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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON'S TRUTH

Hillary Rodham born October 26, 1947 in the suburban town of Park Ridge, Illinois.
Raised in a politically conservative household, Rodham helped canvass Chicago's South Side at age thirteen following the very close 1960 U.S. presidential election, where she saw evidence of electoral fraud (such as voting list entries showing addresses that were empty lots) against Republican candidate Richard Nixon. She then volunteered to campaign for Republican candidate Barry Goldwater in the U.S. presidential election of 1964.
In 1974 she was a member of the impeachment inquiry staff in Washington, D.C., advising the House Committee on the Judiciary during the Watergate scandal.

Then her own list of scandals soon followed.
1992 Whitewater, The records were found in the First Lady's White House book room after a two-year search and delivered to investigators in early 1996. Lie number 1 she said, " I do not know where they were" ( 1994 )

First death related to Hillary.
Vince Foster's July 1993 suicide, allegations were made that Clinton had ordered the removal of potentially damaging files (related to Whitewater or other matters) from Foster's office on the night of his death.

Travelgate" investigation was the June 1996 discovery of improper White House access to hundreds of FBI background reports on former Republican White House employees, an affair that some called "Filegate".

MYSTERIOUS DEATHS RELATED TO CLINTON

Don Adams

Died January 7, 1997
Long before Whitewater's land flips made the Clinton's circle of friends rich, many of the same players had been involved in a similar land swindle in Branson. Don Adams was a lawyer in Arkansas who got involved trying to help the people who were being swindled out of their life savings.
John Ashe

Former United Nations General Assembly President

Died: June 22, 2016
Initially reported as having died from a heart attack, John's throat had obviously been crushed. At that point the official story changed to him accidentally dropping a barbell on his own throat (the plot line from the episode "An Exercise in Fatality" from the TV series "Columbo.") crushing his larynx.

Ashe was about to begin trial for a bribery charge involving Chinese businessman Ng Lap Seng, who had been implicated but not charged in the 1996 "China-gate" scandal for funneling illegal donations to Bill Clinton's re-election fund through Arkansas restaurant owner Charlie Trie. Ashe was supposed to testify about Hillary's links to Ng Lap Seng later the same day he died.

Robert Bates

Barry Seal's aircraft mechanic at Mena

Died: March 29th, 1995
Robert Bates supposedly died of an "overdose of mouthwash". Regarded by local authorities as an obvious homicide.

Admiral Jeremy Boorda

Chief of Naval Operations

Died May 16th, 1996
[Admiral Boorda]

Boorda supposedly went home for lunch and decided to shoot himself in the chest twice, using two guns, rather than be interviewed by Newsweek magazine that afternoon.

Explanations for Boorda's suicide focused on a claim that he was embarrassed over two "Valor" pins he was not authorized to wear.

Former CNO Admiral Elmo Zumwalt said on the May 17 Larry King Live show that Admiral Boorda was not only authorized to wear the "V" on his medals, but that had personally authorized him to do so when he was serving as Commander Naval Forces Vietnam.

When it turned out that Boorda was entitled to those decorations, blame shifted to stresses over the down sizing of the Navy, and even (Washington Times) the adverse affect that feminism was having on the Navy's morale.

Boorda supposedly left two suicide notes, neither of which was released.

On Thursday, June 25, 1998, Navy Secretary John Dalton formally acknowledged that Boorda had been entitled to wear the decorations.

So, like Brown, and like Foster, the proximate cause for the "suicide" turns out to be fraudulent.

Many more on a list

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http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/BODIES.php#axzz4NSRJi4IR

SCANDALS

Was removed from her House Judiciary Committee staffer job because of incompetence and lying.

• The Whitewater scandal.

• Married a serial liar and cheater, who occasionally had sexual encounters with nonconsenting partners.

• Lied about “sniper fire” in an attempt to simulate exposure to danger in a war zone.

• The subject of a “vast right-wing conspiracy” that led to the impeachment and disbarment of her husband

• Took crockery, furniture, artwork and other items from the White House — had to return and/or pay for them.

• Said “what difference, at this point, does it make” about four brave people killed in Libya as a direct result of her failure to protect them on the anniversary of 9/11.

• Totally ignored the structure and rules for the handling of sensitive national security information.

• Amassed a personal fortune with “speaking fees” and payments from private sector political donors and foreign governments into transparent “foundations” in obvious exchange for future political favor.

Two conclusions emerge from this nefarious list of “accomplishments”:

First, Hillary’s brief solo “professional” career [without Bill] was a total failure, and of her own doing. This despite high-level political sponsorship to get her a key “entry level” job as a legal staffer on the Nixon Impeachment investigation in the early 1970s. But she flunked the D.C. Bar Exam [perhaps the easiest in those days] and got fired from her staff job.

Second, she is identified today in friendly media solely by her “career” post-marriage to Bubba. This is the part that Barack Obama recently described as making her “probably the best qualified person ever to run for president.” This is both laughable and ironic, as she is better qualified than was Mr. Obama, arguably the most unqualified person ever elected president. And, as presidential aspirants go, they had one professional “qualification” in common: Neither had ever worked in a “real job.”

After she and Bill left the White House [along with the furniture, crockery and art work they took with them] she simply punched her ticket with two more political gigs that were handed to her. Neither of which identify her as anything but an opportunist, saying and doing whatever necessary to perpetuate her “new” political career, this while biding her time until she could run for president — twice.

Her time as a senator from New York was purely a block-checking exercise to stay “relevant.” Best illustrating this is the question: Why didn’t they go back to Arkansas? Easy, returning to Arkansas would have been the political — and financial — end for them and they knew it. It’s the same reason the Obamas are not returning to Chicago. And in this context, look for an “Obama Foundation” that rakes in money and a series of Hillary-style political appointments for Michelle — after all, she flunked the Bar Exam too.

More than anything else, Hillary’s campaign is counting on the “newer” American voters to simply not remember her and Bill’s checkered political and legal past. Accordingly, we can expect a Republican campaign replay of the 1990s: Bill’s Impeachment, the Star investigation, Bill’s disbarment for lying, her Rose Law Firm partner going to jail — and on and on and on — as supplemented by her latest scandals: Benghazi, “speaking” fees and classified emails.

So, is Hillary “really” qualified to be president, or is it just a lie she believes after so many years with “slick Willy” and a series of political jobs?

Sadly, her flakey “qualifications” may not matter at all — because if she wins, it will likely be a repeat of the 1992 election debacle: Remember that Bill would never have been elected had it not been for the third party “spoiler” candidacy of H. Ross Perot, who took 20 million votes away from George H.W. Bush — literally giving the election away and beginning the Clinton protracted political soap opera we are still dealing with.

