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Jeff Bezos Says Amazon Needs to Do a Better Job for Employees
"After a union at an alabama warehouse amazon founder. Jeff bezos acknowledged that amazon has to do better for its workers and vowed to make amazon a safer place to work base me the promise yesterday in his annual letter to shareholders. He said he didn't take comfort in the outcome of the recent union election in bessemer alabama even the workers there overwhelmingly rejected a union basis. Said quote. I think we need to do a better job for our employees. He'll be stepping down. Ceo later this year will become executive chair of the online shopping. Giant and treatment of workers has been in the spotlight during the pandemic while corona virus was raging warehouse. Workers had to pack orders as amazon. Sales soared the new york attorney. General is suing amazon for not doing enough to protect workers against the virus at two facilities in the
Jeff Bezos Promises to Make Amazon “Earth’s Best Employer” in Farewell Letter
"As we know. Jeff bezos is relinquishing his. Ceo title later this year and so this morning. He released his final letter to shareholders as amazon ceo. And it's interesting. He directly addressed one of the elephants in the room and suggested that amazon should extend its famous obsession with customer experience to cover care for amazon's own employees as well quoting cnbc. Bazars pointed to the recent union election outcome. At one of amazon's warehouses as an example of why the company needs to address challenges within its workforce last week amazon secured enough votes to defeat a historic unionization. Drive at its bessemer. Alabama warehouse which if successful would have represented the first union at a us amazon facility while the voting results were lopsided and our direct relationship with employees is strong. It's clear to me that we need a better vision for how we create value for employees. A vision for their success. Bazo wrote amazon has famously held a core set of leadership principles chief among them being customer obsessed in the future bazo said he wants amazon to do the same for its employees quote. Despite what we've accomplished it's clear to me that we need a better vision for our employees success. Bazo said we have always wanted to be earth's most customer centric company. We won't change that. It's what got us here. But i am committing us to an addition we are going to be earth's best employer and earth's safest place to work and quotes in his new role as executive chairman. Bazo said he plans to focus on how to make amazon's warehouses safer. Roughly forty percent of work related injuries are sprains or strains mostly due to repeating the same motions and our common among new employees. He
"bessemer, alabama" Discussed on KCRW
"Documentary My Octopus Teacher from filmmaker Craig Foster, Now Academy Award nominated for best documentary feature. My Octopus Teacher awards eligible And it is for 19 at KCRW. Thanks for joining us, for all things considered on this Wednesday afternoon come up on the program. It's been a few weeks since George's new election law was signed, and those in the state responsible for implementing it Well, they're still trying to understand its current and future impact. Many officials now say they're worried the law will make things more expensive and labor intensive. You're going to hear why Also ahead. A conversation with the CDC is principal deputy director following a decision by federal health officials to halt the use of the Johnson and Johnson Covert 19 vaccine. Some mental medical experts say it's just a matter of time before the change A vaccine is back online. The question everyone says is well, just win. Also one update on the Coast Guard. They're searching for at least 12 people off the Louisiana Coast. Vanished after ship capsized in bad weather yesterday afternoon. Get you the latest on that right now. The latest on your roads in Sun Valley. These 1 70 north bound it, Roscoe Boulevard. Across in the Middle lane here, and traffic is backed up from Sherman Way Ah Sigalert west delay. This one has been around for a little while. Now four or five north bound on Santa Monica Boulevard that stall in the right lane and traffic slow from about Washington Boulevard and indulge flower. The 91 West found this one in Bellflower Boulevard crash in the carpool lane. You're slow from comedy to road. This is all things considered from NPR news. I'm Mary Louise Kelly and I'm Elsa Chang. Last week, a majority of Amazon workers at a warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, voted against.
"bessemer, alabama" Discussed on KOMO
"Thousands with 20% receiving both shots. Health officials are quick to remind us that it still leaves about 80% who need either that second dose or both of them are behavior matters. We cannot let our guard down. That's Dr Umair Shah, Washington's secretary of health speaking there. At the end, researchers from the University of Washington are getting national attention today for a new test that could lead to more effective treatments for HIV. The test measures how much HIV virus might be in a patient's genome and how effective new drugs maybe in eventually eradicating it. Research published today in the journal Cell, reports Medicine. There is currently no cure for HIV and AIDS, but anti retroviral therapy drugs can suppress the virus to undetectable levels. Union organizer's at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Bessemer, Alabama, say their fight has not ended. Despite last week's anti union vote. We get the update from comas Corwin Hank. The immediate fight centers around challenging the vote in best summer, where Amazon worker and union activists Jennifer Bates says Amazon illegally interfered things taking place. And be a tactic that was done. Bates says organizer's will complain to the National Labor Relations Board about Amazon tactics, including mandatory worker meetings to decry unions with no rebuttal allowed. In the larger scheme. Author Jason Boys questions whether the vote was really an Amazon victory. Amazon may have won this battle, but boy have they taken Ah, hit in terms of how they are viewed Speaking on geek wires. Day to podcast Boy says the losing vote is a P R win..
Amazon Warehouse Workers Reject Union Efforts
"On friday. Amazon warehouse workers in bessemer alabama voted to reject the effort to unionize. So what does this mean for amazon. The fight over labor conditions at the retail giant chang in this sure daily charge here with us to break it down his amazon expert. Laura tullow welcome lart. Thank you for having me. So breakout what happened on friday on friday. The allergy finished tallying votes union election at the best in warehouse and the with the really decisive win for amazon so to speak in that the workers rejected the union. So that was the. That was the full tally. there could still be. There is likely to be an attraction to the election and further litigation with the over the matter but the votes as they were counted. Friday were for rejecting the union by margin of more than two. Wow yeah that's that's a big deal. Considering that this effort was i mean this effort made headlines around the country. Even guard support senator bernie sanders and present. Joe biden is a very high profile fights and he says why it was so roundly defeated. It's really hard to say. you know. There were several factors. Of course there is the fact that this warehouse provides jobs in an area where the minimum wage is a belief seven twenty five an hour and they pay more than fifteen dollars an hour for starting wage. A lotta times in union elections in place. Do worry that their employers will want to leave the area or lay people off or more employees as many people if they're having to deal with the union Do the cost and that sort of thing. People get their jobs and those are really valuable jobs in that region. They're paying thousands of them. If the really big deal in that community to half those jobs
Amazon Beats Back Union, but Workplace Technology Questions Remain
"As you've probably heard by now. The effort to unionize an amazon warehouse in bessemer alabama was unsuccessful. Though the union says it will challenge the vote it would have affected just a fraction of amazon's workforce but it captured the attention of the country at a time when e commerce has become a lifeline and the welfare of essential. Workers has come under threat. Janice fine is a professor of labor studies and employment relations at rutgers university. She says the union push at amazon and its defeat highlight the growing role of technology in the workplace. Especially amazon's they use surveillance technology including scanners that workers use to track the rate at which they sort and pack items. Mandatory daily workers surveys a powered camera systems to detect social distancing violations. They use navigation. Software item scanners wristbands thermal cameras. Security cameras recorded footage to survival. The workforce so you have this combination of surveillance for productivity targets and that same surveillance lends itself to being able to monitor workers social activities without a union in place. Then ken workers push back against this kind of stuff. How what kind of tools do they have. Workers are pushing back all over the country. And that's the thing that i think is really important to bear in. Mind that workers in new jersey workers in inland empire in In california workers in chicago these are organizations that have for years. You've been working with amazon. Workers in warehouses and fulfillment centers and just by kind of getting the story out there. They've drawn the country's attention to the problems with amazon's business model. You know by organizing and getting this far getting to an election and so they see this as kind of a long haul fight.
