On the picket line

first_imgRecord snowfall burdens low-wage workersAs many feet of snow continue to bury the Northeast, hourly workers are among those most affected. For far too many low-wage hourly workers, closed roads and suspended mass transit mean longer commutes to and from work, resulting in less time on the clock. Workers who are unable to get to their jobs or whose workplaces are closed due to blizzards are often forced to dip into their sick days or vacation time — if they’re fortunate enough to have paid time-off. When schools are closed, workers with children are often faced with either hiring a sitter or taking time off to care for their children, both of which are unaffordable for many.A study by the American Highway Users Alliance estimated that the delays and closures in late January and halfway into February have cost the city of Boston $265 million per day, two-thirds of which is lost wages for hourly workers. With more snow forecast, low-wage hourly workers will continue to be unfairly penalized through no fault of their own. (wbur.org, Feb. 11)Daycare workers still waiting for pay, benefitsAfter workers at Square One child care facilities in Massachusetts were misclassified as temporary employees and denied fair wages, benefits and the protection of their co-workers’ United Auto Workers contract for four years, they took to the courts to resolve the issue. On March 21, 2013, Administrative Law Judge Michael A. Rosas agreed with the workers and ordered Square One management to grant back pay and benefits to the misclassified workers. But the employer filed for an exemption. Two years later, the workers are still waiting for what is rightfully theirs. UAW Local 2322 has circulated a petition demanding that the National Labor Relations Board enforce the judge’s ruling and hold Square One management responsible for its blatant and ongoing violations of the National Labor Relations Act. Sign the petition online at tinyurl.com/UAW2322.Staples will fire workers to dodge health care mandateA recently leaked internal memo from Staples management threatens part-time workers with disciplinary action and even termination if they are caught working more than 25 hours a week at the big-box office supply stores. The start of the new hardline policy coincides with the provision of the Affordable Care Act, effective Jan. 1, 2015, which requires employers to offer health care to employees who work at least 30 hours per week — or incur a $3,000 penalty per employee. It seems Staples, which pulled in more than $23 billion in sales in 2013 and employed 46,361 full-time and 36,647 part-time associates as of Feb. 1, 2014, would sooner cut hours and fire workers rather than provide basic health coverage.One Staples worker, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “Before January, it was a smack on the wrist if anyone went over 25 hours — they got an email scolding them, saying, ‘You went over 25, try not to do that.’ But now it’s become really serious.” According to a report released by pollster FiveThirtyEight, several hundred thousand workers are scheduled for fewer hours as employers like Staples try to dodge the health care mandate. (buzzfeed.com, Feb. 9)$15 minimum wage wouldn’t cause layoffsAmid a growing movement coast to coast calling for a raise in the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, researchers Robert Pollin and Jeannette Wicks-Lim of the Political Economy Research Institute examined the real consequences if the fast food industry more than doubled the minimum wage. Their report, released in January, demolishes the age-old argument that higher wages would cause mass layoffs and reduced revenue. According to the report, the industry could easily absorb the cost of a $15 minimum wage. Higher wages would result in higher productivity and lower employee turnover rates, which together would allow restaurants to cover 20 percent of the wage hikes. This, along with modest price increases of 3 percent a year and an already-projected 2.5 percent a year sales growth, would fully cover a $15 minimum wage in the fast food industry. Opponents of raising the minimum wage need to revise their anti-worker scare tactics in light of the study’s findings. (pbs.org, Jan. 28; peri.umass.edu)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Road Trip

