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    NURSE strikes are inevitable unless the government offers NHS staff more cash, the UK’s top union has warned. Early ballot results from the Royal College of Nursing in Scotland show nine out of 10 members voted to reject ministers’ pay rise offer. 2Nurse strikes are inevitable unless the government offers NHS staff more cash, the UK’s top union has warnedCredit: Getty The RCN said turnout was “really high” at 60 per cent and “the majority” are ready to strike. It is a clear warning that a historic walkout could go ahead after nurses in England and Wales vote in September. Union bosses, who are rallying members to back a strike, want a pay rise of at least 16.8 per cent – up from Whitehall’s current offer of around five per cent. General secretary Pat Cullen said: “This is the clearest signal yet that industrial action is on the cards this year. “Strike action should always be a last resort but too many nursing staff are leaving the profession because they cannot afford to be a nurse. “This is creating staff...
    Grande said that he expressed his frustration about the training both in his feedback and in conversation with two of his colleagues, who then reported his criticisms to the district. While Grande filed the complaint shortly after his school threatened to fire him, he had no means of forcing the district to address it since AFT 1018 has the exclusive power to arbitrate grievances with the district, and it has the power to determine which cases it will take. Grande believes that the union rejected his case to retaliate against him for not joining the union fully. He does pay dues earmarked for contract negotiations with the district, but he is not a full union member so as to avoid paying dues that will then be donated to politicians and political causes he doesn't support. "Officials are refusing to represent him simply because he isn't a member," said Nathan McGrath, president of the Fairness Center. "John is just asking the union to do its job so he can continue doing his."
    According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Dwight Anthony Brown, 64, of Blairsville has been arrested and charged with 3 counts of aggravated assault in connection to a shooting incident at Union County Primary School.  Brown was a maintenance employee for the Union County School System. The incident happened Thursday afternoon around 2:15 p.m. when Brown targeted a specific unoccupied vehicle in the parking lot of the school.  School was not in session; however, there was teacher planning going on. Brown was taken into custody just before 3:00 p.m. after an extensive search.  He is currently in the Union County Detention Center. The investigation is active and ongoing.  Once the investigation is complete, it will be given to the Enotah Judicial Circuit District Attorney for prosecution. See the press release from Blairsville Police Department below.  
    AN entire store of Starbucks workers walked out mid shift after a colleague was sacked for a “BS reason”. A TikTok video, which has been seen more than 18.6million times, appears to show a team of nine workers leaving the store in Buffalo, New York. 3The Starbucks staff are seen walking out during their shiftCredit: tiktok 3The protest was triggered after barista Sam Amato, who is also a union leader, was reportedly firedCredit: tiktok The protest was started after barista Sam Amato, who is also a union leader, was reportedly fired on the week of his 13th anniversary working for the company. The footage shows the entire team walking out and then cuts to a woman who appears to be the manager talking on the phone. A caption appears which reads: “*manager realises she’s messed up*” Mr Amato appeared in a previous video where he claimed he was pulled aside by two store managers and was told he was being let go because he “modified operations and closed the lobby” without getting his “store manager’s permission”. Sam claimed: “It is...
    There is growing outrage over a California school board's decision to give a pro-communism, ANTIFA teacher a generous $190,000 payout instead of firing him after he was exposed for trying to indoctrinate kids to become 'revolutionaries'.  Gabriel Gipe was last year exposed by Project Veritas. A teacher at Inderkum High School, he plastered his classroom with photos of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong with the slogan 'Antifascist Action'.  The Natomas Unified School District placed him on paid leave pending an investigation and four months later, struck a deal with him in which he received $190,000 and he tendered his resignation. That deal was made public this week.  Now, there is growing outrage over the payout.  Gabriel Gipe was paid $190,000 to resign from his role at Inderkum High School after being exposed by Project Veritas for trying to push his ANTIFA agenda on kids  Gabriel Gipe displayed an Antifa flag in his classroom in the high school despite kids saying it made them uncomfortable Gipe also displayed a poster of Chinese Communist Party leader Mao Zedong in his classroom at Inderkum High...
    LEEDS are considering a swoop for Philadelphia Union left-back Kai Wagner, according to reports. Wagner, 25, is widely considered as one of the most sought-after players from the MLS. 1Wagner (L) is being scouted by LeedsCredit: AP Over the past few years he has been scouted by various Premier League clubs, but Leeds could be the first to make a formal offer. Football reporter Manuel Veth claims that club officials are lining up an offer for the German defender. Jesse Marsch believes he could provide competition for Junior Firpo, who is currently unavailable due to an injury. However, The Whites face stiff competition for his signature. Read More in FootballTRANSFER NEWS Goncalo Ramos to Newcastle, Man Utd and Chelsea in Frenkie de Jong battle Benfica and Dinamo Zagreb have also expressed an interest in signing the MLS superstar, who could be sold for as little as £2.5million this summer. Wagner joined Philadelphia Union from Wurzburger Kickers in 2019 for an undisclosed fee. He has since gone on to make 116 appearances for the club. If he were to join Leeds...
