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U.S. Trade Representative Tai to hold talks in Britain next week
  + stars: | 2021-06-11 | by ( Andrea Shalal | ) sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai will travel to Britain on Wednesday and hold talks with British trade minister Elizabeth Truss after participating in a U.S.-European Union summit and holding several bilateral meetings, her office said. On Wednesday, Tai will travel to London and hold bilateral meetings with British trade secretary Elizabeth Truss before returning to the United States, USTR said. The White House has said it will put new trade deals on hold until it has reviewed Trump’s trade policies. Britain and the United States had started talks on a bilateral free trade deal under Trump, but failed to reach an accord before Biden took office. UK ambassador Karen Pierce told Reuters that U.S. officials were supportive of a free trade deal with Britain, but the timing was unclear given other U.S. domestic priorities.
Persons: Katherine Tai, Elizabeth Truss, Pete Marovich, REUTERS Tai, Tai, Valdis Dombrovskis, ” USTR, USTR, Trump, Biden, Karen Pierce Organizations: WASHINGTON, . Trade, Union, Senate, Capitol, REUTERS, AFL, U.S, EU, Transatlantic, Trump, Reuters, European Union Locations: Britain, U.S, Washington , U.S, Brussels, London, United States
U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said on Thursday the Biden administration was working on multiple fronts to end the pandemic. "Extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary measures," Tai told a virtual town hall for union members hosted by the AFL-CIO trade federation. Sean Flynn, an expert on intellectual property at American University Washington, said he expects the WTO to reach a deal on a waiver during a ministerial meeting later this year. The pharmaceutical industry argues that companies invested their own funds to develop vaccines and waiving their IP rights will undermine such work in the future. Robert Grant, senior director of international affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center, said there was "no evidence" that waiving intellectual property rights would boost vaccine production.
Persons: Lucy Nicholson, Katherine Tai, Biden, Tai, Joe Biden, Sean Flynn, Janet Yellen, Robert Grant, we’re, Organizations: Pfizer, REUTERS, U.S . Trade, AFL, World Trade Organization, WTO, Biden, American University Washington, Treasury, U.S . Chamber, Innovation Policy, Thomson Locations: Los Angeles , California, U.S, States, Washington, Germany, Britain
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said on Thursday she will accompany President Joe Biden to Brussels next week for “intense negotiations” to try to resolve trade disputes over aircraft subsidies and steel and aluminum. FILE PHOTO: Katherine Tai, nominee for US Trade Representative speaks at the Senate Finance Committee hearing at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, U.S. February 25, 2021. “We’ll participate in intense negotiations to resolve the 16-year-old Boeing/Airbus disputes and to find a path forward on products like steel and aluminum,” Tai said, repeating her upbeat assessment of the talks thus far. “From my conversations so far, I am optimistic that we will be successful,” Tai told the event. Discussions about steel and aluminum tariffs are still in the early stages and will take longer to resolve, the source said.
Persons: Katherine Tai, Joe Biden, , Tasos, REUTERS Tai, “ We’ll, Tai, ” Tai, Biden, Organizations: WASHINGTON, . Trade, US Trade, Senate, REUTERS, AFL, Boeing, Airbus, EU, United Steelworkers, Reuters, Boeing Co Locations: Brussels, Washington , DC, U.S, China
Commuter buses are parked outside the Tridonex auto-parts plant, owned by Philadelphia-based Cardone Industries, in Matamoros, Mexico January 25, 2021. REUTERS/Daina SolomonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States asked Mexico on Wednesday to review whether workers at an auto parts factory were denied labor rights in the second labor complaint brought by the Biden administration under the new North American trade deal in less than a month. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office said it made the request involving the Tridonex auto parts factory in the northern border city of Matamoros after the AFL-CIO union federation petitioned the agency to review the case over allegations that the factory denied workers collective bargaining and free association rights.
