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March's Moving Ups

23 New Senior LP's - 15 Promotions - 8 Appointments

ALTO USA Appoints Rhett Asher as Vice President, Community Relations & Partnerships
Bath & Body Works named Will Baker Vice President, Asset Protection
Bath & Body Works promoted Ben Carter to Senior Manager, Field AP
Dick's Sporting Goods promoted Justin Voss, CFI, LPC to Sr. Manager of LP Investigations
DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse promoted Tim Mottershead to Senior Manager - Regional AP
Empire Today named Jack Halpin Manager - Security and Investigations
Floor & Decor promoted Tony Aloisio, CFI to Senior Director Loss Prevention
J. Crew Group promoted Leigh Kohlhaas, CFI to Director of Loss Prevention
Levi Strauss & Co. promoted Wolf Ahonen to Sr. Manager, Security and LP (U.S. and Canada)
Lowe's Companies promoted Tiffany Paxton, CCII, LPQ to Investigations Manager - Retail Crime & Fraud
Lowe's Companies promoted Jose Martinez to Regional Asset Protection Director
LPRC named Sara McFann new Research Scientist
Microsoft named Carmen Best Director of Global Security Risk Operations
Rite Aid promoted Daniel Davies, CFI to Director, Asset Protection Solutions
Ross Stores promoted Brian J. Aquilina to Group Vice President, Organizational Safety & Security
Safeway promoted Oscar Santos, Jr. to Organized Retail Crime - Asset Protection Manager
SEPHORA promoted Scott Martignetti, CFI to Senior Regional Loss Prevention Manager
Snap Inc. promoted Cynthia Ferguson-Villa to Sr. Mgr, Global Security, Awareness, Training & Education
Target named Joan Abreu Asset Protection Operations Manager
TELUS appoints Rick Snook as Business Development Director
Total Wine & More promoted Catherine Stasiowski to Vice President, Loss Prevention & Safety
Whole Foods Market promoted Ted Fancher III, LPC to Director Asset Protection & Safety
7-Eleven named Ken D. Gladney, CFI Asset Protection Specialist

From PD to Microsoft Security
Former Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best joins Microsoft as director of global security risk operations

Carmen Best has joined Microsoft as director of global security risk operations.

Carmen Best served as Seattle Police chief from August 2018 to September 2020, and spent more than two decades in various roles with the Seattle Police Department, including as deputy chief and assistant chief with the Investigations Bureau. She departed following police funding cuts and the police reform protests.

At Microsoft, Best will be "responsible for global virtual security operations team, intelligence, executive threat intel, special asset security, event security, travel security, security risk operations, security program management office (PMO)," according to her LinkedIn. Microsoft's Global Security arm "protects the people and assets of Microsoft."

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

'National Theft Crisis' Continues to Make Headlines
ORC needs stricter penalties, US Chamber of Commerce tells Congress
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce - the world's largest business organization - is imploring Congress to step up enforcement against rampant retail theft.

In a letter to Congress (published in the D&D Daily on March 30), the organization outlined specific actions - including passing legislation seeking to stop the resale of stolen goods - that it hopes policymakers will take to tackle the "significant increase in retail theft and organized retail crime" impacting large and small businesses across the nation.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley cited a recent survey indicating that 54% of small business owners experienced an increase in shoplifting in 2021.

Meanwhile, another survey conducted by the National Retail Federation showed that larger retailers lost an average of more than $700,000 per $1 billion in sales in 2020 due to organized retail crime. That's an increase of more than 50% in the last five years.

These crimes are not only affecting businesses, but harming the entire community, according to Bradley.

"These crimes are not victimless," he said. "In addition to the growing number of thefts that turn violent, innocent consumers, employees, local communities, and business owners and shareholders bear the costs of rising retail theft."

As a result, 25% of businesses raised prices in order to offset losses, according to Bradley. Some businesses were even forced to close in response to these crimes, he added.

The organization wants Congress to pass the "Integrity, Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces for (INFORM) Consumers Act" to prevent stolen goods from being resold on online marketplaces. foxbusiness.com chainstoreage.com

Retail 'Siege Mentality' Amid Theft Surge
You're Not Imagining It. Stores Are Locking Everything Up.
Retailers have rushed to lock things up - from razors and soap to socks and pistachios - as theft has soared during the pandemic, prompting frustration among shoppers encountering an increasingly long list of everyday items that suddenly require flagging down an employee. They are looking to reduce shoplifting, as well as more coordinated attacks by criminal gangs that target products they can steal in bulk and easily resell online, with some groups netting millions in profits.

