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The case below proves that the Supreme Court is not worried about a revolution.  They have joined in on the class war against the American worker fully confident that the American worker will not even realized that the ruing class has (quietly) declared war on everybody else.

 

Union End Times: The Supreme Court's Fatal Attack on Public-Sector Workers

 

https://www.counterp...8/06/29/103322/

 

Introduction:

 

(Counterpunch) The courts have always been an instrument of plutocratic power. But the war against American workers has intensified in Trump’s America. With its recent rulings, Harris v. Quinn (2014) and Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (2018), the Supreme Court has set American workers’ rights back decades. Through these cases, the court is hammering the final nails in the coffin of organized labor, threatening what little remains of unionization in America. While just 11 percent of Americans are members of a union – most of which are in the public sector – the Janus case threatens to destroy what little remains of the economic foundation of state and local unions. A full collapse of unions in America appears to be increasingly likely in its aftermath.

 

The Harris case was a prelude to Janus, with the Supreme Court ruling that home care workers could opt out of paying “fair share” union dues. Under state law (at least before the Janus case), all employees operating in a union workplace were required to contribute to these dues. The logic behind these forced payments was simple: since all workers (whether in the union or not) are protected by the union’s collective bargaining agreements (which secure pay raises and other benefits for employees), all should be compelled to pay their “fair share” in helping secure those benefits. With Janus, fair share union laws have been overturned for all public-sector workers across 23 states – including Illinois – where the Janus and Harris cases originated.

 

To provide context, the Janus case traces back to the protests of one Mark Janus, a state of Illinois employee for the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. Janus filed a lawsuit against the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); he was angry at being forced to pay union dues to the tune of $44.58 per month, and $535 a year. As the Supreme Court reflected in its opinion, Janus objected to the dues since he opposes “many of the public policy positions that [his union] advocates,” including the demands it makes via the collective bargaining process. 

 

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State Workers Demand Refund of Union Fees After SCOTUS Ruling

 

https://www.courthou...-scotus-ruling/

 

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 SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Courthouse News) – In the aftermath of a landmark Supreme Court decision barring employee unions from extracting mandatory fees from workers who do not want to contribute, two government employees sued their union to get back the money they were forced to pay.

 

It is one of the first cases of its kind to emerge in the wake of Janus v. AFSCME, handed down by the nation’s highest court June 27.

 

Lead plaintiffs Jeff Lyon and Karen Sandberg filed the class action in Sacramento County Superior Court on Tuesday, saying they were due restitution for the agency fees paid to the Union of California State Workers over the course of their careers.

 

“Millions if not billions of dollars have been exacted from nonmembers in California alone,” the plaintiffs say in the complaint. “Through this action, plaintiffs and those similarly situated seek to recover those fees that should never have been taken from them in the first place.”

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In this Monday, June 25, 2018 photo, people gather at the Supreme Court awaiting a decision in an Illinois union dues case, Janus vs. AFSCME, in Washington.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


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How ‘Janus’ Will Boost Income Inequality in America

 

https://ourfuture.or...lity-in-america

 

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(Our Future.org) The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision against workers in the Janus vs. AFSCME case surprised no one who pays attention to America’s highest judicial panel. Every analyst following the case expected the Supremes to rule against America’s public sector unions. And that’s exactly what the high court, by a 5-4 margin, did.

 

The impact from this decision? That will surprise no one who pays attention to how modern economies work: The Supreme Court’s decision in Janus will leave the United States still more unequal.

 

The five justices who decided Janus never, of course, mentioned anything about inequality in their ruling that public sector unions cannot collect representational fees from the nonmembers they are legally required to represent. The Janus majority justices talked instead about protecting First Amendment rights. But that lofty philosophizing merely served as a convenient cover for our right wing’s continuing assault on the basic human right to justice on the job.

 

This assault — an effort bankrolled over the years by a relentless gang of fiercely anti-union deep pockets — has been remarkably effective.

 

Back in the 1950s, over a third of America’s workers belonged to unions. And that statistic underplayed the actual extent of the nation’s trade union presence. In the private sector, outside the South, unions represented over half the workforce in the decades right after World War II.