Will it happen again? Will the latest rupture in the Republican Party work to elect “crooked Hillary,” the other half of the Clinton sleaze team? Will horny old Bill — again — be on “intern patrol” in the White House and “feeling our pain”?

These are the “truthful” parts of the lie that have most of us saying: “is this really the best we can do?”

Marc Turi was the guy who constructed the covert weapons shipments into Libya to overthrown Mouamar Gaddaffi (2011) and send weapons to the Libyan Transitional National Government supported by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Under the code name “Zero Footprint” Marc Turi coordinated the flow of weapons from the U.S. through the intermediary of Qatar into Libya.

Those U.S. weapons ended up in Libya and Syria being used by the enemies of the U.S., specifically al-Qaeda and ISIS.

February of 2012 Asst. Secretary of State Andrew Shapiro admitted the State Department had been attempting to relocate and buy-back those weapons since August of 2011.   However, on September 11th 2012, while those efforts were still ongoing, the attacks in Benghazi against the U.S. State Department Ambassador Chris Stevens took place, and four Americans were killed.

In 2014 the DOJ filed charges against Marc Turi essentially for non registered weapons shipments.  Turi’s defense was that the weapons were unregistered because the State Department and the CIA needed covert cover.  Elements within the CIA confirmed the basic outline for Turi’s assertion. The DOJ found out that Hillary Clinton brought in those shipments and the Ambassador Chris Stevens ensured the distribution of those weapons.

In 2015 Turi provided Fox News with documents and email exchanges he had with high-level members of Congress as well as military, and State Department employees to back up his claim that the Obama administration authorized in 2011, at the height of the Arab Spring, a covert weapons program that spun out of control.

Marc Turi’s legal defense team said if the DOJ was going to prosecute him for the arms shipments, his defense would necessarily reveal how Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was actually the driver of the entire program.

The DOJ tried to claim “national security” issues and keep the aspects relating to the U.S. State Department and Secretary Clinton under wraps during the pre-trial motions.  However, a federal judge ruled a few days ago the defense was allowed to use the documented evidence Turi possessed to defend himself.

The case was slated to begin trial on November 8th, the same day as the U.S. presidential election.

As a direct consequence of that ruling, the DOJ announced yesterday they were dropping all the charges.   The motive is transparently to protect Hillary Clinton.
U.S. District Judge Christopher “Casey” Cooper of Washington gave notice in a scheduling order issued Thursday for a major terrorism trial in the nation’s capital, roughly five years after the attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others on Sept. 11, 2012. The trial is scheduled for November of 2017.

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WikiLeaks CONFIRMS Hillary Sold Weapons to ISIS… Then Drops Another BOMBSHELL!

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Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is a controversial character. But there’s no denying the emails he has picked up from inside the Democrat Party are real, and he’s willing to expose Hillary Clinton.

Now, he’s announcing that Hillary Clinton and her State Department were actively arming Islamic jihadists, which includes the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria.

Clinton has repeatedly denied these claims, including during multiple statements while under oath in front of the United States Senate.

WikiLeaks is about to prove Hillary Clinton deserves to be arrested.
shipment of American-made arms to Qatar, a country beholden to the Muslim Brotherhood, and friendly to the Libyan rebels, in an effort to topple the Libyan/Gaddafi government, and then ship those arms to Syria in order to fund Al Qaeda, and topple Assad in Syria.

Clinton took the lead role in organizing the so-called “Friends of Syria” (aka Al Qaeda/ISIS) to back the CIA-led insurgency for regime change in Syria.

Under oath Hillary Clinton denied she knew about the weapons shipments during public testimony in early 2013 after the Benghazi terrorist attack.

In an interview with Democracy Now, Wikileaks’ Julian Assange is now stating that 1,700 emails contained in the Clinton cache directly connect Hillary to Libya to Syria, and directly to Al Qaeda and ISIS.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

WHILE YOU SLEPT

The Department of Homeland Security is granting some 8,000 Syrian refugees temporary amnesty, according to The Washington Times. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said that if these refugees are in the country as of Monday—they’re eligible to permanent resident status, work permits, and other documents that would allow these migrants to remain without fear of deportation This amnesty also applies to Syrian refugees that may have entered the country illegally.  President Obama promised to resettle 10,000 such refugees last year. The Washington Times added that TPS order run for 18 months.

Khizr Khan is a Muslim leader

The Huffington Post stated that Khizr Khan is the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and this is why Obama is calling Trump out

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_579f5c3ae4b0e2e15eb65db1

China holds live-fire navy drills in East China Sea

Things the mainstream media doesn't want you to know about.

From Navy Times China holds live-fire navy drills in East China Sea http://militari.ly/2aKnwPy

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

ROBBER DIES AFTER ROBBING A BANK

Funny shit bank has state approved sign that says no guns. This bank manages to get robbed by a man with a gun. Now that just shows you how much criminals don't obey laws even a gun law.

Chicago Lawn District officers responded to a holdup alarm just after 10:30 a.m. at Byline Bank, 4970 S. Archer Ave., as a security guard chased the armed suspect out of the bank, according to Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

The officers chased the suspect about a block across Pulaski Road and into the 4900 block of South Karlov Avenue, Johnson said. Officers ran into a gangway between buildings, and the robber turned around with a gun and an officer shot and killed him, the superintendent said.The suspect was taken by ambulance from 4949 S. Karlov to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. No officers were injured.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Iceland PM resigned

Reykjavik, Iceland-The Panama Papers leaks apparently resulted in a political casualty Tuesday when Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson resigned.

Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson, the deputy chair of the Progressive Party, announced Gunnlaugsson's resignation Tuesday on Iceland's national public service broadcaster RUV.Gunnlaugsson had been under intense pressure to step down since leaked documents hacked from a Panamanian law firm revealed his links to an offshore company, triggering mass protests in the capital.
Senior political figures in the Nordic nation have been holding emergency talks amid fallout from the Panama Papers leaks.
Critics said the revelations surrounding the offshore company, which allegedly had holdings in Iceland's collapsed banks, shattered public confidence in Gunnlaugsson's leadership and could harm the country's international reputation.
The Panama Papers: 7 things to know
Earlier Tuesday, Gunnlaugsson said he planned to dissolve parliament and call for fresh elections as soon as possible if lawmakers from his party's coalition partner -- the Independence Party -- did not support his government.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

DE LUX BUDGET DRUGS

Alsip police surprised a pair of alleged heroin pushers during an early morning raid at an Alsip motel.

Officers executed a search warrant at the D-Lux Budget Motel, 12340 S. Cicero Ave., around 7:39 a.m. March 13.

