Hotelier, philanthropist Barron Hilton dies at 91

Business Wire

LOS ANGELES — Hotelier and philanthropist Barron Hilton died on Thursday, September 19, 2019, of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles. He was 91. He succeeded his father, Conrad Hilton, as chairman, president & CEO of Hilton Hotels Corporation in 1966, and dramatically expanded his domestic hotel empire.

He was also the founding owner of the Chargers of the American Football League, and helped forge the merger with the National Football League that created the Super Bowl. Hilton also owned Venice Island in the Delta. Hunting, fishing and flying were Hilton’s favorite pastimes, and he often shared these passions and interests with notable business leaders, aviators and astronauts.

With his business acumen, Barron Hilton helped grow his father’s 1979 bequest of $160 million in Hilton stock into an endowment of more than $2.9 billion to support the philanthropic work of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

“The Hilton family mourns the loss of a remarkable man,” said Steven M. Hilton, Barron’s son and chairman of the board at the Hilton Foundation. “My father was a loving husband to our mother, Marilyn, a wonderful role model to his eight children, a loyal and generous friend, visionary businessman, respected leader and a passionate sportsman. He lived a life of great adventure and exceptional accomplishment.”

William Barron Hilton was born in Dallas in 1927 to Hilton Hotels founder, Conrad N. Hilton, and his wife, Mary Adelaide Barron. As a teenager, he worked at the Town House in Los Angeles, parking cars for hotel guests. After joining the Navy at age 17 and serving at Pearl Harbor, Hilton embarked on a successful, 20-year career as an entrepreneur. Based on his growing success with Vita-Pakt Citrus Products and McDonald Oil Co., his father invited him to join Hilton Hotels Corporation as a vice president in 1954, while …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Business


Labor had a banner year in California — now will workers unionize?

Last summer, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled public sector unions couldn’t compel fees from nonunion workers, the talk was that organized labor had been hit hard, was facing a mass exodus, and was playing defense even in pro-labor California.

Talk about a comeback.

This week, as state lawmakers wrap up for the year, labor is celebrating a banner year in Sacramento: New restrictions on California charter schools at the behest of the teachers unions. A bill to allow unionization for child care workers. And on Wednesday, the signing of AB 5, a nationally watched measure converting 1 million California freelancers into employees while granting them a suite of protections along with the right to join unions. The bill takes effect Jan. 1.

The turnaround is no accident. After the U.S. Supreme Court’s dues-gutting decision in the case of Janus v. AFSCME, labor went into political overdrive last year in California, pushing a series of bills through the Legislature that, among other things, forced state and local governments to give unions access to newly hired public employees.

“For so long, we had focused so much on public sector unions — and we’re going to continue to defend and protect those — but we’re also going to look at the private sector.”

— Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, AB 5 author

That helped shore up membership — and dues — in the influential unions that represent teachers and government workers. But experts say labor still has its work cut out, even with the passage of AB 5, touted as a path to more job security for gig economy workers.

While the bill is at once potentially transformative, it is also filled with complications and pitfalls, said Stanford law professor William Gould, a former National Labor Relations Board chairman. Uber, Lyft and DoorDash …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Business


The United Auto Workers big GM strike, explained

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Detroit has seen strikes before, but not like this one, said Daniel Howes at The Detroit News. At 11:59 p.m. last Sunday, 46,000 members of the United Auto Workers put down their tools at General Motors plants across the country in the union’s first walkout since taxpayers rescued the automaker from bankruptcy a decade ago. What makes this different from other big auto strikes is that the usual union-management tension over wages and the workers’ share of GM’s $8.1 billion 2018 profit has been overshadowed by “a deepening federal criminal investigation into the union’s leadership.” Breaking protocol, GM — which could lose $100 million a day from the strike — ­publicly released a proposal that includes an offer to reopen the shuttered Lordstown, Ohio, plant and retains the UAW’s impressive health-care coverage. The automaker is trying to sidestep the union and appeal to the rank and file rather than bargaining with a union president implicated in the investigation of union spending on “golf trips, clothes, cigars, and private villas.”

The corruption probe didn’t stop Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren from voicing support for the union, said Andrew Duehren at The Wall Street Journal, while President Trump simply called on both sides to reach an agreement. Trump’s support from Midwestern manufacturing workers helped him in 2016, but his administration “has taken executive actions that have weakened organized labor.” How he handles this strike “could help determine whether he keeps enough blue-collar votes to get a second term.”

“Successful strikes beget more strikes,” said Steven Greenhouse at The New York Times. The teacher’s strike in West Virginia last year inspired statewide walkouts in Oklahoma and Arizona, which then inspired …read more

Source:: The Week – Business


Q&A with climate activist Greta Thunberg

By Seth Borenstein | Associated Press

NEW YORK — Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg said she’s overwhelmed by the success of Friday’s climate protests.

But the 16-year-old who sparked the global movement said she was underwhelmed by the United States government’s approach to climate change.

Thunberg spoke with The Associated Press as the climate events were underway. Responses have been edited for length and clarity.

Did you think you’d get numbers like this when you started?

It’s just such a victory. I would never have predicted or believed that this was going to happen someday. And so fast, only in 15 months. I can’t wait to see the official numbers come in. It will be magnificent.

I think if enough people get together and stand up for this then that can have a huge difference, to put pressure on the people in power, to actually hold them accountable and to say you need to do something now.

What’s your impression of the political situation in the United States around climate change?

It’s a bit worse than in other countries. The arguments for continuing to not do anything and the empty words and promises and lies are the same. Some countries are more extreme than others but it’s not much different.

What do you expect from the upcoming climate action summit?

We must hope, but we must also be prepared for that nothing comes out of it. And then we need to continue no matter what. Giving up cannot be an option. Indeed, this is a great opportunity to do something and they (leaders) should take that. Otherwise they should feel ashamed.

People who deny climate change have attacked you personally. How do you deal with that?

It’s sad. You just have to ignore them because they are just desperately trying to remove the focus from the climate crisis to make it …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Business


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