Nearly 70% of retailers reported a rise in organized retail crime last year, contributing to theft and losses of as much as $69 billion a year, according to the Retail Industry Leaders Association and the Buy Safe America Coalition.

"Everyone is locking everything up. It's a siege mentality," said Joe Budano, CEO of Indyme, a San Diego-based company whose security devices are used by Walgreens and other big chains. Its help buttons, which sit on top of locked cases and when pushed begin flashing and issuing a request for assistance over the store's loudspeaker, are selling in record numbers, with sales up 40% this year.

RTC sells a line of plastic windows that sit on shelves and prevent thieves from grabbing more than one or two products at a time before an alarm is sounded. They can be left unlocked, but a larger percentage of retailers are now asking for the locks. "We can hardly make enough of them right now," said Gary Cohen, a vice president at the company.

While the rush to lock things up may have started in big cities like San Francisco plagued by rampant theft, it hasn't stopped there. As thieves have found it more difficult to steal items in urban areas, where stores have locked things up or even closed permanently after being targeted, they are increasingly stealing from suburban and rural stores, prompting efforts to lock items up there, too, said Jeff Jones, CEO of Vira Insight, a major manufacturer of locked cases.

Retailers aren't clueless. They know customers hate finding stuff locked up. It typically results in a 15-to-25% reduction in sales, said Budano, who adds that customers who don't want to go through the hassle of flagging down and waiting for an employee will just leave. forbes.com

Thefts Up 70% - Burglaries Up 36% in Chicago
Chicago records 36 percent jump in crime as some violent crime drops
Chicago has seen a 36 percent increase in overall crime since last year, though shootings and murders fell slightly. The city, which has a history of high gun violence, saw other crimes like burglaries, thefts and car jackings rise over the past year.

Shooting incidents declined by 11 percent and murders were down 6 percent from this time last year, when Chicago recorded the most homicides in 25 years.

Burglaries were up 36 percent, thefts were up 70 percent and carjackings were up 43 percent, according to police data tracking crimes through March 27.

The crime trends in Chicago were similar to those in major cities including New York and Los Angeles. Overall crime complaints in New York City rose by nearly 45 percent thus far this year, city data showed. However, murders in the city dropped by roughly 5 percent, with shooting incidents up by about 17 percent.

Across the country in Los Angeles, homicides were down about 13 percent this year compared to last, and shootings declined by around 8 percent.

But robberies and car jackings were up, and the city recorded a nearly 12 percent jump in violent crime overall, Los Angeles Police Department data indicated. thehill.com

Minnesota's ORC Effort
Sen. Limmer champions legislation to address organized retail crime
"In 2020, 75% of retailers saw an increase in organized crime, and I authored my bill in response to this drastic surge," said Senator Warren Limmer (R-Maple Grove). "Currently, 34 states have already defined organized retail crime, and by putting this definition into Minnesota law, we will have a modernized tool to address the changing ways organized retail crimes are carried out."

He continued, "This bill will have an important impact on distinguishing between common petty shoplifting and organized crime. My hope is that this bill will provide prosecutors and law enforcement an updated tool to help address the theft going on at retailers of all sizes across Minnesota."

S.F. 3487 would establish the crime of organized theft. This crime occurs when a person steals or fraudulently obtains retail merchandise from a retailer; resells or intends to resell it; advertises or displays it for sale; returns it to the retailer for anything of value; or the act occurs withing five years of a previous conviction.

In addition, receiving stolen retail merchandise with the intent to resell it and possessing shoplifting-related devices with the intent to use them to shoplift are violations. Penalties for the new crime range from a gross misdemeanor to a 2-, 7-, or 15-year statutory maximum felony depending on the value of the property stolen and whether the offender violated the crime in the past.

This bill also provides for enhanced penalties for violations that create a reasonably foreseeable risk of bodily harm to others and allows aggregation of the value of retail merchandise stolen in a six-month period for charging purposes. hometownsource.com

Ohio Bill to Combat ORC
Ohio bill to combat organized retail crime approved by General Assembly
Ohio House Bill 272 championed by State Rep. Haraz Ghanbari, R-Perrysburg, passed the General Assembly Wednesday after a 33-0 vote in Senate. The legislation, jointly sponsored by State Rep. Phil Plummer, R-Dayton, requires high-volume, third-party online sellers to disclose certain pieces of identifying information in order to protect consumers.

