Conn. Workers Sue SEIU for Back Dues

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

It is great to see these SEIU members working to recover the union dues they were forced to pay to the union thugs in charge.

Fallout continues for labor in wake of Supreme Court ruling striking down forced fees.

Government workers in Connecticut have filed a class-action suit to recover their wages in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling against coercive unionism.

Employees with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection are suing the state chapter of Service Employees International Union, Local 2001, to win back dues and agency fees the state required them to pay as a condition of employment. The suit comes just months after the Supreme Court declared forced-dues schemes in the public sector an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment. It alleges the department and union have made no effort to reimburse workers for mandatory payments.

“Local 2001 and the State Defendants acting under color of state law to force employees to join a union or pay a fee as a condition of continued employment have violated Plaintiffs’ rights,” the suit says. “Defendants, acting in concert with one another, have deprived, and continue to deprive, Plaintiffs and class members’ of their constitutional rights.”

In June, the Supreme Court ruled in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees that government agencies could no longer require workers to pay union fees or dues as a condition of employment, overturning the long-standing precedent set forth in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education (1977). The ruling has caused panic in the labor movement as the four largest public-sector unions, including SEIU, face the loss of 400,000 agency fee payers who provide partial dues meant to cover the cost of representational activities, such as collective bargaining and grievance proceedings, while withholding financial support for political activities and lobbying. The loss of those partial payments could cost labor organizations hundreds of millions of dollars.

SEIU Local 2001 represents about 21,000 workers and collects more than $6 million in revenue each year charging dues that range between $300 and $884 per year, according to its 2017 federal labor filings. The union had only 682 agency fee payers that year. The department ceased automatic deductions for dissenters in July following the Janus ruling, but the union continues to demand payments from them, according to the suit. The workers, who are represented by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation—the same lawyers who argued Janus before the Supreme Court—argue that deductions should have ceased years earlier since the Supreme Court questioned the constitutionality of compulsory union fees in the 2012 Knox case. The suit also seeks a pledge from the union that it will not seek to include mandatory payments in future contract negotiations with the state.

“Local 2001 has been on notice since at least the Supreme Court’s decision in Knox in 2012 that agency fees violated the First and Fourteenth Amendment as the Court explained in Janus,” the suit says. It further asks the Court to expressly prohibit “the State Defendants from requiring, requesting, collecting, receiving, or in any other way possessing or obtaining union fees from Plaintiffs and the class at all.”

The union vowed to fight the suit, calling it “malevolently motivated” and “completely without merit.” Local 2001 said it abided by all relevant federal laws in collecting dues and that it was within its right to accept agency fees after the Supreme Court affirmed mandatory payments in the Abood case. Union executive director David Glidden said it has complied fully with the new Janus standard.

“The lawsuit, in addition to being malevolently motivated, is completely without merit, and we shall vigorously defend against it. CSEA has complied fully with the Janus decision since it was issued,” he said in a statement. “Prior to that, we collected fair share fees in accordance with 35 years of Supreme Court precedent for the purposes of negotiating and administering contracts, and therefore we are confident that we will prevail in this matter.”

A department spokesman referred the Washington Free Beacon to a spokesman for Democratic governor Dannel Malloy. The governor’s office did not respond to requests for comment.

 

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C.B.I. Theater – June 1945 (2)

Pacific Paratrooper

Assembling the helicopter at Myitkyina. Shortly after, it would land on a Burma peak for the 1st such mercy mission in this area.

AAF HQ. – Capt. Frank W. Peterson maneuvered the helicopter through the maze of jungled Burma peaks and set the small ship down on a rough strip atop a razorback mountain whose sides fell off steeply to narrow valleys 2,500 feet below.
Twenty-four hours later, after gas and oil had been air-dropped, he took off again, this time carrying a passenger: 21-year-old Pvt Howard Ross, ground observer at an isolated weather station outpost in North Burma who was suffering from a badly infected gunshot wound in his hand.

