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orlbucfan

I’m letting the TN family voters know about her, long shot and all.

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I’d still like to see the overhead figures since Biden and many states are pushing Medicare Advantage.

orlbucfan

Hubster is on MA. It’s a b1tch. He’s got to shuffle around constantly to get the dental coverage. I stay with trad Medicare cos it’s a lot less complicated, even now.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

The NYC unions have collaborated with the insurance companies and are trying to force all of us retirees into a Mcare Adv plan. So far, the NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees have fought back and are holding them off.

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Illinois worker rights expand under spate of new laws

Gov. JB Pritzker recently signed several new laws that workers in Illinois should know about.

Why it matters: They give full- and part-time employees more rights and aim to hold employers accountable for prompt compensation and time off.

Commuter benefits
Companies with 50 or more employees must allow workers to exclude public transit and parking costs from taxable income.

The big picture: With so many companies still struggling to get workers in the office five days a week, more affordable commutes may help lure people back. Sure, the trip to your couch is free, but still.

When: Jan. 1, 2024.

Pay transparency
Places with 15 or more employees will have to include salary ranges and a description of benefits in all new job postings.

Between the lines: Though it’s still more than a year away from taking effect, this new law will help job seekers better negotiate pay and narrow job searches to match income expectations.

When: Jan. 1, 2025.

Child bereavement leave
Employees working for companies of 250 or more full-time workers can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave if their child dies by suicide or homicide. The leave shortens to six weeks for employees at smaller companies.

Context: This expands on the Family Bereavement Act passed in 2022 that allowed for unpaid time off in the event of a pregnancy or adoption loss.

When: Jan. 1, 2024.

Paying freelancers on time
The Freelance Worker Protection Act will make companies compensate independent contractors in a timely manner.

Why it matters: Illinois is the first state to put these protections on the books — a move that will certainly make freelancers (hey fellow journos!) rejoice as they won’t have to harangue employers to pay them for their work.

When: July 1, 2024.

Temps filling in during strikes
Temporary workers or day laborers must be notified ahead of time if they’re sent to fill in at a business where there’s a strike or work stoppage. They’ll reserve the right to refuse the assignment.

Between the lines: Previously, temps and day laborers would be forced to cross a picket line. Now they’ll have protections from retaliation if they refuse to do so.

When: Aug. 4, 2023.

Benny

I’m certain Hollywood would like some guidance; I hope they don’t dictate like the Sonny Bono Copyright act. That has hampered too much innovation.

orlbucfan

Sonny Bono was a RW politician at one point. I never was quite sure about Cher.

Benny

He and Cher were long divorced when that happened.

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orlbucfan

Well, this peculiar greedball billionaire mindset is nothing new. And no nation has a monopoly on it, and neither does nature.

orlbucfan

T and R x 3, and thanks, jcb!! 🙂 Hope your weather is clearing up in NY.

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wi66

One of my GQP in-laws stopped by over the weekend and told my wife that the reason cursive isn’t being taught in in schools is that kids won’t be able to read the constitution to find out about their rights as an American. I wish i had been upstairs to straighten that absurd comment out as i was in the basement working on a project. A Pennsylvania newspaper published a printed version just after it was signed and that she could find printed versions via google if she wanted to show her grandchildren. Common sense isn’t a strong point of my Cult-45 in-laws.

orlbucfan

To learn cursive handwriting takes a little coordination between the hands and brain. It’s not as easy as simple hand printing. And as we know, any kind of actual thinking is anathema to the cult-45.

wi66

Got me orl, had to look that one up (anathema). Everything that kids deal with in todays world is in the printed form.

orlbucfan

Sorry about that, wi. I forget I’m a book freak. Poison would have been a better choice. However, this not teaching cursive is just more dumbing down and destroying public education c/o of the FRighties.

wi66

No worries Orl, good to learn a new word even at my age 😉

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“Dark” right-wing network recruits MAGA “army” to replace 50K federal workers Trump plans to purge
“Project 2025 is extremists’ newest plan to set fire to our democracy,” watchdog group warns

A network of conservative groups is gearing up for the potential reelection of Donald Trump, actively enlisting an “army” of Americans to come to Washington with a mission to disassemble the federal government and substitute it with a vision that aligns more closely with their own beliefs and ideas, according to The Associated Press.

Organized by the Heritage Foundation, the sweeping new initiative called Project 2025, offers a policy agenda, transition plan, a playbook for the first 180 days and a personnel database for the next GOP president to access from the very beginning to take control, reform, and eliminate what Republicans criticize as the “deep state” bureaucracy. Their plan includes the possibility of firing as many as 50,000 federal employees.

Democracy experts view Project 2025 as an authoritarian attempt to seize power by filling the federal government, including the Department of Justice and the FBI, with unwavering Trump supporters, which could potentially erode the country’s system of checks and balances.

“The irony of course is that in the name of ‘draining the swamp’, it creates opportunities to make the federal government actually quite corrupt and turn the country into a more authoritarian kind of government,” Matt Dallek, a professor at George Washington’s Graduate School of Political Management, who studies the American right, told Salon.

Trump’s 2025 plan includes a nightmare list of Cabinet picks — and purge of career officials: report
One of the most important bulwarks of democracy is the career of federal civil service, he added. Civil servants often have decades of experience inside their agencies and provide knowledge of policy and law in the federal government that enables them to serve the public.

“The country relies on these people to not only enact administration or presidential priorities, but also to enact the laws and fulfill their oath of office,” Dallek said.

He pointed to one of the dangers of this project, which includes “the purging of federal employees,” as he described it, or the project’s plans to fire and replace federal workers en masse in an effort to dismantle the “deep state.”

“In basically one fell swoop – if this plan were to be implemented – we would, as a society, lose many of the people who help [the federal government] function and also the people who are not subjected to the whims of the president,” Dallek said.

This would make it difficult for agencies like the FBI, the DOJ or the CIA to carry out their nonpartisan missions and to fulfill their oath of office and oath to the Constitution, Dallek explained.

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“Authoritarianism will be on the ballot”: Experts worried over Trump’s “alarming” 2025 plot
By replacing federal employees with like-minded officials, Trump-era conservatives are planning to remove federal employees whom they perceive as obstacles to the president’s agenda early on. This would avoid “the pitfalls of Trump’s first years in office,” and eliminate the possibility of any resistance a Republican president would encounter, the AP reported.
More at

https://www.salon.com/2023/09/05/dark-right-wing-network-recruits-maga-army-to-replace-50k-workers-plans-to-purge/

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

smdh

Benny

I hope IL follows suit.