Specifically, the bill defines a high-volume third-party seller as a participant in an online marketplace that, in any continuous 12-month period in the previous 24 months has entered into at least 200 discreet sales for new or unused consumer goods resulting in at least $5,000 of gross revenue. The required identifying information for sellers on product listings would include details such as name, email address, or business tax I.D. number and would further require the online marketplace to verify such information within ten days of the seller qualifying as high volume.

Ghanbari said that having this information available will allow consumers to be able to contact these sellers if necessary. Additionally, the bill allows the attorney general to adopt rules to enforce the bill's provisions. Additionally, the bill will help combat organized crime as Ghanbari identified that crime rings find a source of revenue through the online selling of stolen or counterfeit goods. sent-trib.com

In Case You Missed It: Illinois turns attention to epidemic of retail thefts

Retail theft on the rise in Tulsa area


COVID Update

562M Vaccinations Given

US: 81.8M Cases - 1M Dead - 65.6M Recovered
Worldwide: 491.9M Cases - 6.1M Dead - 426.9M Recovered

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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 354   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 741
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Spring Break COVID Surge?
Health Experts Say COVID Cases Likely Will Rise When Spring Break Ends
After two pandemic years and travel restrictions, some families and students plan to make up for lost time this Spring Break. But the fear for health experts is they'll pick up the new, even more contagious Omicron subvariant known as BA. 2.

"Like the evil twin sister of BA. 1, it's more transmissible by 30 to 50 percent," said Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, infectious disease expert at UCSF.

Dr. Chin-Hong said that, while 10 states outside of California were seeing cases go up, the Bay Area case counts remained low. That is expected to change as health officials believe the local numbers will increase.

"We don't think it's going to be a traditional surge like a huge vertical-wall increase and lots of people being hospitalized. They'll probably be a low- to moderate increase that may cause some disruptions in schools and the workforce," Dr. Chin-Hong said. sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

Thousands of EEOC COVID Complaints
Regulatory Update: EEOC Gets Over 6,000 COVID Complaints

To avoid becoming targets, employers need to provide accommodations.

It looks like more employers should have paid attention when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its own COVID-19 discrimination guidelines, covering responses to the disease itself as well as vaccination policies. It was recently revealed that between April 2020 and December 2021 more than 6,000 discrimination charges were filed.

The EEOC also received more than 2,700 separate vaccine-related charges after the vaccine became widely available and vaccine mandates were introduced to workplaces across the county.

The majority of the EEOC charges claimed violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), while others cited racial, ethnic and gender discrimination under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act along with other anti-bias laws. Many of the EEOC charges related to vaccine mandates appear to cite violations of the ADA; however, the majority of vaccine-related charges raised other statutes. ehstoday.com

Just 10% of Workers Are Still Remote Due to COVID
COVID isn't the thing keeping people working from home anymore
As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to fade, so too do the number of Americans working from home. With the latest Omicron spike largely in the rearview mirror, only about 10% of employed Americans worked remotely in March because of COVID, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday. And that's down by about three percentage points from February.

Keep in mind, however, that this metric represents only the share of Americans who are working remotely due to the virus over the last four weeks. Those who worked remotely pre-pandemic or worked from home for other reasons are excluded. The overall number of people working remotely for any reason is likely much higher, says Daniel Zhao, senior economist and lead data scientist for Glassdoor's economic research team.

Yet as more workers are recalled in person, 55% of workers are concerned about the extra costs of heading back to in-person work, Workhuman finds. Top-of-mind for most are the higher commuting costs, particularly around rising gas prices. fortune.com

Hong Kong Retail Sales Plunge 14.6% as Covid Measures Bite
Hong Kong's retail sales contracted 14.6% in February from a year ago, the biggest decline since July 2020 as the government imposed tough restrictions to battle the city's worst-ever outbreak.

A New Wave of Covid-19 Is Coming. Here's How to Prepare.



Bad Trend for Workplace Safety
Workforce Drug Test Positivity Climbs to Highest Level in Two Decades

The study showed increased drug positivity rates in the safety-sensitive workforce, including those performing public safety and national security jobs.

The rate of positive drug test results among the U.S. workforce reached its highest rate last year since 2001. This number increased more than 30% in the combined U.S. workforce from an all-time low in 2010-2012, according to a new analysis released on March 30 by Quest Diagnostics.

