A public debate broke out at the AFL-CIO 2013 convention over the affects of Obama's ACA healthcare plan as many unions protested the taxes and undercutting of their Taft-Hartley multi-employer health and welfare plans. The California Nurses Association/NNU opposed AFL-CIO resolution 54 and called for a fight for single payer. Unions from LIUNA, SIU, CNA-NNU, Sheetmetal Workers, IFPTE, IBEW,USW and others spoke on this issue during the discussion. This is a partial video of the AFL-CIO debate on healthcare. Full video of the debate is at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKGyaAr-hdw&list=PLSIUF-toHGIXF4_ldMZY8Ya_EqV9fSAzL&index=32 The resolution that passed after the debate is at http://www.aflcio.org/About/Exec-Council/Conventions/2013/Resolutions-and-Amendments/Resolution-54-AFL-CIO-Convention-Resolution-on-the-Affordable-Care-Act The debate took place on September 11, 2013 on the last day of the convention in Los Angeles. The Obama administration later in the week rejected the AFL-CIO's appeal. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/13/unions-obamacare_n_3923547.html For more video on the convention go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJBnEiF-6fs&feature=youtu.be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njQDgKHa7Es&feature=youtu.be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQcxABeHzr0&feature=youtu.be Production of Labor Video Project www.laborvideo.org
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Today's Topic: Employer Mandate Important for Collective Bargaining In 2016, employers with 50-99 full-time employees face penalties if they fail to offer MEC, or if the coverage is not affordable. Learn how this impacts multiemployer benefit plans, including labor unions and Taft-Hartley plans.
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At The Burchfield Group, our focus is pharmacy benefit consulting, regulatory and Medicare compliance, auditing and data validation. We help plan sponsors evaluate and select PBM vendors, design pharmacy benefit plans, monitor plan and PBM performance and audit results. Our expert staff offers significant PBM industry knowledge. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, Taft Hartley funds, health plans, brokers and third party administrators.
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If your transportation or logistics company sponsors an employee benefit plan, you have exposures that fall under the general rubric of “fiduciary liability.” Fiduciary Liability insurance can be issued to either the employer that sponsors the benefits plan or to the plan itself. It is appropriate for retirement plans, health plans, life insurance and disability plans, and employee benefits plans of all kinds. Protection is available for ERISA and non-ERISA benefit plans, including multi-employer plans, also known as Taft-Hartley plans, such as those provided by unions. Fiduciary Liability insurance protects the insured against allegations that the fiduciary—the money or benefits handler—has breached their duty. The accusation can focus on an error or negligence in administering a plan, including but not necessarily limited to misinterpretation of plan documents, providing imprudent investment options to plan participants, misrepresenting investments, mishandling enrollment or other paperwork, and giving bad advice or faulty instructions to participants. Policies can cover expenses associated with civil lawsuits, written demands for damages that haven’t proceeded to court, administrative or regulatory actions, and investigations by the government or an official agency. Coverage options include legal defense fees, awards to or settlements with claimants, and voluntary correction programs even when there isn’t a claim. The specific coverage you receive depends on the insurance agreement you choose. Our staff at Roanoke Trade will go over all of this with you. We also offer ERISA bonds, which are required by law for all applicable plans, as well as Employment Benefits Liability insurance, which can enhance a General Liability insurance policy to cover errors in the administration of a plan. Roanoke Trade knows the transportation and logistics industry. That’s what we do. We have the expertise, experience and products to protect your operation, employees and financial assets along with the goods in your care and custody for the clients you serve. Find out how we can provide you with the insurance programs you need to be properly protected. Please contact us at 1-800-ROANOKE. https://www.roanoketrade.com/insurance/business-insurance/fiduciary-coverage/
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PATH Administrators is a 30+ year old third party administrator based in Central Pennsylvania that specializes in Taft Hartley health and welfare plans, annuity plans, pension plans and single employer health plans. PATH Admin wanted to use their existing SharePoint platform to manage their day-to-day activity in managing key relationships between clients, brokers and renewals. BPA’s CRM platform for SharePoint provided a solution for PATH, delivering a highly configured solution with exceedingly intuitive user navigation.