This air evacuation mission, marking the first time a helicopter had been employed in rescue work in this Theater, climaxed one of the most amazing stories to come out of India-Burma.  The story had its beginning when, after the forced…

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C.B.I. Theater – June 1945 (1)

Pacific Paratrooper

Harassed and groggy after ever-increasing aerial blows, residents of Japan’s main cities once more sought shelter underground this week as Super-Forts rode high and unchallenged over the island kingdom. But, for once, the giant planes did not only unleash cargoes of flaming death. Huge paper bombardments also rained down on the cities, spraying millions of propaganda leaflets over wide areas.


Text of the leaflets was soon revealed by Radio Tokyo, which reported they were signed by President Truman and advised the Japanese people to get out of the war or face the same destruction that was accorded the German people. “Unconditional surrender,” the broadcast reported the pamphlets as reading “would not mean obliteration or slavery for the Japanese people.”
However, Uncle Sam’s airmen backed up the threats implied in the propaganda warfare with two “knockout” punches aimed at Nippon’s “glass jaw” – her concentrated industrial empire.

As Maj. Gen. Curtis…

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MSNBC: Kavanaugh Will Be ‘Illegitimate Supreme Court Justice,’ Trump Is a ‘Dictator in the Making’

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Trump Derangement Syndrome is running wild at PMSNBC.

MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski and analyst Steve Schmidt had strong language Tuesday for President Donald Trump and his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, calling the former a “dictator in the making” and the latter “illegitimate” before he’s even been confirmed.

Kavanaugh begins his confirmation hearings Tuesday as Democrats mount a last-ditch effort to defeat his nomination. No Senate Republicans have signaled they will oppose him since Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July, and at least two need to vote no to torpedo his chances.

Schmidt, the ex-Republican strategist and vociferous critic of the Trump White House, previously helmed the successful confirmations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito while working in the George W. Bush administration. He and other Trump opponents have been a sharp critic of the administration’s handling of Kavanaugh’s process.

“What we see here is an illegitimate process that will yield an illegitimate Supreme Court justice and further degrade in the public’s mind the legitimacy of the institution of the Supreme Court itself,” Schmidt said on “Morning Joe.”

He sarcastically complimented Trump as being “absolutely indefatigable” in his “vileness, his illiberalism, his fetish for autocracy.”

“It exhausts everybody,” Schmidt said. “The problem with it is that when you are in a fight, there’s only two ways to win a fight. You either have to bring your opponent to submission … or you wear them out. Trump wears people out. He exhausts them. He numbs them, He completely—”

“That sounds like a dictator in the making, actually,” Brzezinski said.

“He just completely wears them out,” Schmidt said.

Brzezinski has previously called Trump a “great dictator” and questioned his mental stability. She also agreed with Schmidt’s statement in May that the president is a “stone cold racist.”

GOP Sen. Ben Sasse says he “regularly” considers leaving the Republican Party

H/T CBS News.com.

Senator Ben Sasse(R-NE) Please take our sorry RINO ass and leave the Republican Party will be better off without you.

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, said on Twitter Saturday that he “regularly” considers leaving the Republican Party. He made the remark in response to a tweet by a user who said she switched from being a member of the Democratic Party to having no affiliation.

“I switched my party from Democrat [to] no-party this week as I see that to be part of the solution. Have you considered following suit?” the user asked Sasse.

He responded, “yep — regularly consider it.”

Ben Sasse

@BenSasse

yep — regularly consider it
(except the “from Dem” part)

stephanie pickens@guard_ad_litem
Replying to @BenSasse

I switched my party from Democrat Ro no-party this week as I see that to be part of the solution. Have you considered following suit?

Sasse is a frequent critic of President Trump. After Mr. Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in July, Sasse told “CBS This Morning” the president “isn’t leading.” In a press conference after the meeting with Putin, Mr. Trump publicly disagreed with the conclusions of American intelligence leaders that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

“Right now the president isn’t leading. We negotiated from a position of weakness yesterday and Vladimir Putin walked away from Helsinki with a win. It’s a disaster,” Sasse said.

