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Feds arrest five members of 'B Squad' militia allegedly run by former GOP House candidate in Jan. 6

Source: NBC News


WASHINGTON — Federal authorities have arrested and charged five members of a militia alleged to be run by a former candidate for Congress in connection with the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

A criminal complaint names only one of the five people, Brian Preller, who, according to court records, was arrested in Vermont in connection with the case. Four of the people face a felony count of civil disorder apiece, while one faces two misdemeanor counts.

The other men are John Edward Crowley, Jonathan Alan Rockholt, Tyler Quintin Bensch and Benjamin Cole, a federal official told NBC News. Crowley, Rockholt and Bensch were set to appear in federal court in the Middle District of Florida on Wednesday, while Cole was scheduled to appear in the Western District of Kentucky.

The people all refer to themselves as members of the “B Squad" and were associated with the Three Percent movement, authorities said in the criminal complaint. They wore “Guardians of Freedom” logos on Jan. 6, 2021.


Although the Justice Department did not name "B Leader," it included several screenshots from a video of him in the complaint. NBC News was able to identify “B Leader” as Jeremy Liggett, a Florida man who ran in a Republican primary for the U.S. House this year, based on social media posts, including a copy of the video the Justice Department used, which Liggett posted on social media.

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Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/feds-charge-members-b-squad-militia-allegedly-run-former-gop-house-can-rcna44621

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No threads about the Get Back Documentary?

Can't reccomend this highly enough! Fell in love with the boys all over again. Its the ultimate come from behind win. I cried like eight times. Watch it, you won't regret it.




IATSE Sets Strike Date for 60,000 Film and Television Workers, Ratcheting Pressure on Studios

Source: Variety

Negotiations to prevent a strike that could bring the film and television production business to its knees are going down to the wire.

Matthew Loeb, president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, said early Wednesday that unless an agreement is reached, 60,000 union members will begin a nationwide strike against the major studios on Oct. 18 at 12:01 a.m. Such a work stoppage would be catastrophic, halting production across the U.S.

Union members are demanding better hours and working conditions, saying that the surge in production over the past decade has led to long hours and dangerous situations on set.

Loeb said the union will continue bargaining with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers this week in the hopes of reaching an agreement that addresses core issues. The unions are seeking a 10-hour turnaround between shifts for all workers, as well as a 54-hour turnaround on weekends. They are also seeking increased meal penalties, as a way to force productions to stop for lunch, and an end to discounted rates for streaming services.



Read more: https://variety.com/2021/film/news/iatse-sets-strike-date-film-and-television-workers-1235088054/

IATSE Members Vote to Authorize a Strike With Over 98 Percent Support

IATSE Members Vote to Authorize a Strike With Over 98 Percent Support

Source: Hollywood Reporter

OCTOBER 4, 2021 11:12AM


Signaling overwhelming support for its union’s battle with producers over two expiring contracts, as widely expected, IATSE members have voted to authorize an industry-wide strike. This marks the first authorization of a nationwide strike in the union’s history.

Over 98 percent of eligible members from 36 Locals voted to authorize a strike in the momentous contest for the union — which bargains on behalf of over 150,000 crew members internationally, including cinematographers, operators, grips, editors, costumers and writers assistants, among others. This strike authorization vote concerns around 60,000, or about 40 percent, of those workers. Meanwhile, about 90 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot. Members voted simultaneously between October 1 and October 3 via ballots that were emailed to them, a little under two weeks after international president Matthew D. Loeb announced to members that the union would take the step amid stalled contract talks.

“The members have spoken loud and clear,” Loeb said in a statement on Monday. “This vote is about the quality of life as well as the health and safety of those who work in the film and television industry. Our people have basic human needs like time for meal breaks, adequate sleep, and a weekend. For those at the bottom of the pay scale, they deserve nothing less than a living wage.”