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View the rest of the presentation here: http://www.segalco.com/publications-videos/presentations-webinars/getting-ready-for-new-aca-reporting-requirements-multiemployer-plans/#Multiemployer
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What we do: At The Burchfield Group, our focus is pharmacy benefit consulting, regulatory and Medicare compliance, auditing and data validation. We help plan sponsors evaluate and select PBM vendors, design pharmacy benefit plans, monitor plan and PBM performance and audit results. Our expert staff offers significant PBM industry knowledge. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, Taft Hartley funds, health plans, brokers and third party administrators.
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Jason L. Russell, FSA with Horizon Actuarial Services, LLC discusses the new report The Multiemployer Defined Benefit Pension Plan Landscape: A Ten-Year Look (2002-2011). The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and Horizon Actuarial Services, LLC partnered to prepare this report summarizing key trends in defined benefit plan demographics, cash flows, investments, funding and costs over the ten-year period from 2002 through 2011. This report also examines differences in trends from industry to industry in the United States. For more information on the report, visit http://www.ifebp.org/MultiemployerPensionPlans
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The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's (PBGC) single- and multi-employer insurance programs insure the pension benefits of 44 million participants in more than 29,000 private defined benefit (DB) plans. GAO designated the single-employer program as a high risk area in July 2003 because of concern about the program's long-term net financial position. Other issues also contribute to the programs' being on the high-risk list: estimated underfunding of financially weak firms by about $161 billion — a figure that may worsen because of the financial crisis and recession; exposure of insurance programs to the threat of terminations of large underfunded plans sponsored by financially weak firms, particularly automobile industry plans; monitoring of changes in funding rules and premiums being phased in according to provisions in the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA), and subsequent measures that have granted funding relief to DB sponsors; and governance and program management challenges.
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PRO PHARMA is a multi-service, woman owned, privately held consulting firm offering a vast portfolio of services to public and private entities including self-insured employers, Taft Hartley Trusts and unions, public employers, for-profit hospitals and integrated health networks, health care insurance companies, worker's compensation insurers, small-to-medium sized HMO's, and physician groups. PRO PHARMA's Pharmacy Benefit News is a complimentary publication designed specifically to educate and update our clients and customers on those key issues and concerns having to do with Pharmacy Benefits. If you would like to sign up to receive PRO PHARMA's complimentary Pharmacy Benefit News monthly issues via email, please click on link http://propharmaconsultants.com/show.aspx?mi=4379 and fill out the form on the bottom of the page and we will make sure you are added to our ever growing list of subscribers. PRO PHARMA is known for our data analytical expertise nationwide. Our services and capabilities are sought after by clients, consultants, and government entities. Consulting services are grounded in the use of data and the communication of that information to define benefit trends, drivers and other analytical indicators.
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Although the economy and employment levels have largely recovered since the Great Recession, low-wage workers continue to face unsteady work that offers few opportunities for advancement. In this Institute for Research on Poverty webinar recorded on June 13, 2018, Victor Tan Chen of Virginia Commonwealth University and Brian Halpin of the University of California, Davis examine a broad range of structural and cultural barriers to steady, gainful employment for the working class in a shifting economy.
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Explore the adventures of Vox Machina one last time with the cast of Critical Role! The cast answers your burning questions -- from Kraghammer to the Whitestone to Vasselheim (and everywhere in between). Don't forget to tune into the new campaign on January 11, 2018 at 7pm Pacific at twitch.tv/geekandsundry or projectalpha.com. Watch Talks Machina live every Tuesday at 7pm PT on Alpha https://projectalpha.com or Twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/geekandsundry. Critical Role airs on Alpha with a special overlay that includes dynamic character sheets, damage and heal animations, and special visualizations. And lots of puns. Alpha members can check out Talks Machina: After Dark, which is an extended after show for our after show. Sign up for your 30-day free trial at https://projectalpha.com. Visit us on http://geekandsundry.com Subscribe to Geek and Sundry: http://goo.gl/B62jl Join our community at: http://geekandsundry.com/community Twitter: http://twitter.com/geekandsundry Facebook: http://facebook.com/geekandsundry Instagram: http://instagram.com/geekandsundry Google+: https://plus.google.com/+GeekandSundry/
