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    DOCTORS, nurses and teachers are all threatening to go on strike in a massive row over pay. Schools could close and hospitals be crippled as firebrand union chiefs threaten 1970s style mass industrial action. 1Doctor, nurses and teachers are all threatening to go on strike in a massive row over payCredit: Alamy They revolted after ministers announced below inflation pay offers to 2 million public sector workers. Nurses, paramedics and midwives will get a £1,400 pay hike while coppers are getting a £1,900 wage bump while new teachers will get another £2,000 next year. But it lags behind inflation, which is running at 9 per cent and predicted to rocket to an eye-watering 11 per cent within months. Doctors and GPs had demanded a whopping 30 per cent pay rise over five years. READ MORE ON STRIKESSTRIKE FEARS Rail strikes could see patients DIE as 100k NHS staff struggle to get to work But seething union chiefs branded the offer a “kick in the teeth” and threatened to unleash the biggest strikes in a generation. Doctors warned they could down...
    Whipsawed by the pandemic, spurred by fury over wage stagnation and alarmed by inflation, Southern California’s unionized grocery workers gained their biggest pay raises in decades Thursday as they ratified a new contract with the region’s largest food chains. The three-year contract’s overwhelming approval followed strike authorization votes two weeks earlier by union locals representing 47,000 employees at 540 Ralphs, Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions stores from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. After four months of bargaining, Kroger, the parent company of Ralphs, and Albertsons, which owns Pavilions and Vons, agreed to raises of 19% to 31% over current pay levels for most workers. Part-time employees, about 70% of the workforce, are guaranteed 28 hours weekly, up from 24. “The companies were afraid of a strike,” said Kathy Finn, secretary-treasurer of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770 in Los Angeles. “Our members were more unified and militant than they’ve been in a long time.” Ralphs said the company was “pleased” with the agreement and Albertsons called it “fair and equitable.” Neither company elaborated on the reasons behind the large...
    New York (CNN Business)You might not know Sean O'Brien. But he is poised to shake up the US economy in a way no one else has in recent memory.O'Brien was sworn in Tuesday as the new general president of the 1.3-million member International Brotherhood of Teamsters, succeeding James Hoffa, son of the union's most infamous president. The younger Hoffa held the job 23 years, far longer than his father ran the union.O'Brien, a self-described "militant," is vowing to take a much harsher line with employers than his predecessor did. And that could lead to a strike at the nation's largest union employer when the Teamsters' UPS (UPS) contract expires on July 31 2023. If that happens, it would be the nation's largest and most disruptive strike in several decades.Willing to 'pull the trigger'Read MoreThe Teamsters union no longer has a chokehold on the nation's trucking system, as it did in the 1960s when Hoffa's father ran it. But it still represents 327,000 employees at UPS, by far the nation's largest trucking and supply management company. Sean O'Brien, the new general...
    In a startling display of the continuing militarisation of space, Russia has launched its biggest rocket since the fall of the Soviet Union 30 years ago. Weighing 761 tons, the 210ft Angara A-5 took off with a mock payload from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia. President Vladimir Putin celebrated the launch on Monday as officials stepped up their warnings over Ukraine. The latest-generation rocket can deliver military satellites into space – where experts predict future conflicts will be won and lost. Weighing 761 tons, the 210ft Angara A-5 took off with a mock payload from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia The launch came as Russian officials likened Nato to the Wehrmacht – the German army that invaded Russia in 1941 – and compared a possible conflict in Ukraine with the Cuban missile crisis in 1962 The launch came as Russian officials likened Nato to the Wehrmacht – the German army that invaded Russia in 1941 – and compared a possible conflict in Ukraine with the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. Russia's space programme launched the first satellite in 1957...
