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    ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Bus assistants who work with special education students will rally in support of union rights before Monday’s Cherry Creek School District board meeting. That group of employees have asked to be on the school board’s agenda for the past three months to discuss unionization. (credit: ThinkStock) The bus assistants work exclusively with special education students and handle medication and manage behavior and other needs during transport to and from school. They are asking to be included in the Cherry Creek Transportation Employees Association. They want union recognition like bus assistants in other districts, including Jefferson County, Boulder Valley and Westminster. Nearly 80% of the bus assistants have signed union cards. The board is expected to review the draft policy but are not expected to take a vote on Monday night. The school board meeting begins at 7 p.m. The rally is set for 6 p.m.
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore County police union wants to oust Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt, according to union officials. The Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police held a vote on the topic during a meeting at the Holiday Inn at Timonium, Maryland, which was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The union said in a letter to Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski that it had “lost all faith and confidence in Melissa Hyatt as the Chief of the Baltimore County Police Department.” Prior to the meeting, union members said in a social media post that they would discuss grievances, local elections, staffing, the Police Accountability Board, and the Police Memorial/Fallen Heroes Ceremony during the meeting. Topics for discussion will include: Grievances, Local Elections, Staffing, the Police Accountability Board and the Police Memorial/Fallen Heroes Ceremony. — Baltimore County FOP Lodge 4 (@BaltoCoFOP4) May 23, 2022
    President Joe Biden gets back on the road Wednesday after spending part of the week tearing into 'ultra MAGA' Republicans – this time heading to a farm in Illinois before heading to Chicago where he will address a large union crowd. On Wednesday, Biden plans to go after Russian President Vladimir Putin as a root cause of an inflationary spike, with Americans increasingly frustrated by rising prices for food and gas. Biden is back outside Washington after a trip last week to visit a Javelin factory in Alabama, another trip linked to the war in Ukraine. He plans to tout efforts to ensure adequate food supplies, amid inflation that Democrats view as a top liability this year. Biden says it is his 'top' priority. He raised the issue of grain trapped inside Ukraine due to the war on Tuesday. President Joe Biden will promote food security issues amid an inflation spike Ukraine is a top global bread basket, with countries in Africa and around the world counting on its products. But Putin is trying to seize a ‘land bridge’ that...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has found merit in a union charge that Amazon violated labor law in New York City’s Staten Island by holding mandatory worker meetings to persuade its employees not to unionize. The labor board has in the past allowed employees to mandate such meetings, which are routinely held at companies like Amazon and Starbucks during union drives. But in a memo sent to the agency’s field offices last month, NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo said she believes the meetings, often called “captive audience meetings,” are at odds with labor law, and would seek to get them outlawed. The agency’s determination was shared Friday with an attorney representing the Amazon Labor Union, which filed the charge in the lead-up to the first successful U.S. organizing effort in the retail giant’s history. The attorney, Seth Goldstein, called it “a big victory.” An NLRB spokesperson said the agency will issue a complaint against Amazon unless the retailer agrees to a settlement. If the company doesn’t settle, the complaint would trigger an administrative court process...
    Starbucks criticized President Joe Biden for meeting with an organizer who is trying to help its shops unionize. The company, famous for roasting coffee, requested a meeting with the president and said it was "deeply concerned" about a Starbucks representative not being invited to the meeting. WATCH: PETA ACTIVISTS CHARGED WITH FELONIES AFTER SUPERGLUING THEMSELVES TO STARBUCKS “We believe this lack of representation discounts the reality that the majority of our partners oppose being members of a union and the unionization tactics being deployed by Workers United,” A.J. Jones, Starbucks’s head of global communications and public affairs, wrote in a letter to the White House dated for Thursday. “As you know, American workers have the absolute right to decide for themselves to unionize, or not to unionize, without any undue influences.” On Thursday, Biden met with 39 national labor leaders, including Laura Garza, who is spearheading a unionization effort at Starbucks’s New York Roastery. The meeting was intended to promote unionization efforts across the country, something Biden championed as a candidate. "When I ran...
    New York (CNN Business)Starbucks isn't pleased that the White House left management out of a meeting with union representatives. On Thursday, union organizers representing workers at Starbucks, REI and Amazon, among others, met with Vice President Kamala Harris and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh at the White House. President Joe Biden also stopped by the meeting to greet the organizers.Representatives for Starbucks (SBUX) weren't present. That doesn't sit well with the company. "We are deeply concerned" that union representatives were invited to the meeting while "official Starbucks representatives" weren't there to share their views, wrote AJ Jones II, SVP of global communications and public affairs at Starbucks, in a Friday letter addressed to Steve Ricchetti, counselor to the president. Starbucks is "deeply concerned" that it was excluded from a White House meeting with union representatives. "We believe this lack of representation discounts the reality that the majority of our partners oppose being members of a union," he said. "I am requesting the opportunity to meet with you and bring a diverse, representative group of Starbucks [employees] ... so that they...
