The Daily Populous

Tuesday September 13rd, 2022 day edition

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NEW YORK, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Starbucks announced new student loan repayment tools and a savings account program for all U.S. employees who are not union members, the company said on Monday, amid a growing union drive and soaring demand for coffee.

The move comes ahead of the chain's annual Investor Day on Tuesday, when Wall Street expects it to lay out next year's growth prospects.

Boosting benefits to non-unionized workers while saying that unionized cafes must first bargain for those same benefits may be slowing the pace of union organizing.

The company has lifted hourly U.S. pay for non-unionized cafe workers to an average of nearly $17 as of Aug. 1.

Last month the National Labor Relations Board accused Starbucks of illegally withholding raises from unionized workers.

Workers at more than 230 of Starbucks' roughly 9,000 company-owned U.S. locations have voted to unionize, while at least 48 have voted against.

"They have plenty of liquidity to do that without hampering the dividend," said Edward Jones analyst Brian Yarbrough. »

‘This is the future’: rural Virginia pivots from coal to green jobs

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“Around here it’s always been coal, coal, coal, we didn’t hear much about green energy,” said Taylor, who comes from a long line of miners.

This is the future,” said chief electrician Jimmy Rogers, 49, whose family worked on the coal trains in Tennessee.

In Virginia, coal production has declined by 70% since its peak in 1990, and much of what’s left is semi-automated. »

Ubisoft clears up confusion over listing which claimed Assassin's Creed Mirage had "real gambling"

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"Following the announcement of Assassin's Creed Mirage during Ubisoft Forward, some store pages mistakenly displayed the game for preorders with an Adults Only ESRB rating," a Ubisoft spokesperson told Eurogamer.

"While Assassin's Creed Mirage is still pending rating, Ubisoft wants to reassure players that no real gambling or lootboxes are present in the game.".

Eurogamer has a full Assassin's Creed Mirage preview with much more on what to expect. »

Putin's Key Man in the Arctic Found Dead After Falling Overboard

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Pechorin's last public appearance reportedly occurred at the Eastern Economic Forum, held from September 5 to 8 in Vladivostok.

The Daily Mail reported that Pechorin spoke during a session called, "Everyone has their Own Route: The Logistics of a Changed World.".

His death follows that of the corporation's former CEO, Igor Nosov, 43, who reportedly died suddenly from a stroke in February. »