    The firebrand head of New York City's main police union resigned on Tuesday evening, hours after the FBI raided his office and home as part of an investigation that may be tied to mismanagement of funds. The union is headed by controversial Sgt. Ed Mullins, who is facing two departmental discipline trials. His home in Long Island was also searched later on Tuesday Ed Mullins had led the Sergeant's Benevolent Association since 2002 and was a high profile, controversial figure.  The SBA Executive Board said in a statement: 'Given the severity of this matter and the uncertainty of its outcome, the SBA Executive board has requested that President Mullins resign...  'The day to day functioning and the important business of the SBA cannot be distracted by the existence of this investigation.'  Close to a dozen federal agents carried boxes of paperwork out of the SBA headquarters in downtown Manhattan Tuesday morning, according to video from the scene. They descended on Mullins's Long Island home later in the day, according to the New York Daily News. Footage obtained by ABC News showed...
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    Stars were seen on social media getting ready for the splashy Met Gala on Monday evening in New York City. Kate Hudson walked fans through her skincare routine as Kim Kardashian's makeup artist was showing off his glam desk which included La Mer face cream. The event is finally back after being cancelled in 2020 amid the pandemic. This year it was pushed to September from its traditional slot on the first Sunday in May.  Zap me: Stars were seen on social media getting ready for the splashy Met Gala on Monday evening in New York City. Kate Hudson walked fans through her skincare routine New news: Hudson - who announced her engagement to Danny Fujikawa on Monday afternoon - was getting light therapy The theme is In America: A Lexicon of Fashion and the event features a heavy-hitting contingent of celebrity co-chairs: actor Timothée Chalamet, musician Billie Eilish, poet Amanda Gorman and tennis star Naomi Osaka. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Kate Hudson is engaged to Danny Fujikawa! The actress shares... Double date!...
    BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed full support Sunday for Armin Laschet, the center-right Union bloc’s candidate who is hoping to succeed her as chancellor in this month’s German national election. Merkel and Laschet on Sunday toured the town of Hagen and another region in North Rhine-Westphalia state that were badly damaged by flooding in July. Laschet is also the governor of North Rhine-Westphalia, a western state that is the country’s most populous. “Armin Laschet leads this biggest state of Germany very successfully,” Merkel told reporters in Hagen. “Somebody who can lead such a state can also lead Germany as chancellor.” Germany’s parliamentary election takes place on Sept. 26. Merkel, who led the Union bloc to four election victories, said in 2018 that she would not seek another term. She has presided over the European Union’s biggest economy since 2005. Laschet, who also leads the Christian Democratic Union party, is lagging behind the center-left Social Democrats in the polls. He has received particularly unfavorable reviews after a series of slips on the campaign trail in recent months....
    Since historic protests against police violence in America broke out in force last May, police unions across the country have come under renewed and sometimes scathing scrutiny. After all, they have long been reliable defenders of cops who shoot and kill unarmed people, and their leaders have a penchant for slamming police critics, whether lawmakers and celebrities who advocate for controversial policies like “defunding the police,” or rank and file protesters. Given this track record, Michael Fanone, one of the many cops who fended off rioters at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, said he expected the largest police union in the country, the Fraternal Order of Police, to come out strongly in defense of him and fellow officers. The cops who stared down violent pro-Trump mobs that day have not only had to deal with their own physical and emotional injuries, but also endure criticism from Republican lawmakers, hostile civilians, and even efforts by the former president to downplay the seriousness of the January riot. But in an interview on CNN Wednesday, Fanone—fresh off from testifying to Congress on...
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    The Fraternal Order of the Police represents 356,000 members in more than 2,100 lodges throughout the country but was not included in the police reform plans. Jim Pasco, executive director for the Fraternal Order of Police, said he was 'fascinated' by a proposed police reform plan but does not 'have anything to say about it' One of the largest police unions was barred from discussions on a new police reform plan that hopes to end unions' unquestioning solidarity with officers accused of poor conduct - and encourage cops to intervene if they notice a colleague acting wrongfully. The Fraternal Order of the Police represents 356,000 members in more than 2,100 lodges throughout the country but was not included in the police reform plans developed by the AFL-CIO, International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Service Employees International Union.   John Paul Smith, a United Steel Workers staffer who served as a police officer for four years told CNN that local FOP leaders' 'incendiary rhetoric' made labors' job more difficult over the past year.  Jim Pasco, the executive director of the Fraternal Order, said he was...
