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More Than 300 Educators & Nurses Vote At Three Institutions, Including Two In Buffalo, Have Voted To ‘Go Union’ With The New York State United Teachers Union

Published on Friday, September 21, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - Educators at three institutions, including two in Buffalo, have voted to Unionize and affiliate with the more than 600,000-Member New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union. NYSUT’s Board of Directors have voted to approve the affiliation request of Teachers at the Health Sciences Charter School in Buffalo and the Staff at the more»

Tacoma Teachers End Strike, Vote To Approve New Contract Offer

Published on Friday, September 21, 2018 in National Labor News
(TACOMA, WASHINGTON) - It was a Members-only vote, supposedly secret, but everyone inside and outside Tacoma’s Mount Tahoma High School knew what was coming. The tidal roar in the gymnasium was the sound of yes. More than 2,000 Teachers ratified an agreement that provided $23.3 million in salary increases and ended a seven-day Strike that briefly more»

NYSUT Launches New 'Take A Look At Teaching' Campaign

Published on Friday, September 21, 2018 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union has launched Take a Look at Teaching - a new initiative to strengthen Teacher recruitment efforts and elevate the profession as a whole. The program targets college, middle and high school students, adult career changers and individuals already working in the education field who more»

Bronx Teacher Of Immigrant Students Named New York’s 2019 Teacher Of The Year

Published on Friday, September 21, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(BRONX, NEW YORK) - A visually impaired Bronx High School Teacher who immigrated to the United States from West Africa and entered teaching because he wanted to transform the lives of young people - all while commuting four hours round-trip each day from the Hudson Valley to do so – is New York State’s 2019 Teacher of the Year. Alhassan Susso, more»

It’s ‘Not’ The 'Future Of Work,' It’s The ‘Future Of Workers That’s In Doubt’

Published on Friday, September 21, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
As another Labor Day has come and gone, the stakes have never been higher for Workers, Unions and people who believe in a just economy and a decent country. The capitalism of recent decades has relentlessly undercut Worker Bargaining Power, triggering an explosive rise in inequality that has undermined democracy itself. Driven by an ideological embrace of more»

Almost 4,000 Nurses Authorize Strike At The University Of Michigan

Published on Thursday, September 20, 2018 in National Labor News
(ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN) - A Nurses' Union announced this week that Nurses at Michigan Medicine, the medical arm of the University of Michigan, have voted to authorize a three-day Strike "to protest ongoing and continuous violations of their Workplace Rights." The Union has yet to set a date for the Strike, which will go ahead "if University officials fail to more»

Data Show Construction Unions ‘Are Better For’ Minority Workers

Published on Thursday, September 20, 2018 in New York City Labor News
Crain’s Editor’s Note: The author of this Letter to the Editor at Crain’s is Louis J. Coletti, the President and CEO of the Building Trades Employers' Association (BTEA), the largest contractor association in New York City, representing 26 Construction Manager, General Contractor, Subcontractor and Specialty Trade Contractor Associations more»

More Than 8,300 Marriott Workers Approve Strikes Against Marriott in Six Locations Across The USA, Including Maui, Honolulu, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle & San Jose

Published on Thursday, September 20, 2018 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – After a full week of rolling Strike Votes of UNITE HERE-represented Marriott Hotel Workers, Union Members have authorized Marriott Strikes covering over 8,300 Marriott Workers that can begin at any time. Workers have authorized Strikes of two dozen Marriott hotels in major tourist destinations, including: Maui; Honolulu; San more»

McDonald’s Workers Strike Over Sexual Harassment In The Workplace - Strike Comes After The TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund Filed 10 Sexual Harassment Complaints On Behalf Of Women Employed By The Fast-Food Giant

Published on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 in National Labor News
McDonald’s Workers in 10 U.S. cities began a strike on Tuesday (September 18th) to demand that their employer do more to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. The Workers carried signs emblazoned with messages supporting the Me Too Movement and shared their experiences of harassment on the job. The Strike is part of an effort to push more»

Minor League Baseball Players Exploring ‘Going Union’ As They Continue To Battle Low Wages

Published on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
“Chilly” might be an understatement. Relations between Major League Owners and the Players’ Union have deteriorated to the point where you can almost imagine a pay-per-view fight card: “MLB vs. MLBPA, coming in 2021!” There could be an undercard too. The absurdly low salaries paid to Minor League Players could trigger some more»