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Teachers Join Progressives as Partners “In a Revolution”

 

https://ourfuture.or...sroots-movement

 

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(OurFuture.org) Conservatives may believe they accomplished what they’ve endeavored to do for decades with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Janus v AFSCME, which undermined the ability of public-sector unions to raise funds from workers, but they may have also unintentionally unified progressive Democrats with teachers’ unions as never before to form a more powerful grassroots movement.

 

That unification is certainly the image conveyed by the annual conventions of the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers that both took place in July. Union leaders at both events made strong speeches denouncing President Trump and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, vowing to thrive despite Janus, and pledging to harnessthe energy of the #RedForEd movement that sent teachers out into the streets to protest in state after state across the nation this spring.

 

The unions also hailed the unprecedented number of teachers running for elected office this November, including a former national teacher of the year.

 

Partners in a Revolution

 

At the AFT meeting, the two former rivals for the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination – former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and current U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont – joined union President Randi Weingarten on stage – although not together. All three hailed teachers as partners in a “revolution.”

Clinton, in her speech, placed the union firmly in an “unprecedented outpouring of grassroots activism” for the broad progressive agenda for affordable healthcare, immigrant and refugee students, LGBT rights, and gun safety measures. With a reference to the “wrongly decided” Janus decision, Clinton declared, “Teachers’ unions aren’t going anywhere.”


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Disneyland Employees Vote to Approve Labor Contract

 

https://www.courthou...labor-contract/

 

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LOS ANGELES (Courthouse News) – Disneyland Resort employees voted Thursday to ratify a new labor agreement that will raise wages to $15 an hour by January 2019 and end a prolonged showdown between the Burbank-based entertainment giant and its workers.

 

The ratification of the three-year contract ends months of contentious bargaining and covers at least 9,700 employees who operate theme park attractions and maintain Disney hotels and a nearby shopping district.

 

Included in the contract are three wage increases of 3 percent for workers already making above $15, according to a statement from Service Employees International Union.

The deal also includes “improvements to policies around seniority, premium pay and paid days off,” the statement said.

 

“It’s important for Disney, as the largest employer in Orange County, to recognize the struggles workers go through as the cost of living continues to rise in the area,” said Artemis Bell, a Disneyland night shift custodian and union bargaining committee member. “With this contract, we are one step closer to a better situation for thousands of employees who put so much energy and heart into their jobs.”


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Missouri Voters Overturn Right-To-Work Measure, Rejecting Republican Lawmakers

 

https://www.huffingt...4b0b15abaa751fb

 

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(Huffington Post) Labor groups won a landmark and lopsided victory Tuesday as Missourians voted by referendum to overturn the state’s new right-to-work law, an embarrassing rejection for the state’s Republican lawmakers.

 

Proposition A asked voters whether or not they would like to enact the right-to-work statute that the state legislature passed and former Gov. Eric Greitens ® signed early last year. The “no” votes defeated the “yes” by a 2-1 margin, with 937,241 against the proposition and 452,075 for, according to returns released Tuesday night by the secretary of state.

The AFL-CIO union federation called the results “historic.”

 

“The defeat of this poisonous anti-worker legislation is a victory for all workers across the country,” Richard Trumka, the federation’s president, said in a statement.

 

The ballot measure drew interest far beyond Missouri due to the rapid spread of right-to-work laws around the country. Such laws give workers who are covered by a union contract the option to not pay any union fees while still enjoying the contract’s protections. Unions are likely to lose members and funding after a state becomes right-to-work.

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Unions are hoping that Missourians’ decision to reject right-to-work takes some steam out of the nationwide right-wing campaign to expand them.

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Here Are 10 Ways Workers Are Truly Screwed in the Trump Era

 

https://www.alternet...rewed-trump-era

 

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(Alternet) Labor Day has been a national holiday in the U.S. since 1894. Many struggles for workers’ rights that have occurred since then, from the labor movement and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s/early 1940s to the civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s. And history not only teaches us that gains in economic justice are incremental—it is also demonstrates that gains can easily be lost when workers aren’t vigilant about protecting them. The Donald Trump era has been a painful reminder of that fact: from Social Security and Medicare cutbacks to anti-union right-to-work laws to an increasingly far-right Supreme Court, the Trump administration and the Republicans who control both houses of Congress are determined to obliterate what’s left of FDR’s New Deal and President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society.