    In this article SBUXUS President Joe Biden delivers remarks on economic growth, jobs, and deficit reduction in the Roosevelt Room on Wednesday May 4, 2022.Demetrius Freeman | The Washington Post | Getty ImagesStarbucks is asking the White House for a meeting after President Joe Biden met with an organizer who is helping its coffee shops unionize. The president met with 39 national labor leaders on Thursday, including Christian Smalls, who heads the Amazon Labor Union, and Laura Garza, a union leader at Starbucks' New York City Roastery. Biden has been a vocal supporter of unions, from the campaign trail to his time in the Oval Office, during a time when high-profile labor drives at companies like Amazon, Apple and Conde Nast are making headlines. A.J. Jones, Starbucks' head of global communications and public affairs, wrote in a letter Thursday that the decision to not invite any representatives from the company was deeply concerning. "We believe this lack of representation discounts the reality that the majority of our partners oppose being members of a union and the unionization tactics being...
    Vice President Kamala Harris and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh met with union organizers at the White House on Thursday as the administration looks to boost unionization campaigns. Participants in the meeting, which featured an unscheduled appearance by President Joe Biden, discussed organizers’ efforts to form unions in their workplaces, and how those could prompt workers around the country to mount similar organization campaigns, according to a readout from the White House. Biden thanked them for bolstering organizing momentum that is growing nationally. Among the guests were Chris Smalls, who heads the Amazon Labor Union that won a vote last month to unionize warehouse workers on Staten Island, New York. Addressing a union conference in Washington last month, Biden quipped, “By the way, Amazon here we come,” drawing loud cheers, though he didn’t elaborate. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said after the meeting that Biden’s participation was about promoting labor organizing across the country, not at Amazon specifically. “The president has long been a supporter of the rights of workers to organize, the rights of collective bargaining and he dropped...
    Twitter users encouraged employees at the social media company to unionize and promised to decamp for smaller services shortly after the company announced it had sold itself to Tesla founder Elon Musk for $44 billion. The micro-blogging website released a statement Monday afternoon saying it had agreed to a deal for Musk to buy the social media giant for $54.20 per share in cash. Within minutes, tweets decrying the full purchase - a move that seemed unlikely as recently as Saturday - came rolling in.  Some threatened to head to alternative sites like CounterSocial, which crashed as incensed Twitter users flocked to sign up for backup accounts. Others said it was a perfect time for Twitter employees to engage in collective bargaining.  'Today seems like a great day for Twitter employees to form a union... After all, the new owner did just spend $44 billion to buy it,' one user said. People for Bernie, a group that supports Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, wrote: 'Twitter employees, may we introduce you to @CODE_CWA,' referring to an initiative of the Communication Workers...
    (CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told House Democrats in a closed-door caucus meeting on Wednesday morning that she "shredded" the President's State of the Union speech Tuesday night because Trump "shredded the truth" in his address, according to one person in the room. In a dramatic move captured on camera, Pelosi ripped up her copy of the President's speech after he concluded the annual address to Congress. Earlier in the night, the President appeared to snub the House Speaker by ignoring her attempt at a handshake. Pelosi slammed the speech in the Democrats' closed-door caucus meeting, explaining why she tore it up afterward, according to multiple sources in the room.Pelosi was fired up in the meeting, the sources said, and she told her members that the speech was "a disgrace" for having so many falsehoods in it."He shredded the truth, so I shredded his speech," Pelosi said, according to one person in the room. These 2 Nancy Pelosi photos perfectly describe the state of our unionRead MoreShe said she felt "liberated" because she felt the speech was so outrageous, according to...
    Newcomer Minneapolis Council members like Ward 2’s Robin Wonsley Worlobah and Ward 10’s Aisha Chughtai participated in labor organizing before being elected last fall. And now that they are sworn-in officials working at City Hall, they want the city to have the backs of workers who wish to negotiate with their employers.  The approach comes on the heels of a slew of Minneapolis businesses seeing their workers attempt to unionize during the pandemic, particularly in the service industry like restaurants and cafes, attempts that had seen varying levels of success.   In 2020, employees at both Surly Brewing Company and Spyhouse Coffee attempted to unionize, though ultimately failed after workers voted against unionizing. That same year, Tattersall Distilling staff voted to form a union, and Du Nord Craft Spirits formed a union in 2021. Article continues after advertisement The approach by Minneapolis City Council members to support union efforts and labor negotiations comes just as workers at a Minneapolis Starbucks attempt to unionize, and as teachers and education staff at Minneapolis Public Schools have taken to the picket lines.  Council Member...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The threat to opening day on March 31 appeared to intensify on Thursday when the drawn-out talks to end Major League Baseball’s lockout ended just 15 minutes after they resumed following a four-day break. What was supposed to be the second day of spring training workouts instead was the 78th day of the second-longest work stoppage in baseball history. After just the sixth meeting on core economics since the lockout began Dec. 2, the sides had differing interpretations of the brevity: The union didn’t read much into the short session, and management attributed the lack of length to having nothing to talk about. “I’m pretty sure I’ve had at bats longer than this meeting,” New York Mets infielder Luis Guillorme tweeted. While there was a session scheduled for Friday on non-core issues, there is no set date for the resumption of the main talks. The sides have about two weeks left to reach a deal that would allow sufficient spring training ahead of an on-time opening. “I just hope something gets resolved quickly,” Yankees infielder DJ...