According to the union, during negotiations the AMPTP did not satisfactorily budge on critical issues including “excessively unsafe and harmful working hours,” “unlivable wages for the lowest paid crafts,” “consistent failure to provide reasonable rest during meal breaks, between workdays, and on weekends” and “workers on certain ‘new media’ streaming projects get paid less.” With the vote, the union was hoping to demonstrate its workers’ solidarity and gain more leverage in these talks.


Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/iatse-strike-vote-results-1235017990/


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IATSE Members Vote to Authorize a Strike With Over 98 Percent Support

Source: Hollywood Reporter

OCTOBER 4, 2021 11:12AM


Signaling overwhelming support for its union’s battle with producers over two expiring contracts, as widely expected, IATSE members have voted to authorize an industry-wide strike. This marks the first authorization of a nationwide strike in the union’s history.

Over 98 percent of eligible members from 36 Locals voted to authorize a strike in the momentous contest for the union — which bargains on behalf of over 150,000 crew members internationally, including cinematographers, operators, grips, editors, costumers and writers assistants, among others. This strike authorization vote concerns around 60,000, or about 40 percent, of those workers. Meanwhile, about 90 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot. Members voted simultaneously between October 1 and October 3 via ballots that were emailed to them, a little under two weeks after international president Matthew D. Loeb announced to members that the union would take the step amid stalled contract talks.

“The members have spoken loud and clear,” Loeb said in a statement on Monday. “This vote is about the quality of life as well as the health and safety of those who work in the film and television industry. Our people have basic human needs like time for meal breaks, adequate sleep, and a weekend. For those at the bottom of the pay scale, they deserve nothing less than a living wage.”


According to the union, during negotiations the AMPTP did not satisfactorily budge on critical issues including “excessively unsafe and harmful working hours,” “unlivable wages for the lowest paid crafts,” “consistent failure to provide reasonable rest during meal breaks, between workdays, and on weekends” and “workers on certain ‘new media’ streaming projects get paid less.” With the vote, the union was hoping to demonstrate its workers’ solidarity and gain more leverage in these talks.


Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/iatse-strike-vote-results-1235017990/



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The last time it was 'Hollywood's Bloody Friday.' With no deal in sight, will crews strike again?


The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), which represents some 43,000 Hollywood workers, is not known for rocking the boat.


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The union has been attempting to secure a new, three-year basic agreement that covers thousands of prop makers, costumers, camera operators and other technicians who work behind the scenes on film and TV sets. But negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have been strained and a new deadline passed Friday without a deal.

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Among the key sticking points in negotiations is long hours. The union is seeking what it describes as reasonable amounts of time between leaving work and returning the next day, and penalties for studios that eliminate meal breaks and work crews into the weekends.

The other big issue is streaming pay. The union contends that pay rates and residuals for shows that are streamed are unfairly discounted and that crews don’t get credited pension hours on some shows



https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2021-09-10/the-last-time-it-involved-the-mob-and-warner-bros-could-iatse-strike-again


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Georgia to join GOP-led states ending extra jobless aid payments

Source: The Atlanta Journal Constitution

Gov. Brian Kemp said the state will end the extra $300 in weekly jobless payments that thousands of Georgians receive on top of their unemployment checks during the pandemic, part of what he described as an effort to push more residents into the workforce.


The Republican announced the decision on Thursday in a Fox News interview, saying the incentives are “hurting our productivity not only in Georgia, but around the country.”

The subsidies are set to end in mid-to-late June.

“This is an issue I’m getting pounded on every day by our small business owners and many Georgians,” Kemp said. “They need some help.”

While small businesses called for the move, many of the people receiving benefits say the money has been essential to paying for housing and food. While many low-wage jobs are open, many of the jobless were better paid before the pandemic and are searching for something that matches their experience and abilities.



Read more: https://www.ajc.com/ajcjobs/georgia-to-join-gop-led-states-ending-extra-jobless-aid-payments/CXFLK2OGM5CI5NPDF5DMYYOVKM/



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Chinese Rocket Tweet of the moment

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