Workers refused to form a union in Amazon’s warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, as a setback of organized labor’s efforts to reverse decades of declining private sector membership across the country.
This Alabama results According to data from Georgia State University, unions face the challenge of increasing membership in the US private sector. In the US private sector, the proportion of union representatives is only 6.3%, down from 24.2% in 1973.
Last year, although millions of jobs were laid off in the country during the pandemic, including 300,000 union positions, there has been an increase in hiring at Amazon, the second-largest private employer in the United States, and other e-commerce warehouses. For unions, the time seems ripe for organizing workers in an environment where the expanding sector and unions have traditionally been operating: a large blue-collar construction site where many employees are engaged in similar jobs.
According to the Ministry of Labor, last year there were more union members working for the government than for private sector employers, indicating that the public sector is now a stronghold for organized labor. Teacher strikes and protests in 2018 and 2019 won salary increases and other concessions in Arizona, West Virginia, Los Angeles, and other states and cities. Recently, the educators union has affected the renewal of the pandemic in Chicago and other places. The plan to open the school.
Amazon’s employees in Alabama voted not to join the union, giving the tech giant a victory in the largest struggle against labor organizations, a struggle that inspired the nation’s greatest struggle against the United States. Debate on the working conditions of one of the employers.
According to data from the National Labor Relations Committee, the vast majority of Bessemer warehouse workers reject unions, and 71% of the votes do not participate in retail, wholesale and department store unions. Some people who voted down said they did not see how the union would substantially increase its salaries and benefits.
The company said on Friday: “Amazon did not win, and our employees voted against joining the union.”
The rejection is a blow to efforts to increase the number of private sector union members across the country, a phenomenon that has been going on for decades. The Amazon factory provides an opportunity to organize workers in the second-largest employer in the United States, a fast-growing industry, and an environment where unions have flourished in the past. In this large blue-collar factory, many employees are engaged in similar jobs.Amazon employees have no union representation in the U.S.
“It is much more difficult to organize large groups. Large employers like Amazon and Walmart have always been the holy grail,” said Jonathan Spitz, co-head of industrial relations at Jackson Lewis, a management law firm. )Say. Union officials hope it will win an organization vote in an unknown union-friendly state, which may provide motivation for similar efforts elsewhere.
Wrapped in gasoline, he took whatever seemed useful – a backpack, three bottles of water, four soft drinks, a sack of bread, a rope, emergency supplies, a lantern, and two matches – and got off the plane as fast as he could. .
It exploded not long after.
That’s January 28th.
The first five days, he told AFP in an interview at his home in Brasilia, he heard a rescue flight overhead, looking for him.
But the vegetation was so dense that rescuers didn’t see it.
After that, he heard no more of the machine, and thought they had given him up to die.
“I was devastated. I thought I would never make it out, that I would die,” he said.
He used the battery he had in his cell phone to find where he was by GPS, and decided to walk east, where he had seen two air trails.
JAGUARS, CROCODILES, ANACONDAS
He follows the morning sun to stay on track, and digs up what he remembers about the path of survival he once took.
“There is water, but no food. And I am vulnerable – to predators” such as jaguars, crocodiles and anacondas, he said.
He ate the same fruit he saw the monkey eat, and managed to retrieve three precious blue tinamou eggs – the only protein of his entire ordeal.
“I’ve never seen an untouched virgin rainforest,” he said.
“I found the Amazon isn’t one rainforest, it’s like four or five forests in one.”
The thought of seeing her parents and siblings again kept her going, she said.
Amazon’s Android and iOS-based apps in India provide a very standard user interface. But this is not the case for other applications. Now, there is news that the company has improved the user interface of its Android application in the United States.
according to report Produced by Droid-Life, the company made several changes to the old UI. For example, the side menu is now the bottom navigation bar. The new user interface now has homepage, personal information, shopping cart and menu tabs to help users access various parts of the application.
AmazonAccording to the report, the font size of the text in some pages of the application (such as the menu page) has also been changed. Likewise, the profile page now has curved buttons, which is a clear departure from the earlier design of the app.
In addition, the company has also modified the “Whole Foods and Fresh Foods” page in the application. In the new user interface, these pages have their own brand and color scheme.
That said, it’s still not sure if the UI change is a server-side update or part of the Google Play Store update. Amazon has already begun to introduce a new user interface to its users. It should be available to all users soon.
Britain’s move will see a two percent digital services tax on some American companies, which the US – home to the world’s largest technology company – deems discriminatory. US officials have said they may impose a 25 percent tariff on some British goods in response to the move.
If Canada introduces its own digital services tax, it must be prepared for the same treatment, said Barry Appleton, an international lawyer and Canada-US trade expert.
“There is no special relationship because Canada is more loved than Great Britain,” he said. “There’s no way we get any special treatment.”
Ottawa’s interest in a digital services tax follows years of complaints from Canadian firms competing with US-based tech firms such as Netflix. They argue that their American competitors have an unfair advantage because they don’t pay taxes in Canada.
Dwayne Winseck, a professor at Carleton University School of Journalism and Communications, said that, in the case of Britain, the US did not say “no tax comes to hell or the tide.”
The problem, says Winseck, is less with the tax itself than the timing. The American government may be irritated that Britain acted before the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development released its set of rules around digital taxation, he said. Canada, the US and the UK are among the 37 countries that are part of the organization, which is working to reach a deal by mid-2021.
Canada has signaled it will proceed with its own taxes due in 2022 if the OECD does not reach an agreement.
Katherine Cuplinskas, a finance ministry spokeswoman, would not say whether next month’s federal budget will include a digital services tax plan, but stressed that the government plans to enact one.
“The Canadian government is committed to an economic fall statement to impose taxes on large multinational digital companies, until a generally accepted approach is agreed and takes effect,” he said in a statement to the Star.
Canadian businesses welcomed the fall’s announcement as a way to equalize against companies like Netflix. But others noted taxes could lead to higher prices for Canadians.
The government’s fall update specifically calls for GST / HST to be paid for by “foreign-based vendors selling digital products or services to consumers in Canada” or via app stores.
Appleton said Canada should expect trade retaliation from the US but noted that the federal government has a way of enforcing defensible taxes under the United States, Mexico, Canada Treaty. This allows for exemptions in terms of cultural identity protection, tax policies or maintaining public order, he said.
“You have to follow the rules of the trade, and you have to be smart,” he said.
Regardless, there will likely still be a dispute with the US, Appleton said, because even if it is permitted under the trade agreement, American politicians will likely want to champion some of their biggest businesses.
“It’s like a very nasty divorce,” he said. “Each side knows something is coming. Each has a lawyer … so you want to make sure you’re getting the best of it when that’s going to happen. “