Overall positivity in the federally mandated, safety-sensitive workforce based on nearly 2.7 million urine drug tests stayed even year over year (2.2% in 2020 and 2021) and was 4.8% higher than 2017 (2.1% in 2017 versus 2.2% in 2021). In the general U.S. workforce, positivity increased 1.8% (5.5% in 2020 versus 5.6% in 2021) and was 12% higher than in 2017 (5.0% in 2017 versus 5.6% in 2021) and up each of the last five years.

"Our Drug Testing Index reveals several notable trends, such as increased drug positivity rates in the safety-sensitive workforce, including those performing public safety and national security jobs, as well as higher rates of positivity in individuals tested after on-the-job accidents," said Barry Sample, Ph.D., Senior Science Consultant for Quest Diagnostics, in a statement.

After five years of steady declines in several drug categories, positivity rates based on urine drug tests for the federally mandated, safety-sensitive workforce increased in 2021. Of note, marijuana increased 8.9% (0.79% in 2020 to 0.86% in 2021), amphetamines increased 7.8% (0.64% in 2020 to 0.69% in 2021) and cocaine increased 5.0% (0.20% in 2020 to 0.21% in 2021). ehstoday.com

The Hayes Report on Loss Prevention
Quarterly - Spring 2022 - Vol. 37 No. 2

Topics: Stemming the Tide of Shoplifting - Robin Hood - Testing for Success - Safety Violations - The Bulletin Board

Mark Doyle Talks ---
A New Year and Unfortunately Theft Continues

Out with the old (2021), in with the new (2022), but retail thefts remain the constant. Some of these thefts are getting crazy (ie. woman carrying pick-axe stealing alcohol; brazen midday smash and grab thefts; Flash Mob thefts initiated on social media, etc.). The one positive of all this is that with
retail thefts now being constantly in the news, and the public getting informed and educated about retail theft, maybe our elected officials, the courts and some police departments will take retail theft more seriously and begin taking steps to make things better.

On the subject of shrink/theft, how were your 2021 shrink results? Hopefully you met or Surpassed your shrink goals and 2022 will be another banner year. If not, give us a call and let's talk about your shrink.

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Nearly 50K New Retail Jobs Added in March
Economy added 431,000 jobs in March despite worries over slowing growth
U.S. employers added 431,000 jobs in March on a seasonally adjusted basis, the Labor Department said Friday. The unemployment rate was 3.6 percent, down from 3.8 percent a month earlier and just a touch higher than its levels right before the pandemic.

The economy has recovered more than 90 percent of the 22 million jobs lost at the peak of the pandemic's lockdowns in the spring of 2020 - a far swifter rebound than forecasters initially expected.

Parts of the labor market that were already strong generally got stronger: Professional and business services added 102,000 jobs in March, and retail trade employment added 49,000 workers to its payrolls. nytimes.com

LPF Announces LPC & LPQ Professionals for March
The Loss Prevention Foundation would like to recognize and congratulate the following individuals who successfully completed all of the requirements set forth by the board of directors to be LPQualified (LPQ) and/or LPCertified (LPC). View Full List Here

Five Below looks to triple store count by 2030
The retailer set a goal of tripling its store count to more than 3,500 locations by 2030, up from 1,190 stores at the end of 2021.
Sony Has Reportedly Laid Off 90 Amid Shift Away From Retail

Lawsuit alleges Burger King sandwich sizes in ads mislead customers

Biden will tap oil reserve, hoping to push gasoline prices down

European fast fashion retailers struggle amid inflation and Russia-Ukraine war

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Target: Worst Store to Steal From?
I'm an ex-Target employee - why it's the worst store to steal from as there are dark consequences no one talks about

An ex-Target employee has issued a warning to shoplifters, claiming that security tracks people stealing in their stores.

The woman claimed in a TikTok that people caught stealing could rack up hefty bills and fines, as cameras are always able to see what they take. In response, @hoesticia warns the user to never steal from Target. As a past employee, she is familiar with their punishments and restrictions.

"If you want to continue to go to Target, don't steal from them," she said. "Most likely, they already know that you're stealing. They see you on the cameras. Someone's following you. Most likely, they're building a case against you. You're going to get caught."

She also alleges that Target security guards go undercover, dressing in plainclothes and following around anyone they might suspect. In the video's comments, several people confirm @hoesticia's claims, writing that Target purposely allows shoplifters to steal up to a certain amount before taking legal action. the-sun.com

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NRF: Retailers Must Remain Vigilant
The retail industry prepares for Russian cyberattacks

Political leaders and cybersecurity agencies stress that companies must remain vigilant

In the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the subsequent actions by the U.S. government and many other nations to impose financial sanctions on Russia, concern has grown about potential retaliatory cyberattacks by the Russian government and Russian-based cybercrime groups, many of which are known to take direction from Russian intelligence agencies.

