Striking Oil Workers Say They’re Fighting Deadly Working Conditions

MARTINEZ, CALIFORNIA—During the nearly four decades he’s worked at the Golden Eagle refinery here, Howard Jones has seen four changes in the facility’s ownership and three major workplace accidents. What Jones, a mechanical designer in the plant’s engineering department, wasn’t expecting to see was another day when workers at the plant would walk off the job en masse.

“I was hoping I’d be retired before we had to do that again,” says Jones, who took part in the 1980 strike that shut down oil refineries across the country. Last week, Jones and nearly 3,800 members of the United Steelworkers (USW) once again walked off the job in the first nationwide strike at refineries in more than 30 years.
Sign the petition: University of Oregon: Graduate employees deserve paid sick leave

I just signed a petition to Scott Coltrane, UO Interim President and Chuck Lillis, Chair of the UO Board of Trustees: Graduate employees at the University of Oregon are an essential part of the school community. Paid medical and parental leave is a basic right that all workers deserve, including graduate employees. I stand with the graduate employees and ask you to support their call for paid sick days and parental leave.

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Erdbeben der Stärke 6,5 im südlichen Guatemala

Das südwestliche Guatemala ist von einem Erdbeben der Stärke 6,5 erschüttert worden. Wie die US-Erdbebenwarte USGS mitteilte, lag das Zentrum des Bebens sechs Kilometer von der Stadt Pajapita entfernt in einer Tiefe von knapp 68 Kilometern und ereignete…

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VR Could Help iPhone’s Lagging Sales

Tim Cook is turning out to be one of the more personable CEOs in tech. While Steve Jobs would have cryptically mumbled a dada fueled diatribe on his thoughts on VR, Cook thinks “It’s really cool and has some interesting applications.” 

That’s what the chief executive of Apple told an analyst recently, as reported by The Guardian:

Asked by one analyst whether virtual reality is “more of a geeky niche or something that could go mainstream”, Cook plumped for the latter scenario. “No, I don’t think it’s a niche,” he said. “It’s really cool and has some interesting applications.”

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