PITTSBURGH — Target 11 has learned the City of Pittsburgh has canceled its scheduled bargaining session with the Pittsburgh police union.
The meeting was originally scheduled for Tuesday night. We learned the police union sent out an email to all members tonight, and Target 11 obtained a copy of the letter.
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The monarch will use part of his private income to fund the single payment on top of his staffs’ salaries.
The Sun newspaper reported that the bonuses – to be paid on top of this month’s salary to workers including cleaners – would amount to tens of thousands of pounds and would partially come from the King’s private income.
Staff earning less than £30,000 will receive a single payment of £600, with staff earning more getting less.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment.
Ford Motor Co. is considering the possibility of taking over at least some of the space in the Strip District headquarters of Pittsburgh-based autonomous vehicle company Argo AI LLC following the announcement Wednesday that Argo would be shut down.
Ford (NYSE: F) and Volkswagen served as Argo’s largest backers, investing over $1 billion into the startup over the years that at one point put its valuation at more than $7 billion.
The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh said in a news release that Post-Gazette management failed to end what the guild calls the paper’s “illegally declared impasse to contract negotiations, lift the unilaterally imposed working conditions and reinstate the terms of the previous collectively bargained contract, and return to the contract bargaining table to reach a fair contract with the 101 journalists the Guild represents.”
“The workers who produce the Post-Gazette are taking a stand against the hostile and illegal treatment at the hands of John and Allan Block,” Newspaper Guild President Zack Tanner said in a statement. “We, the workers, are standing together today, ready to fight to win back our contract and work toward signing a new collective bargaining agreement that preserves the Post-Gazette for the Pittsburgh region.”
The Newspaper Guild said it has been in negotiations for a contract with PG management since 2017.
This is the second strike in recent weeks involving employees at the Post-Gazette. Workers from unions that are responsible for production, distribution and advertising at the Post-Gazette walked off the job Oct. 6.
Mayor Ed Gainey’s administration intends to upend a longstanding requirement for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, eliminating the need for applicants to have college credits before they apply and making the police academy count for some of the credits.
The move comes as the number of sworn officers has continued to dwindle since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bureau is fully staffed at 900 sworn officers. As of Friday, the bureau had 841, and officials have previously noted that more than 200 are eligible for retirement.
Unions and management reached a tentative deal early Thursday, averting a freight railroad strike that had threatened to cripple US supply chains and push prices higher for many goods.
The deal with unions representing more than 50,000 engineers and conductors was announced just after 5 a.m. ET in a statement from the White House, which called it “an important win for our economy and the American people.”
A verbal agreement between the two sides was reached at about 2:30 am ET according to sources, and the final hours were spent getting the details worked out.President Biden praised the agreement as a “big win” for workers and the rail companies.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Another movie theatre in our area is closing.
Phoenix Theatres North Versailles 18 is closing on Tuesday, September 6. Current employees will be offered jobs at the Bridgeville location.
If you have gift cards, you can use them there, or go to the website for a full refund.
The folks behind some of Pittsburgh’s most prominent radio offerings just announced their plan to unionize.
Earlier Tuesday, the content staff at Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation — the nonprofit organization that owns both 90.5 WESA, Pittsburgh’s NPR affiliate, and 91.3 WYEP, an independent music station — delivered a petition to management that a supermajority of eligible staff had signed declaring their intention to form a union, according to a SAG-AFTRA press release.
“We will approach this process in the spirit of collaboration and professionalism and urge PCBC leadership to do the same by voluntarily recognizing the union and begin bargaining in good faith with us,” the content staff’s organizing committee said via that press release.
“As a union town, Pittsburgh’s public radio stations should be union shops.”
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Workers at two dozen nursing home facilities across Pennsylvania have sent out notices that they intend to strike.
SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania says Guardian Healthcare and two chains owned by Mordy Lahasky, Comprehensive Healthcare and Priority Healthcare, have refused to bargain in good faith.
“This workforce has been through so much,” said SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania President Matt Yarnell. “They’ve been called heroes. Now’s the time to pony up and make these good jobs.”
