archives

 

President Donald Trump as Andrew Jackson? So opined a plethora of prestigious, highly-paid expert pundits on election night Nov. '16. The Barbwire warned of exactly that in the previous March. Twice.
And much more as far back as 1992 and 2012.


That ain't all. Read 'em and weep, pilgrims.

Nobody knows nothin'
By David Horsey, Staff Cartoonist / Los Angeles Times 11-9-2016
BARBWIRE SEZ the awesome Mr. Horsey's assertion that only the LAT/USC poll was accurate ain't necessarily so.

Those with crystal balls shouldn't throw stones
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-15-2016 Sparks Tribune
Beware the Ides of March, eh wot?

Remembering the first female U.S. presidents
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-8-2016 Sparks Tribune

"Any system of prolonged political paralysis and failed liberalism vomits up monsters. And the longer we remain in a state of political paralysis — especially as we stumble toward another financial collapse — the more certain it becomes that these monsters will take power." Christopher Hedges at NationOfChange.org 17 Oct. 2016.

History foreshadows a GOP November win
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-16-2016 Sparks Tribune / Updated 2-19-2016
17 Republican candidates were in the field at that time

All the more reason to subscribe to Barbwire Confidential
(CHEAP —> HushHush!)

Teenage Immigrant Welfare Mothers on Drugs
"The devil children of Ronald Reagan will rise like zombies from a bad black-and-white movie to haunt us...
"The 2016 election may bring the Year of the Living Dead."
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-29-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE DEPT.
How to avoid a civil war, by the man who predicted Trump

By David Shariatmadari / The Guardian of London, UK / 6-10-2023

Freebies for the rich and famous
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 6-7-2023

340,000 UPS workers are voting whether to authorize a massive strike
By Vanessa Yurkevich / CNN 6-6-2023
1997 Nevada UPS strike archive

Teamsters 533 scores legislative victory for transit workers
By Kristen Hackbarth / This IsReno.com 6-4-2023
[[ Much More ]]

Tina Turner's Basketburger
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 5-31-2023

GOATs, cults and corporations
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 5-24-2023

Cutting your woke to spite your face
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 5-17-2023

Beth Elise Wait Jacobs
Distinguished Nevada Educator and Union Stalwart
1930-2022

Humpty Dumpty & the blackguard dwarves
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 5-10-2023

Gov. Lumbago's Slush Fund
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 5-3-2023

The awful truth and then some
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 4-26-2023

The Veep and the Bus Boy
Vice-President Kamala comes to Reno & the Bus Boy gets the blues
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 4-19-2023

An earful of cider
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 4-12-2023

What's in it for me?
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 4-5-2023

Just in time for April Fools' Day!
Trump Indicted: No one is above the law
An editorial from that dastardly f
ake-news New York Times / 3-31-2023

Hearing March 29
Sen. Daly's SB274 to help injured first responders
IMPORTANT! Send your support via above link
(Even if you didn't submit before the hearing, there is still a long way to go. Please get on the record. Your comments will follow the bill throughout the process. Thank you.)

Who will answer?
Part 1
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 3-29-2023

Bill would regulate mobile home park rent increases
Sen. Skip Daly's SB275 would prevent manufactured home parks from raising rents higher than the “maximum annual rent increase percentage."
Reno Gazette-Journal / 3-29-2023

Culinary Union supports AB340 reforming evictions
Culinary Union Local 226 President Ted Pappageorge / 3-29-2023

The ghost of legendary Reno Mayor Barbara Bennett returns
Sen. Skip Daly picks up the torch for the little people
Mobile home park residents urge lawmakers to stabilize rents: ‘We are in dire need’
By Michael Lyle / Nevada Current via ThisIsReno.com / 3-28-2023
Much More About Renters Rights at Rentvolution.org

Keolis Transit loses federal case it filed against Teamsters Union employee
By Bob Conrad / ThisIsReno.com 3-28-2023
Much more at the NevadaLabor.com Teamsters Local 533 War Room

Michigan repeals union-busting right-to-work for less law
By Jonathan Weisman / The New York Times / 3-23-2023
Nevada's bitter history

¡VIVA CHAVEZ!

CESAR CHAVEZ ABIDES. His United Farm Workers Union in California is trying to rebound after years of erosion in a difficult environment. I was heartened to learn that Nevada Legal Services is actively working on behalf of Lyon County laborers. On March 30, 2023, an awareness event will be held at the Yerington Theater from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. For info, contact Lorena Castaneda at the Farmworker Law Project (775) 284-3491 Ext. 230, <lcastaneda@nevadalegalservices.org>

Recurring revolutions and tent control
César Chávez Yerington event 3-30-2023
Hearing March 29: Bill to help injured first responders
Nevada Womens' March 3-25-2023
Once and future rent control
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 3-22-2023

BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH

TURF WAR
Sparks City Hall wants to kill your kids
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 3-15-2023

Aaron Rodgers, call your office


Michigan pushes repeal of right-to-work for less law
By David Leonhardt /The New York Times 3-10-2023

Keolis Nevada infamy spreads to France, strikes and all

Selling sex in morally righteous Mississippi West
Sen. Dina Neal keeps up the heat on Elon Musk & Tesla
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno
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Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 3-8-2023

INFO: Assemblymember Venicia Considine, D-Clark
Seating is limited, RSVP recommended Chris.Molnar@asm.state.nv.us
RSVP is not required to attend.
(775) 684-8801

APOCALYPSE THEN—>
It can't happen here. We're too smart, right?
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 3-1-2023

Abandon hope all ye who enter here
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 2-22-2023

Moonhowlers: Fix Social Security. Please die.
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 2-15-2023

Fatherly advice from the Holy See of Me
Barbwire by Andrew Quarantino Barbáno / Expanded from the Sparks Tribune 2-8-2023

Snake oil, snake worship and quack news