Starbucks fending off growing unionization effort at its stores

Just a few weeks after ballots were mailed for a rare unionization vote at three Starbucks locations in Buffalo, New York, the coffee chain is fending off a growing movement.

In late October, three Starbucks stores, located on Elmwood Avenue in Elmwood Village, Genesee Street in Cheektowaga and Camp Road in Hamburg, received approval from the National Labor Relations Board to hold three separate votes for approximately 111 workers to decide whether they want to be represented by Workers United, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union.

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George Clooney explains why he turned down $35M payday for ‘one day’s work’ on airline ad

George Clooney has no problem saying no.

The 60-year-old actor is known as one of Hollywood’s most famous and bankable stars and after years of making millions, he’s comfortable with the fortune he’s amassed.

Clooney recently spoke with The Guardian about his upcoming directorial feature “The Tender Bar” and was asked whether he is satisfied with the money he’s earned.

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Buy now, pay later is the new layaway: What are the pros and cons?

When Walmart announced it was ending its layaway program for the majority of its store categories in favor of a buy now, pay later format, social media users expressed their confusion and sadness with nostalgic tweets.

Retail experts and financial lending providers aren’t surprised by the shift. In fact, some are even saying that buy now, pay later is the new layaway.

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New international travel testing rules: What to know

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced this week that its international travel requirements have changed.

Beginning on Monday, Dec. 6, all air passengers two years and older – regardless of vaccination status or citizenship – will have to show a negative COVID-19 viral test taken no more than one day before travel to the U.S.

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Disney-owned Hulu pulls Astroworld documentary following backlash

Hulu pulled an Astroworld documentary from the streaming platform after it received backlash on social media.

“Astroworld: Concert from Hell” was marked as season one, episode one and didn’t feature any indication of how it had been produced. However, Hulu claimed it was not produced by the streaming service.

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Cruise ship with COVID-19 infections arrives in New Orleans

A Norwegian Cruise Line ship with at least 10 passengers and crew members infected with COVID-19 docked Sunday in New Orleans, where health officials said they were trying to disembark people without worsening the spread of the coronavirus illness.

Local news outlets in New Orleans confirmed the Norwegian Breakaway had arrived in the city. The ship departed New Orleans on Nov. 28. The Louisiana Department of Health said in a late Saturday news release that over the past week, the ship made stops in Belize, Honduras and Mexico.

Norwegian Cruise Line issued a statement that confirmed a “handful of COVID-19 cases among guests and crew.” The company said all the identified cases involved people without symptoms of the illness.

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Reese’s launches fantasy university for Peanut Butter Cup lovers

The Hershey Company has found a new way to interact with its Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup fan base.

The American chocolate company’s marketing team has begun an interactive online campaign for a fictional Reese’s University, which has a branded website, Instagram page and a TikTok page that appears to be a work in progress.

In a press release issued on Wednesday, the 127-year-old chocolate manufacturer shared quotes from fantasy university staff, details about the university’s application process and 99.9% acceptance rate, confection-based curriculum, and athletics program.

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