    OAKLAND — A collision last month between an Amtrak train and a Union Pacific tractor working to recover abandoned vehicles on an Oakland trackway injured four people and caused $265,000 in damage, according to a preliminary report released Wednesday by National Transportation Safety Board investigators. The report describes the collision, which happened just after 11 a.m. July 15 at a grade crossing where railway tracks meet 50th Avenue just south of East 8th Street, between an Amtrak Capitol Corridor train and a Union Pacific roadway maintenance machine. A tractor operator was badly injured Friday morning, July 15, 2022 when his machine was hit by an Amtrak train in East Oakland, Calif., authorities said. (Michael Hunt/ Oakland Fire Department)  The machine’s operator and a train passenger were hospitalized for severe and minor injuries, respectively, while two train crew members were treated at the scene for minor injuries. Two other train crew members and 30 other passengers were unhurt. The tractor was part of a Union Pacific work group assigned to work with a regional auto-theft task force “by loading stolen or abandoned...
    SAN JOSE — A survey of San Jose Police Department officers, released by their union amid ongoing contract negotiations with the city, indicates that their workloads and low morale are pushing more than a tenth of the sworn ranks to consider retiring early or leaving the agency. Just over half of the department’s approximately 1,153 sworn officers responded to the survey released publicly Wednesday by the San Jose Police Officers’ Association. Among the results reported by the union is a finding that more than 200 officers are considering leaving the department for other police agencies within the next three years, with about 60% of that number looking to depart sooner. A union news release forecasts a looming “mass exodus,” similar to what the union asserted a decade ago amid a bitter political fight with the city over pay and pension benefits. During that battle, the department ranks dropped to around 900, a figure not seen since the mid-1980s. This time, the union bases its harbinger on the contention that 206 officers have left the department since the start of 2021,...
    UNION CITY — A 29-year-old Hayward man has been named as one of three suspects arrested on suspicion of multiple charges in connection with a robbery and injury shooting last week, authorities said. Around 12:36 p.m. August 3, police responded to reports of that shooting near 8th and H streets, with officers arriving to find a 44-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. The man was taken to a hospital for treatment and later released. In a statement Tuesday, police said the man had been driving nearby when he saw two people robbing a victim of her jewelry before running to a getaway vehicle. The man was following that vehicle to get its license plate and a description when someone in the vehicle shot at and hit him, police said. Officers were able to find the getaway vehicle’s occupants in Oakland, where they were arrested.  Police said a vehicle search recovered a high-capacity pistol magazine, but no weapons. Two juveniles, 16- and 17-year-olds from Hayward, were each arrested on suspicion of robbery, with the two respectively arrested...
    Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the Beacon Center’s CEO, Justin Owen, to the newsmaker line to discuss the organization’s push for Tennessee to protect the right to work for all and safeguard against federal government usurpations. Leahy: We are joined on our newsmaker line right now by a very good friend, Justin Owen, the CEO of the Beacon Center here in Tennessee, and an attorney graduate of the University of Memphis School of Law. And so the message today is we have a constitutional amendment coming up for the state here in Tennessee in November. It’s Amendment Number One. It’s designed to protect the right to work for all. Tell us a little bit about this amendment, Justin Owen. Owen: Good morning, Michael. Thanks for having me on. And I’m glad to chat about this. This is a very important issue that voters are going to hear a lot about over the next...
    Robert B. “Bull” Bulman and his coworkers at the FreightCar America plant in Cherokee, Alabama, only wanted decent pay and a safe work environment. This article was produced by the Independent Media Institute. But when they tried to form a union to achieve these basic goals a few years ago, the company declared war on them. It bullied union supporters, threatened to move the plant to Mexico and heaped extra abuse on Bulman, one of the leading activists, telling him he couldn’t leave his workstation, even to use the restroom, without permission. As more and more Americans exercise their right to unionize, greedy employers are stooping ever lower into the gutter and pulling every dirty stunt imaginable to try to thwart them. Chipotle, Amy’s Kitchen and other employers closed worksites where workers opted to unionize, preferring to turn their backs on customers rather than give those toiling on the front lines a seat at the table. Amazon and other employers have fired or otherwise retaliated against union organizers, just like FreightCar America did to Bulman, even though this kind of...
    In its first conflict under Los Angeles schools chief Alberto Carvalho, the teachers union has filed a complaint alleging that the district acted illegally in adding four additional days to the upcoming school year and is demanding that the optional days be rescinded. The extended school year has emerged as a centerpiece for academic recovery and the pushback from the union represents a significant public dispute between the new administration and the union. Carvalho became superintendent in February. The extra school days are optional both for teachers and students and would be scheduled at critical points in the school year — at the 10-week semester mark and before final grades are due, for example. Classes will not meet in the regular format during these days and schools will have to customize how best to use the day to help students. Schools must determine who wants to attend and who wants to teach and develop a plan to make the best use of the added instructional time. Even though the extra days are optional, the district was required under state...
