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Secret Vechicle Compartments – Felony?

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This is from Joe For America.

This law is one of the laws for our own protection.

This law should not stand up to Constitutional Challenge

However as screwed up as the courts are who knows.

WKYC is reporting that the first arrest has been made “To enact section 2923.241 of the [Ohio] Revised Code to pro

article-0-150C44DC000005DC-819_634x399hibit designing, building, constructing, fabricating, modifying, or altering a vehicle to create or add a hidden compartment with the intent to facilitate the unlawful concealment or transportation of a controlled substance” (Senate Bill 305). Fortunately, for now, “[t]his section does not apply to a box, safe, container, or other item added to a vehicle for the purpose of securing valuables, electronics, or firearms provided that at the time of discovery the box, safe, container, or other item added to the vehicle does not contain a controlled substance or visible residue of a controlled substance” (Senate Bill 305). Many may decry the non-violent action of drug trafficking, but there is a larger issue here.

There is an ongoing criminalization of nonviolent action in this country. First, they will ban compartments in cars for ‘unseemly purposes’, then they will ban them outright, and then these laws will start to apply to your home. This is a continuation of the assault on the people’s civil liberties that has the potential to criminalize victimless actions.

First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.

What are your thoughts?

http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_SB_305
Read more at http://joeforamerica.com/2013/11/secret-vechicle-compartments-felony/#stODpwJdg8zCh2Yv.99

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Administration proposes favors for unions to hush Obamacare complaints

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This is from BizPac Review.

If your surprise by Obama kissing the unions assess

Please stand up.

I do not see anyone standing so I know you were

Not surprised.

 

Labor union leaders, among the biggest financial backers of President Obama’s campaign efforts, now want something in return — subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

The unions have been hounding the administration for subsidies provided to low-income policyholders who purchase health insurance under the Obamacare individual mandate, but they are not available to employers or organized labor.

But new rules suggest the unions be receiving a tax subsidy instead, according to Kaiser Health News, which reported:

Buried in rules issues last week is the disclosure that the administration will propose exempting “certain self-insured, self-administered plans” from the law’s temporary reinsurance fee in 2015 and 2016.

That’s a description that applies to many Taft-Hartley union plans acting as their own insurance company and claims processor, said Edward Fensholt, a senior vice president at Lockton Cos., a large insurance broker.

Insurance companies and self-insured employers that hire outside claims administrators would still be liable for the fee, which starts at $63 per insurance plan member next year and is projected to raise $25 billion over three years.

Fox News host Megyn Kelly jumped all over the new development on Wednesday’s “The Kelly Report.”

“The unions, who spent $400 million to get the president elected twice, are getting a little bit of payback,” said Kelly’s guest, J. Justin Wilson, managing director of the Center for Union Facts.

Wilson said the administration’s decision only came after the unions went public and called for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

“They [the Department of Health and Human Services] made the carve-out so specific, that basically only union plans that are going to be exempted from paying upwards of $600 million,” Wilson said.

Watch the interview below from Fox News.

 

Fraud alleged in auto plant ‘card check’ union organizing bid

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This is from The Washington Examiner.

I am shocked shocked that the United Auto Workers Union is involved fraud.

The United Auto workers Union is based on fraud,lies and extortion.

Hopefully the backs of these unions thugs can be broken.

 

Eight workers at a Chattanooga, Tenn., Volkswagen plant have alleged that United Auto Workers officials used “misrepresentations, coercion, threats, and promises” in an attempt to organize the plant.

In charges filed with the National Labor Relations Board Wednesday, the eight allege that union officials lied to them, claiming that signing union cards did not count as a vote to join. In fact, the cards were presented by the union to the company as proof the workers wanted to organize.

The workers further allege that the UAW resisted giving the cards back after they learned of their true purpose. The workers were told they had to appear in-person at the union’s office to get the cards back.

“When I was approached to sign a card a year and a half ago, it was, ‘Oh, the card just means you want more information,'” plant employee Carol Wilson told local NBC affiliate WSMV on Sept. 17. “Yes I signed a card. But yes, I got it revoked when I found out it was counted as a vote.”

Such actions are illegal under federal labor labor law and could impact UAW’s efforts to make inroads into Tennessee, which is home to several foreign-owned nonunion auto factories.

