Hospitals & Asylums    





November 2007


After several months of undue stress, low or no pay and bosses with legal problems they were too “rich” to solve, labor relations totally broke down in November.  After settling the planned Kroger strike in the 11th hour with an $0.80 pay increase on the first of the month I finished Me, Myself and Iraq on time for Veteran’s Day and then moved from my work for half rent apartment to a place of my own where the rich people don’t go.  After spending two weeks reading library books waiting for the phone and Internet to be hooked up I finally got to settle the writer’s strike on the last day of the month.  The Broadway stagehand strike settled on its own on November 29th.  The publication of Me, Myself and Iraq liberated my records from the Armed Forces Retirement Home chapter that is now a straightforward transfer of the Army and Navy Hospitals from chapter one with an introductory section and a concluding section on political lobbying, the shortest chapter in the book.  The writer’s strike brought to light another transfer of their new collective bargaining statute from the title on the judiciary to a new chapter 14 of the copyright title.  Therefore the 110th Congress, that dissolved until December rather than doing their duty to pass H. Con. Res. 110, is free to practice transferring statute and contemplate their duty to pay the author without actually being obligated to do so.     


Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers v. Writers Guild of America HA-30-11-07


The Producer’s Comprehensive Proposal to the Writer’s Guild of America West and East of October 25, 2007 requires technical editing, DVD residuals must double, Internet and new media sales should offer high residuals of 2.4% to avoid future conflict and authors must be entitled to a small residual from advertising revenues to improve collaboration.  Furthermore, the motion picture and television industry must unite with their writers and actors unions to transfer section 406 of the WIPO Copyright and Performances and Phonograms Treaties Implementation Act of 1998 Pub. L. No. 105-304, 112 Stat. 2860 that was improperly codified as a seizure to a new Chapter 14 of Title 17 Copyright with or without more regulation of the industry.  Since 2000, media conglomerate revenue from entertainment segments has increased 51% from $63 billion to $95 billion.  Over the same period of time, Writer earnings and residuals have increased only 20% from $1.1 billion to $1.3 billion.  Between 2005 and 2006 writers actually saw a decline in their income, only the highest-paid 25%, saw a 1.7% rise in earnings for those at the 75th percentile to $253,377. Earnings trends for other groups softened somewhat with the figure for the 95th percentile sliding 2.3% to $665,000; the 50th percentile was off 2.6% to $104,750; and the 25th percentile fell 1.7% to $37,777.  Producers are doing too well to deny their author’s their rights and the contract is so authoritarian they can only blame themselves for the strike.  Having reassured producers of tax breaks for any actual losses they might suffer everyone should go back to work united by the legislative purpose of equal protection of the law.


Me, Myself and Iraq HA-11-11-07


Brings Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to advocate for the passage of H. Con. Res. 110 Expressing the sense of Congress that Iraq  
should vote to approve or disapprove the continued deployment of United States Armed Forces to Iraq and, unless Iraq votes to  
approve such continued deployment, the President of the United States should commence the phased redeployment of United States 
Armed Forces from Iraq within 60 days of the Iraqi vote and restore Constitution in Crisis: The Downing Street Minutes and Deception, 
Manipulation, Torture, Retributions and Cover-ups in the Iraq War.  Since 2001, approximately 1,500,000 members of the Armed Forces 
have been deployed in support of the conflicts in Iraq (Public Law 107-243) and Afghanistan (Public Law 107-40).  At this time more 
than 150,000 United States military personnel are bravely and honorably serving in Iraq.  Over 3,100 members of the Armed  Forces have 
died, and over 22,500 wounded.  The foundation of Africa Command on October 1, 2007 finished the international command structure of 
the US military.  The improved mental health kept US casualties the lowest since the beginning of the war in Iraq.  The Iraqi government
reported that civilian casualties were 77% lower than in June.  The time is clearly ripe to permit Iraqi democracy to conclude the peace.  
332 pages.  


United Food and Commercial Workers UFCW 1099 v. Kroger Company HA-1-11-07


11,000 workers from Cincinnati and Dayton plan to go on strike from 77 stores at midnight 1 November. Kroger employs 300,000 nationwide.  There are rumors that the CEO Dave Dillon earned a $100 million bonus.  The Kroger Co. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kroger (NYSE:KR) is one of the nation's largest grocery retailers, with fiscal 2006 sales of $66.1 billion.  The Union is asking for quality, affordable health care, fair wages and a responsible benefits package.  Negotiators are recommended to take immediate action on the $0.50 wage increase.  Wage rate increases of $0.95/hour for department heads, $0.90/hour for assistant department heads and $0.85 for top-rated clerks does not appease Union voters.  For Corporate to convince the Union before the strike it is suggested to offer everyone a $0.50 raise, a cost of $5,500 an hour.  It would not be contemptuous for the Union to demand a $0.50 raise. Can Union and Corporate negotiators reach an agreement before midnight by sweetening the healthy deal of October 29 to include a $0.50 hourly raise for all 11,000 Cincinnati and Dayton employees not already covered by this contract?


CHAPTER 10 Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH)


To incorporate the contents of Chapter 1 Navy Hospitals, Army and Navy Hospital, and Hospital Relief for Seamen and Others §1-40 in Chapter 10 Armed Forces Retirement Home §400-435.  Sections 400 and 435 are new.  The Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) houses an estimated 1,600 veterans at the U.S. Soldiers' and Airmen's Home (USSAH) in Washington, D.C and the U.S. Naval Home (USNH) in Gulfport, Mississippi, that has been closed due to damages caused by Hurricane Katrina.  The Naval Home was established in the Naval Hospital Act of Feb. 26, 1811, by Paul Hamilton of South Carolina, secretary of the Navy under President James Madison. The charter was to provide a permanent asylum for decrepit and disabled naval officers, seamen, and Marines.  The Naval Home was officially opened in 1834 and was known as the Naval Asylum until the name was changed to the Naval Home in 1880.  The Soldiers' Home was established in 1851, as an asylum for old and disabled veterans. The armed forces retirement home is a treasured right of veterans who have laid down their arms under Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions. AFRH statute settled the largest war reparations in history - $20 billion of the $33 Madrid conference for the reconstruction of Iraq that needs to be repeated equally for Afghanistan whereas common Article 1 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights reaffirms the right of all peoples to self‑determination