Healthcare workers at facilities like The Grove at Irwin, The Grove at New Castle, The Grove at Washington, Beaver Valley Healthcare and Rehab and Clarion Health and Rehab voted to send out strike notices for unfair labor practices.
“We as a union want to make sure that people get good high-quality care, workers have a seat at the table through their union, and we want these careers to be good careers,” said Yarnell. “We want the people to be protected, respected, paid and staffed.”
Ford Motor Co. F -5.04%▼ confirmed Monday it is laying off roughly 3,000 white-collar and contract employees, marking the latest in its efforts to slash costs as it makes a longer-range transition to electric vehicles.
Ford sent an internal email Monday to employees, saying it would begin notifying affected salaried and agency workers this week of the cuts. The email was viewed by The Wall Street Journal.
The 1% reduction in Ford’s workforce of about 183,000 mostly targets employees in the U.S., Canada and India. About 2,000 of the targeted cuts will be salaried jobs at the Dearborn, Mich., auto maker. The remaining 1,000 employees are working in contract positions with outside agencies, the company said.
The Biden administration has canceled one of the most high-profile oil and gas lease opportunities pending before the Interior Department. The decision, which halts the potential to drill for oil in over 1 million acres in the Cook Inlet in Alaska, comes at a challenging political moment, when gas prices are hitting painful new highs.
In a statement shared first with CBS News, the Department of the Interior cited a “lack of industry interest in leasing in the area” for the decision to “not move forward” with the Cook Inlet lease sale. The department also halted two leases under consideration for the Gulf of Mexico region because of “conflicting court rulings that impacted work on these proposed lease sales.”
Federal law requires the Department of the Interior to stick to a five-year leasing plan for auctioning offshore leases. The administration had until the end of the current five-year plan — set to expire at the end of next month — to complete these lease sales.
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RE2 Robotics is looking for a Systems Engineer to design hardware and software systems to develop the next generation of human-like robotics.
Animal Friends has an opening for an Events Coordinator to manage fundraising events, solicit sponsors and donations, recruit and train volunteers, and assist with event promotion.
Neighborhood Allies is hiring a Program Manager of Digital Inclusion and Innovation to work on community-driven programs and projects that bridge the digital divide by providing materials and technological skills training.
Finance and Business
Allegheny County Economic Development seeks an Accounting Assistant to generate invoices for payment and maintain related files in accordance with federal, state and local standards, guidelines and regulations.
The Kiski School is hiring a Staff Accountant to perform a range of accounting, analysis and mail functions as part of the school’s finance team.
Eastern Area Adult Services Inc. is hiring a Home Care Aide to provide home care to older adults living in their own homes.
Marketing and Communications
Covestro has an opening for a Global Healthcare Marketing Leader to coordinate strategic marketing activities globally for the healthcare industry for polycarbonate material-based applications within the company’s engineering plastics business entity.
Penn State University seeks a Director of Campus Development to provide leadership and direction for development programs at the Greater Allegheny Campus.
The New Pittsburgh Courier is hiring a City Editor to determine priorities for daily news coverage and reporting geared toward the Black community, assist with managing day-to-day operations, proofread and edit copy, and attend events, panels and speaking engagements.
Lanxess is looking for a Chemical Operator I to operate equipment systems used to process chemical substances, maintain plant manufacturing areas, facility grounds and equipment, operate process water treatment systems, conduct in-process laboratory testing and more.
Haemonetics seeks a Quality Inspector C Team (Molding) to inspect and test components, ensure that fixtures, standards and equipment are in calibration, implement improvements to manufacturing processes, and perform additional manufacturing tasks.
The Environmental Charter School is hosting a Virtual Career Fair on Saturday, March 19, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for a variety of positions with the public charter school.
Westmoreland County is hosting a job fair next month to fill between 50 and 75 open positions at the courthouse, nursing home, jail and other government entities.
The event will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 4 at Westmoreland Mall in Hempfield.
