Friday, April 29, 2016

We Reached 6,000 Twitter Followers!

We are excited about reaching 6,000 Twitter followers, a feat we thought improbable not too long ago. It shows that the public relates to our message about employee dignity and workplace democracy. Legally, as well, we feel this bolsters our credibility, since clearly the general public feels we have a message worth listening to.

We are absolutely thrilled to have this many followers, and we appreciate every single follower.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Why We Support #UniteBlue

We support #UniteBlue on Twitter for very basic reasons. Experience has taught us that the world does not conform to certain political theories that attract various groups. Experience has taught us that there are fundamental problems in a world where corporations are left to do as they please untrammeled. Regardless of the rhetoric, there has never been a society free of regulations. Businesses, like individuals, must be subject to restraints for the healthy functioning of society. A perfect example of this fact is the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, and how it has left the American public to bail out irresponsible financial institutions.

Furthermore, we oppose the idea that people should be registered in a database due to their religion or ethnicity. We also oppose the idea that Mexican immigrants -- who in large part do work that many others would rather not do for the wages offered -- are responsible for the economic and social crises afflicting America today. In our view, the targeting of Mexican-Americans as a whole is cowardly. The immigration debate should allow for a wide range of views, including whether there should be stricter enforcement, but the hate-filled rhetoric directed to an entire group is unacceptable.

Of course, we prefer Bernie over Hillary. He's more authentic than she is, and, regardless of what one may feel as to the effectiveness of his policies, he is at heart a public servant. However, the political landscape being what it is, we'll pick the lesser of two evils, which means Hillary over her demagogic Republican rival whose rhetoric towards some of the most vulnerable elements of our society is disturbing to say the least.

Of course, the Naples Tea Party types will hate this post. My response is, simply, that they are a dime a dozen in the city, and that our experience in dealing with Kent Security in Naples is no coincidence. This experience is an ineluctable outcome from the widespread notion that a business can do no wrong. Such a notion, culturally cherished in the city if not explicitly asserted, is anti-Biblical on its face, since Jesus chased out money-changers in one story of the New Testament. Unlike these suburban conservatives, Jesus did not believe that a business could do no wrong.

Our Growth

We aim to bring this blog to prominence. Our philosophy is "whatever it takes."

Right now we are in the hatchling stage but plenty of promotion is planned.

We've experienced massive success on Twitter and we believe that success can be replicated elsewhere.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Kent Security "Wall of Shame" at FunnyJunk

The Fox 4 report of the Kent Security "Wall of Shame" by Sara Belsole has gotten over 1500 views at FunnyJunk. When Sara Belsole called corporate, they refused to explain their behavior toward employees.

Hurley v. Kent of Naples d/b/a Kent Security

Here is the FindLaw summary of Hurley v. Kent Security. Pat Hurley worked as the CEO of Kent of Naples d/b/a Kent Security and sued the company following his termination.

Kent of Naples d/b/a Kent Security Behaved Unlawfully

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found that Kent Security behaved unlawfully when it retaliated against employees for trying to improve working conditions. They also expressed concern about Kent Security's disregard for employee safety concerns. As a result of the informal settlement, Kent of Naples was required to post notices informing security officers of their rights at gatehouses for 60 days.

This labor dispute arose due to the "Wall of Shame" scandal covered by the Miami New Times and Fox 4 of Cape Coral, and the subsequent retaliation towards employees who complained about mistreatment.

This isn't the first time Kent Security has dealt with the Labor Board: in 2011 employees filed a complaint with the agency as well as to the city of Miami due to an alleged violation of the city's "living wage" ordinance, among other things. In this case, Kent Security also settled with employees.

Given the positive intervention of the Labor Board in both of these cases, the agency has proven itself to be among the most efficient and fair federal agencies in the nation, and to be a protector of workplace dignity and rights. We are thus very grateful to this noble federal institution.

Despite our Labor Board victory, we haven't given up the fight for justice. We want to make sure people are held accountable for wrongdoing and that our actions become a deterrent to similar misconduct. We also oppose the dehumanization of employees at Kent Security and elsewhere. We believe that ethics and business are compatible, and that profits do not require employee degradation or abuse.

We also want to make sure that employees understand their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The NLRA, established in 1935, allows employees to complain about wages or working conditions without retaliation. The NLRA also gives employees the right to form a union, though non-union employees are also covered by the Act. The NLRA established the Labor Board to oversee complaints alleging violations of the Act.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Kent Security of North Miami Exposed by Miami New Times

Here is the Miami New Times report on Kent Security's Wall of Shame by Jessica Weiss.

There is a lot more to this story than what Jessica covered, but to her credit she did a great job as a journalist. It was an adventure recounting the situation with her over the phone in between my workouts at the gym. I must add she is a very understanding person and a top-notch journalist.

The Miami New Times deserves praise for covering Kent Security's misconduct multiple times.

Kent Security of Naples paddle.

Kent Security "Wall of Shame" Fox 4 Report

We will be providing information already publicly available regarding the Kent Security "Wall of Shame."

Here is the Fox 4 investigation of Kent of Naples d/b/a Kent Security.