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la58

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/20931/teachers-west-virginia-strike-national-education-association-public-workers

Teachers and service personnel across West Virginia are planning to strike on Feb. 22 and 23 in an effort to boost pay and lower their increasing healthcare costs. It will be the first statewide walkout in nearly 30 years.

The strike was announced by the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia and the West Virginia Education Association (WVEA) during a weekend rally at the state capitol in Charleston that attracted teachers and other public sector employees and supporters. Hundreds also showed up at the capitol on Feb. 2, where they sang “Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, hey, hey, goodbye!” while Tim Armstead, Republican Speaker of the W.V. House of Delegates, gave a speech on the House floor. At this past weekend’s rally, WVEA President Dale Lee declared that all 55 of the state’s counties were prepared to stand united. “The entire state of West Virginia will be shut down,” declared Lee, whose union is an affiliate of the National Education Association.

jcitybone

Neil Gorsuch is about to pay back the people who got him a sweet job in Washington

Two years ago, many public sector unions were on a collision course with the Angel of Death. All five Republicans on the Supreme Court appeared ready to cut off a major source of union funding and encourage public employees to become free-riders who enjoy all the benefits of unionization without paying for it. Then, death came for Justice Antonin Scalia instead, and Republicans lost their majority on the Supreme Court.

The case that would have undercut public sector unions evaporated with four justices on either side of the case.

But history repeats itself, first as tragedy, and then as an even bigger tragedy. The role of the missing conservative firebrand justice, once played by Scalia, will now be performed by Neil Gorsuch. Senate Republicans held Scalia’s seat open for a year until Donald Trump could fill it with Gorsuch. And now Gorsuch is all but certain to hand Republicans a major victory at the expense of unions.

jcitybone

Ain’t life grand in the U.S. for billionaires!

From Bernie

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is now the wealthiest person in the world with a net worth of over $122 billion. Incredibly, over the past year, his wealth increased by more than $50 billion. How is one man worth so much? Well, last year Amazon’s federal income tax rate was, are you ready for this, ZERO. But that was apparently too much for my Republican colleagues in Congress. Under the Trump tax bill, Amazon will receive an additional $789 million tax break on the profits they shifted to offshore tax havens to avoid paying taxes in the U.S. Yes. They are now paying less than zero. How crazy is that?

polarbear4

upside down world. they’ll come after you for an extra, what, $1,000 or even less?

phatkhat

Oh, yes! Know from experience. If you owe them a fucking PENNY, they will garnish your wages/ss or put a lien on your house. But billionaires? Ha.

magsview

An tweet I saw today:

Needless to say, our receiving actual healthcare (not just ‘access’) shouldn’t rely on the kindness of strangers, but a lovely gesture here just the same.

polarbear4

so sweet!

wi60

I have a question for the NRA R’s on the take. How come most state and federal buildings are gun free zones along with NRA conventions? -No CC either. After all doesn’t it go against your major talking point a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun, especially at an NRA convention. But yet criticism abounds from your the bgun nuts when business’s/ schools post gun free zone signs. Shouldn’t the NRA convention be the safest place on the planet with all those good guys with a gun? why do they ban CC and loaded weapons?

wi60

Breaking;
Fla. school officer waited outside building for 4 minutes as killings happened, sheriff says

https://www.yahoo.com/gma/fla-school-officer-waited-outside-building-4-minutes-232627967–abc-news-topstories.html

So much for the good guy with a gun stopping a bad guy with a gun theory. This was a trained professional law enforcement person that froze under pressure. What would a teacher with a gun be able to do with minimal training? For most law enforcement they average 70% efficiency for target practice. When under fire its more like 20% average. Is putting a gun in the hands of teachers a good idea as the NRA and Trumpcorp suggest. The teacher would probably injure or kill a student before getting the gunman.

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