    By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — On what was supposed to be the second day of spring training, negotiations aimed at ending Major League Baseball’s lockout resumed Thursday at the office of the players’ association. The meeting lasted about 15 minutes. READ MORE: What Should Go In A Boston Time Capsule? Mayor Wu Seeks SuggestionsA three-man MLB delegation led by Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem arrived shortly before 1 p.m. for just the sixth negotiating session on core economics since baseball’s ninth work stoppage began Dec. 2. The union intended to respond to new proposals management made last Saturday. READ MORE: Curry College Offering $10,000 Reward After More Threatening Messages Found On CampusBaseball’s first stoppage since 1995 was in its 78th day. There is little chance exhibition games will start as scheduled on Feb. 26, and opening day on March 31 will soon be threatened. Given the need for 21-28 days of training and additional time to report and go through COVID-19 protocols, an agreement by the end of February or early March is needed for an...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and the players’ association are scheduled to meet Thursday in the first negotiations between the parties since labor talks broke off Dec. 1. The planning of the meeting was disclosed Tuesday to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement was made. MLB has been preparing a new proposal for the union, several people familiar with the talks have said. The meeting will end a 42-day gap between economic talks, with negotiations limited to peripheral issues. Management locked out the union on Dec. 2 following the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement, the sport’s ninth work stoppage but first since a 7 1/2-month strike in 1994-95. The dispute threatens spring training, which is scheduled to start Feb. 16 in Florida and Arizona. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Ninety percent of Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) members reportedly vowed to strike if the Chicago Public School District returned teachers and students to in-person learning after winter break, according to polling data from the union. Union members were asked to complete a survey titled “Possible Actions for Safety January 2022” by Dec. 27 in the lead-up to a Dec. 28 Zoom meeting. The survey results uncovered that 89% of CTU members said they would participate in “remote-work action,” or a strike against in-person work, according to results obtained by a school choice advocate who attended the union’s Zoom meeting. A separate members-only poll was taken during the Zoom meeting. It reportedly found that 91% of members who attended the virtual meeting supported “remote-work action.” BREAKING: 91% of Chicago Teachers Union members who responded to their internal poll tonight said they would participate in a “remote-work action” after winter break. — Corey A. DeAngelis (@DeAngelisCorey) December 29, 2021 Members were also asked whether they felt their schools offered staff access to adequate testing during the online meeting. Fifty-nine percent of...
    The Baltimore police union told its officers Friday not to reveal their coronavirus vaccine status due to the city’s lack of communication.  “It is understandable that our members have questions about a policy with so little information being provided by the city. Until the city responds to our right to bargain these issues, or the courts intervene, I suggest you do nothing in regard to revealing your vaccination status as it is outlined in the city’s policy,” Sgt. Mike Mancuso, president of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 3, said in the letter to members, Mancuso said his group has been trying to talk to the city for weeks about its “various, and very obvious, issues with their vague policy.” “FOP3 believes that there are multiple collective bargaining issues that surround the city’s vaccination policy. We have made multiple attempts to sit down and discuss these issues to no avail,” he said. There is a meeting scheduled for Wednesday, two days after the policy is set to take place. The union has filed an unfair labor practice complaint with the...
    The White House announced on Thursday afternoon that the U.S. will commit millions of additional doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine with the African Union in the coming weeks.  The U.S. government plans to share an additional 17 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s shot with the African Union. The White House said in a press release that this contribution comes on top of the 50 million doses of vaccine that the U.S. has already sent to the African Union.  The Biden administration said that the donation represents half of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine purchased by the U.S. for its own domestic vaccination program. The single-dose vaccine is considered an asset particularly because it requires only one shot and can be more easily stored. The rollout of the vaccine in the U.S. was hampered, however, due to reports of rare cases of blood clots in individuals who received it back in April and failures at a Baltimore plant producing the vaccine. The White House said in a statement that the doses will “help close the vaccine equity gap.” The 17...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Vegas goaltender Robin Lehner said Tuesday he is encouraged about inciting change in hockey after having conversations with the NHL and NHL Players’ Association about concerns he voiced on social media over the weekend. The NHL reached out to Lehner to set up an interview after he made several accusations Saturday night on Twitter, including that “many teams” give players drugs without a doctor’s consent. He also accused the Buffalo Sabres of botching ankle surgery he had while playing for the the team and brought up Philadelphia Flyers coach Alain Vigneault in a series of tweets about the state of the league. Lehner, a longtime mental health advocate who has been open about his bipolar disorder and own struggles off the ice, hopes to continue the dialogue in a more private fashion from now on. “This weekend was a cry for help from this league, the league that I love, that has given me so much,” Lehner said. “I’m just looking to protect the younger players, and the only way to affect change in my...
    Get more in-depth, daily coverage of Chicago politics at The Daily Line. CHICAGO — The City Council is scheduled to vote during its meeting on Tuesday to loosen regulations for cannabis dispensaries and approve a $600 million, eight-year contract with the city’s rank-and-file police union, among dozens of other measures. Tuesday is the last time the City Council is scheduled to meet before Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveils her long-awaited 2022 budget proposal next Monday. The council is scheduled to hold budget hearings to grill officials from each department between Sept. 24 and Oct. 8. Aldermen in the council’s Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards spent hours last week debating Lightfoot’s proposal (O2021-3249) to roll back zoning regulations on pot shops and growers before ultimately voting 14-4 to advance the measure to the full council. The ordinance would shrink the city’s downtown cannabis “exclusion zone” to a fraction of its current size, limiting it to a sideways T-shaped area spanning Michigan Avenue between Division and 16th streets and the Grand Avenue corridor between State Street and Navy Pier. It would also allow dispensaries and...