 

Here are ten ways in which, on Labor Day 2018, America’s embattled working class is seriously screwed in the Trump era.

 

1. Union Membership Has Reached Historic Lows

 

In 1954, union membership in the U.S. reached 34%, according to the Congressional Research Service; in other words, slightly more than one-third of workers were unionized when Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower was president. But in 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), only 10.7% of salaried U.S. workers belonged to unions. That 10.7% figure includes both public-sector and private-sector workers; in the private sector, only 6.5% of U.S. workers were unionized last year. And it’s important to remember that not only do unions have a positive impact on their members—they promote better working conditions across the board. So the more unions decline in the U.S., the worse it will be for American workers. 

 

See linked article for the other nine ways, many of which have been discussed extensively elsewhere in this forum.

 

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Here Are 10 Ways Workers Are Truly Screwed in the Trump Era

 

https://www.alternet...rewed-trump-era

 

 

If the decline continues things will probably get pretty unpleasant, but that in turn may rekindle worker's interest in getting organised and protecting themselves. 

 

So either there will be a resurgence in the next few years or there will be a horrible dystopian nightmare future in which workers have 0 rights. 



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Trump Betrays Workers – Again and Again and Again

 

 

https://ourfuture.or...again-and-again

 

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(OurFuture.org) “Promises made, Promises Kept” will be Donald Trump’s slogan as he campaigns “six or seven days a week” for Republicans this fall. During the 2016 election, Trump promised workers “more jobs and better wages,” that he would bring jobs back from abroad.

 

“Every policy decision we make must pass a simple test,” he said, “Does it create more jobs and better wages for Americans?”

 

Trump not only hasn’t delivered for workers; he’s joined the other side. It’s not an accident that workers in America have suffered stagnant wages and reduced benefits. It is the result of a systematic corporate campaign to crush unions, rig trading rules to benefit investors and undermine workers, and roll back public regulations and investments that benefit working people. Trump’s administration and the Republican Congress are doubling down on that assault.

 

Workers get a better share of the profits they help to produce when they can organize and bargain collectively. Union workers still enjoy better wages and benefits than non-union workers. When unions are strong, even non-union workers benefit. But under a decades-long relentless corporate assault, unions now represent only 11 percent of all workers and less than 7 percent of those in the private sector.

 

The only growth sector for unions has been public employees—police, fire fighters, teachers, and civil servants. Republicans, led by governors like Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, have therefore focused on weakening the ability of public employees to organize and bargain collectively. Trump has piled on. His nominee to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, provided the determining vote in the 5-4 Janus v. AFSCME decision that overturned 41 years of established precedent by ruling that workers somehow have the right not to pay dues to a union that must represent them in collective bargaining. The Supreme Court’s right-wing majority also ruled that employers could require workers to sign mandatory arbitration agreements that prohibit them from joining together in class-action lawsuits to protect their rights.


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McDonald's Workers Are Striking Against Sexual Harassment

 

https://theintercept...assment-me-too/

 

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(The Intercept)  WHEN KIMBERLY LAWSON was first sexually harassed while working at McDonald’s in Kansas City, she did exactly what she was supposed to do. A co-worker, she said, had hit on her “constantly,” made lewd comments, and touched her inappropriately. “I filed a complaint, but nothing was done,” said the 25-year-old single mother of one. “He kept working on the same shifts as me.” When Lawson’s shift manager also began tormenting her with verbal sexual remarks, she didn’t even bother filing a complaint.

 

Galvanized by experiences like these, Lawson, who earns $9 an hour, joined with McDonald’s workers from 10 cities to organize a daylong strike on Tuesday. It will be the first nationwide strike specifically targeting sexual harassment in the workplace. The labor action also charts a new course for #MeToo, which has mostly featured women in high-profile and white collar industries. The strike marks a notable step toward shifting #MeToo into a movement inclusive of — and organized by — low-wage workers against corporate America. Coordinated as a part of the Fight for $15 movement, the strike makes clear that the battle against sexual harassment and assault is inextricable from a broader labor struggle.

