Are Streamed Plays Theater or TV? Unions Settle a Dispute

Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA’s agreement clears the way for more entertainment during the pandemic winter.

#actors-and-actresses, #actors-equity-assn, #american-federation-of-labor-congress-of-industrial-organizations, #organized-labor, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sag-aftra, #theater, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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NYC Parents Say School Shutdown Hurts Children: ‘Remote Learning is Not Working’

As schools close again, frustrated and angry parents say the decision does not make the city safer.

#carranza-richard-a, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #mulgrew-michael, #new-york-city, #organized-labor, #shutdowns-institutional

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‘Remote Learning Is Not Working’: Shutdown Hurts Children, Parents Say

As schools close again, frustrated and angry parents say the decision does not make the city safer.

#carranza-richard-a, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #mulgrew-michael, #new-york-city, #organized-labor, #shutdowns-institutional

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At The Ringer, Staff Writers Say They Are Second-String

The influx of star podcasters looms over a dispute between the union and managers at the Spotify-owned digital media company founded by Bill Simmons.

#organized-labor, #podcasts, #ringer-the-web-site, #simmons-bill-1969, #spotify

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Spain’s Other Covid Casualties: Undetected Cancer Cases

A raft of lawsuits has emerged from a health care system where the struggle to fight the pandemic has led to neglect of other serious conditions.

#cancer, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #organized-labor, #spain, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Fight Over Gig Workers Persists Despite Win for Uber and Lyft

A successful ballot measure in California makes drivers and other workers contractors, but the companies face continued pushback.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #collective-bargaining, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #new-york-state, #organized-labor, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc

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A Biden Win Could Renew a Democratic Split on Trade

Democrats have been unified by their desire to oust President Trump. But if that happens, deep divisions on the issue of trade are likely to reappear.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #commerce-department, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #federal-trade-commission, #international-trade-and-world-market, #national-security-council, #north-american-free-trade-agreement, #organized-labor, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trans-pacific-partnership, #united-states-international-relations, #world-trade-organization

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OSHA Under Fire Over Regulation of Meatpacking in Pandemic

Critics say the agency has applied scant oversight and negligible penalties despite virus outbreaks at many plants in the spring.

#fines-penalties, #jbs-sa, #labor-department-us, #maid-rite-specialty-foods, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses, #occupational-safety-and-health-administration, #organized-labor, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #smithfield-foods-inc, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-food-and-commercial-workers-union, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Donald Trump’s Fake Populism

The president tricked working-class voters. But the problems he railed about are real.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #factories-and-manufacturing, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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How the Most Socially Progressive Pro League Got That Way

The women of the W.N.B.A. have made it a hotbed of activism, leading the way for higher-profile professional leagues in combining social action and sports.

#atlanta-dream, #basketball, #bird-sue, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #clarendon-layshia-1991, #engelbert-catherine, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #kaepernick-colin, #minnesota-lynx, #montgomery-renee, #moore-maya, #national-basketball-assn, #new-york-liberty, #organized-labor, #swoopes-sheryl, #womens-national-basketball-assn

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Protests Spread Across Indonesia Over Jobs Law

The government hopes the measure will draw investment. Labor leaders say that workers’ protections will be slashed, particularly for women.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #foreign-investments, #indonesia, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #strikes

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There’s Not Much Work for Actors. Now Their Unions Are Fighting.

At issue: Who should represent performers and stage managers when theater is recorded and streamed, one of the few viable options during the pandemic.

#actors-equity-assn, #crabtree-ireland-duncan, #mccoll-mary, #organized-labor, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sag-aftra, #theater

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For Postal Workers, the Challenges Go Way Beyond Ballots

Ensuring that the nation can vote by mail is just one of many issues facing the Postal Service, most of which will remain after the election is over.

#absentee-voting, #amazon-com-inc, #american-postal-workers-union, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #dejoy-louis, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #masks, #organized-labor, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Politically Connected N.Y. Union Boss Is Accused of ‘Shocking’ Corruption

Federal prosecutors say James W. Cahill and 10 others accepted more than $100,000 in bribes in return for using their influence to help employers who had hired nonunion labor.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #cahill-james-w, #cuomo-andrew-m, #organized-labor, #racketeering-and-racketeers

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Nevada Built a Powerful Democratic Machine. Will It Work in a Pandemic?

