John Gallagher Detroit Free Press Published 5:14 PM EDT Sep 19, 2019 Searches for the phrase “What is a picket line” are up 600% on Google over the past day. That's an indication that picket lines — once a common tactic in labor union conflicts like the current UAW strike against General Motors — have grown relatively rare in American life. The term itself comes from the French word piquet, meaning a stake or pole stuck in the ground, either to hold up a tent or fence or to mark a line. Since union members on strike and carrying protest signs walk in a line around a factory to discourage others from entering, the resemblance to posts or stakes led to the term "picket line." Union picket lines used to be a lot more common. In 1952, the United States had 470 major strikes. That was when unions were more powerful especially in the industrial sector. There were only 20 major strikes in 2018, according to statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor … [Read more...] about ‘What is a picket line?’ Answers to questions about GM strike
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By Laylan Connelly | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: September 9, 2019 at 8:23 pm | UPDATED: September 9, 2019 at 8:23 pm A red tide is causing the ocean to turn a rusty red in Manhattan Beach for the past few days, last seen north of the pier on Sept. 9, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Wayne Powell) A red tide is causing the ocean to turn a rusty red in Manhattan Beach for the past few days, last seen north of the pier on Sept. 9, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Wayne Powell) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsA red tide is causing the ocean to turn a rusty red in Manhattan Beach for the past few days, last seen north of the pier on Sept. 9, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Wayne Powell) Show Caption of Expand The blue ocean has turned a rusty red in Manhattan Beach — but what is causing this change in color? The red tide, as it’s called, is from an algal bloom, according to Valerie Hill, administrative and development director at the Roundhouse Aquarium off the … [Read more...] about What is turning the ocean red in Manhattan Beach?
Johnson is now expected to call Wednesday for a snap election, dissolving Parliament just as its summer break ends. Here’s what you need to know after another day of political turmoil in Britain. What is the showdown about? Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union on Oct. 31, and Johnson has vowed that it will happen on time, with or without a deal. But opposition parties and a significant number of rebels in his Conservative Party are adamantly opposed to a no-deal Brexit, which they say would be chaotic and economically damaging in the short and long term. Seeking to tie Parliament’s hands, Johnson said last week that he had asked the queen to prorogue, or suspend, Parliament later this month, cutting short the already tight time frame for lawmakers to come up with a way to prevent Britain from crashing out of the European Union with no agreement in place. The move left lawmakers scrambling for a way to weigh in on the most momentous decision the … [Read more...] about Brexit confusion: What is going on in Great Britain?
"It's not safe for us to be on the same planes as royals, you absolute muppets," radio presenter Jameela Jamil tweeted in defence of her pals, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have faced mounting criticism over their use of private jets this summer. It’s a statement entirely contradicted by the fact than in the very same week, the prince’s older brother, the Duke of Cambridge (heir to the throne, no less) travelled with his wife and children between Scotland and Norwich on a commercial plane with budget carrier Flybe; and that Harry and Meghan, too, have flown commercial in the past. So what is protocol when it comes to royal travel? How often do they use private jets, who picks up the bill, and how big is their carbon footprint? We’ve sorted fact from fiction. To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per … [Read more...] about What is the protocol for royal travel, and who picks up the tab?
If aviation were a country, it would be among the world's top 10 carbon emitters; with the number of flights taken globally reaching a record high in 2017, carrying a total of 4.1 billion passengers. With climate concerns at the top of the news agenda – thanks, in part, to activists such as Greta Thunberg – tourists are increasingly concerned about how their travel affects the planet. Here we look at how the aviation industry, and travellers themselves, have been seeking to offset their carbon footprint – and how effective these efforts really are. What is carbon offsetting? Airlines, most of which have adopted industry targets to reduce net emissions, can seek to “offset” their carbon - collectively,... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium … [Read more...] about What is carbon offsetting – and does it actually work?