    Serena Williams shocked the world as she announced that she is eventually stepping away from tennis without using the word 'retirement' in a Vogue cover story. And Kim Kardashian and Gabrielle Union led the stars reacting to the groundbreaking news. The 41-year-old SKIMS founder and 49-year-old actress took to Instagram to lead celebrity tributes to the 40-year-old 23-time Grand Slam singles champion. Scroll down for video  Big news: Serena Williams shocked the world as she announced that she is eventually stepping away from tennis without using the word 'retirement' in a Vogue cover story, as she is joined by daughter Olympia (right)  Dynamic duo: Kim Kardashian (left) and Gabrielle Union led the stars reacting to the groundbreaking news Both stars made similar statements as they shared goat imagery which is a reference to the highly-popular phrase of the 'greatest of all time.' Kim commented on Serena's post on the picture and video sharing social network with goat and flowers emojis.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Serena Williams, 40, reveals she will retire from tennis... Serena Williams...
    Many fans feel stumped when switching from watching a game with a round ball to an oval one, especially when it comes to certain tricky aspects of the sport. Mauls in particular are one element that can leave casual pug-going spectators left scratching their heads. 1England's Sam Underhill retains procession in a maul v Australia But fear not, this explainer will help show that they are slightly more than just well-organised brawls, well most of the time... What is the point of a maul? The theory behind them is that they allow teams to compete for a ball while it is still being held off the ground. The carrier and at least one player from each opposing team bind while standing. Anyone snatching the ball away from the player holding it must also stay touching that player until they have passed it. Any time a maul is formed it must always move towards a goal line. Read more in SportNO JOSHING Fears for AJ as Usyk training footage reveals shocking body transformationF1-2-3 How many points do you get for winning...
    These set-pieces are a notoriously dangerous part of the game, so they have to be very tightly refereed. Because the ball is largely hidden once it enters the scrum, armchair viewers can often be left baffled by what's going on. 2England scrum half Ben Youngs shouts his orders from the back of the scrum against Australia last month But this is a handy guide to help you get to grips with things, so scrum and have a go if you think you're hard enough… What is the point of a scrum? The aim is to restart play with a contest for possession after an infringement or stoppage, almost like the old drop ball in football. There are a long list of occasions when a ref will award a scrum but the most common include: knock-ons, offside in open play, an unplayable ruck or maul, or an injury stoppage. The ref will mark the scrum zone and the middle line of the scrum, parallel to the goal lines. If a team is not ready to form a scrum within 30 seconds...
    RUGBY UNION is a sport that can seem confusing to the casual fan, so here we break down the parts of the game that can leave you going, 'What the ruck'? After England were victorious Down Under and with the Premiership on the horizon next month, it is an exciting time for the sport. 1Dave Attwood the England lock rucks against the Australian Barbarians So, here, we help make sure you don't get caught short on your knowledge in front of your mates in the pub when the big games come around. And one of the aspects of the game that causes the most confusion is of course the ruck... Read more in SportBAD BOYS What is a Sin bin in rugby? How long does a Sin bin last? What is a ruck in rugby union? They are one of the most dangerous and physically demanding parts of the sport. Coaches like England's Eddie Jones are known to drill them relentlessly. They are created when the ball is on the ground and at least one player from each team...
    RANGERS have it all to do if they are to keep their dream of a first Champions League campaign since 2010 alive. They were a penalty shootout away from qualifying directly for the group stage when they were beaten by Frankfurt in the Europa League final. 2Alfredo Morelos made a crucial return for Rangers at the weekendCredit: Willie Vass 2Union Saint-Gilloise comfortably beat Rangers in BelgiumCredit: Getty But instead they are facing Union Saint-Gilloise, who are very much on an upward trajectory after finishing in second position in the Jupiler League the year after winning promotion. And Giovanni van Bronckhorst's men were outmatched physically in the first leg, succumbing to a 2-0 defeat in Leuven. However, they may feel hard done by after VAR awarded a controversial penalty to the Belgians after an alleged Connor Goldson handball. Rangers will still hold hopes of another famous European night at Ibrox though, and their hopes are boosted by the fact that the away goals rule no longer comes into play. JOIN SUN VEGAS: GET A FREE £10 BONUS WITH 100s OF GAMES...
    (CNN)Unlike in the NBA, WNBA teams aren't permitted to use charter planes for travel. And, much like other airline passengers flying commercial these days, that has caused headaches for WNBA teams in the midst of travel.The latest example has come with the Los Angeles Sparks. One of their star players is Nneka Ogwumike -- who happens to be the Women's National Basketball Players Association president. After getting stuck at an aiport overnight between games, she's calling on the league to take action, saying in a statement, "A lot has changed in the commercial travel landscape since we negotiated our current CBA," referring to the collective bargaining agreement that took effect in 2020.After the Sparks defeated the Washington Mystics on Sunday, Ogwumike posted a video on social media early Monday while trying to fly home from Washington DC, saying, "We are roaming the airport. It's the first time in my 11 seasons that I've ever had to sleep in the airport."But, based on travel, she later adds, "it was only a matter of time." More than 500 US flights canceled and...
