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For the Working Class – How to Dry Your Clothes Faster

Drying your clothing inside the house in the wintertime is no pickle and it’s even harder when your house is not that big. There are though some tricks you can try to dry faster your clothing inside your house. But no tip will work if you don’t have the proper clothes drying rack and you can find a good selection here: http://verycozyhome.com/best-clothes-drying-rack.

In order for you to dry your clothes keeping it fresh also, it’s important to choose the right room. It has to be a room with nou moist inside, otherwise the clothing will dry badly and get a smell also.

Choosing the bathroom as the room to dry your clothing is not a good option, almost never. Go instead for a well warmed up room and place the drying rack near the heater or in front of a window warmed by the sun light.

If you don’t have space for a bigger clothes drying rack, there are some other things to try to maximize the soace that you have. You can use a foldable drying rack that will be fixed to the wall or you can also install a foldable drying rope. You can find this kind of rope in the decorative shops.

If you are a handy man yourself, you can install by yourself a drying rack rope: you can find it in any shop and you can fix it to the wall with screws.

There are some tricks to try when you want to dry faster your clothes. First of all, avoid tighten up the clothes on the thead. Then, make a habit from using laundry hooks when drying the clothes. After all, when you put some clothing on the drying rack it will not get dry easily and it will shape folds that will be difficult to get rid of.

For a more efficient care of the t-shirts, hang them by the low side and not by the shoulders- you avoid miss shaping them like this. Finally, wait until the clothes are fully dry before folding them; otherwise, they will be moist.

If you have the possibility, dry your clothing outside, even in the wintertime. The cold doesn’t keep the clothing from drying and lets you keeping it fresh, by all means.

Always wring the clothing to eliminate maximum of water before placing the clothes on the drying rack. Take a big towel and place the wet clothes over it. Roll the towel so that it covers entirely the clothes (put the clothes at the ends of the towel and begin to roll). Wring at maximum by twisting all of it: the towel absorbs the water from the wet clothing.

Afterwards, put the clothing on the dry rack and close to a heater or a ventilator. Don’t place it though too near to the heater since it might get harden. If it’s warm outside and sunny, take the clothing in fresh air but keep in mind that the sun fades the colors. Turn them inside out before hang them on the rack.

A good tip when it comes to drying your clothes faster is to place them, neatly folded, in a plastic bag and place them in the freezer. Leave it there until it’s completely dry and even leave it overnight. Iron them iron the clothing.

Did you ever think to use the hairdryer for your clothes? Well, use it in case of emergency and keep it at a reasonable distance to avoid ruining the fabric. For a shirt or some trousers, use this as a last option since it takes some time to finish.

Most important tip when it comes to drying your clothing? Never place the clothes drying rack in a moist room; they won’t get dry easily and they will get a misty smell…

The Year of 2012 – WCH Round Up

It was the best of years, it was the worst of years – well, neither, actually. But we did avert what could have been one of the biggest catastrophes and threats to democracy, here in the USA and abroad. Yes, I know many of us think that Obama is not exactly Mr. Liberal, but his opponent in this past election, Mr. “You People Don’t Need to Know” Romney was allied and aligned with some of the most dangerous rightist elements this country has ever seen – mainly Grover Norquist and the Koch Brothers. And yet all the King’s funding and all the King’s PACs couldn’t put it together for Romney, whose doggy Seamus must have felt vindicated from Doggy Heaven or Wonderland – wherever doggies who had the questionable fortune to have Romney and his wife as owners go when their time on earth is done.

See, whatever you think or thought of their methods, Occupy Wall Street brought their message home to enough of us the year before so that people started thinking in terms of themselves as the 99 percent or the 98 percent, and saw plainly that the interests of the many are very, very different from those of the few. We also saw that the selfsame 99 percent not only had been given tax breaks to create jobs which didn’t seem to create any jobs here, but created a hell of a lot of jobs in China. A Romney victory would have maintained those incentives in the form of US tax breaks even for those multinational corporations shipping their jobs to China.

Speaking of maintaining, Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin, pushed hard to be seen as possible presidential material by ending collective bargaining for the public sector unions of Wisconsin. The spirited attempt to recall him showed that many Wisconsinites were disgusted with his anti-worker agenda, especially his anti-public worker agenda. He would not have been able to last as governor without huge cash infusions from ALEC –American Legislative Exchange Council, run by the Koch Brothers, who made it their business from 2010-2012 to try to dismantle any and every protection given to workers, but especially public sector workers.

Similarly, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, sought to replace elected officials in municipalities all over Michigan with “emergency managers’ who would then replace personnel and sell public properties to for-profit concerns. And of course, these “emergency managers” then scrapped public sector collective bargaining agreements. This “emergency” law was struck down in November by voters, but Snyder has resurrected it, with a few minor changes, and signed it. It is to take effect in March, if it is not contested and declared unconstitutional.

The Bakers Confectionery Tobacco and Grain Millers Union was locked out –an extreme tactic- by American Crystal Sugar when it rejected a contract that would have stripped workers of seniority and increase their healthcare costs, while facilitating the outsourcing of their jobs. American Crystal Sugar, a co-op owned by shareholder farmers, brought in replacement workers who were paid more than the union workers doing the same jobs. Clearly the company was trying to rid itself of the union after not bargaining in good faith. A boycott has resulted in lower net profits for American Crystal Sugar. But union workers are still locked out.