Sasse told “Morning Joe” on MSNBC on Wednesday that party was less important to him than his ideals.

“I’m not really sure why a lot of people around here make a lot of their decisions, but I think most people in both parties right now, their main long-term interest in Washington is their own incumbency. And, that’s not really what I’m that interested in,” Sasse said. “Most of the stuff I care about isn’t right vs. left. It’s past vs. future.”

Sasse has previously tweeted that he identifies more as an independent than a Republican. “I’m sorta an independent conservative who caucuses with republicans,” he tweeted in March.

He is considered to be a possible presidential candidate in 2020 or beyond.

However, Sasse is a conservative Republican and often votes in line with the president’s priorities, according to FiveThirtyEight. He is expected to vote to confirm Mr. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

Pregnant Military Wife Uses Lethal Force to Stop Intruder; Now She’s Facing a Felony Charge

H/T Right Wing Folks.

This woman has a felony for a bullshit felon for an everyone gets charged with the dope possession charge and is facing prison time for a clear case of self-defense.

She deserves a pardon and a medal for killing a scumbag

An unusual case out of Arkansas is capturing national attention after a pregnant military wife killed a man who reportedly attacked her in her home. She now faces a felony charge.

According to a police report, 21-year-old Krissy Noble answered the door of her Fort Smith apartment to find a man looking for her new husband Brendon Tran. She told the man he could come back later when her husband got home, ABC News reported.

Nervous about the whole encounter, Noble called her husband to ask him if he new “Cameron White,” which was actually a fake name the stranger had given her. When he said no, the pregnant woman retrieved her husband’s .40 caliber handgun.

When the stranger — later identified as Dylan Stancoff — returned, Noble let him inside for an unknown reason. That’s when Stancoff reportedly attacked her, shoving, punching, and tackling her. Noble broke free, grabbed the gun, and shot him three times, killing him.

Stancoff had apparently given a false name because his girlfriend, Krishna Bragg, used to date Noble’s husband Tran before they were married. Bragg, who was waiting in the car during the attack, claims she did not known Tran had a wife and was simply coming to collect some personal effects of hers that she said Tran still had.

Initially, police ruled Noble’s shooting of Stancoff as justifiable. But then things changed.

Noble, apparently, wasn’t supposed to be in possession of a firearm.

Last year, police found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in a car that she was in when it was pulled over. Because no one claimed the drugs, everyone in the car received a felony drug possession charge.

Noble was able to get off on a suspended five-year sentence with one of her probation requirements being that she couldn’t have or use a gun. Now, because of the shooting, she faces a possible six years in prison for violating her probation in that way. Since the shooting nine months ago, she has given birth to a baby boy.

“He’s not gonna know what happened to his mom,” Noble commented recently as she awaits her trial.

The whole incident has sparked a debate over whether a then-pregnant mom should be jailed because she wasn’t supposed to use the lethal force she used to prevent the potential death of herself and her unborn child.

Social media commenters have weighed in, largely in support of Noble’s right to defend her life by whatever means necessary for survival. Some hope that a jury will be quick to side with her.

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Roland Jenkins@Roland_Jenkins

I think she’ll do a lot better with the jury than she would’ve with the intruder.

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Hohenhiem✌🏾Of💀 Light☀️#RESIST@HohenhiemLight

Its amazing how you can put a manmade title (felon) in front of someones name & it magically supersedes & person right to self preservation that ALL PLANTS & animals have…… Born with it….

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Mark Craig@sledog110

This is so wrong .

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Jason Boue ︽✵︽@boogame08

Can someone please fix this law. I mean some of us is not bad guys all of our life. Yea we might have screwed up when we was young. But u have to grow up one day. @realDonaldTrump

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Silence Dogood@Silence4Good

MaMa Bear has Claws! Beware! Give her a 420 pardon, leave her alone and let her raise her beautiful baby!