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Human Resources Laws Apply Based on Number of Employees highest number of employees, 20 weeks per year The human resources laws which apply to an organization depend on an employee count. Count the number of employees (full, part-time and temporary, exclude independent contractors) over a 20 week period during the calendar year. Repeat this calculation for the highest consistent consecutive 20 week period during the calendar year. Example: 12, 18, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 25, 22, 18, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 24, 24, 25, 25, 26, 27, 27, 27, 28, 26, 26, 26, 27, 27, 28, 29, 28, 27, 26, 25, 24, 23, 23, 21, 20, 19, 18, 18, 18, 19, 19, 20, 21. Start at the 12, for the next 20 weeks this works, so our number is at least 12. Then try 18, it fails because there is a lower number 15 in the next consecutive 20 weeks. But 17 works because there are 20 in a row of 17 or higher. 19 works too. 24 works but 25 doesn't so for this company, its number of employees is 24. The WARN law applies if 100 or more employees. Affirmative Action (FMLA) applies if 50 or more employees. ADEA and COBRA apply if 20 or more employees. ADA, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 1991, and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) apply if 15 or more employees. All other HR laws apply if 1 or more employees. Multiple Choice Question Human Resources Laws Apply Based on Number of Employees A all US businesses follow all of the HR laws or risk lawsuit B number of employees excludes independent contractors C 180 day rule upheld by case, corrected by new 2009 law D highest number of employees, 20 weeks per year Correct Answer: d If you would like to suggest corrections to this word, email us at email@example.com. Thank you. This word appears in the book Vocab-U-Bee PHR SPHR Professional In Human Resources License Exam Top Pass Words PHR and SPHR are registered trademarks of Human Resources Certification Institute Find links to all our playlists at VocabUBee.com Vocab-U-Bee Values: Consistency First, One Small Step Each Day and the 42 Bee March Thank You! and Good Luck!
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The committee discusses agenda items 1-12.
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The Progressive Era was a period of social activism and political reform in the United States, that flourished from the 1890s to the 1920s. One main goal of the Progressive movement was purification of government through direct democracy, as Progressives tried to eliminate corruption by exposing and undercutting political machines, bosses. Progressives also sought regulation of monopolistic trust corporations through the antitrust laws, which were seen as a means to promote fair competition for the benefit of the consumers. This video targeted to blind users. Attribution: Article text available under CC-BY-SA Public domain image source in video
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Joe Burns, author of Strike Back, was the guest speaker of the Chicago Labor Speakers Club on March 21, 2015. His topic was "Could Reviving the Strike Revive the Labor Movement?" Burns provides useful historical perspective for workers looking to reverse the downward trend in union membership in the last several decades. He reminds us of what the essence of trade unionism is -- the strike. "Anyone who's sat at the bargaining table really knows that they don't care about your arguments or your words, and at the end of the day it's about power. And our power is based upon our ability to stop production of the employer and cause economic harm to the employer." Beginning with the strike upsurges in the 1930s and the rapid evolution of labor legislation in the 1930s-40s -- from the Wagner Act, Taft-Hartley legislation, creation of the NLRB -- Burns talks about how legislation which originally was used by unions as a form of protection was transformed through employer-controlled governments to thwart unions. "What basically you have over the years is an increasingly tightening noose around the labor movement." Burns then goes to the heart of the matter: "So when we ask ourselves why do we have a weak and ineffectual trade union movement today...we have to look at the fact that the rules of the game are rigged." The history of public sector unions since the 1960s shows a way forward. They simply defied laws prohibiting them from striking and, through mass membership and public support mobilizations, created the critical mass to control the political climate, leading to changed legislation. Burns makes an important distinction between public sector and private sector strikes. When public employees strike, management doesn't experience financial stress. They still collect money (taxes). Therefore, public employee unions find additional ways (such as what is now called social unionism) to overwhelm management and anti-labor governments. But when private industry strikes happen, the name of the game is to put the employer under financial duress (stop production). For private sector strikes, public support in and of itself will not win the strike. "An example would be the Jefferson, WI strike against Tyson in 2004...They had great community support...or the Detroit newspaper strike...but we weren't able to translate that support into economically harming the employer." Summing up his historical overview, Burns suggests how the labor movement can regain power. And that is by a return to the basics of unionism: strikes and strike upsurges -- including general strikes, though such are not predictable, nor can they be easily brought about by decree. The political aspects -- whether such a new strike upsurge today can lead to similar or greater political/legislative transformations as in the 30s -- was not specifically addressed. Speech is edited for time fit. Enhanced with archival footage and photos. Please make a Donation to Labor Beat (Committee for Labor Access) and help rank-and-file tv: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=2F96NDFQRSF3G
