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Unions, Norfolk Southern Grapple Over Vaccine Mandate, Conductor Assignments

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Norfolk Southern and two rail unions, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers (SMART-TD), are continuing to scuffle in court over two hot-button issues: the COVID-19 vaccine mandate and engineers’ roles.

Unions seek immediate stop to the practice of making engineers work as conductors

The two unions want the courts to immediately stop NS from using train engineers as conductors until the unions and the railroad are able to bargain about the issue, according to recent filings. 

BLET and SMART-TD say NS’ actions violate their labor agreements because those actions weren’t bargained beforehand. The unions also say NS threatened engineers who didn’t comply with the railroad’s requests to work as conductors. They each filed preliminary injunctions against NS in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division.

NS (NYSE: NSC) contests that the practice only occurs in emergency situations and falls under the preexisting agreements, according to a filing the company made last month in response to union claims.

BLET says NS forced members to work as conductors by not putting the assignments through the predictable workforce scheduling system that both use per the 2015 collective bargaining agreement. As a result, that action represents a major dispute under the Railway Labor Act, according to BLET’s filing from last Wednesday.

BLET says an immediate injunction would forbid NS from making engineers work as conductors, while SMART-TD says the injunction would return the workplace to the status quo, according to a release last Thursday. BLET represents train engineers while SMART-TD represents conductors. BLET also wants NS to reinstate members who were disciplined as a result of the dispute. 

The court will issue a decision following a hearing, and if the court grants the unions’ request and orders NS to stop the practice, then “any continued misconduct by the carrier could trigger a strike,” BLET said. 

In its filing last Wednesday, SMART-TD said NS’ actions started in early August in areas such as the Blue Ridge Division, Elmore District; the Dearborn Division, …

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It’s Official! Online Retail Giant Newegg Confirms That It Will Accept Shiba Inu

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Major tech retailer Newegg Commerce Inc. (NASDAQ: NEGG) has officially confirmed that it will accept Shiba Inu (CRYPTO: SHIB). 

In a recent tweet, Newegg said, “Coming soon to Newegg…$SHIB”. 

Coming soon to Newegg…$SHIB https://t.co/BeRw6mfPmZ@Shibtoken @ShytoshiKusama #ShibArmy #Shib #friendshib #newegg #blackfriday #cybermonday pic.twitter.com/3TOehrhyJ6

— Newegg (@Newegg) November 26, 2021

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After Raising $5.3 Million, Astra Guild Ventures (AGV) Gears for Series B & Public Token Sale

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Astra Guild Ventures (AGV) has successfully raised $3 million for its Series A funding round led by some notable venture capitalists such as CSP DAO Inc, Halvings Capital Ltd, Oracles Investment Group, GDA Capital and Deltahub Capital.

The raised funds will be used for marketing AGV’s public token sale, covering operational and management expenses, and for the acquisition of new nonfungible tokens (NFTs) and equities on companies that develop play-to-earn (P2E) games.

At the time of writing, AGV has raised a total of $5.3 million after its Seed and Series A funding rounds. They have a total of 2,036 Axie Infinity scholars, 50,000+ Discord community members and 75,000+ Facebook followers. Recently, AGV has invested $800K in BMG, a Florida-based gaming studio behind the play-to-earn NFT games Kart Racing League and Realms of Ethernity (ROE).

AGV Series B and public sale

AGV is set to launch its Series B, or private token sale, on its website on November 17, 2021 at 2 pm UTC, and its public token sale on December 17, 2021. AGV has been audited by Certik.

What is Astra Guild Ventures (AGV)

Astra Guild Ventures (AGV) is a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) that invests in NFTs, P2E games and other blockchain projects. The DAO aims to build a global community of investors, tech leaders, NFT and blockchain enthusiasts and P2E players.

AGV boasts itself as the first DAO and NFT gaming guild that completely discloses its real-time earnings through its earnings dashboard and has a completely verifiable and publicly available list of assets.

AGV will also be launching its DAO Governance Board where AGV holders are able to propose and vote changes on the DAO’s rules and decisions. This makes AGV one of the first NFT gaming guilds to fully launch a decentralized platform.

Transparency and growth: Driving reasons for investments in AGV

With a lot of projects launching in the blockchain and crypto space, finding the right project to invest in is difficult — this is exactly what the AGV investors realized and what made them trust AGV. The transparency features that AGV meticulously integrated into its operations as a DAO was one main turning point.

Astra Guild has its own earnings and governance dashboard integrated together to provide a one-stop platform to AGV holders where they participate and decide for the DAO and view their investment status. The rapid growth of the Astra Guild community has also been a factor, in just three months Astra Guild’s membership blew up to 51,000+ members, hailing it as one of the fastest-growing NFT gaming guilds in the world — clear evidence that the NFT and blockchain market is on the rise.

List of investors

Encrypted Investments Limited, Vespertine Capital, Three M Capital, GDA Capital, Kangaroo Capital, DEC.Ventures, CSP DAO, Connectico Capital, Halvings Capital, DeltaHub Capital, NFT Technologies, Oracles Investment Group, Mars Dao, Point3 Ventures, International Blockchain Consulting Group, Follow[the]Seed, Interstellar Ventures, CrowdCreate, Ruby Capital Singapore, Dot Finance LTD, NFT Stars Limited, GAINS Associates, Seedthrift Ventures, Almora Capital, BIP32 Ventures and Wolf of Markets. Some notable Angel Investors include Alexander Kondrashov, Moon Carl and Ronny Roehrig.

Anyone interested in joining Astra Guild Ventures’ Series B, may register here to receive instructions and announcements straight to their inbox.

AGV will be distributing 37,500,000 AGV with 10% to be released on Token Generation Event and the remaining 90% is subject to 12 months vesting.

 

 

Original Article: newsbtc.com

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Big Data Analytics in Retail Is Projected to Reach US$2.6 Billion by 2028

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