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(Bloomberg) -- The ratio of Bitcoin’s price relative to gold is down to the lowest since early February amid greater caution about speculative assets and the economic recovery from the pandemic. One Bitcoin is now equivalent to about 23 ounces of bullion, down from a record of 36 ounces in April. The largest virtual currency is also smarting after tycoon Elon Musk said Tesla Inc. would no longer accept it for payments over environmental risks from high energy usage.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg) -- Testimony that Amazon.com Inc. had access to a mailbox installed for workers to vote in a recent union election could prompt the National Labor Relations Board to overturn the results, according to the agency’s former chair.During an NLRB hearing on Friday, employee Kevin Jackson said Amazon security guards used keys to open the mailbox, which was located near the entrance of the facility in Bessemer, Alabama.The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which lost the election last month, has accused Amazon of having the mailbox installed so it could spy on workers. Even just the impression of election surveillance by an employer can influence the vote’s outcome, so the hearing is focusing largely on what workers witnessed during the election.If the board finds Jackson’s testimony credible, it should be reason enough to overturn the result, said Wilma Liebman, who chaired the NLRB under President Barack Obama. What Jackson is alleging “at a minimum creates an appearance of Amazon involvement -- if not an inference of actual tampering -- with ballots,” Liebman said via email Friday.Amazon has denied an ulterior motive, saying it asked the U.S. Postal Service to install the mailbox in a bid to boost turnout. “As we’ve said from the start, this mailbox was secure and Amazon had no access to outgoing mail,” a company spokeswoman said Friday. “Similar to any other mailbox that serves businesses, we had access only to the incoming mailbox where we received mail addressed to the building. The facts will become clear when we have a chance to present them next week.”Jackson testified that as he was leaving work one morning he saw security guards approach the mailbox and then watched one of them open a large box on the bottom labeled “1P.”“What he was getting out or looking for, I’m not sure,” he said.While it was dark at the time, Jackson said his headlights illuminated the area. He also testified that Amazon security guards used surveillance cameras to monitor the parking lot, including zooming in on particular cars to read license plates and see who was inside if they detected anything suspicious.Under long-standing precedent, NLRB elections are supposed to be held under “laboratory conditions,” in which “employees are able to exercise free and uncoerced choice” about unionization, Liebman said. “This conduct certainly departs from that.”“What legitimate purpose could there possibly be for Amazon security guards to be opening the box?” she asked.In an April 16 complaint, the union accused Amazon of misconduct -- including issuing anti-union threats, firing an employee for distributing union cards and pressuring workers to use the mailbox to cast their votes. Amazon workers have been testifying all week about the mailbox and how the company encouraged them to use it as a secure way to submit their ballots.A labor board hearing officer who will recommend a ruling on the matter asked Jackson several questions about what he saw, indicating she deemed his testimony potentially relevant to the case.Like other Amazon employees who testified this week, Jackson said he was approached by managers asking him if he received a ballot and whether he voted.One Amazon manager, whose name Jackson didn’t know, asked him “off the record” what he felt about the union campaign. Jackson said he responded by quoting scripture. The manager, Jackson said, told him, “That’s not the answer I was looking for,” and asked him again. Jackson said he repeated the same Bible verse.“She was frustrated with my answer and walked off,” he said.Jackson, who was recently hospitalized for an undisclosed health condition, testified via video conference while lying down. Amazon attorneys asked if he was taking any medication that would affect his memory and he responded that he wasn’t.Amazon employees voted 1,798 to 738 against joining the union, with 505 other disputed ballots uncounted. The labor board has the authority to invalidate election results in response to conduct that could have changed the outcome and prevented employees from making a free choice about whether to unionize.“This damning eyewitness testimony of an Amazon security guard opening the famous mailbox (to which the company insisted only USPS had keys) comes as no surprise,” said Representative Andy Levin, Democrat of Michigan. “But the worker’s riveting account of a supervisor asking him ‘off the record’ (right!) whether he was for the union is just as important. As I have suspected since my first visit to Bessemer, Amazon broke the law, and the NLRB will likely come to that conclusion.”For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg) -- Drivers encountering fuel shortages in parts of the U.S. East and South may find it takes weeks before supply levels return to normal.Now that Colonial Pipeline Co. has resumed deliveries that were halted for nearly a week by a cyberattack, the industry is facing a new logistics problem on top of the lack of available fuel: not enough truck drivers to transport gasoline and diesel from distribution hubs to retail outlets.While filling station outages fell slightly in South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee on Friday, about half of each state’s outlets are still without fuel, according to retail-tracker GasBuddy. In North Carolina, about 65% of stations lack supply.“Too many stations need fuel, not enough capacity at the rack, not enough truck drivers,” Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, said on Twitter, reeling off the factors behind the shortages. He said it will take a few weeks for a recovery.Colonial Pipeline Co. paid nearly $5 million to Eastern European hackers to end a ransomware attack that shut its network of pipelines that transport gasoline, diesel and jet fuel along the U.S. East Coast. The outage, which occurred just weeks before the kickoff of summer driving season, left some retail stations dry in more than 10 states and pushed the average national pump price above $3 a gallon for the first time in six years.As of Friday afternoon, fuel flowing out of Houston toward the Southeast on Colonial’s system remained at less than half of capacity, according to people familiar with the matter. A little more than 14,000 stations are still without fuel in the affected areas of the U.S., down from a peak of about 16,200, according to GasBuddy.One of North America’s biggest distributors said the shortages will drag on because of the lack of tanker trucks to haul supplies.“It’s really going to be probably seven to 10 days before the average consumer really notices a noticeable improvement” in local supplies, said Andy Milton, senior vice president of supply at Mansfield Energy Corp., whose closely held company handles more than 3 billion gallons of fuel a year across the U.S. and Canada.Mansfield has brought trucks to areas affected by shortages from as far away as Minnesota and Texas.“The truck itself becomes the major, the major problem,” Milton said.Many truck drivers stopped hauling fuel during the pandemic when gasoline demand collapsed. Now, companies are rushing to hire them back. As recently as last week, Pilot Corp. was offering $5,000 hiring bonuses for tanker drivers to supply its stores and said it could hire 200 people before summer.The lack of drivers makes the recovery that much harder and people will need to be patient, said Bob Costello, chief economist for the American Trucking Association. “Everybody’s expecting to have their gas stations up and running overnight. That’s not going to happen and part of the reason is a stressed supply chain because of the driver shortage.”Hundreds of trucks have now descended into North Carolina with fuel from other parts of the country, said Rob Leon, the emergency director for Broco Oil, a Massachusetts-based fuel distributor, who has been driving a truck himself this week, making deliveries in the state.Terminals are still far from back to normal though as sites across the state attempt to replenish supply. “I was at the terminal this morning, and I took the last 1,000 gallons of gasoline and the last 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel that they had,” said Leon. “We had a truck yesterday that was in line for over 12 hours, and then they just turned around, didn’t even get a load.”(Updates throughout with comments on the truck shortage.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.