The Daily Populous

Saturday June 17th, 2023 day edition

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UPS workers are gearing up for a potential strike that would be the biggest U.S. labor walkout since the 1950s.

"The strongest leverage our members have is their labor and they are prepared to withhold it to ensure UPS acts accordingly.".

Some 97% of voting members approved a strike, although the voting turnout was not immediately known.

Earlier this week, the Teamsters secured a major win when UPS committed to install air conditioning and two driver-facing fans in most trucks.

Heat safety has been a significant concern for UPS workers, with many incidents of drivers falling sick from heatstroke.

A strike at UPS would be the biggest work stoppage in the U.S. since a 1959 steelworkers' strike that saw half a million workers walk out for nearly four months.

UPS workers last went on strike in 1997 in a 15-day walkout that crippled the company and ended in a win for the union. »

Biden says US is at ‘tipping point’ on gun control: ‘We will ban assault weapons in this country’

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He said those politicians who claim to be concerned about crime should realise that crime can’t be tackled without dealing with gun violence.

Though chances of a federal assault weapons ban making it to his desk are slim to none given the composition of Congress, Mr Biden promised the gun safety advocates that he will “never stop fighting”.

“We will ban assault weapons in this country … we will hold gun makers liable, we will beat the gun industry,” he said. »

Pro-Trump Pastor Suggests Christians Should Be Suicide Bombers

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Right-wing pastor Kent Christmas urges Christians to "get a hold of some passion" & be willing to die: "You want to know why the Muslim faith has had its advancements?

In a recent sermon, a pastor at a Pentecostal church in Tennessee said Christians should be willing to die for their faith.

He then asked God to provide other Christians who are willing to do the same. »

Ron DeSantis Suffers Huge Blow in His Battle With Disney

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Main image, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is pictured in Laconia, New Hampshire, on June 1, 2023.

A survey shows DeSantis' popularity has dropped amid his battle with Disney.

DeSantis has said there was "zero" chance that he would back down in his battle with Disney. »

Republicans Plan to Cut Free School Lunches

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A student eats a vegan meal served for lunch at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 on February 4, 2022, in New York City.

The largest ideological caucus in the House Republican conference is proposing steep cuts to free and reduced school lunch programs nationwide, citing the need to "prevent the widespread fraud present in the program."

Last year, the entire federal free school lunch program cost an estimated $28.7 billion—far beyond the average annual improper payment estimate of $489 million alleged by the RSC. »