Other workers confirmed to WSMV that the UAW sponsored a trip for them and their families to a local amusement park called Lake Winnepesaukah, though they disputed that it amounted to a bribe.

The case illustrates the inherent problem with union “card check”-only organizing, said Mark Mix, president of the pro-business National Right To Work Foundation: It is potentially open to various forms of abuse.

“This case underscores how card check unionization schemes make it ‘easy to check in, but impossible to check out,'” Mix said. The foundation is legally representing the eight workers.

UAW has not responded to a request for comment.

Workplace organizing typically involves the unions getting a bare majority of workers to affirm they want representation, usually by signing cards — hence the name “card check.” The union then presents those to the employer and demands it agree to a contract.

Management can then either agree to unionization or request the NLRB oversee a secret ballot election involving the workers. The election then clarifies if a majority really wants union representation. In the vast majority of elections, unions win.

Big Labor has pushed hard for federal laws stopping the process at card check, arguing that employers have gotten too good at delaying and undermining the process. Big Business has countered that this would strip workers of the ability to cast a secret ballot on the matter

 

Awesome! Membership In Wisconsin’s Public Sector Unions Has Nosedived Since Scott Walker Passed Law Giving Employees Option Not To Join…

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This is from Weasel Zippers.

The people are finally free of the blood sucking unions.

Workers are no longer forced to support causes they oppose

as the unions are not getting their dues.

Hopefully the unions back can be broken.

 

Public sector unions are bloodsucking leeches draining the taxpayers of this country dry, and they couldn’t do it without the help of Democrats (who they in turn donate millions to).

Via EAGNews:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says one of the goals behind Act 10, his landmark legislation that clipped the power of most public sector unions, was to give workers more freedom to decide if they wanted to belong to a union.

He’s apparently accomplished his mission. Several of the largest public sector unions in the state have lost thousands of members over the past few years, and a great deal of wealth and political power, as well.

The Wisconsin Education Association Council, the state’s largest teachers union, lost about half of its 98,000 members since Act 10 became law in 2011, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

That means WEAC has lot approximately half of its annual income from membership dues, which has impacted its ability to remain a force on the state political scene.

“The financial pressure has caused the union to cut a large share of its staff,” the news report said. “For a time last year, union executives considered selling WEAC’s prominent hilltop headquarters on the south side of Madison. The union’s board stepped in and put a halt to the idea, according to sources familiar with the matter.”

Other public sector unions have suffered big losses, as well.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees District Council 48 lost nearly two-thirds of its approximately 9,000 members, the news report said. As a result the union is now more than $650,000 in debt.

AFSCME District Council 40, another branch of the same union, has lost 36 percent of its membership, the news report said.

The Wisconsin State Employees Union has lost more than half of its members, dropping from roughly 22,000 to somewhere between 9,000 and 10,000 members, according to the newspaper.

 

Deceased union official, suspected of embezzlement, lost huge amounts at local casino

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This is from Joe For America.

How many palms did this union thug grease so they

would look the the other way?

Look at the money Jimmy Hoffa stole from the Teamsters.

Corruption and theft is the standard operational procedure

for the union thug big wigs.

 

 

AUBURN, N.Y. – An upstate New York union official suspected of embezzling from the teachers union before committing suicide last November had lost more than $350,000 at a local casino.

eag1Former Auburn Teachers Association President Sally Jo Widmer, 63, lost $19,000 on slots and $342,920 on table games at central New York’s Turning Stone Casino during the last seven years of her life, during which time she is also suspected of fleecing the union of $808,000, the Syracuse Post-Standard reports.

Widmer, who served as union president for more than 30 years, committed suicide in her $825,000 home on Canandaigua Lake last November. Shortly after, an audit by the New York State United Teachers, the Auburn union’s parent organization, showed she had misappropriated $808,000 in union funds on meals, gas, trips, gambling, clothing, groceries and checks made out to herself, the newspaper reports.

Police said there are no other suspects in the union embezzlement, though they haven’t connected the stolen money directly to Widmer’s casino losses.

“It all leads to Widmer,” Auburn Police Detective Jeffery Mead told the Post-Standard. “People interviewed say the same things – they had no reason to suspect her. She did a great job as union president, she came from money, she had a good job, a good pension, she lived in a family house that had been given to her, she had no children.”

The attorney representing Widmer’s estate said he hadn’t been contacted by the union or casino to recover the owed money, but is holding her assets until the matter is settled.

