Biden administration cancels Alaska oil and gas lease sale – CBS News

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.

Source: Biden administration cancels Alaska oil and gas lease sale – CBS News

Who’s hiring in Pittsburgh? Animal Friends, Lanxess, Allegheny County and more — 3/7/22

Looking for a new job?

IT and Engineering

RE2 Robotics is looking for a Systems Engineer to design hardware and software systems to develop the next generation of human-like robotics.

Nonprofit

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.

Human Services

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.

Higher Education

Penn State University seeks a Director of Campus Development to provide leadership and direction for development programs at the Greater Allegheny Campus.

Journalism

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.

Advanced Manufacturing

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.

Job Fair

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.

Source: Who’s hiring in Pittsburgh? Animal Friends, Lanxess, Allegheny County and more — 3/7/22

County job fair slated at Westmoreland Mall | TribLIVE.com

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.

Source: County job fair slated at Westmoreland Mall | TribLIVE.com

Want to be in a Tom Hanks movie? Extras are needed for filming in Pittsburgh area – WPXI

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.

CLICK HERE for more information and to apply.

Source: Want to be in a Tom Hanks movie? Extras are needed for filming in Pittsburgh area – WPXI

Kennywood, Sandcastle, Idlewild hiring for the 2022 season

 

 

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.

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.

Source: Kennywood, Sandcastle, Idlewild hiring for the 2022 season

Who’s hiring in Pittsburgh? – Next Pittsburgh

Looking for a new job? Or hiring? .

Advertising

NEXTpittsburgh seeks a part-time Director of Strategic Growth to oversee online advertising, generate marketing ideas, create new business pipelines, increase new client revenue, expand audience development and diversify a portfolio of advertisers.

IT and Engineering

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.

Healthcare

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.

Administrative

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.

Urban Agriculture

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.

Legal

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.

Transportation

Hogan Trucking Transportation & Logistics is looking for a CDL Class A Truck Driver for its premier fleet of dedicated routes.

Advanced Manufacturing

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.

Source: Who’s hiring in Pittsburgh? Amazon, Churchview Farm, Carlow University and more — 1/13/22

Chicago parents sue teachers union over canceled classes

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.

Source: Chicago parents sue teachers union over canceled classes

Supreme Court poised to decide limits of Biden vaccine mandates for businesses, health care workers | Fox News

The Supreme Court will hold a high-stakes public session Friday to decide whether the U.S. government can begin enforcing sweeping COVID-19 vaccine requirements.

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.

Source: Supreme Court poised to decide limits of Biden vaccine mandates for businesses, health care workers | Fox News

Baristas say worker fired from Pittsburgh-area chain after publicly announcing union

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.

Source: Baristas say worker fired from Pittsburgh-area chain after publicly announcing union

Churchill Borough set to vote on Amazon facility

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.

Source: Churchill Borough set to vote on Amazon facility

Raising Cane’s is coming to Pennsylvania

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.”

Source: Raising Cane’s is coming to Pennsylvania

Freeport has no cops after chief quits at end of 1st shift; state police covering borough | TribLIVE.com

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.

Source: Freeport has no cops after chief quits at end of 1st shift; state police covering borough | TribLIVE.com

Amazon To Announce Hiring Spree In Pittsburgh, With Hundreds To Be Hired – CBS Pittsburgh

Amazon is planning to hire hundreds of new workers as it expands in the Pittsburgh area.

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.

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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.”

Source: Amazon To Announce Hiring Spree In Pittsburgh, With Hundreds To Be Hired – CBS Pittsburgh

Illinois meat store responds to Biden admin accusing producers of illegally fixing prices | Fox Business

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 a Wednesday blog postPresident Biden’s top aides blamed the four companies that control much of the meat processing market in the U.S. for the price spikes.

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.

Entire police department resigns in Missouri | TheHill

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.


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“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.

Source: Entire police department resigns in Missouri | TheHill

Seven Springs Mountain Resort Looking To Hire More Than 1,000 For Winter | News, Sports, Jobs – The Intelligencer

Seven Springs Mountain Resort wants to hire more than 1,000 employees for seasonal, part-time and even full-time positions for the upcoming winter season.

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.

Source: Seven Springs Mountain Resort Looking To Hire More Than 1,000 For Winter | News, Sports, Jobs – The Intelligencer

Port Authority announces staffing shortages impacting routes

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.”

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Source: Port Authority announces staffing shortages impacting routes

Giant Eagle to hold in-store job fair to fill more than 1,000 jobs in Pittsburgh area – WPXI

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.

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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.

