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Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 11:11 AM
— No union can attempt to schedule a representation election at Fuyao Glass America for at least a year, based on federal law and a jurisdictional agreement overseen by the AFL-CIO, according to the Moraine-based president of the IUE-CWA.
Jim Clark, president of the IUE-CWA, spoke to this news outlet Friday, hours after Fuyao workers resoundingly voted against joining the United Auto Workers.
The vote margin against the UAW was essentially two to one. After a day and a half of voting, the final tally was 886 to 441, according to the National Labor Relations Board, which oversaw the election.
Clark said representatives of his union had started to make inroads into the Moraine plant when UAW supporters showed up in 2016, handling out leaflets.
“We were there already,” Clark said. “We had a presence there when the UAW went to the AFL-CIO and they filed an article 21, asking for exclusive jurisdiction over the plant.”
Historically, the IUE-CWA has long had a presence at the West Stroop Road plant, representing thousands of workers there when it was a General Motors assembly operation.
Clark said the UAW asked the AFL-CIO for three years to exclusively try to organize the Fuyao plant.
The AFL-CIO — a federation of unions of which both the UAW and the IUE-CWA are a part — gave the UAW just one year, Clark said.
And that year expired this week, he added. Meaning, according to federal law, no union representation election can be held at the Fuyao plant until next November at the earliest, he said.
“They turned the clock off,” Clark said of the UAW. “It definitely limits the people.”
Asked if the IUE-CWA will try to organize Fuyao, Clark said he and his fellow union leaders will assess the situation.
While workers clearly rejected the UAW, he thinks the vote didn’t necessarily reject all unions. And many Fuyao workers are former IUE members, he said.
He said the IUE wants two things at Fuyao: A profitable company and a good relationship with workers.
“I think the IUE could be a partner to get there,” he said. “Everything could happen.”
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 7:13 AM
Kroger is changing how customers will shop in stores with new digital aisle displays that connect and interact with smartphones.
The Cincinnati-based grocery retailer is rolling out new technology called Kroger Edge in nearly 200 stores in 2018. The technology will be installed on store shelves where paper price tags currently hang, Kroger told Business Insider. The new aisle displays project pricing, nutritional information, video ads and coupons. The company is also working on creating an app that will enable customers to communicate with the Edge system with their smartphones.
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The Kroger Co. is collaborating with Edgewater Wireless Systems Inc. to enhance its in-store infrastructure with the wifi platform powered by Edgewater’s WiFi3 technology. The next generation wireless platform will give Kroger customers “top wifi performance on their personal smart devices to enhance their shopping experiences,” the company said.
“We are focused on in-house innovation and partnering with global industry leaders like Edgewater Wireless to build the best technology infrastructure that will help us to deliver next generation shopping experiences to our customers and associates,” said Chris Hjelm, Kroger’s chief information officer.
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Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 10:47 AM
A sedan built by workers in Marysville was named the 2018 Car of the Year, the third year in a row a Honda model has received the award.
The 2018 Honda Accord, which began rolling off the assembly line in Marysville last year, beat out the Kia Stinger and Toyota Camry to claim the honor.
The Japanese automaker invested about $220 million in the Marysville facility as part of its redesign of the Accord, the company’s flagship sedan. About 1,400 workers from Clark and Champaign counties work for the manufacturer, and it employs about 14,500 Ohioans overall.
“We’re especially proud for the production associates in Ohio where Accord has been built to the highest quality standards for over 35 years,” said Henio Arcangeli Jr., senior vice president of the Automobile Division and general manager of Honda Sales in a news release.
Last year Honda’s Ridgeline won in the truck category in the car and truck awards. Honda’s Civic model won the car of the year honor in 2016.
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Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 3:06 AM
— Be sure to check your freezer because there’s a new recall on frozen biscuits that were sold in nearly two dozen states.
Hom/Ade Foods is recalling Mary B’s brand biscuits due to listeria concerns. The biscuits were sold in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
Company officials said the problem was discovered in a product sampling conducted by an outside company that manufactured the product.
Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.
The Mary B’s products affected are frozen bagged biscuits. All have “Best If Used By" dates before Sept. 23, 2018, and with the letter “M” immediately after the date.
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Customers are urged to return affected products to the store for a full refund.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 4:52 PM
— No one expects to navigate the work world without the occasional argument. And it's nice to "win" when you're in the right.
But what really matters more than besting your manager or co-workers in an argument is how you handle the conflicts that are an inevitable part of work, according to a Forbes piece co-written by Travis Bradberry and Joseph Grenny.
"A persistent finding in both of our research is that your ability to handle moments of conflict has a massive impact on your success," they said. "How you handle conflict determines the amount of trust, respect and connection you have with your colleagues."
Psychologist Susan Krauss Whitbourne gave tips for winning arguments in any setting in Psychology Today, borrowing ideas from Israeli psychologist Eran Halperin about political conflict and interpreting them on a personal, rather than global, level.
"In an argument, your appraisal that you're losing, your belief that you need to be 'right' and the extent to which you like the other person can all have an impact on the emotions you experience," she wrote. "Your emotions can also get aroused by the desire to gain the respect of onlookers - no one enjoys being made to look ignorant in front of others, and when you feel that you're being made the fool, your outrage only increases."
Anger pretty much kills your ability to win an argument in any sense of the word "win," Whitbourne said. Instead of building to an outraged furor, she recommended six key, argument-winning tools:
Know your facts
Whitbourne reminded people of all the times they made a claim about a bit of trivia, quickly realized they were wrong, and then stuck to their guns anyhow. "This is not an ideal way to win (or enter) an argument." Stop and think before you make a blooper and you'll be less likely to lose an argument, whether it's trivial or actually important to your career.
Prepare to acknowledge the other person's point of view
You don't have to agree with your foe, but if you want to win the argument, "you do need to be able to see the world the way your opponent does. Stepping into the mental set of those you argue with allows you to figure out what's influencing them. Perhaps they're feeling threatened, anxious, or annoyed. Perhaps they know something that you don't. In any case, showing empathy will lower the temperature of the debate."
Try to be, or at least seem, open-minded
"Becoming defensive is one of the worst ways to win an argument. Don't let your opponent sense that you're digging into your position without being willing to consider alternatives. And if you let your opponent speak, he might come to your side without your having to do anything other than listen."
Keep your emotions in check
Halperin's research revealed how important emotions are in determining your ability to appraise situations. "If you lose your temper, you'll only antagonize your opponent, which will further heighten his or her wrath, and the process can only escalate upwards," Whitbourne explained. Worried that you'll seem weak if you suddenly become calm in the middle of the argument? Don't worry. You'll gain points by showing self-control.
Stay hopeful that the argument can be resolved
Arguments can stir up negative emotions. If you're in the midst of a screaming fest, it's tough to envision a resolution where you still have your dignity intact. But strive to stay optimistic. "Invoking the feeling of hope allows you to think more clearly, leading to the possibility that you'll win by sheer force of logic." If you believe there's a way out, you're more likely to find one. "This is what happens in ordinary problem-solving, when thinking outside of the box can help all sides come up with a solution. Such an 'aha' moment in an argument can lead you straight to victory."
Respect your opponent
You may not emerge as the clear victor in an argument, or you may get your way but make your business relationship worse. It's important not to insult or degrade your opponent during the conflict. "Even if the individual is someone you'll never see again, it's still important to show that you meant 'nothing personal' in the dispute."