As apprentice curmudgeons, we’re delighted the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has upheld our right to practice advanced curmudgeonry. Haven’t heard?
The NLRB, the government agency charged with investigating and addressing unfair labor practices, ruled that requiring workers to have a positive attitude is unacceptable. NLRB says such a recommendation could have a chilling effect on employee’s ability to organize a union. The ruling comes from a complaint filed against T-Mobile, which “expects all employees to behave in a professional manner that promotes efficiency, productivity, and cooperation. Employees are expected to maintain a positive work environment by communicating in a manner that is conducive to effective working relationships.” The clause was brought before the board by the Communications Workers of America union, which represents T-Mobile technicians, customer-service representatives and retail workers. CWA has been trying to unionize T-Mobile for more than a decade, with limited success.
Lone Star Pride
Texas is “like a whole other country,” and some folks in the Lone Star State are willing to pay big bucks to prove it.
For instance, someone (a Texan, we presume) paid $5,250 in an online auction for the Texas license plate with the number 1836, the year Texas independence was established. Texas conducted its’ first-ever license plate number auction where 18 plate numbers were sold for a total of $23,900. My Plates is the official vendor for specialty plates in Texas and the plates are offered for a 5-year-term.
Police Pursue Steer
Arlington, Texas, police were involved in a slow-speed chase with a steer, which drew a crowd of news reporters who followed and recorded the event.
The whole ordeal lasted four hours. Police said the bull wasn’t aggressive, and officers were able to warn traffic and pedestrians as he roamed the streets.
Tyson Profits Beef Up
Tyson Foods Inc., the biggest U.S. meat processor, raised its earnings forecast for the year citing healthy supply of cattle and hogs, and reported record high quarterly margins helped by lower feed and livestock costs. Tyson expects good cattle supply through the summer and into 2017 for its beef business, Chief Executive Donnie Smith said on a conference call. Livestock costs are falling as U.S. farmers build up their cattle herds, which hit a 63-year low in 2014 because of a drought.