Amazon workers in Alabama vote not to form a union
"At an Amazon warehouse in the US Despite a big push. The retail wholesale and department store union has failed to get its foot in the door of the Amazon plant, and Bessemer, Alabama. The National Labor Relations Board says Amazon crossed the threshold to secure a majority of the votes. With almost 1800 workers voting against the union and 738 voting in favor. The union says it's filing an objection with the NLRB be charging the company with illegally interfering with the union vote. Jennifer Keiper, CBS News
"bessemer, alabama" Discussed on WTOP
"Crooks and the buzz phrase cancel culture built for the battle. I'm not going anywhere with a federal investigation alleging the sex trafficking of minors and a congressional ethics investigation. Congressman Matt Gates was a keynote speaker at a Save America summit held it. Former President Trump's Doral Resort in Miami Gate says the truth will prevail as heard on WPLG TV may be canceled, man. In some corners. I may even be a wanted man by the deep state. Gates is not charged with any crime. But an associate Joel Greenberg, who is charged with child sex trafficking, is reportedly negotiating a plea deal in which he would cooperate with prosecutors. I'm Jackie Quinn, Amazon workers have voted to keep a union out of a facility in Bessemer, Alabama, 738 Amazon workers at the Alabama plant voted yes to unionize. 1798 voted no. It's a big blow to the retail, Wholesale and department story Union, which was hoping that Ah win in Alabama would lead to similar efforts throughout the company and beyond. CBS News correspondent Jennifer Keiper. More young people are becoming eligible to get the Corona virus vaccine. So how do they feel about it? 22 year old Alex Freeman is the student government association president at Morgan State University. And just before talking to W. T. O P. He found out he'd gotten his covert 19 vaccination appointment, he says. Student athletes have been frustrated by canceled games. They're ready to get back on the field or the court, Freeman said. Once fully vaccinated, he'll still wear a mask. I hope there's a transition period because I don't want for us to just jump into a with vaccinated, you know the way the mast anymore. That's no. That's ridiculous. Kate Brian w. T o P News state 43. Silver Diner is celebrating spring by going beyond Peopie in plexiglass Silver Diner has reopened outdoor tents and added, cutting edge indoor.
Amazon union organizers deflated as vote tilts against them
"Workers at a warehouse in bessemer alabama voted against unionizing defeating. The hopes of labor organizers that this would be amazon's first unionized workplace in the united states would have been a rare victory and they traditionally add a union south but workers voted overwhelmingly against unionization by a margin of more than two to one here to talk to us about that. Is stephen basan. He is with our member station w. b. m. in birmingham. Hello good morning. Was this outcome. Surprise won't for a lot of people here yes. There was a lot of excitement. A real sense union had a chance now where this house is located about. Twenty minutes outside of birmingham surrounded by trees. Really not much else in on that. Drive there from birmingham. You see lots of pro union signs. There've been lots of rallies here with big headline names like actor danny glover bernie sanders coming through a congressional delegation but add the six thousand workers that actually work at this warehouse. Very few were showing up at these rallies. Mostly it's been crowds with out of state organizers for the unions or locals in alabama democrats shirts and not many people actually working for amazon so really we didn't know what most workers were thinking until the actual vote count this week where they delivered a definitive. No i mean so much. Attention has been sort of lavished on this vote. How is the mood. Change to after it was pretty crushing. Defeat more than two to one against the union and union. Try to keep up a brave face during a zoom press conference on friday. After the results organizers in the couple of workers spoke including emmett ashford who works at the amazon warehouse there. He sent a message to workers telling them to not get discouraged. The floodgates opened. We can't stop it. So i hope everybody has to get day this news as not discouraged as and we are holding our head high marching or and we will get what we deserve.
Amazon workers in Alabama vote against unionizing
"Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama, have voted against unionizing over W be a champ Steven Masalha says the retail wholesale Department store union plans to challenge the results. The union says Amazon intimidated workers, which the company denies. Organizers plan on filing multiple unfair Labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board. Warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, voted more than 2 to 1 against joining the union. Labor advocates were hoping this would be the first unionized Amazon workplace in the country Reporter Steven Bas
Amazon secures enough votes to block union effort
"Amazon workers in Alabama have rejected an effort to unionize I'm a P. correspondent Ben Thomas with the latest on the vote count the national labor relations board reports the majority of workers at Amazon's warehouse in Bessemer Alabama voted against the union the totals were seven hundred and thirty eight in favor one thousand seven hundred ninety eight against the more than three thousand votes cast seventy six were avoided in more than five hundred contested by either Amazon with the retail wholesale and department store union which led the organizing effort however the NLRB says the contested votes are not enough to sway the outcome the union says it intends to file an objection with the NLRB charging the company with illegally interfering with the vote I'm Ben Thomas
Workers at Amazon warehouse in Alabama reject unionization
"A majority of workers at a bessemer alabama amazon warehouse voted against joining the retail wholesale and department store union although vote-counting is still underway roughly fifty five percent of eligible workers voted in the election and roughly five hundred contested. Ballots will be counted if enough to sway the result once all other ballots are counted
"bessemer, alabama" Discussed on NEWS 88.7
"Bull's eye. I'm Jesse Thorn. The first time I had the opportunity to chat with my next guest killer, Mike. He was just coming off the release of his solo album, I Pledge Allegiance to the grind. Was back in 2007. It's now 14 years later, and I'm proud to report killer Mike is still on his grind. He's one half of the critically acclaimed hip hop duo run the Jewels, whose fourth album dropped last year. He's active in politics, too. He recently campaigned for Senators John Aasif and Raphael Warnock to represent his home state of Georgia. He also joined Bernie Sanders in Bessemer, Alabama, to support the Amazon workers trying to form a union there. Mike is on screen a lot more these days, too. He's acted in movies like Baby Driver and TV shows like the Good Lord Bird. When he and I talked in 2019, he had his very own Netflix show, a documentary Syriza called Trigger Warning with Killer Mike. In the show Killer Mike tackle some of the most complicated racial and social issues in America. And like everything killer Mike does he does not do it halfway. In the first episode, Mike tries to spend three days buying using and consuming products that have only come from the black community, and it turns out to be very, very difficult. In this scene, Mike heads to the black owned dog gone Good barbecue in Athens, Georgia, where he meets LP his co M C in run the jewels. At this point, Mike hasn't had a meal in a long time almost an entire day, so he is very excited to finally get something he's allowed to eat. Yeah. Here you go. Black old restaurant called Baby problem. Black, black, own produce and meet probably right from black farm. What's up? Excuse me, sir. Yes, sir. Wife friend just reminded.
