A grievance is a complaint about a company, representative or employee of a company, or public official. By filing a grievance, you are asking for help from Our Citizen’s Union (OCU). We will diligently investigate your grievance. If your grievance is found to be legitimate – meaning, if we believe you’ve truly been treated unfairly or unjustly, we will intervene to resolve the grievance in your favor. Depending upon the nature of your grievance, we will employ the appropriate tactics to resolve it, including a full sanctioned boycott by Our Citizen’s Union members if warranted/necessary.

Grievance arbitration is very time consuming and requires a great deal of OCU volunteer resources. Therefore, it is extremely important that you not file frivolous grievances. In addition, OCU will not intervene in labor disputes when a member is already represented by a labor union. However, we will support your labor union at the request of your bargaining unit agent. In this situation, you should request that your bargaining unit agent contact the OCU Executive Committee.

OCU will intervene in labor disputes where no labor union or collective bargaining unit exists.

545 PEOPLE–By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them..

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The president does.

You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits….. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red ..

If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ , it’s because they want them in IRAQ

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power..

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees…

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

What you do with this article now that you have read it……… Is up to you.
This might be funny if it weren’t so darned true.
Be sure to read all the way to the end:

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table,
At which he’s fed.

Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.
Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for peanuts

Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think..

Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries
Tax his tears.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass.

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won’t be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He’s good and sore.
Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he’s laid…

Put these words
Upon his tomb,
Taxes drove me
to my doom…’

When he’s gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax..

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Personal Property Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Sales Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What in the hell happened? Can you spell ‘politicians?’

I hope this goes around THE USA at least 100 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!!


Our Citizen’s Union is a “grass roots” movement whose mission is to put control of this country into the hands of it’s 99% working class citizens.  If you think you’re in control now, you are wrong.  You are not in control.  Big Business and Wall Street are in control.  Your elected representatives are controlled by Big Business and Wall Street – not you.  We are determined to change that.

Your vote is of little impact.  Why?  Because whomever you elect will do what’s best for him or her, their party, or the special interest groups that line their pockets, with little regard for you.  Oh, they will tell you what you want to hear, but it’s all smoke and mirrors.  They pacify you because they know the system and it’s flaws, and they know you won’t hold them accountable.  We are determined to change that too.

Most people don’t keep track of what their elected representatives do while in office.  Can you produce a report card  for your elected representatives right now?  Probably not.  In fact, most people don’t even know who their representatives are.  Do you?  Guess what – they like it that way.  They (the politicians) only want you to know them at election time.  That’s when they will spend millions to tell you exactly what they want you to know about them.  They lie!  They cheat!  They will beg, borrow and steal to get your vote.  There are exceptions.  We’ll tell you who they are.

Ask yourself these questions –

If you join us, Our Citizen’s Union will make sure your representatives, at ALL levels, know who you are and exactly what you expect of them.  Our Citizen’s Union will hold them accountable – to YOU.  If they perform well, they will be rewarded with re-election.  If they don’t, we’ll fire them and replace them with representatives who will meet or exceed your expectations.

If you join us, Our Citizen’s Union will let your representatives, at ALL levels, know that WE are the “Powers That Be” – not them.  We won’t tolerate partisan politics for the sake of any party.  We have no patience for their self-absorbed, self-centered egotism.  We are fed up with party loyalty above voter loyalty.  They will speak for us.  They will work for us – after all, we pay their salaries.  They will do what’s best for us, not the party, not the special interest groups, not China or India, not the military machine – US!

If our representatives are the least bit dishonest; if they do not obey the letter of the law; if their character is compromised; we will fire them.  Period!

Do you think “Big Business” cares about you?  It doesn’t.  It only care about making a profit – with or without you!  They will do whatever it takes to make money for their stockholders.  That’s how the system works.  They will ship jobs overseas if it means more profit.  They will do whatever they can to keep you from organizing a labor union.  The top executives will take multi-million dollar bonuses on top of their multi-million dollar salaries while the man or woman at the bottom of the totem pole barely makes a living.  If you think the system is fair, your are wrong.

Wall Street will rape and pillage Main Street without blinking an eye.  They are doing it right now – right in front of you and thumbing their noses at you as if to say, “what are you going to do about it?”

