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'Assault by Wealthy Elites': SCOTUS Hears Case That Puts Nation's Unions on Chopping Block


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'Assault by Wealthy Elites': SCOTUS Hears Case That Puts Nation's Unions on Chopping Block

Julia Conley, staff writer

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the opening arguments on Monday in a case that workers and labor leaders fear could deliver a serious blow to public sector unions.

In Janus vs. AFSCME, the court will reconsider its 1977 decision stating that public employees who choose not to join unions can still be required to pay partial union dues, to help fund unions' collective bargaining negotiations, which hold benefits for all workers.


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First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

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

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Unadulterated class war in America…


#4

More like class slaughter.


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Martin Neimoller.


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The SCOTUS (all former corporate lawyers and prosecutors) are doing this because the U.S. labor “movement” cut a deal with capitalists to play nice in return for crumbs (after socialist, communist, radical populist etc. activists and militants had been purged from unions before/during/after WW2).

By the 1955 merger of the always-rightist AFL and the co-opted and purged CIO, the deal was formally sealed with the formation of the AFL-CIO(A). Business unionism dominated and white workers benefitted for about 20 years as the mythical “‘American’ Middle Class.” another profile in the cowardice and collective stupidity of the “exceptional ‘American’” public.


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If memory serves, a similar case hit the docket after the death of Antonin “Fat Tony” Scalia, wherein the court split 4-4. Thus the Ds’ failure to get Merrick Garland appointed to the court looms large.

I’ll always wonder whether the plaintiff in this case was waiting for somebody like Gorsuch to take his seat on the bench—and whether Brother Obama simply took a dive in the eighth round.


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private sector unions were eviscerated during the Raygun thru Clinton years and is somewhere around 7% of that particular group of workers.

Public sector is next and so the teachers unions will be busted along with all other government employees … See Scott Walker of Wisconsin

the only ones who will be allowed by the capitalist pigs to retain their unions will be the police, for obvious reasons

and the good ole USA will enter the dawn of a new era of serfdom


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Make no mistake, the UN-SCOTUS will rule in Janus’s favor.
I suggest the national labor leaders sit down with their local presidents in the deep south (where right to work laws have been in place for many years), and learn from them how they have dealt with this issue.


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…and Raygun is getting inducted into the Dept. of Labor’s “Labor Hall of Honor”. The induction ceremony is this Thursday. Here’s the e-mail…

Dear Colleagues:

On Thursday, March 1, 2018, the Department of Labor will be inducting President Ronald Reagan into the Labor Hall of Honor. The induction will take place in the Great Hall of the Frances Perkins Building (FPB) in Washington, D.C.

President Reagan is the only President of the United States to have led a major union, the Screen Actors Guild. President Reagan once said, “I hope you’ll forgive me if I point with some pride to the fact that I’m the first president of the United States to hold a lifetime membership in an AFL-CIO union.”

The ceremony inducting our 40th President into the Hall of Honor will commence at 1:00 p.m. EST and all employees are invited to attend or encouraged to watch the live stream of the event on Labornet at https://labornet.dol.gov/media/. Employees in the FPB may also watch the event live on channel 18.
Supervisors are urged to arrange schedules, so that employees wishing to view the event can do so. Employees who wish to attend the event, in the Great Hall, must RSVP to Dean Heyl, Director of Public Liaison, (heyl.dean.a@dol.gov) no later than close of business on Tuesday, February 27th due to limited seating.

Bryan Slater
Assistant Secretary of Administration and Management
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management
U.S. Department of Labor


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The Trump syndicate has codified stealing the wealth from weaker countries and selling American wealth to China by finishing off whatever is left of American labor power as weakened by Reagan and Clinton. Is this where Democracies go to die? OR has our Democracy already died on the altar of greed?


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Gee, what a
surprise to see how this turns out- just like citizens united.


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Who is this Janus idiot anyway?


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Gee, aren’t you cheerful- Oh you must be rooting for the oligarchs!


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Democracy you say? You mean a small group of people (public employees) being given special rights by one party (Democrats) to mandate (against the Constitution) that they pay money into a fund which is directly turned over to said party? These people then “bargain” with the same people the money goes to who give them raises which increases their take of the mandatory fees which ends of screwing over every other taxpayer no in that small club.

Where I live the potholes go unfixed and class sizes are 33+ but teachers and cops make 90k early in their careers and have a guaranteed pension.

Democracy indeed.


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Here ya go, it’s pretty simple.

"It’s no secret that Illinois’ finances are in shambles, and AFSCME’s lobbying arm has backed legislation that has bankrupted the state. It’s political arm bankrolls politicians for whom I don’t vote. And AFSCME uses its marketing prowess to provide cover for lawmakers who have allowed the state to rack up billions in unpaid bills.

The union says it is advocating for me, but here is how I see it: At a time when Illinois is drowning in red ink and does not have the money to deliver core services, such as caring for the poor and disadvantaged, the union is wrangling taxpayers for higher wages and pension benefits for state workers — benefits that Illinoisans cannot afford. The union’s fight is not my fight."


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jesus thats unfucking believable typical right wing propaganda


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im rooting for the oligarchs heads to be forcibly removed from the rest of their bodies

since that doesn’t seem to be a realistic possibility at the moment. it looks like my first scenario is more likely to be actual reality unfortunately

sorry i wasnt more upbeat about the situation ill try harder next time to be more positive about the continuing destruction of american workers


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Ya, right. I call bullshit.


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The majority of police officers – more than 70 percent – make between $100,000 and $150,000 annually in total pay and benefits.

The average total pay for all officers employed by the San Diego Police Department is $111,000 a year.

That figure includes overtime and lump-sum payouts, and items like extra pay for special work.

The average base pay, with no overtime or other pay included, is $78,000 a year.

About 1,100 police officers of the 1,801 full-time officers make in the higher salary range of $100,000 a year or more.