 

 “It’s historic,” Lawson told The Intercept. “Women are coming together and standing up — and creating hope for other women across the country.” Lawson, herself a Fight for $15 organizer, was shocked to learn how many fellow McDonald’s workers had shared her experiences.

 

For workers in the service industry, sexual harassment and violence is the norm, not the exception. A 2014 survey from the worker advocacy group Restaurant Opportunities Centers United found that nearly 80 percent of women in the industry had experienced some form of sexual harassment from co-workers, as had 70 percent of men. Eighty percent of women and 55 percent of men reported sexual harassment from customers. LGBTQ workers were particularly affected, the survey found.

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Protesters gather outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Minneapolis during a demonstration for higher wages as part of the National Day of Action to Fight for $15 on Nov. 29, 2016, in Minneapolis, Minn.

 

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NY Airports Approve Plan to Step Up Minimum Wage To $19 an Hour by 2023

 

https://nonprofitqua...n-hour-by-2023/

 

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(Nonprofit Quarterly) As many as 40,000 airport workers are now on a path to earn at least $19 an hour, the highest minimum wage target set by any public agency in the country, reports Patrick McGeehan in the New York Times. McGeehan indicates that the pay increase “was approved unanimously by the commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.” The increase will be phased in over five years.

 

“The vote by the Port Authority board came after several months of deliberation and years of pleading and pressure from unionized airport workers,” McGeehan adds.

The Port Authority operates three metro New York airports: LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

 

“The staggered wage increase will apply to most workers at those airports,” McGeehan says, “including baggage handlers, cabin cleaners and caterers.” Hector J. Figueroa, president of Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union, which represents many of the workers, is celebrating, since $19 an hour is “the highest targeted minimum wage anywhere in the country.”

 

Conclusion:

 

…But, as the report from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey points out, failing to pay sustainable wages can be even more expensive, as it undermines the ability to maintain a motivated and stable workforce. Often paying higher wages is not simply the morally right thing to do, but an important strategy for achieving mission-related goals.

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Amazon Workers Stage "We Are Not Robots" Protest

 

https://techcrunch.c...obots-protests/

 

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(Techcrunch) Amazon  warehouse workers in several countries in Europe are protesting over what they claim are inhuman working conditions which treat people like robots. It’s the latest in a series of worker actions this year.

 

They’ve timed the latest protest for Black Friday, one of the busiest annual shopping days online as retailers slash prices and heavily promote deals to try to spark a seasonal buying rush.

 

In the UK, the GMB Union says it’s expecting “hundreds” to attend protests timed for early morning and afternoon at Amazon warehouses in Rugeley, Milton Keynes, Warrington, Peterborough and Swansea.

 

At the time of writing the union had not provided details of turnout so far. 

 

Protests are also reported to be taking place in Spain, France and Italy today. Although, when asked about strikes at its facilities in these countries, Amazon claimed: “Our European Fulfilment Network is fully operational and we continue to focus on delivering for our customers. Any reports to the contrary are simply wrong.”

 

The demonstrations look intended to not only apply pressure on Amazon to accept collective bargaining but encourage users of its website to think about the wider costs involved in packing and dispatching the discounted products they’re trying to grab.


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Workers Protest Outside Amazon Warehouse

 

https://techcrunch.c...azon-warehouse/

 

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(Techcrunch) Yesterday afternoon, Somali-American workers marched outside of Amazon’s Shakopee, Minnesota fulfillment center, chanting “hear our voice.” Estimates of the exact number of marches vary from source to source, but The Minneapolis Star Tribune puts it at around 100.

 

It’s a fairly familiar refrain for the company, after years of reports about questionable working conditions. Some of that came to a head earlier this year when pressure from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders led the company to adopt a $15 minimum wage for warehouse workers.

 

The protesters cited unfair working conditions and the insensitive treatment of a local workforce that’s approximately 40 percent East African. “We needed secured jobs, we are not robots,” one employee told a local Fox affiliate.

 

The protest comes the same week employees at a New York City warehouse announced plans to unionize. It is, of course, an inopportune time for the online retail giant, with the Christmas holiday a mere 10 days away.