Our Citizen’s Union is an organization that will represent you 24/7.  We will stand up for you when you are not treated fairly at any time and in any situation.

Where do we get our clout from and how to we control the politicians, big business and Wall Street?  Two ways – first with the power of our vote.  Second, with our purchasing power.  Our goal is to have 100 million members by 2018, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  The more members we have the stronger we are.  There truly is strength in numbers.  If we decide to represent a candidate, they get elected.  If not, they don’t.  If we deiced to support a company and purchase their products, they succeed.  If we boycott, they go out of business.  When we support a labor dispute by boycotting the product or services the company offers, labor wins.

Let it be known, from the city councilperson to the president of the United States and everyone in between (judges, mayors, governors, the congress, the senate) – we will hold them accountable.

Let it be known, from Walmart to Wall Street and Exxon Mobile to TMobile – if you want to build your products in China, sell them in China.  We support American made products and American labor.  Period!

If you want to join us or if you want more info, let us know by emailing us at info@ourcitizensunion.org.  We need members, volunteers and funds.  Please help us by joining, donating your time or making a financial contribution.


Our Citizen’s Union is a non-profit organization.  We depend on your support in one of three ways.

All of the above are very important.  We cannot survive without help and support in all three areas.

                                  Our Citizen’s Union

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                                  Saugatuck, MI 49453

Your identity will never be revealed if you choose to remain anonymous.


We will do everything we can to help our members, by collectively acting as one, whenever any single member is treated unfairly.  We will use our voting power to influence our elected officials.  We will use our purchasing power, or the use of a boycott if necessary, to influence businesses that have treated our members unfairly.

We will use our purchasing power, or the use of a boycott, to support American labor.  Where no labor union exists, we will represent our members and influence their employers should a labor dispute arise.  Where a labor union already exists, we will support the labor union.

We’re not against paying taxes but we want a say in where and how our tax dollars are spent.  We favor domestic investment on programs that will help us lead the world in education, environmental husbandry and social welfare.  Books not bullets!  Babies not bombs!

We will not accept wasteful spending by government officials at any level.

We will no longer sit back while fat, greedy, corrupt bankers, lawyers and politicians ignore and compromise our interests to satisfy their own or that of big business.

We plan to stop the elimination of the middle class and work toward getting the poor out of the slums and ghettos and into the middle class via education and employment. We will not allow the fortunate to succeed at the expense of the less fortunate. This country was founded by the “less fortunate.”

Our representatives will follow the letter of the law without exception. When they don’t and are caught, they will be subject to the same punishment as we are, if not more severe. We plan to destroy the “good-old-boy” network of lawyers, judges and politicians.

If our elected representatives do not act in our best interest at all times and in every situation, we will remove them from office. We will monitor their every action or lack thereof while in office. They will report to us.

We will not invest in foreign countries at the expense of our own. We want our tax dollars spent on domestic programs until we reach a point where we are satisfied with our own conditions.

We will not invest in, nor will we engage in any form of trade with any country that does not allow its people to be free.

We will not invest in, nor will we engage in any form of trade with any country that does not allow its people to elect their public officials.

We will avoid sending our children to war at all cost. We will hold our elected officials responsible and accountable for the lives of our children.  We will not allow them to indiscriminately send our children off to die in pursuit of their own selfish interests.  If our sons and daughters are to kill and be killed because another nation is threatening us with weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), our President and our Congress better make sure they exist and are pointed at us.  No more smoke and mirrors.

We will expose and dismantle the American War Machine that currently acts independently of our interests.  This doesn’t mean we won’t appropriately defend our freedoms; however, war for the sake of making bullets is unacceptable.

Chapter Organizers
Chapter Directors
State Directors
Regional Directors
COO (Chief Operating Officer), CTO (Chief Technology Officer), CFO (Chief Financial Officer), CLC (Chief Legal Counsel)
National Steering Committee, National Advisory Committee, Grievance Committee
Executive Committee

Our Citizen’s Union (OCU) is a non-profit organization. We could not exist without our volunteer network. The positions advertised below are volunteer positions. Those that fill these positions get satisfaction from making a difference. They are standing up for what they believe in and making the changes they want to see in this country. They are not looking for a paycheck here but rather investing their effort in their future and that of their children and grandchildren.