Amazon is on edge over Alabama union vote
"I'm roger chang and this is your daily charge joining us to run through this. Big labor battle is laura. Atallah our amazon expert. Welcome lor so. Can you give me a quick quick recap of what this vote. There are five thousand. Eight hundred warehouse workers in bessemer alabama voting on whether to or me union. It would be the first. Us amazon union. And it's also one of the largest if not dealer described to vote on forming a union in the us for amazon. And so there's a lot at stake here. It could kind of not like a beachhead free unions if it inspires other warehouse workers in other locations to organize. And what are we expecting the results so the results could happen at any time. The national labor relations board is counting up to balance and they could be this week or next antezana pretty vocal there. Obviously against this. And they've made the argument that they already pay their poise fifteen dollars an hour which is above the national minimum. What exactly are workers asking for. What's really prompting this. Push to unionize down in bessemer right. So the workers invest myr say that they would really like more control over their breaks and rest time and that comes from the fact that are ten hour shifts and they are extremely physical so people who are picking up packages from tote santa putting them on conveyor belts to be put in boxes are walking upwards of ten miles a day in their shifts bending down at santa gap again bet. Certain say there's other jobs where there's a lot of movement all day and amazon does offer breaks course and allows people to go to the bathroom whenever they need to. Workers say that the requirements to fill werner's are so onerous that they don't really get to take extra break on pop up those like hour rest period total of by ryan the the debris down thirty minutes. Relaunch to fifteen minute breaks right
Amazon had a weird week on Twitter. But the union vote is the big news.
"Are being counted in bessemer alabama. This week from amazon warehouse workers hoping to unionize amazon has fought tooth and nail against the union efforts and also recently against members of congress senators bernie sanders and elizabeth warren criticized. Its treatment of employees amazon's official twitter account went on the attack so did some twitter users claiming they were very happy amazon employees and not all of them were real. Let's dig into all of this and quality assurance the segment where we take a deeper look at a big tech story. Jason delray covers amazon for recode. He says this union vote is big no matter what the outcome i also think. If it's a close loss that also would be seen as a positive sign just because amazon. Never had a union in the us that even in that case we'd see other efforts at least inside of amazon facilities in the country. A couple thousand people or more than thousand people voting to unionize at one facility. I mean think that says something especially with all the pressure that management has has put on these workers over the last few weeks. And then of course senators bernie sanders and elizabeth. Warren were criticizing amazon on twitter. For how it treats its employees and we saw amazon. Take what seems to be a priebke. New tack on social media hit-back pretty aggressively so what we saw was executives from dave clark. Who's the ceo of the worldwide consumer business at amazon to the corporate amazon accounts written by pr. People you know being both snarky. You know what. I think many people would say would be inappropriate tone. I reported that that directive to get more aggressive came directly from jeff bezos. After my story kind of exploded you see executives this week. Such as jay carney. He's been on twitter. The last two days responding to both bernie sanders and elizabeth
"bessemer, alabama" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Now, Amazon employees and Bessemer, Alabama have voted on whether or not to form a union. It would be a first in the company's history. Federal officials are counting the votes of some 5800 warehouse workers have cast ballots by mail. The last seven weeks could take days, though, to get the final results. The union drivers already hardened labor activists. You see, it is a bellwether for the National labor movement, but the attention on best. Summers also renewed criticism of Amazon's business practices, and that has irritated company executives, including the man at the top CEO Jeff Bezos. According to a new report from Recode. Jason Del Rey is a senior correspondent for Recode, and he's been reporting on this, Jason, welcome back. Thank you, and before I dive in, I do need to say that Amazon is a financial supporter of NPR. But that said, Catch us up. What's the latest on this union vote? Sure so. All the votes are in as of today, Tuesday, But now there's the counting of the votes. And even before that happens, both sides the union and Amazon, you know, go through each ballot and can contest Vote based on whether the person in question still works at the company, whether they're actually a manager and not a frontline worker. You know, my hope is we? We get results this week, but there's even a chance it stretches into next week. So as I said, this would be the first Union of Amazon warehouse workers in the U. S. And because of that very powerful people are watching President Biden. Bernie Sanders and even Republican Senator Marco Rubio. They've all expressed to varying degrees. Some support for this drive, and that has put a lot of pressure on Amazon, which took the unusual step last week. Of responding to some of its critics on Twitter. What happened? That's right. So, you know, it's not uncommon for Amazon to necessarily respond to critics that they believe are miss, you know, putting out misleading or in accurate information about the company. It is unusual to do it in sort of a snarky tone, which is what we saw in a variety of tweets last week aimed at Senator Sanders, Senator Warren and a few other people. And you know what I found in my reporting is that maybe not surprisingly, to people who know Amazon well. This came from the top. Jeff Bezos had expressed to his team in recent weeks that they weren't sort of being aggressive enough when combat in criticism of the company that they believe like I said, is either misleading. Or inaccurate, And I think there's a general feeling at the top of the company. That's like, you know, we pay our warehouse workers pretty well. Compared to you know our competitors. They have health benefits. Now we're being attacked. There's these anecdotes about peeing in a bottle, which we don't think are accurate. And so this was I mean, on one hand a little bit. It seemed like a lack of discipline. But on the other hand what bay Zoe's wanted done well, let's be clear here and actually talk about some of the tweets that are happening. Dave Clark, an executive at Amazon. Tweeted it. Bernie Sanders, he said. I welcome Senator Sanders to Birmingham and appreciate his push for a progressive workplace. I often say we are the Bernie Sanders of employers. But that's not quite right because we actually deliver a progressive workplace. So you know that's one of the examples of the tweets that we're talking about. You also mentioned another congressman was talking about this allegation that That people have two PM bottles because the production quotas or so so tight it Amazon. This is sort of rare for a company of this size to have such a public spat on Twitter. Isn't it? How did it go over both inside Amazon and outside Yes. So it's a very rare I will say there are you know, on and off occasions over the last couple of years where Amazon executives have sort of, you know, used the tone that is not necessarily normal for a big corporation. That said outside and inside the company. The reaction was mixed. But I saw a lot more of the I can't believe a company thinks this is inappropriate way to talk to, uh U. S senators. Internally. In fact, I reported that a security engineer at the company filed sort of a support ticket because he thought that the tweets were so out of the ordinary and inappropriate that they might be the result of someone sort of either hacking into Amazons. Twitter accounts or just someone internally, who wasn't supposed to have access gaining access on dive since learned. Also, there were some social media employees who raised similar alarms internally and we're told essentially No, no, no, like management's Got this. Well, you say it came from the top of his Jeff Bezos, who was encouraging people to fight back. Do you know why? Yeah, you know, In short, I think Amazon executives and Jeff Bezos specifically. Feel like they are a force for good. Um, feel like they pay pretty well feel like they are misunderstood. And you know, many ways still feel like they're that young up and coming company that you know is battling the big bad titans of you know, industry I think they lose sight sometimes of who they are today. This is the result. Some of the drama surrounding this union drive in Bessemer, Alabama. We're going to keep a close eye on how that vote is going, You would have.
"bessemer, alabama" Discussed on KZSC 88.1 FM Santa Cruz
"That has been blocking the sewage canal for almost a week has been freed. A flotilla of tugboats managed to wrench the bow of the ever given from the sandy Bank of the waterway. Sky News reporter Alice to Be Uncle is in Cairo So it's now Living very slowly but moving north through the canal about 1.5 knots, But it's moving on. So after a week the blockade is almost over. Simon marks reporting This is the Pacific I evening News on K P F a Berkeley kpfk. Los Angeles K F C F for us. No. This newscast airs each weeknight at six. It's archived online at K P ece dot or g'kar. You can also listen to it as a podcast. Voting ends today and one of the most consequential union elections in recent years. In this country, the results could lead to Amazon's first unionized warehouse in the U. S. Where Amazon has fought hard against unionization. 5800 Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, have been casting ballots by mail on whether to unionize. It is the first such election and years that Amazon, which is the country's second largest private employer with 800,000 workers that summer Amazon employees, Francis Wallace said this vote could lead to organizing efforts nationwide. I wanted to be able to pick up this team because I don't want just the best of my workers to get their rights. I want all workers to get their rights. And so if you're seeing this, and you work a different Amazon warehouse.