Source: Giant Eagle to hold in-store job fair to fill more than 1,000 jobs in Pittsburgh area – WPXI

ALDI to host hiring week, fill over 400 positions in Pittsburgh

 

 

The company will host a National Hiring Week from Sept. 20-24, during which local stores and warehouses will host interview events to fill available positions.

ALDI announced Monday it is hiring more than 20,000 new store and warehouse employees across the country through February 2022 and beyond.

ALDI says it’s looking to fill more than 450 positions in the greater Pittsburgh area.

The company will host a National Hiring Week from Sept. 20-24, during which local stores and warehouses will host interview events to fill available positions.

Interested applicants can view open positions in their area at careers.aldi.us/now-hiring.

ALDI recently increased pay for store and warehouse employees and the new national average. Starting wages for store and warehouse positions will be $15 and $19 per hour respectively.

ALDI employees are also eligible for benefits, including health care, retirement plans, financial wellness and employee assistance programs and paid time off.

Source: ALDI to host hiring week, fill over 400 positions in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh-Area Restaurants Still Struggling To Find Employees – CBS Pittsburgh

It’s not just food establishments that are having a tough time finding employees. Help wanted signs are posted outside of all kinds of businesses in the Pittsburgh region.

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Many businesses in the Pittsburgh region are still struggling to keep their doors open because of a lack of employees.

Restaurants in the Pittsburgh region are bouncing back from the COVID-19 pandemic closures, but many aren’t getting enough applications for their job openings.

Source: Pittsburgh-Area Restaurants Still Struggling To Find Employees – CBS Pittsburgh

65% of African-Americans Banned from Dining in NYC After de Blasio Implements Vaccine Passport

New York City’s COVID-19 vaccination passports disproportionately disadvantage black communities and it isn’t even close.

Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city’s plan to implement COVID-19 vaccination requirements for gyms, restaurants and other businesses.

“It’s time for people to see vaccination as necessary to living a good and full and healthy life,” de Blasio said during a news conference.

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Beginning on Sept. 13, New York City citizens will be forced to show either their “Key to NYC Pass” or the state’s “Excelsior Pass” if they wish to enter the aforementioned businesses.

“It will require vaccination for workers and customers in indoor dining, in indoor fitness facilities, indoor entertainment facilities,” the mayor said.

Source: 65% of African-Americans Banned from Dining in NYC After de Blasio Implements Vaccine Passport

GetGo proposed for former Family Video site in Greensburg | TribLIVE.com

The former Family Video store in Greensburg could be home to a GetGo fuel station and convenience store if plans are approved.

According to Jeff Raykes, city planning director, proposed plans would entail tearing down the structure at 531 S. Main St. and building the new gas station.

“There’s no final approval, but they have presented their plans and the planning commission is currently working with the developer to close on the required submittals of the project,” Raykes said, noting the planning commission approved the project with six conditions, including stormwater management and obtaining a highway occupancy permit from PennDOT.

Source: GetGo proposed for former Family Video site in Greensburg | TribLIVE.com

Ibex to open new customer experience delivery center in Pittsburgh, seeks 400 workers – WPXI

 

PITTSBURGH — Washington, D.C.-based ibex, a business process outsourcing firm, announced expansion plans for the Pittsburgh region as it looks to open a new customer experience delivery center in Wilkins Township. It marks the second expansion in the region for the company, which currently maintains offices near Pittsburgh International Airport.

Ibex said it is looking for 400 new workers to fill the various roles it needs at the 33,000-square-feet of space the new center will occupy when it opens on Oct. 1 at 500 Penn Center Blvd. It operates a total of 31 of these centers across the U.S. as well as in Jamaica, Nicaragua, Pakistan, the Philippines and Senegal.

“We are excited to open our new site here in the greater Pittsburgh region, strengthening our commitment to the city, while bringing hundreds of diverse career opportunities to the area,” Greg Rajchel, executive vice president, commercial and client operations, ibex, said in a press release. “Since 2004, Pittsburgh has been a critical driver of the growth and success ibex is experiencing as a leader in the BPO industry and the CX partner of choice for digital-first Blue Chip and New Economy clients.”

Read more from our news partners at the Pittsburgh Business Times.

Source: Ibex to open new customer experience delivery center in Pittsburgh, seeks 400 workers – WPXI

Pittsburgh Public Schools, teachers union reach tentative contract agreement | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pittsburgh Public Schools has reached a tentative agreement on a multiyear contract with its teachers union more than a year after their last deal expired.

District solicitor Ira Weiss said Tuesday the school system and the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers both signed a tentative agreement Saturday.