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http://patch.com/illinois/evergreenpark/heroin-raid-d-lux-budget-motel-leads-arrests?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook&utm_term=police+%26+fire&utm_campaign=recirc&utm_content=aol

Friday, March 11, 2016

SLUM LORD IN JUSTICE, IL

My buddy Phil was covering a story and we'll I have been left in place of it and just so ya know there is response from the mayor. Not even after we informed him about going to federal politicians with it.
It is like these elected officials don't care so why should we care if they are elected back in to office

PAWN STAR OR PAWN PRISONER

The man known to millions of cable TV viewers as Chumlee on the reality show “Pawn Stars” was being held in a Las Vegas jail late Wednesday following his arrest on felony weapon and drug charges.The 33-year-old Russell wasn’t booked on a sex-crime allegation. Officer Larry Hadfield, a department spokesman, said that part of the investigation is continuing.

Records showed Russell was being held on 19 drug possession charges and one weapon charge. His bail was set at $62,000.

It wasn’t immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

WAL-MART GETS A LESSON IN FIREARMS

The Supreme Court has ruled that five Walmart employees have the right to exercise self-defense in a 3-1 opinion this week, justices wrote that “an individual’s right of self-defense outweighs an employer’s interest in regulating its workforce and property through de-escalation and non-confrontation polices.”

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

SPORTS NEWS: NFL 2016 DRAFT SET FOR CHICAGO

The NFL draft will return to Chicago in 2016, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday.

College Football 24/7 Hot Topics:
Mock Draft Central  2016 NFL Draft order and team needs  Top 50 prospects for 2016 draft  Watch: Great college football plays
The draft will be held April 28-30.

"We are excited to return to Chicago and look forward to creating an even better experience for our fans next year," Goodell said in a statement. "Based on the success of last year's Draft and our high expectations for the 2016 Draft, Chicago continues to raise the bar for future Drafts."

With an outdoor festival atmosphere anchored by "Draft Town" in Chicago's Grant Park, the three-day event drew 200,000 people, including related fan activities, in 2015. The league announced Tuesday that "Draft Town" will be expanding in 2016. The first three rounds of the 2015 draft were held in the Auditorium Theatre before the event moved outdoors for Rounds 4-7 on its final day.

The draft moved from New York City's Radio City Music Hall to Chicago, where it had not been held since 1964.

The league announced it will develop a selection process to determine the locations of drafts beyond the 2016 event, and that Chicago will be among the cities under consideration.

BREAKING NEWS : SYNCED VIDEO OF LAVOY'S DEATH

We obtained a video of an unarmed man who gets out of the vehicle and says shoot me with his hands held high.  The FBI gunned him down as he posed no threat.

The video link is below and is very graphic in nature. Viewer discretion is advised.

http://freedomoutpost.com/new-synced-video-of-eyewitness-confirms-story-about-lavoy-finicum-murder-as-fbi-agents-are-under-investigation-for-possible-misconduct-video/

BREAKING NEWS: FBI UNDER INVESTIGATION AND LAVOY FINICUM'S AUTOPSY

On Tuesday, investigators released their findings regarding the fatal Jan. 26 police shooting of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupier LaVoy Finicum.LaVoy, 54, quickly became the voice of the protestors during the occupation, giving mainstream media interviews and statements live from the refuge. According to an autopsy released on Tuesday, he was hit in the back by three rounds fired by two Oregon State Troopers, one piercing his heart.

FBI agent is suspected of lying about firing twice at Robert "LaVoy" Finicum and may have gotten help from four other FBI agents in covering up afterward, authorities revealed Tuesday.

The bullets didn't hit Finicum and didn't contribute to his death, but now all five unnamed agents, part of an elite national unit, are under criminal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department. Inspector General Michael Horowitz is leading the independent inquiry.

On the day of the shooting, Lavoy, Ammon Bundy and several other occupiers with the Citizens for Constitutional Freedom were traveling to the city of John Day for a community meeting set up by local residents.

They were pulled over on U.S. Highway 395 by the Oregon State Police and the FBI. Officials said at the time that in an attempt to minimize violence, they had been waiting for an opportunity to arrest the group’s leadership away from the refuge.

Officials said Tuesday that prosecutors deemed the shooting “justified and necessary,” and claimed that LaVoy kept moving his hands towards his pocket which contained a loaded 9mm handgun.

The Citizens for Constitutional Freedom have steadily maintained that Lavoy was unarmed during his death and have called the shooting a “cold-blooded assassination,” and the FBI “liars.” They said that, “LaVoy’s guns were left at the compound” evidenced by the fact that his personal pistol can be seen in videos from the refuge after he was killed.

In new footage released on Tuesday, which syncs up cellphone video recorded from inside the vehicle during the shooting with aerial FBI footage that had already released, Lavoy is heard shouting, “just shoot me,” to the cops before he is killed.

This gives credence to claims made by one of the passengers that he “got out to try to keep the attention focused on him so that they would not shoot at the women in the vehicle.”

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http://www.copblock.org/155888/fbi-under-investigation-as-new-footage-of-lavoy-finicum-death-released/

26 YEAR OLD CAUGHT FUCKING A 15 YEAR OLD

I don't know about you but if I as the chick I would have said I'll fuck you too. Lol

MACCLENNY, Fla. -- A 29-year-old Florida woman faces a felony sex charge after she was allegedly caught in the shower with her friend's 15-year-old son -- by the boy's father.

Ciara Danielle Stokes, 29, of Faye Road, remains in custody at the Baker County Jail on a charge of lewd and lascivious act on a child following her arrest Feb. 11, according to the Baker County Sheriff's Office.

Stokes, identified by an arrest report as a waitress at Jacksonville's Gold Club, stopped by her friend's home about 10:30 p.m. Feb. 4 to take a shower because she didn't have running water in her camper, according to the report.

The teen told investigators Stokes initially used his phone to browse Facebook for about an hour and then the pair watched TV for another half-hour. Afterward, the teen said, Stokes invited him into the shower with her.

While they were showering, sexual activity allegedly occurred. The teen told investigators. "I have never been put in that position before and I didn't know how to get out of it," he said.

At some point, the commotion woke up his father, who barged in and ordered both of them out of the bathroom, the teen told investigators. Then, the teen said, his father demanded that Stokes leave.

Stokes told investigators she was drunk and didn't recall "everything" that had taken place but acknowledged kissing the 15-year-old, saying "it was a bad mistake," according to the report.

MUSLIMS CAN ARRANGE A MARRIAGE BUT NOT CHRISTIANS

suburbs attempted to help his daughter find a husband by placing an advertisement in Christianity Today.