“We’re going to have a variety of jobs for multiple departments within the county,” said Alexis Bevan, director of human resources.
Open positions include: correctional and telecommunication officers, dietary and food service workers at Westmoreland Manor, clerical positions within the courthouse, Children’s Bureau case workers and network administrators in the IT department. A nursing shortage has also created several open nursing and nursing aid jobs at Westmoreland Manor.
PITTSBURGH — If you want to be in a Tom Hanks movie, here’s your chance! Extras are needed for a project being filmed in the Pittsburgh area.
“A Man Called Otto” will be filmed in the greater Pittsburgh region and surrounding areas.
Kids, teens and adults are needed to portray town locals, army recruits, hospital staff, diner patrons, factory workers, train station employees, travelers and more.
Filming will take place from late February through early May.
Background actors will be paid.
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WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. — Even in the dead of winter, hiring season for Pittsburgh’s favorite summer destinations is heating up. Kennywood, Sandcastle Waterpark and Idlewild & SoakZone are seeking more than 2,000 seasonal workers.With plans in place for banner seasons featuring new special events and expanded operating calendars, each park needs hundreds of individuals looking for rewarding and engaging work.
Kennywood will begin its multi-year 125th season celebration on April 23, and those who apply will be in the mix to operate the beloved classic attraction Kangaroo, as it makes a triumphant return this season. Ride operators, food and beverage attendants, park security officers and grounds and housekeeping roles are among the more than 1,000 positions available.
At Sandcastle Waterpark, aquatics staff and lifeguards are needed, including operators of the new Bombs Away drop slide coming this summer. Sandcastle is looking to hire approximately 300 people for seasonal roles within these departments, as well as food and beverage, park security, admissions and more.
Idlewild & SoakZone will hire roughly 700 individuals to welcome guests for its 145th season. The park has numerous exciting opportunities available, from character performers in Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Story Book Forest to ride operators, lifeguards and food service staff in Olde Idlewild and the SoakZone waterpark.
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Amazon has an opening for a Software Development Engineer – Alexa AI to design scalable distributed systems, interface with customers to understand requirements, set priorities and communicate direction, develop technical and business strategies in the translation and language learning space and more.
FedEx is hiring an IT Domain Architect to drive transformation and modernization, establish an architecture vision and road map, and provide expertise for technical solutions, architecture concepts, standards, tools and best practices.
LabCorp seeks a Specimen Accessioner – Lab Specimen Handling to perform specimen accessioning, sample sorting and data entry according to standard operating procedures.
Finance and Business
Carlow University is looking for a Senior Awards Analyst to oversee grants management, restricted funds, endowment analysis and spend reporting, develop financial dashboards and data warehouse analyses, assist with financial planning and budgeting processes and more.
NEXTpittsburgh seeks a part-time Head of Organizational Infrastructure to support sales and editorial operations, work with the publisher and editor to develop and execute organizational structures, fine-tune strategic goals and more.
The Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh seeks a Legal Administrative Assistant to perform
secretarial duties, enter data, maintain files, and provide additional support functions.
Churchview Farm is hiring an Events & Development Coordinator to coordinate public and private events, manage event staff, expand reach and engagement, and assist with social media and website updates.
Tucker Arensberg is hiring a Transactional Associate Attorney to assist with mergers and acquisitions, support clients in broad and varied areas of issues, conduct research, and analyze and draft documents.
Hogan Trucking Transportation & Logistics is looking for a CDL Class A Truck Driver for its premier fleet of dedicated routes.
Philips has an opening for an Assembler 1 to assemble and package Respironic medical devices, operate machinery, tools and equipment, undertake manufacturing production tasks, monitor output quality and assist with administrative activities.
Omnicell is looking for an Electronics Technician to repair and assemble electronic and mechanical components, perform troubleshooting, refurbish inventory, drive production efficiencies, and execute operational improvements.
A group of Chicago parents is suing the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) after teachers refused to return to in-person instruction due to COVID-19 concerns and school officials canceled classes entirely.
Attorneys at the Liberty Justice Center, representing a group of Chicago parents, filed a lawsuit Thursday night to end the union’s “illegal strike.”