    (CNN)Sixty percent of land in the European Union and United Kingdom -- an area bigger than Alaska and Texas combined -- is under either drought warnings or alerts, according to the European Drought Observatory.The findings were based on data from a 10-day period near the end of July. The monitor said 45% of land was now covered by "warnings," which means there is a deficit of moisture in the soil, while 15% is under the more severe level of "alert," where vegetation is stressed.The data coincided with a report published Monday by the EU's climate monitoring agency Copernicus, which said that much of Europe experienced a drier-than-average July, with several local records broken in the west for low rainfall and drought hitting several parts of southwestern and southeastern Europe. Those conditions facilitated the spread and intensification of wildfires, according to the report, which also comes as parts of Europe endure brutal back-to-back heat waves, in what is shaping up to be one of the continent's hottest summers on record. Blistering heat threatens a European economy that teeters on the brinkThe...
    For Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, the money-spinning September issue of the magazine is the main event in the calendar. Often running to hundreds of pages, it showcases autumn fashions and brings in tons of ad revenue. There was even a documentary about how the issue is put together.  But I’m told that this year its success is being threatened as Anna, who is also global chief content officer at Conde Nast, is facing a potential revolt over pay, contracts and union recognition. Vogue’s sister magazine, Wired, nearly lost millions last month when workers threatened to shut down advertising links on the magazine’s website that generate income. Anna Wintour (pictured), the editor-in-chief at Vogue magazine, is facing a potential revolt over pay, contracts and union recognition More than 100 New Yorker and other Conde Nast employees protested outside Anna Wintour's $12.5 Greenwich Village townhouse in April ‘We stand firm in the belief that all Conde Nast employees deserve the rights and protections of a union and a fair contract,’ they said. Within hours, the bosses caved to their demands, awarding pay rises...
    CINCINNATI (AP) — Brandon Vázquez, Brenner Souza da Silva and Álvaro Barreal scored second-half goals and FC Cincinnati defeated the Philadelphia Union 3-1 on Saturday. Vázquez put Cincinnati up 1-0 in the 50th minute with his 14th goal of the season and Brenner Souza da Silva pushed the lead to 2-0 with a goal five minutes later. Barreal scored in the 71st minute to cap the scoring for Cincinnati (8-8-8). Philadelphia (12-3-9) averted a shutout in just its third loss of the season when Paxten Aaronson scored in the 77th minute. Roman Celentano made one save for Cincinnati. Andre Blake totaled four saves for the Union. Vázquez and Austin FC’s Sebastián Driussi are tied for the goals lead. Driussi played later Saturday. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    BERLIN (AP) — United States forward Jordan Pefok scored on his Bundesliga debut to help Union Berlin defeat Hertha Berlin 3-1 in their first league game of the season on Saturday. Pefok, who also scored on his debut in the German Cup on Monday, opened the scoring in the 31st to set Union on its way to a third consecutive win over its rival to keep the unofficial title of ”Stadtmeister” (city champion). Pefok joined from Swiss team Young Boys in the offseason and has already become a fan favorite. He received a standing ovation along with teammate Genki Haraguchi when they were taken off late in the game. Sheraldo Becker and Robin Knoche also scored to ensure Hertha’s difficult start to the season continued after its German Cup exit to second-division Eintracht Braunschweig last weekend. Hertha only barely clinched survival last season and new coach Sandro Schwarz faces a tall order to restore the team’s confidence. Tempers frayed outside before kickoff as road closures led to traffic chaos around Union’s Stadion an der Alten Försterei. Most fans were already...
    Los Angeles (CNN Business)On any given weekend night in North Hollywood, a group of dancers in outlandish costumes holds signs urging customers to stay away from the Star Garden topless bar.More than a dozen of the club's dancers say they've been locked out for four-plus months because they petitioned the owners to reinstate two of their fired colleagues, improve security and safety measures, and recognize their right to form a union. US strippers haven't successfully unionized since the effort at San Francisco's Lusty Lady in the 1990s, but the Star Garden workers are trying anyway — and they're doing so in an environment where more American workers are leveraging their own power. Dancers protesting in front of Star Garden topless bar in North Hollywood. (CNN has blurred a portion of this image to obscure expletives.)That's in large part because of successful unionization efforts at behemoths like Starbucks (SBUX), Amazon (AMZN) and Apple (AAPL), which grabbed headlines and inspired others to launch their own — including grocery workers at a Massachusetts Trader Joe's and a group of production workers on...
    American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten said Wednesday at a union conference that conservatives are “working consistently” to undermine teachers. “Conservatives are working consistently to undermine educators in this country,” Weingarten said at the New York State United Teachers conference this week. “They’re in the same race as we are between fear and hope, aspiration and despair, democracy and autocracy. And they’re doing this because our members worked so hard during COVID.” “We’re all in this as guardians for a better life.”–@AFTunion President @rweingarten#NYSUTLI2022 #PublicSchoolsUniteUs pic.twitter.com/nNlbXXEzTS — NYSUT (@nysut) August 3, 2022 [email protected]: Conservatives are working consistently to undermine educators in this country. Theyre in the same race as we are between fear & hope, aspiration & despair, democracy & autocracy. And theyre doing this because our members worked so hard during COVID. — AFT (@AFTunion) August 3, 2022 A Twitter thread from AFT presented some of the other highlights of Weingarten’s address. [email protected]: I know how exhausted you all are. But you continue this work because thats who you are. Thats what this administration is trying...
