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UAW vote at Tennessee plant will test resurgent labor movement

A United Auto Workers (UAW) lawn sign sits on the ground near a Volkswagen automobile assembly plant on March 20, 2024 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. (Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)(NEW YORK) -- Carmakers and labor leaders are closely watching for results to be released on Friday in a seismic union election that could supercharge organizing in the nation’s auto sector and demonstrate the strength of a resurgent labor movement through a victory in the South, a region typically resistant to unions.As many as 4,300 employees at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, are voting on whether to join the United Auto Workers.Workers began casting ballots this week in the most significant test for the UAW since a strike last fall against the Big   ... Read More

What is a tourist tax? Fees for foreign tourists at hot summer destinations

Tetra Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Barcelona is among the top 20 summer destinations of 2024, and for anyone planning to visit the bustling Mediterranean metropolis known for its art and architecture, or other tourist-filled hotspots during high-season, there may be some additional costs to consider.Many countries across Europe including Spain, Greece, and Germany have implemented fees for foreign visitors to help support local costs of doing business, especially during the busy summer months. It's similar to that of a hotel occupancy tax that American travelers may be more familiar with for domestic stays.What is a tourist tax?"Tourist taxes are a rapidly growing trend," Clint Henderson, Managing Editor at The Points Guy, told ABC News' Good Morning America, adding that the   ... Read More

New Beyond Meat plant-based beef made with avocado oil for nutrient-dense, simplified ingredients

Beyond Meat(NEW YORK) -- Beyond Meat has pared down its ingredient list and upgraded the recipe to add more nutrient-dense plant-based ingredients -- including heart-healthy avocado oil -- for its latest innovation of the plant-based meat alternative.The California-based company announced its new and improved Beyond Meat IV on Thursday as two new products, Beyond Burger and Beyond Beef, roll out with a fresh new look at grocery stores nationwide.Thanks to the nutritional advancements in Beyond Meat's new recipe, the company is the first to be recognized by the American Heart Association, as well as the American Diabetes Association for its Better Choices for Life program, which is reflected on the new packaging.The fourth generation of Beyond Meat products is also   ... Read More

Dr Pepper announces brand-new creamy coconut flavor

Dr Pepper(NEW YORK) -- Dr Pepper has a new flavor hitting stores soon to jumpstart the summer mood.The soda company announced that Dr Pepper Creamy Coconut and Creamy Coconut Zero Sugar drinks are coming to stores starting May 1."Dr Pepper Creamy Coconut brings together the perfect combination of the original 23 Dr Pepper flavors with layers of tropical coconut flavor and a delicious, creamy finish," read an announcement for the new flavor, which also added that the new drink "pairs perfectly with a hot summer day."The drinks will be sold in 12-packs of 12-fluid-ounce cans as well as 20-fluid-ounce bottles and will be available from May until July. The standard version comes in a light blue and red can with   ... Read More

Red Lobster eyes bankruptcy option after $11M in losses from endless shrimp

Via Red Lobster(NEW YORK) -- Red Lobster is in hot financial waters, attempting to stay afloat by eyeing Chapter 11 bankruptcy to restructure its debts after an endless shrimp promotion sank the seafood restaurant chain's bottom line, Bloomberg reported this week.According Bloomberg, the restaurant is considering filing for Chapter 11 on the advice of law firm King & Spalding, which would allow the chain to stay open while dealing with its debt and help reevaluate long-term contracts and leases.The outlet reported that Fortress Investment Group, one of Red Lobster's key lenders, is also involved in current debt negotiations.The chain recently added Jonathan Tibus as its new CEO. Tibus has worked with other restaurant chains to restructure their businesses through the   ... Read More

Why the UAW vote at Volkswagen is significant for workers across US

The Washington Post via Getty Images(CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.) -- The United Auto Workers achieved a landmark victory last fall, when a strike against the Big 3 U.S. carmakers delivered substantial gains for nearly 150,000 employees.The UAW stands poised for its next major test this week: A union election at a foreign-owned car plant in the South, where its workers have struggled to gain a foothold for decades.Roughly 4,000 voters at a Volkswagen facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, begin casting their union ballots today.Experts who spoke to ABC News called the election an inflection point not only for the UAW but for the U.S. labor movement.In the aftermath of the so-called “Year of Strikes” in 2023, experts said, the showdown in Chattanooga could   ... Read More

PepsiCo recalls sugar-free Schweppes Ginger Ale for containing ‘full sugar’