first_imgLike many other young people, plant pathology graduate student Russell Ingram’s friends have an epic road trip planned for this summer. The difference is that instead of setting off for a music festival in the desert or visiting a beach, Ingram’s pals are hitting the road in search of jobs.About two-dozen graduate students from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) will set off this July for the breadbasket of America in order to meet with potential employers and research partners.Ingram and his fellow students know that a degree by itself, even a graduate degree, isn’t enough to land the job of your dreams. They’re going straight to potential employers to find out what they want from potential applicants. Think of it as a career fair, but in reverse, Ingram said.The students, who are studying in the departments of entomology, plant pathology and crop and soil sciences, will travel by bus July 18–21 to visit the headquarters of Dow AgroSciences in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the Purdue University Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center for their midseason diagnostic workshop.“Agricultural companies such as Dow provide some of the top-paying and most sought-after jobs in industry,” Ingram said. “I thought the most efficient means of learning the wants and needs of the industry was to go straight to the source and let them tell us what they are looking for in a potential employee.“The added benefit to visiting the Dow campus is that students will have the opportunity to meet with (human resources) staff, the summer internship committee and crop protection leaders to discuss internship and job opportunities. The ultimate goal for this trip will be to help at least one student get an internship or a job offer.”Ingram secured enough grant money so that each student is only paying $50 for the four-day trip. Dow provided $3,500 in funding through its Dow Aid-to-Education program. He also collected about $5,000 in funding through the departments represented and from a grant provided by the Society of Aspiring Plant Pathologists.“These graduate students are to be commended for taking the initiative to travel to the headquarters of Dow AgroSciences to learn about career opportunities,” said Jean Bertand, the assistant dean for instruction at CAES, who was instrumental in securing the grant funding that made the trip a reality. “They are positioning themselves to be well-informed, which will serve them well when it is time to get a job.”To follow along on their road trip visit blog.caes.uga.edu/cropprotection or follow the students on Twitter @UGACropCareers.For more information about the departments of entomology, plant pathology and crop and soil sciences and other graduate programs at CAES, please visit students.caes.uga.edu/graduate.html.last_img read more

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Ind vs Eng: Dhoni recalls Bell

first_imgIndia skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday did what is seldom seen these days. And his move will certainly go down well with the purists who feel cricket is no longer a gentleman’s game.Ian Bell, famous for his jelly beans incident of 2007, was way past his century on third day of the second Test at Trent Bridge on Sunday, when a bizarre run out forced him to walk off.Bell was batting on 137 when his partner Eoin Morgan flicked the ball off Ishant Sharma to deep square leg where Praveen Kumar tried to save the ball.His effort was comical, but it gave India the wicket they wanted. Praveen Kumar cut the ball off, but thought that the ball had touched the ropes. However, the ball hadn’t.Praveen picked up and threw the ball back and by the time the ball arrived, the batsmen thought that it was tea and were no longer in their crease.Incidentally, the umpire hadn’t signalled a boundary or called it tea.Off came the bails and India were seen appealing for a run out even as the England batsmen were walking off.Finally, the run out call was upheld and Ian Bell was run out at tea with 137 runs against his score and England score read 254/4.Post tea India skipper MS Dhoni later decided to recall Bell.The batsman finally fell to Yuvraj Singh on 159.last_img read more

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Trans Tasman Messages of Support

