Nissan attacked for one of ‘nastiest anti-union campaigns’ in modern US history

Auto workers and others march to Nissan’s Canton, Mississippi, plant following a pro-union rally in March.

Days before a potentially historic union vote at the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi, the car company has been accused of running one of the “nastiest anti-union campaigns in the modern history of the American labour movement”.

The vote, a fiercely contested effort by the United Auto Workers (UAW) union to represent a foreign automaker’s US plant, is planned for Thursday and Friday this week. It comes as US unions are hopeful they can overturn a series of defeats as they seek to build membership in southern states, where manufacturers have moved to take advantage of lower wages and non-union workforces.

In the closing days of the campaign, which has attracted support from the former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, UAW officials and their allies have become increasingly confident of victory even as managers have pressured workers to vote no. “People are rallying,” says Frank Figgers, co-chair of the Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan.

The UAW is undertaking an extensive door-to-door campaign to visit workers in their homes to discuss the union. The UAW has shipped in staff from all over the country to help in the effort.

Other unions from around the south have shipped in organizers from across the country to assist in the outreach to the plant’s nearly 4,000 workers.

Nissan has responded with fierce opposition. The company has blitzed local TV with anti-union ads and stands accused of both threatening and bribing workers to vote no. It requires workers to regularly attend anti-union roundtable group meetings as well as one-on-one meetings with their direct supervisors, some of whom have worn “vote no” T-shirts to work.

The Republican governor, Phil Bryant, has also come out hard for Nissan. “If you want to take away your job, if you want to end manufacturing as we know it in Mississippi, just start expanding unions,” Bryant said last week.

Washad Catchings, a Nissan worker, said: “There is no atmosphere of free choice in the Canton plant, just fear, which is what Nissan intends.”

Late Friday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the independent US government agency responsible for enforcing US labor law, filed the latest in a series of complaints against Nissan.

The NLRB alleged that Nissan had violated the law in these anti-union sessions by warning that workers would lose wages and benefits if they supported the union.

The NLRB also found that a supervisor at the plant told workers that if they spoke out against the union, he would personally ensure that they received increased wages and benefits.

“Nissan is running one of the nastiest anti-union campaigns in the modern history of the American labor movement,” said the UAW secretary-treasurer, Gary Casteel, in a statement regarding the most recent NLRB charges. “The company’s investors as well as socially conscious policy makers in the US and around the world need to understand what’s happening in Mississippi and join local civil rights leaders in calling for a halt to Nissan’s illegal and unethical behavior.”

This isn’t the first time that NLRB has cited Nissan. In 2015, the watchdog charged Nissan and its temporary employee agency provider, Kelly Services, with violating workers’ rights. This April, the NLRB charged Nissan and Kelly Services with threatening to close the plant if workers unionized. The NLRB also chargedthe company with breaking labor law by having security personnel perform unnecessary security stops on union members.

Nissan has denied all the charges including the most recent one issued by the NLRB and plans to appeal them. “Today, the UAW has launched another set of baseless allegations against Nissan Canton,” wrote the Nissan spokesperson Parul Baraj in a statement. “The UAW can now continue its campaign of deception and empty promises as they work to divide the Canton workforce.”

Nissan says it plans to continue its attempt to campaign against the union as the election approaches. However, some workers said Nissan’s campaign was backfiring. “It’s almost overkill,” Morris Mock, a Nissan employee, said. “It looks like the company is being more desperate in their attempt to fight the union.”

Ultimately, Mock remains confident that the anti-union strategy won’t work. “Workers are numb to it,” says Mock. “Most of them been in there 14 years, and in 28 days, you can’t convince a Nissan worker that you are a good company.”


Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered COUNTDOWN – Xbox One release date, time for TODAY

Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered countdown - Release date and time for Xbox One

UPDATE ONE: Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered has gone LIVE now as a standalone product in the Xbox Games Store today.

It costs £34.99 and the Variety Map Pack is also available for £11.59.

If you’re an Xbox Live Gold subscriber, you can get the Variety Map Pack for just £7.53.

ORIGINAL: Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered will become available to download and purchase on Xbox One today, but the release time has not been confirmed.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered had previously only as a bundle with Call of Duty Infinite Warfare.

Modern Warfare Remastered launched last month on the PS4 as a timed exclusive, and cost £34.99.

Xbox One owners can expect to pay the same price.

The remastered CoD Classic features the original campaign and 16 multiplayer maps, all of which have improved visuals.

There’s even DLC available, which adds four extra maps from the original game.

The Variety Map will also become available for Xbox One players – the DLC cost £11.99 on the PS4, and the price is likely to be the same.

‘Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered’ Standalone Release Has One Big Problem

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is finally getting a standalone release.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is finally getting a standalone release.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is finally getting a standalone release. The game drops on PS4 next Tuesday for $39.99.