    AUSTIN — A union for Loretto Hospital workers is calling for the facility’s leaders to meet with them about how to oversee the hospital as it faces a state investigation. Members of the SEIU Healthcare Union — which represents 210 Loretto workers in frontline care roles — have asked three times since July to meet with the hospital’s board members but have been rebuffed, a union spokesperson said. They want to discuss oversight and worker and community representation at the hospital amid scandals at Loretto. The union also wants workers and community members to get spots on Loretto’s board. The hospital’s leadership has come under scrutiny for insider contracts, political ties and Block Club reports about how COVID-19 vaccines intended for the West Side instead went to Trump Tower and people and businesses connected to the hospital’s new leaders. The Illinois Attorney General’s Office confirmed last week it has opened an investigation into Loretto following the Block Club and Better Government Association reports. A spokesperson for the attorney general declined to provide details on the scope of the inquiry, saying only that it concerns “potential misuse of...
    During a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky, German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a final warning to Donbass. It was broadcast on the Nash TV channel by Verkhovna Rada Evgeni Murav. RIA Novosti. Related products 00:01 – 16 April 00:01 – August 25th Crimean meetings. Politicians from across Europe gathered to mark the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence. Will this help bring Crimea back? According to him, the German politician agreed with the presidents of Russia and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden. Whether Gelensky agrees to the proposed terms will determine his visit to Washington next week. “If Gelensky agrees with the world on Ukraine, it will be implemented during the meeting of the presidents of Ukraine and the United States. If he has any alternatives, the meeting will not take place,” he said. Murav explained that there is a kind of “unified decision on Ukraine” that is associated with Kiev’s failure to fulfill its obligations to resolve the conflict in the Donbass. Therefore, he pointed out that Ukraine has not implemented the agreements...
    The citizen panel overseeing the Los Angeles Fire Department elected a new president Tuesday at a sometimes tense public meeting that ended with the new panel leader calling for an end to “pettiness.” The five-member board elected longtime community activist Jimmie Woods-Gray, 79, as president, replacing attorney Delia Ibarra, who had led the board since 2013. Dr. Jimmy Hara was picked as vice president. Ibarra didn’t attend Tuesday’s vote because of a work obligation, she told The Times. The Board of Fire Commissioners hasn’t held an election since 2014, one of several issues bringing scrutiny to the Fire Department. More seriously, several female firefighters are accusing the agency of sexism, while a recent lawsuit by a group of Black firefighters alleges discrimination. There are also allegations that a high-ranking LAFD official received preferential treatment after he was reported to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while on duty at the department’s headquarters. The allegations have prompted Black and Latino firefighter groups to push for a federal investigation into what they allege is widespread racial bias. At Tuesday’s meeting,...
    Tempers flared and the teacher’s union president called a parent a “child abuser” after a Broward County, Florida, school board meeting Tuesday. Parents opposed to an in-school mask mandate refused to wear masks during the meeting, a condition board members imposed on residents. The Miami Herald reported: Anti-mask protesters and members of the Broward Teachers Union got into a heated exchange in the hallway outside of Tuesday’s School Board meeting where plans for next month’s reopening were expected to be discussed amid Florida’s rising new COVID-19 cases. Roughly 20 protesters gathered in the lobby and hallways of the Kathleen C. Wright Building in Fort Lauderdale and refused to wear facial coverings even after they were told to do so by the building’s security detail. The board canceled the meeting after parents would not abide by its demands. “Some people were able to enter who were not wearing a mask. They were asked to put on a mask; they were offered a mask or to leave, and they would not,” district spokeswoman Kathy Koch said. “So we had the decision to...
    Germany and France want European Union leaders to host a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but other allies aren’t hearing much justification for a meeting beyond the fact that President Joe Biden did it first. “We cannot just stand by and watch the dialogue between the U.S. and Russia, while many issues such as Ukraine affect us more than the U.S.," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday. FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM THE BIDEN-PUTIN SUMMIT Merkel’s representatives unveiled the idea in coordination with France on Wednesday, before the leaders arrived in Brussels for European Union Council meetings. The proposal is unpopular farther east among the EU and NATO member-states that endured the tyranny of the Soviet Union during the Cold War. “We are not thrilled with the idea,” a senior Baltic diplomat told the Washington Examiner. “We are wary, as the global West should not be the demandeur of improvements. Whenever we are, Russia is encouraged to more violations of international law.” U.S. and European leaders have given Putin the cold shoulder, for the most part, since Russia’s annexation of Crimea...
    Joe Biden is scheduled to meet with European Union leaders in Brussels on Tuesday as his first presidential overseas trip continues.  European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel are set to welcome Biden. The leaders are expected to address issues that include COVID-19, the climate, trade and investment, technology, and foreign affairs. The EU and U.S. are eager to move past their tariff battles "so they can move on and tackle some 21st-century challenges, not the least of which is China.’’ suggested Kelly Ann Shaw, a former Trump administration trade official who is now a partner at the law firm, Hogan Lovells.FAST FACTS The EU might be reluctant to join a U.S.-led effort in confronting China over its trade policies Ursula von der Leyen hailed Biden’s arrival as "resounding proof that, once again after four long years, Europe has a friend in the White House." On Monday, the president took part in his first in-person North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit. He traveled to Brussels for the NATO meeting after he wrapped up...
