Amazon: The first American union of workers of the e-commerce giant was recently created in New York

Employees at Amazon’s Staten Island warehouse in New York voted to form the e-commerce giant’s first American union. In the vote, 2654 employees said they were in favor of the union and 2,131 were against, according to data provided by the National Labor Relations Board of Brooklyn.

The historic vote is the result of the battle of Christian Smalls, a former Amazon employee fired for organizing a protest in 2020 for greater protection against Covid, which created the Amazon Labor Union with which he obtained victory over the Seattle giant that in the past it had managed to block any other attempt at unionization.

When the results were announced, applause rang out from the small crowd gathered for the occasion at the foot of the building in the Brooklyn neighborhood where the counting took place. The name of the union, ALU, is sung several times. Its president Christian Smalls uncorks a bottle of champagne: “People have spoken today, they want a union,” he said. Shortly after, in front of the press, he ironically thanked Amazon boss Jeff Bezos for going into space, “because while he was up there, we were able to create a union.”

In decline for several decades, unions have achieved several symbolic victories in the United States in recent months, starting with the explicit support of US President Joe Biden. He also greeted the victory of the ALU union, saying “happy” that the employees can “be heard”.

September 11 – 20 years ago the attack on the Twin Towers

It is 8.46 in the morning twenty years ago. At that moment, the first of four flights hijacked by Al Qaeda terrorists crosses the New York sky at full speed and crashes into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Thus began September 11, the day of the attack that would have led to the collapse of the Twin Towers, causing the death of 2,997 people and changing history. Here are all the stages that marked that day.

It is 5.45 am when hijackers Mohammed Atta and Abdulaziz al-Omari evade security checks at Portland airport on their way to Boston. Here, along with three other terrorists, they board American Airlines Flight 11 to Los Angeles, carrying 92 people. The five take control of the plane which, three hours later, will crash into the center of New York: the impact will occur between the 93rd and 99th floors of the North skyscraper at a speed of 710 kilometers per hour.

A few minutes later, United Airlines 175, also departed from Boston and hijacked by five other men, crashes into the South Tower, between the 77th and 85th floors, at 870 kilometers per hour. It is 9.03 am and the impact takes place live on TV. After the first violent impact, in fact, the world’s media cameras are aimed at the World Trade Center in search of news for what, at least initially, appears to be an accident. A hypothesis that, in the face of the second crash, will however soon be set aside in favor of that of the attack.

Just half an hour later, the script repeats itself and Al Qaeda hits its third target: at 9.37 am American Airlines Flight 77, departing from Dulles International Airport in Washington with destination Los Angeles, hits the Pentagon, the headquarters of the American Defense Department , in Virginia. The attack caused the collapse of the west facade of the building and the death of 189 people in total: 125 inside the structure plus the 64 passengers on the flight, including the five terrorists responsible for the hijacking.

Meanwhile, upon becoming aware of the hijackings and the following coordinated attacks, the Federal Aviation Administration issues an order to block all civilian aircraft within the borders of the United States and orders those already in flight to land immediately. In an instant, at 10.42 am, all international civil air traffic is banned from landing in the United States. The block will remain in effect for three days.

It is now 10.00 in the morning in New York, and while it is becoming clear that it is a terrorist act, one of the Twin Towers, the one facing south, collapses on itself and crashes to the ground in front of the cameras of the whole world. Only an hour has passed since the moment of impact but the impact was so strong that it compromised the structural strength of the building and less than half an hour later, precisely at 10.28, the same fate will befall the North Tower. Some of the surrounding buildings are also damaged, one of which will collapse after 12.30, and for several minutes there have been scenes of people, trapped in the flames, who throw themselves into the void in desperation, rather than die charred or intoxicated. . The police speak of thousands of dead and injured: by the end of the day there will be 2,606 victims under the rubble of the World Trade Center.

