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    Patrick Thompson Was Partner At Law Firm That Sells Out Working Families

    Do you know what outsourcing is?

    That’s when a company takes away jobs from Americans and sends them overseas where they pay workers less.

    The company doesn’t care how much the American working family is hurt when the job is taken away. The company doing outsourcing doesn’t feel it owes the worker anything.

    Outsourcing is what lawyers like Patrick Daley Thompson call it.

    But I like plain language, so I just call it what it is: selling out our working families.

    Companies look for help selling out working families. They come to the law firm where Patrick Daley Thompson was a partner to get that help.

    DLA Piper is the law firm Patrick was partner at before 2011.

    It’s a firm that makes a lot of money hurting our working families. They make money by helping their clients take away good paying jobs from American workers to send those jobs to places like Asia and Europe.

    DLA Piper makes so much money hurting working families, they have a whole website dedicated to their outsourcing practice. It’s called dlapiperoutsourcing.com

    It’s where they brag about how good they are at sending jobs overseas. About how easy they make it for their clients to do.

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    And if they hurt enough American working families, they even win awards at it.

    Patrick Daley Thompson worked at DLA Piper when it won its 2010 Outsourcing Advisory Of The Year award.

    Patrick was a partner at DLA Piper, which means he should have known what the firm was doing, why, and to whom.

    Never Forget Why This Matters

    Look around you. Think of the last ten, twenty, thirty years in the 11th Ward.

    Do you see more economic opportunity or less? Do you see more crime or less? Are people working crazier hours, more part-time jobs, just to make ends meet?

    Are working people struggling more, or less?

    You know the answer. Things are worse, not better for working families.

    There is a reason things are worse and jobs are fewer.

    There are fewer jobs because there is big money to be made taking them away. That’s what Patrick Daley Thompson’s law firm does and did when he was partner there.

    American working families just aren’t important to DLA Piper, its clients or its partners, like Patrick Daley Thompson.

    I’ve talked about this since Labor Day.  February 24 is our chance to remember who stands up for working families in our community.

    And to remember who steps on them.

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    Sullivan, Candidates Address Bridgeport Village Homeowners Association

    Last night at Polo Cafe, during the first event of the campaign season attended by all three candidates for 11th Ward Alderman, the questions flowed like beer from Polo’s cash bar.

    Addressing a gathering of the Bridgeport Village Homeowners Association was Maureen Sullivan and her election opponents John Kozlar and Patrick Daley Thompson. The event planned 20 minutes for each candidate to deliver remarks followed by questions from association members.

    After drawing straws, Maureen led off, letting the homeowners know why she’s running for office:

    “There are many reasons why I’m running for Alderman, but the number one reason I’m running is because my neighbors demanded it. For the past ten years, I’ve been a highly visible community volunteer stepping up to improve our neighborhoods by providing leadership, creativity, experience and successful community organizing. Time and time again over that ten years, I have been asked ‘why don’t you run for Alderman? We need you. You already do what the Alderman is supposed to do.’ This year was the year I finally gave in and stepped forward.”

    Questions for Maureen included how she would shape the business development in the neighborhood. “At Archer and Halsted,” she said,  “there should be commuter-related businesses such as a day care, and we should consider a drive-through coffee place.  I envision Halsted Street and Archer Avenue as walkable small business districts, that look inviting.”

    After remarks by Kozlar including a round of applause for his work with the Canaryville Little League, Patrick Daley Thompson took the stage to present a very different vision for Halsted’s business district and its shuttered storefronts. He said retail wasn’t the right focus.

    “You don’t need as much retail on Halsted.  You shop on the internet now,” said Thompson.

    On Alleys And Designation

    The Q&A for Daley Thompson got a little fractious. Feeling neglected by Jim Balcer, current Alderman, Daley machine appointee and office-mate of Thompson’s, association members pressed Thompson on issues including the arrangements in the development for garbage pickup.  One homeowner said he had been asking the Alderman for eight years to have city garbage pickup arranged in Bridgeport Village’s alleys.

    “That’s easy to do,” said Daley Thompson. “We have to create a designation for the alleys.”

    The crowd, familiar with the process but having gotten no response on it for years from Alderman Balcer, did not like that answer.

    “If it’s so easy to do, why hasn’t it been done?” shot back another homeowner.

    “You’d have to talk to Jim Balcer,” responded Daley Thompson.

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    (Above: The office on 37th St. where Patrick Daley Thompson and Alderman Jim Balcer have desks.)

     

    (Photo credits: Planet99.com, HGJones.org)

  • A Thought On Labor Day

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    Even if you’re lucky enough to have one or two part-time jobs in this “recovery” economy, chances are you’re still struggling to make ends meet. We live in a time where working people are in the fight for their lives, only one slip-up away from disaster.

    That’s a reality that has consequences — and casualties. Didn’t your heart break when you read the story from New Jersey about Maria Fernandes? The 32 year old worked four part time jobs and lost her life when she tried to get a few hours of sleep in her car between shifts.

    Maria died in her Dunkin’ Donuts uniform.

    Shocking stories like this and so many others from our own neighborhoods are reminders that in these times, hard working people are undervalued and taken advantage of more than I can ever remember.

    Without working people, nothing happens. No wealth is created for anybody.

    That seems so obvious, doesn’t it?

    Why, then, do so many of our leaders act only in the service of big business and not the workers that create the revenues that big business earns?

    Today on Labor Day, we celebrate the people who make our country’s economy possible.

    But I want our workers celebrated every day. I want our political leadership to stop selling out to the people who cut working people’s wages, who play games with their working schedules, who threaten them and who move better jobs overseas so workers’ choices dwindle.

    My opponent in this race, Patrick Daley Thompson, worked for years for a law firm that actively helps companies send jobs overseas. They brag about it today.

    Today is Labor Day. The election in February is months away, but during that time, I want you to think about who is a friend to hard working people in this election for 11th Ward Alderman.

    And to think about who isn’t.

     

     

    Maureen Sullivan is running for Alderman of Chicago’s 11th Ward.