    THE GLAMOROUS ex-girlfriend of an assassinated cartel boss who flaunted her wealth on Instagram has been shot dead after being duped by a fake shoe salesman. Paulina Arreola Perez, 26, was shot dead by armed men on motorbikes after she was tricked into the meeting with whom she thought was a prospective buyer. 6 Paulina Arreola Perez, 26, was shot at least nine times after being tricked into the meeting 6 It is believed she was targeted due to her links with the La Union Tepito cartel Her friend, identified as Eduardo Arturo Trejo, was also killed in the shooting in the borough of Benito Juarez in Mexico City on June 9. Paulina suffered at least nine gunshot wounds while her pal Eduardo sustained two as they sat in her Honda pickup truck. Paramedics and police attended the scene before they both succumbed to their injuries in hospital. It is believed she was targeted due to her links to the criminal group ‘La Union Tepito’ and her former boyfriend Alexis ‘El Alexis’ Martinez, one of the cartel’s leaders....
    Scuffles erupted on the floor of the African Union (AU)’s parliament on Monday in Midrand, South Africa, as lawmakers fought each other over a ballot box, with one man aiming a high kick at the head of a female parliamentarian. The AU — a governing body comprised of 55 member states within the African continent — met on May 31 in Midrand to discuss the postponed election of a new president of the AU’s legislative body. After a female AU member declared a further postponement of the election at Monday’s meeting, the parliament floor erupted in chaos. The same woman who declared the vote’s suspension immediately jumped up from her seat and seized an empty ballot box placed at the floor’s center in anticipation of the presidential vote. Moments later, another female AU member attempted to snatch the box from her colleague, sparking a heated tussle. Other legislators soon abandoned their seats to rush toward the center of the parliament’s floor in an attempt to join the scuffle over the ballot box, creating a larger melee. One AU member, Djibril War from...
    A GRANDPA and a dad-of-two are among at least nine people shot dead by a suspected gunman during a union meeting at a San Jose light railyard. Samuel Cassidy, 57, has been named as the shooter who slaughtered nine coworkers and wounded several more at the Valley Transportation (VTA) maintenance yard at around 6:30am yesterday. Read our San Jose shooting live blog for the very latest news and updates... 14The VTA yard in California remained a crime scene on WednesdayCredit: Getty Images - Getty 14The 57-year-old is accused of arriving to the VTA rail yard on Wednesday morning and committing mass murder before taking his own lifeCredit: VTA 14Father of two Taptejdeep Singh is among the victimsCredit: Handout 14Lars Lane, 63, was shot dead by co-worker Cassidy at the rail yard shortly before 7am Eight victims, who were all employees of the Valley Transportation Authority, were named by the Santa Clara County Coroner last night. Taptejdeep Singh, 36, was a dad of two and Lars Lane, 63, was described as a "loving brother, husband, and grandfather" by grieving family...
    The gunman - identified as Samuel Cassidy - opened fire a little before 7am local time at the yard run by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority near the city's main airport The man who who shot dead eight people at a California light rail yard on Wednesday suffered from bipolar and was 'not mentally stable', according to two ex-girlfriends.  Samuel Cassidy, 57, opened fire at the at the Valley Transportation Authority yard in Santa Clara shortly before 7am, before he turned the gun on himself.  Cassidy worked in maintenance at VTA and his eight victims were all co-workers, police have confirmed. Their names have not been released.  According to officers, Cassidy set fire to his own home before carrying out the rampage.  Officials have not revealed a motive for the mass shooting.  However, on Wednesday afternoon, a former partner of Cassidy's spoke with NBC Bay Area, claiming he  suffered from mental health issues.   The ex - who has not been named - told NBC Bay Area that she and Cassidy dated for six months back in 2009 after...
    Heavy There are reports of a mass shooting at the San Jose VTA Light Rail yard during a union meeting in California. Officials confirmed that multiple people were injured, and KTVU-TV reported the union meeting angle. “Shooter is down,” the Sheriff’s Department wrote on Twitter. The shooter’s name and motive were not released. VTA spokesperson Brandi Childress told ABC 7 that “multiple people” were injured, and the San Jose Mercury News reported, via sources, that multiple people are dead. It’s not clear whether there were any deaths. The television station reported that the building houses light rail cars and is not open to the general public. The shooting unfolded in the early morning hours of May 26, 2021. UPDATE****Shooter is down — SantaClaraCoSheriff (@SCCoSheriff) May 26, 2021 Here’s what you need to know:The Sheriff’s Department Wrote That Authorities Were Responding to an ‘Active Shooter Investigation’ Live on MSNBC: Officials deliver remarks following shooting incident near light rail yard in San Jose, California. The Santa Clara County's Sherriff's office has announced the active shooter is no...
