NISSAN WORKERS VOTE IN MISSISSIPPI
MISS.» Workers at CANTON,
Nissan Motor Co.’s Mississippi assembly plant voted Thursday to decide whether to be represented by the United Auto Workers union. The voting by 3,700 assembly and maintenance workers began before dawn inside the plant. The National Labor Relations Board will accept the secret ballots through 7 p.m. Friday.
On one side are workers who say they need a union to give them a voice in their workplace, to protect against arbitrary treatment, and to bargain for better benefits and pay.
Other Nissan employees reject the idea of a union speaking for them. They fear the UAW would be an economic albatross, burdening an employer who pays them well.
Canada OKs genetically engineered potatoes.
Canadian officials say three types of potatoes genetically engineered by an Idaho company to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat.
The approval confirmed by Health Canada officials on Thursday means the J.R. Simplot Co. potatoes can be imported, planted and sold in Canada.
Hacker who helped stop global cyberattack arrested.
VEGAS» Marcus LAS Hutchins, a young British researcher credited with having derailed a global cyberattack in May, has been arrested for allegedly creating and distributing malicious software designed to collect banking passwords.
Authorities say Hutchins was detained in Las Vegas on his way back to Britain from Def Con, an annual gathering of hackers and IT security gurus in Las Vegas.
CEO for Avon is leaving.
LONDON» Avon CEO Sheri McCoy will leave the company in March as the struggling beauty products maker continues a turnaround campaign. The company said Thursday that it had hired an executive search firm to help find a successor.
Grubhub to buy Eat24 from Yelp.
Grubhub plans to gobble up another online food-ordering rival: This time it’s Yelp Inc.’s Eat24.
Chicago-based Grubhub Inc. is paying Yelp $287.5 million for Eat24. That’s more than double what Yelp, based in San Francisco, paid to acquire Eat24 two years ago.