More than one month after Russia's initial invasion, these concerns have not yet led to a wave of cyberattacks directed against the U.S. and allied and partnered nations, but there are good reasons to remain vigilant.

U.S. political leaders and cybersecurity agencies are stressing that companies must remain vigilant. On March 21, President Biden reiterated a warning about "the potential that Russia could conduct malicious cyber activity against the United States."

The following day, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency held a lengthy call for private-sector stakeholders during which it noted "evolving intelligence indicates that the Russian government is exploring options to conduct potential cyberattacks against the United States." CISA also reinforced guidance that it and other federal agencies have been providing to the private sector as part of its Shields Up campaign, including with respect to network defense, intrusion detection, incident response and business recovery.

CISA also urged companies to empower chief information security officers and "ensure that the entire organization understands that security investments are a top priority in the immediate term."

No credible public information to date indicates that Russian cyber threat actors plan to target the retail sector specifically. Given the high-profile nature of many retail companies and consumer brands, however, and the decisions by many retailers with Russian operations to withdraw their operations, there are good reasons for ongoing vigilance.

Retailers must also be concerned about the potential disruptive impacts of cyberattacks on critical third parties, including IT and financial service partners and the utilities that provide electricity, water and telecommunications to their stores. nrf.com

Cybersecurity Is Top Concern for Retailers
Critical Areas of Risk for Retailers to Focus On
For certain, steering our way through a global pandemic has sharpened all of our abilities to deal with dynamic government regulations, workforce shortages, and supply chain issues. The big question though is, "What's next?" followed by "What do we do about it?"

It seems to be a no-brainer that every retailer (large, small and everything in between) should have a good cybersecurity team and program in place. Retailers have long been the target of cybercriminals, and as we become more omnichannel and digitally focused, bad actors will only continue to attempt to exploit every possible vulnerability. While the average cost of a data breach is on the rise (currently in the $3 million to $4 million range), the greater concern really lies in the broader-reaching impact of the loss of credibility and trust with the person we value most - our customer.
Another equally disturbing and very visible trend that's escalating is the impact of cybersecurity attacks on physical operational capabilities (or more technically stated the risk in IT/OT convergence). The more that our infrastructures become interconnected, the greater the fragility of the entire system.

Just look at the recent past. In September 2020, Universal Health Services experienced a ransomware attack that forced it to shut down IT operations at 400 locations and deliver patient care using backup processes. In 2021, the Colonial Pipeline Company suffered a ransomware attack that led to the shutting down of a major oil pipeline for several days impacting the East Coast. Later that year, JBS (the largest meat producer globally) forced a shutdown of several of its production plants in the U.S. for a period due to a cyberattack.

Think about that for just a moment. What would it mean to your retail operation to lose temporary access to your point-of-sale systems, e-commerce sites, inventory systems, or logistics systems? What would the impact be on your business?

What should you do? Ensure that there's very focused engagement from your cybersecurity leadership and program around the cyber risk landscape, gaps and vulnerabilities, standards (e.g., NIST) and resourcing, and their ability to identify, protect, deter, respond and recover effectively. mytotalretail.com

Cyber Military Operations
Biden studying whether to scale back Trump-era cyber authorities at DOD
The Biden administration is reviewing whether and how to change a Trump-era policy that gave unprecedented authority to the Department of Defense and U.S. Cyber Command to authorize cyber-operations without White House approval, two sources briefed on the discussions said.

The administration has launched an "interagency review process" paving the way for revisions to the Trump-era National Security Presidential Memorandum-13 (NSPM-13), one of the sources said. The White House National Security Council is spearheading the effort, according to the sources.

NSPM-13, which became policy in 2018, allowed the delegation of "well-defined authorities to the Secretary of Defense to conduct time-sensitive military operations in cyberspace," according to a 2020 speech given by Paul Ney, then the general counsel for the DOD.

NSPM-13 has long been controversial, and many Washington insiders called its 2018 implementation an unusual response by the Trump administration to historically slow decision-making in the cyber realm, particularly during the Obama administration. NSPM-13 built on the principle of persistent engagement, which Ney described as "continuously engaging and contesting adversaries and causing them uncertainty wherever they maneuver."

