NHS Freshman Seriously Injured …

Miles Lerner, Incoming Northport High School Freshman, was on his way to cross country practice on Tuesday morning, September 4, when his was hit by a car on Laurel Hill Road and severely injured. Miles was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he remains in the pediatric intensive care unit with multiple injuries, including traumatic brain injuries. According to Newsday, the driver of the car was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and driving with a suspended registration and uninsured vehicle.

Miles’s family has set up a fund raising website to offset the mounting medical bills. For more information on how you can help, visit the Fundrazr Website.

Volunteer Opportunities

Thanks to R-UTN member Teddy Emanuel for providing the following information on an organization in need of volunteers.

Founded in 1982, Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) is Long Island’s leading non-profit resource on the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and provider of youth violence prevention and child safety education to all K-12 Nassau and Suffolk schools. CAPS offers in-classroom, developmentally appropriate, multi-media workshops. The programs are designed for small classroom settings to engage students and encourage active participation.

As a CAPS Volunteer Presenter, you can parlay your interest in bully prevention and child safety into a learning and often life-changing experience for a child…particularly one in need of help.

Training is offered to those who qualify, at the CAPS office in Roslyn.

Sad News …

Michael Glennon, former Northport High School English teacher was and English Chairperson, passed away on July 7, 2018. After leaving Northport he served as the principal of Wheatley High School in Old Westbury. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Driscoll Glennon; two sons, Michael and Patrick, his daughter Martha Linetzky and six grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his first wife Constance and his daughter Mary.

Visiting hours will be held at the Nolan and Taylor Howe Funeral Home from 2:00 – 4:30 & 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Sunday July 15. Funeral Mass 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 16 at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, Centerport, NY. Interment to follow at the Northport Rural Cemetery.

Donations in his memory may be made to Good Shephard Hospice, 200 Belle Terrre Rd., Port Jefferson, NY 11777, www.chsli.org.

The Janus Decision Explained

There is widespread confusion about what the recent Supreme Court decision in the Janus case really means for unions. Justice Ruth Ginsberg, who wrote a strongly worded dissenting opinion, recently offered a concise explanation in easy to understand, non-legalese.

Public sector workers who don’t want to join a union don’t have to, and since 1947 they cannot be forced to pay union dues. This was already the state of affairs before this court ruling. However, public sector unions are REQUIRED BY LAW to provide services to both members and nonmembers who are part of the bargaining unit. What unions have done in the past is charged non-members fees for services.(Note: this is similar to what many membership based businesses do. For example, Amazon Prime). What this ruling does is make it illegal for unions to charge non-members fees for services provided. In other words, it requires public sector unions to provide services for free to those who don’t feel like paying for those services. NON members who do not pay for those services can sue unions for failing to provide the same services that they provide members (that is already true, before this ruling, and will remain so).. So what is wrong with this ruling is that the government is requiring unions to accept unreimbursed liability and provide unreimbursed services to anyone who feels like being a free rider, for whatever reason. It ensconces in law the “right” of nonmembers to be free riders who benefit from unions’ services without paying for them. What an odd thing for conservatives to support. I bet they wouldn’t want that to be the law for whatever businesses or nonprofits they own or operate. Imagine if a restaurant was required by law to provide anything on its menu to anyone who walked in and ordered it, but prohibited from charging anyone who didn’t feel like paying for it. That is the position that this ruling has put public sector unions in.
Ruth Ginsberg