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Katy Oldenburg@KatyOldenburg

If she goes to trial nobody will convict her-somebody needs to set up a gofund page to defend her rights to defend herself even with a marijuana conviction-just because you’ve been convicted of something does not mean that you or anyone should be a victim!

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IssyK@ik238

One can’t win today

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Another War Memorial Trashed in Australia

H/T War History OnLine.

I say if you are guilty of trashing or desecrating a War Memorial you should be publically whipped.

But sadly this will never happen.

Australian War Memorial in Canberra. By Capital photographer CC BY-SA 3.0

It is difficult to say what motivates someone, or a group of people, to trash an object meant to remind us of the horrors and cost of war. When it happens, it is deeply shocking, almost incomprehensible to the average person, but it can leave scars long after the tribute – in stone, bronze, or perhaps granite – has been repaired. It has happened again in Australia.

At some point during the last few weeks, a beautiful memorial to the Australian soldiers who died in the Vietnam War was virtually ruined by vandals. Why? No one is precisely sure.

It is yet another example of some kind of mute rage that is at work almost everywhere today, perhaps by those feeling powerless and disenfranchised who need to vent their fury somehow.

Australian soldiers from 7 RAR waiting to be picked up by US Army helicopters following a cordon and search operation near Phước Hải on 26 August 1967.

The memorial, in Melbourne, bore tiles with the names of more than 500 Australian soldiers who perished in the conflict. Government officials and members of the committee who initiated the project were mystified – and outraged – by its destruction. Virtually all the names on the tiles have been badly damaged.

The Sunshine SRL Memorial was conceived last year. Gary Collins is president of the committee that helped bring the project to fruition. “I’ve been involved in the committee from the start, to get this where it is today,” he told ABC News. “I could see all the hard work that’s been put in by people, everyone’s quite proud of the outcome. For something like this to happen…” his voice trailed off, clearly in bewilderment. “I’m quite shocked. I think it’s so sad.”

The Shrine of Remembrance Melbourne, Australia. By Jorge Láscar CC BY 2.0

The Sunshine RSL had been readying to commemorate the Battle of Long Tan. The memorial was first unveiled in December 2017 in the Keven Wheelahan Gardens. In addition to the tiles, the granite wall, which is a significant part of the memorial, has also been badly defaced.

An Australian soldier on the Long Tan battlefield on 19 August 1966

A representative of Brimbank Council called the act of vandalism “shocking and disrespectful.”

The damage was inflicted by someone who took a hammer to the wall and tiles. Mayor Margaret Giudice said: “This senseless vandalism is disrespectful to [the soldiers’] memory, and to our community who rallied to support the creation of this memorial. Public spaces such as this play a significant role in reflecting and telling stories that are important in our history and culture. So to see this kind of vandalism is an insult to our community.”

World War I cenotaph in Australia. By Mattinbgn CC BY 3.0

Unfortunately, video footage of the area has not proven useful in helping police identify the culprits. But they are working to solve the crime, and the RSL and the Vietnamese community are now tasked with repairing the memorial.

This is not the first time a memorial in Australia has been targeted by vandals; nor, in fact, is it the first in Melbourne. Last year, one in Melbourne’s north, at Warrandyte, was ruined by graffiti only 24 hours prior to Anzac Day, an important day on the Australian calendar. Paint was smeared across the plaques commemorating the men who served in both world wars.

Gates to the War Memorial Park in the town of Goondiwindi, Queensland. By Craig Franklin CC BY-SA 3.0

Anzac Day, on April 25th each year, is when services are held across Australia and New Zealand to remember those who “served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations,” and to remember the “contributions and suffering of all those who served.”

It is difficult to know why anyone would target a statue that, in essence, thanks those who served for laying their lives on the line and dying for their country. Perhaps, when Melbourne police have the offenders in custody, we will learn their reason. Likely, however, we will never understand it.