One of the sources briefed on the administration's plans to review NSPM-13 said that White House officials want to "regularize cyber operations." The source described the Trump administration's delegation of broad cyber authorities to the Defense Department as highly unusual. cyberscoop.com

Apple's Zero-Day Woes Continue
Two new bugs in macOS and iOS disclosed this week add to the growing list of zero-days the company has rushed to patch over the past year.

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Feds Launch Amazon Safety Investigation

House Oversight panel launches investigation into Amazon's labor practices

Committee Democrats said they were concerned the company "may be putting the health and safety of its workers at risk."

A major investigative committee on Capitol Hill is launching a workplace safety probe into one of the nation's biggest employers by demanding Amazon provide details on its labor practices.

Three key Democrats on the House Oversight Committee - Chair Carolyn Maloney of New York, Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York - sent a letter Thursday to Amazon's president and CEO, requesting documents on the company's labor policies and procedures, particularly during severe weather events. Tornadoes killed six workers last year at an Amazon distribution center in Edwardsville, Illinois.

"We are concerned by recent reports that Amazon may be putting the health and safety of its workers at risk, including by requiring them to work in dangerous conditions during tornadoes, hurricanes, and other extreme weather," the lawmakers wrote in a letter Thursday to Chief Executive Andy Jassy.

"As one of our country's largest and most profitable corporations, it is imperative that Amazon protect workers' safety and refrain from practices that could put them in danger," the lawmakers wrote.

The tornado in Illinois prompted workers to ask questions about the company's handling of emergency responses, with some suggesting Amazon was ill-prepared for the natural disaster and did little to train workers for those kinds of emergencies. nbcnews.com

Historic Union Vote at New York Amazon Facility
Amazon workers in New York City vote to form first U.S. union at retail giant
Amazon workers at a Staten Island, New York, processing facility won a historic vote on Friday to form the first-ever collective bargaining unit at the ecommerce giant.

With 2,654 votes in favor and 2,131 votes against, the overwhelming victory will allow more than 8,000 workers at the facility to team up with the Amazon Labor Union. The ALU was formed last year by Chris Smalls, a process assistant at the warehouse who was fired in March 2020 for organizing protests over Amazon's COVID-19 protocols.

According to the National Labor Relations Board, 8,325 workers at the facility were eligible to vote. Both sides challenged 67 ballots, which is not enough to affect the outcome. The NLRB said the union and Amazon now have seven days to challenge the final result.

An Amazon spokesperson told CBS News they were disappointed in the outcome. "We're evaluating our options, including filing objections based on the inappropriate and undue influence by the NLRB that we and others (including the National Retail Federation and U.S. Chamber of Commerce) witnessed in this election," the spokesperson said in a statement.

The victory is expected to reverberate across the country as labor activists have long fought to unionize workers at Amazon, the country's second-largest private employer. In another win for labor, workers at seven Starbucks stores have voted in recent months to unionize, including one in the coffee chain's home city of Seattle, Washington. Workers at more than 150 Starbucks stores have filed to hold union elections with the NLRB.

The ALU's list of demands for Amazon calls for immediate changes to health and safety policies, as well as higher pay, more promotions and better working conditions. The union is asking Amazon to raise associates' pay by 7.5% to match inflation, reinstate 20-minute breaks and provide a shuttle for workers. cbsnews.com

Amazon Did Everything It Could to Bust the Staten Island Union. They Overcame It All.







Seattle's 'Operation New Day' leads to 49 shoplifting arrests
Seattle Police officers working with stores involved the city's Retail Theft Program conducted a citywide shoplifting emphasis on Thursday that yielded 49 arrests. Eight businesses, including major brands like Home Depot, Lowe's, Target and Fred Meyer, participated in the undercover operations. The emphasis was part of the Mayor's "Operation New Day" which is intended to focus on crime spots in the city. Shoplifting has become nearly a daily hardship for stores throughout the region. "This emphasis is something that was asked for by the City and directed to us from City Hall because retail theft is a priority" said SPD Officer Aaron Johnson who was part of a 12-officer unit that targeted the Lowe's on Rainier Avenue South. SPD's Community Response Group were joined by patrol officers, detectives of the General Investigative Unit, Narcotics and other units in operations performed in each of the city's five police precincts. City and county prosecutors also participated in the emphasis. Police say their emphasis is to go after people stealing not because of poverty but because of profit. q13fox.com