Persons: Daina Solomon WASHINGTON, Biden Organizations: Cardone Industries, REUTERS, United, U.S . Trade, AFL Locations: Philadelphia, Matamoros, Mexico, United States, American
Amid the controversy, efforts to have the bill introduced before the end of the state's legislative session this week failed. For example, while 32BJ rejects the New York bill, SEIU President Mary Kay Henry in the past said she would back workers' demands in reaching a deal with companies. Similarly, the New York chapter of the AFL-CIO, the largest U.S. labor federation, backs the compromise proposal, while members of its Colorado chapter said they were opposed to bargaining agreements with the gig companies. In some states the companies hope for buy-in from labor groups, company and union officials said. The companies say they pursue tailored policies for each state to combine flexibility for their mostly part-time workers with benefits and protections.
Persons: Mike Blake, Kyle Bragg, 32BJ's, Uber, 32BJ, Mary Kay Henry, Biden, John Zimmer, Wilma Liebman, Andy Stern, Stern, Britain's, Lyft's Zimmer, Kjersten Forseth Organizations: San Diego State University, REUTERS, Transport Workers Union, Service, Union's, New, SEIU, AFL, U.S . Labor Department, PRO, Republican, U.S . Senate, National Labor Relations Board, U.S . Chamber of Commerce, Teamsters, Colorado AFL, CIO, Thomson Locations: San Diego , California, U.S, New York, Albany, United States, Colorado, Massachusetts , New York , New Jersey , Illinois, Washington, California, Seattle, New York City
Victoria COVID lockdown leaves Australian sports scrambling
  + stars: | 2021-05-27 | by ( Ian Ransom | ) + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Barricades block the entrance to Flinders St station on the first day of a five-day lockdown implemented in the state of Victoria in response to a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, February 13, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra SandersAustralia's major sports leagues and Olympic hopefuls scrambled to make contingency plans on Thursday after authorities announced a seven-day lockdown in the southern state of Victoria to contain an outbreak of COVID-19 in Melbourne. The Australian Football League (AFL), the top flight of Australian Rules football, has 10 teams based in Victoria and two left the state on Wednesday. That followed confirmation on Wednesday of a positive test from a fan at an AFL match at the MCG last weekend. A protracted lockdown to control a second wave outbreak in Victoria last year forced more than a dozen Melbourne-based sports teams to play away from home for several months to complete their seasons.
Persons: Sandra Sanders Australia's, there’s Organizations: Flinders St, REUTERS, Australian Football League, Australian Rules, AFL, Hawthorn Hawks, Gold Coast Suns, Northern Territory, Richmond Tigers, Adelaide Crows, Melbourne Cricket, Melbourne's, Essendon, MCG, Australia, Queensland, Wednesday, Super Rugby Trans, Melbourne Rebels, Otago Highlanders, Thomson Locations: Flinders, Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, Australia's, Darwin, Northern, Sydney, South Australia, North Melbourne, Queensland, Adelaide, New Zealand, Queenstown, Australian
The move comes after a $15 federal minimum wage was not included in Biden's first stimulus. While a $15 federal minimum wage didn't make it into law earlier this year, the state of Rhode Island is taking matters into its own hands. On Tuesday, a bill raising the state's minimum wage passed the General Assembly, the Rhode Island legislature that comprises both the House and Senate. President Joe Biden has reiterated his support for a $15 minimum wage, an issue that he campaigned on. Progressives led by Sen. Bernie Sanders pushed for the inclusion of a $15 federal minimum wage in Biden's first stimulus package.
Persons: Rhode, Dan McKee, McKee, Sen, Ana B, Monique Jamison, Jamison, Joe Biden, Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth MacDonough Organizations: General Assembly, Gov, Rhode, AFL, Democrats Locations: Rhode, Florida, Rhode Island
U.S. labor leader calls for human drivers in automated vehicles
  + stars: | 2021-05-17 | by ( David Shepardson | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
A senior American labor union leader will tell U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday that the government should require human operators in all self-driving passenger services to take over in the event of an emergency. read moreWaymo said it planned to start with "drivered operations" and Cruise expects to deploy vehicles without humans behind the wheel, according to documents seen by Reuters. Any vehicle that is under the 10,000-pound threshold that will travel on public roads must be properly regulated." Cruise and Waymo did not comment on the testimony. Senator John Thune, a Republican, last week blamed "the trial lawyers and the Teamsters" for blocking self-driving car legislation that he said could save thousands of lives.
