Talking Points


AAA predicts 37 million will take to the road for Memorial Day


AAA predicts 37 million will take to the road for Memorial Day

The highest gasoline prices since 2014 won’t stop 37 million Americans from clogging up the nation’s motorways next week as summer kicks off with Memorial Day weekend. National average gasoline prices are up about 50 cents a gallon from May of last year, AAA data show. Still, road travel is projected to rise 4.7 percent Memorial Day weekend, while air travel will rise 6.8 percent, AAA says. — BLOOMBERG NEWS


Home prices climb in 91 percent
of US metro areas

Home prices climbed in 91 percent of US metropolitan areas in the first quarter, with gains accelerating nationwide as buyers competed for a tight supply of listings, the National Association of Realtors said. The median price of an existing single-family home rose from a year earlier in 162 of the 178 areas measured, the group said in a report Monday. The national median was $245,500, which is up 5.7 percent from the first quarter of 2017. The number of regions with double-digit gains jumped to 30 percent from 15 percent in the fourth quarter. — BLOOMBERG NEWS


Ruling says
that Teamsters
can represent
Lyft drivers
at Disney World

A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board last week ruled about 60 drivers who pick up Disney World guests using the Lyft app can be represented by the Teamsters local in Orlando. The Lyft drivers are Disney World employees who earn extra money by driving guests around the resort that is roughly the size of the city of San Francisco. Disney had argued that the Lyft driver jobs couldn’t be covered by a union since the Teamsters waived their right to represent any workers not mentioned in its five-year contract. But regional NLRB director David Cohen wrote in his decision last week that the waiver doesn’t apply to the ‘‘Minnie Van’’ drivers since the Lyft job didn’t exist when the contract was negotiated. Cohen also said that the job the ‘‘Minnie Van’’ drivers do is hardly any different than bus drivers and other transportation workers already represented by the Teamsters.


Two women sue AT&T claiming they were fired for pregnancy-related absences


Two women filed a federal court lawsuit Monday accusing AT&T’s mobile phone subsidiary of firing them for pregnancy-related absences in violation of federal antidiscrimination laws. The women allege that AT&T Mobility’s attendance policy, which assigns point-based demerits for late arrivals, early departures, and absences, discriminates against pregnant women. According to the class-action lawsuit, both women were fired after accruing points for missing work because of pregnancy-related medical care, and, in one plaintiff’s case, her infant son’s emergency medical needs as well. The plaintiffs, Katia Hills and Cynthia Allen, filed their claim on behalf of all female non-managerial employees in AT&T Mobility’s retail stores nationwide, and seek redress for all of these employees whose rights have allegedly been violated. AT&T spokesman Marty Richter said the company was reviewing the complaint, adding, ‘‘We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind, including for an employee’s gender or pregnancy.’’ — ASSOCIATED PRESS


Steve Wynn damages another of his Picassos

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Steve Wynn’s plan to sell a Picasso valued at $70 million at auction was derailed after the painting was damaged Friday — a dozen years after the billionaire collector and erstwhile casino magnate put his elbow through another masterpiece by the artist. Christie’s withdrew “Le Marin,” a 1943 self-portrait, from its Tuesday auction for restoration, it said in a statement. The painting, which measures a little more than 4-by-2½ feet, was one of three Wynn consigned to Christie’s for sale this week for a total of as much as $135 million, according to the auction house’s estimates. Wynn, who suffers from a disease that affects his peripheral vision, accidentally struck his Picasso “Le Reve” with his right elbow in 2006 while showing it to friends in his Las Vegas office, leaving a hole the size of a silver dollar. The painting had been worth $139 million before that, according to a lawsuit Wynn filed against the insurer, Lloyd’s of London. A restorer said the repaired painting was worth $85 million, according to the lawsuit. Hedge fund titan Steve Cohen bought it from Wynn in 2013 for $155 million. — BLOOMBERG NEWS


Two directors resign from Wynn Resorts board

In a surprise move just two days before its annual meeting, Wynn Resorts Ltd. announced the resignation of two directors, including one who co-founder Elaine Wynn urged shareholders to vote against. John Hagenbuch, a real estate investor from Ketchum, Idaho, decided that he would no longer stand for re-election at the annual meeting scheduled for Wednesday. Robert Miller, a former Nevada governor, also tendered his resignation. The company is trying to bounce back from a sexual-harassment scandal involving former CEO Steve Wynn, who is Elaine’s ex-husband, and board changes have been touted by the company as a sign of progress. Wynn Resorts noted on Monday that the two departures, combined with others announced earlier, mean that 60 percent of the Wynn Resorts board has changed since February. Elaine Wynn had described Hagenbuch as a crony of her ex-husband. — BLOOMBERG NEWS


People who borrow rental cars are entitled to same protections against police searches

The Supreme Court said Monday that people who borrow rental cars from friends or family are generally entitled to the same protections against police searches as the authorized driver. The justices ruled unanimously that as a general rule someone who is ‘‘in otherwise lawful possession and control of a rental car’’ has a reasonable expectation of privacy in the car even if the rental agreement doesn’t list them as an authorized driver. That means that police can’t generally search the car unless they have a warrant or probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. The Trump administration had argued that unauthorized drivers had no reasonable expectation of privacy in a borrowed car. That would mean that police who pulled over a rental car with an unauthorized driver could search the car without the person’s consent. — ASSOCIATED PRESS


Safety regulators pressure
12 auto companies to replace
faulty airbags

US auto safety regulators are raising pressure on a dozen vehicle manufacturers that failed to meet a December deadline to replace millions of defective Takata airbag inflators that could explode in a crash. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration order issued in 2015 scheduling the unprecedented safety campaign set a target for carmakers to repair nearly 20 million of the defective parts by the end of 2017. More than 7 million of the defective inflators remained unrepaired after that deadline, according to the agency. So far, 42 percent of recalled repairs haven’t been completed. Letters were sent to BMW AG, Daimler Vans, Daimler Trucks North America, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Honda Motor Co., Mazda Motor Corp., Mitsubishi Motors Corp., Nissan Motor Corp., Subaru, and Toyota Motor Corp. — BLOOMBERG NEWS


Customers’ data exposed in breach at Chili’s


If you’ve eaten at Chili’s restaurants within the past two months, then you might want to check your credit report and card statements. Chili’s parent company Brinker International announced over the weekend that customers’ payment information was exposed in a recent malware attack. Brinker did not disclose how hackers gained unauthorized access to its systems, how many customers or restaurants were targeted, or the exact dates when the personal data may have been exposed. — WASHINGTON POST