The ad was titled “Son-in-Law, Wheaton, IL.” The father says in the ad that he is a Chicagoland chief financial officer and church elder. He describes his daughter as a “godly, gorgeous, athletic, educated, careered, humorous, travelled and bi-lingual 26-year-old virgin.”

While the ad appeared in the magazine’s March print edition, it has been removed from its website. Christianity Today editor Mark Galli said the ad had not been properly reviewed before it was included in the print edition. If it had, it would not have been printed, he said, regardless of intent. The ad was removed online.

“It’s a man who is trying to market his daughter,” Galli told the Chicago Tribune. “It’s demeaning in this day and age.”

In a blog that has since been taken down, the daughter who is referenced in the ad discussed what happened. She said she did not know about it in advance, though her father had hinted beforehand that he was trying to play matchmaker.

“She is taking this very graciously,” Galli said. “What daughter hasn’t rolled her eyes at something her father did?”

HOMELESS NO MORE

CHICAGO -- A new lawsuit filed on behalf of a homeless man in Chicago will be the first to test a new state law.

The Bill of Rights for the Homeless Act was passed in 2013.

It maintains that a homeless person's property out on the street has the same right to privacy as property in a permanent home.

According to The Sun-Times, the Coalition for the Homeless filed the lawsuit against the city. They represent Robert Henderson.

His belongings, including medication and identification, were thrown away by city workers in November

CHANGE IS GOOD

We are asking you the reader what kinds of things you would like to read about. We also want your advice as to changing the name and background or should we keep everything the same.

AFFORDABLE PRICE ALARM SYSTEM IS NOT

As the nation’s second-largest residential security provider, we deliver award-winning alarm monitoring service to over 1 million homes and businesses 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Our Five Diamond Certified Alarm Response Center provides reliable and uninterrupted security monitoring for burglary, fire, carbon monoxide, and medical emergencies. We consistently meet or exceed all UL, National Fire Protection Association, and Central Station Alarm Association standards.

Monitronics is recognized as an industry leader in alarm monitoring and security services. We are a five-time Frost & Sullivan Alarm Monitoring Company of the Year (2008, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014) and a four-time recipient of the Consumers’ Choice Award® (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015) for excellence in business and customer service among Dallas-Fort Worth headquartered alarm system companies.

Monitronics International was founded in 1994 and is one of the two largest security alarm monitoring companies in the United States. Headquartered in the Dallas metro area, the company provides burglar and fire alarm monitored security system services to more than one million residential and commercial customers throughout the United States.

Contact:JAMES HULL, PRESIDENT
Contact 2:ROBERT SHERMAN
Contact 3:MICHAEL GREGORY
State of Incorporation: TX
Est. Total Employees: 500
Est. Years in Business: 22
Est. Total Sales: $193,547,406

However we did some calling around to see if this a good alarm company. Monitronics customers have stated it is as long as you don't upgrade. " I called to upgrade my system because another company offered me more for what I was paying through Monitronics. However I set it and they came out and installed the new equipment, then I get the 1st bill for more then what was agreed upon so after 5 hours I cancel. I sent a letter and then I paid the last bill then I get another bill stating I owe." John Witmer

"I upgraded my alarm system they tell me they can install on the weekends. The day before they are going to install they confirmed. The day they are supposed to show they don't then I called and I was told they don't do installs on weekends. I was pissed so I wrote a letter explaining why I am canceling and then paid the last months bill then I get a call from a collection agency saying I owe 63.00 when I never paid that ever. I call Monitronics and they tell me to deal with the collection agency. I told them your the one who fucked up not them." Bryan Adams

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

TRUMP COMPARED TO HITLER

(CNN)  Donald Trump on Tuesday addressed criticism of a new practice at his rallies that has been compared to the "Heil" salute from Nazi Germany, dismissing the controversy as "ridiculous" before saying he would look into ending it.

"I don't know about the Hitler comparison. I hadn't heard that, but it's a terrible comparison. I'm not happy about that certainly," Trump said on ABC's "Good Morning America."

SENATOR OR PORN STAR

Just before Marco Rubio’s 19th birthday, police reports show that a cop was sent to Alice C. Wainwright Park in Miami, Florida.

he violated the municipal code rules about drinking in a park. However, the police incident report never mentions alcohol!

Instead, Marco was arrested for being in a car after the park’s closing time with his male friend Angel Barrios. To locals, the park was well-known as a place for homosexuals for cruising.

Now Senator Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) presidential campaign, which is already in bad shape. The newest woman listed as Rubio’s mistress is apparently a blonde lobbyist named Dana Hudson, a specialist in Homeland Security issues.

FIRST LADY CLASSY LADY

It is with sadness that a lady of class has passed away. Nancy Regan will be laid to rest at the Regan Library at 2pm California time. She will be rejoined with her husband President Ronald Reagan.

Nancy may the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Monday, March 7, 2016

THE SALE OF WHAT'S ON THE SARGES MIND

It is with a sad heart that I inform the followers that What's on the sarges mind has been sold and will be keeping the name as well as the look for now. Changes are in play but nothing in stone.

Phil has decided to step down so he can spend time with his family. The story line will be better and Phil has promised to share our stories as a follower.

The sale was yesterday March 6, 2016.
For the amount of 100.00 bucks

TSM ONE JOB TO MANY

Total Security Management is a security firm that was based in Canada with 1 U.S. office that opened in 2005. Since then TSM was sold to Garda World and the U.S. office is ran out of Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. Under the leadership of Craig Cambell TSM was one of the employee friendly companies to work for.  But once the company sold the President then turned to Tony Guy Arcaro. TSM brings in about 10 to 20 million dollars a year and employs 100 to 260.

TSM under the direction of Mr. Arcaro grew into 3 states and will be most likely changing the name of the company because that was a sale agreement according to Garda World.

Since Mr. Arcaro has been in charge TSM was sued in the state of Wisconsin by a employee Raychelle Freeman.


 WILLIAM M. CONLEY, District Judge.

Plaintiffs Raychelle Freeman and Bobby Dean, Sr., bring this suit on behalf of themselves and a putative class of employees of Total Security Management, Inc., alleging that they were required to do pre-shift work and attend work-related training without compensation, both in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. § 201 et seq., and applicable state wage and hour laws. Plaintiffs seek monetary damages in the form of unpaid wages and, where applicable, overtime pay. Plaintiffs now move for conditional certification of (1) a nationwide class of employees who attended mandatory or job-related trainings without compensation, and (2) a Wisconsin-only class of employees allegedly required to do unpaid work before their regular shift. Plaintiffs also move to strike some of defendants' evidence submitted in opposition to the class certification motion.