Persons: Greg Regan, Regan, Cruise, Waymo, John Thune Organizations: Transportation, Department, AFL, U.S . House Energy, Commerce, Reuters, Teamsters, Google, General Motors Co, Honda Motor Co, SoftBank Group Corp, San, Republican, Thomson Locations: American, U.S, San Francisco
Such votes are part of Mexico’s broader effort to uphold worker rights as part of a new free trade pact that replaces NAFTA. In the GM case, some ballots were destroyed during the union-led vote, Mexico’s labor ministry found. It also said the union, which is part of the powerful Confederation of Mexican Workers (CTM), refused to give labor inspectors documentation of the vote tally. It also said it condemned labor rights violations and had hired a third-party firm to review the matter. UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg told Reuters separately this week that it was “concerned and is having appropriate discussions” about the Mexico vote.
Persons: Rebecca Cook, Dan Kildee, Bill Pascrell, Earl Blumenauer, , , Mary Barra, ” Hugo Varela, CTM, Brian Rothenberg, Unifor, Mark Reuss, Jerry Dias Organizations: MEXICO CITY, General Motors Co, General Motors, REUTERS, AFL, Monday, U.S, Tridonex, of Mexican Workers, GM, U.S . Trade, United Auto Workers . UAW, Reuters, IndustriALL Global Unions Locations: MEXICO, Silao, Detroit , Michigan, U.S, United States, Mexico, Canada, Mexican, Matamoros, Guanajuato, Geneva, Toronto
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The AFL-CIO, the biggest U.S. labor federation, on Monday will file the first petition for the U.S. government to bring a labor complaint against Mexico under the trade deal that replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement, the union said. Under USMCA’s “Rapid Response Mechanism,” firms in Mexico and the United States can face tariffs and other penalties for failing to ensure worker rights, such as freedom of association. The AFL-CIO’s petition marks the first time the trade deal’s labor enforcement is being put to use, and will be closely watched by companies and labor activists. “This is precedent-setting,” said Cathy Feingold, director of the international department of the AFL-CIO, which lobbied for better worker rights provisions in the USMCA. Davis said Mexico still has an obligation to guarantee the reform is playing out on the ground.
Persons: Trucks, Jose Luis Gonzalez, Susana Prieto, Prieto, , Cathy Feingold, “ It’s, Benjamin Davis, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Davis Organizations: MEXICO CITY, AFL, U.S, North American Free Trade, REUTERS, Reuters, Organisation for Economic Cooperation, Development, Tridonex, Cardone Industries, Canadian, Brookfield Asset Management, CIO, U.S . Office of Trade, Labor Affairs, United Steelworkers, Service Employees International Union, Citizen’s, Trade Watch Locations: MEXICO, Mexico, U.S, Zaragoza, Ysleta, Ciudad Juarez, Matamoros, Mexican, Texas, United States, Canada, Philadelphia, Tamaulipas
Unions Say Mexican Auto-Parts Maker Is Violating Trade Deal
  + stars: | 2021-05-10 | by ( Yuka Hayashi | ) sentiment -0.50   time to read: +1 min
and Mexican labor groups filed a complaint against a Mexican auto-parts manufacturer, alleging that it violated the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement by suppressing its workers’ rights to unionize. The complaint, filed Monday with the U.S. government, is the first case that seeks to use a new labor-dispute provision of the USMCA trade agreement signed into law last year by former President Donald Trump with bipartisan support. The complaint provides an early test of President Biden’s pledge to press for strict adherence to labor and environmental rules under existing trade agreements. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office, which will be one of the agencies reviewing the complaint, didn’t immediately comment. The complaint from the labor groups led by AFL-CIO alleges that Tridonex, an auto-parts factory located in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, “harassed and fired” workers who were trying to organize with a Mexican labor group seeking to improve wages and working conditions.