    The largest nurse’s union in the country said Friday that it does not support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s decision to allow those completely vaccinated from COVID-19 to remove their masks and social distance in public. “This newest CDC guidance is not based on science, does not protect public health, and threatens the lives of patients, nurses, and other frontline workers across the country,” National Nurses United (NNU) Executive Director Bonnie Castillo, RN, said in a statement from the union on Friday. “Now is not the time to relax protective measures, and we are outraged that the CDC has done just that while we are still in the midst of the deadliest pandemic in a century.” On Tuesday, the CDC announced new guidance that those people fully vaccinated no longer had to wear masks or social distance. According to the agency, those people that were vaccinated with either of the second shot of the two-dose Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, or the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine only need to wait two weeks until they can stop wearing masks,...
    THE SNP are off again  . . . or rather, they would like to be. After last week’s elections, the nationalists managed to get the most seats in the Scottish Parliament. They were just short of a majority but added to their previous tally. By one seat. 3Our mock-up of Nicola Sturgeon destroying the UK According to Nicola Sturgeon this is a great, historic victory. And a decider. The SNP claim that since they got the most seats in Edinburgh, they now have the right to rip apart the United Kingdom. Throughout the campaign, Sturgeon claimed a vote for the SNP had nothing to do with a second independence referendum — only to pull this stunt after the votes were in. Scottish voters were lied to. And voters across the whole country should hope Sturgeon and her nationalist party do not get what they are after. It is easy to get caught up in the games the SNP plays. Much of the media portrayed the recent elections as a stunning victory for the First Minister. It was no such thing. In fact, her...
    Sunday's Oscars show won't have a single host, but there will still be plenty of star power.Riz Ahmed ("Sound of Metal") and Viola Davis ("Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"), who are both nominated for Academy Awards this year, will also serve as presenters.They join a list that includes last year's winners in the acting categories, Renee Zellweger, Brad Pitt, Joaquin Phoenix, and Laura Dern -- keeping with tradition at this ceremony -- but the show itself will be very different."It is unprecedented," said Amanda Seyfried, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Mank." "I think we're all just trying to show up and show everybody what's possible, and that we're back to celebrate for good."She is headed to Los Angeles' historic Union Station, which will be the setting for a more intimate affair."I've shot at Union Station before, and it's just really cool," said Andra Day, nominated for Best Actress for her role in "The United States vs. Billie Holiday." "It's an amazing, very interesting venue."RELATED | 'Live With Kelly and Ryan's After Oscar Show' returns with love letter...
    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s biggest industrial union and employers on Tuesday reached a deal that will give workers a one-time “corona bonus” and envisions an extra annual payment starting next year. The deal between employers and the IG Metall union was reached in North Rhine-Westphalia state, Germany’s most populous. But it’s typical for such agreements to be applied across the whole country and to several million workers in the auto and machinery industries, among others. The agreement features a 500-euro ($589) “corona bonus” for each employee to be paid out in June, with apprentices getting a 300-euro payment. Workers will then get what IG Metall said amounts to a 2.3% pay rise, which technically takes effect in July but won’t be paid out until next February — when workers will receive it as a so-called “transformation bonus” amounting to 18.4% of their monthly salary. That bonus will remain an annual fixture, rising to 27.6% of the monthly salary in 2023, the union said. In times of crisis, companies will be able to substitute free time for the “transformation bonus”...
    Nearly 6,000 Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, are deciding whether they want to form a union, the biggest labor push in the online shopping giant's history. The stakes are high for Amazon. The organizing in Bessemer could set off a chain reaction across its operations nationwide, with more workers demanding a union to better their working conditions. Meanwhile, labor advocates hope what's happening in Bessemer could inspire workers beyond Amazon to form a union. But organizers face an uphill battle. Amazon, the second-largest private employer in the country, has a history of crushing unionizing efforts at its warehouses and its Whole Foods grocery stores. Workers in Bessemer have until the end of day Monday to cast their votes. A majority of voters must vote "yes" in order to form a union. Here's more on the unionization efforts:What do organizers want?Besides higher pay, they want Amazon to give warehouse workers more break time and improve working conditions at a company that's famous for its demanding focus on speed and customer growth. Many complain about their back-breaking 10-hour workdays with...