For the reasons set forth below, the court will partially grant and partially modify plaintiffs' motion for class certification, conditionally certifying (1) a nationwide class of employees who were not compensated for attending training directly related to their jobs;

(2) a Wisconsin class of employees who were not compensated for attending mandatory trainings on the use of work equipment; and (3) a Wisconsin class of employees who were not compensated for mandatory, pre-shift work. As a preliminary matter, the court will also deny plaintiffs' motion to strike.

PRELMINARY MATTER

Defendants contest plaintiffs' motion for conditional certification, arguing that there is no common employer policy or practice that connects the representative plaintiffs to members of the proposed class. In support, defendants filed declarations of various employees, each averring that he or she has not been subject to the alleged policies. Plaintiffs seek to strike portions of two such declarations on evidentiary grounds, pointing out that affidavits submitted in support of a motion for conditional certification must comply with the Federal Rules of Evidence. See Berndt v. Cleary Building Corp, W.D. Wis. No. 11-cv-791-wmc (citing Sjoblom v. Charter Comm., LLC, No. 3:07-cv-451-bbc, 2007 WL 4560541, at *10 (W.D. Wis. Dec. 19, 2007)).

First, plaintiffs contest the bolded sentence in paragraph 7, sentence 3 in the declaration by Charles Freeman, set forth below:

7. Since starting with TSM, I have not taken any training for baton, OC spray, handcuffs, or firearms. My supervisors, Dan and Ryan, told me that I could take this training if I wanted to, but I told them no thanks and they said okay. The way I see it, I don't need training on these items because I don't plan to ever work at any of the bank branch locations where Protection officers may carry this equipment. Neither Dan nor Ryan, nor anyone else at TSM, told me that I would be disciplined or terminated if I didn't take this training, and I have not received any discipline for not taking this training.
Plaintiffs assert that the bolded statement is speculative and irrelevant, and thus inadmissible under Federal Rules of Evidence 602 and 401. The court disagrees. The testimony is not speculative in that Freeman is simply explaining why he chose to forego training that would not help him. This sort of opinion is within Freeman's competence, provides appropriate background, and is not prejudicial to plaintiffs. As for the relevance of this opinion, defendants' legal duty to compensate for training attendance may depend on whether the trainings were directly related to an employee's current job duties (as discussed in more detail in the following analysis). Mr. Freeman's testimony at least indirectly sheds light on this issue. Defendants' motion to strike this bolded sentence will be denied.

Second, plaintiffs contest the bolded phrase in the final sentence of paragraph 6 in the Second, plaintiffs contest the bolded phrase in the final sentence of paragraph 6 in the declaration of Santiago Zarate as set forth below:

6. TSM offers company-sponsored trainings to Protection officers. I have attended training on batons, OC spray, handcuffs, and firearms. I did not have to pay anything to attend these trainings. I have received certificates or cards for completing these trainings, and I believe that I could use these certificates or cards to work for other companies or organizations.
Plaintiffs contend that this bolded phrase statement is inadmissible under Federal Rule of Evidence 602 as speculation, because defendants have not laid a foundation as to the basis for Mr. Zarate's belief that he can use these certificates for other employment. However, no foundation is needed because Mr. Zarate is averring his belief, not reality. Because it is only his belief, the statement is admittedly of minimal relevance, and therefore will be accorded less weight, but the court will not strike it.

BACKGROUND

A. Parties

Defendant Total Security Management, Inc. ("TSM, Inc.") is a holding company that owns and directs state-level TSM entities in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Arizona. Under this umbrella, defendants Total Security Management - Wisconsin, LLC (TSM - Wisconsin), Total Security Management - Illinois 1 (TSM - Illinois), and Total Security Management - Indiana (TSM - Indiana) are all limited liability companies in the business of private security. Each company contracts to provide security guards - "Protection Officers" - to banks and other businesses in their respective states. Defendant TSM - Illinois also operates as something of a headquarters for the other state-level branches, providing back-office support.

The named plaintiffs in this case are Raychelle Freeman, who worked for defendant TSM - Wisconsin as a Protection Officer, and Bobby Dean, Sr., who worked for defendant TSM - Illinois as a Protection Officer, Site Supervisor, and Field Supervisor in the Chicagoland area covering locations in Illinois and Indiana.

B. Mandatory and Job-Related Training

Raychelle Freeman avers that she was required (1) to carry handcuffs, pepper spray and a baton on the job, and (2) to know how to use these items to deal with intruders and to make arrests, if necessary. Freeman also avers that she was required to attend without compensation company-sponsored trainings for handcuff, pepper spray, and baton use. Bobby Dean, Sr., avers that he was required to carry handcuffs, a baton, pepper spray and a handgun on the job. He further avers that he was required to attend, but was not compensated for, "various training classes, including handcuffing, [pepper] spray, baton, and handgun use." On the basis of this testimony, both plaintiffs assert that they are entitled to compensation for time spent training in the use of work equipment because: (1) the trainings were not voluntary; and (2) the trainings are directly related to their jobs.

The named plaintiffs allege that other employees within their respective state-level TSM branches, as well as employees at all other TSM state branches, were similarly required to attend work-relevant and/or mandatory trainings without compensation. Pursuant to 29 U.S.C. § 216(b), plaintiffs therefore seek to represent the following plaintiff class:

All persons who have been or are employed by Total Security Management - Illinois 1, LLC, and/or Total Security Management, Inc. as a protection officer at any time during the past three years anywhere in the United States, and who were not compensated for time spent in attendance at company sponsored trainings.
(Third Am. Compl., dkt. #85-1, ¶13.)

Defendants admit to not compensating plaintiffs, or any other protection officers, who attend such trainings. However, they deny ever requiring employees to take such training. They also deny that this type of weapons/restraints training is directly related to any Protection Officer's job.

C. Pre-Shift Work

Plaintiff Raychelle Freeman also avers that she was required by TSM - Wisconsin's Director of Operations, Ryan Weber, to report to work 15 minutes before the beginning of her daily paid shift, performed work during this time, and was not compensated for this extra work. She alleges that all other protection officers working in Wisconsin were subject to the same policy and seeks to represent the following plaintiffs class pursuant to 29 U.S.C. § 216(b):

All persons who have been or are employed by Total Security Management - Wisconsin, LLC, Total Security Management - Illinois 1, LLC, and/or Total Security Management, Inc. in Wisconsin as a protection officer at any time during the past three years, and who were required to perform work at the beginning of their shift without compensation and/or to attend uncompensated company sponsored trainings.
(Third Am. Compl., dkt. #85-1, ¶14.)

With respect to Freeman's allegations about unpaid pre-shift work, defendants deny that she or any other employees have been required to arrive at work before their official shift. They further assert that employees are always encouraged to report all time worked and are paid accordingly.