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June 18, 2018 2018 Updates and Insights on Recent Employment-Based Immigration Changes Clete Samson, Kutak Rock LLP This presentation will discuss recent immigration reform impacting clients, including how to handle employees with expiring work authorization as a result of DACA and TPS terminations; ICE’s increased worksite and I-9 enforcement measures; and USCIS’ increased scrutiny of H1B visa petitions. Damages in Employment Cases in Nebraska Patrick Barrett, Fraser Stryker PC LLO, Vince Powers, Powers Law This presentation will discuss evaluating damages in employment cases in Nebraska, including available damages under state and federal law, calculating pecuniary and non-pecuniary losses, establishing evidentiary support for emotional distress damages, when to use an offer of judgment, evaluating damages in arbitration verses litigation, trial strategies for supporting or defending damages, and the role of a damages valuation expert. Medicinal Marijuana Laws: When and How Employers Must Accommodate John Dunn, Koley Jessen PC LLO This presentation will address the changing landscape faced by multi-state clients as a result of the growth in state medical marijuana laws. This presentation will also provide an analysis of the varying level of employee protections for the use of medicinal marijuana under the states’ differing statutory approaches and how clients may be required to adapt. 11:15 am A New Generation of Harassment Prevention – Trends and Strategy for Building a Harassment Prevention Program in the Wake of Weinstein Allison Balus, Baird Holm LLP, Scott S. Moore, Baird Holm LLP This presentation will provide lessons for lawyers as a result of the post-Weinstein reckoning, including changing the culture of sexual harassment and addressing confidentiality concerns and challenges arising from technology. Unions in the Workplace John Corrigan, Dowd Howard & Corrigan LLC, Ross Gardner, Jackson Lewis PC, John Hewitt, Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather LLP, Dalton Tietjen, Tietjen Simon & Boyle This panel discussion will provide attorneys with diverse perspectives from attorneys who represent clients on both sides of the labor aisle. The panel will discuss unions in the workplace, including the strategies that impact negotiations, elections, strikes, arbitrations, grievances, and right of entry, as well as recent decisions from the Labor Board on matters of interest.
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http://bestsolutions.cu.cc/bam-510-human-resource-management/ 29) When determining how to set their level of wages, an organization should consider the following: 30) To aid in determining what is compensable work time: 31) Employee motivation is primarily influenced by all of the following factors EXCEPT: 32) Jodi's evaluation score was a 70% which meant she was eligible for a 3% increase to her base hourly rat 33) Typically, RJS Industries gives employee an increase to their base rate based on the score they receive on their performance evaluation. However, if an employee is red circled, rather than an increase to their hourly rate, they receive a bonus equivalent to what the increase would have been. RJS uses which of the following incentive plans? 34) Which of the following statements best explains why an organization may want to use a team incentive plan rather than an individual incentive plan? each other. 35) All of the following are examples of components of an executive compensation package EXCEPT: 36) Which of the following employee benefits provides compensation for 26 weeks to an employee who lost their job due to no fault of their own? 37) In order to be eligible for unemployment insurance an individual must do all of the following EXCEPT: 38) The purpose of consumer driven health plans is: 39) A catastrophic health care plan which does not pay for the first few thousand dollars of an individual's medical costs each year and only pays when the employee has a major medical issue is known as a: 40) If an organization is pursuing a cost leadership strategy they will most likely offer: 41) The Norris-LaGuardia Act of 1932: 42) The Teamsters are attempting to unionize the warehouse workers at Bruce's employer. One of the union representatives has called Bruce repeatedly at home to convince him the union is a good thing and told him that if he does not support them there is the potential he could lose his jo 43) In order for a union to be recognized by an organization: 44) All of the following are mandatory bargaining topics EXCEPT: 45) Which of the following statements about worker-management groups is most accurate? 46) Bruce operates a small medical practice with 10 employees. He offers a competitive compensation and benefits packag 47) STU Industries has a full time CAD designer position currently open. This position is critical to their ongoing operations and without it they may lose customers and not meet production deadlines. Given this information, STU Industries should fill this position: 48) If the contributions an employee makes to an organization are said to be unique, which of the following will most likely occur? 49) A car salesperson who contributes directly to the success of the dealership by using their specialized selling skills would be most likely considered a/an: 50) The corporate headquarters of a large marketing firm uses Greenthumb Landscapers to mow their property, weed the landscaping, plant and water the flowers,