That’s not a huge surprise. The standalone release was leaked as recently as last week. The game lands on June 27th, roughly 9 months after the release of Infinite Warfare.

Remastered Controversy

Modern Warfare Remastered is easily one of the most controversial video games in modern gaming. The remaster of one of the genre’s biggest classics is a controversy machine that just won’t quit.

At first, the controversy was largely centered around Activision’s decision to bundle the game in with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s Deluxe release. Basically you could get the game for $20, if you were willing to drop $60 on Infinite Warfare. There was no other way to buy it.

It was still a pretty good deal, and I think people were overreacting a bit at the time. It’s not that out of the ordinary to have some kind of bundle deal, and I figured (rightly) that the game would eventually get a standalone release. That way gamers who didn’t want Infinite Warfare could eventually buy it, though probably not at the $20 bundled price.

Then came the DLC. Yes, Activision decided that it would be a good idea to sell both extra maps and micro-transactions in a remastered version of a nearly-decade-old game. This is where I started to crack. I mean, I think that all Call of Duty DLC maps should be free, across the board, but that’s especially true for a remaster. This started to feel less like a cool remaster and more like a cash grab, and you could see many in the community feeling the same way.


One of the dumbest political mistakes in the modern era

One of the dumbest political mistakes in the modern era

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Alex Brandon / Axios

President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey is rightly seen as a terrific legal blunder: He undercut an investigation that might have shown he never colluded with the Russians, and spawned one that could result in obstruction of justice charges.

Why it matters: Regardless of the legal outcome, it’ll go down as one of the dumbest political mistakes in the modern era. One of the president’s outside advisers calls it the gravest political mistake since Richard Nixon decided not to apologize to the American people for Watergate, and instead proceeded with the cover-up.

“The Russia investigation is now the central narrative of the Trump administration, no matter what he does,” the adviser said. “He wanted to be a disruptive force for change, and now he’s stuck in the quicksand of the swamp.”
Trump himself has suggested to friends that he understands the bind he created: By taunting Comey about tapes that the president admitted yesterday don’t exist, he hastened the chain of events that led to the appointment of special counsel Bob Mueller, who’s expected to delve into the business affairs of the president and his family.
In retrospect, if Trump had kept Comey and stopped obsessing about his investigation, his legal troubles might have blown over: No evidence of collusion has emerged. As David Brooks pointed out in one of the better columns of the month, it’s striking how little has surfaced on the collusion front, given the gush of anti-Trump leaks.
Trump would be standing here today with a perfect record on contested special elections, a strong stock market, low unemployment and momentum heading into the tax reform debate. Instead, Trump’s impulsive decision — made against the advice of several trusted advisers — has:
  1. Consumed Trump: In phone calls, staff meetings and tweets, the president rages about Mueller. This often pushes aside conversation about his legislative agenda, executive actions and planned messages.
  2. Trapped Trump: The Russia probe has now mushroomed into one that includes obstruction of justice, adding a self-created investigation that will eat up precious time for months or years to come.
  3. Tainted Trump: Polls show the vast majority voters disapprove of his handling of Comey and Russia. More importantly, Republicans inclined to believe he didn’t collude with the Russians seem quite willing to believe he might have obstructed justice after canning Comey.
  4. Stalled Trump: He was hardly cooking with grease on the legislative front pre-Comey. Now, White House officials think they will be lucky to end 2017 with any substantial bills signed into law.
  5. Tagged Trump for 2020: If he runs again, Democrats can be expected to turn the firing, probes, and attacks on the special prosecutor into centerpieces of the case against Trump.                                                           [Source”pcworld”]

Here’s How One DIY Pro Built His Own Backyard Hobbit Hole

Tucked away in Bedford, England is a hobbit hole with a very modern twist. While no real hobbits reside there, the house is exceptionally made.

After a tree died in his backyard, Ashley Yeates decided to repurpose the space into this brilliant storage space. Keep in mind Yeates isn’t your ordinary DIYer. He’s a design and construction expert, and the project took him and his pal, Alec, a year to complete.

It started off with a hole big enough to fit a sturdy wooden frame. If you’re curious on how such a structure would take on unpredictable weather, Yeates made sure to cover all his bases early on and incorporated “plenty of waterproof layers.”

Next up was creating the actual structure, once again keeping moisture control in mind. He also made sure the surface of the hobbit hole would eventually be mow-able.

After competing the outside, the duo took on the interior, which turned out equally impressive. They built a mini staircase, created a workstation, and even equipped the space with electricity. And that’s not all:

With a built in kitchenette and planned gaming/cinema system, this hobbit hole is turning out to be a pretty decent place to hang-out. Especially with the dimming lights and air-cooling system.

Plus, check out the ample storage areas.

For more photos of this homemade hobbit hole and the details on how to build your own,check out Yeates’ blog.

[Source:- HB]