Seventy-three percent of teachers in the union voted on Tuesday not to return to the classroom, alleging the city has not done enough to ensure they are protected against the coronavirus as cases spike in the state.
With the Biden administration citing a “grave danger” to public health caused by unvaccinated Americans, the Supreme Court will hold a fast-tracked, high-stakes public session Friday to decide whether the U.S. government can begin enforcing sweeping COVID-19 vaccine requirements affecting nearly 100 million workers.
The justices will hear separate oral arguments over federal vaccine and testing rules for larger businesses and vaccine mandates for health care workers at facilities receiving Medicaid and Medicare funding. Enforcement of the policies – announced in November – has been put on holding pending resolution in the high court. Written rulings could come within a matter of days.
Several state and local politicians have voiced their support for the workers.
PITTSBURGH — A group of baristas at a Pittsburgh-area coffee chain claim the company fired a worker after the group publicly announced its intent to form a union.
Several Coffee Tree baristas outlined their desire to form a union in videos posted online. A day later, Liam Tinker said he was let go.
CHURCHILL, Pa. —
UPDATE: Churchill Borough Council voted 5-2 to approve the proposed Amazon Warehouse during a special meeting Tuesday night.
Hillwood Development wants to create a $300 million Amazon warehouse at the former Westinghouse site. There will be more than 1,000 employees and nearly 700 truck trips per day.
For months, there has been a debate in the borough over it.
“Please do no harm,” said Sandy Fox, who said she lives less than 1,000 feet from the site. “Please protect our lives and protect our environment.”
Supporters said the facility will bring new jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenues that would help Woodland Hills School District.
Others put signs in their yards and protested in front of the borough building,
Those in opposition said there are more than 400 homes surrounding the site and two nearby schools. Their top concerns are excessive pollution and traffic.
“This development will be harmful to people and that’s all they need,” Fox said.
On Tuesday, the Churchill Borough manager declined to talk on the record but said the special meeting was virtual. Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reached out to the developer.
Fox said if the council votes to move forward with the plans for the Amazon site, she and a group of neighbors will appeal the decision.
“We’re not giving up because this is too important,” she said.
CNN said Saturday that anchor Chris Cuomo has been “terminated” by the network, “effective immediately.”
Raising Cane’s, the popular fast-food chain known for its chicken tenders, Texas toast and special Cane sauce, could be coming to the Pittsburgh area.
Dustin Shearer, the vice president of company restaurants for Raising Cane’s, said they don’t know exactly where the restaurant may settle, but it will bring more than 200 jobs with it.
He said the company will also put 10% of its proceeds back into the community. The Johnstown native is hoping to make Pittsburghers “Caniacs.”
He said beginning next year, 20 restaurants will open in Pennsylvania, starting with one in Philadelphia.
The Raising Cane’s in the Pittsburgh area could open by the end of 2023.
“We do one thing. We are very focused,” Shearer said. “We say we do one thing, and we do it better than everybody else. We serve quality chicken meals — fast, friendly, clean — and we have fun doing it.”
Freeport hasn’t had a police officer on duty since Nov. 3, when the newly hired police chief quit at the end of his first shift. With no officers left on the force, state police are handling calls in the 1.3-square-mile borough of about 1,700 residents, officials said.
Freeport hasn’t had a police officer on duty since Nov. 3, when the newly hired police chief quit at the end of his first shift.
With no officers left on the force, state police are handling calls in the 1.3-square-mile borough of about 1,700 residents, officials said.
Retired Plum police Sgt. Matthew Feldmeier, 58, was hired as chief Nov. 1 and was sworn in that night by Mayor James Swartz Jr. He was the only applicant for the $53,500-a-year job.
Swartz said Feldmeier worked his first shift during the day on Nov. 2 and participated in interviews that evening to fill two open positions for police officers.
But when the borough secretary arrived at the borough building the following morning, she found the chief’s badge, office keys and a handwritten letter of resignation stating that he was leaving “to pursue other interests,” the mayor said.