    College students these days are certainly prone to ideological dustups: currently, at Imperial College in London, a group of students are moving to block the installation of a sculpture by artist Sir Antony Gormley due to concerns that the steel structure, which certain students are claiming is “phallic in nature,” will “hurt the image and reputation of the college.” The motion to block the sculpture, which is being distributed by the Imperial College Union, claims that while the sculpture is purportedly depicting a squatting human body, it instead evokes a phallus that amounts to a protuberance that sticks out “approximately three meters horizontally.” There’s “nothing inherently wrong with phallic imagery in art,” the motion continues, but the “phallic interpretation’s preoccupation with the penis could be considered inappropriate for a grand public display, especially given the statue’s size.” The Daily Beast reached out to the Imperial College Union for comment. “Despite the support within the union, and that the paper has apparently been seen by senior college staff and Gormley’s team, I doubt that it will affect the installation of...
    CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The NFL Players Association has filed a brief replying to the league’s appeal in Deshaun Watson’s discipline case. Former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey now has the necessary paperwork to issue a ruling. The players’ union announced the reply brief shortly before Friday’s deadline but didn’t release its contents because it’s confidential. Harvey was selected by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday to hear the league’s appeal of the six-game suspension given to Watson for violating the personal conduct policy. The NFL said Friday there’s no timeline for Harvey to issue a ruling. The policy says the appeal will be “processed on an expedited basis.” Watson was suspended by independent disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson after being accused of sexual assault and harassment by two dozen women in Texas. The allegations go back to when Watson was playing for the Houston Texans. Watson, who was traded to Cleveland in March, recently settled 23 of 24 lawsuits filed by the women. Watson has denied any wrongdoing. The NFL is seeking an indefinite suspension of...
    More On: gabrielle union Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade match in see-through outfits at Prada show Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union spend ‘equal’ time in front of mirrors Gabrielle Union opens up about 30-year PTSD battle after gunpoint rape Gabrielle Union, 49, poses nude in a pool pic taken by Dwyane Wade Gabrielle Union posed “naked & unafraid” on a makeup chair in a daring Instagram post Friday. “The Rebirth Will Be GLORIOUS,” the actress, 49, captioned the nude snap. The “Bring It On” star sat with her knees were pulled up to her chest and her arms wrapped around them in the social media post. Union went on to thank “The Game” alum Lauren London, writing, “You showed up like the angel you are and dropped some knowledge & love on me that has changed the course of my life. Won’t He do it.” She added that other loved ones have “taken the time to pour into” her over the “last few months” as she has been “struggl[ing] mightily.” While Union did not elaborate on her recent hardships,...
    Commuters looking to take the Medford branch of the recently unveiled Green Line Extension (GLX) will now have to wait until late November to ride, the MBTA announced Friday, Aug. 5. The opening of the branch, which was originally supposed happen in late summer, is being pushed back to late November for crews to complete final construction phases that have been delayed. The cause of the delay is from several factors "including necessary additional work and re-testing of the Medford Branch’s power systems," the MBTA said. The diversion will also allow for continued work on at the private Government Center Garage project, the agency continued. "The temporary diversion of Union Branch riders onto shuttle buses will provide contractors with around-the-clock access to the tracks and overhead wire system, enabling them to safely and quickly complete work deemed critical to the opening of the new Medford Branch," the MBTA said. Shuttle buses will replace Green Line service between Government Center and Union Square from Monday, Aug. 22 to Sunday, Sept. 18 as a result of the pause. Buses will be free...
    A 17-year-old boy was found dead near railroad tracks in Union County Thursday, Aug. 4, authorities said. The unidentified male was found near West Second Street and Central Avenue around 8:30 p.m. in Plainfield, a spokesperson with the prosecutor's office said. It was not clear where exactly his body was found. The cause of death was under investigation.
    In this article GOOGL SBUX For decades, union membership has been on the decline. Yet in the last few months, workers have been organizing at a pace this country hasn't seen since the Great Depression. Amazon has captured headlines for union drives at its warehouses, including a successful effort on New York's Staten Island. But activity is picking up elsewhere in retail and tech at big companies that are generally viewed as progressive, with no history of labor unions. As of Wednesday, 209 Starbucks stores have officially voted to unionize according to the National Labor Relations Board. First-ever unions have also formed at an Apple store in Maryland, a Google Fiber contractor, REI, Trader Joe's, Kickstarter and Activision Blizzard. "There's really no rational world in which the Amazon Labor Union or Starbucks Workers United should win," said John Logan, a labor and employment studies professor at San Francisco State University. "And yet they did, and in the case of Starbucks Workers United, they won over and over and over again." The wave at Starbucks started in December with...
    Getty Team USA stars Damian Lillard and Kevin Durant are trying to lead the Americans to a gold medal this summer. All-NBA forward Kevin Durant has not had the smoothest time during his Brooklyn Nets tenure. He came to Brooklyn knowing he would be out for an extended period after tearing his Achilles in the 2019 Finals. When Durant finally returned, injuries to Kyrie Irving and James Harden foiled their plans of winning the title in 2021. This year Kyrie’s absence, along with the James Harden trade, had the Nets at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. All of the aforementioned unfortunate events have led to Durant making his trade request to the Nets this offseason. The Nets have agreed to honor his request, but not without stipulation. The team affirms they will not trade Durant unless the offer they receive is substantial.  Dave Deckard of SB Nation notes that the Portland Trail Blazers have the assets to offer the Nets a coop of young players. However, he still doesn’t believe it will be significant enough to land the 12-time All-Star. “I...