What Is Needed To Bring About Progressive Policy Changes?
"Might have criticisms over how bernie handled the fifteen dollars. An hour minimum wage battle in the relief bill. But putting that aside you know the other thing that he's focused on that. I think is really important. Is getting workers organized including traveling to bessemer alabama to help galvanize the efforts to unionize among warehouse. Workers there once. You have an organized workforce like that that's when the public pressure becomes real. That is what this country experienced in the lead. Up to the new deal. You think the roosevelt just like decided to pass the new deal out of the kindness of his own heart. No there were general strikes happening. Unfortunately a lot of those strikes ended up getting incredibly violent and brutal. And bloody but the victories that this country enjoyed as a result of that new deal happened on the backs of organized labor. And so that's the other part of this as well you need. You need lawmakers who are willing to You know implement out of the box strategies. And i guess in this case. It isn't really out of the box. But a strategy you need actual campaigning and policy work political work done on the ground by these lawmakers to push for policies that they're trying to pass and then you need organized labor to not only apply pressure temporarily but apply persistent pressure until we get what we
"bessemer, alabama" Discussed on WBEZ Chicago
"A while to untangle First, these headlines. Live from NPR news. I'm Jack Spear. President Biden says 90% of adults will be eligible for covert 19 vaccination within three weeks. NPR's Tamara Keith explains. The administration is also rapidly ramping up the number of places people can get those vaccinations, Biden says 90% of US adults will be eligible for vaccination and 90% of people will have a vaccine site within five miles of their home all by April. 19th. The country is in a race against the virus and cases are again on the rise, prompting Biden to mix the optimism of his latest announcement with a plea Now's not the time to celebrate. It is time. Do what we do best as a country. Our duty. Our jobs. Take care of one another. Fight this to the finish the message, keep wearing masks and socially distancing, avoid non essential travel and get vaccinated as soon as possible. Tamra Keith NPR news persecutors at the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd played a video showing officer kneeling on Floyd's neck for nine minutes is the black man pleaded for his life. Video posted the social media by bystanders. Those Derrick show, Vin, pinning Floyd, ignoring onlooker shouts to get off him! Prosecution says the officer refused release would even as he said 27 times he couldn't breathe. Widely seen video sparked international outrage. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta says the covert 19 vaccines made by Pfizer and Madonna are effective at preventing krone. Virus infections in real world conditions. Member Station W. A B in Atlanta, Sam Whitehead does more new report. The agency tracking essential workers. CDC researchers looked at nearly 4000 people who received to dose Coben 19 vaccines from Visor and Madonna. Dr Rochelle Wolinsky leads the agency. The study found that the risk of infection was reduced by 90% after individuals received the two recommended doses of vaccine. The study also found that people starting together protected with that even after the first does. Researchers say that's consistent with findings from the clinical trials conducted on the vaccines before they were authorized. The CDC says about 28% of Americans have received at least one vaccine dose for NPR news. I'm Sam Whitehead in Atlanta, the final day of what is being viewed as an historic union vote. 6000. Amazon workers and Bessemer Alabama are deciding today whether they want to form a union. It would be the biggest union pushing the online companies. History were also mark major and roads for organized labor into the country's second largest employer. The organizations and Dr succeeds, it could have a chain reaction and Amazon operations worldwide, with workers demanding better conditions. Mixed close on Wall Street Today the Dow was up 98 points. The NASDAQ closed down 79 points. This is NPR. 62 degrees at five old four. I'm Mobile, Laura. With WB. Easy News. The sprawling federal corruption probe into Illinois politicians hasn snared another individual. Prosecutors today filed paperwork alleging Rudy Acosta senior withheld information to the FBI. Acosta was a former precinct captain in Chicago. Alderman Ed Works Ward. And he was closely allied with former state Senator Martin Sandoval. Prosecutors say Acosta concealed information from federal agents in eight interviews that included the allegation that he and state senator a..
Alabama Amazon Workers Voting on Biggest Union Push in Company's History
"The south and in need of jobs. Bessemer alabama may seem an unlikely place for a showdown between amazon and union advocates. But it's past history and present struggles hip driven the moment and attracted national attention. The south is known as a region with a history of laws more friendly to management than to organized labor and in the small city of bessemer alabama. A struggling economy has made many residents eager. For just about any kind of jobs they can get yet now. A nondescript intersection along powder plant road. Here has the epicenter of tumultuous contest over the power of workers as the staging ground for organizers hoping to unionize amazon warehouse if the plants nearly five thousand eight hundred workers vote to unionize and balloting that ends today. March twenty ninth. It could reinvigorate declining labor movement in the united states and potentially begin a domino effect across amazon's other facilities redefining. What it means to work for the country's second largest employer one reason is that this region near grooming ham has a history at the intersection of civil rights and organized labor. Bessemer itself was long home to a major steel mill until thirty. Five hundred unionized. Employees were laid off when it closed in the nineteen eighties. I was born in sixty four right in the heat of civil rights. Older people would say we won here in birmingham and i'd say one. What says vincent davis a custodian at amazon site but we are a city of drastic change. We make others change even if we don't change
Why Organizing Employee At Alabama Amazon Center Wants A Union
"Ballots are due today. For thousands of employees at an amazon warehouse in bessemer alabama. We're voting on whether to unionize. If the organizers are successful it would be the first union for amazon employees in the us. There is a lot at stake. Cure for the workers for amazon and for the rest of the tech industry. So for more on this we turn to our reporter sebastian herrera. He covers amazon and ecommerce for us. Hey bashing thanks for joining. Thanks for having me. Okay so bring us up to speed on this unionization effort. Who's been leading the charge. And what are they pushing for. Well there's a set of pro union workers inside of this facility in bessemer who have been leading the charge alongside of the union which is the retail wholesale and department store union. And they've they've basically been trying since the start of the election obviously to rally workers for pro union vote. They're trying to change. What a lot of employees bring up at work at these facilities which is breaks. Pay other benefits and what they focus on. Two is the rate at which they have to work because at these facilities employees are expected to fulfill items that go into packages hundreds of items per hour. And it's pretty taxing on these employees. Because i do it for ten hours a day you know they pretty much in the same spot isolated for amount of of the day and they are penalized. If they don't fulfil items at a certain rate you could easily be fired for for not making rate so they point to that as something they feel can change. They point to the fact that even though amazon offers fifteen dollars starting pay that it is really not enough to make a living wage. Some of these employees they go to second or even third job to support their families. So i feel like with as of successful advocacy as a company is amazon has been they could be receiving more and so they're ultimately fighting for these various
How Amazon prevents unions by surveilling employee activism
"Workers and an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, have two more weeks to decide whether they want to join a union. A successful union drive would be a first for the company and supporters hope it would kick off a broader revival in labor organizing across the country. Let's get an update from Josh Idelson, Labor reporter for Bloomberg Welcome. Thanks for having me the union these Amazon employees are thinking about joining the retail, Wholesale and department store union says that Amazon has been trying to dissuade them from organizing surveilling them and that Amazon has a history of this sort of thing, which is illegal. By the way. What is the latest on the union driving Alabama's It comes down to the water now on this vote well, Nobody knows exactly what's going to happen. Invest immer, including the people working or organizing or anti union consulting in the warehouse, and workers have said Amazon is using a slew of the anti union tactics available to US employers like Requiring workers to attend anti union meetings, telling workers they could lose benefits if they unionize. Having supervisor's approach employees one on one about the union and posting anti union messages in the bathrooms. There's also an anti union website with a cartoon Cordy wearing headphones. And what's What's Amazon saying about that? I mean, I mean, are they saying that's true or or what Amazon says that it's following the law and that it is helping its employees understand the facts and consequences of unionization and that it doesn't think the union represents the views of most of the people that work in the warehouse.
