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As UAW strike looms, auto workers want 4-day, 32-hour workweek, among other contract demands

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United Auto Workers – the union that represents workers at the Big 3 automakers in Detroit – are threatening to strike over stalled contract negotiations. One of the changes the union wants to see is a four-day workweek, working 32 hours for 40 hours of pay.

UAW President Shawn Fain gave an address last month on Facebook Live, explaining the demands of the union. “Our members are working 60, 70, even 80 hours a week just to make ends meet. That’s not living. It’s barely surviving and it needs to stop,” he said.

After receiving a contract proposal from Ford, which Fain said “insults our very worth,” he gave another address on the platform.

“The labor movement once fought for a vision of work life in which everyone had 8 hours for work, 8 hours rest, and 8 hours recreation,” he said. “Sadly, it feels like we’ve gone so far backwards that we have to fight just to have the 40-hour workweek back.”

Advocating for shorter workweeks is not a new concept for auto workers. Congress amended federal labor laws in 1940, limiting the workweek to 40 hours, but nearly 15 years earlier, Ford Motors became one of the first companies to implement a 40-hour week.

In an interview with In These Times, a monthly progressive publication, Fain said he learned that UAW had advocated for 35- and 32-hour workweeks back in the 1930s and 1940s. “And you know, 80 years later, in bargaining in 2019, our leadership was agreeing to seven-day, 12-hour schedules,” Fain said. 

“I don’t consider [a 30-hour workweek] ambitious. I consider it almost a human rights issue,” he said, adding that many workers’ health has been impacted by the long hours, with some suffering injuries. “That’s the reality of standing there on assembly lines working day after day, seven days a week, 10 hours a day, 12 hours a day.”

UAW isn’t the first group that has advocated for four-day workweeks – and in some industries, the change has been made. 

Hundreds of U.S. school districts have adopted a four-day workweek, including Independence School District in Missouri, one of the largest districts in the state to implement the change. Superintendent Dale Herl told CBS News earlier this year that 35 minutes will be added to each day to make up for the loss of Mondays, and childcare on Mondays will be offered for $30 a day.

The four-day school week helps schools experiencing a teacher shortage recruit staff. “The number of teaching applications that we’ve received have gone up more than four-fold,” Herl said. 

The change for a shorter week may be a result of the pandemic, when workers in some industries found a better work-life balance while working from home. A survey from the International Foundation of Employment found that 75% of corporate and single employers have employees working remotely on certain days of the week. 

And while 80% are not considering a four-day workweek, 14% are, with 1% already implementing pilot programs and another 1% formally implementing the change.

Nearly 70% of employers that are considering a four-day workweek come from five industries: manufacturing or distribution, health care and medicine, professional service firms, nonprofits and high technology, according to the survey. 

The main reasons employers are not adopting four-day workweeks? Lack of interest by upper management, difficulty implementing it organization worldwide, unsure if it would work with organizational structure and concern that it would hurt business operations, the survey showed.

What are UAW’s other demands?

The four-day workweek is just one part of the UAW’s demands for the Big 3 – Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, formerly Fiat Chrysler. The union also wants big pay raises – which Fain says the Big 3 can afford, since their CEOs saw a 40% pay increase on average in the last four years. They also want more paid time off and a benefit pension, among other things. 

They also want to restore COLA – cost of living adjustments – that ensure the working class receives the benefits needed to survive in the current economy. COLA is used by the Social Security Administration, which increased benefits for 70 million people by 8.7 percent in 2023.

UAW says 65 Big 3 plants have been closed in the last 20 years, which they say devastates hometowns. The union wants to implement a “working family protection program” that pays UAW to do community service work if the companies shut down a facility.

The strike of more than 140,000 union members is looming and the automakers have until 11:59 p.m. Thursday to reach an agreement.  

How much do UAW workers make?

In one of his addresses, Fain said the Big 3 raked in a combined $21 billion in profits in the first six months of 2023. “Record profits mean record contracts,” Fain said.

UAW wants Ford and GM’s full-time assembly plant workers to make $32.32 an hour and Stellantis’ full-time employees to make $31.77 an hour. 

Fain said starting wages have decreased from 2007, when new workers made $19.60 an hour, or $28.96 an hour to account for inflation. Now, starting wages are $18.04 an hour.

In 2007 it took three years to reach $28 an hour – now, it takes about eight years to reach $32 an hour. 



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Graphic footage shows law enforcement standing over body of Trump rally shooter

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Graphic bodycam footage released Tuesday by Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley shows local law enforcement and a Secret Service agent standing over the body of the gunman in the aftermath of the July 13 assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump during a campaign rally in Butler, Pennsylvania.

The footage, which Grassley said in a social media post was obtained via congressional request, was captured by the body camera of a Beaver County Emergency Services Unit officer.

It shows what appears to be multiple local law enforcement officers and a Secret Service agent standing on the roof from where the shots on Trump were fired from more than 400 feet away. The body of the gunman, 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks, can be seen laying on the roof beside them with a trail of blood.