Several telephone and text messages seeking comment from Feldmeier were not returned.
The only other police officer on the borough’s roster is Terry Lucas, a part-timer who also works as a police officer at a hospital in Pittsburgh.
But the mayor said Lucas hasn’t worked a shift for the borough in nearly five months because of the demands of his other job.
Swartz said Feldmeier gave him no indication that he was planning to resign.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — KDKA has learned that Amazon is planning to hire hundreds of new workers as it expands in the Pittsburgh area.
Amazon prides itself on the fast delivery of online orders. But to do that, the world’s largest online retail store has to have fulfillment and distribution centers in most major markets. Pittsburgh is no exception.
With the opening of its newest facility in Imperial last week, Amazon says it needs more people on its payroll in Pittsburgh. The company told KDKA’s Jon Delano that it will announce Tuesday the total number of workers it will be hiring, and it will be “substantial.”
The owner of an Illinois retail and wholesale meat store told FOX Business he has been increasing prices for his products as the industry grapples with higher raw material costs, global supply chain challenges and a rebound in demand.
This as the Biden administration announced it plans to take a tougher stance toward meatpacking companies the White House argues are causing higher prices for meat at grocery stores.
Richard Whittingham, the owner of R. Whittingham & Sons Meat Co., told Jeff Flock during an interview on “Cavuto: Coast to Coast” on Thursday that he doesn’t blame the processors for the spike in prices, but acknowledged that “competition never hurts anybody,” noting that “that is what built our country.”
In the post, the aides acknowledged that “factors like increased consumer demand have played a role” in higher prices, but argued that “the price increases are also driven by a lack of competition at a key bottleneck point in the meat supply chain: meat-processing.”
The aides wrote that “Just four large conglomerates control the majority of the market for each of these three products, and the data show that these companies have been raising prices while generating record profits during the pandemic.”
The post pointed to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which noted that just four firms “control approximately 55-85% of the market” for beef, pork, and poultry, pointing out that the figure reflects “dramatic consolidation of the industry” over the last 50 years.
An entire Missouri police department, including the police chief and his officers, resigned leaving the city of Kimberling without immediate authority.
Citing problems like an inadequate pay rate and not having the right tools to do the job, the department has local leaders struggling to find replacements, especially when rhetoric against law enforcement is high amongst some, Fox News reported.
“It will be a struggle to fill the police department back up with qualified officers, but hopefully they can start working on that soon and get that accomplished,” Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said of the resignations at the Kimberling City Police Department, noting that most police stations are understaffed.
What preempted the mass exodus, according to Rader, was Kimberling City Police Chief Craig Alexander’s resignation on Aug. 23. He wanted changes from the town’s mayor and he wanted to better himself, Fox News reported.
Soon after, Alexander’s resignation was joined by three officers and a sergeant, with their reasons for quitting being the absence of a police clerk to assist the department, not having qualified officers in the department, and wanting new opportunities with a better pay rate, according to NBC Springfield, Missouri.
It is being reported that some of the Kimberling City Police Officers left to join the Branson West Police Department, which caught Mayor Bob Fritz of Kimberling City off guard.
“I didn’t know there were that many openings in Branson West because we didn’t see an advertisement for police,” Fritz said, referring to Alexander and officer Shaun McCafferty taking jobs at the Branson West Police Department.
“[The resignations were] unexpected and the short notice disappointing,” the mayor said.
Seven Springs, Hidden Valley Resort and Laurel Mountain are holding multiple hiring events throughout the fall. Those include a job fair from noon-3 p.m. Sept. 25, a hiring party from noon-3 p.m. Oct. 16 and Walk-In Wednesdays starting this Wednesday, all at Seven Springs.
At the hiring party, resort department managers will talk to prospective candidates. The party will include complementary Seven Springs food favorites, games, prizes and giveaways.
Walk-In Wednesdays is a new concept to be held through November, where applicants may come by any Wednesday from noon-3 p.m. and be hired for winter on the spot.