Chicago, IL: 5 suspects stole merchandise from Gucci store on Mag Mile
Five suspects stole merchandise from the Gucci store located along the Magnificent Mile Friday afternoon. The store is located in the 900 block of North Michigan Avenue. At about 4:41 p.m., Chicago police say the suspects entered the business and took property. The offenders fled in a vehicle southbound on Michigan Avenue. No injuries were reported. fox32chicago.com

Apple Valley, CA: 3 women arrested for allegedly stealing $8,000 worth of cosmetics from several IE retail stores
Three young women were arrested and accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from stores in Apple Valley and Hesperia. Deputies found 13 garbage bags filled with $8,000 worth of stolen cosmetics and over-the-counter drugs in the suspects' car, according to the Apple Valley Police Department, which is operated by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. abc7.com

St. George, UT: Man appears for sentencing on case involving identity theft affecting dozens of people
One of three people from Nevada who was arrested in St. George following a retail theft that resulted in the recovery of more than 100 gift cards and other evidence appeared in court for sentencing on Wednesday. During a search of the car, officers recovered at least 100 gift cards, two debit cards and a notebook containing several lists documenting the names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers belonging to at least 75 other individuals. Officers also recovered a second book containing a list of debit card numbers in Perkins' pocket. All three were transported to Purgatory Correctional Facility and booked into jail. stgeorgeutah.com

Fultonville, NY: Distribution Center Employee stole $3.5K from Dollar General

$2,300 theft from Clarion Walmart by switching price tags

Chico, CA: Maine woman arrested in Chico for stealing from Best Buy

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Harris County, TX: 3 charged with capital murder in the shooting death of an off-duty Houston-area Deputy
Three people are facing capital murder charges after an off-duty Harris County deputy was shot and killed while leaving a grocery store with his wife, officials said. Deputy Darren Almendarez, 51, and his wife were walking to their truck at a Houston-area store around 8:35 p.m. Thursday when they saw a black Nissan Altima backed up to their vehicle and two men underneath the truck, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. The men were allegedly trying to steal the truck's catalytic converter, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said on Twitter. Almendarez told his wife to get somewhere safe and went toward the Nissan, which by that point had three people inside, according to the news release. As Almendarez approached, the people inside the car opened fire, hitting him multiple times, the news release said. cnn.com

Sacramento, CA: At least 6 people killed in Sacramento mass shooting
At least six people were shot dead and 12 others injured in a mass shooting in downtown Sacramento on Sunday - and a suspect has yet to be named, according to police. "We are asking for the public's help in helping us to identify the suspects in this," Sacramento Police Chief Kathy Lester said Sunday.

 Police officers patrolling around the 1000 block of K Street in the city's downtown heard a volley of gunshots fired around 2 a.m. and encountered a "large crowd," Lester told reporters. A fight appeared to have spilled out from a local nightclub just before the carnage, though it remains unclear if the fight and the shooting were related. Music duo Aly & AJ, who performed in the city Saturday night as part of their 35-city tour, tweeted that their tour bus had been "caught in the crossfire."

"We sheltered in place and everyone in our touring group is ok," the sisters wrote Sunday. "A reminder to keep your loved ones extra close today. We have to do something about gun violence in this country." Cops have recovered "at least" one weapon from the scene and it remains unclear how many shooters fired off bullets. "This is a really tragic situation," the city's top cop said, adding that some of those hurt took themselves to the hospital. The conditions of the 12 who were wounded by gunfire was not immediately disclosed. Police said Sunday afternoon that the dozen hurt had "varying degrees of injuries." No arrests have been made.  nypost.com

Rockford, IL: One man dead after CherryVale Mall shooting
One man is dead after a shooting took place in the parking lot outside Macy's at CherryVale Mall Saturday night. The call came in around 7:10 p.m. and shortly after that, responding officers on the scene found an unresponsive man near a car with gunshot wounds. The man was pronounced dead on the scene. Witnesses tell 23 News that the incident started as a fight inside the mall that spilled into the parking lot but this hasn't been confirmed by police. The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department, the Rockford Police Department and the Cherry Valley Police Department all responded to the scene. wifr.com

Norfolk, VA: Virginia mall shooting leaves one man dead, two women injured
One man was killed and two women were injured after a Virginia mall shooting on Saturday, according to city officials. Police responded to the shooting that unfolded when an argument involving two men escalated at MacArthur Center in Norfolk, Va., according to officials. One of the men was pronounced dead when police arrived. The two women were found inside the mall with gunshot wounds and transported to Sentara General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. All three victims remain unidentified. Police are asking the public to help to identify both suspects involved who were caught on surveillance footage. Both suspects are still at large, according to officials. nypost.com

