March hiring continues, markets rise

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon workers in Staten Island, New York, voted to unionize on Friday, marking the first successful US organizing effort in the retail giant’s history. Warehouse workers cast 2,654 votes in favor of a union, giving the fledgling Amazon Labor Union enough support to pull off a victory. According to the National Labor Relations Board, which is overseeing the process, 2,131 workers rejected the union bid. The 67 ballots that were challenged by either Amazon or the ALU were not enough to sway the outcome. The victory was an uphill battle for the ALU, made up of former and current workers who lacked official backing from an established union and were out-gunned by the deep-pocketed retail giant.

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Journalists impeded, not muzzled, by Russian reporting rules

NEW YORK (AP) – New restrictions placed on journalists in Russia have impeded but not muzzled reporting about the country and its war in Ukraine. A law enacted on March 4 that criminalizes the reporting of so-called “false information,” and carries punishment of up to 15 years in prison, says journalists cannot call the Russian invasion of Ukraine a “war.” Some news organizations have pulled their journalists from Russia, and many aren’t saying what they’re doing for safety reasons. But the tools of the modern reporting trade – social media, the Internet, mobile phones – have enabled many news organizations to keep a close eye on what is going on in Russia.

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