    A 33-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed in Fort Lee by an SUV driven by a Union City motorist, authorities said. Mark Williams of Paterson was struck by the southbound 2016 Porsche Cayenne on Lemoine Avenue at Washington Avenue, just north of the George Washington Bridge, around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, Fort Lee Police Capt. Edward Young said. Responding officers immediately began CPR on the unresponsive victim, who was taken to Holy Name Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead soon after, the captain said. The female driver, also 33 years old, stopped immediately and remained at the scene. Any summonses or charges that may or may not result are pending an investigation led by Sgt. George Koutroubinis, he said. Assisting are the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Fatal Accident Investigations Unit and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Identification, which collected evidence.
    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas and declared that marriage is between a man and a woman. Attendees gave the right-wing authoritarian a standing ovation in response. “Hungary shall protect the institution of marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” he said to applause. “Family ties shall be based on marriage or the relationship between parent and children. To sum up, the mother is a woman, the father is a man, and leave our kids alone. Full stop. End of discussion!” Viktor Orbán receives a standing ovation at CPAC for expressing his country’s bigoted anti-gay marriage policies. pic.twitter.com/ldPjwQidoc — The Republican Accountability Project (@AccountableGOP) August 4, 2022 Hungary allows for legally recognized same-sex unions, but not gay marriage. Last year, Orbán’s government enacted a law banning the promotion of content in schools the government deems to be promoting homosexuality. Critics said the aim of the law is to associate homosexuality with pedophilia. Last month, Orbán courted controversy again when he stated he doesn’t want Hungary to become...
    BERLIN (AP) — Lufthansa and a union representing its ground staff in Germany reached a deal Thursday to end a pay dispute, a week after a one-day strike that forced the airline to cancel more than 1,000 flights. The deal between Lufthansa and the ver.di service workers’ union, covering some 20,000 staff in various ground operations, entails one-time payments of 200 euros ($203) each backdated to July 1. It also foresees an increase in monthly basic salaries of 2.5% — or at least 125 euros per employee — effective Jan. 1 and another 2.5% from July 1 next year. The deal is valid for 18 months. Lufthansa personnel chief Michael Niggemann said in a statement that “in view of the still-high burdens from the pandemic and the uncertain economy, we stretched the salary increase over several steps and ensured longer-term security of planning with an 18-month duration.” Ver.di chief negotiator Christine Behle said that the outcome would even mean an effective raise of up to 18.4% for employees at check-in, arguing that result compensates for high inflation and...
    Hospitals and other health facilities have been trying to block a Los Angeles ordinance that would hike the minimum wage for thousands of workers at private hospitals and dialysis clinics to $25 an hour. If they get the nearly 41,000 signatures needed for a referendum before an upcoming deadline, the wage hike could be put on hold until an election where voters would decide its fate. But representatives of SEIU-UHW, the healthcare workers union that pushed for the wage increase, allege that signature gatherers for the referendum have been misleading Angelenos, telling them that their signatures are needed “to pay workers more” and “to raise the healthcare workers’ wages,” according to incident reports gathered by the union. At a Vons grocery store in Mission Hills, “the lady was saying ‘sign this to pay workers more,’” one of the reports compiled by SEIU-UHW stated. Another report said that at a Target on the Westside, another signature gatherer had a sign reading “Support $25/HR. for Healthcare Workers in L.A.” SEIU-UHW sent those and dozens of other complaints about alleged violations of election...
    Associated Press LONDON — More than 700 Amazon warehouse workers in England staged a protest Thursday in a dispute over pay, in the latest sign of workplace friction stoked by Britain’s cost of living crisis and a growing discontent among employees over wage and working conditions. The GMB union said employees at the facility in Tilbury, Essex, east of London, stopped work after the ecommerce giant offered to raise salaries by 35 pence (42 cents) an hour. The union said workers want a raise of 2 pounds to better match the demands of their job and cope with soaring inflation. Amazon doesn’t recognize the union, which likely has one of the highest number of members at the Tilbury location out of its 28 U.K. facilities. “Amazon is one of the most profitable companies on the planet,” said Steve Garelick, the GMB union’s regional organizer for logistics and gig economy. “With household costs spiraling, the least they can do is offer decent pay.” Garelick shared videos on Twitter of workers sitting down at tables, which he said showed a “withdrawal of...
    A 45-year-old man has been found guilty of slashing a victim's throat outside of a Union County bar last year, authorities announced. A Union County jury deliberated for nearly three hours before returning a guilty verdict against, Michael G. Johnston, 45, of Winfield Park, last week, nearly a year after the Rahway incident, Union County First Assistant Prosecutor James O. Tansey announced. Johnston and the 25-year-old victim were at Butch Kowal’s Tavern in Rahway, when they began arguing around 1:45 a.m. on Aug. 30, 2021, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Melissa Caparruva, who prosecuted the case. Johnston attacked the victim with a knife, slashing him once on his throat and once on his wrist, Tansey said. The victim was able to track down a police officer on the 800 Block of Saint George’s Avenue, before he was rushed to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said. Witnesses, physical evidence and video surveillance in the area presented over the course of the trial were able to definitively pinpoint Johnston as the attacker, Caparruva said Johnston was found guilty on one count...