Mr. Weiss said that the contract was for multiple years but declined to disclose further details out of “respect for the process.”

In the coming days, the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers will present the contract to its membership. Members will then vote by mail to ratify the contract.

If the union approves the contract, the school board will then vote on it.

Mr. Weiss said the district hopes to have the new contract fully approved at or before the school board’s legislative meeting Aug. 25.

“We are pleased that we have reached a tentative agreement,” said school board President Sylvia Wilson, though she noted that the union and board have yet to vote on the deal.

Source: Pittsburgh Public Schools, teachers union reach tentative contract agreement | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Psaki dodges questions when asked about claims of ‘abusive’ top aide Anthony Bernal who works for First Lady Jill Biden

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday deflected when asked about a report that alleged abusive behavior by a top aide to first lady Jill Biden.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday deflected when asked about a report that alleged abusive behavior by a top aide to first lady Jill Biden, saying it’s “hard to look into” the allegations because the claims were made anonymously.

Anthony Bernal was accused of a “mean streak” in a Politico report that alleged it’s common knowledge that he makes colleagues cry while controlling access to the first lady.

“You know, it’s hard to look into anonymously sourced reports. I’m not aware of that being the intention,” Psaki told reporters at her daily press briefing.

Bernal has a habit of “berating” people and trashes his “stupid” coworkers behind their backs, according to the report.

President Biden said in January that he would fire aides “on the spot” if he hears they “treat another colleague with disrespect or talk down to someone.” But he hasn’t always lived up to that pledge. For example, Biden initially stood by spokesman TJ Ducklo in February when he made derisive remarks toward a female reporter.

Source: Psaki dodges when asked about claims of ‘abusive’ Jill Biden staffer Anthony Bernal

Giant Eagle to reinstate mask wearing for customers, employees

Giant Eagle announced Monday that they would reinstate the wearing of face masks, cloth face coverings or face shields for all customers and staff, inclusive of all vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

The company said all Giant Eagle, Market District and GetGo staff will be required to wear a face mask, cloth face covering or face shield starting August 4.

The company is strongly requesting that customers comply with the same mask requirement starting August 6. Complimentary masks for any guest who does not have one will be provided.

Giant Eagle curbside pickup and delivery service continues to be available.

The company said the introduction of the Delta variant created a renewed sense of urgency.

Giant Eagle said it is actively reviewing paths forward regarding a potential vaccination requirement for all employees.

Ilhan Omar backs ‘guaranteed income,’ pitches bills to send $1,200 monthly checks to most Americans

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar introduced two guaranteed income bills on Friday aimed at sending $1,200 monthly checks to most Americans before the end of the decade, according to reports.

Source: Ilhan Omar backs ‘guaranteed income,’ pitches bills to send $1,200 monthly checks to most Americans

British vegans having a row over COVID vaccine ‘jab’ rules — and the issue could come to America – Raw Story 

Vegans who object on ethical grounds to receiving COVID-19 vaccines in the United Kingdom have raised the issue loudly enough that it has recently garnered coverage from several top media outlets there.

An estimated half a million Britons who do not consume animal products would not have to adhere to so-called “jabs for jobs” rules under employment laws, it has been claimed.

Big firms, including Netflix and Google, have already told many US staff they must be vaccinated before returning to work and Foreign secretary Dominic Raab said on Thursday that the rule was “smart policy.”

“While the UK Government has introduced legislation stating care home staff must be jabbed. The Covid vaccine does not contain animal products, but all medications currently go through animal testing. Ethical veganism was ruled to be a protected characteristic at a tribunal last year.

DoorDash Drivers Go On Strike : NPR

Across the country, many DoorDash drivers have stopped dashing to your door.

They’ve logged off the app for the day as part of a strike organized on social media against the food delivery service, demanding tip transparency and higher pay.

Here’s why.

It all started, presumably, on Reddit

While the strike is nationwide and not affiliated with any particular organization, it appears to have originated on Reddit, where a post from July 15 circulated, titled, “DOORDASH BOYCOTT ON JULY 31ST ALL DAY !!”

The post urged Dashers — the company name for drivers — to stop using the app for the day and to instead use UberEats. At the bottom the post lists demands, including a minimum “base pay,” the amount a driver earns on each order before a tip, of $4.50.

According to information provided to NPR by DoorDash, Dasher base pay is calculated based on the estimated time, distance and desirability of an order, Right now, Dashers can expect to earn a base pay between $2 to $10+, according to DoorDash’s website. Drivers say the lower end of that range had previously been $3.

Source: DoorDash Drivers Go On Strike : NPR

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