OPINION

I. Legal Standard for Conditional Certification

A. Two-Step Framework

Section 216(b) of the FLSA authorizes plaintiffs to bring a "collective action" against an employer to recover unpaid compensation for themselves and on behalf of "other employees similarly situated." 29 U.S.C. § 216(b). Unlike a typical class action lawsuit under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, where an unwilling plaintiff must "opt out" of the class, a collective action brought pursuant to Section 216(b) of the FLSA requires employees or former employees to "opt in" by filing a written consent to join the action. Woods v. N.Y. Life Ins. Co., 686 F.2d 578, 579-80 (7th Cir. 1982). In light of this special "opt-in" requirement, most courts (including this one) apply a two-step approach to certifying collective actions. Austin v. CUNA Mut. Ins. Soc., 232 F.R.D. 601, 605 (W.D. Wis. 2006).

At the first "conditional" step of certification, a plaintiff need only make "a modest factual showing" that she and potential class members are similarly situated. Id. Conditional certification is typically made only on the basis of the plaintiff's allegations and supporting sworn statements. Courts need not consider rebuttal evidence submitted by the defendant. See id. at 606 ("[t]he proper focus at this stage is on plaintiff's submissions"); Barrus v. Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc., 465 F.Supp.2d 224 (W.D.N.Y. 2006) (rejecting contradictory affidavits from defendants at notice stage). Courts may consider such defendant-submitted evidence, but should give it dispositive weight only where the plaintiff's showing is already very weak. E.g., West v. Border Foods, Inc., Civil No. 05-2525 (DWF/RLE), 2006 WL 1892527, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46506, at *7 (D. Minn. July 10, 2006) ("[N]either the remedial purposes of the FLSA, nor the interests of judicial economy, would be advanced if we were to overlook facts [supplied by a defendant] which generally suggest that a collective action is improper."). When courts choose to consider contradictory evidence at the conditional certification stage, all disputed issues of fact are decided in favor of the plaintiff. Severtson v. Phillips Beverage Co., 141 F.R.D. 276, 278-79 (D. Minn. 1992).

Unlike a typical plaintiff who files for conditional certification at the outset in advance of any discovery, defendants suggest that an "intermediate standard" of scrutiny should apply here because plaintiffs have had the opportunity to conduct some discovery. An intermediate standard may be appropriate when a court has expressly allowed "discovery on the issue of whether the plaintiffs are similarly situated" and the plaintiffs have been given access to a "list of other... potential members of the proposed class." Bunyan v. Spectrum Brands, Inc., No. 07-CV-0089-MJR, 2008 WL 2959932, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 59278, at *4 (S.D. Ill. July 31, 2008). But that is not the case here. Plaintiffs have had limited discovery, deposing two of defendants' corporate representatives and some of defendants' employee witnesses. Notably, they have not been permitted discovery into the matters that are most useful to establishing conditional certification - access to a list of fellow employees at other locations. Therefore, an intermediate standard is inappropriate at this stage. Accord, Renfro v. Spartan Comp. Servs., Inc., 243 F.R.D. 431, 434 n. 4 (D. Kan. 2007) ("[T]he Court is not inclined to apply the heightened second stage certification analysis on the minimal amount of discovery before it.").

If an adequate showing is made at this first step, the court conditionally certifies a class and authorizes notice to potential class members. Kelly v. Bluegreen Corp., 256 F.R.D. 626, 629 (W.D. Wis. 2009). At the close of discovery, and upon a motion for decertification from the defendant, the court conducts the more rigorous second step of the analysis, weighing the evidence submitted by both sides and determining whether the plaintiffs are in fact similarly-situated to those who have opted in. Id.

TSM even after this still violates labor laws. We received documents from the Illinois Department of Labor that supervisors are working anywhere between 70 to 90 hours a week. The company stated that their staff doesn't work no more then 12 to 16 hours a day. Yet when we saw the IDOL report officers are working 6 sometime 7 days straight violating the 1 day rest law and violating their own company policy.

We noticed a handful of employees including upper management worked for Intercon.
Intercon Security was disciplined on license # 127-000852 we are looking in to why.

The company has mid management drive 8 to 16 hours but if they have a post open and can not be filled then these managers work it. Now these officers and mid management are armed driving either home or back to the office falling asleep and using poor judgment behind the wheel. One former employee stated he was promised things if he got one site going and the company never fulfilled the agreement. Another employee stated that the company doesn't inform officers about time off requests nor allows anyone any time to sleep.

TSM also tells employees it is volunteer to do the training for non lethal weapons but yet tells the employees they will be pulled from their site if they don't complete the training.  We asked Illinois Department of Professional Financial Regulations and they informed us that as long as you have a Permanent Employee Registration Card or P.E.R.C. that you can legally carry on your person a baton, OC, and cuffs without any repercussions. They also stated that the person using them can be sued though if not used properly.

We shall keep you updated

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

SLUM LORD OR POLITICAL PAYOFF : Update

USince our last email to the village mayor we have not heard 1 peep from his office.

I am the creator of this blog and I have taken a personal intrest for 2 reasons, 1. I support our military and our vets and 2 because I have a Disabled family member and take it personal.

Please see for yourself in the pictures and leave comments.

We have reason to believe that a Marine Vet lives at 832 W. 79th street. This apartment building was built in 1982.
We believe that it is violation of NFPA  ( National Fire Protection Act ) we also believe it is out of code and that the sprinkler system or suppression system doesn't work. There is 1 hot water tank for the whole building. We also notice the entrances are not in compliance with the American Disabilities Act of 1991.

If you would like to voice your opinion you may contact the Village of Justice
7800 S. Archer Road Justice, Il. 60458

For additional information Call: 708-458-2520
Fax: 708-458-4582  Email: KWASOWICZ@VILLAGEOFJUSTICE.ORG

Or
Email us at
Whatsonthesargesmind@yahoo.com

The wheelchair belongs to a 11 year old girl that lives in the building. When the tenants ask to repair things he says not his problem. The owner is Mark Kardalewski.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

SLUM LORD OR POLITICAL PAYOFF IN JUSTICE: Update

So we heard back from the Mayor's office and this is what he had to say.

Hello

This is the first time that you send me the e-mail. I still don’t understand what the problem is. What are the requests . I am not aware of any issues. Please enlighten me and be specific of what is the nature of problem.And in fact neither you or anyone else reached to me or the office staff.

 

Krzysztof Wasowicz

Mayor, Village of Justice

Funny since this was the 2nd email we sent. We also heard from Christine Radogno's office.

Hi John:

Senator Radogno is out of the office - but I encourage you to reach out to the legislators that represent the area in Justice that this residence falls into.  As this is federal legislation that is being violated, perhaps you should start with Congressman Lipinski's office.  I did forward your message to Rep Zalewski's office, and they share office space with Sen Landek - so they have a heads up already.