Senator Warren Sees New Conflict In NLRB Bid To Unravel Obama-Era Worker Rules - Democratic Senators Complain Trump Appointee’s Former Law Firm Is Fighting To Block Employees From Using Company E-Mail To Unionize

Published on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Democratic U.S. Senators - led by Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts – have urged a Trump Administration Labor Board Appointee to recuse himself from a case that could end up being a big victory for corporations trying to make it harder for Workers to Unionize. The case before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) deals with more»

Labor Perspective From Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO President Patrick “Duke” Dujakovich: “We All Win When Employers & Labor Work Together Collaboratively”

Published on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 in New York State Labor News
Kansas City Star Editor’s Note: Patrick “Duke” Dujakovich is President of the Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO and a member of The Kansas City Star’s Missouri Influencers Panel. His Labor Perspective can be directly accessed at: https://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/guest-commentary/article218372205.html. One of the more»

Worker Justice Center Files Class Action On Behalf Of Puerto Rican Migrant Farm Laborers Illegally Denied Work By WNY Employer After Hurricane Maria

Published on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(WESTERN NEW YORK) - The Worker Justice Center of New York has filed a complaint in U.S. District Court seeking Class Action Status on behalf of former Employees of W.D. Henry & Sons, Incorporated and related companies owned and operated by Dan and Mark Henry in Eden, New York – located just south of Buffalo. Since at least 2001, W.D. Henry more»

The National Labor Board ‘Ratchets Up’ Prosecution Of ‘Negligent’ Unions - Board To Prosecute Unions For Historically Permissible Acts, Directive Likely To Increase Litigation Against Unions

Published on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Labor unions will likely face more litigation from dissatisfied workers and Right-To-Work (for less) groups under a new directive issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The NLRB last week ordered field offices staff to start pursuing charges against Unions for ‘negligent’ behavior such as losing an more»

Trump ‘Rolls Back’ Worker Safety Rules – “We Want To Protect Our Workers,” Trump Said In 2017, But His Administration ‘Has Weakened Measures Designed To Keep Them Safe’

Published on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 in National Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - When Republican President Donald Trump came into office pledging to cut regulations “massively,” he made a point of exempting regulations that protected Workers’ health. But almost two years in, the Trump Administration has done the opposite, rolling back Worker Safety Protections affecting Underground Mine Safety more»

Want To Win? ‘Don’t Blow-Off’ Organized Labor

Published on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK STATE) - When it did get interpreted, the defeat of first time candidate Cynthia Nixon, who ran to the left of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, was offered as proof from 10,000 feet that there are limits to how far Progressives can go in transforming the Democratic Party from a Pro-Choice Corporatist Front into an instrument of radical more»

Idaho Democratic Party ‘Goes Union’ - Signs Union Contract With IBEW To Become One Of First State Parties In The Country To Unionize

Published on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(BOISE, IDAHO) - The Idaho Democratic Party (IDP) has signed a Labor Union Contract with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 291, becoming the first State Party in the United States to begin the process of Unionizing by signing Authorization Cards. Party Leadership also recognized the Staff as a Bargaining Unit and contract more»

Musicians Union Local 802 & The American Guild of Musical Artists Settle Contract

Published on Monday, September 17, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The two major Musical Unions at the Metropolitan Opera, the Associated Musicians of Greater New York Local 802 (American Federation of Musicians) and the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) have announced the approval of a new contract pending final ratification by the AGMA Board of Governors. “The Metropolitan Opera’s more»

New York State Economy Adds 7,900 Jobs - Reaches New All-Time High Job Count, The State Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.3% in July, Lowest Since 2007

Published on Monday, September 17, 2018 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - In July 2018, New York State’s private sector job count rose by 7,900, or 0.1%, to 8,192,300, a new, all-time employment high, according to preliminary figures released by the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL). Since the beginning of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Administration, New York's economy has added 1,098,200 more»

The U.S. Economy ‘May Be Booming,’ But Nearly Half Of Americans ‘Can't Make Ends Meet’

Published on Monday, September 17, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
By virtually any yardstick, the U.S. economy is doing great. Unemployment is near a two-decade low. The Stock Market is strong. Corporate profits are at record highs. Yet, a recent report finds that almost half of Americans are having trouble paying for basic needs such as food and housing. The Urban Institute, a Left-leaning Washington Think Tank, more»

Labor Unions ‘Aren't Buying It’ When Trump Says “I Could Be One Of You”