But Al Qaeda’s plan is not yet fully realized. And in fact it never will be. About 30 minutes after the attack on the Pentagon, news arrives of a fourth and last aircraft involved in the offensive: a few hours earlier it left Newark airport, near New York, to head to San Francisco but the terrorists they presumably took control of it with the intent of turning to Washington to hit the seat of Congress. In a gesture that will become the subject of film scripts, the passengers of the Boeing 757 manage to get the better of the commando and crash the plane in Shanksville, in the countryside of Pennsylvania.

In addition to the images broadcast worldwide, the reaction of George W. Bush, who became president of the United States eight months earlier, remains a symbolic scene of the 9/11 attacks. Bush Jr. is in an elementary school classroom in Florida when the presidential chief of staff approaches him and whispers that a second plane has also hit the Twin Towers. The president decides to stay in the class and read the story of the goat with the children. “His face changed color,” said former student Mariah Williams ten years later. “We realized that something bad was happening.”

Hurricane Ida engulfs New York and New Jersey. At least 40 dead

NEW YORK – The alarms that arrive on all cell phones in America when there is a risk of any kind near it, began to ring on Wednesday, around eight in the evening, when it was already raining heavily on the Big Apple due to the hurricane Ida.

Then the messages became more and more disturbing, all the more so with the streets still full of South American messengers intent on delivering food, tinkering on bikes shaken by the wind and with the water rising in the meantime: “Floods in progress. Conditions. Weather. dangerous for your life. Do not leave the house and do not immediately seek shelter “.

Use before and after Hurricane Ida: streets flooded in minutes

Too late. After declaring a state of emergency when it was almost midnight, Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed it in mid-morning: after devastating Louisiana, leaving New Orleans in the dark, Hurricane Ida’s tail landed here causing at least 40 deaths ( but there could be more). Including a two-year-old boy found together with his 48- and 50-year-old parents and an 86-year-old woman.

All overwhelmed by the water in the basements where they lived. Numbers that rise to twenty-two if we also calculate the deaths in Maryland and New Jersey. “A historic meteorological event” defined the mayor.

Usa, flying inside Ida: images from the eye of the hurricane

On the other hand, in the first hour alone – just between 8pm and 9pm when the alarms began to sound – about 10 centimeters of rain fell on the city. And it continued like this throughout the night. Some subway stations – on 28th street and 142nd street – were swept away by water, which reached the electric tracks, forcing the service to be interrupted.

At one in the morning, then, another message: it is forbidden to drive by car until five in the morning. Indeed, a curfew caused by rain. Newark Airport is also closed from nine in the evening. And the stadium where the US Open is played has also flooded, forcing the postponement of tennis competitions.

Such a thing, in America’s most famous metropolis, had never really been seen. Although a warning had already occurred two weeks ago. When the sudden tail of Hurricane Henri unexpectedly hit the city on August 21, forcing the We Love NYC concert in Central Park to be stopped, preventing big names like Paul Simon from performing at Bruce Springsteen.

At an outdoor mid-morning press conference in Jamaica’s hardest hit area of ​​Queens, new governor Kathy Hochul reiterated: “This is the first time there is a” flash flood “in New York, yes, in short, such a severe sudden flood, caused by rain, “he said, making the list of floods, from the subway, in fact, to the Lincoln Tunnel that connects New York to New Jersey.

“Experts are no longer able to predict the suddenness of certain phenomena. We have to completely rethink our contingency plans. And every resident, every visitor to New York must know what to do after receiving an alarm, aware of the deadly seriousness of the risk. . “.

A concept also underlined by de Blasio: “It is a wake-up call for everyone. We must learn to react much faster. And more funds are needed”.

President Joe Biden, today in Louisiana just to visit the areas devastated by the Ida in the South, has already promised an important allocation. Meanwhile, the morning light showed how much the hurricane’s virulence affected Pennsylvania as well. Half Philadelphia is flooded just like major cities in New Jersey and New York, but it is not yet known whether there were any casualties there as well.

The “socialist” deputy from New York Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, godmother of the Green New Deal, is already pointing her finger: “Climate change is to blame.” While on Twitter she tries to ironize the New York journalist Philip Gourevitch: “Not being in the middle of fire or underwater these days is now anti-American”, she writes, alluding to the fire emergency that is ravaging California in these same hours. .