first_imgWe’ve received many messages of support in the lead up to the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series, which starts today in Auckland. Check out what has been sent through here:”Good luck to all the Aussie teams. Anthony Ziade I hope your wish comes true and you are able to play an entire tournament or at least one game without being sent to the bin – have a great tournament :)” – Penny Stubbs”Go get ’em Cara!!! Good luck from everyone at Movement Medicine. transtasman2013 touchfootyaus” “Congrats girls on your great win!!! Very proud of you all.  I was told the NZ team were rather big  but you showed them. Great try Maddi, Love to all Granny”. – Laurel Mooney”Congratulations to 18 girls team. Wonderful news.  Go madi go – keep playing hard and win the last game be the best aussie team.  Love nana regan” – Patricia Regan There are plenty of ways that you can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and results from the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series, which is taking place in Auckland from Tuesday, 5 February until Sunday, 10 February 2013. Touch Football Australia will be reporting live during the games on its social media pages, which can be found by clicking on the links below:Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the #transtasman2013 hashtag)Instagram – Search for ‘Touch Football Australia’The www.austouch.com.au and www.transtasman.mytouchfooty.com websites will have all of the latest news, information, stories and match reports uploaded to the sites. Highlights from the series will also be uploaded to the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel throughout the event – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus. Be sure to also send in your message of support to the Australian teams in the lead up to the series, which will then be posted on the www.austouch.com.au website in the lead up to and during the series. You can do this through any of our social media sites or send an email to [email protected] with your message.Related LinksMessages of Support Hi Dad (Matt Curran),I hope you play well against the Kiwi’s.  Hope your knee is O.K.  Hope you score lots of tries.  I’m so proud of you representing Australia.  I miss and love you so much.GO DAD!!Love your girl Brooklyn Curran“Best of luck to the Aussie 18 Girls and their Coach Justin Creighton….you have all worked so hard this campaign, I am sure you will all get the positive results you deserve.  Special mention to the five Manly Sea Eagles girls and Captain Laura Peattie – you will do your club and country proud!” – Anthony Dudeck“Good luck to the 18 year girls Touch Footy team – go Madi and play all over the girls from New Zealand.” Love Nana Regan “Good luck U18. We will be there to support you if you don’t see us you will hear us.” Robyn Luke “Touch Football ACT wishes the ACT players, coaches and managers who are participating in the 2013 Trans Tasman Series all the best of luck and hope you have an enjoyable experience.” Touch Football ACT“To my beautiful grand daughter Maddie Studdon and her team mates I wish you all good luck this week – so bring it on home.” Tricia Elliott“Dearest Maddie Studdon and the team, Good luck versing NZ. Bring back a “Slice of Heaven” to the Downunder. Xx PS. I hope you and the team make the Touch World Cup in 2015 which will be held here in Australia.” Joshua Petranker“Shout out to my bro Lachy Pierce, good luck my bro!” Kody Tree“Good luck Maddie Studdon and all your teams mates along with all the youth teams.” Jo-Anne Studdon “A big shoutout to all the Aussie refs!! Sending you some lovin’, guys! All your training has paid off; congratulations on your selection to referee at the highest level! Good luck and referee well!” Alanah Sinclair “Good luck to the 18 boys, do us all proud” Mark Western “All the best to touchfootyaus players competing in the Trans Tasman this week in NZ.. Specially my girls aliciaquirk and annahicks92” – Lizzie Campbell“Good luck to Griffin Legal’s Ez_Taylor and the Australian touchfootyaus teams competing in theTransTasmanSeries in NZ this week!” Griffin Legal“Good luck to everyone representing Australia this week against NZ transtasman2013 especially our VIC chicks BrookeyJ9 Jetta12Friend.” Suzy Barrett“To the #1 coach no luck is needed for the best in the business stormie SwainRovelli transtasman2013” – Lizzie Campbell“So excited. Good luck Australia, you’re gonna smash this transtasman2013” Saya The Kid“Good luck this week SwainRovelli make sure you tweet some updates transtasman2013” Grant Rovelli “transtasman2013 Aus MO boys, hope ur fit as racing snakes. Smash NZ like they owe you money! Good luck.” Peter Hampsonlast_img read more

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10 months agoMolde insist Man Utd must re-negotiate if they want to keep Solskjaer

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Molde insist Man Utd must re-negotiate if they want to keep Solskjaerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMolde insist Manchester United would have to return to the negotiating table if they want manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Molde’s pre-season starts on Monday and they have already allowed Solskjaer to miss the opening months of the campaign. Molde managing director Oystein Neerland said: “The deal is until May 12. That is our Plan A and our Plan B. We have no Plan C.”United are interested in Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, but Solskjaer’s bright start has put him into the reckoning. Neerland said: “We have only spoken with United about this period January to May. Nothing else. I’m staying with this plan.’ Neerland then grinned: “I think Ole will be back in May. I think.” last_img read more

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Photos: Alabama Players Are Very Jealous Of Nick Saban’s New Car, Which Is Awesome

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 07: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game at Sun Life Stadium on January 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Alabama won the game by a score of 42-14. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Nick Saban has a new car. It’s a shiny Mercedes-Benz and, yes, it is awesome. The Alabama head coach apparently drove it to the Crimson Tide’s football facility today. And, unsurprisingly, Saban’s players were very impressed by it. I just want yall to understand how Saban kilt the game today….. Smh boy boy boy pic.twitter.com/xBH7aJ9uap— Alphonse Taylor (@SHANKK50) June 10, 2015pic.twitter.com/gq4Bu3U87i— Juice (@D_4Charlot) June 11, 2015When I saw Saban’s new whip, I thought he was James Bond or some B lol— Khi (@MekhiBrownFFF) June 10, 2015Saban’s car bruh!! pic.twitter.com/AtDADg1j9L— Brandon (@SabanNation_15) June 10, 2015It’s good to be the head coach of the University of Alabama’s football program. It’s very, very good. [BamaOnLine]last_img read more