Persons: Donald Trump, Biden’s, didn’t, Tridonex, Organizations: WASHINGTON —, U.S ., U.S . Trade, AFL Locations: WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON — U.S, Mexican, Mexico, Canada, Tamaulipas
Biden Administration to Name Thea Lee to Top Labor Department Post
  + stars: | 2021-05-09 | by ( Bob Davis | ) + 0.97   time to read: 1 min
The Biden administration plans to name Thea Lee, a former AFL-CIO trade official, to head the Labor Department’s international affairs division, according to people familiar with the appointment. Ms. Lee, who most recently served as president of the Economic Policy Institute, a liberal think tank that often critiques free trade policies, is slated to become the deputy undersecretary for international labor affairs. In that job, she will oversee the bureau that investigates labor rights, forced labor and child trafficking around the globe. Spokesmen for the Labor Department didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. The appointment will give Ms. Lee a role in enforcing the labor rights provisions of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, negotiated under the Trump administration to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Persons: Thea Lee, Lee, Labor Department didn’t, Trump Organizations: Biden, AFL, Labor Department’s, Economic Policy Institute, Labor Department, North American Free Trade Locations: United States, Mexico, Canada
* Some younger workers are finding jobs in new fields, shrinking the labor pool for the industries they left behind. * Many employers need to fill jobs requiring skills that sidelined workers may not have. Economists say that if employers need workers so badly, they would raise pay. It is not unusual for it to take time for labor markets upended by a recession to work out kinks. After the last downturn, Fed surveys showed employers grousing about worker shortages in 2012, when the unemployment rate was above 8%.
Persons: Matt Dillion, Chad Damron, Eileen T, Drew Hall, Richard Bunce, Alex Washut, Whitehouse, Karine Jean, Pierre, Nela Richardson, Matthew Luzzetti, Loretta Mester, We'll, Jerome Powell, Bill Spriggs, Hall, Jimmy Nigg Organizations: REUTERS, Federal Reserve, Stock, Labor Department, National Federation of Independent, Deutsche Bank, Cleveland Fed, AFL, Howard University, takeout, Thomson Locations: Chad, Middlebury , Indiana, U.S, Massachusetts, South Philadelphia, Washington, Denver
* Would-be workers remain concerned about health risks amid a pandemic still claiming about 700 American lives a day. * Some younger workers are finding jobs in new fields, shrinking the labor pool for the industries they left behind. After the last downturn, Fed surveys showed employers grousing about worker shortages in 2012, when the unemployment rate was above 8%. When compensation began to rise in earnest several years later, workers flooded back to the labor market. “What we saw was that labor supply generally showed up,” Fed Chair Jerome Powell said last month.
Persons: Matt Dillion, Chad Damron, Eileen T, Alex Washut, He’s, Nela Richardson, Matthew Luzzetti, Loretta Mester, “ We’ll, , Jerome Powell, Bill Spriggs, Spriggs, Richard Bunce, Bunce, , Jimmy Nigg, can’t Organizations: FRANCISCO, REUTERS, Federal Reserve, Stock, Labor Department, National Federation of Independent, Biden, Deutsche Bank, Cleveland Fed, AFL, Howard University, takeout Locations: WASHINGTON, Chad, Middlebury , Indiana, U.S, Western Massachusetts, South Philadelphia, Washington, Massachusetts, Denver
Elon Musk's critics piled on after he tweeted asking for skit ideas for his SNL appearance on May 8. Musk's ideas for his sketch included "Woke James Bond," "Irony Man," and "Baby Shark Tank." Politicians and unions criticized Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk after he tweeted asking for sketch ideas ahead of his debut as a host of Saturday Night Live on 8 May. American journalist Max Berger replied to Musk, saying he should "let your workers form a union." The billionaire also suggested "Baby Shark & Shark Tank merge to form Baby Shark Tank."