Published on Monday, September 17, 2018 in National Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Republican President Donald Trump gazed out at the cheering men and women - Steelworkers in orange, yellow and white hard hats - and declared his solidarity: "I look at the faces of you people. I could be one of you." That unlikely message weeks ago at a newly reopened steel plant in Granite City, Illinois - a town outside St. more»

Latina Immigrant Teresa Romero To Succeed Rodriguez As United Farm Workers President

Published on Sunday, September 16, 2018 in National Labor News
(KEENE, CALIFORNIA) - Teresa Romero, the United Farm Workers (UFW) Secretary-Treasurer, will succeed UFW President Arturo Rodriguez when he steps down on December 20th after a quarter-century on the job, the Union Board decided. When she ascends to the top position, Romero will be the first Latina and first Immigrant to head any U.S. Union, the Board more»

USW Leaders ‘Demand Pay Increase As Profits Rise’ After Tariffs

Published on Sunday, September 16, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA) - Leaders of the United Steelworkers (USW) Union are demanding higher wages from two of the biggest U.S. Steelmakers as Republican President Donald Trump's tariffs propel industry profits. "We ‘feel we need some recognition and to share in the profits of the company,’" said Michael Young, who serves as President of more»

Apple Bus Workers In Missouri ‘Go Union,’ Join Teamsters Local 955

Published on Sunday, September 16, 2018 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(ST. JOSEPH, MISSOURI) - Following a five-month Union Organizing Campaign, Drivers and Mechanics employed at Apple Bus in St. Joseph, Missouri have voted overwhelmingly to Go Union and join Teamsters Local 955. "Our ‘goal was to be ready to file for an election on the first day of school, and that's exactly what we did,’" Teamsters Local 955 more»

NYC Teamster Crane Operator To President Trump, Who Denies The Death Count In Storm-Ravaged Puerto Rico: “It Got Me Pissed Off – I Was There And I Saw Firsthand What (The People Of Puerto Rico) Went Through”

Published on Sunday, September 16, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – Republican President Donald Trump’s boastful characterization of his administration’s response to storm-ravaged Puerto as an “unsung success” is not sitting well with a Teamsters Local 210 Crane Operator who was part of last year’s Trade Unionist effort to help the beleaguered island’s people. more»

CSEA To File Ethics Complaint Over Cynthia Nixon Consulting Firm's Lobbying For Koch-Funded Company

Published on Friday, September 14, 2018 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - A top official at one of New York State’s biggest Unions will file a complaint with the State’s Ethics Watchdog after the political consulting firm running Cynthia Nixon’s Gubernatorial Campaign failed to report it lobbied for a Koch Brothers-backed company, The New York Daily News has learned. The complaint comes more»

Smart Phones: Organized Labor’s Double-Edged Sword

Published on Friday, September 14, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) – From the concrete canyons of New York City to the hollers of West Virginia, smart phones have emerged as the best organizing tool American Workers ever had. So why then are they now also being blamed for undermining, perhaps, the quintessential feature of Trade Unionism itself - Apprentice Training. When #CountMeIn Organizers more»

UFCW ‘Claims Victory In Defeat’ Despite Fact Long Island Target Store Workers Decline To ‘Go Union’

Published on Friday, September 14, 2018 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK) - A Unionizing Campaign by Workers at a Target store in New York State failed in a 118-to-39 vote over the weekend. It had been an unusual effort by about 200 Front-Line Workers at a Target store on Long Island, who were considering whether to join the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union. If the campaign had more»

Seven Public-Sector Unions Sue To Overturn Missouri’s Attack On Public Workers - Lawsuit Claims Bill Signed By Governor Is An ‘Unconstitutional Overreach Meant To Weaken’ Workers’ Rights To Collective Bargaining

Published on Friday, September 14, 2018 in National Labor News
(ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI) - Seven Labor Unions representing Teachers, Patient Care Professionals, Maintenance Workers and Public Safety Employees filed a recent lawsuit alleging a so-called “Paycheck Protection” Bill passed by Missouri Republicans violates the Missouri Constitution by constraining free speech of most Public Sector Unions and giving more»

Teachers' Union Leaders ‘Demand Full Federal Funding’ For Schools Educating Poor Kids

Published on Friday, September 14, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The presidents of the Nation’s two big Teachers’ Unions, Lily Eskelsen-Garcia of the National Education Association (NEA) and Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), are demanding the Federal Government fully fund its promised money for schools that teach the poorest kids in America. And that more»

