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  • Supermarkets snub coconut goods picked by monkeys

    07/04/2020 8:29:13 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 81 replies
    BBC ^ | 3 July 2020
    The monkeys are snatched from the wild and trained to pick up to 1,000 coconuts a day, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) said The animal rights group said pigtailed macaques in Thailand were treated like "coconut-picking machines". In a statement, Waitrose said: "As part of our animal welfare policy, we have committed to never knowingly sell any products sourced from monkey labour. Male monkeys are able to pick up to 1,000 coconuts a day, Peta says. It's thought that a human can pick about 80. It said it also discovered "monkey schools", where the animals were trained...
  • Study: Nike, Apple, BMW Among 83 Brands Using Chinese Muslim Slave Labor

    07/02/2020 11:28:17 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 16 replies ^ | March 2, 2020 | FRANCES MARTEL
    A report published Sunday by an Australian think tank revealed that as many as 83 internationally known brands – including Nike, BMW, Apple, Sony, Google, Lacoste, and Nintendo – have active ties to factories where evidence suggests the Communist Party has shipped Uyghur Muslims to engage in forced labor.
  • Trouncing Expectations by 10 Million Jobs, the Labor Market’s Comeback Has Begun

    06/05/2020 12:39:01 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 2 replies ^ | June 5, 2020 | Council of Economic Advisors
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May Employment Situation report shows that the United States economy added 2.5 million jobs last month, and the unemployment rate fell from 14.7 percent to 13.3 percent.Employment increased significantly in leisure and hospitality (1.2 million), construction (464,000), education and health services (424,000), retail trade (368,000), and manufacturing (225,000). These job gains surprised forecasters, given many States were only beginning to reopen their economies during the reports’ survey reference periods (the week/pay period that includes May 12). The median of all private sector forecasts predicted 7.5 million job losses in May and an unemployment rate of...
  • COVID Rolls Downhill In Wyoming: The American People Are Making The Hard Calls When Our Leaders Won’t

    05/27/2020 6:42:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 27, 2020 | Christopher Bedford
    There’s a reason for that: The owner kept everyone who was willing to work on the payroll through the entire two-month shutdown. The second-generation chairman of Tennessee’s Holston Gases, Bill Baxter isn’t short on capital. He bought the bar just three years ago — four years after buying the well-known hotel and Silver Dollar Bar up the road. “They paid for us to get additional training so I got a certification for environmental awareness in response to FEMA online incident management,” Bennett Gocke, the man in charge of safety and security for patrons and staff, tells me. “And then on...
  • W.Va. Supreme Court upholds long-argued right to work law

    04/21/2020 12:42:12 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 4 replies
    WV MetroNews ^ | April 21, 2020 | Brad McElhinny
    A majority of West Virginia’s Supreme Court has upheld the right to work law that has been argued in the court system for years after it first passed the state’s Republican majority Legislature. Justices reversed a Kanawha Circuit Judge’s earlier ruling that overturned key aspects of the law. The case was remanded back to the lower court, but only to enter summary judgment on behalf of the state. “Because we have found the Act does not infringe upon association, property, or liberty rights protected by the West Virginia Constitution, we reverse the February 27, 2019 order of the Circuit Court...
  • Wuhan Virus Restrictions Are Giving Pregnant Women The Shaft As They Go Into Labor

    03/26/2020 6:47:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 26, 2020 | Ashley Bateman
    Robyn Ross received the call on a Friday. With COVID-19 patients threatening to overwhelm the nation’s hospitals, her OB-GYN would be transferring to virtual appointments. “For how long?” Ross asked. For the foreseeable future.Due to deliver April 24 at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, where Virginia’s first COVID-19 case was quarantined in early March, Ross’ plan for birth care is now riddled with uncertainty.Hospitals around the nation have employed quick-response crisis policies, with visitor restrictions in most major metropolises. The decision in major hospital systems across the nation, including New York-Presbyterian, Central Illinois, Central Texas, and all San Francisco hospitals,...
  • California’s AB 5 kills off 40-year Lake Tahoe Music Festival

