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Interesting read on small towns and the strings that bind......

Sat, 08 Jun 2019 17:10:18 GMT

"In my brief tenure, I have seen legislators step in and stop GBI investigations that were rightfully initiated and judges halt Attorney General inquiries. I have seen law enforcement pin petty cases on whistleblowers while paper trails of egregious abuses of power end up in the shredder or on a desk of a town hall that ends up in flames in the middle of the night." _-Jessica Szilagyi_ https://www.allongeorgia.com/georgia-state-politics/column-small-towns-on-puppet-strings/

Sat, 08 Jun 2019 18:13:09 GMT

Wow, and how apropos! She hit the nail on the head. Thank you for sharing, @southga75!

Sat, 08 Jun 2019 21:01:41 GMT

If the opinion author, Ms. Szilagyi, has seen all these crimes from those in power then maybe go to the State AG or Federal prosecutorial directors with your evidence and really clean up your own backyard. That’s my unsolicited advice. Seems like the logical step because ya know ya seen all the illegal “goings on”

Sun, 09 Jun 2019 02:40:30 GMT

It's reality at its worst down here. I commend the braverery that this journalist shows. This message needs to be pass on and acted upon.

Sun, 09 Jun 2019 02:47:00 GMT

And real nachos. Who polices the police and governs the government if everybodys on the take?Calling the AG or Federal prosecutors about illegal goings on that directly or indirectly lines there own pockets is like pissing in the wind with it blowing in your face.

Sun, 09 Jun 2019 04:23:55 GMT

@bdh2010 to make an omelette you have to crack a few eggs, even if you get a lil piss splashed in your face.

Sun, 09 Jun 2019 16:39:00 GMT

Touche' @nacho

Wed, 12 Jun 2019 18:37:31 GMT

This is the most spot on thing I’ve read in a long time. @Nacho, I understand it seems out of the realm of possibility that this kind of stuff can go on but I assure you, it does. Georgia is a right to work state (meaning employees have less rights to unionize, therefore, many employees don’t have a union backing them when they are fired. An employee can be fired at will (basically for any reason) in almost every state so you better believe in these small town circles if they suspect somebody might start “singing like a bird” or whatever you want to call it they will be fired and that either keeps the person quiet or if they get fired and then speak up they will just be viewed as a disgruntled employee. I’ve seen it firsthand!!! People do speak out occasionally, more than you would think actually, but unless you have an immense amount of evidence that the people in power have no way of covering up or numerous people making the same claims with evidence ( and it better be etched in stone and you better make sure that money and power won’t be able to cover it up , otherwise they’ll come out scot clean) then it will continue to go on. It’s all about what agenda someone has, who’s in bed with who (not literally lol) and who’s funding what. There would not be so many people wrongly convicted if there wasn’t purse strings being pulled, people being paid off, getting convictions to push political careers Etc.

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 09:02:42 GMT

Right to work laws simply say that you do not have to join a union, or financially support a union, in order to get or keep a job. It does not take away your rights (if you are covered by the National Labor Relations Act in the private sector) to form or join a union (Section 7 rights). Right to work laws give employees MORE rights - the right to not unionize. Without them a newly hired employee would most likely be "forced" to join the union and pay union dues (under union shop contract clause) and in cases where an employee was not forced to join a union he or she might still have to pay a significant portion of union dues (agency fees) under an agency shop clause. Right to work laws prohibit union shop and agency shop clauses.

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 16:24:33 GMT

Right-to-work is frequently confused with employment-at-will. This is a good overview with pros (as @flash pointed out) and cons (there are definitely cons. Companies use it to undermine employees rights fairly often). https://www.thebalancecareers.com/right-to-work-2071691

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 16:32:29 GMT

Yes, employment at will is a different area of employment-related common law. And it affects another common law - wrongful termination. Different states recognize different bases for wrongful termination cases (e.g., implied contract, public good). But wrongful termination partially erodes the employment at will doctrine.