One example of how things have changed: A Latino outreach group estimated in January that it would register 21,000 new voters in the state by Labor Day. It’s at around 6,000 now.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #las-vegas-nev, #mi-familia-vota, #nevada, #organized-labor, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #reid-harry, #trump-donald-j, #unite-here

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Hotel Housekeepers Say New Cleaning Protocols Put Their Jobs at Risk

The hotel industry says doing away with daily room cleanings keeps guests and staff safe. But housekeepers say it is a step toward cutting earnings and job security.

#american-hotel-and-lodging-assn, #building-service-employees, #cleaning-services, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #hilton-worldwide-holdings-inc, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #marriott-international-inc, #organized-labor, #san-francisco-calif, #sheraton-hotelsresorts, #travel-and-vacations, #unite-here, #united-states, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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How to Fix New York’s $5 Billion Budget Crisis

Before he borrows, Mayor de Blasio needs to make significant cuts to avoid greater pain later.

#bloomberg-michael-r, #budgets-and-budgeting, #citizens-budget-commission, #city-council-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #financial-control-board, #government-employees, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #organized-labor, #politics-and-government, #stringer-scott-m

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When Republicans and Unions Got Along

Support for unions is rising. The G.O.P. might want to be part of that.

#organized-labor, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Who Founded Labor Day? Descendants of Two Men Tussle Over Legacy

Descendants of two men with similar last names claim their great-grandfather was the true father of the holiday.

#labor-day, #maguire-matthew-1850-1917, #mcguire-peter-j-1852-1906, #organized-labor, #united-states

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A Quaker School Promoted Liberal Values. Then Its Teachers Unionized.

Brooklyn Friends, a private school, is trying to dissolve a faculty and staff members’ union.

#downtown-brooklyn-brooklyn-ny, #education-k-12, #organized-labor, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #quakers

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Amazon deletes anti-union listing, watches workers’ “secret” social groups

An Amazon Flex driver delivers an armload of packages in Cambridge, Mass., on Dec. 18, 2018.

Enlarge / An Amazon Flex driver delivers an armload of packages in Cambridge, Mass., on Dec. 18, 2018. (credit: Pat Greenhouse | The Boston Globe | Getty Images)

Amazon is working extremely hard to counter both internal unionization efforts and external bad press even as working conditions for its Flex drivers seem to get ever more desperate amid the persistent pandemic, a set of new reports reveals.

The Internet’s biggest everything store has been busy during the COVID-19 pandemic. As in-person retail bottomed out, online retail skyrocketed and Amazon hired an additional 175,000 warehouse, grocery, and delivery workers to keep up with the sharply increased demand this year provided.

One of the ways Amazon gets packages to your doorstep is through Amazon Flex. The program is basically like Uber, but for Amazon: drivers use Amazon’s app and their own cars to collect packages from Amazon facilities and deliver them to local homes. Typically, drivers sign up for a scheduled two-to-four-hour delivery block or shift, but Flex also makes “Instant Offers,” which are immediate, on-demand deliveries drivers can pick up like an Uber or Lyft fare.

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#amazon, #amazon-com-inc, #biz-it, #labor, #organized-labor, #policy, #unions, #workplace-issues

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N.B.A. Protest Shows Who Calls the Shots in a Superstar Economy

Professional basketball players demonstrated the enormous power of highly paid workers with rare skills, but also their caution.

#athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #labor-and-jobs, #national-basketball-assn, #organized-labor, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #strikes

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Djokovic and Top Men’s Players Are Creating a Players Association

It is not clear whether the group will operate like a union, although it was billed that way to get players to join. Women are not being included.

#assn-of-tennis-professionals, #djokovic-novak, #organized-labor, #pospisil-vasek, #professional-tennis-players-association, #tennis

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N.B.A. ‘Boycott’ or Strike: What’s the Difference?

Professional athletes in several leagues protested racial injustice by refusing to play on Wednesday, leaving fans with some legal questions. We asked the experts.

#athletics-and-sports, #basketball, #blake-jacob-august-23-2020-shooting, #boycotts, #lockouts, #national-basketball-assn, #organized-labor, #playoff-games, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #strikes

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Dennis Williams, Former U.A.W. Leader, Is Accused of Conspiracy

The ex-president of the United Auto Workers is charged with using union funds for personal expenses. The case is part of a long federal investigation.