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Workers Just Notched A Rare Win In Federal Court

 

https://theintercept...mployer-ruling/

 

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(The Intercept) IN A MAJOR win for labor advocates, a federal court issued a long-awaited ruling last week finding that corporations could be held responsible for issues like wage discrimination or illegal job termination, even if the employees were subcontractors or working at a franchised company. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C Circuit determined that a business could be considered a so-called joint-employer if it exercised a certain level of “indirect control” over employees’ working conditions, or if it reserved the authority to do so down the line. The question of who counts as a joint-employer has been integral to movements like Fight for 15, which aims to organize fast-food workers who toil away in franchised businesses.


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LA Teachers Strike for First Time in 30 Years

 

https://www.courthou...me-in-30-years/

 

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LOS ANGELES (Courthouse News) – Rain fell on more than 30,000 Los Angeles Unified School District educators as they picketed and marched outside classrooms and schools Monday, the first day of a strike demanding class size reductions, more social workers and librarians and better pay for teachers at the nation’s second largest public-school districts.

 

The strike comes after a months-long impasse between the district and the United Teachers of Los Angeles union, and affects 700,000 students at more than 10,000 schools. Parents, a handful of students and other school staff braved the deluge to chant in support of teachers who, after weeks of fruitless negotiating with the district, launched their first citywide strike in nearly 30 years.

 

The union wants the district to use its $1.8 billion reserve to reduce class sizes, add nurses to every school campus and cap how much money charter schools receive across the district.

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Teachers and students picket in the rain outside Benjamin Franklin High School on Jan. 14 after contract negotiations with the Los Angeles Unified School District broke down.

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Thousands of Striking Teachers Rally in Downtown Los Angeles

 

https://www.motherjo...town-city-hall/

 

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(Mother Jones) On Friday, the fifth day of this year’s historic strike teachers’ strike in Los Angeles, an exodus of students, parents, teachers, and supporters flooded out of the nearby Metro station, and stomped onto the muddy greenery at Grand Park in downtown LA.

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Los Angeles Teachers Explain Why They’re on Strike for Their Students

 

https://www.motherjo...their-students/

 

(Mother Jones) Here’s what I heard from several (Los Angeles) teachers about the issues that concern them most and why they continue to strike. (See article linked above).


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Oracle Allegedly Withheld $400 Million In Wages From Underrepresented Workers

 

https://techcrunch.c...on-400-million/

 

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(TechCrunch) Oracle  has allegedly withheld $400 million in wages from racially underrepresented workers (black, Latinx and Asian) as well as women, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs said in a filing today. The OFCCP is the office within the DOL that enforces equal pay and ensures government contractors comply with anti-discrimination regulation.

 

In the OFCCP’s second amended complaint today, the office alleges Oracle “impermissibly denies equal employment opportunity to non-Asian applicants for employment, strongly preferring a workforce that it can later underpay. Once employed, women, Blacks and Asians are systematically underpaid relative to their peers,” the complaint alleges.

 

Allegedly, Oracle’s underpayment of certain employees is driven by the company’s reliance on prior salary information and funneling non-white, non-male employees into lower-paid roles.

 

The department argues that Oracle’s “stark patterns of discrimination” started back in 2013 and continues into the present day. More specifically, the OFCCP alleges Oracle discriminated against black, Asian and female employees. This has all ultimately resulted in the collective loss of more than $400 million for this group of employees, the suit alleges.

The office also alleges Oracle discriminates against those who have visas, often putting them in low-level jobs. The vast majority of hires from Oracle’s college recruiting program, the suit alleges, were international students with student visas.

 

caltrek's comment:  It is somewhat surprising to me that an agency within Trump's DOL would take such an action. I must be missing something :) 


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Below is a thread that very much relates to the theme of this thread. It, in turn, links a Twitter thread form a spouse of an employee laid off from Tesla as well as has some discussion on that Twitter feed.  Because the FT version of the thread has sunk from the first page of the News and Discussion forum, I thought that I would provide a link to it here:

 

https://www.futureti...t-tesla-let-go/


The principles of justice define an appropriate path between dogmatism and intolerance on the one side, and a reductionism which regards religion and morality as mere preferences on the other.   - John Rawls





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