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A Starbucks store in downtown Buffalo, New York, became the coffee chain’s first unionized outlet in the United States, in the latest sign that organized labor is coming alive in the United States after decades of decline.

The National Labor Relations Board said yesterday workers voted 19-8 in favor of a union at the Elmwood Avenue site, one of three stores in Buffalo where an election was held. Employees at the Camp Road site in Buffalo voted against unionization as the outcome of a third ballot was contested.

Throughout the four-month campaign, Starbucks pushed back Starbucks and Workers United, with the union seeking to represent baristas. According to the union, Starbucks appealed to its billionaire founder, Howard Schultz, to persuade employees not to support a union. He also texted employees about the elections and held captive audience meetings where company officials urged employees to reject the union during their shifts, according to a campaign observer.

The vote is the latest sign of the growing influence of unions in America. Workers at Kellogg factories that make grains such as Frosted Flakes and Froot Loops have been on strike for months in an attempt to get the company to end forced overtime.

Earlier this year, workers in Bessemer, Alabama became the first Amazon warehouse workers to vote on forming a union. Last month, a National Labor Relations Board official ordered Amazon to restart the ballot, which resulted in a defeat for workers, saying the e-commerce group had “essentially hijacked” the process.

The pandemic has created labor shortages and pushed up prices and vacancies in the United States. It also gave unions more power to negotiate wage increases for their members. Three other Starbucks establishments in New York and Arizona have called for union elections during the Buffalo campaign.

Organizers of SB Workers United say their union will push the company to increase store staffing, raise wages and better train on the increasingly complex drink order picking made possible by growing reliance on the industry. channel to its mobile application.

“We will continue to listen,” said Rossann Williams, president of Starbucks North America, in a letter to employees after the vote. “These are preliminary results with no immediate change in our partnering relationship as the NLRB process continues. “

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1. Biden reaffirms US commitment to Ukrainian sovereignty Joe Biden pledged the “unwavering commitment of the United States to the sovereignty of Ukraine” during a call with Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of the country, as the American leader was ready to negotiate with Russia on his request to curb NATO expansion.

2. Nubank shares jump from day one of listing The Brazilian fintech, backed by Warren Buffett and Tencent, became Latin America’s most valued financial group with a valuation of nearly $ 50 billion after its shares were first traded in New York City.

3. SEC orders staff to recommend new investor protections for Spacs Gary Gensler, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, has signaled that the regulator is set to step up scrutiny of blank check companies as authorities launch a flurry of lawsuits against these vehicles.

4. Nicaragua breaks off diplomatic relations with Taiwan Managua said yesterday it was severing long-standing diplomatic ties with Taiwan and would recognize the Beijing government as the sole seat of power in China. The move follows a similar pledge from Xiomara Castro, the new president of Honduras, and highlights the escalation of China’s campaign to isolate Taiwan.

5. US blacklist China’s SenseTime on Xinjiang The United States is going to put the artificial intelligence company on an investment blacklist because it fixes the price of its IPO in Hong Kong. Washington accused SenseTime of allowing human rights violations against Muslim Uyghurs.

Coronavirus digest

  • Tens of thousands of we Government employees remain unvaccinated against Covid-19 despite a federal vaccine mandate, Financial Times analysis has revealed.

  • we regulators have authorized a third injection of the BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine for 16 and 17 year olds. Meanwhile, new claims for unemployment benefits plunged last week to their lowest level in 52 years.

  • Boris Johnson is facing a major rebellion by MPs from his own party against the new Covid-19 restrictions. the UK The Prime Minister has infuriated Tory MPs with his handling of an argument over the Christmas holidays at his Downing Street residence.

  • Austria will impose criminal fines of up to € 3,600 on anyone over 14 who refuses to be vaccinated, according to the government.

  • Health officials in Africa complained about the of the EU the slow deployment of vaccines in the poorest countries, with deliveries sometimes arriving in unpredictable quantities.

  • Like health officials around the world trying to contain the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, which has been detected in more than 50 countries on six continents, scientists continue to question its origins, giving rise to competing theories.

© Nexstrain, FT research

The day to come

Inflation data US consumer prices are expected to have risen at the fastest rate in nearly 40 years in November. The Consumer Price Index, released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is expected to have increased 6.8% last month from a year ago, which would be the fastest annual pace since 1982 and a significant recovery from the rate of 6.2%. in October.

Second day of Joe Biden’s democracy summit The US President will deliver closing remarks on the second day of the Democracy Summit, a virtual gathering of more than 100 world leaders to promote democratic values. Beijing, meanwhile, argued that China also deserves recognition as one of the world’s great democracies as it launches a bitter public relations campaign against Biden’s initiative.

Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony The Nobel Peace Prizes will be awarded in Oslo to journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov. The winners of other awards have already received their awards in reduced ceremonies this week due to the pandemic. (NPR)

What else we read and watch

The “queen of the bull market” faces her toughest test No one is as close to embodying the American stock market boom as Cathie Wood of Ark Invest. Harnessing social media, with a skill rarely seen on Wall Street, Wood has attracted legions of retail investors and billions of dollars by throwing aggressive bets on the companies and technologies that she says will reshape the world. . The results have been spectacular – so far.

Photo montage of Cathie Wood

Cathie Wood founded Ark Invest in 2014 and made a name for herself by making big bets on technology, notably the Tesla assembly © FT; Reuters, Getty, Dreamstime

America is still a dangerous nation It is easy to assume that “hands off” has become the established view. But that can change quickly. Think about what happened after September 11. Now imagine hordes of Ukrainians fleeing as Russian tanks destroy their cities, writes Edward Luce.

Expats in the United Arab Emirates wowed by a new work week Starting in January, the UAE will embrace a Western-style weekend from Saturday to Sunday to align with global markets. Will the move help modernize its economy and make it more attractive to foreigners?

Where will the “anarchy” of cryptography end? The rapid spread of bitcoin and other digital assets has dazzled investors and worried the financial establishment. Dissent, greed, idealism and the fear of missing out have fueled the growth of this revolutionary technology. In this video, our Lex team asks where all of this will end?

“Lawyers’ rates of pay are unsustainable” U.S. law firms such as Kirkland & Ellis had a record year thanks to a blazing 12 months for private equity transactions and investments. But employee attrition and burnout among mid-tier associates has been successful and sparked an overhaul among the most profitable companies.

Home & Home

If cutting down a tree is a crime against nature, are artificial trees, rented trees, or cultivated trees really any better? Joy Lo Dico goes in search of a sustainable Christmas tree.

A scene from the classic Christmas movie

The Christmas tree is at the heart of the classic ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ movie © LMK Media

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