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Southern governors are speaking out against the United Auto Workers (UAW) union’s efforts to unionize workers at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee. The governors, including Tennessee’s Bill Lee and Alabama’s Kay Ivey, argue that unions would harm the region’s business-friendly reputation and discourage future investments. The UAW, on the other hand, believes that unionizing the plant would provide workers with better wages and benefits. The ongoing debate highlights the tension between labor unions and conservative leaders in the South.

Read more at: https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2024/04/16/southern-governors-decry-unions-tennessee-vw-workers-vote/73342764007/

The European Union’s top court has ruled to remove Russian billionaires Mikhail Fridman and Pyotr Aven from its sanctions list, citing a lack of evidence to support their inclusion. The two businessmen, who were targeted for their alleged involvement in the annexation of Crimea, will remain off the list until at least 2024. The decision has been met with criticism from Ukraine and human rights groups, who argue that the EU is sending a message of leniency towards Russia’s actions. This ruling highlights the ongoing tensions between the EU and Russia, as well as the complexities of imposing and maintaining sanctions.

Read more at: https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/eu-court-takes-russian-billionaires-fridman-avan-off-sanctions-list-2024-04-10/

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian students rallied outside Cooper Union’s library in New York City in support of recent Palestinian uprisings. The rally was specifically held to oppose Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at the library and fulfill the students’ demands for rights of the Palestinian people. The rally was met with tension as Jewish students also tried to make their presence known by taunting the protesters. The event eventually ended peacefully, but highlighted the tense relationship between Jewish and Palestinian students at Cooper Union.