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Kirby Smart Responds To Jim Harbaugh’s “Barking Up The Wrong Tree” Tweet

first_imgA closeup of Kirby Smart in Georgia Bulldogs apparel.AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 11: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs walks the field prior to facing the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) kirby smart georgiaTwitter/@KirbySmartUGAAt this rate, Jim Harbaugh’s ongoing war of words with half of the college football world may last until next season. It looks like he’ll have to find another new sparring partner, however. Georgia’s Kirby Smart was critical of Michigan’s upcoming trip to IMG Academy, saying that he believes the NCAA will have to step in to stop it. That earned him a tweet from Harbaugh, who said that he was “barking up the wrong tree” with any assertion that Michigan is trying to break NCAA rules.And that is enough for Smart. When asked about Harbaugh’s response, he chose not to feed things any more. From Macon.com:“No reaction,” Smart said following an hour-long speech he gave at the Minority Coaches Association of Georgia’s football coaches conference. “To be honest with you, I’m focused on what we can do at the University of Georgia to get better. That’s the most important thing to me, getting better there.”That’s no fun, Kirby. Luckily, odds are Harbaugh will find someone else to get into it with soon enough. He’s very good at that.[Macon.com]last_img read more

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Housebuying Power Up—But Not for Long

first_imgHouse-buying Power Up—But Not for Long Share First American Home Prices House Prices Real House Prices rhpi 2017-08-28 Aly J. Yale in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Originationcenter_img August 28, 2017 623 Views Real house prices—which account for “house-buying power” and affordability—dropped 1.3 percent in June, but are still up nearly 10 percent since this time last year, according to the Real House Price Index (RHPI) released by First American today. Prices are up 9.3 percent over the year but have dropped 34.8 percent since their pre-recession peak.According to Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American, it’s the historically low inventory that’s to blame. In June 2017, there was a 4.3 month supply of existing homes for sale, marking the 25th month in a row that supply has waned.”The underlying fundamental issue is an overwhelming lack of supply,” Fleming said. “Existing homeowners face a prisoner’s dilemma, and over the last eight years, new construction has not kept pace with new demand.”But while homes are less affordable over the year, “consumer house-buying power” is actually up for the month, according to Fleming. The rise is due to lower interest rates and rising wages.”On a month-over-month basis, affordability improved slightly, thanks to the seventh straight month of falling rates for 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages, and modest wage gains,” Fleming said. “The increase in consumer purchasing power offset the gains in unadjusted house prices. However, on a year-over-year basis, with rates still higher than a year ago, affordability declined 9.3 percent.”All 50 states experienced an increase in real house prices—meaning a decline in buyer affordability. Washington state had biggest year-over-year jump, with a 12.5 percent dip in house-buying power. Michigan, Colorado, Oregon, and Illinois also made the top five.Texas experienced the least noticeable jump in real house prices, with affordability dipping just 1.8 percent. New Jersey, Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma followed close behind.At the metro level, Seattle’s real house prices rose the most year to tade, climbing 16.1 percent. Prices in Nashville, Tennessee, rose 15.1 percent, while those in Charlotte, North Carolina, jumped 14 percent.Several metros experienced declines in real house prices, with Houston noting the biggest dip (9.5 percent). In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, it remains to be seen what will happen to home prices in that metro. Two more Lone Star State cities—San Antonio and Dallas—rounded out the top three.Despite these few respites for homebuyers, Fleming says prices will likely continue rising until supply can catch up.“Over the last eight years, housing demand has increased by 5.9 million, but the net new number of housing units has only increased by 3.5 million,” Fleming said. “This supply shortage will continue to put pressure on affordability and strain first-time home buyers entering the market.”According to First American, the RHPI “measures the price changes of single-family properties throughout the U.S. adjusted for the impact of income and interest rate changes on consumer house-buying power over time and across the United States at the national, state, and metropolitan area level. Because the RHPI adjusts for house-buying power, it is also a measure of housing affordability.”Read the full RHPI at FirstAm.com.last_img read more

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