    Share this: This article was originally published on Aug 3 6:31pm EDT by THE CITY Mayor Eric Adams is blaming sudden sharp cuts in Staten Island Ferry service on crews failing to show up for work — while the union representing workers now approaching their 12th year without a contract says captains are getting wrongly blamed. On Wednesday afternoon the city Department of Transportation announced evening rush hour service out of Whitehall Street in Manhattan to St. George would run hourly instead of every 15 minutes. That followed a two-week service reduction last month, which the city said was due to a spike in COVID cases among ferry crew members.
    LONDON (AP) — More than 700 Amazon warehouse workers in England staged a protest Thursday in a dispute over pay, in the latest sign of workplace friction stoked by Britain’s cost of living crisis and a growing discontent among employees over wage and working conditions. The GMB union said employees at the facility in Tilbury, Essex, east of London, stopped work after the ecommerce giant offered to raise salaries by 35 pence (42 cents) an hour. The union said workers want a raise of 2 pounds to better match the demands of their job and cope with soaring inflation. Amazon doesn’t recognize the union, which likely has one of the highest number of members at the Tilbury location out of its 28 U.K. facilities. “Amazon is one of the most profitable companies on the planet,” said Steve Garelick, the GMB union’s regional organizer for logistics and gig economy. “With household costs spiraling, the least they can do is offer decent pay.” Garelick shared videos on Twitter of workers sitting down at tables, which he said showed a “withdrawal...
    by Evan Stambaugh   Hundreds of health care workers throughout Minnesota have recently voted to cut ties with unions. Since mid-July at least four groups of health care workers across the state have either filed union decertification petitions or successfully voted in favor of decertification. On July 19, the National Right to Work Foundation reported that two groups of employees working across multiple departments in the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, which serves the Brainerd Lakes area, filed to decertify Healthcare Minnesota, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union. A few days later, on July 25, registered nurses at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato voted 213-181 to decertify the Minnesota Nurses Association six weeks after filing a petition, which represents 22,000 nurses in total. Then on Monday, another group of Mayo Clinic workers in St. James voted to end union membership in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 65, which represents 14,000 workers across numerous industries in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The National Right to Work Foundation assisted with these decertification efforts, as well as several...
    UNION CITY — A 44-year-old man was shot in the leg Wednesday afternoon and three suspects were later arrested in Oakland, police said. The man’s wound was considered non-life threatening and he was taken to a hospital. The shooting happened about 12:36 p.m. Wednesday in the area of 8th and H streets. Police said in a news release that three suspects were later taken into custody in Oakland. Authorities did not say where in Oakland the arrests happened. Police did not on Wednesday provide a motive for the shooting or said if the victim knew the suspects. Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to contact Detective Nicolas Perry at [email protected] or 510- 675-5266. Those wishing to remain anonymous can leave information on the UCPD tip line at (510) 675-5207 or at [email protected]
    Hollywood resident Sara Blair has been living in the neighborhood for the last four years and every morning, she would head to the Starbucks on Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street for her daily caffeine fix. By Wednesday morning, the green Starbucks logo had been removed from the front of the now-vacant building. The store was pitch black inside and the front doors were locked. That store is one of six Los Angeles locations that permanently shuttered at the end of July due to “a high volume of challenging incidents that make it unsafe to continue to operate,” according to a Starbucks spokesperson, who cited the ongoing mental health crisis, drug use and chronic homelessness as contributing factors. In addition to the six L.A. stores, 10 locations across the U.S., including in Portland, Ore., Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Seattle, were closed. Starbucks employees “in good standing” were given the opportunity to transfer to a neighboring store, the company spokesperson said. “I’m so sad,” said Blair, who works near the former Hollywood and Vine store. “It’s my favorite Starbucks.”...
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A federal oversight board ordered the United Mine Workers of America to pay more than $13 million in compensation to an Alabama coal company where members have been on strike for more than a year, a ruling the union said Wednesday it would challenge. The National Labor Relations Board said Warrior Met Coal Mining was due some $13.3 million for costs including increased security, damage repair and lost revenues from unmined coal, and individuals were due almost $30,000, mostly for damage to vehicles. Both amounts included interest. The union, with roughly 1,100 members who went on strike against the Alabama-based company on April 1, 2021, called the NLRB assessment an “outrageous” decision that it planned to fight. “Is it now the policy of the federal government that unions be required to pay a company’s losses as a consequence of their members exercising their rights as working people? This is outrageous and effectively negates workers’ right to strike. It cannot stand,” international union president Cecil E. Roberts said in a statement. A company representative did not immediately...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran and the European Union said Wednesday they would send representatives to Vienna amid what appears to be a last-ditch effort at reviving talks over Tehran’s tattered 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. It wasn’t immediately clear if other parties to the landmark accord would attend the surprise summit, nor if there had any progress after a monthslong stalemate and fruitless round of indirect talks between Iran and the United States in Doha. The European Union official who chairs the talks, Enrique Mora, wrote on Twitter that the negotiations would focus on the most recent draft on restoring the agreement, while Tehran said it was dispatching nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani to the Austrian capital. The prospects of the deal’s restoration have darkened in the past few months with major sticking points remaining, including Tehran’s demand that Washington provide guarantees that it won’t again quit the pact and that it lift terrorism sanctions on Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard. The abruptly called meeting in Vienna comes after EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell has repeatedly pushed...
