Ford wage, benefits fuel union buzz at Honda, Toyota, says Canadian autoworkers leader
Jerry Dias has his eye on Honda and Toyota now.The president of Unifor, the union representing Detroit Three autoworkers in Canada, said contract talks with Ford Motor Co. went so well that nonunion workers have begun making inquiries, wondering if the time has come to join.The Ford deal announced Sept. 28 included a $1.5 billion (U.S.) investment to bring battery-electric vehicle production to Oakville Assembly near Toronto and a new engine derivative to Windsor. The agreement was a massive negotiation among government, company and union officials. And the wages set a pattern for the other au...
Detroit Free Press
Fiat Chrysler, Canadian autoworkers union reach tentative contract deal
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Unifor, the union representing FCA’s approximately 9,000 Canadian autoworkers, have reached a tentative contract deal, averting a possible strike late Wednesday.With only minutes to go before the 11:59 p.m. strike deadline, Unifor announced that a deal had been reached.No details were provided, but the company confirmed a tentative deal had been reached and said details would be provided at a later date.The negotiations with FCA followed successful contract talks between Ford and the union last month. General Motors is set to be the third company to negotiate in t...
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Abbott gets emergency FDA approval for antibody test that detects recent COVID-19 infectionsCHICAGO — Abbott’s latest antibody test — meant to show whether a person has recently had COVID-19 — has gained emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.The blood test detects a type of antibody, called IgM, that’s present after a person has been recently infected with COVID-19, Abbott said in a news release.It’s the second antibody test made by Illinois-based Abbott to gain emergency use authorization, in which the FDA allows the use of unapproved medical products to diagn...
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With Florida's hotel workers still jobless, unions pivot to canvass for Democrats
MIAMI — Before the coronavirus pandemic, Ketty Toussaint Rene kept her hands busy every day working the same way she had for three years scrubbing dishes at the largest hotel in Miami-Dade County for a little more than $13 an hour. Now, she says her knuckles are so sore from knocking on doors that she has resorted to carrying around a 2-inch white piece of stone she found at home to do the knocking for her.Toussaint Rene is one of thousands of the state’s hospitality workers who were laid off in March when the pandemic decimated South Florida’s hotel industry, leaving a majority of minimum wag...
An Illinois university got major pushback for cutting religion, French and anthropology. But other colleges are dropping the humanities too
CHICAGO — Scott Sheridan didn’t expect his 23 years of teaching at Illinois Wesleyan University to end like this.Though fewer students are pursuing degrees in his areas of study these days, many still participate. This semester, more than 50 students at the campus in Bloomington are taking advanced classes in French cinema and Italian cultural history. The spots filled up so quickly that more were added, Sheridan said.But programs in French and Italian won’t continue beyond this school year. And neither will those in religion, anthropology, American cultural studies and three other academic de...
Disgraced ex-UAW President Williams pleads guilty in corruption saga
DETROIT — Former United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the union, giving federal prosecutors a second landmark conviction in a years-long crackdown on auto industry corruption.Williams, 67, of Corona, Calif., pleaded guilty nearly four months after Gary Jones, his successor, admitted to helping steal more than $1 million from rank-and-file workers. They are the highest-ranking union leaders convicted in a corruption scandal that has pushed one of the nation’s most powerful unions to the brink of federal takeov...
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Hall, Franklin to face each other in runoff to succeed Rep. John Lewis in Georgia's 5th Congressional District
ATLANTA — Former Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall and former Morehouse College President Robert Franklin, both Democrats, are headed to a runoff to determine who will complete the late Congressman John Lewis’ term in office.The Associated Press called the race for Hall and Franklin, who were among seven candidates running in the 5th Congressional District to succeed Lewis. The runoff is set for Dec. 1, and the winning candidate will serve until Jan. 3.The candidates who did not advance to the runoff were Democrats “Able” Mable Thomas, Keisha Sean Waites and Barrington Martin II, Libertarian...
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Eric Trump roasted on internet after saying he's 'part of' LGBT community
NEW YORK — Eric Trump, the president’s third child, erroneously said he’s part of the LGBT community Tuesday in a Fox News interview and suffered a terrible fate: getting made fun of on the internet.Trump, who has been married to his wife, Lara, since 2014, said later Tuesday that he is not actually a part of the LGBT community and that he misspoke, Out reported.“The LGBT community, they are incredible,” Trump, 36, said. “And you should see how they come out in full force for my father every single day. I’m part of that community, and we love the man.”“We, the gay committee, have had an emerge...
New York Daily News
New on DVD: 'John Lewis: Good Trouble' follows life of beloved civil rights icon
A documentary featuring an American legend tops the new DVD releases for the week of Sept. 29.“John Lewis: Good Trouble”: Rep. John Lewis died in July, leaving a breathtaking legacy. Known for marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on 1965’s Bloody Sunday to protest voting discrimination against Black people and risking his life amid deadly police beatings, his more than 40 arrests during the civil rights movement protesting segregation, and decades of work toward legislation in these areas as well as health care and gun reform (just to name a few), Lewis is affectionately profiled in the do...
Tribune News Service
Will Bunch: I dissent: Shut America down if Trump, McConnell proceed with post-RBG power grab
The final fight of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s remarkable 87-year life — to beat cancer long enough for a president who shared her commitment to equality and decency to pick her replacement — came to an end Friday just as the sun was setting on Washington, D.C., signaling the end to the Jewish calendar year 5780 and the start of Rosh Hashanah. Her longtime friend, the NPR Supreme Court journalist Nina Totenberg, wrote on Twitter that “(a) Jewish teaching says those who die just before the Jewish new year are the ones God has held back until the last moment (because) they were needed most & w...
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