Persons: Elon, James Bond, Tesla, Elon Musk, Pramila, Read, Marianne Williamson, Max Berger, Musk, Karl Bode, Donald Trump Organizations: Twitter, SpaceX, SNL, Service, Public Citizen, , AFL, Employees International Union, New York Times, National Labor Relations Board, NBC
Dollar General employees quit in protest over understaffing and low pay at a store in Eliot, Maine. The walkout at the Dollar General follows much labor unrest in the state in recent months. Berndt Erikson worked as the nightly closer and key-holder at a Dollar General in the small town of Eliot, Maine. As of February 26, 2021, Dollar General has a fleet of 17,266 stores across 46 states. He also said that, in a way, his experience at Dollar General has helped bolster his self-esteem.
Persons: Berndt Erikson, wouldn't, Erikson, Eliot, he's, Joe, — Andy, O'Brien, Andy O'Brien, Eliot isn't Organizations: Insider, Service, Maine, Dollar, AFL Locations: Eliot , Maine, company's, York, Maine, Eliot
Biden administration blocks Trump-era rule affecting gig workers
  + stars: | 2021-05-05 | by ( Nandita Bose | ) + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The Biden administration on Wednesday blocked a Trump-era rule that would have made it easier to classify gig workers who work for companies like Uber and Lyft as independent contractors instead of employees, signaling a potential policy shift toward greater worker protections. Shares of companies that employ gig labor such as Uber, Lyft and DoorDash immediately pared gains. Walsh told Reuters in an interview last week that a lot of U.S. gig workers should be classified as “employees” who deserve work benefits. His comments hurt stocks of companies that employ gig labor. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said it hopes the administration does not pursue new regulations that would limit earning opportunities for independent workers.
Persons: Biden, Uber, DoorDash, Lyft, Marty Walsh, , Walsh, Erin Scott “, , ” Lyft, DOL, Donald Trump’s, Joe Biden Organizations: WASHINGTON, ” Labor, Reuters, White, REUTERS, U.S . Chamber, Commerce, AFL, Edison Research, Fair Labor, Labor Department, Republican Trump Locations: America, Washington , U.S
In Mexico autos town, labor rights falter despite U.S. trade deal
  + stars: | 2021-05-03 | by ( Daina Solomon | ) + 0.00   time to read: +8 min
About 400 Tridonex workers protested outside a Matamoros labor court last year to be allowed to switch unions. Amid resistance from SITPME, the Tridonex workers' request to be represented by Prieto's union has still not been put to a vote. A new free trade deal between Mexico, the United States and Canada (USMCA) implemented last year enshrined workers' rights to choose which union administers their collective contract. Booming trade with the United States has brought jobs to areas of northern Mexico but labor rights lag. Cardone said in a statement the staff reduction was due to a drop in demand and was "managed through transparent and constructive discussions with employees and relevant trade unions."
Persons: Susana Prieto, Henry Romero, Edgar Salazar, Jesus Mendoza, SITPME's, Salazar, Prieto, Manuel Andres Lopez Obrador, Kimberly Nolan, Democrat Joe Biden, Biden, Katherine Tai, Alfredo Dominguez, Dominguez, Tridonex, Efren Ruiz, Ruiz, Mendoza, Cardone Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Industries, Tridonex's, Canadian, Brookfield Asset Management, American, of Social Sciences, Democrat, U.S . Trade Representative, AFL, General Motors Co, Toyota Motor Corp, Federal Center of Conciliation, Labor, SITPME, Social Security Institute, Thomson Locations: Chihuahua, Mexico City, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Mexican, Matamoros, Texas, United States, Canada, American, Tridonex, Tridonex's Philadelphia, USMCA
On Tuesday, President Joe Biden will sign an executive order that requires federal contractors to pay a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Currently, the minimum wage for federal workers is $10.95 per hour and the tipped minimum wage is $7.65 per hour. According to The White House, starting Jan. 30, 2022, all government agencies will need to incorporate a $15 minimum wage in new contract solicitations, and by March 30, 2022, all agencies will need to implement the minimum wage into new contracts. Importantly, the executive order also includes a provision that would index the minimum wage to keep up with the rising cost of living and eliminates the tipped minimum wage by 2024. "Building a just recovery means giving workers a fair return on our hard work and finally raising the federal minimum wage to $15."
