We know that Ken Meyer is a wingnut supreme, as he has taken the talking point currently loved by people like him who hate working people. Earlier this year, one of the nine Federal Circuit Courts ignored over a century of precedence by holding in a singular case involving a single employer/employee dispute that Obama is, in effect, barred from making appointments to the NLRB Board. No other Federal court has made a similar ruling.
Ken may be made sad by Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts, a Republican appointee who has rarely seen a corporate-restraining, worker-supporting law he didn't want to strike down. He joined the majority a couple of years ago in a Supreme Court judgment which invalidated hundreds of NLRB judgments because the NLRB Board lacked a quorum. When the Solicitor General explained that the Senate Republicans had made a mockery of the traditional "advise and consent" role of the Senate by opposing ALL of Obama's choices for the NLRB Board because they don't want the NLRB to function, Roberts responded to the Government's attorney by asking, "Well, why doesn't the President use his recess appointment powers?".
So, Ken, the President must be allowed to use his recess appointment powers to overcome kneejerk, complete and irrational obstruction by the minority Senate Republican caucus, unless you believe that every single President going back to the mid-19th Century should not have been allowed to make any recess appointments. Or unless you want to disable the functions of agencies meant to uphold the law. Hey, maybe that's what you're up to,,,
It's funny how when you elect and appoint people who hate the government, we all end up with a government we hate.
Oakland Council member Desley "Lightbulb" Brooks says "you can't arrest your way out of crime."
I would add that you really can't lightbulb your way out of crime, either.
Here's hoping some more like-minded people will do this all over the country. It truly is hard to find a gluten-free snack when travelling around. Thank you to these sisters for taking this first step!
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I wrote an article about the lawsuit against the city of San Leandro last week, including the complaint filed with the court. Anyone interested can find it here: http://sanleandrotalk.voxpublica.org/2013/…
Last summer, after this botched sting operation, I wrote to San Leandro's Mayor Cassidy about how targeting gay men for this type operations and then using the press humiliate them and "out" them was wrong. Unfortunately the Mayor disagreed. My correspondence with Cassidy and my subsequent remarks to the City Council can be found at http://sanleandrotalk.voxpublica.org/2013/…
For the record: it's not necessarily the budget that "will ultimately determine" whether employees get raises. Mayor Quan's proposal to the Council is that they leave some flexibility in the budget, to allow the City's negotiating team to seriously consider employee compensation issues at the bargaining table. We can have both: a big investment in public safety AND a fair contract.
If we respect the collective bargaining process, we can avoid pitting employees' compensation against public safety funding. Setting aside some funds to let the City bargain in good faith is the best way to do it.
it is my personal experience that marijuana is better than alcohol or other drugs. but like anything else moderation is key
My grandma worked at Kaspers on MacArthur for 40 years!!!! Wish they would of gave her a lot more recognition when she retired finally in her 80's. Dam Shame really. Everyone remembers her from back in the day.
This looks like a great start. I'm concerned about cross-contamination and xanthan gum. Nice work!
Current drug PTSD treatment for Veterans found ineffective.
Eli Lilly made $70 billion on the Zyprexa franchise.Lilly was fined $1.4 billion for Zyprexa fraud!
The atypical antipsychotics (Zyprexa,Risperdal,Seroquel) are like a 'synthetic' Thorazine,only they cost ten times more than the old fashioned typical antipsychotics.
These newer generation drugs still pack their list of side effects like diabetes for the user.All these drugs work as so called 'major tranquilizers'.This can be a contradiction with PTSD suffers as we are hyper vigilant and feel uncomfortable with a drug that puts you to sleep and makes you sluggish.
That's why drugs like Zyprexa don't work for PTSD survivors like myself.
Daniel Haszard FMI http://www.zyprexa-victims.com
Is the NLRB even legally constituted today? If challenged, will it even be able to show that it has the authority to make any rulings?
Robert is probably right; "most employers know they will lose"....but that seems to speak more to the fairness (or lack thereof) of the board than anything else. Perhaps it's time that we, as a nation, simply get artificial creations like the NLRB our of the natural free market process. You'd think after the examples of massive unemployment that unions have presented this country, people would start realizing some elemental truths....the primary one being is that if you spit in the face of employers,they probably aren't going to increase their employment.
The Port may not have given the restaurants a hearing, since its order was administrative. What the restaurants may find, though, if they appeal, is that the state proceedings are now pre-empted by the NLRB. They may never get a state hearing, but the NLRB will give them one. And, assuming the evidence already found by the Port is good, an NLRB violation could in the long term result in a court order. Sure, it may take time. But...the NLRB...if it sees defiance...may get a temporary injunction to put these employees back to work--with backpay.
“Same claims, different forum,” said Foster. (In other words, same ol' same ol' breaking the law/ retaliation/ intimidation against workers. Let's remember who's doing what here.)
Same ol, same ol with NLRB. I've been there done that, it's a three ring circus with no hope for a fair forum. In fact, I think most employers know they will lose but have to go through the motions. I'm sure if they could they would jail most employers based on the lies and half-truths presented by the employees and their ambulance-chaser attorneys, that is until they ran out of employers to jail or intimidate. Hang tough CMC & Alimson and I'm sure the battle you are going through is being closely monitored by other employers at the Port of Oakland. The Port of Oakland is no prize and if you want an example look at the Jack London Square ghost town thanks to the mis-management of the Port of Oakland.
Please make sure to have some vegetarian options!
The small print to the misc unions' statement explains that 27% is the sum of the furloughs plus the foregone annual cost of living increases that in the past were automatically given. Does the 27% also include an additional contribution they now make to their pensions?
So other than the furloughs and possible increase in pension contributions, the rest of the 27% was not a pay cut but a loss of expected raises.
I wouldn't be so sure that most of the wages paid to misc City employees is spent in Oakland. I could see that a disproportionate number of misc employees do live in Oakland and are the highest wage earners in their extended families, thus having a greater effect on poverty than say job training programs. But that's conjecture.
The misc. aka non-sworn city unions are reaping what they sowed by supporting binding arbitration for fire and police over the years which gives fire and police more bargaining power than SEIU gets from striking. They still have time to start a charter initiative to repeal that. But that would look "anti-labor" so they won't.
I will be there to try the food and drink the beer!
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