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Aug 28, 2015

Unions set sights on e-commerce and manufacturing firms after NLRB ruling

By Nathan Layne and Mica Rosenberg

(Reuters) – U.S. union leaders said on Friday that a landmark U.S. labor board ruling on companies’ obligations toward contract and franchise workers would help them organize manufacturers and e-commerce companies as well as fast food chains.

On Thursday the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled the owner of a California recycling plant was a “joint employer” with the contractor that hired workers at the plant, essentially forcing both to bargain with the union together or risk violating U.S. labor law.

Aug 28, 2015

Big labor sees organizing boon for autos, warehouses, more from U.S. ruling

Aug 28 (Reuters) – U.S. union leaders said on Friday that a
landmark U.S. labor board ruling on companies’ obligations
toward contract and franchise workers would help them organize
manufacturers and e-commerce companies as well as fast food
chains.

On Thursday the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled
the owner of a California recycling plant was a “joint employer”
with the contractor that hired workers at the plant, essentially
forcing both to bargain with the union together.

Aug 21, 2015

Swiss probe into FIFA runs into obstacles-sources

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Swiss criminal investigation
into corruption at the world soccer body FIFA has hit some
roadblocks, according to U.S. and European sources familiar with
the matter.

Barriers to progress include reduced levels of collaboration
with U.S. authorities. who are conducting a parallel probe that
is much more advanced, and an increasing acknowledgment by
prosecutors in Bern that their powers under Swiss law are
constrained in this kind of case, these people said.

Aug 18, 2015

Exclusive – U.S. graft probes may cost Petrobras record $1.6 billion or more

RIO DE JANEIRO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Brazil’s Petrobras may need to pay record penalties of $1.6 billion (£1 billion) or more to settle U.S. criminal and civil probes into its role in a corruption scandal, a person recently briefed by the company’s legal advisors told Reuters.

State-run Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as the company is formally known, expects to face the largest penalties ever levied by U.S. authorities in a corporate corruption investigation, according to the person, who has direct knowledge of the company’s thinking. The settlement process could take two to three years, this person said.

Aug 18, 2015

Exclusive: U.S. graft probes may cost Petrobras record 1 billion pounds or more – source

RIO DE JANEIRO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Brazil’s Petrobras may need to pay record penalties of $1.6 billion or more to settle U.S. criminal and civil probes into its role in a corruption scandal, a person recently briefed by the company’s legal advisors told Reuters.

State-run Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as the company is formally known, expects to face the largest penalties ever levied by U.S. authorities in a corporate corruption investigation, according to the person, who has direct knowledge of the company’s thinking. The settlement process could take two-to-three years, this person said.

Aug 18, 2015

Exclusive: U.S. graft probes may cost Petrobras record $1.6 billion or more – source

RIO DE JANEIRO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Brazil’s Petrobras may need to pay record penalties of $1.6 billion or more to settle U.S. criminal and civil probes into its role in a corruption scandal, a person recently briefed by the company’s legal advisors told Reuters.

State-run Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as the company is formally known, expects to face the largest penalties ever levied by U.S. authorities in a corporate corruption investigation, according to the person, who has direct knowledge of the company’s thinking. The settlement process could take two-to-three years, this person said.

Aug 18, 2015

U.S. graft probes may cost Petrobras record $1.6 bln or more – source

RIO DE JANEIRO/NEW YORK, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Brazil’s
Petrobras may need to pay record penalties of $1.6 billion or
more to settle U.S. criminal and civil probes into its role in a
corruption scandal, a person recently briefed by the company’s
legal advisors told Reuters.

State-run Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as the company
is formally known, expects to face the largest penalties ever
levied by U.S. authorities in a corporate corruption
investigation, according to the person, who has direct knowledge
of the company’s thinking. The settlement process could take
two-to-three years, this person said.

Aug 17, 2015

U.S. labor board dismisses Northwestern football players’ union bid

By Daniel Wiessner and Mica Rosenberg

(Reuters) – The U.S. National Labor Relations Board said on
Monday it dismissed a case brought by football players at
Northwestern University seeking to unionize, saying it did not
have jurisdiction to rule in the case.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
currently prohibits players from earning income beyond their
academic scholarships and nominal stipends that cover the cost
of college attendance.

Aug 10, 2015

DirecTV says investment in affiliate may be hurt by FIFA scandal

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Satellite-TV company DirecTV has said a
$147 million investment in an affiliate that holds broadcast
rights to soccer tournaments could be hurt by investigations
into bribery allegations that are roiling the sport’s global
governing body, FIFA.

DirecTV has a stake in the Argentine firm Torneos y
Competencias SA, which is accused by U.S. prosecutors of
participating in schemes to pay off high-ranking soccer
officials in exchange for broadcast and marketing rights to
soccer tournaments.

Aug 3, 2015

Donald Trump’s companies have sought visas to import at least 1,100 workers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Donald Trump is staking his run for
U.S. president in part on a vow to protect American jobs. But
this month, one of his companies, the elite Mar-a-Lago Club
resort in Florida, applied to import 70 foreign workers to serve
as cooks, wait staff and cleaners.

A Reuters analysis of U.S. government data reveals that this
is business as usual in the New York property magnate’s empire.

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      "I cover commodities and general news in Mexico and Central America and as part of the team in Latin America reported on the outbreak of swine flu, a coup in Honduras and the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. Before Mexico, I was based in Guatemala for two years."
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