Friday, May 06, 2011

The Republican Governors forgot about the USA Constitution.

NLRB to File Lawsuits Against Arizona, South Dakota Over Secret Ballot Issue  (click here)

NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon has announced his intent to file lawsuits in Arizona and South Dakota to nullify those states’ constitutional amendments that preserve secret ballot elections. According to Solomon, the state measures are preempted by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause, and are therefore invalid....

Plaintiff seeks a declaratory judgment (click title to entry - thank you) under 28 U.S.C. §§ 2201 and 2202 that Arizona Constitution Article 2 § 37 (“Article 2 § 37”), attached hereto as Exhibit A, conflicts with the rights of private sector employees under the National Labor Relations Act, as amended, 29 U.S.C. § 151 et seq. (“NLRA”) and is therefore preempted....

In January 2011 Mr. Solomon informed the attorneys general (click here) of Arizona, South Dakota, South Carolina, and Utah that Section 7 of the NLRA provided employees two avenues to choose a representative--a secret ballot election conducted by the NLRB or voluntary recognition based on “other convincing evidence of majority support.” Mr. Solomon contended that the state constitutional provisions adopted in the four states requiring secret ballot elections preclude voluntary recognition that is permitted by the NLRA. The four attorneys general jointly responded to Mr. Solomon that each would defend their state’s constitutional amendment and that the amendments did not conflict with the NLRA.

Although the constitutional amendments adopted in South Carolina and Utah contain similar provisions to those to be challenged in Arizona and South Dakota, Mr. Solomon stated he had decided not to institute additional lawsuits against those two states “at this time” in the hope of conserving “limited federal and state agency resources and taxpayer funds.” Mr. Solomon stated that he reserved the right to institute additional lawsuits against South Carolina and Utah at an appropriate time.

His respectful and unpoliticized visit to Lower Manhattan made a difference. It is a good thing.

It paid tribute to those that were lost that day and brought more dignity to the families of the dead.

It also brought a renewed focus to the reconstruction. 

At some point there needs to be a competed circle of families and those that fought in the Afghanistan conflict and lost members of their family need to be included in a ceremony.  Since this is an international place and international citizens were lost, it would be appropriate for family members of NATO and other countries that lost soldiers during that war be included.  It should be a place of recognition of the extent such impoverishment and perversion of culture and religion results in heinous acts against good people of all nations.  I know the 911 families and those working on the Memorial and the tower are up to the challenge.

Rather than an alphabetical listing (click title to entry - thank you) or purely random collection, the names will be arranged in what organizers described as "meaningful adjacencies" at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
"They died as friends and co-workers and will be remembered together as friends and co-workers," Joe Daniels, the president of the memorial, said in a statement on Thursday.
"They died as brothers and will be remembered as brothers -- or as sisters, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters. The arrangement of the names, forever etched in bronze, expresses the bonds that could not be broken by the murderous attacks of that day," Daniels said.
Tickets to enter the memorial, which are free, can be reserved online starting this summer. The site opens to families of the victims on the tenth anniversary of the attacks and to the general public on September 12....