Some Capitol Hill Lawmakers Back Amazon Workers' Attempt To Unionize
"Nearly six thousand amazon employees who work at a warehouse in bessemer alabama are voting by mail on whether to unionize. If they do this will be the first union amazon facility in this country. Here's jennifer bates. Who works there. I keep butterflies and butterflies. Normally come to calm me but hey this is my stomach faithful. It seems like it's getting bigger and bigger full of butterflies. Because there's no break in. Think i don't know how kogo nerve wracking. The election ends later. This month and i should mention. That amazon is a financial supporter of npr. But we cover them like any other company. Some lawmakers support the union. Including senator marco marco rubio or republican and of course president biden also michigan congressman andy levin earlier this month. He and a group of democrats traveled to bessemer. Good morning congressman. Good morning noel. How are you good thanks. What did amazon employees. They're tell you about why they want to unionize. Well you know a union election so often are about basic dignity and that was really true here. I was shocked to learn what it's really like in there They work in a facility. That's like fourteen football fields and it can take ten minutes to walk to a break room. They've to half hour breaks in a ten hour shift so they might get effectively ten hours to eat lunch be by the time they walk there and back lot of them. Don't feel like they can go to the bathroom. Except on their break. And they're watched and quantified every second they're monitored visually a listening geo positioning and every second they're not on task is measured and if they have a certain number of minutes off task in a week they could be fired sometimes might not even be a person involved it was really kind of dehumanizing to me. Here's the argument. That amazon makes amazon. Says look our employees. Earn fifteen dollars an hour which is a good wage in a place like bessemer alabama. Some of them have health benefits. 401k's essentially they have got the benefits that a union would get them. They don't need a union. What do you make of that argument. I'd like to tell that argument to any national football league player and the actor and a movie any presenter on major television or radio networks all of whom have a union every single one. The idea that unions are only for people who are the most poorly paid. It's ridiculous the one person who is unionized. That every airline is the pilot so this argument is ridiculous. These workers deserve a seat at the table to discuss a safe workplace. During a pandemic they deserve a seat at the table to have a workplace. That's human and a real person can go to and great make fifteen dollars. An hour amazon should pay them a lot more the owner of the company. The main owner had his wealth increase. Seventy eight billion dollars during a pandemic and they're about pay jeff bezos in their bag bragging about paying people fifteen dollars an hour there. What's wrong with workers having their own organization just that they can have input in their in in their work lives. And that's all these people are seeking is a seat at the table during this trip to alabama that you went on your colleague congressman jamaal. Bowman said this doesn't stop with amazon. He mentioned lift. Uber tesla and walmart as well. What is the ultimate goal here. The goal is for workers to be able to form a union and bargain collectively. If they darn well please. Noel were down to six percent of private sector workers in this country needing union. We're gonna pass the proactive in the congress and the president is going help. Lead into new era when workers can have a say at the table. It's long pastime in this country. Michigan congressman andy levin. Thank you
Amazon Workers’ Union Drive Reaches Far Beyond Alabama
"This hour we are talking about the union drive amongst amazon warehouse employees in bessemer alabama and. Why people in the world of labor and In modern american business are paying very close. Attention to how workers in alabama might vote As it could change a lot given the size of amazon the corporation now amazon is so big that we're kind of also informally launching a series. Hear about all the ways in which amazon is changing all of our lives so focusing on labor here today. if there's an area of life that you think amazon is changing and you'd like us focus on You know hop on to social media. Twitter facebook at on point radio and let us know what you'd like to us to look into or you can also give us a call at six one seven three five three zero six eight three looking for your ideas on areas of life that you want to learn more about that amazon. Might be changing. I'm joined today by steven. Greenhouse he's labor and workplace journalist author of beaten down worked up the past present and future of american labor karen weiss is also with. She's a new york. Times correspondent covering amazon microsoft and the pacific northwest's tech scene. She's with us from seattle. Now karen we heard from michael foster the union organizer there before the break. I wanted to ask you more about the the one of the fundamental things. He talked about which was worker. Dignity pay is one thing but worker dignities another and i think amazon's got a pretty long list of Of incidents if i can call it that where does lead one to questions of how they view or how much they the importance they have of warehouse. Worker dignity right there was they. Fires warehouse workers who spoke out about insufficient safety protocols regarding regarding covert in two thousand and twenty We've heard we've read stories. Maybe you've even written them caring about like response to being used to monitor warehouse workers and all of that. How does amazon see see people. Why think a lot of a lot of this is workforce is so large that it has almost by necessity but also just by the amazon. Ian nature tried to create Systems and rules and technology to manage them. And so when you heard. Michael talk a lot of things. We're talking about rebellious kind of technological. Productivity measurements and tools and operational tool amazon has to manage. Its workforce you know Student brought up a good point earlier about unions aren't necessarily a third voice that's that they've representative workers and i think i was free support the amazon. That's a third voice but same time You know it has ways that it listens to workers now but it's not the same as having the workers voice representatives through a union and so for example. They have boards in voice amazonian brussels onboard. People can complaints or compliments not different things but the way they use that at a global level is they use artificial intelligence and natural language processing to figure out matic patterns in it so they they had to and also broke out of bear amazonian techie. Way have developed these kind of technological relationships with workers which is which is different than how even the walmart's an immense growth. What was fifteen or so years ago when it went through. it's huge. that's a different relationship numb when you the feedback workers get is often from rate ticker essentially on their on screen which is different than being a cashier in a store and bringing people up karen that is so fascinating. The algorithms are absolutely everywhere. Oh my gosh. So here's here's basis in two thousand eighteen in an interview with business insider talking about why he says he's proud. Not only of the wages of amazon pays cause remember two thousand eighteen. There is a minimum of fifteen dollars an hour but also how he says. The company treats its employees in our view. We have we have workers councils and we have very good communications with our employees. We don't believe that we need a union to be an intermediary between us and our employees but of course at the end of the day. It's always employs choice. And that's how it should be steven. What do you think. I'd be surprised to hear that amazon. Actually has workers councils. That's you know. And if they are workers councils than i imagine they might be handpicked by management and with the union the workers pick representatives and under federal law executives are required to sit down and listen to the workers concerns. Yes amazon says that it listens to workers but it's really unclear the degree to which they really listened. I remember years ago. I wrote walmart. Walmart would say for worker has a complaint. We have an open door policy. Come in and complaint show us. And i interviewed many workers who use the open door to file complaints and then they got fired soon after and they said the open door policy is actually the out the door policy. I'm not saying that's the case amazon. But i think you know. Some companies are so much cynical when they say they really listen. I'm sure karen has spoken to amazon. Workers who have heard who have voiced the same complaint. I hear say they feel like they often feel like robots. I interviewed a worker at the best. My warehouse daryl richardson. Who said he's a pickering to three hundred fifteen items our that's five items omitted and he says you feel like a robot and if you fall behind you risk getting fired several workers who said and if we have to go to the bathroom run a few hundred yards and take a few minutes to do that We might fall behind and that and if know and if you've got to go to the bathroom a whole lot in a certain day might end up risk getting fired so they feel that they're not listened to enough and many feel that there's a lack of dignity in the pressure that's put on them every
