Good morning. Dreading going back to work after the long weekend? You can still join the bull who’s on the lam after jumping a 7-foot-fence to evade a livestock auction, and make your own heroic escape.
“I always give 100% at work: 13% Monday, 22% Tuesday, 26% Wednesday, 35% Thursday, 4% Friday.” – Unknown
Unions in the US
According to a Gallup pollreleased last week, 64 percent of Americans approve of labor unions – a five-year high, and the third highest approval rating since 1970.
At the same time, the U.S. Department of Laborreported this year that union membership was 10.5 percent in 2018, a record low. Membership has been on asteady declinesince 1983, the first year that comparable data was recorded, when20.1 percentof workers were union members.
What could this mean moving forward? In the run up to the 2020 election, presidential candidates have made campaign stops to support strikingfast foodandconvenience storeworkers, and many have unveiled plans to increase union membership and support labor. Here are a few of those plans:
-Joe Biden wouldincreaseminimum wage to $15 per hour and expand collective bargaining rights.
-Pete Buttigieg plans toensure union rights for gig economy workers, increase minimum wage, and double union membership.
-Bernie Sanders’planwould also double union membership, and would prevent corporations from requiring workers to attend anti-union meetings and make it easier for workers to form unions.
-Elizabeth Warrenwouldensure all workers received benefits, that it was easier and faster to join unions and to use strategies like boycotts during labor disputes.
So what are people saying?
On Labor Day, remember labor unions’ fight for worker rights
Thousands of students in Hong Kong boycotted classes on Monday as part of the ongoing pro-democracy protests in the city. This comes after the Friday arrests of high-profile activist leaders and an increase in violent clashes between protesters and police over the weekend.
Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih is stepping down as chairman of oil giant Saudi Aramco, and will be replaced by Yasir al-Rumayyan, head of the Saudi Public Investment Fund. This is seen as a move to separate the Saudi energy ministry from the operation of the company as it prepares for an IPO.
American Airlines will remove the Boeing 737 MAX jet from its flight schedules until early December, a month later than originally planned. United and Southwest have also announced extended 737 MAX flight cancellations, though American Airlines expects to cancel ~140 flights each day in November as a result of the move.
E-cigarette company Juul has raised an additional ~$460 million on top of the $325 million it secured earlier this month. The company has raised $13.9 billion to date, with this round intended to “bolster the company’s balance sheet as it continues to grow worldwide” amidst increasing US regulatory scrutiny.
US tariffs of 15% on $112 billion of Chinese goods went into effect Sunday, as did Chinese tariffs of 5-10% on major US exports like crude oil and soybeans. The US market was closed yesterday, but stock futures fell slightly in anticipation of their effects.
Doug Lindsay was 21 years old when he first noticed signs he was developing his family’s mysterious illness – one that had puzzled doctors for generations. The illness confined him to a hospital bed for twenty-two hours each day, without enough stamina to walk more than 50 feet at a time… and still, no one could diagnose what was wrong.
Doug couldn’t attend college classes anymore, but he could read medical textbooks and research studies. After seven years of intense reading he discovered what was ailing him: an adrenal disease with only 32 cases ever documented, and no record of any attempt to cure it.
Undeterred, Doug devised a groundbreaking surgery himself and found a team of medical professionals willing to risk their licenses to perform his invented procedure. And it worked. An additional surgery freed him from his illness entirely, and he now works as a medical consultant on rare diseases, traveling the world, giving speeches, and never tiring.
At age 18, nightclub promoter Scott Harrison was living the life in New York City. Promoting nightclubs for a living essentially meant he got paid to party, but after 10 years he realized his “”dream job”” left him empty and unfulfilled. He quit the nightclub scene and began applying to work at humanitarian organizations.
After numerous rejections, he finally landed a gig as a photographer documenting a team of medical professionals in Liberia. The group performed lifesaving (and life-changing) surgeries for thousands of Liberians, with many of their illnesses originating from a single source… dirty water. With that realization, Scott found his true calling: to provide developing nations with clean water.
Upon returning to New York, he founded charity: water to accomplish this mission. Twelve years later, charity: water has raised more than $388 million and funded more than 38,000 water projects in 27 countries, providing over 6 million people with clean water. Now that’s something to promote.
Quite an elevated experience… the Pope was late for his Sunday address this week after getting stuck in an elevator.
Category 4-5 Hurricane Dorian has landed in the Bahamas, and continues to make its way toward the US. Here is a status update on the hurricane and here are some pictures inside the eye of the storm.
I feel the need… the need for speed. Watch the Bugatti Chiron as it breaks the 300 mph barrier, reaching a top speed of 304.77 mph.
The clothing of the future… Purdue University researchers have created a waterproof, breathable, anti-bacterial, and self-powered fabric that allows you to control your electronic devices like a “wearable remote control.”