18h38 UTC; FRIDAY, 12 DECEMBER 2014: It appears that this week's Supreme Court ruling which held that employees' going through security screenings does not qualify as paid time may have unwittingly opened a vacuum which may throw the legality, the Constitutionality even, of so-called "right-to-work" laws into serious disarray. As AddictingInfo.org explaineth:
[Associate Justice] Clarence Thomas just put into a court decision that workplace issues involving compensated time must be handled in negotiations, the cornerstone of collective bargaining and unions, and not the courts. By blocking the courts, but with FLSA itself upheld, this also means that companies can no longer fail to engage in negotiations, relying upon the courts to handle such matters – the Supreme Court just ordered them to the bargaining table. Tactics to block unionizing now can, and will be considered unconstitutional per this decision.

Laws like Right-To-Work, where an employee can avoid joining a union, now no longer can apply in the way intended. The Supreme Court just ordered people to the bargaining table, the Union representative, with but a few short words.
Which, when all is said and done, could be the end of legalised union-busting under the guise of "keeping AmeriKKKan industry all the more labour-competitive" by driving wages all the lower, hoping "real" jobs will be all the easier to create (especially for the "chronically and habitually welfare-dependent"). But will Labour actually use these implications in challenging "right-to-work" laws in such states where this article of faith prevails, or will likely be considered?

Why, IMHO, America's Largest Waterpark in Wisconsin Dells is the only Noah's Ark as should matter: Kevin Ham's pseudo-religious ministry, the so-called "Answers in Genesis" (as behind the farce known as the Creation Museum), has been denied $18 million in previously-offered grants and tax incentives by the Commonwealth of Kentucky's tourism office to assist with the construction of another prolefeed exercise of theirs, to be styled "Ark Encounter", replete with a 500-ft.-long reconstruction of Noah's Ark, citing the ministry's desire to discrimminate based on religious beliefs (as in insisting that would-be hires at Ark Encounter profess a hard-wired belief in AiG's Fundamentalist interpretation of the Bible, especially so the Creationist mythos).

And something for the Elmer Gantryites seeking to hold up Mr. Ham as a Martyr to Anti-Christian Secularism as Threatens Thy Dear and Lovely Land as the "ministry" ponders its legal options: Meneer Ham shares the last name as the son of Noah's who found his father drunk and naked in his tent, prompting his two other sons (Shem and Japeth) to cover up the nakedness--and Ham to be cursed for exposing such by becoming of colour.

As the price of oil collapses all the further to near $60/bbl. on the commodities markets, which Fox News types insist risks Gross Socioeconomic Harm and Collapse Upon Thy Dear and Lovely Land (all the while holding that a Natural and Mutual Interconnexion exists "as of right" vis-à-vis ons styl ekonomesie vryheid and Our National and Sovereign Identity as a Divinely-Endowed Peculiar Among the Nations), one may want to consider the possible socioeconomic impact upon Canadian oilfield workers from Nova Scotia's Cape Breton region, especially should it ensue that they won't be called back to work after the holidays break with oil and syncrude companies possibly having to cut back production because of a crude oil surplus made worse by low prices and overproduction--and with four months' severance pay, with uncertainty likely ensuing once that ends.

Put another way, any production that may ensue should the bottom fall out on crude oil prices (especially below $50/bbl.) is likely to be limited to established fields, or such in advanced stages of development; newer production is likely to be delayed or suspended all the more. As well, ponder whether low crude oil prices may be the unravelling of the whole Keystone XL scheme, especially considering where one-thirds of the energy needed for the actual extraction of the crude oil sands is in extracting the bitumen therefrom to a refinable-quality product.

And tell me this may only add to the cost of gasoline refined from Bakken/Three Forks crude: North Dakota regulators have ordered oil producers in that area, with effect from next 1 April, to extract from the crude all naturally-occuring gases such as butane and propane before their transport, such being the volatility thereof as translated into three Unfortunate Events last year involving rail transport of Bakken crude to refiners (in particular that at Lac-Mégantic, QC last summer as killed 47 people).

So till next time, folks: "73"
(Which, incidentally, was railroad telegraphers' shorthand for "goodbye.")

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