"bessemer, alabama" Discussed on NewsRadio WIOD
"I'm Richard can sue. Organized labor, making a comeback from the day's not very far away. When support for unions dipped below 50% in public opinion polls, workers and an Amazon facility in Alabama are taking union is unionization votes supported by President Biden. This is an effort by a group of workers in Bessemer, Alabama, right outside of burning him Best Mercy City, 80% Black. The workforce is largely black and female to take on the Goliath and his two basically what Bernie Sanders is saying that if these workers Seed in unionizing. It'll be the shot heard round The world baby sees Terry Moran. New York Congressman Kathleen Rice is the highest ranking Democrats so far to call on Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign. Three women so far accused him of unwanted advances. Unlike his prior two accusers and a root did not work for governor Cuomo but met him at a 2019 wedding. She told The New York Times He put his hands on her lower back and called her aggressive when she removed them. Roots, said he then asked if he could kiss her. She told the papers she pulled back. As the governor moved closer, leaving her confused, shocked and embarrassed. The governor's office did not directly address her account, but referred to an earlier statement about some of his words being misinterpreted. His flirtation with state Attorney general is now investigating the governor's conduct. Aaron Qatar. SKI ABC News New York Twitter's begun labeling tweets that include misleading information about Covert vaccines. Human reviewers of started assessing whether tweets violate its policy against Kobe vaccine misinformation, says Twitter, it says eventually the work will be done by a combination of people and automation. It'll also use a strike system to ban users who continually violate the rules. Twitter's already banned some covert misinformation on how the virus spreads with her mask, sir, effective and the risk of infection and death. ABC is Chuck's Iverson, the governor of Nigeria. Zamfara State announced the release of 279 girls.
Biden Expresses Support for Amazon Union Vote in Alabama: ‘Make Your Voice Heard’
"Never heard any full-throated support From from barack obama when it came to unions in recall that when democrats took the senate in two thousand eight one of the things that they had promised was a vote in a passage of card check which was basically simplified the process in which people could vote for a union that they could simply just put in a request and if enough members of a workplace put in a request for a union. You'd get a union. You wouldn't have an extended period of time which invariably house employers to deploy a in the case of amazon. Let's say just take for example In this Attempt to unionize in alabama twenty five million dollars and you talk the other day about some of the things they're doing. they literally got the city. Because union organizers can't talk to their fellow workers at the amazon facility whereas amazon can basically spend all day. Say hey today. Your job is just learning how bad unions are with these mythical. With these these mac. Captive audience meetings exactly and the in amazon. Actually got the city in bessemer alabama to change the timing telling us about this at the stop lights. So that unionized organizers could not go and actually help unionized or organized there. So there's a lot of things that the administration can do in terms of national labor relations board and whatnot and there's been some good moves by the biden administration that regard but one of the things that obama did was to use the bully pulpit and one of the things that he said that he appreciated about ronald reagan. Was that very thing. We just never saw him do it. Well joe biden doing now. Joe biden can do more. He could go down to alabama and actually like campaign for the union. But this is pretty. This is pretty important stuff. Because you know the union is going to use this clip and it's going to help yours joe biden. We're gonna play the full two minutes because it's actually pretty big deal. I've long said america wasn't built by wall street was built by the middle class and unions built the middle class. Unions put power in the hands of workers they level the playing field. They give you a stronger voice for your health. Your safety higher wages protection. Some racial discrimination sexual harassment unions lift up workers both union and nonunion and especially black and brown workers. I've made it clear. Made it clear when i was running. But my administration's policy would be to support unions organization organizing and the right to collectively bargain. I'm keeping that promise. You should all remember. The national labor relations act. Didn't just say the unions are allowed to exist. It said the union. we should encourage unions. So let me be really clear. It's not up to me to decide whether anyone join a union but let me be even more clear. It's not up to an employer. Decide that either. The choice to join a union is up to the workers. Full stop full. Stop today and over the next few days and weeks. Workers in alabama and all across america are voting on whether to organize a union in their workplace. This is vitally important. A vitally important choice. As america grapples with the deadly pandemic the economic crisis in the reckoning on race what it reveals the deep disparities still exist in our country and there should be no intimidation no coercion. No anti union propaganda. No supervisor no supervisors you confront employees about the union preferences. You know every worker should have a free and fair choice to join a union. The law guarantees that choice. And it's your right. Not that of employer at your right. No employer can take that right away so make your voice heard. God bless you all. May god protect workers and their families who are trying to figure out how to make it make it fairly thank
"bessemer, alabama" Discussed on KLBJ 590AM
"Remote settings are 6 to 12 months behind to compare Do 4 to 8 months for other students. Teachers in districts across the country, citing virus safety also continue to protest going back in person to class. Jeff Man also Fox News or fire for disparaging Parents who want schools reopened the entire school board of the Oakley Union School district south of San Francisco. Has resigned and apologized for what they said during a video teleconference they mistakenly thought was private. A crucial vote has begun among some Amazon workers deciding whether to unionize. The Southern Workers Assembly is calling for solidarity actions across the south today to support Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse workers there are looking to possibly unionize, which would be the first for Amazon. 5800 warehouse workers are voting by mail to join the retail, Wholesale and department store union. Amazon has campaigned against the efforts, saying a union will only take money from worker's paychecks and that the company already offers what unions want. Benefits, career growth and pay that starts at $15 an hour. On your great powers. Fox News, CEO of Airbus is calling for a ceasefire in the trade war between the U. S and France over aircraft subsidies, which is left of billions of dollars in tariffs on airplanes and other goods. Russian court has denied opposition leader Alexei Navalny's appeal of his three year prison sentence. They have reduced it by six weeks. I'm Jack Callahan. This'd is Fox News. Clear and cold for.
"bessemer, alabama" Discussed on 90.3 KAZU
"Most famously, this is the cloud business that props up the CIA. It is by far the biggest cloud company out there. I'm Jesse is also a big investor in Amazon has been there a long time. He's one of basis is longest serving trusted lieutenants and what are going to be the biggest challenges he will face a CEO. Right. The timing is interesting. Next week, Amazon faces the first major big labor paddle in the U. S. On Monday. Amazon workers and Bessemer Alabama are starting to vote on whether to join a union, which could create Amazons first unionized warehouse in America. That's one big thing. Then, Like all tech companies, Amazon is facing scrutiny for its scale its power just today. Actually, Amazon agreed to pay over $60 million to settle charges by the Federal Trade Commission, which is accusing Amazon of Fucking essentially pocketing tips that were meant for delivery drivers and you know, big picture to your point Earlier, Amazon has grown and grown into all of these different aspect of our lives. It's a company now worth almost $2. Trillion. It employs 1.3 million people globally. It's growing very fast. It influences People's lives in so many ways. And how does that saying Go right with great increasing power comes create increasing responsibility. I'm sorry about that. But the question is, you know whether the American government or any other government my decided to hold Amazon Mork uncountable for all its influence and power in the New CEO is the person who will have to address that. Thank you, Alina. Thank you. You're listening to all things considered from.
