Paul Davidson and Nathan Bomey USA TODAY Published 10:42 p.m. UTC Jun 27, 2018 A landmark Supreme Court decision Wednesday could deal a financial blow to public-sector unions and public pensions, hobbling a last remaining bastion for the worker organizations in the U.S. But a counteroffensive by the groups could bolster them. In a 5-4 decision, the high court ruled that unions can’t collect fees from nonmembers to defray the costs of collective bargaining. Twenty-two states – including populous ones such as California, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania – have allowed unions to assess the fees on nonunion members, who benefit from collective-bargaining agreements anyway. About 5 million workers in those states could be affected. The other 28 states are right-to-work states where the fees can’t be collected or they’re states that don’t permit collective bargaining anyway. More Money: Miss them? Taco Bell's … [Read more...] about Supreme Court rules against unions: How labor decision will affect union pay, benefits
The ash cloud caused by the Saddleworth Moor fire is so big it’s affecting local weather, experts have said. The heatwave continued on Wednesday with blazing sunshine and temperatures of 31 degrees in parts of Greater Manchester. But in Oldham it didn’t get higher than 26 degrees - and in areas immediately under the haze it barely crept above 23C. Meteorologists say this is down to the thick smoke blocking out the sun, which has burned a spectacular red during the evening in recent days. Local weather expert Jon Bayliss, who tweets as @chadweather from Chadderton, told the M.E.N: “The UV here this morning was seven but the haze/smoke arrived and capped the temperature at 23C and dropped the UV to between 2 and 3. “It’s cleared a bit now so temps up to 25C and UV levels have risen. Other areas without the haze have touched 28-29C.” Alex Burkill, from the Met Office, agreed the smoke could be affecting weather. “The fire has been big enough that … [Read more...] about The Saddleworth fire ash cloud is so big it’s affecting the weather
The Love Island villa turns on Wes Nelson and Megan Barton Hanson tonight after they make their relationship very public. The newly formed couple shamelessly spend their first night together outside in the same bed. Wes and Laura brazenly walk through the bedroom passed gutted Laura Anderson and their stunned fellow Islanders. The loved-up pair sleep outside together, much to Laura's disgust, then continue their bold displays of affection the next morning. But it's too much for Jack Fincham, who is furious when he spots an intimate moment between the pair. Read More Love Island latest Jack turns on his best mate and even accuses him of lying during the previous recouplings. Speaking in the Beach Hut, he says: "I’ve walked out there to make the tea, and I didn’t expect that. Staring out into the sunrise, back tickling. "You just don’t do it like that. At least wait a couple of days. Wait a day, at least. If you’re that eager to get her on the day bed and … [Read more...] about Love Island villa turns on Wes and Megan after shocking display of affection
KNOWING the right time to buy your holiday euros can be tricky as the exchange rate goes up and down. Here's our guide to the current state of the market, and how to get the best price when you swap your cash. What is today's pound to euro exchange rate? This afternoon a pound was being traded for 1.134 euros, down around a tenth of a cent from yesterday. It means one euro is worth approximately 88p. The rate has remained relatively stable for the past two months following a more volatile period earlier in 2018. Sterling had dipped below 1.12 euros on March 7 and it reached almost 1.16 on April 17. Analysts said the market was static thanks to a range of factors including uncertainty over Brexit. News of Britain's stalling housing market was thought likely to hit the pound. But that was balanced by rumours of political divisions in Europe which are said to make it more likely the UK will get a bespoke trade deal. Last August the rate briefly plunged under 1.08 euros, the lowest for … [Read more...] about Pound to euro exchange rate – what’s today’s rate, where’s the best place to buy currency and what affects the price?
Photo: Internet KUNMING, 27 June (BelTA - Xinhua) - Heavy downpours since Saturday and ensuing floods have affected some 185,000 people in southwest China's Yunnan Province, local authorities said Wednesday.As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, heavy rain and floods had affected around 185,000 people from eight prefectures and cities across the province. One person was confirmed dead and three others are missing. The downpours also forced the evacuation of 1,087 people, according to the provincial civil affairs bureau.Floods damaged more than 7,600 hectares of crops and around 900 houses. The bureau warned local authorities and residents to take precautions against the floods.More about Society … [Read more...] about 185,000 people affected by heavy rain in China’s Yunnan