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John Gallucci, Chairman of the NJ Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, talks about the importance of creating more access to parks and fitness centers across New Jersey to promote exercise and healthy living. At the Kessler Foundation’s Life After Stroke event, Steve Adubato talks with Rodger DeRose, President & CEO of the Kessler Foundation about the innovative research being done at the Foundation, and Audrey Cebulski, a stroke survivor and a beneficiary of the “prism goggle” research that helps treat spatial neglect, a disability where stroke victims lose the ability to perceive and/or respond to stimuli on one side of the body. Simeon Schindelman, CEO of Brighton Health Plan Solutions, talks about the importance of developing consumer tools that will empower patients to make informed healthcare decisions. 10/8/16 #2585
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This video provides an overview of the Davis-Bacon Act and how it applies to FRA-assisted projects. This is the first of several videos in the FRA Rail Program Delivery Video Series. For more information about Rail Program Delivery, please visit us online at: https://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0707. To learn more about the Davis-Bacon Act, please visit the following webpages: Davis-Bacon Regulations: http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?rgn=div5&node=29:18.104.22.168.6 Wage Determinations: http://www.wdol.gov DOL Wage and Hour Division: http://dol.gov/whd FRA: http://fra.dot.gov
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This episode provides updates on FED decision, struggles over China trade, the Brexit, and commentary on fascism. Major discussions in this episode include: (1) critique of capitalists' "job creation" and (2) why state support of worker coops is what capitalism got from states for centuries. Website: democracyatwork.info/radio Donate: democracyatwork.info/donate
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Writer Richard Yeselson, explained what a "right to work" state is, why Michigan's assault on collective bargaining is worse than Wisconsin's, why the United States has the lowest rate of Union membership in the industrialized world and recent examples of Union success. This clip from the Majority Report, live M-F at 12 noon EST and via daily podcast at http://Majority.FM
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Cenk Uygur (host of The Young Turks) debates conservative columnist and business owner David Bego on Obama's recess appointment of Craig Becker to the NLRB and on unions in general. Learn more about David's book: http://www.thedevilatmydoorstep.com/ Support The Young Turks by Subscribing http://www.youtube.com/user/theyoungturks Like Us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tytnation Follow Us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/theyoungturks Support TYT for FREE by doing your Amazon shopping through this link (bookmark it!) http://www.amazon.com/?tag=theyoungturks-20 Support The Young Turks by becoming a member of TYT Nation at http://www.tytnetwork.com/member-options/ Your membership supports the day to day operations and is vital for our continued success and growth. In exchange, we provided members only bonuses! We tape a special Post Game show Mon-Thurs and you get access to the entire live show at your convenience in video, audio and podcast formats.
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John Canham-Clyne, Deputy Research Director, UNITE HERE International Union, Washington DC. Author of Report: "The Irony of Obamacare: Making Inequality Worse" Plenary presenter at 2nd ACA Labor Healthcare Forum co-sponsored by the MA AFL-CIO and The Labor Guild. Great PowerPoint presentation (see laborguild.com -- ACA Resource Page): "ObamaCare in Seven Slides". Discussing UNITE HERE's creating its own Health System in several cities. Need to push our friends. Start digging in on healthcare systems. Problems with hospitals buying doctors practices. Just as patients are getting the message not to go to hospitals, those rates are being applied to doctors offices, Transparency on Insurance and Provider rates. Regulating Hospital Rates. A lot that we can do, but requires a determination to fight and a determination to make our friends uncomfortable....and real focus and coalition-building among purchasers, among unions, among willing employers and among the advocacy community to take on at a state level these costs This bill will not control costs. If we were going to do it, we're going to have to do it on the state level."
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On September 13, 2013, Avik Roy joined "Real News" to discuss why labor unions are increasingly unhappy about the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. "Obamacare"), and why President Obama has resisted labor leaders' calls to make changes to the law.