Auburn Teachers Association President Cheryl Miskell said the union is waiting for police to conclude their investigation before pursuing a claim, the newspaper reports.

The case is yet another sad example of how the union power structure makes it easy for those at the top to manipulate and take advantage of their positions. Dozens of similar examples of unscrupulous, long-serving union officials sticking their hands in the cookie jar have made headlines in recent years.

We suspect that trend will continue until dues-paying members demand union bosses embrace a more accountable and transparent leadership model.

 

Unions suffer steep decline in membership

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This is from Fox News Politics.

Unions suck the lie out of every business the get their hooks into.

The unions devastated the coal industry in Indiana.

They destroyed two small companies in my area of Indiana.

Unions have destroyed Hostess Bakery they would have destroyed the auto industry.

But Obama stepped in and bailed them out.

However they will eventually suck the life out of the car industry.

The nation’s labor unions suffered sharp declines in membership last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Wednesday, led by losses in the public sector as cash-strapped state and local governments laid off workers and — in some cases — limited collective bargaining rights.

The union membership rate fell from 11.8 percent to 11.3 percent of all workers, the lowest level since the 1930s.

Total membership fell by about 400,000 workers to 14.4 million. More than half the loss — about 234,000 — came from government workers including teachers, firefighters and public administrators.

The losses add another blow to a labor movement already stretched thin by fighting efforts in states like Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan to curb bargaining rights and weaken union clout.

But unions also saw losses in the private sector, even as the economy expanded modestly. That rate fell of membership fell from 6.9 percent to 6.6 percent, a troubling sign for the future of organized labor, as job growth has generally taken place at nonunion firms.

“To employers, it’s going to look like the labor movement is ready for a knockout punch,” said Gary Chaison, professor of industrial relations at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. “You can’t be a movement and get smaller.”

Unions have steadily lost members since their peak in the 1950s, when about one of every three workers was in a union. By 1983, roughly 20 percent of American workers were union members.

Losses in the public sector are hitting unions particularly hard since that has been one of the few areas where membership was growing over the past two decades. About 51 percent of union members work in government, where until recently, there had been little resistance to union organizing.

That began to change when Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a law in 2011 eliminating most union rights for government workers. The state lost about 46,000 union members last year, mostly in the public sector.

Union officials blame losses on the lingering effects of the recession, as well as GOP governors and state lawmakers who have sought to weaken union rights.

“Our still-struggling economy, weak laws and political as well as ideological assaults have taken a toll on union membership, and in the process have also imperiled economic security and good, middle class jobs,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

In Indiana, where a new right-to-work law took effect last March, the state lost about 56,000 union members. The law prohibits unions from requiring workers to pay union fees, even if they benefit from a collective bargaining agreement. Michigan lawmakers approved a similar measure in December.

Another problem for unions is an aging membership that is not being replaced by younger members. By age, the union membership rate was highest among workers ages 55 to 64 (14.9 percent) and lowest among those ages 16 to 24 (4.2 percent).

In New York, the state with the highest union density, nearly one-quarter of the workforce belonged to a union. North Carolina had the lowest at 2.9 percent.

Among full-time wage and salary workers, union members in 2012 had median weekly earnings of $943, while those who were not union members earned $742.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/01/23/unions-suffer-steep-decline-in-membership/#ixzz2Ir2AQoAf

Michigan Union Presses Panic Button Over Right to Work Rumors

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This is from Town Hall.

 

It is time to break the unions strangle hold on America’s businesses.

At one time unions served a purpose.

Now they just shake down their members and destroy businesses.

Michigan Union Presses Panic Button Over Right to Work Rumors

 

The Michigan Education Association always portrays itself as the poor, pitiful victim.

 

It was the victim when the legislature passed relatively mild education reforms. It was the victim when its ballot proposal to enshrine collective bargaining in the state constitution was soundly defeated by voters Nov. 6.

 

Now the union is wringing its hands over a rumored Right to Work proposal that may be introduced and debated in the state legislature during the lame duck session.

 

On Tuesday, the union pressed the panic button and issued a screed to its members via email:

 

“With just a few weeks left in the Legislative session, right-wing politicians in Lansing are looking to exact political revenge against union members by ramming through dangerous bills that will harm school employees, middle-class families and children throughout Michigan.

