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

'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.

Unadulterated class war in America…


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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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.

…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

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?

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

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.

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."

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.

Not sure exactly who he is, just another jerk who wants something for nothing. The irony is this action on his part may leave all of them without a voice at the bargaining table.
I’ve seen firefighters and police (the worst), do the same thing, you can’t even shame them.
One of the way’s we partially overcame this when I was a local president in the 1980’s was informational pickets. We gained support from the public, and that support was the difference, sometimes forcing the city to the bargaining table. Times have changed I know, but as my prior posts states, I still believe the national leaders could learn something from their deep south local presidents on this issue.

These salaries are very rare, and usually come with decline in sanity.
In the 1980’s I checked on a fire dept. claiming very high salaries, turns out it was true, but required so much overtime work, it would send the average person over the edge. I don’t see how this model could be applied to the teaching profession.

A teacher with Masters degree, 20 years of service and coaching 2 or 3 sports may make 60 or 65k max. Liar.

This is from 2014 so the numbers are higher now:

The group found that the average full-time teacher in California made $84,889 last year and about 34,750 teachers were paid more than $100,000 in total compensation. One hundred superintendents made more than $250,000 last year, the data shows.


And what does a modest 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home cost in San Diego? 1 million or more?

median is around $525k.

What CAN they learn from the deep right to work for nothing South? This is what I think: this jerk did not have to take this job knowing it was unionized. Now, this idiot who looks to be retirement age will ruin it for
everyone else. Even Dump is rooting for him , and the Kochs. Me thinks that because union members tend to be democrats this is all about an anti abortion platform just like those holy roller teachers who lost last year, and were trying to upend the teachers