And who can forget the Hostess bankruptcy which affected the same union? Years of risky financial decisions resulted in a leveraged buyout and mounting debt. Yet the company blamed the bankruptcy on the union for wanting increases in wages. Executives were given bonuses. Union members were given… squat.

In response to horrific conditions at their workplace, our good friends at Sitel-Asheville in North Carolina strove valiantly to organize their brothers and sisters in one of the call centers owned by one of the largest communications and surveying concerns in the world, in one of the least unionized states in the USA. Sitel employed a union-busting company which utilized personal intimidation, forced interrogation, harassment, captive anti-union meetings and illegal prohibitions against use of media. And yet our Sitel friends, with the help of the IBEW – International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers- persevered valiantly in the face of Sitel’s campaign to discourage unionization. They did not have quite enough votes to unionize, but when they took their case to the National Labor Relations Board –NLRB-, the Board ruled that Sitel’s tactics were illegal and that they must cease and desist from intimidating and forbidding the use of media and free speech against the company. They also ordered Sitel to place any notices pertaining to workers’ rights in places where they could be seen easily by all workers.

Walmart workers walked out at more than 100 stores on Black Friday, calling attention to Walmart’s policy of retaliating against workers who raised issues of inconsistent scheduling, lack of health benefits, wages which remained abysmally low and lack of representation in their workplaces. The irony is that more than eighty percent of Walmart workers must rely on government programs such as food stamps and Medicaid to pay for the necessities of food and medical care. Thus Walmart is, in effect, one of the US government’s biggest welfare recipients.

In response to the election of Obama –in which numerous union phone banks and other union volunteers played a pivotal role- CEO’s of many fast food restaurants threatened to cut workers’ hours so that they would not have to pay for healthcare, as stipulated by “Obamacare”– the Affordable Care Act. However, when Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Denny’s, Pizza Hut and other chains announced their plans to shorten employee hours, boycotts sprang up in many areas and at social media sites.

There seemed to be a pattern developing in 2012. Workers, unions and sympathizers, energized by Occupy Wall Street and the extreme greed of corporations -which could have easily afforded to pay living/livable wages to their employees, but chose not to- started to strike, organize into unions and mount boycotts against corporations. In most cases, as we see, these actions have not yet resulted in victories.

There were, however, successful efforts. In Los Angeles, the port truck drivers won and voted in favor of joining the Teamsters, even though the company for which they worked, Toll Group from Australia, used intimidation tactics similar to the ones utilized by Sitel: interrogation, harassment, forced anti-union meetings. The Australian Transport Workers’ Union met with and encouraged efforts by the workers at the port of Los Angeles and publicized their plight in Australia, as well, bringing pressure to bear on Toll in its official residence. The implication: companies can no longer hide their anti-union tactics in one nation from workers in other nations.

This trend in international solidarity is starting to reach non-unionized workers, as well. The sad and terrible human toll in fires that raged through garment factories in Pakistan and Bangladesh, reminiscent of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in New York in 1911, energized workers and sympathizers in other countries to call out the multinational corporations that facilitated and encouraged the sweatshop conditions that prevailed at these establishments. Gigantic chains, of which Walmart and C&A are two , have been forced to admit their collusion by neglect in these cases after proclaiming loudly that they believed the factories to be safe.

Encouraging or discouraging patterns for 2012? Perhaps both. Workers in many states and countries have started to identify themselves as a group separate from that of the companies for which they work, and after Occupy Wall Street, as a class. This identification, while not yet strong enough to deter or defeat efforts at intimidation by their corporate employers, became concentrated enough for union workers to come out strongly for President Obama in the wake of Romney’s proudly plutocratic utterances about people not paying taxes and the extremely callous treatment of workers whose firms his company bought out.

The leaven is in the lump. Let’s see how far we can rise up. Solidarity and Happy New Year from Working Class Heroes!

Pat Humphries – Common Thread (Song lyrics)

1. In a many colored garden we are rising side by side,

We will rise all together, we will rise.
With the sun and rain upon us, not a row will be denied,
We will rise all together, we will rise.

We will rise like the ocean, we will rise like the sun.
We will rise all together, we will rise.
•In our many colored fabrics, made from strands of common thread•
We will rise all together, we will rise.

2. We can feed our grain to cattle and the rich man will be fed.
We will rise all together, we will rise.
Or we’ll feed our grain to people so that millions will have bread.
We will rise all together, we will rise.
Chorus, line 3: •No more will there be hunger in these strands of common thread.•

3. We’ll defy the threat of violence, we’ll no longer live in fright.
We will rise all together, we will rise.
With our arms around our neighbors we will walk into the light.
We will rise all together, we will rise.
Chorus, line 3: •We will weave a freedom fabric from these strands of common thread.•

4. From our children to our aged, we will rise, we will rise.
We will rise from all nations, we will rise.
We will build a global family made from strands of common thread.
We will rise all together, we will rise.
Chorus, line 3: •We will build a global family strengthened by our common threads•

And now, give it a listen!