 

“Their reckless agenda includes:

 

• Undermining workers’ rights by passing so-called “right-to-work” legislation 

• Instituting voucher-style “reform” of our public schools 

• Cutting taxes even further for corporate special interests 

“These extremist legislators must be stopped immediately. The Working Michigan coalition is holding events across our state tonight and tomorrow night to help mobilize union members and supporters in the effort to fight back.”

 

It’s hard to feel sorry for this group of tin-horned gangsters. They were in a good position and they got too greedy.

 

Gov. Rick Snyder has been criticized for not being tough enough on public sector unions like the MEA. He went out of his way during the union-led kerfuffle in Wisconsin to say he did not want the same type of showdown in Michigan. He, without provocation, essentially called any meaningful labor reform dead on arrival.

 

But the unions’ attempted power grab – Proposal 2 – apparently changed all that.

 

The unions broke the apparent truce with a proposed constitutional amendment that would have repealed all of Snyder’s education reforms and allowed collective bargaining agreements to trump state law. MEA officials (and their allies) stood before cameras, thumped their chests and declared they would spend $25 million to pass the amendment.

 

They failed, and now the Right to Work folks are out in force, hoping to capitalize on the union defeat.

 

So now the unions are attempting to marshal their forces in an effort to protect their last bastions of power: compulsory union membership and automatically deducted dues. A Right to Work law would eliminate those union lifelines.

 

If it is indeed introduced, Right to Work legislation it would likely come to a vote. The antics of Democrats legislators in Wisconsin, who fled the state in 2011 to prevent a vote on anti-union legislation, could not be replicated. Michigan law gives power to the Speaker of the House to order the state police to round up legislators, even across international lines.

 

We have to wonder if the MEA regrets breaking the truce with the Snyder administration and pushing for passage of Proposal 2. They’ve talked their way into a dangerous corner and they’re not sure how they’re going to manage to escape.

 

SI teacher puts himself on camera languishing in the rubber room

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This is from The New York Daily News.

This is one of the best arguments to do away with public sector unions.

Liberal Icon Franklin Delano Roosevelt said it best.

… Meticulous attention should be paid to the special relationships and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the government. All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations … The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for … officials … to bind the employer … The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives …

“Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of government employees. Upon employees in the federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people … This obligation is paramount … A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent … to prevent or obstruct … Government … Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government … is unthinkable and intolerable.”

Teacher Francesco Portelos in the rubber room.

Teacher Francesco Portelos in the rubber room.

He’s paid $75,000 a year to do nothing, he says

This Staten Island teacher wants the world to know he is paid $75,000 a year to do nothing all day long.

More than two years after the city shut down the so-called rubber rooms that served as detention centers for teachers, Francesco Portelos sat in front of a live cam Thursday, killing time.

“I want people to see where their tax dollars are going,” said Portelos, 34, who taught technology at Intermediate School 49 until last spring, when he got yanked from the classroom, he said.

“I’m getting paid $75,000 to sit around.”

WATCH IT HERE

The live cam showed him surfing the Internet. On the conference room table in the foreground, he’d carefully laid out a small yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” flag on top of a copy of the teachers union paper.

Portelos, who is the elected chapter leader of his school, alleges he landed in his own private rubber room after he ran afoul of administrators.

He says he caught his principal “engaging in financial misconduct.”

IS 49 Principal Linda Hill did not respond to messages requesting comment.

Teachers are now assigned to administrative duties instead of being sent to “rubber rooms” — but they have repeatedly claimed they don’t actually do anything on those assignments.

Portelos’ live cam seems to prove their point.

“They came after the wrong guy, and I’m not taking it lying down,” he said. “My methods are not conventional.”

But schools officials insisted times have changed.

“All teachers who have been reassigned are working under supervision in an administrative capacity,” said spokeswoman Connie Pankratz.

“Francesco Portelos has been extremely difficult to work with, was transferred twice, and there are multiple investigations pending against him.”

Schools officials said they did not know if the special schools investigator was also looking at Hill.

Portelos plans to continue his live stream Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., unless he gets blocked by administrators.

“I’m very tech-savvy, and for the short five years of my career used that knowledge to educate and improve the school,” Portelos emailed the Daily News.

“Now I have to use my tech savviness to survive.”

Visit http://www.ustream.tv/channel/quickercam to see him at “work.”

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