    The Los Angeles Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune lost “north of $50 million” of revenue in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, company executives told staff on Thursday, The Wrap reported on Thursday. Executives at the newspapers’ California Times parent company told staff that most of the revenue losses were from print advertising, but noted that digital advertising and print circulation also took hits.  California Times President Chris Argentieri said the loss was a “catastrophic drop in revenue for the company north of $50 million on top of a business that was already using cash and not producing cash,” The Wrap reported, citing a recording of the meeting.  “What we saw in 2020, was [an] acceleration of trends that we were well aware of and have been aware of, really, for far more than a decade,” Argentieri said. “We won’t go back, particularly in print advertising, to where we were.” At the meeting, Nancy Antoniou, the chief human resources officer for both newspapers, said the company was able to make it through COVID-19’s economic toll “far better” after making several sacrifices.  The Times...
    Mount Diablo Unified is targeting March 22 to reopen schools for certain grade levels in a hybrid learning format, with a hard deadline next Tuesday to form a new agreement with labor unions. The district’s board of trustees voted 3-2 at a meeting Wednesday night to approve the target date. While the board did not specify which grade levels can reopen, a full timeline proposed by Superintendent Adam Clark would allow preschool through second grade, plus special education classes, to enter hybrid learning on March 22. However, the board did not vote to approve Clark’s timeline on Wednesday, citing a desire to resolve union negotiations before moving forward with thorough reopening plans. Board president Cherise Khaund said she was optmistic that intensive negotiations in the coming days can forge a compromise ahead of a special meeting next Tuesday where the trustees will revisit the district’s reopening plans. “We ought to be able to come to an agreement on all the details that are needed to reopen safely,” Khaund said. Trustees Keisha Nzewi and Erin McFerrin dissented from the board’s vote...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Buzzfeed announced Tuesday that it has laid off 45 reporters, editors and producers from the newly acquired HuffPost. HuffPost Executive Editor Hillary Frey, the website’s executive editor, and Executive Editor Louise Roug also resigned over the layoffs, Buzzfeed said. The dismissals come just three weeks after Buzzfeed acquired HuffPost, the media outlet founded in 2005 as The Huffington Post, from Verizon Media. “We never got a fair shot to prove our worth,” the HuffPost union said in a statement. According to excerpts released by the company, Buzzfeed CEO Jonah Peretti told employees at a meeting that “we will begin to restructure HuffPost today to fast-track its path to profitability. Unfortunately that includes staff reductions, and a number of talented colleagues will be laid off over the next few days.” Peretti said “losses last year exceeded $20M, and would be similar this year without intervention. Though BuzzFeed is a profitable company, we don’t have the resources to support another two years of losses." HuffPost Canada will be shut down under the restructuring. The union said the layoffs...
    HuffPost employees abruptly learned of mass layoffs after “being invited to a meeting” Tuesday and then being told to wait and see if they’d receive a layoff email, according to HuffPost politics writer Laura Bassett. The layoffs come just weeks after BuzzFeed acquired HuffPost from Verizon Media. BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti informed staffers that the layoffs will “fast-track the path to profitability” for HuffPost and that BuzzFeed doesn’t “have the resources to support another two years of losses,” according to HuffPost. In total, 47 employees were laid off, the company reported. This equates to nearly 30% of HuffPost’s union, which slammed the decision in a statement. (RELATED: BuzzFeed Is Acquiring Huffpost As Struggling Media Companies Try To Kick-Start Growth) “We are devastated and infuriated, particularly after an exhausting year of covering a pandemic and working from home,” the union wrote. “This is also happening less than a month after HuffPost was acquired by BuzzFeed. We never got a fair shot to prove our worth. These layoffs reiterate the importance of forming a union and advocating for our colleagues.” “We are glad that...
    The Union of Education Workers (UTE), the main teaching union of the City of Buenos Aires, will analyze the offer of a salary increase from the Buenos Aires Government, which contemplates a staggered 30% increase, while 15 other unions accepted the proposal and Ademys rejected it as « insufficient ». This was reported to . by union sources and the Buenos Aires administration after the meeting in the local Ministry of Education with the delegates of the 17 unions and in which the offer of the increase was made in three sections: March, July and October. Alejandro Brecciaroli, union secretary of UTE, pointed out that « we received the proposal and we are going to put it into consideration in the plenary sessions of delegates at all levels and in all areas during next week. » « In principle, it is a long-term offer, which is why a clause was included to meet again in October at a table of salary conditions, » he said. Through a statement, the educational portfolio reported that it closed the teaching parity « with a rise of 30%, the net starting...
    President Biden personally promised union leaders his support for natural gas, United Association General Mark McManus said.  In a Feb. 17 meeting in the Oval Office, Biden met with nine labor leaders in the Oval Office to discuss his coronavirus relief package and infrastructure plans. McManus, was one of those leaders. "I brought up natural gas specifically to him, we spoke about pipelines ... and he says, 'I'm all for natural gas,'" McManus told E&E News of the meeting in a story published Thursday.  Natural gas emits fewer CO2 emissions than other fossil fuels.  But publicly, Biden has pushed an agenda that promises 100 percent clean energy by 2035. MURKOWSKI BACKS HAALAND DESPITE 'MISGIVINGS' ABOUT OIL, GAS RESTRICTIONS FOR ALASKA  Republicans and union bosses came together to condemn Biden’s executive order canceling the Keystone XL Pipeline. Before the Oval Office meeting in February, President Richard Trumka of AFL-CIO, one of the U.S.’s most prominent labor unions, said he wished Biden "hadn't done that on the first day." Another executive order temporarily halted new oil and gas leases on federal land while the...