Redford, MI: Marathon Gas Station clerk killed after a hit-and-run
A 53-year-old gas station clerk was killed by shoplifters during a hit-and-run. "Somebody hit him and took off, and now he is murdered," his wife said. The incident happened on the night of February 27 at the Marathon gas station on Telegraph Rd near I-96 in Redford. Surveillance video captured the horrific hit-and-run. fox2detroit.com

St Paul, MN: Former basketball star fatally shot during robbery attempt
A 21-year-old man is facing murder charges after a shooting Thursday night in St. Paul that claimed the life of a former Central High School basketball star. Xavion Tyrece Bell, of St. Paul, was charged with second-degree murder Friday in the death of Dion Lamarr Ford Jr., 21, who was pronounced dead outside a grocery store in the North End. It was St. Paul's 13th homicide of the year. According to the charges, police were called to the Maryland Supermarket, 444 Maryland Av. W., around 9:15 p.m. They found Ford lying in the intersection with a gunshot wound to the head and "a handgun partially in his hand." He was pronounced dead at the scene. startribune.com

Hopewell, PA: Argument preceded shooting death of man at local Wawa
A man was shot to death early Sunday morning at a city convenience store, police said. It happened around 2:50 a.m. at the Wawa on Colonial Corner Drive. Police Lt. Cheyenne Casale said the victim was found lying next to the gas pumps suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell where he later died. progress-index.com

Tucson, AZ: Suspect suffering life-threatening injuries following officer-involved shooting
Tucson police confirmed a suspect is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries following an officer-involved shooting. Police said the incident started as an armed robbery at the Best Buy located on Broadway Boulevard. Officers found the suspect in the area of Woodland and Broadway within one hour. Officers approached the suspect and they said gunfire was exchanged. The suspect then went behind the CVS in that area and encountered another officer where additional gunfire was exchanged. Police said the suspect was hit. No other community members or officers were injured. kold.com

Houston, TX: Dollar General store manager convicted in robbery death of her own employee

San Antonio, TX: Mother of store clerk killed in robbery files wrongful death lawsuit against convenience store

Cheektowaga, NY: Accused Dollar General shooter again ruled competent to stand trial


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Ferguson, MO: Walmart shoplifting suspects grab officer's gun
Officers were called to the Walmart on West Florissant Avenue around 2:50 pm for shoplifting suspects. When officers arrived they took into custody two suspects and later two more suspects. While escorting two suspects to the store security office, they started to resist officers and one tried to get a hold of an officer's gun. That's when an officer in need of aid call went out. Top story: The 132 hidden pics in Russ Faria's wrongful conviction Eventually, the suspects were brought under control and taken into custody. There are two juveniles and two adults in police custody. recentlyheard.com

San Carlos, CA: Man arrested after stabbing Circle K store clerk

Omaha, NE: Woman stabbed by shoplifter at Family Dollar

Goffstown, NH: The ATF investigating the 9th break-in at a licensed Gun Dealer in New Hampshire since August



Best Buy - Tucson, AZ - Armed Robbery
C-Store - San Carlos, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Rome, GA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Juneau, AK - Burglary
Clothing - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Clothing - Chicago, IL - Robbery
Dollar General - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Wilmington, DE - Burglary
Dollar General - Killeen TX - Burglary
Dollar General - Fort Wayne, IN - Robbery
Electronics - Hopkinsville, KY - Burglary
Family Dollar - Greene County, NC - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Brunswick, MD - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Hesperia, CA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Harris County, TX - Armed Robbery / Shooting
Gun - Goffstown, NH - Burglary
Jewelry - Boynton Beach, FL - Burglary
Jewelry - Sumter, SC - Robbery
Jewelry - Pittsburgh, PA - Robbery
Jewelry - Elyria, OH - Robbery
Jewelry - Portland, ME - Robbery
Jewelry - Marion , IN. - Robbery
Jewelry - Auburn, WA - Robbery
Jewelry - Puyallup, WA - Robbery
Jewelry - Rochester, NY - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - National City, CA - Robbery
Mall - Winston-Salem, NC - Burglary
Pet - Lexington, KY - Burglary
Restaurant - Fresno, CA - Robbery
Restaurant - Fresno, CA - Robbery
Restaurant - Fresno, CA - Robbery
Theatre - San Francisco, CA - Burglary
Walmart - Ferguson, MO - Robbery
7-Eleven - Bellingham, WA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 24 robberies
• 11 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 0 killed

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