"bessemer, alabama" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Amazon employees in Alabama could soon be the first Union of Amazon warehouse workers in the United States, and according to organizers, more than half of the employees in that warehouse have already indicated they want a union shop. The National Labor Relations Board set up a union election after hearing from those workers over the summer. Amazon has historically resisted calls for unions. At least two past attempts of the company have failed. But organizer's think this time may be different. Stuart Applebaum is president of the retail Whole cell in department store union. The union these warehouse workers hope to join. Welcome. Thank you. It's good to be with you today. Yes, thank you for being here. Your union was contacted by a group of workers at this Amazon warehouse, which is in best summer. Alabama, right outside of Birmingham. This warehouse is not even a year old. What prompted this vote to unionize so quickly? Believed the workers at the facility and Bessemer Alabama were experiencing what Amazon workers all over the world has been experienced sync. And that has been a disrespect fourth them as workers as people who make Amazon profitable. They want to know that their health and safety is going to be respected that they're going to be treated as human beings. Every motion is being monitored. That they make every time they raise their hands. It's monitored. I think they want to know that if they have a problem with their employer, they're not going to be in fair alone that they're going to have support. Don't know that they are not at will employees. If there's a union contract, and most of all, they want safer working conditions. The company seems to be more concerned about the robots of the facility than they are about the human beings that are employed there. This is the first large union election for Amazon. But about six years ago, a small number of technicians at a warehouse in Delaware voted against unionizing. Another union drive actually happened 21 years ago in Seattle, and that went also failed by a wide margin. Why do you think things are different this time around, especially and a right to work state like Alabama? I believe that the pandemic opened a lot of people's eyes. They understand now better than they ever did Before that. They need a collective voice to stand up for themselves and to protect themselves. Amazon has been doing hey charts to see where they would expect. Potential union organizing to take place. I don't think they ever expected that it would be in Alabama. But I think that the reason it's there is because Bessemer has a history. Of being a Armstrong Union town decades ago. It's we're earthy steel mills were located. People could speak to their parents or grand parents and hear about the difference unions made in their lives. I also think that on the facility was new, and I think people had expectations when they came in that we're not being realized. And so I think people understand with Amazon's wealth. That it can be doing better than it is. You mentioned there 6000 workers at this fulfillment center. They're also seasonal employees there. I just want to know what difficulties you've had and helping them organize. What do you see is the biggest challenge right now People are afraid of Amazon. Even if Amazon says it's not pressuring people, it's creating Thean impression. That people should be afraid. That is why people often don't want to be seen coming to meetings. That's why people often don't want their names used. They expect that there would be retaliation for company has said, is telling people if the union comes it's going to cost you a lot of money. Even so, think knows that Alabama is a right to work state and nobody has to pay dues if they don't want to. Amazon has started counter organizing. They're basically arguing that union dues would cost employees too much and wouldn't guarantee higher wages or better benefits. What kind of counter organizing have you seen from Amazon? And basically, how are your local organizers responding to it? We are seeing a typical anti union campaign from Amazon. Um, they've hired of law firm that's known for union busting. Amazon has brought in a lot of people to walk through the facility and to talkto workers. And to tell them that Amazon deserves a second chance. We want to know what you're thinking. We want to do better. Something that they are not doing it any if there are other facilities and something that they clearly should have done long before they have signs up throughout the facility, discouraging them from Signing cards or speaking to union organizer's. They have created videos, telling people telling their managers how to stifle and a union activity. Regardless of what they're saying about not pressuring people. The facts are different. Many of the employees at this warehouse are black, and we're reading that union organizer's Are actually building their campaign around black lives matter. What role is race playing in this union drive. We see this campaign to be assed, much of a civil rights struggle as it is the labor struggle. It's time for these workers to be treated with respect. We see this as both a labor struggle and as the civil rights struggle, which has often been the story of the labor movement in the South. We have a proud tradition of being involved in the civil rights movement, and we see the effort at this warehouse is being a continuation of family. That's Stuart Applebaum, president of the retail host cell and department store union. Thank you so much. Thank you. Willis. Congress debates whether to issue a third round of stimulus checks to millions of Americans in need. Ah, few of you have asked over the months What should we do if we don't need the money? There's one guy in Oregon with an answer. My name is Alan Shaw Flor. I'm a news anchor and storyteller for Central Oregon. Daily News in Bend, Oregon, right about in the center of the state. A few weeks ago, Alan Shaw Flor noticed a bump in his bank account $1200 from the federal government. You know, it just didn't feel right..
"bessemer, alabama" Discussed on KLIF 570 AM
"Navy seal Eddie Gallagher was demoted one rank today after being found guilty yesterday of posing for a picture with the dead ISIS prisoner a military jury also find him and ordered him to serve four months in jail the same jury acquitted Gallagher of killing the prisoner correspondent Nick what is at the courthouse in San Diego jubilant tone after he was cleared of those six charges last night has dissipated somewhat we were told Eddie Gallagher would talk to the press after the sentencing today he didn't he and his wife walked straight past us into their car and drove off Gallagher will not be going to jail because he'd already been detained for more than four months before the trial on Twitter today president trump congratulated Gallagher on his acquittal and said glad I could help it's not clear what kind of help the president provided the twenty seven year old woman in Alabama who'd been indicted in the death of her unborn child after she was shot in the stomach during a fight will not be prosecuted Marcia Jones was five months pregnant last December when she fought with another woman outside the store and was shot the grand jury indicted her based on her alleged role in starting the fight correspondent Martin savage's in Bessemer Alabama with the prosecutor's decision what is Washington is the D. A. she says after reviewing the facts of this case the applicables state law determined that it is not in the best interest of justice to pursue prosecution of ms Jones on the manslaughter charge for which she was indicted by the grand jury president trump said today he is not allowing the census bureau to drop a controversial citizenship question from its twenty twenty census forms in a tweet today he said we are absolutely moving forward as we must because of the importance of the answer.