    House Democrats are on track to pass broad legislation that would increase the power of the nation’s shrinking unions by expanding collective bargaining rights and allowing so-called gig workers to organize. "Unions pave the way for bigger paychecks for all,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, said during floor debate on Tuesday. Democrats first passed the bill in 2020, but it went nowhere in the GOP-led Senate. The Senate has since flipped to Democratic control, and union leaders are ramping up pressure on Democratic leaders to force it through over GOP objections. The bill would for the first time allow contract workers such as Uber and Lyft drivers to be classified as employees for the purpose of organizing into unions. The bill would essentially eliminate “right to work” laws that exist in some states and that prevent unions from forcing employees to pay dues. Democrats say the legislation is necessary to strengthen unions and the rights of workers, which will ensure fair pay and treatment. It's considered the most significant measure to bolster the power of unions that Congress...
    Loading the player... The second Jennifer Bates walks away from her post at the Amazon warehouse where she works, the clock starts ticking. She has precisely 30 minutes to get to the cafeteria and back for her lunch break. That means traversing a warehouse the size of 14 football fields, which eats up precious time. She avoids bringing food from home because warming it up in the microwave would cost her even more minutes. Instead she opts for $4 cold sandwiches from the vending machine and hurries back to her post. If she makes it, she’s lucky. If she doesn’t, Amazon could cut her pay, or worse, fire her. Tray Ragland, left, and Kim Hickerson of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union hold signs outside an Amazon facility where labor is trying to organize workers on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves) It’s that kind of pressure that has led some Amazon workers to organize the biggest unionization push at the company since it was founded in 1995. And it’s happening in the unlikeliest of places: Bessemer,...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The second Jennifer Bates walks away from her post at the Amazon warehouse where she works, the clock starts ticking. She has precisely 30 minutes to get to the cafeteria and back for her lunch break. That means traversing a warehouse the size of 14 football fields, which eats up precious time. She avoids bringing food from home because warming it up in the microwave would cost her even more minutes. Instead she opts for $4 cold sandwiches from the vending machine and hurries back to her post. If she makes it, she’s lucky. If she doesn’t, Amazon could cut her pay, or worse, fire her. It’s that kind of pressure that has led some Amazon workers to organize the biggest unionization push at the company since it was founded in 1995. And it’s happening in the unlikeliest of places: Bessemer, Alabama, a state with laws that don’t favor unions. The stakes are high. If organizers succeed in Bessemer, it could set off a chain reaction across Amazon’s operations nationwide, with thousands more workers rising up...
    The second Jennifer Bates walks away from her post at the Amazon warehouse where she works, the clock starts ticking. She has precisely 30 minutes to get to the cafeteria and back for her lunch break. That means traversing a warehouse the size of 14 football fields, which eats up precious time. She avoids bringing food from home because warming it up in the microwave would cost her even more minutes. Instead she opts for $4 cold sandwiches from the vending machine and hurries back to her post. If she makes it, she's lucky. If she doesn't, Amazon could cut her pay, or worse, fire her. It's that kind of pressure that has led some Amazon workers to organize the biggest unionization push at the company since it was founded in 1995. And it's happening in the unlikeliest of places: Bessemer, Alabama, a state with laws that don't favor unions. The stakes are high. If organizers succeed in Bessemer, it could set off a chain reaction across Amazon's operations nationwide, with thousands more workers rising up and demanding better...