    Members of the PIT-CNT board of directors met this Wednesday with him President of the Republic, Luis Lacalle Pou, to present you a battery of measures to combat the effects of the pandemic on the economy and in labor matters. After leaving the meeting, Marcelo Abdala, general secretary of the union central, said that it was « A good dialogue meeting » in which they proposed « tools to promote work and employment », such as the development of public investment, make a State purchase plan focused on « generating work in the national industry », and defend and support collective bargaining. Abdala added that the PIT-CNT insisted on the implementation of a basic emergency income or « any proposal that has to do with trying to generate social support for the most affected sectors. » At the same time, the commitment in which the Executive Power « Honor your commitment that once the GDP begins to grow, there will begin to be a wage recovery ». Along with Abdala, were the president of the plant, Fernando Pereira, and the leaders Martín Pereira and Fernanda Aguirre. Abdala noted that they...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was forced to explain why she was heard swearing on an open mic during Wednesday's city council meeting.Mayor Lightfoot is heard saying "You've gotta be [expletive] kidding me" as Alderman Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez wrapped up a message about Black History Month.SEE ALSO | Lightfoot faces fallout over comment picked up by hot mic, calling police union official a 'clown' Following the meeting, the mayor said she was referring to something a staff member had brought to her attention during the virtual meeting and was not referring to the alderman's comments."Sorry to disappoint the Twitter trolls, but my comment had nothing to do with anything that was actually going on at City Council," Lightfoot said at a post-city council meeting press conference.However, the mayor would not say what she was referring to.Lightfoot was caught in a similar situation in July 2019, when a hot mic picked up a comment she made calling a Chicago police union official a "clown.""I am sorry that I said it out loud," Lightfoot said at the time.
    These sanctions should target police and judicial officials. LEU foreign ministers on Monday decided to adopt new targeted sanctions against those responsible for the treatment of Russian opponent Alexei Navalny, several diplomats told .. A “political agreement” for new targeted sanctions was reached during a meeting of the ministers of the Twenty-Seven, and the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell was asked to propose a list of names of Russian officials to sanction, said diplomats. No oligarch should be affected, they say. No oligarchs targeted The agreement was reached after a long discussion between the ministers, but no names will be mentioned after the meeting. “These will be targeted, proportionate and legally based sanctions,” said one of the diplomats. The sanctions should target “those responsible for the police and judiciary responsible for the unacceptable treatment of Alexei Navalny,” Austrian foreign minister Alexander Schallenberg said on arrival at the meeting. “It is hardly possible to sanction the oligarchs. We can only act against officials, and that only if we have proof, ”for his part stressed the head of...
    Texas storms: A final round of freezing temperatures strikes as state struggles to rebound from winter storms Senator seeks probe of natural gas price spikes during storm All members of a northern California school board have resigned after the leaders were caught making disparaging remarks about district parents during a Zoom meeting that was accidentally broadcast to the public, the superintendent said. "They want to pick on us because they want their babysitters back," President Lisa Brizendine said during the Wednesday Zoom meeting of the Oakley Union Elementary School District board of trustees, a recording of which was posted to Twitter by NBC News Bay Area reporter Bigad Shabad. The Oakley Union school district is located east of San Francisco and serves around 5,000 students. 1) When officials at the Oakley Union Elem. School district thought they were meeting privately, they used profanity to insult & threaten parents upset by the district's prolonged school closures. Here's when they realized their mtg was being broadcast to the public. "Uh, oh." pic.twitter.com/OXbHWq9FMy— Bigad Shaban (@BigadShaban) February 18, 2021 "Are we alone,"...
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is working on organising an informal meeting with all participants of the Iran nuclear deal and the United States, which has already signalled willingness to join any gathering, a senior EU official said on Friday. No invitations have been sent and there is no time frame for the meeting but world powers want to revive the nuclear deal as quickly as possible, the official said. (Reporting by Robin Emmott) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Iran, International Atomic Energy Agency, United Nations, United States, Asia, European Union, Middle East, Europe
    The five teaching unions of the Nation met with the Minister of Education, Nicolás Trotta, and agreed on the wage claim: floor is 29%. The number jumps from the projection of the Minister of Economy, Martín Guzmán, on the inflation of the year despite the jump to 4% in January. With optimism, the teachers predict to close even higher in number. “In a joint scheme, all sectors are listened to. It is a negotiation process”, Summarized Nicolás Trotta, who led the virtual meeting from Palacio Sarmiento. On the other side of the screen they sat CTERA, UDA, CEA, SADOP and AMET. The meeting had as a backdrop a meeting alone between Alberto Fernández, Sonia Alesso (leader of Ctera), Roberto Baradel (Suteba) and the national deputy Hugo Yasky. It was at the Rosada and it lasted half an hour. « We have a direct arrival with the President, » was the Chicana from the national union. The photo did not like in the corridors of Education. A simple statement from Ctera detailed that they spoke about “lthe serious situation that the teachers of...