All resort professionals receive a multitude of unique perks including a complementary season pass for skiing and snowboarding and up to three additional season passes at a discounted rate for immediate family members. Additional perks include discounts on resort-wide activities including dining, sporting clays, spa services, snow tubing, swimming and more.“
Throughout the summer, we have been eagerly planning for another exciting winter on the mountain and now is the perfect time to secure a job unlike any other out there,” said Jim Singer, Human Resources Manager. “Whether you are a high school or college student looking to line up work for the winter or an active adult or retiree looking for a new fulfilling opportunity, we have something for everyone.”
Available positions include winter operations such as snowmakers, lift operators, snowcat operators, ski and snowboard instructors, snow tubing attendants and ski rental attendants. Hotel and food and beverage positions include housekeeping, front desk agents, cooks, dishwashers, servers, bartenders, resort security, massage therapists and more.
Interested applicants should be prepared to complete an application and take part in an immediate interview.
Candidates attending the hiring events are encouraged to apply in advance at www.7springs.com/employment. Conditional job offers may be extended. Candidates attending the hiring events are also asked to follow current CDC and State Health Guidelines, including wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.
Seven Springs is located at 777 Waterwheel Drive, Seven Springs, Pa., 15622.
According to the Port Authority, they are currently 100 drivers and 60 maintenance crew members short.
Port Authority spokesman Adam Brandolph says there were a larger number of issues Monday morning.
“We are aware that riders are being left at stops, buses aren’t showing up and they’re coming very late. Of course, if you’re somebody who’s relying on transit to get to work, to get to childcare, or to get to schools, that can be unacceptable, right?” said Laura Wiens, Pittsburghers for Public Transit executive director.
The Port Authority said the shortage could also impact Pittsburgh Public Schools students riding buses to school.
The Port Authority and a union for the drivers said there have been retirements and recruitment efforts have been difficult. They also said the extensive 10-week training course drivers have to go through is tougher to do with social distancing requirements.
The Port Authority said it is working on recruitment and is hosting a job fair Sept. 10 at the PA Career Link on Wood Street in downtown Pittsburgh at 10 a.m.
“We take this very seriously. When we put out a schedule, that is our contract with the public and when we can’t make that schedule, we really take that seriously. We ask for patience and some courtesy and even kindness for the operators, the drivers who are out there busting their butts today,” Port Authority spokesman Adam Brandolph said.
Pittsburgh Public Schools leaders said they’re aware of the Port Authority’s shortages, and for any student taking a port authority bus that’s late, they will not be penalized by the school.
Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 spoke with Felicia Snyder, a parent, who says she’s expecting some transportation issues given the delay in the school start time and staggering of schedules, but Snyder encourages patience among parents and the district.
“It’s just one of those things where we’re going to have to learn how to be kind. We’re going to have to learn how to be empathetic, and we’ll have to learn how to just be decent human beings because it’s the right thing to do,” Snyder said.
The full statement from Pittsburgh Public Schools is below:
“Our transportation department works very closely with Port Authority and stays up to date on the challenges they are also facing due to the driver shortage. As part of our planning, we consider the impact students’ commutes will have on bus capacities to alleviate overcrowding concerns. With many of our students getting to school in new ways and expecting that challenges with driver coverage will continue, school leaders will not penalize students who face challenges getting to school on time due to unexpected delays and inconsistent route coverage.”
PITTSBURGH — Giant Eagle is looking to hire more than 1,000 people across the Pittsburgh area.
To fill those positions, the company will host an in-store job fair at all of its supermarket locations.
During the job fair, candidates will meet with recruiters and could possibly get job offers the same day.Giant Eagle is looking to fill a number of positions across all shifts including personal shoppers, pharmacy technicians, deli and prepared food clerks, cashiers, bakers and more.
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Those interested in taking part in the job fair are encouraged to wear a mask or face covering.
Giant Eagle offers benefits like flexible scheduling, competitive wages, weekly pay, advancement opportunities, and paid time off.
Candidates who are interested should submit their applications in advance on Giant Eagle’s website to expedite the in-person interview process.