Pepsi Co(NEW YORK) -- PepsiCo Inc has initiated a voluntary recall of some sugar-free and caffeine-free Schweppes Ginger Ale products because they contain "full sugar," according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.The FDA said in a report earlier this month that the company voluntarily issued the recall on March 9. According to the report, the recall impacts 233 cases of 7.5-fluid-ounce cans (221 milliliters) cans that were shipped to Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.The impacted products contain the code May 20 24 MAY20240520VS02164 - MAY20240550VS02164, the FDA said.PepsiCo made the decision after an internal investigation discovered products labeled "zero sugar" in fact contained "full sugar product," the FDA reported.It was not clear whether the recalled soda had been removed   ... Read More

What parents should know about the new FAFSA

What parents should know about the new FAFSAKlaus Vedfelt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- At the end of 2023, the federal government said it would update the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, better known as FAFSA, ahead of the 2024-2025 school year. The change came three years after Congress mandated the update in 2020.But four months since the changes went into effect, the updated form has brought on more hiccups and some headaches for colleges, administrators and parents.What is the FAFSA?The FAFSA is an online form used by schools, colleges and universities -- and sometimes, private scholarship programs -- to determine a student's eligibility to receive federal financial aid, which may include grants, loans, scholarships and work-study program funds. Multiple states also use the FAFSA form to   ... Read More

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Starbucks introduces new drink options adding a fiery twist to spring

Starbucks(NEW YORK) -- Starbucks is unveiling brand-new Starbucks Refreshers with a fiery new spring twist.Starting Tuesday, April 16, Starbucks will unveil new Spicy Lemonade Refreshers in three different flavors: Spicy Dragonfruit, Spicy Pineapple, and Spicy Strawberry along with a new Spicy Cream Cold Foam, the coffee chain announced on Monday.According to the announcement, the new innovations came about to hop on to the "swicy" trend of mixing sweet and spicy flavors in unique manners."The new Spicy Lemonade Refreshers bring together the sweetness of a Starbucks Refreshers® Beverage, the zest of lemonade, and the heat of Starbucks Spicy Chili Powder Blend to create a deliciously refreshing sip with absolutely no chill," read the announcement.The Spicy Dragonfruit option uses mango and dragonfruit   ... Read More

Gold prices hit a record high. What’s behind the surge?

Getty Images - STOCK(NEW YORK) -- Shoppers are flocking to Costco for gold bars but they're hardly the only ones scooping up the precious metal.Investors drove gold prices to a record high on Friday, the latest surge in a 17% rally so far this year. Over that period, bullion prices have climbed more than twice as fast as the S&P 500, the index that most people's 401(k)'s track.The price gains stem from a wider trend of investors seeking out high-return assets in anticipation of interest rate cuts expected later this year, some experts told ABC News.A so-called momentum trade has also pushed prices higher, they added, since investors see the price of gold swell and want to share in the   ... Read More

How to get a last-minute tax filing extension

(NEW YORK) -- Tax season, beloved by few and dreaded by many, comes to a close on Monday. For some tardy filers, though, the task will just be getting started.Up to one in three Americans waits until the last minute to file their taxes, according to a 2021 survey by IPX 1031. That amounts to tens of millions of people.A portion of them will realize that they do not have enough time to submit their taxes by the end of Tax Day. Luckily, the Internal Revenue Service offers the opportunity to file for an extension.Here’s what to know about whether to file for an extension, what it requires and how long it lasts:What are the benefits of filing a tax   ... Read More

Popular ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ programs come with help and headaches

The Afterpay application login page arranged on a smartphone, Aug. 3, 2021. -- Brent Lewin/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) trend, a significant shift in shopping habits, emerged as a game-changer during the recent holiday season. It broke records and offered customers a refreshing alternative to traditional methods of making large purchases.The BNPL payment option generated $16.6 billion in online sales during the 2023 holiday season. The method allows shoppers to purchase products in installments instead of paying the full amount at once. Thus, you can get the product immediately and pay it off over a fixed period.With the BNPL trend, consumers have the freedom to pay finance companies such as Affirm, Klarna, or   ... Read More

New whistleblower claims put Boeing’s quality control under more scrutiny

Stephen Brashear/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Boeing has come under fire and intense scrutiny ever since a door plug flew out of an Alaska Airlines flight on Jan. 5. Investigators revealed the plane, a 737 Max, was missing key bolts when the door was installed.The company has been accused of not doing enough to ensure its aircraft and other products are up to standards, and some former employees attest the company has been doing shoddy work for years.On Wednesday, another whistleblower, Boeing engineer Sam Salehpour, alleged the company took shortcuts in its production of 787 and 777 jets and, as a result, the planes have serious structural flaws."I literally saw people jumping on the pieces of the airplane to get them   ... Read More

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