#automobiles, #corruption-institutional, #crime-and-criminals, #embezzlement, #jones-gary-1956, #organized-labor, #united-automobile-workers, #williams-dennis-1953

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Natural History Museum Union Files Complaint Over Coronavirus App

The app would have asked employees to report if they had a fever and any new symptoms each day. Some see it as an invasion of privacy.

#american-museum-of-natural-history, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #district-council-37, #federal-labor-relations-authority, #microsoft-corp, #mobile-applications, #museums, #organized-labor, #privacy, #protectwell, #unitedhealth-group-inc

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Overlooked No More: Leonora O’Reilly, Suffragist Who Fought for Working Women

She was a charismatic and powerful public speaker who pushed for equal pay for equal work, better labor standards and overall empowerment for women.

#biographical-information, #labor-and-jobs, #nineteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #oreilly-leonora, #organized-labor, #voting-and-voters, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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Impossible, Unthinkable Change Is Happening in Belarus

Employees of state-controlled institutions are on strike, demanding that the president step down.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #organized-labor, #strikes, #ussr-former-soviet-union

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How Trump’s Push to Reopen Schools Backfired

Distrust of the president and his motives hardened the conviction of some educators that teaching in person was unsafe, helping drive union opposition.

#american-federation-of-teachers, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #devos-elizabeth-1958, #education-k-12, #new-york-city, #organized-labor, #teachers-and-school-employees, #trump-donald-j

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What Teachers’ Unions Are Fighting For as Schools Plan a New Year

Unions are threatening to strike if classrooms reopen, but are also pushing to limit live remote teaching. Their demands will shape pandemic education.

#american-federation-of-teachers, #carvalho-alberto-m, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #mulgrew-michael, #organized-labor, #teachers-and-school-employees, #united-federation-of-teachers, #united-teachers-los-angeles, #weingarten-randi

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How Rob Manfred Navigated a Summer of Peril for Baseball

“We cannot be the one sport that doesn’t figure out how to play,” M.L.B.’s commissioner repeatedly told himself during months of contentious negotiations.

#baseball, #clark-tony-1972, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #organized-labor, #selig-bud, #world-series

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Why Baseball is Entering a Season of the Unknown

The schedule is short. The stadiums will be empty. But the players’ biggest task this summer might be keeping the virus at bay.

#baseball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #counsell-craig, #maddon-joe, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #organized-labor, #quarantines

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New Orleans’s Striking Sanitation Workers Still Fight for Dignity

A determined handful of men in New Orleans carry on the cause Dr. King died defending in Memphis.

#black-people, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #strikes, #wages-and-salaries, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Automakers Are Making Cars, but Virus Surge Puts That at Risk

Some workers are calling on the industry to shut down plants in states where virus cases have increased sharply in recent weeks.

#automobiles, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #fiat-chrysler-automobiles-nv, #ford-motor-co, #general-motors, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #missouri, #organized-labor, #shutdowns-institutional, #texas, #toyota-motor-corp, #united-automobile-workers

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Actors’ Equity Signs Off on Live Theater in the Berkshires

Theaters in the Berkshires are planning live shows, “Godspell” and “Harry Clarke,” with limited audiences and virus-related protocols in place. One will be indoors, and one outdoors.

#actors-and-actresses, #actors-equity-assn, #barrington-stage-co, #berkshire-theater-group, #berkshires-mass, #boyd-julianne, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #dold-mark-h, #edwards-nicholas-actor, #godspell-play, #harry-clarke-play, #maguire-kate-theater-director, #mccoll-mary, #music, #organized-labor, #shindle-kate, #theater

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N.F.L. Owners and Players in Talks on How to Offset Loss of Fans

In ongoing discussions, team owners and the players’ union are considering how to spread out reductions in the salary cap if few or no fans attend games this fall.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #football, #national-football-league, #national-football-league-players-assn, #organized-labor, #wages-and-salaries

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He Says a Union Fired Him Over His Push for Police Reform

A clash at a Maryland local shows the tensions in a labor movement whose ranks include law enforcement officers along with many nonwhite, nonpolice members.