A Simple Chart Shows What Some Economists Consider To Be The 'Most Striking Development' In 40 Years Of The U.S. Economy

Published on Thursday, September 13, 2018 in National Labor News
thisisinsider.com Editor’s Note: French Economist Thomas Piketty is the author of the best-seller Capital in the 21st Century and is one of the world's premiere scholars on Income Inequality. Piketty has been speaking for the past year about findings from the 2018 World Inequality Report, which he co-authored. He said that the "most striking" more»

Via USA TODAY: Even Poll Shows Even When Teachers Strike, Americans Give Them High Grades

Published on Thursday, September 13, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - An escalating number of Teacher Strikes across the country last spring, now erupting again as school resumes, has sparked a remarkable reaction from most Americans: support. By close to 3-to-1, those surveyed by USA TODAY and Ipsos Public Affairs said Public School Teachers have the right to Strike, a view held even by the parents more»

Unions Play Critical Role In Wealth Creation For People Of Color - Research Says Non-White Workers Build More Wealth As Union Members

Published on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
Labor Unions have been an effective tool to promote social mobility, particularly for Non-White Workers, according to new research. Union Members of Color, including Black and Latino Workers, had $33,511 in median wealth, almost five times the median wealth of Non-White/Non-Union Workers from 2010 to 2016, a Center for American Progress (CAP) report said. more»

The USW Accuses U.S. Steel Of "Playing A Dangerous Game Of Chicken” - Company ‘Potentially Faces Largest Work Stoppage Since 1986’

Published on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 in National Labor News
(PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA) - The United Steelworkers (USW) Union is accusing U.S. Steel of "playing a dangerous game of chicken with the markets, Steelworkers and America," as the possibility of the largest strike in more than three decades looms over ongoing contract talks. Unionized U.S. Steel Employees across the country voted overwhelmingly to more»

Unions Struggle In The Courts, But They Have A ‘Fighting Chance’ In The Streets

Published on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Washington Post Editor’s Note: The author of this Labor Perspective is Barry Eidlin, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at McGill University. Eidlin is also the author of "Labor and the Class Idea in the United States and Canada." American Labor has taken some hard hits in recent years. Since 2012, six more States have passed Right-To-Work (for more»

The 2018 New York City Labor Day Parade: “Never Mind The Januses, We’re Sticking With The Union!”

Published on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The unofficial slogan of the 2018 New York City Labor Day Parade could have been: “Never mind the Januses, we’re sticking with the Union!” Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Members wore navy-blue T-shirts that proudly said: “We’re Sticking With Our Union.” Communications Workers of America more»

Across New York State, New Members ‘Embrace’ Union - And ‘Vice Versa’

Published on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 in New York State Labor News
(ACROSS NEW YORK STATE) - 100 - It’s a perfect test score, as students returning to school this past week know full well. Many local Unions are scoring 100 in the test against Unionization brought on by the June U.S. Supreme Court Janus v. AFSCME case, successfully signing up new Members. New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union Leaders used more»

Under Trump, CEO Pay ‘Soars’ While Employee Wages ‘Decrease’ - And Tax Cuts ‘Could Make That Gap Even Bigger’

Published on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Compensation for America’s top executives grew 17% in 2017 as real wages for Workers declined, according to a new analysis from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Despite Republican President Donald Trump’s repeated promises to raise the salaries of average Americans, chief executives earned 312 times more than the average Employee during his more»

From Homeless To $22 An Hour, Thanks To A New Union Construction Program In New Jersey

Published on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 in National Labor News
(NEWARK, NEW JERSEY) - John Robinson didn’t think Newark City Officials were serious about a Construction Trades Program for residents like him living in a homeless shelter. The facility on Sussex Avenue had been slated to be closed in March after it was open through the Winter months to house those in need. So, it only made sense for Robinson to be more»

It’s Time For Organized Labor ‘To Confront’ Climate Change

Published on Monday, September 10, 2018 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Union Leaders and Climate Change Activists are urging the House of Labor to fully back the transition to 100% renewable energy say it’s up to Rank-and-File Members to make it happen. “We ‘need to get the idea across to Labor and everybody (else), but to Labor in particular - about how climate change is going to affect more»

Labor Perspective From SUNY Empire State College Labor Studies Program Director Shaun Richman: A History Lesson On ‘Saving’ Organized Labor