Persons: Joe Biden, Lakeisha Preston, Maximus, Preston, workforces, Maximums, Jayaraman, Biden, , John Weber Organizations: Employers, White House, ACA, AFL, CNBC Locations: Hattiesburg , Mississippi, Monticello , Mississippi, United States
Post-COVID record crowd of 78,113 for Aussie rules game
  + stars: | 2021-04-25 | by ( ) + 1.00   time to read: +2 min
A crowd of 78,113 packed into the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for an Australian rules match between Collingwood and Essendon on Sunday, the highest attendance at a sports stadium anywhere in the world since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Authorities in Australia's southern state of Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital, on Friday raised the cap on the attendance at the 100,000-seater arena to 85,000 ahead of the traditional Anzac Day blockbuster. Sunday's attendance was higher than the 67,200 and 66,352 crowds attracted to the first two Twenty20 cricket matches between India and England at the 132,000-capacity Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad in March. Four AFL matches have attracted crowds in excess of 50,000 over the last month, three at the MCG and one at Perth Stadium in Western Australia. Australia has been relatively successful at containing the new coronavirus but occasional outbreaks of COVID-19 are still disrupting life.
Persons: Narendra Modi Organizations: Melbourne Cricket, Collingwood, Essendon, Authorities, New Zealand Army Corps, Collingwood Magpies, Essendon Bombers, Australian Football League, AFL, North America's National Football League, Perth, Western, Thomson Locations: Australia's, Victoria, Melbourne, India, England, Ahmedabad, Australia, Western Australia, Perth
SEC Chief Gary Gensler Picks Top Labor Union Official for Policy Role
  + stars: | 2021-04-19 | by ( Dave Michaels | ) + 1.00   time to read: +1 min
WASHINGTON—Gary Gensler, the new chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission, on Monday tapped a labor-union investment official as his policy director, raising expectations that the agency will embrace progressive policy goals. Mr. Gensler, who was sworn in on Saturday, picked Heather Slavkin Corzo for the top policy role in his office. The hire suggests Mr. Gensler will tackle issues such as stricter corporate disclosures related to climate-change risks and companies’ spending to influence politics. Ms. Corzo has worked as director of capital markets policy at the AFL-CIO and as head of U.S. policy at the Principles for Responsible Investment, a group of asset owners that incorporates environmental, social and governance considerations into their holdings. “She has very significant relationships with investors, union leaders and public interest advocates—many of which were very supportive of Gensler’s appointment,” said Tyler Gellasch, a former regulator and now executive director of investor group Healthy Markets.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Gary Gensler, Gensler, Heather Slavkin Corzo, Corzo, , Tyler Gellasch Organizations: Securities and Exchange Commission, Monday, AFL, Investment, Healthy, SEC
U.S. labor movement looks for path forward after Amazon defeat
  + stars: | 2021-04-15 | by ( Timothy Aeppel | ) + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
“The sentiment this reinforces is that there’s an overdue and dramatic need for labor law reform in the United States.”WORTH THE RISK? Still, for many workers, labor experts reckon the decision whether to support a union campaign often boils down to a risk assessment. One response in recent years has been new types of organizing, which sidestep many legal restrictions on formal union campaigns to gain collective bargaining agreements with employers. The group helped organize events in February across the country in support of the Amazon workers. Michael Hicks, an economist at Ball State University in Indiana, said unions need to refurbish their image.
