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In a first for Starbucks, Chile workers strike

SANTIAGO/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Starbucks Corp has been hit with its first strike at a company-operated cafe in Chile, where some workers are seeking pay and benefit increases, union and company representatives told Reuters on Friday. Starbucks was quick to say that its 31 cafes in Chile would remain open…

‘Probably inevitable’ a country will exit euro: Soros

VIENNA (Reuters) – Billionaire investor George Soros thinks a country will eventually exit the euro zone and urged policymakers on Sunday to come up with a “plan B” that could rescue the European Union from looming economic collapse. Soros, famous for making $1 billion by betting against the British pound…

Greece builds on vote victory in race to cut and privatize

ATHENS (AFP) – Greek ministers raced on Wednesday to meet a two-week deadline for budget cuts in return for EU-IMF cash to pay current bills and contain the eurozone crisis, hours after winning a confidence vote. While the government managed to prevent any defections as it won the confidence motion…

Target hired union actors for anti-union propaganda video

Hollywood is so fake. Two actors who appeared in an anti-union propaganda video for mega-retailer Target, which made waves on the Internet this week after being released by Gawker, have been discovered to be a part of the very evils their scripts warned so sternly about: labor unions. And in…

Labor union urges recess appointment for Elizabeth Warren

The labor union umbrella group AFL-CIO is urging President Barack Obama to make a recess appointment for Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), even as Republicans search for any way to stifle her. “No matter who gets the recess appointment of President Obama,…

Republicans in South Carolina, New Hampshire and Missouri line up to attack unions

With the success of union-busting bills in Wisconsin and Ohio, Republicans in other states are taking the opportunity to attack unions. New Hampshire is set to become the first right-to-work state in the Northeast if Republicans there can override a promised veto of Democratic Gov. John Lynch. In 2010, Republicans…

Libya rebels reject truce plan, say Gaddafi must go

BENGHAZI, Libya – Libyan rebels on Monday rejected an African Union initiative for a ceasefire accepted by Moamer Kadhafi, and said the only acceptable solution was the ouster of the veteran strongman. The rebel rejection came after NATO chiefs warned that any deal must be “credible and verifiable,” and as…

Dead heat in Wisconsin justice race, less than 600 votes separate

MADISON, Wis (Reuters) – The closely watched race for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court remained too close to call on Wednesday with fewer than 600 of the more than 1.4 million votes cast separating incumbent David Prosser from challengerJoAnne Kloppenburg. The election, the first statewide vote since Republicans passed controversial restrictions on the union rights…

Ohio state House passes bill curbing union rights

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio’s Republican-dominated House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that would strip state employees of most collective bargaining rights and ban them from striking, a measure that would make Ohio the largest U.S. state so far to curb the power of unions. The bill, which passed…

EU victim of eve-of-summit cyber attack: official

BRUSSELS (AFP) – Cyber-attackers hacked into the European Commission on Wednesday, hours from a sensitive summit of EU leaders debating the military campaign in Libya, the euro debt crisis and nuclear safety, officials said. “All staff were warned this morning” that “remote access to emails was no longer operational,” a…

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