Published on Monday, September 10, 2018 in New York State Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: Shaun Richman serves as Program Director at the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies at the State University at New York’s (SUNY) Empire State College. Richman’s Labor Perspective can be directly accessed at: www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-history-lesson-saving-labor-20180829-story.html# more»

Another Lawsuit Demands California Unions Return Fair Share Fees To Government Workers

Published on Monday, September 10, 2018 in National Labor News
(SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA) - A National Anti-Union Organization has filed another lawsuit on behalf of a California Public Employee who wants fees he paid for years to an Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local returned to him in the wake of this Summer’s U.S. Supreme Court decision banning Labor Organizations from collecting any kind of dues more»

A Labor Perspective From LaborPress.org Reporter Steve Wishnia: How Even A ‘Small’ Union ‘Can Help In Big’ Ways

Published on Monday, September 10, 2018 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
On August 9th, I received a check for $1,050. That was my back pay from a small publication I’d done freelance editing and writing for, after they’d fired me for insisting that I get paid what we’d agreed on. That I got it shows how even a relatively weak Union can help. My deal had been for a flat rate of $600 a month for editing more»

Who Wants To Join A Union? A Growing Number Of Americans, That’s Who!

Published on Monday, September 10, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
Only 10.7% of American workers belong to a Union today, approximately half as many as in 1983. That’s a level not seen since the 1930s, just before passage of the Labor Law that was supposed to protect Workers’ right to organize. Yet, American Workers have not given up on Unions. When we conducted a representative survey of the workforce with more»

Now That ‘The Most Safe’ Republican Congressional Seat In The U.S. ‘Is Up For Grabs,’ Western New York Labor ‘Plans To Be Very Engaged’ In The 27th District Race Once Held By The Now-Indicted Chris Collins

Published on Monday, September 10, 2018 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(WESTERN NEW YORK) - Now that what was once considered to be one of the most safe Republican Congressional Seats across the United States is now up for grabs, Organized Labor across Western New York plans to be very engaged in the 27th District race that had been held by the now-indicted Chris Collins. Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation more»

National AFL-CIO Launches Anti-Kavanaugh Ad Drive In Key States

Published on Sunday, September 9, 2018 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Hoping to get voters to convince key U.S. Senators to reject Brett Kavanaugh - Republican President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, the National AFL-CIO launched a media campaign in the States of five key “swing vote” Senators. The campaign, which included newspaper ads and ads on media websites, came as the more»

Thousands Of Unionized Hotel Workers Go On Strike In Downtown Chicago

Published on Saturday, September 8, 2018 in National Labor News
(CHICAGO, ILLINOIS) - In a bid for increased year-round health care benefits, thousands of Unionized Workers have gone on Strike at 25 Downtown Chicago Hotels, dealing a potential blow to business as the Summer travel season winds down. Housekeepers, Servers, Cooks and Doormen hit the picket line early Friday (September 7th) at a list of swanky hotels more»

USW Members Vote Overwhelmingly To Authorize Strike At U.S. Steel - Thousands Of Workers ‘Stand Up To Profitable’ Steelmaker's ‘Concessionary’ Demands

Published on Saturday, September 8, 2018 in National Labor News
(PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA) - Thousands of Members of the United Steelworkers (USW) Union from across the United States voted overwhelmingly this week to authorize their Bargaining Committee to initiate a Strike at U.S. Steel Facilities, the USW has announced. The committee could now call a Strike if the company continues to demand deep concessions from its more»

The New York Post Reports Whole Foods Workers Are Looking To Unionize

Published on Friday, September 7, 2018 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
A group of Whole Foods Workers are looking to Unionize the Amazon-owned chain. Citing job losses and lower pay since Amazon bought the upscale grocer more than a year ago, the Worker Group sent a letter to Employees this week to encourage them to “organize.” “Layoffs and the consolidation of store-level positions at Whole Foods Market more»

7,000 Union-Represented Registered Nurses At 15 HCA Healthcare-Affiliated Hospitals In Five States Vote Overwhelmingly To Authorize A Strike

Published on Friday, September 7, 2018 in National Labor News
(SILVER SPRINGS, MARYLAND) - Registered Nurses (RNs) at 15 HCA Healthcare-affiliated hospitals in the States of Florida, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, and Nevada, have voted by an overwhelming majority to authorize their Nurse Negotiators to call a Strike, if the issues RNs have been raising in ongoing contract negotiations remain unresolved, the National Nurses more»