Last week, a local law enforcement officer with direct knowledge of the events had told CBS News that a sniper from a local tactical team deployed to assist the Secret Service at the rally had snapped a picture of the gunman and saw him looking through a rangefinder minutes before he tried to assassinate Trump.

In the bodycam video, an unnamed Secret Service agent appears to confirm this, saying that the deceased gunman matches the description of the suspicious person in photos that were disseminated prior to the shooting.

“A Beaver County sniper seen and sent the pictures out, this is him,” the agent says in the video, referring to the shooter’s body.

“I don’t know if you got the same ones I did?” an officer asks the agent of the photos.

“I think I did, yeah, he’s (the shooter) got his glasses on,” the agent replies.

The officer adds that the sniper “sent the original pictures, and seen him (the shooter) come from the bike, and set the book bag down, and then lost sight of him.”

The agent also asks about whether an abandoned bike that was found in the area belonged to the shooter.

“We don’t know,” an officer replies.

Sources previously told CBS News that an AR-style rifle, remote transmitter and cellphone was found on the shooter’s body, while two explosive devices, a drone, a tactical vest and four magazines of the same ammunition used in the shooting were found inside the shooter’s car.

In the video, the agent discloses that people who were believed to have filmed the gunman with their phones had been detained for questioning.

“There’s people detained who were filming…maybe they were involved, maybe they weren’t,” the agent tells the officers.

Authorities have since confirmed that the gunman acted alone, and cellphone video has revealed that attendees attempted to alert officers to the shooter a full two minutes before he opened fire on Trump.

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On July 14, 2024, two FBI investigators scan the roof of AGR International Inc, the building adjacent to the Butler Fairgrounds, from which the shooter fired at former President Donald Trump, during a campaign rally on July 13, 2024 in Butler, Pennsylvania. 

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“I think we have three victims in the crowd, are you guys hearing that too?” the agent asks in the video, referring to the rally attendee, a 50-year-old retired firefighter who was killed, along with two other attendees who were critically wounded. 

During testimony Monday before the House Oversight Committee, Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle, who then resigned her post Tuesday, alleged that, at some point prior to the shooting, law enforcement teams were sent to identify and interview Crooks after he was deemed suspicious. She did not provide any additional details, including when the team was sent to make contact with him.

“At a number of our protected sites, there are suspicious individuals that are identified all the time,” she said. “It doesn’t necessarily mean that they constitute a threat.”

However, three sources familiar with a July 17 law enforcement briefing to members of Congress said that Secret Service was notified by the Pennsylvania State Police of a suspicious person with a rangefinder on the ground at 5:51 p.m. — about 20 minutes before the gunman opened fire.

A CBS News analysis has determined that the gunman was able to fire eight rounds in under six seconds before he was fatally shot by a Secret Service sniper. 

Scott MacFarlane, Melissa Quinn, Nicole Sganga and Anna Schecter contributed to this report. 



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Video shows whale capsizing boat off New Hampshire coast, fishermen rescued

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Whale capsizes boat off coast of New Hampshire


Whale capsizes boat off coast of New Hampshire

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RYE, N.H. — An incredible video captured the moment a whale off the coast of New Hampshire capsized a boat, sending two men flying into the ocean. Two teenagers nearby, who captured video of the incident, came to their immediate rescue. 

Two men thrown overboard

“You know the risk when you come out here, it’s really unusual what happened to us this morning,” said Greg Paquette, who was thrown overboard.

Paquette and his friend Ryland Kenney were fishing off the coast of Rye, New Hampshire, when a whale suddenly breached and knocked over their boat. 

“Thankfully it was slow enough that I could kind of swim my way out away from it before it completely capsized,” Paquette said.

It took Kenney several frantic moments before he could even find Paquette in the water. “Not much time to react,” Kenney said. “So I took a few steps off and basically did a superman off the boat.”

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A whale slammed into a boat off Rye, New Hampshire in July 2024.

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Two teens, Colin and Wyatt Yager, were fishing nearby when it happened. They said they saw the whale breach a few more times afterwards.

Colin had his rod in one hand and a phone in the other. “It’s just unreal. Completely unreal,” he said. 

The whale leaped out of the water, cresting over Paquette and Kenney’s boat. Paquette said the whale had a mouthful of fish and crashed down on the back of their boat, sending them flying. 

A Coast Guard crew from Station Portsmouth reported that the whale appeared to not be injured. The incident was reported to NOAA.

“This is their home”

Fortunately, the men were only in the water for a minute when the two boys came to their rescue.

“We are grateful to the good Samaritans for taking such quick action to rescue these two individuals. Bravo Zulu!” the Coast Guard said on X

The men made it out safely — but their belongings not so much. Paquette lost his iPhone. The boat was salvaged, the Coast Guard said.

“That’s the one thing we got to realize, that this is their home. This is their ocean, so we’re in their way,” Kenney said.

The Coast Guard asked boaters to report whale sightings to a local USCG command center.



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While most U.S. carriers have resumed normal operations, Delta Air Lines continued to deal with issues Tuesday brought on by the global tech outage, with hundreds of flights canceled. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said the agency has received more than 3,000 complaints specific to Delta since the CrowdStrike outage. Kris Van Cleave reports.

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