    03/17/2020 10:52:21 AM PDT · by grundle · 24 replies
    California Globe ^ | March 1, 2020 | Katy Grimes
    Another casualty in the quest to ‘save’ workers from ‘misclassification’ California’s AB 5 has taken another life: The new law has now killed off the 40-year old Lake Tahoe Music Festival. “After 40+ years of classical music concerts offered outside with family and friends, the Lake Tahoe Music Festival will call a wrap to our summer festival with two performances in August of 2020,” the official festival website says. The Festival also posted the announcement on their Facebook page. Assembly Bill 5 by former labor leader Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), has already significantly limited Californians’ ability to work as...
  • The War on Self-Checkouts Shows the Make-Work Bias Is Alive and Well

    03/01/2020 12:16:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 313 replies
    The Foundation for Economic Education ^ | February 26, 2020 | David Youngberg
    In the 1960s, Milton Friedman reportedly visited a construction site in a foreign country. To his surprise, the canal builders used no heavy machinery and instead armed thousands of men with shovels. He questioned the bureaucrat about this odd choice and the bureaucrat responded that it was a jobs program. “Oh, I thought you were trying to build a canal,” Friedman said. “If it’s jobs you want, then you should give these workers spoons, not shovels.” Friedman’s absurd proposal illustrates the absurdity of make-work bias—the belief that conserving labor makes us poorer. Make-work bias was particularly popular during the Industrial...
  • California Runs Off the Road. The new state labor law AB5 is causing trouble far and wide.

    01/24/2020 6:39:58 AM PST · by karpov · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 23, 2020
    Nancy Pelosi famously proclaimed that Democrats had to pass ObamaCare to find out what was in it. On the other hand, Democrats in California last year passed legislation outlawing many freelance and independent contracting jobs knowing the disruption it would cause—and voters are now discovering the damage. Ride-hailing app Uber this week rolled out changes for drivers and riders in California in an effort to duck the state’s new labor law AB5. That law reclassified a large swath of independent contractors from freelance journalists to Uber drivers as employees who are owed rest breaks, workers compensation, health benefits and paid...
  • The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez School of Economics

    01/22/2020 3:27:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 53 replies ^ | January 22, 2020 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (D-N.Y.), sat for a discussion with author Ta-Nehisi Coates. She dropped a number of shocking statements -- statements that elicited nothing but murmurs of agreement from Coates. AOC claimed: "No one ever makes a billion dollars. You take a billion dollars." How, pray tell, are American billionaires responsible for such massive theft? According to AOC, the very mechanisms of capitalism mandate such theft. In her view, successful businesspeople simply exploit their workers while maximizing their profits. Hypothetically speaking about billionaires making widgets, she said: "You didn't make those widgets! You sat on a couch while...
  • Finland’s new 34 year old prime minister wants her country on a four-day workweek

    01/06/2020 2:27:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 108 replies
    Quartz via Yahoo News ^ | 01/06/2020 | Michelle Cheng
    Finland has been at the forefront of flexible work schedules for years, starting with a 1996 law that gives most employees the right to adjust their hours up to three hours earlier or later than what their employer typically requires. The country’s newly installed political leader, Sanna Marin, just upped the ante, though, proposing to put the entire country on a four-day workweek consisting of six-hour workdays. Marin, the world’s youngest sitting prime minister and the leader of a five-party center-left coalition, said the policy would allow people to spend more time with their families and that this could be...
  • Merkel warns German labor shortage could spark business exodus

    12/15/2019 9:23:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 12.14.2019 | nm/sms (AFP, dpa)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel used her weekly podcast on Saturday to sound the alarm on the country’s skilled labor shortage, saying it could force companies to move elsewhere. […] Germany wants to tackle the shortfall domestically by providing “good training for as many people as possible,” Merkel said. At the same time, Berlin is looking to recruit qualified people from other European Union countries, and further afield. There are already 2.5 million people from EU countries working in Germany. “But that alone is not enough, and that is why we also have to look for skilled workers from outside the...
  • U.K. Labor Leader Jeremy Corbyn, Who wants to be PM, Has A Long History Of Openly Supporting Terrorists

    12/03/2019 7:57:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12/03/2019 | By Erielle Davidson
    In an interview on Sunday with Sky News, U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn stated that convicted terrorists should “not necessarily” serve out the entirety of their prison terms. His statement comes on the heels of Friday’s terror attack on London Bridge, in which two Brits were stabbed to death by a convicted terrorist who had been released early from prison.Corbyn’s softness towards terrorism should surprise no one, at least not those who have been paying attention to his unnervingly friendly attitude towards extremists over the past several decades (one Twitter user created a lengthy list). Corbyn is the...
  • Warren’s health plan is big trouble for organized labor