"bessemer, alabama" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"No prosecution of pregnant woman lying Christopher Cruz navy seal Eddie Gallagher was demoted one rank today after being found guilty yesterday of posing for a picture with the dead ISIS prisoner a military jury also find him and ordered him to serve four months in jail the same jury acquitted Gallagher of killing the prisoner correspondent Nick what is at the courthouse in San Diego jubilant tone after he was cleared of those six charges last night has dissipated some all we were told Eddie Gallagher would talk to the press after the sentencing today he didn't he and his wife walked straight past us into their car and drove off Gallagher will not be going to jail because he'd already been detained for more than four months before the trial on Twitter today president trump congratulating Gallagher on his acquittal and said glad I could help it's not clear what kind of help the president provided the twenty seven year old woman in Alabama who'd been indicted in the death of her unborn child after she was shot in the stomach during a fight will not be prosecuted Marcia Jones was five months pregnant last December when she fought with another woman outside the store and was shot the grand jury indicted her based on her alleged role in starting the fight correspondent Martin savage's in Bessemer Alabama with the prosecutor's decision what is Washington is the D. A. she says after reviewing the facts of this case the applicables state law determined that it is not in the best interest of justice to pursue prosecution of ms Jones on the manslaughter charge for which she was indicted by the grand jury president trump said today he is not allowing the census bureau to drop a controversial citizenship question from its twenty twenty census forms in a tweet today he said we are absolutely moving forward as we must because of the importance of the answer to this question the US department of health and Human Services said today it's looking for vacant properties in or near five cities as potential permanent sites to hold hundreds of unaccompanied migrant children.
"bessemer, alabama" Discussed on NewsRadio KFBK
"Bayer denying allegations around up or phosphate cause cancer. It says it's a decades of studies and regulatory evaluations as you heard the CEO they're bombing talking about these studies the regulatory evaluations, primarily real world human exposure, data have shown that the weed killer is safe for human use. Despite so many claims. So here's this guy. He's an R and B singer his name is Andre Williams was Andre Williams has died at the age of eighty two. His label Pravda records. Let's see probably records my spot. Oh, confirming the news on Facebook writing is with great sadness that we announce the passing of legendary artists Andre Williams. Touched our lives. And countless other lives as well. He is manager Ken Goodman, kerm firming that the musician died Sunday on Saint Patrick's Day in Chicago while in hospice care two weeks after he was diagnosed with colon cancer. He noted that the disease spread to Williams lungs and brain after which point is body say began to shut down rather rapidly men. He'd been reportedly battle these several other health issues pudding, seizures and strokes. He was committed though to the very end of trying to record again. Zephyr, Andrew Andre Williams. Born November first nineteen thirty six. So when you say, well, how could he be the godfather were wrap this nineteen thirty six born, by the way in Bessemer Alabama after moving to Detroit in the early fifties amount of home in the cities are be seen sign with Rb label fortune records as a teen. And here's where the rap started. And this is I guess you would say primitive rap before anyone had really thought about rap. He was doing this spoken word thing in sort of a wrap style. For the time. He front the five dollars and issued solo tracks like jail bait in bacon fat. He utilize spoken. Saw a song technique that earned him the nickname. The godfather of rats have is still jail Bailey..
"bessemer, alabama" Discussed on The Bone 102.5
"Drinking and doesn't remember anything is that is that a cop out for i wanna no way he was a part of the deal that he had to make a great man that will that he stopped drinking and that he didn't admit to any guilt at the uber driver but i think that was part of the deal i would you admit to guilt if you don't feel you're guilty you guys are saying like well he should just admit it he doesn't think he did anything you know i was i was there was a point where i bought into this was probably all fluff but when it started coming out in the last couple of weeks that hit the people who had covered for him had not been truthful then i think the cover up becomes worse than the crime we don't know any of their names do we know yeah we do ronald darby and brandon banks yeah we don't know their names though who are they one of them plays for the eagles in one of them's in prison for rape but we don't know them i don't know what you're getting is if if the four of us in the car one of us jameis winston and the rest of us are no name brands jameis winston grabs your coochie do you think that he he leaves it open to the possibility that he did do it by saying he doesn't remember everything that happened that night i think he would remember this i don't know had never been blackout drunk and what an uber i know i've never been blackout drunk good but if somebody dies and they get sent home in an uber there might be some actions that happened that you don't recall the next day okay i wouldn't just accept them because someone said i'd ask for them to prove it in the thing is expect charges in my day in court and he didn't he didn't get that luckily he never got that for him luckily well he's not you're not talking about him talking with the police right because she didn't want to press charges correct whatever the would they shut up you mean for her if you have been violated is someone has violated you you should prosecute i'll i will give you that the fact that she does if she can still do it now she should still pursue it today and you know there is there are whispers out there that if the nfl you know once they release all their findings or sounds like they have that it's not out of the question if somebody really had a hard on and wanted to still pursue charges out there they could in arizona the the only thing i have is there's no charges i can read the stories and then i'm gonna believe those is hard without charge espy let me ask you because you've been found james for a long time what do you think it is about james you think he's just a kid and he's goofy and he's he's trying to learn how to be a leader in quarterback in a man that represents not just a team but almost a city well what is it about james that that we don't know about first of all he's country he's from bessemer alabama dated a girl from alabama and when i went to meet her family they took me to the best restaurant in town and it was the hospital cafeteria and we will address this the merchants got in trouble for was riding a bicycle shooting squirrels yes i heard he shot there is like some sort of psychopaths or something he's country he's very immature and he stepped on a stage where the lights a little bit too bright and i think when he gets drunk and he's immature i think maybe he thinks he can do whatever he wanted to do that's what i would believe if i was a hater see that's the thing is i know i don't know what's really don't know what's really going on in their leon county tag on my car go nose with a tag you think that you think willie would have let this slide man you know what i mean this probably would win away quicker with willie willing to work it man nothing jameis winston didn't do anything in tallahassee as far as the people in tallahassee wants you to by anybody want exactly exactly i.
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"Blood flow i'll keep one gave herrera vii agra is banned in cycling which check on that him but really yeah let's find out speaking of him though in his excellent research abilities homophobe to sit on the but never mind what nothing i can hear you i does nothing can your heat comfortable to sit on the book i don't know but hager is banned in cycling for injury reason saa well yeah exactly exactly my point him though who deserves a round of applause this morning for a variety of reasons what i put it out there after watching hard not this is great i love this after watching hard knocks i noticed the james winstons accent resembles charles barkley's started wondering how many professional athletes are from that area and bessemer alabama has a big population of nfl players from both jackson's now is demeke orions in as well james winston but i asked which cities have the most nfl players per capita in this research study conducted by area vibes says here or your topped nfl players per capita produced by city of cities of ten thousand residents are more youngstown ohio number one 10 nfl players per ten thousand residents canton ohio perhaps appropriately about number two seven and a half pittsburgh pennsylvania three it's six and a half birmingham alabama number four miami florida number five north amazing here you're got out of the top ten its pensacola saintleu new orleans cincinnati and cleveland so four of the top ten are in ohio four of the top ten youngstown number one can't number two cincinnati number nine and cleveland number ten again this numbers are measured by players per ten thousand residents you know what i'm thinking this is skewed by can we get this like post nineteen seventy nfl house i hear your ohio pride and i'm wondered wears on you all of a.
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"Either talking with thank you so much uh let's see here vicky in bessemer alabama hey vicky what's on your mind that are net neutrality i thank you so much my i turn and our our our faith that you're talking about malcolm okay mm hmm and that reminds me i was watching operate at washington charlotte a common program from a year per day and a republican collor lift complaining about a california democrat and i ever really uh very a bashing a person with their cake in college of the program but at any rate on the notion that term white supremacy that use now and i just want to say that on that crawl uh not me to thinking about uh the woman hundred with making the call she would she really at the term for paint and and i and i think having content in the pratt or something but but after back problems over i got to thinking about how she she could try could imagine but she went for for instant the negative of mexico to are incorporated in our society being paid and antiapartheid off and out of the country in at night and how he could not imagine.