    By Humeyra Pamuk and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States would be ready to hold talks with Iran if the European Union extended an invitation, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday, sketching out a possible diplomatic path to restore the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. "We are ready to show up if such a meeting were to take place," the official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity, after talks among the U.S., British, French and German foreign ministers. Earlier, a senior EU official said he was prepared to convene such a meeting among the parties to the deal: Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States. (Reporting By Humeyra Pamuk and Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Leslie Adler) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Iran, United States, European Union, Middle East
    OAKLEY, Calif. (KGO) -- The Oakley Union Elementary School District Board of Education held a meeting on Wednesday night, and during one part of the meeting, they thought it was closed to the public, but it wasn't.Some school board members for the Oakley Union Elementary School District were caught on video making inappropriate remarks during Wednesday night's meeting.RELATED: 'Missing all CA students' billboard sparks controversy as North Bay schools work to reopen safelyThe board members thought the portion of the meeting was closed to the public, but it wasn't. About seven minutes they realized parents were listening in and the video was abruptly stopped.In the video, board member Kim Beede use expletives in talking about parents. The board also talks about making parents call in and record their public comments rather than making them live in a meeting and the recording would cut them off at exactly three minutes.Board member Lisa Brizendine said in the video that the public forgets that there are real people on the other side of the letters."They don't know what goes on behind the scenes....
    The Montgomery County teachers union has expressed concern over the reopening plan approved by board of education officials in Maryland’s largest school district, calling it “inadequate.” During an emergency meeting Wednesday, the Montgomery County Education Association overwhelmingly passed a lack of confidence vote and detailed concerns for the safety of teachers and students amid the ongoing pandemic. Concerns raised include a lack of people and a need for more space in order to make the school system’s reopening plan possible without negatively impacting students in low income or predominantly Black and brown communities. “MCEA cannot support the current plan, which will only increase inequity in Montgomery County schools,” union officials said. The union’s demands include a plan that aligns with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines when it comes to the physical reopening of school buildings, a contact tracing and testing program, and an opportunity for employees to be fully vaccinated before returning to the classroom. The association is requesting a meeting with the county’s board of education to discuss the reopening plans. In a response to the union,...
    The five teacher unions with national representation will demand next Thursday a salary increase that exceeds 29 percent to equalize the inflationary process, within the framework of the call for the Federal Educational Paritaria 2021 launched by the minister of the area, Nicolás Trotta. The CTERA, the Argentine Union of Private Teachers (SADOP, private teachers), the Argentine Confederation of Education (CEA), the Union of Argentine Teachers (UDA) and the Association of Teaching Teaching participate in the national parity of the teaching sector. Technique (AMET). Teacher salaries As an initial approach to the debates, since the official round of joint discussion will start next Thursday, the leaders of the five unions have held several meetings with Minister Trotta in recent days. The head of the educational portfolio assured in dialogue with . that one of the Executive’s intentions when starting the round of negotiations is repeat the experience of last year’s joint, in which the discussions at the national level were able to « channel pending debates in some jurisdictions. » « When we finalized the negotiation of the parity (of 2020), in the...
    Deadline available for Johnson & Johnson staff in Newsett. The US company has agreed to extend the consultation period by one week until February 18. On January 28, the multinational announced its intention to relocate its four subsidiaries to the NewSettle zone. 320 jobs have been affected. However, the management still refuses to deal with the union. On Wednesday, the union called on the New Settlement Council of States to convene an emergency meeting of officials, the union and Johnson & Johnson’s management to bring it to a table. The State Council forwarded the plan to the multinationals. But she can’t force him to participate. What about a possible three-way meeting? Is Johnson & Johnson ready to participate in this round table? One of the key points that the Union wants to negotiate is the interest in establishing a community program. The union believes Johnson & Johnson is obligated to do so under Swiss duty rules, which multinationals deny. The consultation ends on February 18th. / Sma READ  New world. "Trump saved Twitter from recession"
    The presidents of the European institutions spoke on the entry into office of the new American president Joe Biden as well as transatlantic relations. The EU has “a friend“ A few hours before the investiture Joe biden, the leaders ofEuropean Union appealed to the 46th president of the United States.During her speech, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen indicated that Europe has “a friend in the White House“after four years of the Trump presidency. For a better world Before Parliament, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, spoke of the relationship betweenEurope and the United States, by announcing a proposal, reports Le Figaro.“I would like to solemnly address today, on the day Joe Biden takes office, a call to build together a new founding pact for a stronger Europe, for a stronger United States and for a world better“, he announced. European meeting and NATO summit The newspaper notes that the President of the Council discussed with the Secretary General of the Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, the possibility of organizing...
    European Union ambassadors on Friday raised “no objections” to a Brexit deal with the UK — with the British parliament expected to approve it in the coming days, according to reports. The ambassadors’ endorsement and a UK approval would pave the way for EU parliaments to legally approve the agreement, the AP reported Friday. The announcement came after an unprecedented Christmas Day meeting, according to a report by Politico. “The provisional application aims to prevent a significant disruption in EU-UK relations with severe consequences for citizens & businesses at the end of the transition period January, 1st,” Union spokesman Sebastian Fischer said on Twitter after the meeting. “The letter to the @Europarl_EN lays out the necessity of this exceptional step,” Fischer wrote. Britain on Thursday reached a separation deal with the European Union after more than for years of tense negotiations, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced. The Brits voted to leave the 27-member union during a June 2016 referendum. A Brexit agreement would allow the two sides to continue to exchange trade goods free of...
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