March 11 (Reuters) - The U.S. National Labor Relations Board has decided that anti-union Volkswagen workers can defend the results of a mid-February union election that the United Auto Workers lost at a Chattanooga, Tennessee VW plant.
The NLRB's unusual ruling on Monday gives anti-UAW groups, such as the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation and Southern Momentum, more leverage in the fight over unionizing the plant.
The ruling means that if the NLRB holds a hearing on the dispute, the anti-UAW workers may participate and make their case, along with the UAW. No hearing has been scheduled, though labor lawyers have said there likely will be one.
The UAW lost its effort to organize the VW plant when workers voted 712-626 not to join the union
Utah Senator Mike Lee delivered the Tea Party's response to the State of the Union address and criticized "political and economic insiders" who "twist the immense power of the federal government." But that did not stop Senator Lee from scheduling a fundraising ski trip with lobbyists. Lee is definitely not the only lawmaker to raise political cash this way. But he wasn't expecting Drew Griffin to show up asking questions. Read more
Republicans scored a significant victory in a special congressional election Tuesday, holding onto a seat in a swing district in Florida that Democrats had high hopes of capturing after a campaign that focused heavily on President Obama's healthcare law.
"Before her plan was canceled, Boonstra was paying a $1,100 monthly premium. That's $13,200 a year, without adding out-of-pocket expenses like co-pays and prescription drugs. But under her new plan, the Blue Cross Premier Gold, Boonstra's premiums are down to $571 a month, and out-of-pocket costs are capped at $5,100. That's a maximum annual expense of $11,952 a year.
According to The Detroit News, Boonstra said it "can't be true" that her new coverage is cheaper than her old.
"I personally do not believe that," Boonstra said."
"The argument is that the American-made cheeses are shadows of the original European varieties and cut into sales and identity of the European cheeses. The Europeans say Parmesan should only come from Parma, Italy, not those familiar green cylinders that American companies sell. Feta should only be from Greece, even though feta isn't a place. The EU argues it "is so closely connected to Greece as to be identified as an inherently Greek product."
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon owners of a 22-pound housecat who trapped them in their bedroom after attacking their baby say they're not giving up on their pet and are getting it medical attention and therapy.
Two days after police arrived to subdue the 4-year-old part-Himalayan cat, owner Lee Palmer of Portland says he's taking the feline to a veterinarian. A pet psychologist also is due at the house to see the cat, named Lux.
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Hundreds of people (including Seth Meyers and Andy Samberg) got to try Dominique Ansel's much-discussed chocolate-chip-cookie-and- organic-milk "shots" at SXSW over the weekend, and now the cronut inventor will begin serving the snack this Friday at his Spring Street bakery in Soho. Here's everything you need to know before the big New York launch. Read more
Fox News host Stuart Varney is outraged that state governments are continuing to help the poor feed themselves, even after Congress agreed to cut spending on food stamps.
The farm bill passed Jan. 29 cuts about $800 million from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), but officials in Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania have made changes to state programs to tie food-stamp eligibility to home-heating assistance to allow more low-income families to be eligible for aid.
Vanished Malaysia Airlines flight leaves relatives with anger and phantom phone calls
One of the most eerie rumors came after a few relatives said they were able to call the cellphones of their loved ones or find them on a Chinese instant messenger service called QQ that indicated that their phones were still somehow online.
A migrant worker in the room said that several other workers from his company were on the plane, including his brother-in-law. Among them, the QQ accounts of three still showed that they were online, he said Sunday afternoon.
Adding to the mystery, other relatives in the room said that when they dialed some passengers' numbers, they seemed to get ringing tones on the other side even though the calls were not picked up. Read more
Hey do you ever go to this site? You can track which campaign promises Obama kept, broke, or compromised on. I gotta say I'm surprised how many he kept. I guess if you hate him that's not a good thing to you.
There has been much research into the factors that have influenced the human genome since the end of the last Ice Age. Anthropologists, geneticists and archaeologists have analyzed ancient DNA from skeletons and found that selection has had a significant effect on the human genome even in the past 5,000 years, resulting in sustained changes to the appearance of people.
Dark matter, the mysterious substance estimated to make up approximately more than one-quarter of the mass of the universe, is crucial to the formation of galaxies, stars and even life but has so far eluded direct observation. At a recent UCLA symposium attended by 190 scientists from around the world, physicists presented several analyses that participants interpreted to imply the existence of a dark matter particle. The likely mass would be approximately 30 billion electron-volts, said the symposium's organizer. Read more
"Reed wins Cadillac Championship, his 3rd PGA title in 7 months"
(The actual headline. Tiger Woods was not mentioned) Read more
The Olympics was his multi-billion-ruble reassertion of Russian power on the level of pop culture; the invasion of Crimea is a reassertion of Russian power in the harsher currency of arms and intimidation. Read more
Despite Hillary Rodham Clinton's promise that she had scrubbed illegal cash contributions from her 2008 presidential campaign, prosecutors revealed Monday that the mastermind of Mayor Vincent C. Gray's "shadow campaign" also funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to aid Mrs. Clinton's bid for the White House.
THOMAS Piketty's excellent (and extremely thought-provoking) book Capital in the 21st Century might turn out to be one of the most significant economics books that have been produced since 2000; it is certainly written with admirable clarity and non-specialists should have no problem in reading it. My colleague on Free Exchange is producing a series of posts on the book.
But, having written quite a lot on demography in this post, I wanted to explore some of Mr Piketty's ideas and statistics on the topic; in particular the links between demography, growth and inequality. Readers will be familiar with the idea that growth comes from two sources; having more workers and making those workers more efficient (productivity). Roughly speaking, these two forces have been equally important, as this table from his book shows. Read more