And the first Christmas shoe of the 2015 holiday season has dropped… Staples has announced will not be open on Thanksgiving Day. This whole phenomenon of retailers opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day so shoppers could beat the Black Friday crowds is all relatively new. But it appears Staples’ announcement may confirm something we already kinda figured out: Shopping in stores on Thanksgiving Day is for the birds. “We want our customers and associates to enjoy Thanksgiving their own way,” said Demos Parneros, president, North American stores and online, Staples, in a press release. “On Thanksgiving Day, customers can shop from home on Staples.com and then continue their shopping in stores starting at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.”
United Parcel Service (UPS) workers have given their union the go-ahead to call a strike in what would be their first walkout — and one of America’s most far-reaching picket lines — in decades. The vote gives union negotiators more sway in contract talks with the shipping giant.
The tally released by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Tuesday night had 93 percent of UPS members endorsing the authorization and 91 percent of UPS freight employees backing the measure. A national pact with the union covers about 260,000 UPS workers, and the current contract expires July 31.
“UPS is confident in our ability to reach an agreement,” a company spokesperson responded in an email. “Strike authorization votes do not mean a strike is imminent. The reality is that UPS and the Teamsters have already reached tentative agreements, subject to ratification, on a wide variety of non-economic issues.”
The bargaining issues involve pay and work schedules, including expanded service during weekends. UPS started making regular Saturday deliveries last year, and while it has not yet unveiled plans for Sunday deliveries, the union said the company has made proposals to expand weekend services.
more at source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/teamsters-ups-strike-authorization-vote-new-contract-july-31-deadline-2018-0607/