A Michigan court ruled that the state branch of the powerful Service Employees International Union does not have to pay back tens of millions of dollars in dues taken from home health care workers who were forced into unionization.
The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled last week that the SEIU Healthcare Michigan does not have to pay back more than $34 million in dues collected from over 40,000 home health care workers. Many were forced into the union under state requirements that they join because they were taking care of sick family members at home.
The SEIU successfully lobbied for the plan in multiple states that classified unpaid family members as “home health care workers.” Dues were then automatically collected from the care recipients’ Medicare or Medicaid checks.
The Court of Appeals ruling was in favor of SEIU Healthcare Michigan’s motion to have the case dismissed because the union had paid back dues to Patricia Haynes and Steven Glossop, who had filed suit demanding dues they were forced to pay be returned. The court noted that Haynes and Glossop were paid back more than they requested in their lawsuit.
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Saad Mohammad, director of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City told The Oklahoman that leaders of the society’s mosque decided to take extra security precautions to protect Muslims who gather there from any potential retaliatory violence.
Mohammad said anti-Muslim sentiments may have could be heightened because of the beheadings and violence overseas by ISIS.
Adam Soltani, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations’ Oklahoma chapter, said: “It’s very unfortunate that this thing happened because people are going to look at this and draw parallels between it and what happens overseas.”
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Following 9/11 there were no Muslims attacked in religiously motivated assaults in the US. However, since 9/11, there have been quite a number of attacks by Muslims on non-Muslims in religiously motivated assaults.
The shooting took place Sept. 4. Footage of the incident became public this week, followed by the posted the officer’s dash cam video to YouTube.
The video shows South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper Sean Groubert firing repeatedly at 35-year-old motorist, Levar Jones, who was not armed and who was not behaving aggressively. Jones was struck at least once, in the hip. He spent time in the hospital and is now home recuperating.
What happened next has shocked almost everyone…
The cop was actually charged with a crime!
The Highway Patrol trooper was arrested and charged this week with “assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature” and could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted on charges he wrongfully shot Jones, during a stop prompted by a seatbelt violation.
FBI Director James Comey told reporters Thursday he’s worried that new privacy standards being adopted by smartphone companies Apple and Google could help criminals evade law enforcement.
“What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the law,” Comey said during a press briefing Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reports. Comey said the agency has begun engaging the companies in talks about the new standards ”to understand what they’re thinking and why they think it makes sense.”
Apple announced last week that with the release of the company’s latest mobile software, iOS 8, user data including messages, emails, photos and contacts will be automatically encrypted in order to protect it from data requests by the U.S. government. Google announced similar new standards shortly after.
Comey said it might be time to have a national conversation about the balance between privacy and security, and about whether we are “doing things that no longer make sense, that are no longer consistent with our commitment that we are a country of law where no one is beyond the law.”
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