Latest government overreach by thugs at BOLI

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by Rep. Mike Nearman

The latest government overreach – brought to you by the friendly thugs at the Bureau of Labor and Industries

When I think of tyranny, I think of guys with three-cornered hats and muskets and a mean old King in England.  I need to have less faith that we’ve moved beyond some of these problems in modern times. Tyranny still exists and walks among us.

Take Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian and the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.

He’s pushing for HB 2386 in the Oregon Legislature which would give the Labor Commissioner the power to issue cease and desist orders – effectively shut down businesses – until a labor complaint or other violation is resolved.  Because of the slow pace of litigation, this effectively results in a “guilty until proven innocent” system where a business must cease operations if “the commissioner has reason to believe that an employer has violated (the law).”

Ordinarily, I’m not inclined to yield more coercive power to the government, but in this case, I’m even less inclined so.  These are the same thugs who are beating up on the Gresham bakery, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, for refusing to bake a cake for religious reasons.  That’s your state government at work.  Keeping public accommodations free from discrimination.  Protecting religious liberty, not so much.  A whopping $150,000 fine on the bakery makes the point in a big way.

If you think that these fears are just Chicken Little claiming that “the sky is falling,” recall the summer of 2012, when the US Department of Labor investigators – these are the federal thugsprohibited a shipment of Oregon blueberries, invoking a “hot goods” provision of labor law.  With the prospect of their crop rotting, the growers signed an agreement to pay fines, admit fault and not to contest the charges.  Make ‘em an offer they can’t refuse.

Thankfully, US District Court reversed everything and even ordered the US Department of Labor to pay restitution to the blueberry growers.  Ironically, Commissioner Avakian denounced the USDOL actions at the time.  Now he’s asking the state legislature for the authority to do the exact same thing.  Why should the feds have all the fun?

You can join the fight against tyranny by finding your state legislator and letting them know that they should vote no on HB 2386.  We need to decide if the problem in Oregon is either that the government has too little power, or that hot blueberries and corrupt cakes might hit the market.

Thankfully, State Representative Mike Nearman (R-Independence) doesn’t get moved to use the word “thug” very often.  You can contact him at rep.mikenearman@state.or.us.

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  • Carl

    This brave man will save us from evil corporations who only want to destroy our mother, the earth. I applaud this proactive stance by the state government to help us, the little ones, who are defenseless in these days of big giant conglomerates who force us to do their bidding.
    I am sick of it and want help from my people in Salem.

    Finally, someone willing to stick it to the man.

    • guest

      Carl, you can Marxist your posterior to a tavern beer you and play pool with a stick protruding from your end game until your matey comes to keel haul you home to wedded abyss.

    • IhateLiberals

      Thanks for letting everyone know you’re a dummy and an economic illiterate Carl. And that “stick it to the man” comment shows you need to grow up and get a real job. I wonder how you would like having your source of support shut down by a union backed bureaucrat shill, who will take his sweet time deciding if your business needs to survive?
      This thuggish proposal affects both small, mom-and-pop businesses as well as larger corporations. It offers little recourse to the opinions of an elected bureaucrat.

      • carl/guest

        “Carl” and “guest” are the same idiot. There are only a half dozen people who actually read this site.

        • best surmized

          Spook ewe, shepherd-tryst, 4/20 doper 24/7 en urine analysis. mule herder.

  • Mary Anne

    My partner and I wanted a special cake to mark our first anniversary together….and some idiot in a local bakery said no…because we wanted a large 69 on the cake with our figures interlocking in a love embrace. I was sickened. We are together now and no different than any other couple…just that we are the same sex should not matter. Anyway, my partner is the “man”, so we are actually just like a regular couple. What don’t these people get? They deserve to be punished if they deny me my basic rights under God and the Constitution.

    • best surmized

      D’oh my! An udder aberrant behaviourism sux to the foire so wasted in udder grassism;.

    • Granola girl

      So you want to be and act as intolerant as the bakers? Think about it. Everyone has a right to what they believe in, and just because you are gay, does not mean the rest of the world MUST accept you. Maybe you should learn to respect other peoples rights, besides your own. Oh and by the way, my best friend is a lesbian with a partner, they CHOOSE not to make a big deal out of it so I do understand what being gay is about.

      • Eric Blair

        You realize that Mary Anne is just trolling right? That “she” isn’t even a real liberal. In fact, I’m willing to be that Mary Anne and Carl are the same person. Why is it that so many conservatives on here don’t get that?

