DNC Staff Unionize, With 67% of Eligible Staff Signing Cards

  • Staff at the Democratic National Committee chose to unionize on Tuesday.
  • 67% of eligible staff signed union cards, meaning their union is official.
  • The DNC has publicly welcomed the vote.

Employees at the Democratic National Committee chose to unionize on Tuesday, with two-thirds of the eligible staff signing union cards to make the vote official.

The DNC staff’s decision to unionize with Service Employees International Union Local 500 marks perhaps the most significant organizing effort in politics yet. As the Democratic Party’s main organizing apparatus, its decisions can help set the tone for political campaigns, private firms, and other party workforces to follow suit.

“Throughout this process, our aim has been not only to improve the lives of current and future staff at the DNC, but to ensure our staff, no matter where they live, are protected and given the resources they need to thrive in

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Will the cloud business eat the 5G telecoms industry?

SMARTPHONES ABLE to take advantage of zippy fifth-generation (5G) mobile telephony have graced American pockets since 2019. Samsung launched its first 5G-enabled device in April that year. Apple followed suit in late 2020 with its long-awaited 5G iPhone. Until now, however, actual 5G coverage in America has been limited. The country’s three biggest carriers, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, have offered 5G connectivity but in practice this differed little from the earlier 4G. AT&T and Verizon had to delay their large-scale roll-outs of something closer to the hype in December after the Federal Aviation Administration aired concerns that their 5G radio spectrum interferes with avionics on some ageing aircraft. On January 3rd both firms, which insist that the technology is safe (and can be turned off around airports, just

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Dallas rebranding Valley View mall area to attract global business, residents

Dallas is rebranding a 440-acre area that includes the Galleria and demolished Valley View mall as the International District.

It’s the latest step in a long-planned redevelopment of the North Dallas area that officials now say will become the city’s cultural hub and attract new global businesses.

The estimated $4 billion redevelopment project has been discussed since 2011, and a plan was formally approved by the City Council two years later. The goal is to turn the area north of Interstate 635 between Dallas North Tollway and Preston Road into a mixed-use walkable neighborhood. It will include a 20-acre park, 10,000 new homes, restaurant, arts and entertainment venues, and eventually a DART light rail connection.

A new Dallas ISD school and centers dedicated to helping businesses could also come to the area. The city is looking to get local developers, businesses and private partners to help pay for the project.

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Fanatics buying iconic Topps card business for $500 million

Trading card giant Topps — just a few months after losing out on a deal to renew its longtime licensing deal with Major League Baseball to sports apparel startup Fanatics — is now selling its collectibles and cards business to … Fanatics.

Sources close to the deal told CNN Business that Fanatics was paying $500 million for the more than 80-year-old Topps, which started out as a chewing gum company in 1938 and began selling baseball cards in 1951.

Fanatics had been set to become the exclusive trading cards licensee for MLB in 2025, when Topps’ deal with the league was set to expire. But Fanatics said Tuesday that as a result of the Topps acquisition, it will immediately begin to design, manufacture and distribute baseball cards.

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Job Openings Report Shows Record Number of Workers Quit in November

There are signs that the worst of the turbulence was beginning to ease late last year. The number of job openings posted by employers fell in November, the Labor Department said Tuesday, though it remained high by historical standards. Hiring picked up, too. Earlier data showed that more people returned to the labor force in November, and various measures of supply-chain pressures have begun to ease.

But that was before the explosion in coronavirus cases linked to the Omicron variant, which has forced airlines to cancel flights, businesses to delay return-to-office plans and school districts to return temporarily to remote learning. Forecasters say the latest Covid-19 wave is all but certain to prolong the economic uncertainty, though it is too soon to say how it will affect inflation, spending or the job market.

Despite the demand for workers and the pay increases landed by some, Americans are pessimistic about the

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Florida Hospitals Say 50% COVID Patients Are There for Other Reasons

  • Florida’s Jackson Health System said half its COVID patients were admitted for “non-COVID reasons.”
  • These types of patients test positive for the coronavirus after being admitted.
  • Catching COVID-19 can make preexisting conditions worse in the hospital, experts have warned. 

About half of the patients listed as being in the hospital with COVID-19 were admitted for “non-COVID reasons,” a health authority in Florida said.

“Jackson Health System hospitals currently have 439 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19,” the Jackson Health System said in a tweet on Monday.

“Of those, 220 patients — or 50% — are admitted to the hospital primarily for non-COVID reasons.”

The post was a relatively rare snapshot of the prevalence of so-called incidental COVID in the US.

Anthony Fauci, the White House chief medical advisor, recently warned that COVID-19 hospitalization data should be taken with a grain of salt, Insider previously reported.

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Capital Region sees nation’s fourth-highest spike in new business applications 

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The Baton Rouge metro area saw a 58.6% increase in the number of new business applications in 2020, the fourth-biggest increase in the nation, according to Lending Tree, a company that helps loan seekers compare potential lenders. 

The number of people filing initial paperwork to start a business grew 25% nationwide, though not everyone who filed a business application will go on to launch a business. According to the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, the increase from 11,055 applications in 2019 to 17,535 last year was spread across the Capital Region, with six parishes ranking among the top 10% nationally. 

The federal government’s breakdown of types of businesses for the same period is not yet available, though in this region small businesses serving the industrial and construction industries likely are significant drivers of the increase, says Andrew Fitzgerald, BRAC’s senior vice president of business intelligence. He suggests that during the

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Texas’ economy ‘surging’ during omicron as some California businesses voluntarily shut down

Texas’ economy is “surging” with no signs of slowing down as businesses in other states such as California voluntarily close during the spike in cases. 

“With Christmas shopping jump-started by the early start of holiday promotional pricing weeks ahead of Black Friday, and despite supply chain clogs and household budgets pressured by rising prices for food and gasoline, consumer spending drove double-digit increases in receipts from retail trade,” Republican Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said, according to the Dallas Morning News

Texas brought in more sales tax than ever before in December, hitting $3.6 billion. Texas recorded only four months before the pandemic when sales taxes collected $3 billion or more. Now, the state has recorded nine consecutive months, from April to December, of hitting or exceeding the benchmark. 

TEXAS OFFERS BUSINESSES UNIQUE ADVANTAGES — THEY ARE FREE TO SUCCEED: GOV. GREG ABBOTT

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Businesses: Idaho education politics are hurting state

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Political hostility to public education in the Republican-dominated Idaho Legislature is causing some businesses to doubt the wisdom of moving to or expanding in a state that ranks at or near the bottom in what it spends on K-12 students and has one of the nation’s worst graduation rates.

The Legislature also targeted higher education earlier this year when it cut $2.5 million from universities despite a budget surplus. An influential libertarian group that wants to abolish public education entirely says it will push for a $20 million cut to universities in 2022.

”The message the Legislature is sending to businesses is very discouraging,” said Rod Gramer, president of Idaho Business for Education, an advocacy group. ”I think it’s very harmful to our state. Not just our business community, but for our future as a state and our economy and our quality of life.”

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Video captures violent encounter between a Roanoke County business owner and his customer

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – The not-guilty verdict for a Roanoke County business owner earlier this week led a woman to post a now-viral video of her interaction with him that originally caused the charge to be filed.

Judea Strong’s cell phone video from June 28, 2021, shows a violent encounter between her and Daniel Rosen, the owner of Exotics & Aquatics when she was at the store asking to make a return.

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On Wednesday, 10 News spoke with both Strong and Rosen about their encounter.

Following a court appearance this week, Strong was posted on Facebook and has been shared hundreds of times.

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*VIDEO CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE* Judea posted this video to her Facebook page after Rosen was found not
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