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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Supreme Court Now Poised To Rule On Constitutionality Of The Affordable Care Act

Justices' questions suggest skepticism about health care law

The questions asked by U.S. Supreme Court justices Tuesday during arguments on the constitutionality of the 2010 health care law suggest that a majority on the court may have serious doubts about whether the law can be upheld. Yesterday, justices will considered whether parts of the law can remain in place if the court strikes down the requirement that individuals carry health insurance.

Realistically, In the case before them it is not the job of the Supreme court to decide or even take into account the sustainability of the rest of the Law. The case before them is the Constitutionality of the Mandate to purchase Health Insurance or be penalized. What happens to the law if they decide the Mandate is Unconstitutional is not their role in the case.

Justices on the asked highly nuanced questions over the three straight days of oral arguments. It seemed that some are torn on whether it would be more of a break from past cases to strike down the so-called individual mandate to obtain insurance or to uphold it. What past cases have to do with if a law is constitutional or not is beyond me.

They were aggressive in their questioning of both sides, and fired off hard-hitting questions about the limits of the federal government's power and whether it could even extend to requiring eating broccoli and buying gym memberships or cars, and rightfully so.

The main stream media defined Conservative Justices took aim at the insurance mandate, while the so called liberal justices supported it. Which is to be expected. 

We question the Medias defining a Supreme Court Justice as Conservative or Liberal, They are there to rule on the law and constitutionality of various issues. It is not their role to impose their assumed political ideology 

A ruling on the law is expected in late June. Read More

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

IEC Member Continues Fight Against PLA'S In Connecticut

On January 17, 2012, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled in agreement with IEC New England member Electrical Contractors Inc. (ECI) stating they have the right to challenge the project labor agreements (PLA) of two area public schools. ECI now has standing to sue the City of Hartford for the use of PLAs.

“We were excited for the result of the ruling and the impact for the merit shop industry moving forward,” said Jim Nasuta of ECI. “It’s been a long and stressful fight but we feel we are close to the end. While the case is ECI vs. the city of Hartford, this outcome is much bigger than just us. This result could have a potential impact around the country.”

The case began when ECI successfully bid on two construction projects for schools in Hartford, Connecticut. The company was then asked to sign a PLA, which they refused stating that they would use their own workers and should not be forced to use union labor. Read More

The case now moves back to the local courts with ECI having the grounds to sue the City of Hartford. “The next step is to go back and try to win this case in the local court system,” Nasuta continued. “This has been a financial strain on our company. The case needs to be finished and if there was ever a time when we need support, it is right now!”

IEC National Government Affairs Chairman Joseph Hovanec said "This case can set a national precedent for PLAs on public projects. Project Labor Agreements PLAs are an issue that effects every Merit Shop Electrical contractor in the country. As you can imagine their fight has had a heavy financial toll on ECI's business, but they are determined to see this through for the good of the Merit Shop Industry. I highly encourage anyone that has been effected or may be effected by a PLA to do what you can to help Jim and ECI with their fight.

If you would like to offer support in this case, please contact Jim Nasuta at (860) 549-2822.  

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