    11/10/2019 6:56:04 PM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/10/19 | Nicole Gelinas
    Elizabeth Warren has a plan — to annoy union members who work for state and local governments. With her “Medicare for All” plan, the top-tier Democratic contender is revealing a tension in the neo-progressive movement. Warren’s $20.5 trillion over a decade to pay for Medicare for All requires what she calls a “redirection” in funds: $6 trillion in “existing state- and local-government insurance spending.” Of this figure, $3.3 trillion goes for Medicaid, public insurance for poorer people. But the other $2.7 trillion comes from the funds state and local governments “currently spend on employer contributions to private insurance premiums for...
  • Pizza of the future? AI being used to make pizza at T-Mobile Park

    10/15/2019 5:38:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    KIRO-TV ^ | October 3, 2019 | Deedee Sun
    Artificial intelligence could be used to make your next pizza, if you order one at T-Mobile Park. A Seattle startup called Picnic has developed a machine capable of turning out hundreds of pizzas an hour. The CEO of the company said the machine can also help solve a staffing shortage in the food services industry. “You can make different pizzas, each one in a row,” said Clayton Wood, CEO of Picnic. The machine gets the pizza order from an iPad app that was developed in-house, at the company’s office and lab in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood.
  • Polis creates 'Office of Future of Work,' third new taxpayer-funded office this year ( Colorado)

    09/06/2019 7:05:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    The Center Square ^ | Sep 4, 2019 | Derek Draplin
    Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday signed an executive order establishing a new office that his administration says will research the state’s “rapidly changing economy and workforce.” The office, called the Office of Future of Work, will be part of the Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), and will have to report annually to Polis with policy recommendations. ... Details on what the new office will cost taxpayers were not released. Sage Naumann, spokesman for Colorado Senate GOP, mocked the office on Twitter, saying it’s the third new office created this year. “The Democrats’ insistence on creating a new layer...
  • Don't Fence me in.

    09/24/2019 3:13:10 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 8 replies
    email | 9/24/2019 | unknown
    Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House. One is from Chicago, another is from Kentucky, and the third is from New Orleans. All three go with a White House official to examine the fence. The New Orleans contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. "Well," he says, "I figure the job will run about $9,000. That's $4,000 for materials, $4,000 for my crew and $1,000 profit for me." The Kentucky contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, "I can do this job...

    09/19/2019 5:05:20 AM PDT · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 73 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/19/2019 | Jerusalem Post Staff
    According to Channel 13, 97.6% of the votes from Tuesday's elections have already been counted, Blue and White stands at 33 seats and Likud at 31 seats, with Blue and White leading by a narrow margin. It is important to note that these are still not the final results. Overnight, the committee was counting the near quarter of a million soldiers' votes cast by Israeli soldiers. The Central Election Committee (CEC) has been updating its website since the close of the polls at 10 p.m. on Tuesday. The last update was at 10:40 a.m. on Thursday: 4,354,991 votes had been...
  • 'Right-wing bloc' led by Netanyahu established

    09/18/2019 7:28:19 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 78 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/9/19 | Ido Ben Porat
    Right-wing factions convened at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem Wednesday afternoon, deciding to establish a "right-wing bloc" headed by Prime Minister Netanyahu, that will work for the establishment of the next government. It was decided to form a joint coalition negotiations team for all factions in the bloc. In addition to Netanyahu, the meeting saw the participation of Minister Yariv Levin and faction heads: Yaakov Litzman, Moshe Gafni, Naftali Bennett, Ayelet Shaked, and Bezalel Smotrich. Minister Aryeh Deri met with Prime Minister Netanyahu earlier this morning, as he was unable to attend the meeting due to the memorial ceremony...
  • Labor Unions Divided on Medicare for All

    08/12/2019 7:12:18 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/11/2019 | Sean Moran
    Although Medicare for All remains a popular proposal for progressive Democrats, many labor unions remain divided over whether the single-payer healthcare proposal would benefit American workers. Former Vice President Joe Biden and other moderate 2020 Democrat presidential candidates have attempted to cast Medicare for All as harmful to the American worker, although some labor unions have backed the single-payer healthcare plan.