Retail Industry Leaders Association

Many in the labor community are familiar with the Machinists Union’s long running effort to unionize Boeing’s South Carolina-based 787 Dreamliner manufacturing facility. After failing in two previous attempts to organize the entire facility, the Union recently won a bid to organize a “micro-unit” limited to a group of flight line technicians and inspectors.
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Over the past few months, a new trend has emerged that has ramifications for virtually every participant in the online retail space: a rise in the number of class action claims challenging allegedly excessive shipping and handling fees. Regardless whether an online retailer offers flat or incremental fees, standard and expedited options, or free shipping with returns-only fees, few are immune from claims that the fees charged do not align perfectly with retailers’ underlying shipping costs.
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This month, the Retail Industry Leaders Association submitted comments to the Federal Aviation Administration opposing a point-of-sale registration requirement for recreational drones. While the trade association generally supports the registration of drones, the association called the point-of-sale registration process “costly, inefficient, and difficult to implement” while warning of potential data privacy concerns for consumers.
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