        A bakery is a public accommodation – which makes the rules different. You have the right and freedom to believe what you wish… but not the right to deny services in a public accommodation because of those beliefs.

        Here is part of the problem… Cakes by Melissa didn’t discriminate against all customers based upon the sinful nature of their customer… just one specific sin. This is just a personal bias wrapped in a shroud of religious freedom.

      • Eric Blair

        It is nice that you are noting that the bakers are intolerant. How does that fit in with their Christan beliefs I wonder?

  • Eric Blair

    LOL.. Melissa can practice her religion all she wants. I’d be very surprised if her religion forbade her from baking cakes for gay people. However, if someone can show me where in the Bible it says, “Thou shalt not bake a cake….”

    • guest

      Urinalysis pe’ers from seems a carp-all tunnel sin drum sprayed out on the OC community.

      clEric Blare, suggest you take a fright to Niagara or a tippy canoe to Love Carnal, err, how about leaky kayak to Nyack, or just an Airbus outa forensic with a sickly Airbus copilot?

    • MrBill

      Precisely. Whether the woman ordering the cake was gay or not has never been the issue. Melissa opposes homosexual marriage and forcing her to bake a cake celebrating one is the issue. At some point, business owners need to have the right to say no to customer requests.

      • Eric Blair

        But the she is not celebrating the gay marriage. The cake is owned by people ordering it once it is in their possession. Baking a cake is not, based on all accounts, a practice of her religions. Presumably people buying cakes and pastries are her shop could be using them in all sorts of ceremonies that violate her religious beliefs. The fact that she knew before hand isn’t sufficient to use her religious beliefs as pretext for denying service to people who belong to a protected class. Would she have refused to bake a cake for a Buddhist wedding? Or for agnostics or atheists? She doesn’t make only “christian” cakes. I don’t believe this came into conflict with her religious beliefs – she doesn’t stipulate that any of her products can only be used in christian ceremonies, or in a way that doesn’t conflict with her christian beliefs. I think she used her religious beliefs as justification to inflict her bigotry on people she doesn’t agree with.

        If her religious beliefs dictate who she conducts business, then perhaps she should expressly create a business that caters ONLY to Christians.

        • MrBill

          She may not be celebrating the homosexual marriage, but she’s being forced to participate (under penalty of having her livelihood nuked if she doesn’t). That’s the issue. It’s evident that she recognizes marriage as being the union of a man and woman regardless of whether they happen to be Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Atheist, etc.

          • Eric Blair

            I don’t see how she is participating. By that logic all sorts of people who are not attending are participating down to the companies that make the groom’s socks.

            Except, if you make a cake for a Buddhist wedding, you’re participating in a ceremony that acknowledges a false God (or Gods). That directly conflicts with the Christian belief in only one God…. the God of the Bible.

          • guest

            OMG, EB emits to being a golden calf roper of snorts.

  • nadiasindi

    End Mass Incarceration Oregon: “Thugs called: BOLI – More so, take Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian and the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.
    We have posted much about BOLI, the ineffective civil rights investigatory unit in good ole boy fer ya OREEEGUNNN!! — where usually, if there is a race or disability discrimination complaint submitted to their office to fairly and lawfully investigate, they rarely do. They love the gay and lesbian community though — but if you’re Black? Get back; for when you complain about the discrimination conducted by BOLI itself and how trifling their unlawful their investigation operate, what do you get? CRICKETS!!! You have to file a federal action over their heads… when you make your concerns known to the governor or attorney general of ORREEEEGUNNN? What is the final outcome? CRICKETS!!! CRICKETS!!! Dumbasses, useless dumbasses! All of them!
    Here we go again… THUGS HARD AT WORK –TO SCREW YOU OVER — ON MANY LEVELS. THIS ONE JUST TAKES AN ALL-TIME LOW. Here we go….
    Ordinarily, I’m not inclined to yield more coercive power to the government, but in this case, I’m even less inclined so. These are the same thugs who are beating up on the Gresham bakery, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, for refusing to bake a cake for religious reasons. That’s your state government at work. Keeping public accommodations free from discrimination. Protecting religious liberty, not so much. A whopping $150,000 fine on the bakery makes the point in a big way.
    If you think that these fears are just Chicken Little claiming that “the sky is falling,” recall the summer of 2012, when the US Department of Labor investigators – these are the federal thugs — prohibited a shipment of Oregon blueberries, invoking a “hot goods” provision of labor law. With the prospect of their crop rotting, the growers signed an agreement to pay fines, admit fault and not to contest the charges. Make ‘em an offer they can’t refuse.”

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