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On ne le dira jamais assez l'importance du pneumatique dans le comportement et la tenue de route d'un véhicule. En tant qu'unique point de contact entre votre automobile et le sol, les pneus jouent un rôle majeur dans la sécurité et le plaisir de conduite. Pour rouler en toute sécurité et profiter au maximum des capacités de votre voiture, il est donc nécessaire de faire régulièrement contrôler l'état de vos pneus et de les changer quand l'usure devient trop importante. Les experts auto Top Garage seront à même de vous guider dans votre démarche d'entretien automobile et de vous proposer des pneumatiques adaptés à votre véhicule. Dès que la surface du pneu atteint le niveau des témoins d'usure situés sur la bande de roulement, il est impératif de monter un train de pneus neufs. Fabriqués dans un mélange de caoutchouc, les pneumatiques s'usent naturellement. La vitesse de dégradation varie en fonction de votre véhicule, de vos habitudes de circulation et de votre style de conduite. Des pneumatiques en bon état assurent la liaison entre votre véhicule et le bitume, participent à la transmission des forces de freinage et d'accélération et encaissent les aspérités du bitume. Sur sol mouillé, ils limiteront en outre fortement les risques d'aquaplaning. Que risque-t-on en roulant avec des pneus usagés ? Distances de freinage allongées, risques d'éclatement, hausse de la consommation, conduite difficile, etc. Les conséquences de pneumatiques en mauvais état sont extrêmement nombreux. Au moindre signe d'usure, il convient donc de prendre rendez-vous avec un garagiste proche de chez vous. Après une série de réglages effectués sur ordinateur et un test route, votre véhicule retrouvera sa tenue de route normale. Pour trouver un garage auto à proximité de chez vous, c'est ici : www.top-garage.fr Si vous souhaitez en savoir plus sur les pneus auto, n’hésitez pas à visiter notre page dédiée : www.top-garage.fr/service/pneus
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Interviewees: Harold Himmel Velde, United States political figure Hugh D. Scott, Jr., American lawyer and politician John V. Beamer, U.S. Representative from Indiana Orland K. Armstrong, Republican United States Representative, journalist, and social activist Edward L.R. Elson, Presbyterian minister and Chaplain of the United States Senate Richard Russell, Jr., American politician from Georgia Richard Brevard Russell, Jr. (November 2, 1897 -- January 21, 1971) was an American politician from Georgia. A member of the Democratic Party, he briefly served as Governor of Georgia (1931--33) before serving in the United States Senate for almost 40 years, from 1933 until his death in 1971. As a Senator, he was a candidate for President of the United States in the 1952 Democratic National Convention, coming in second to Adlai Stevenson. Russell was a founder and leader of the conservative coalition that dominated Congress from 1937 to 1963, and at his death was the most senior member of the Senate. He was for decades a leader of Southern opposition to the civil rights movement. Russell competed in the 1952 Democratic presidential primary, but was shut-out of serious consideration by northern Democratic leaders who saw his support for segregation as untenable outside of the Jim Crow South. When Lyndon Johnson arrived in the Senate, he sought guidance from knowledgeable senate aide Bobby Baker, who advised that all senators were "equal" but Russell was the most "equal"—meaning the most powerful. Johnson assiduously cultivated Russell through all of their joint Senate years and beyond. Russell's support for first-term senator Lyndon Johnson paved the way for Johnson to become Senate Majority Leader. Russell often dined at Johnson's house during their Senate days. However, their 20-year friendship came to an end during Johnson's presidency, in a fight over the Chief Justice nomination of Johnson's friend and Supreme Court justice Abe Fortas in 1968. While a prime mentor of Johnson, Russell and the then-president Johnson also disagreed over civil rights. Russell, a segregationist, had repeatedly blocked and defeated civil rights legislation via use of the filibuster and had co-authored the Southern Manifesto in opposition to civil rights. He had not supported the States Rights' Democratic Party of Strom Thurmond in 1948, but he opposed civil rights laws as unconstitutional and unwise. (Unlike Theodore Bilbo, "Cotton Ed" Smith and James Eastland, who had reputations as ruthless, tough-talking, heavy-handed race baiters, he never justified hatred or acts of violence to defend segregation. But he strongly defended white supremacy and apparently did not question it or ever apologize for his segregationist views, votes and speeches.) Russell was key, for decades, in blocking meaningful civil rights legislation that might have protected African-Americans from lynching, disenfranchisement, and disparate treatment under the law. After Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Russell (along with more than a dozen other southern Senators, including Herman Talmadge and Russell Long) boycotted the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City. A prominent supporter of a strong national defense, Russell became in the 1950s the most knowledgeable and powerful congressional leader in this area. He used his powers as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee from 1951 to 1969 and then as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee as an institutional base to add defense installations and jobs for Georgia. He was dubious about the Vietnam War, privately warning President Johnson repeatedly against deeper involvement. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Russell,_Jr.