Persons: Regina McDowell, Dustin Chambers, , , Tim Schlittner, Tom Kochan, Kochan, Joe Biden, Michael Hicks, McDowell, France’s Organizations: Reuters, Inc, REUTERS, International Association of Machinists, Aerospace Workers, AFL, Massachusetts Institute, Technology’s Sloan School of Management, Kochan, Democratic, House, Senate, Amazon, Biden, Democrat, U.S . Labor Department, Southern Workers Assembly, Ball State University, France’s Schneider Locations: Alabama, Bessemer , Alabama, U.S, Indiana, Bessemer, America, United States, Canada, Midwest, Peru , Indiana, Mexico
(Reuters) - Corporate executives and investors say they want world leaders at next week’s climate summit to embrace a unified and market-based approach to slashing their carbon emissions. The United States is hoping to reclaim its leadership in combating climate change when it hosts the April 22-23 Leaders Summit on Climate. “Climate change is a global problem, and what companies are looking to avoid is a fragmented approach where the U.S., China and the E.U. Industry leaders General Motors Co and Volkswagen have already declared ambitious plans to move toward selling only electric vehicles. The National Mining Association, the U.S. industry trade group for miners, said it supports carbon capture technology to reduce the industry’s climate footprint.
Persons: Amit Dave, , Tim Adams, Joe Biden, Frank Macchiarola, Macchiarola, Tim Schlittner, Ashley Burke, Chris Cummings Organizations: Reuters, Corporate, REUTERS, Institute of International Finance, American Petroleum Institute, Labor, AFL, Industry, General Motors Co, Volkswagen, National Mining Association, Bayer AG, Cargill Inc, Biden’s Department of Agriculture, Investment Association Locations: Ahmedabad, India, United States, China, Washington, U.S, London
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. trade czar Katherine Tai is meeting with unions, industry executives and advocacy groups as Washington faces mounting pressure to back a temporary waiver of intellectual property rights to accelerate COVID-19 vaccinations around the world. Tai met with representatives from more than 20 unions, including the AFL-CIO, International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Association of Flight Attendants, her office said. She underscored the Biden administration’s commitment to increasing COVID-19 vaccine production and distribution, both at home and worldwide, USTR said, seeking the organizations’ views on increasing vaccine availability and preventing the emergence and spread of new variants. Okonjo-Iweala told Reuters on Monday she believed members could break the current deadlock on the IP waiver issue, but no details of a possible compromise have emerged. Big drug companies oppose patent waivers and say appropriate patent protections ensure that private investors have an incentive to pump money into research and development.
Persons: Katherine Tai, Katherine C, Bill O'Leary, Trade Representative Tai, Tai, USTR, Ngozi Okonjo, Iweala Organizations: WASHINGTON, United States Trade, Trade Representative, South Korean, Trade Organization, AFL, Brotherhood of Teamsters, Association of Flight, Biden, Public Citizen, Oxfam America, Human Rights Watch, WTO, Reuters, COVID Locations: Washington, Washington ,, India, South Africa, United States, Britain
A Tate's employee threatened union sympathizers and said he was a gang member, sources told Insider. The same anti-union employee "told us we need to bring him the ballots we get in the mail," he said. The anti-union employee called the police on a union officialLubrano also told Insider that the anti-union employee threatened him with physical harm. The anti-union employee denies claims that he identified himself as a gang memberTwo workers told Insider that the anti-union employee had previously identified himself as a gang member. The anti-union employee says the union threatened him — not the other way aroundReached by phone, the anti-union employee denied the allegations against him.
Persons: they're, Tate's, Paul, Rachel Demasi, it's, Rachel, Pablo Gutierrez, Salvador's, Rachael Ray, Cosmo Lubrano, Lubrano, mara, Carlos Flores, Rubenstein, Jim Vogt, , I've, Mara Salvatrucha, , It's, Nancy Pak Organizations: Fortune, Foods, Consumer, National Labor Relations Board, National Labor Relations, Eastern States Joint Board, AFL, NLRB, Suffolk County Police Department, Central America, Tate's, Employees Locations: East Moriches , New York, East Moriches, Manhattan, Shore, Long, Shirley, Patchogue, Riverhead, Central America, Salvadoran, Tate's, Texas, Suffolk, New York, United States
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