Congressman Dan Lipinski / Oak Lawn
708-424-0853

Senator Steve Landek / Burbank
708-430-2510

Representative Mike Zalewski / Riverside
repzalewski@gmail.com
708-442-6500

Sincerely,

Eileen Minahan
District Director
Office of Christine Radogno
State Senator, 41st District
Illinois Senate Republican Leader

Funny part is we called Lipinski's office left a voice mail and got no response so we will try again

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

SLUM LORD OR POLITICAL PAYOFF IN JUSTICE, ILLINOIS

We are investigating 8317 West 79th Street in Justice Illinois. The owner of the building is Mark Kardalewski.  Mr. Kardalewski has a Disabled Veteran and a child with spinalbifida living at this building address.  We have been informed by the tenants that they have seen him pay off the building inspector. We also were informed they have complained about the snow not being plowed or the salt on the ground or mice not being trapped.

Upon our investigation we noticed the entry ways are at 32 inches with the door opened at 90 degrees. Which brings this building out of code. We also noticed the kitchen area is small and out of code. We even noticed the counters and the bathroom is not up to code.

We spoke with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development they had informed us that under the fair housing act 42 U.S.C. 3604 March 13,1991 [ revised ] clearly states that the entry doors need to be 36 inches with the door opened at 90 degrees, the kitchen needs to have 30 inches x 48 inches clear space clear floor space with a minimum of 40 inches in between opposing cabinets and that the bathroom 30 inches x 48 inches of floor space out side a swinging door as it closes.

So in short this building is not up to the American Disabilities Act nor is it in compliance with the Fair Housing Act of 1991.  We will bring you updates as this story developes.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Uber update

As of January 17, 2016 Uber's support person Victoria has been helpful. However just like drivers who have interviewed with us, it is apparent that Uber just don't give a shit except themselves.

In a unrelated issue several drivers are planing to organize a strike and start a union. Driver's are up set that Uber doesn't listen to who they call a partner. We can see why as we don't work for Uber and we are treated the same way.

Facts we have found out and Uber refuses to acknowledge.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel gets kick backs from his brother who is a supporter of Uber.

Uber drivers filed a federal class action lawsuit against Uber for not allowing tipping and unfair wages.

Uber lost Seattle, Washington to Drivers forming a union.

Uber allows 3rd party riders not even the person who gets in your car that hailed you then they destroy your vehicle and Uber looks the other way

Uber's 3rd party rider gives 1 to 3 stars on purpose

Uber allows passengers to use the platform with infants and doesn't allow them to bring a car seat and allows the passenger to give you a bad comment because they failed to comply with state laws.

Uber violates the 2nd Amendment

Uber in general has a poor rating with its drivers

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Uber update :

We sent the following to Uber's media affairs.

Wondering why Uber is giving a driver the run around regarding a crash on January 1, 2016. Uber has a legal policy in play and doesn't uphold it. We also spoke to other drivers who have informed us they can't talk about settlements because of some confidential agreement.
Are you aware this violates the 1st Amendment as well as the whistle blowers act as well as violates a federal mandate to transparency.

What is Uber gaining by shutting up their drivers. Are you not in enough hot water. If we asked the City of Chicago's mayor where his brother is a financial backer of Uber with all the scrutiny going on I am sure he would love for us to investigate weather or not he to is getting kick backs.

Your no guns policy in these cars that Uber doesn't own violates the 2nd Amendment and the NRA is looking in to the company as it can't do that. If you don't believe me see Holt V. Wal-Mart Supreme Court ruled 4-1 that employees have the right to protect them selves as much as the customer.

So we are asking why is Uber not being responsible to pay for damages caused by the passenger?

Why is Uber making drivers sign confidentially agreements before checks are issued?

Why is Uber violating constitutional rights?

Is Uber giving kick backs to Rahm Emanuel and his brother?

Is Uber aware that Seattle formed a union and other drivers may follow too?

Does Uber know that 60% of its passengers have attacked their drivers and caused damage and Uber has not settled or has and now those drivers can't talk to us?

Did you know that when one of your drivers vehicles was damaged that another driver was attacked and needed medical attention?

Did Uber know that 20% of their passengers hail an Uber for a boyfriend or relative?

Did Uber know that 5% of your passengers hail an Uber with a small child and get in without a child safety seat which the driver and passenger both violate state seat belt laws?

Before contacting you we hailed an Uber and went on a ride with him today 1-13-16. 2 of his fares was for a female and a male got in to the car. We also noticed that your maps application puts drop offs and pick ups in the alley. We also witnessed the driver inform athe passengers who were not the person say they were and since your drivers aren't police they can not legally ask for ID.

We also went on a lyft with a driver and I must say the driver sees the person's face along with contact information once hailed. We didn't see that with Uber.

Your driver refused the passenger and even called police. It took Chicago police 45 minutes to respond and the guy left on his own as we watched him get in to another Uber who took him.

So why is Uber not enforcing the policy with it's passengers?

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Waiting for Uber

We sent out a serious of questions to Uber Support, Uber Support Chicago, and Ben from Uber. We are waiting for those questions to be answered.

We launched the investigation because of a reader by the name Philip De Luca.  He raised questions as to why Uber won't pay the $1,000.00 deductible that their passenger caused to his vehicle. They only offered him $750.00 leaving him to cover the rest. This may go to court if Uber refuses to answer or pay the deductible.

We also found out and are reaching out to Rahm Emanuel as he or a family member is a Uber backer which means Uber might be giving the City of Chicago kick backs and could be why riders are losing 20% of their fares.

Check back as this is on going.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Uber is in 3 lawsuits at the start of 2016

Uber is in one lawsuit after another.
Below marked UBER DRIVERS is a class action that you may be able to include your name and get a settlement from.

Uber is also in a lawsuit in Philadelphia. The lawsuit argues Uber has misclassified the Uber Black drivers as independent contractors rather than actual employees in order to avoid paying them wages, unemployment taxes, social security, workers' compensation premiums, disability taxes and other mandatory benefits

January 1,2016 a driver dropped his passenger off. When the driver heard crunch and saw his left rear door pinned back. Uber was notified a incident report was filled out the insurance is willing to cover the damage but Uber refuses to pay for the deductible.

If you read their policy.

3. YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES

USER ACCOUNTS.
In order to use most aspects of the Services, you must register for and maintain an active personal user Services account ("Account"). You must be at least 18 years of age, or the age of legal majority in your jurisdiction (if different than 18), to obtain an Account. Account registration requires you to submit to Uber certain personal information, such as your name, address, mobile phone number and age, as well as at least one valid payment method (either a credit card or accepted payment partner). You agree to maintain accurate, complete, and up-to-date information in your Account. Your failure to maintain accurate, complete, and up-to-date Account information, including having an invalid or expired payment method on file, may result in your inability to access and use the Services or Uber's termination of this Agreement with you. You are responsible for all activity that occurs under your Account, and you agree to maintain the security and secrecy of your Account username and password at all times. Unless otherwise permitted by Uber in writing, you may only possess one Account.
USER REQUIREMENTS AND CONDUCT.
The Service is not available for use by persons under the age of 18. You may not authorize third parties to use your Account, and you may not allow persons under the age of 18 to receive transportation or logistics services from Third Party Providers unless they are accompanied by you. You may not assign or otherwise transfer your Account to any other person or entity. You agree to comply with all applicable laws when using the Services, and you may only use the Services for lawful purposes (e.g., no transport of unlawful or hazardous materials). You will not in your use of the Services cause nuisance, annoyance, inconvenience, or property damage, whether to the Third Party Provider or any other party. In certain instances you may be asked to provide proof of identity to access or use the Services, and you agree that you may be denied access to or use of the Services if you refuse to provide proof of identity.

So if the passenger is responsible for the damage then why isn't UBER covering the $1,000.00 deductible.

UBER DRIVERS
Read here about an important lawsuit brought by Uber drivers to recover the tips they should have received and reimbursement for expenses
uber taxi & limo drivers
Uber drivers have filed a class action lawsuit claiming they have been misclassified as independent contractors and are entitled to be reimbursed for their expenses that Uber should have to pay, like for gas and vehicle maintenance. The lawsuit also challenges Uber’s practice of telling passengers that the gratuity is included and not to tip the drivers, even though you are not getting a tip!!

THIS CASE HAS NOW BEEN SET FOR TRIAL IN JUNE 2016!

We won a major victory on March 11, 2015, when the judge overseeing the case, Judge Edward M. Chen, of the federal district court in San Francisco, denied Uber’s motion for summary judgment!  In his decision, the judge agreed with many of our arguments about why Uber drivers may be properly classified as employees.  Under the court’s order, the case will go to trial before a jury.  See the news stories below for reports on the ruling.

We won another important victory on December 9, 2015, when the court issued its final order certifying the case as a class action.  Under this decision, the case will now include all drivers who have contracted with Uber directly and in their own name (not through intermediate companies) in California since 2009. 

This decision was a major victory because, in an earlier class certification order, the court had excluded from the case all drivers who have driven for Uber since June 2014 (unless they had opted out of Uber’s arbitration clause).  The court has now ruled that Uber’s arbitration clause is unenforceable, and thus it cannot be used to keep drivers out of this case.

Uber is attempting to appeal this ruling striking the arbitration clause.  In the event that drivers will need to file individual arbitrations, we are keeping a list of drivers who are interested in bringing claims individually.  If you want to be on our list, please contact us for a form.  Nearly two thousand Uber drivers from around the country have already contacted us to join our list.

Importantly, the court excluded from the class all drivers who have driven for Uber using a corporate name, or through an intermediate company (like a limousine company).  If you fall into this category and want to pursue a claim for misclassification, please contact us. We have filed a new case on behalf of drivers who drove through limo companies or used corporate names with Uber, but you will need to contact us to be part of this case.

We filed this case on behalf of Uber drivers across the country.  In an early ruling, agreed with us that the case could proceed on behalf of drivers nationwide.  In a later ruling, however, the judge changed his mind and limited the case to drivers in California.  We think this decision was incorrect and we plan to appeal it. But meanwhile, if you have driven for Uber anywhere in the United States, and want to join our list of interested drivers, for whom we may be able to pursue individual claims if they are not able to join the class action, please contact us. 

In a recent decision, the California Labor Commissioner ruled that an Uber driver was indeed an employee, not an independent contractor, and ordered Uber to reimburse the driver for her expenses.  However, Uber has appealed the decision, which will be reviewed de novo in court, and so the driver who won the case has not yet received reimbursement and will have to await the outcome of court proceedings.  The remedy ordered by the California Labor Commissioner is the same remedy we are seeking for all Uber drivers in the class action lawsuit.  This decision was a great result and may be helpful to our lawsuit.

In addition to the decision by the California Labor Commissioner, the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board has ruled that an Uber driver is an employees eligible to obtain unemployment benefits. Similarly, the Bureau of Labor and Industries of the State of Oregon has recently issued an Advisory Opinion that Uber drivers are employees.

Uber has been arguing that drivers are independent contractors, and not employees, because they can set their own hours, and Uber makes much of the fact that drivers like setting their own schedules.  We don’t disagree that drivers like to be able to work whenever they want!  The fact that drivers set their own schedules does not make them independent contractors.  We are not challenging Uber's system of providing flexibility for its drivers!  We believe that, as Uber operates now, drivers are employees under California law.  So if we win this case, there is no reason drivers should lose their flexibility.  The judge has agreed that nothing about this case is challenging the drivers being able to set their own hours.  Our argument is simply that, under the law, when drivers are working for Uber, they are Uber's employees and must receive the wage protections that employees receive.

If you have any questions, feel free to call or email Shannon Liss-Riordan, the lead attorney representing the Uber drivers, or her assistant, Erin O’Reilly, at (617) 994-5800 or eoreilly@llrlaw.com.

Attorney Liss-Riordan and her firm have represented thousands of tipped employees, and employees who have been misclassified as independent contractors, all around the country.  See her firm’s website for more information: www.llrlaw.com.

Click here to read a copy of the lawsuit complaint.

Click here to read the court’s summary judgment order of March 11, 2015.

Click here to read the court’s class certification order of September 2, 2015.

Click here to read a transcript of the summary judgment hearing held on January 30, 2015.

Click here to read a transcript of the class certification hearing held on August 6, 2015.

In order to join our list of drivers interested in the case, and to sign up for us to represent you individually in the event that we need to pursue individual cases (such as in arbitration) to collect any wages that may be owed to you based on Uber’s misclassification of drivers, PLEASE CONTACT US to obtain a form to return to us.

Lichten & Liss-Riordan, P.C.
729 Boylston Street, Suite 2000
Boston, MA 02116
www.llrlaw.com
Tel: (617) 994-5800
Fax: (617) 994-5801

Erin O'Reilly, Assistant
eoreilly@llrlaw.com

Elizabeth Lopez, Paralegal
elopez@llrlaw.com

Shannon Liss-Riordan, Lead Counsel
sliss@llrlaw.com

Adelaide Pagano, Associate Attorney
apagano@llrlaw.com

Uber cannot legally retaliate against you for cooperating with the lawsuit.