#american-federation-of-labor-congress-of-industrial-organizations, #law-and-legislation, #maryland, #minorities, #national-labor-relations-board, #organized-labor, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #united-food-and-commercial-workers-union

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The Invisible Essential Workers

America’s neglect of older people extends to the people who care for them at home.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #home-health-care, #nursing-homes, #organized-labor, #united-states

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Baseball Avoided a Lost Season. But Bigger Threats May Lie Ahead.

The contentious negotiations between M.L.B. and the players’ union that nearly killed the 2020 season only deepened a schism that could soon swallow up the sport.

#baseball, #clark-tony-1972, #collective-bargaining, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #organized-labor, #strikes, #wages-and-salaries

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Pandemic May Force New York City to Lay Off 22,000 Workers

“We are running out of options here,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said, referring to the economic impact of the outbreak. “That is the blunt truth.”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #new-york-city, #organized-labor, #politics-and-government

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Income and Wealth Inequality Has Devastated American Workers

Workers have been left behind as the U.S. economy expanded and CEO salaries skyrocketed over the last four decades.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #corporate-social-responsibility, #corporations, #employee-fringe-benefits, #general-electric-company, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

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After an Acrimonious Spring, Baseball Finally Has a Plan to Play

Major League Baseball has set a plan to begin its season in late July, but only after an ugly back-and-forth battle between the team owners and players that cost the sport an earlier restart.

#baseball, #coronavirus-reopenings, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #national-basketball-assn, #organized-labor, #playoff-games

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As Baseball Teeters, Rob Manfred’s Words Ring Hollow

“It’s just a disaster for our game,” the commissioner said of the lack of trust between M.L.B. and its union. But much of the blame lies with him.

#baseball, #clark-tony-1972, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #organized-labor, #selig-bud, #wages-and-salaries

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After More Proposals, Players Tell M.L.B.: ‘Tell Us When and Where’

A baseball season of roughly 50 games appears to be increasingly inevitable after another round of pointed statements between the league and the players’ union.

#baseball, #clark-tony-1972, #collective-bargaining, #coronavirus-reopenings, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #organized-labor, #playoff-games, #wages-and-salaries

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As Money Squabbles Delay M.L.B., Many Workers ‘Just Get Steam-Rolled’

Without a union or safety net, scores of minor league players, stadium workers and club employees have borne the financial pain of the suspended M.L.B. season.

#baseball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #los-angeles-angels-of-anaheim, #minor-leagues, #oakland-athletics, #organized-labor, #wages-and-salaries

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Companies Push for Virus Legal Protection, Prompting Worker Concern

Businesses are lobbying Congress for protections against coronavirus-related lawsuits, but unions and Democrats fear a liability shield would encourage reckless behavior.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #organized-labor, #small-business, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #workerscompensation-insurance, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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This Nurse is Leading the Fight for Safer Hospitals

Bonnie Castillo, head of National Nurses United, raised the alarm over shortages of personal protective equipment long before others recognized the scale of the pandemic. She’s still fighting.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #national-nurses-united, #nursing-and-nurses, #organized-labor, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #shortages, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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How Police Unions Became Such Powerful Opponents to Reform Efforts

Half a decade after a spate of officer-involved deaths inspired widespread protest, many police unions are digging in to defend members.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #black-lives-matter-movement, #bob-kroll, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #organized-labor, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-minneapolis-minn

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Former U.A.W. President Gary Jones Pleads Guilty

Mr. Jones, who was accused of embezzling $1 million, will cooperate with federal prosecutors who have been investigating corruption at the autoworkers union.

#automobiles, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #crime-and-criminals, #embezzlement, #fiat-chrysler-automobiles-nv, #general-motors, #jones-gary-1956, #organized-labor, #united-automobile-workers, #williams-dennis-1953

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The Most Important Word in the Hospitality Industry? ‘Clean’

The world’s largest hotel companies have all come forward in recent weeks to announce new cleaning playbooks.

#american-hotel-and-lodging-assn, #charlottesville-va, #cleansers-detergents-and-soaps, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #facebook-inc, #hilton-worldwide-holdings-inc, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #hyatt-hotels-corp, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #inn-at-little-washington, #labor-and-jobs, #marriott-international-inc, #masks, #ocean-house-croton-on-hudson-ny-restaurant, #oliver-wyman-group, #organized-labor, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #travel-and-vacations, #unite-here, #united-states-travel-assn, #wynn-las-vegas

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