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Our Miss Brooks is an American situation comedy starring Eve Arden as a sardonic high school English teacher. It began as a radio show broadcast from 1948 to 1957. When the show was adapted to television (1952--56), it became one of the medium's earliest hits. In 1956, the sitcom was adapted for big screen in the film of the same name. Connie (Constance) Brooks (Eve Arden), an English teacher at fictional Madison High School. Osgood Conklin (Gale Gordon), blustery, gruff, crooked and unsympathetic Madison High principal, a near-constant pain to his faculty and students. (Conklin was played by Joseph Forte in the show's first episode; Gordon succeeded him for the rest of the series' run.) Occasionally Conklin would rig competitions at the school--such as that for prom queen--so that his daughter Harriet would win. Walter Denton (Richard Crenna, billed at the time as Dick Crenna), a Madison High student, well-intentioned and clumsy, with a nasally high, cracking voice, often driving Miss Brooks (his self-professed favorite teacher) to school in a broken-down jalopy. Miss Brooks' references to her own usually-in-the-shop car became one of the show's running gags. Philip Boynton (Jeff Chandler on radio, billed sometimes under his birth name Ira Grossel); Robert Rockwell on both radio and television), Madison High biology teacher, the shy and often clueless object of Miss Brooks' affections. Margaret Davis (Jane Morgan), Miss Brooks' absentminded landlady, whose two trademarks are a cat named Minerva, and a penchant for whipping up exotic and often inedible breakfasts. Harriet Conklin (Gloria McMillan), Madison High student and daughter of principal Conklin. A sometime love interest for Walter Denton, Harriet was honest and guileless with none of her father's malevolence and dishonesty. Stretch (Fabian) Snodgrass (Leonard Smith), dull-witted Madison High athletic star and Walter's best friend. Daisy Enright (Mary Jane Croft), Madison High English teacher, and a scheming professional and romantic rival to Miss Brooks. Jacques Monet (Gerald Mohr), a French teacher. Our Miss Brooks was a hit on radio from the outset; within eight months of its launch as a regular series, the show landed several honors, including four for Eve Arden, who won polls in four individual publications of the time. Arden had actually been the third choice to play the title role. Harry Ackerman, West Coast director of programming, wanted Shirley Booth for the part, but as he told historian Gerald Nachman many years later, he realized Booth was too focused on the underpaid downside of public school teaching at the time to have fun with the role. Lucille Ball was believed to have been the next choice, but she was already committed to My Favorite Husband and didn't audition. Chairman Bill Paley, who was friendly with Arden, persuaded her to audition for the part. With a slightly rewritten audition script--Osgood Conklin, for example, was originally written as a school board president but was now written as the incoming new Madison principal--Arden agreed to give the newly-revamped show a try. Produced by Larry Berns and written by director Al Lewis, Our Miss Brooks premiered on July 19, 1948. According to radio critic John Crosby, her lines were very "feline" in dialogue scenes with principal Conklin and would-be boyfriend Boynton, with sharp, witty comebacks. The interplay between the cast--blustery Conklin, nebbishy Denton, accommodating Harriet, absentminded Mrs. Davis, clueless Boynton, scheming Miss Enright--also received positive reviews. Arden won a radio listeners' poll by Radio Mirror magazine as the top ranking comedienne of 1948-49, receiving her award at the end of an Our Miss Brooks broadcast that March. "I'm certainly going to try in the coming months to merit the honor you've bestowed upon me, because I understand that if I win this two years in a row, I get to keep Mr. Boynton," she joked. But she was also a hit with the critics; a winter 1949 poll of newspaper and magazine radio editors taken by Motion Picture Daily named her the year's best radio comedienne. For its entire radio life, the show was sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive-Peet, promoting Palmolive soap, Lustre Creme shampoo and Toni hair care products. The radio series continued until 1957, a year after its television life ended. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Miss_Brooks
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