Behind the Scenes Positions:

Researchers / Monitors
Gather research on current events for blog posts
Research political candidates
Research Businesses
Monitor elected representatives (local, state, federal)
Monitor Business Practices
Website Development
Website Admin
New Member Registration
General Admin
Data Processing
Tax Filing
Legal Issues
Grievance Negotiation
Non-profit Filings
Marketing Material Development
Retail Sales Material
Member Correspondence
Word Processing
Blog Posting

Boots on the Ground Positions:

New Member Recruiting
Volunteer Recruiting
Corporate Donor Solicitors
Private Contribution Solicitors
Grievance Investigators
Incident Investigation
Merchandise Sales
On-line Sales
Picket Line Volunteers


Researchers gather information. This is a very important function because our decisions can affect the livelihoods and lives of many people. We rely on facts to make good decisions. If we decided to boycott a company or industry, based on the information we have, we want to be certain that information is accurate. If we decide to support a political candidate, or unseat an elected official, we want to be certain the information we’re using to make these decisions is accurate.

Depending on the nature of the issue, researchers will be given assignments at various levels (i.e. District/Township, City, County, State, Regional and National). Researchers are also encouraged to pursue their own interests and agendas and submit material for consideration. However, only information/issues that pertain to our core values will be posted.

Monitors keep track of the actions of individuals and/or organizations we’re investigating or monitoring.  The information gathered is communicated back to operations personnel for further processing. Whereas, researchers are usually working on new projects that have not yet been sanctioned, monitors are usually assigned to sanctioned projects.
Both the researcher and monitor function can be extremely rewarding and are the lifeblood of our organization. Those with investigative or investigator experience are certainly welcome and needed.

Website Development & Admin

Our website needs to be constantly expanded and maintained as we grow. WordPress is the program currently used. A visit to our site will give you a good idea of how much help we need in this area.

General Administration

As you can imagine, in an organization with 20 million members, there is plenty of administrative tasks to keep up with. The good news is that almost all of this can be done from just about any location with an internet connection.


Although I like to think of us as an “Organization,” “Union,” or “Family,” the IRS sees us as a business. Even though we are a non-profit, we still need help accounting for our business transactions. Accountants, bookkeepers and clerical personnel are needed and welcome!

Legal Issues

We need attorneys willing to volunteer their time for the following:
Establishment, registration and filings to set up a non-profit corporation
Litigation on behalf of our members

Marketing Material Development

The essence of this organization is in the strength we gain by increasing the size of our membership. We need marketing materials that will help us recruit members.

Member Correspondence

It is imperative that we communicate to our members on a regular basis. Our primary means of communication is email. We need volunteers to handle the flow of email in and out of the organization.


Writers will edit and write posting material. Information from researchers and monitors will be use to draft postings. Writers will take the drafts and finalize them for posting.


We need volunteer to contribute posts to the site. The posts must be approved by the appropriate review committee.


This is one of the most important functions in the organization. The more members we have, the stronger we are. We also need to recruit volunteers.


Our Citizen’s Union is a non-profit. We depend on donations to cover operating expenses. Therefore, we need individuals who are experienced in fund raising.

Grievance Investigators

Members of OCU can ask for help and support if they feel they have been treated unjustly. The member must file a grievance detailing the nature of the complaint. Grievance investigators follow up with the member and the party that the member is filing a grievance about. We welcome members of organized labor unions with grievance/arbitration experience.

NOTE: OCU will not get involved in labor disputes on behalf of anyone who is already represented by a labor union or collective bargaining agreement.

Merchandize Sales

Merchandize sales volunteers sell OCU merchandize to generate funds for the organization.


This is real “boots-on-the-ground” activism. We need volunteers to walk picket lines and engage in peaceful demonstrations. This is where the rubber meets the road. When all other efforts to resolve an issue fail, our picketers and demonstrators go into action. This is usually accompanied by a boycott. Only those who are not afraid to be personally recognized as OCU members and activists should consider this.

Please contact us at info@ourcitizensunion.org if you would like to volunteer.

We’re Fed Up With…

Click on ” About Us” at the top of this page for info about Our Citizen’s Union.