    MetroAccess drivers in ATU Local 689 were on the picket line again Tuesday in the Glenarden area of Prince George’s County, Maryland. (WTOP/John Domen) When a striking MetroAccess driver showed up to meet with Transdev negotiators Tuesday morning, he was optimistic. “I thought there would be a different proposal put on the table, maybe a little increase,” said that driver, Tim Hollingsworth of ATU Local 689. “But it was the same thing as prior.” It was an offer that he said they’ve rejected multiple times already: “The exact same thing.” And for him and others who gathered along Hubbard Road in the Glenarden area of Prince George’s County, Maryland — outside the office where they normally show up for work — that wasn’t good enough. Tuesday’s meeting didn’t last very long. “I couldn’t have been in there about maybe 10, 15 minutes at most, if it was that long,” he said. Currently, the next negotiation between Transdev and ATU Local 689 isn’t scheduled until next Tuesday, though union leaders said they’re willing to meet at any time between now and...
    In this article SBUXGetty ImagesStarbucks is expected to report its fiscal third-quarter earnings after the bell Tuesday. Here's what Wall Street analysts surveyed by Refinitiv are expecting: Earnings per share: 75 cents expected Revenue: $8.11 billion expected The coffee giant suspended its fiscal 2022 outlook last quarter, citing the uncertainty caused by Covid lockdowns in China, the company's second-largest market. This quarter, analysts are expecting Starbucks' international same-store sales to drop 14.5%, according to StreetAccount estimates. But Wall Street has more upbeat projections for the company's home market, which is expected to report strong same-store sales growth. Still, CEO Howard Schultz will likely face questions about how the chain expects to fare if consumer spending slows down. Restaurant chains like Chipotle Mexican Grill, Olive Garden owner Darden Restaurants and McDonald's have already reported that low-income customers are trading down or visiting less frequently. Starbucks is also facing a union push from its U.S. baristas. More than 200 locations have in favor of unionizing under Workers United, and the union is now pushing the company to extend pay hikes...
    RANGERS are back in European action tonight after coming agonisingly close to a famous Europa League success. The Gers were beaten by Eintracht Frankfurt on penalties in Seville after a brilliant run to the final. 2Former Portsmouth defender Christian Burgess is set to get his first taste of Champions League qualifying as he takes on Rangers with Union Saint-GilloiseCredit: Getty 2The likes of Ryan Kent will be looking to build on last season's impressive run to the Europa League finalCredit: Willie Vass And that defeat means they must now negotiate qualifying to enjoy Champions League football this season, as Celtic won the Scottish Premiership. First up, they face an unpredictable tie with Belgian runners-up Union Saint-Gilloise. The Brussels-based side finished in second position in the Jupiler Pro League, just a year after returning to the top flight for the first time in 49 years. Should the Gers win, they will face an extremely tough tie in the play-off round against either PSV Eindhoven or Monaco. What time does Union Saint-Gilloise vs Rangers kick off? Union Saint-Gilloise host Rangers on...
    by Gillian Richards   The Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage across the nation is in the news again with the House’s passage last week of legislation codifying that 2015 ruling as part of U.S. law. In the years before the high court ruled in the case known as Obergefell v. Hodges, 38 states defined marriage by law as an exclusive union between one man and one woman. In 31 of these states, voters approved ballot initiatives to amend their state constitutions to define marriage that way. (See the full list below or in the chart here.) A total of 35 states still have these laws—whether in the state constitution, statute, or both—on the books. In most states, according to Heritage Foundation research, an overwhelming percentage of voters favored a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. In Mississippi, 86% of voters in 2004 supported that traditional definition of marriage, as did 81% in of Alabama in 2006. That same year, 81% of voters in Tennessee, 78% in South Carolina, and 63% in Idaho favored such an amendment. Even in California,...
    The National Labor Relations Board has dismissed a charge Starbucks filed against union organizers in Phoenix, saying there was not enough evidence that pro-union workers blocked store entrances or intimidated customers during a spring rally. Seattle-based Starbucks filed the charge with the labor board in April. The company contended that pro-union workers violated U.S. labor law by threatening workers and customers a Phoenix Starbucks store. The company claimed workers blocked the store’s entrances, made threats, yelled profanities and pounded on the store’s windows. But in a letter to the company late last week, the regional director of the NLRB in Phoenix, Cornele Overstreet, dismissed the charge. Overstreet said his investigation showed that demonstrators remained on the sidewalk and didn’t touch any employees, customers or vehicles. Starbucks said Monday it will appeal. “We disagree the NLRB’s ruling and will appeal as we continue our efforts to protect our partners and allow for their voice to be heard,” the company said in a statement. The charge was one of just two that Starbucks has filed against Workers United since the union...