    By JOSEPH PISANI, AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The second Jennifer Bates walks away from her post at the Amazon warehouse where she works, the clock starts ticking. She has precisely 30 minutes to get to the cafeteria and back for her lunch break. That means traversing a warehouse the size of 14 football fields, which eats up precious time. She avoids bringing food from home because warming it up in the microwave would cost her even more minutes. Instead she opts for $4 cold sandwiches from the vending machine and hurries back to her post. If she makes it, she's lucky. If she doesn't, Amazon could cut her pay, or worse, fire her. It’s that kind of pressure that has led some Amazon workers to organize the biggest unionization push at the company since it was founded in 1995. And it’s happening in the unlikeliest of places: Bessemer, Alabama, a state with laws that don’t favor unions. The stakes are high. If organizers succeed in Bessemer, it could set off a chain reaction across Amazon's operations nationwide,...
              The Board of Directors of the Ohio Education Association (OEA), Ohio’s largest labor union for educators, voted unanimously last week to adopt a position statement supporting the immediate suspension of all in-person learning in the state until January 11. The OEA released the statement on Monday. The document calls for state leaders and educational institutions to “reset,” “restart,” “re-prioritize,” and “resource” in order to “ensure that the needs of Ohio’s students, educators and communities are met.” The “reset” consists of immediate suspension of in-person learning – instead calling on schools to either deliver remote instruction or suspend learning until 10 days after New Year’s Day.  The date reflects the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated guidance shortening quarantine from 14 days to between 7 – 10 days. “Due to the extraordinary and dangerous spike in COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths across the state since early November and anticipated additional increase in case numbers arising from social gatherings over the Thanksgiving holiday” the OEA states the suspension is necessary. The Lancet first published...
    VIDEO2:4202:42We are experiencing the biggest crisis since airplanes first took flight: President of the Association of Flight AttendantsThe News with Shepard Smith The airline industry is facing its biggest disaster ever as Capitol Hill hits another impasse over a coronavirus relief bill, said Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA. "We are experiencing a crisis that is bigger than all the financial crises that the airline industry has faced since airplanes first took flight," Nelson told CNBC on Tuesday evening. It has been 250 days since the last stimulus bill passed. While there's new talk, there has been no action on a new Senate bipartisan $908 billion measure, which includes money for small businesses, state and local governments, and funding for $300-per-week unemployment benefits. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shot it down, saying he needs to figure out what President Donald Trump will actually sign.  "We don't have time for messaging games. We don't have time for lengthy negotiations," McConnell said Tuesday after the bill was released.  In interview on "The News with Shepard Smith," Nelson said the March...
    Teachers unions have been instrumental in keeping American schools online during the pandemic. But some have escalated their positions on reopening to include an array of social justice demands. A set of demands from teachers unions in July, which addressed how to safely reopen schools amid a pandemic, was criticized by The Wall Street Journal editorial board as “political extortion.” The board argued that unions were taking advantage of a health crisis to advance their own ideological agendas and to eliminate competition from charter schools. “For most Americans the coronavirus is a scourge. But teachers unions seem to think it’s also an opportunity—to squeeze more money from taxpayers and put their private and public charter school competition out of business,” the board wrote. “Rather than work to open schools safely, the unions are issuing ultimatums and threatening strikes until they are granted their ideological wish list.” “If there’s a silver lining here, it’s that Americans are getting a closer look at the true, self-interested character of today’s teachers unions,” The Wall Street Journal editorial board added. (RELATED: Our Kids Are...
    A public school stands on the Upper East Side on August 07, 2020 in the Manhattan borough of New York City.Spencer Platt | Getty Images No New York City public school should open for in-person learning unless it meets a bevy of safety criteria, including requiring "every single person, adult and child" who enters one of the nearly 1,800 facilities to be tested for Covid or the antibodies, the president of the city's teachers' union said Wednesday. Mike Mulgrew, the head of the United Federation of Teachers, released a school safety checklist Wednesday outlining clear standards it says are needed. He says no school should open unless it meets all the criteria in that report. "It is our judgment at this point that if you open schools September 10, it will be one of the biggest debacles in history," Mulgrew tweeted. "If we feel that a school is not safe, we are prepared to go to court and take action. If a court determines we are breaking the Taylor Law, so be it." Mayor Bill de Blasio has consistently said the city...
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