Amazon Resistant to Changes that Could Blunt New Union’s Impact

If the Staten Island union organizing efforts prove contagious, Amazon would start looking more like Starbucks, where more locations are voting to unionize every week. Amazon’s fight with its new union promises to be nothing less than a bitter, messy, drawn-out battle that could help determine the future of American work.

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City May Weaken Living Wage Policy

San Jose may weaken an ordinance that guarantees a living wage to anyone working for a private tenant of a city-owned property. The 16-year-old living wage policy requires commercial and other private tenants on city leases to pay above the minimum wage, at least $15.78 an hour with benefits or $17.03 without. Other items on Tuesday’s City Council agenda include changes to the city’s cardroom ordinance, an audit of employee travel expenses and a six-figure contract for new art and light displays.

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Police on Alert for Hells Angels Funeral

San Jose police will commit more security this weekend to the funeral of a Hells Angels member who was shot dead two weeks prior in the same cemetery he is set to be buried. Reports now suggest that the slew of violence that has left two Hells Angels members dead and one evading the law stems from a violent squabble in January 2010 between the Vagos motorcycle club and Hells Angels at a downtown Santa Cruz Starbucks.

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