‘Staff Quit. Y’all Be Easy’: Employees At Family Dollar In Garfield Quit In Protest – CBS Pittsburgh

The store has reopened and there are “Now Hiring” signs posted.

Source: ‘Staff Quit. Y’all Be Easy’: Employees At Family Dollar In Garfield Quit In Protest – CBS Pittsburgh

Portland police: Dozens of officers resign from team that responds to protests after member is indicted – CNN

 

 

(CNN)About 50 officers assigned to the Portland police department’s crowd control team resigned one day after one of the team’s officers was indicted for allegedly using his department-issued baton to assault a protester last summer.

The wholesale resignation of the police department’s Rapid Response Team (RRT) took place after a Multnomah County grand jury handed down an indictment Wednesday charging Officer Corey Budworth with fourth-degree battery. All the officers who resigned their positions on the team returned to their regular assignments

Source: Portland police: Dozens of officers resign from team that responds to protests after member is indicted – CNN

Keystone XL Pipeline Project Is Canceled – The New York Times

The embattled project to carry oil from Canada to Nebraska had been on life support since President Biden’s first day in office and stalled by legal battles for years before that.

The Canadian pipeline company that had long sought to build the Keystone XL pipeline announced Wednesday that it had terminated the embattled project, which would have carried petroleum from Canadian tar sands to Nebraska.

The announcement was the death knell for a project that had been on life support since President Biden’s first day in office and had been stalled by legal battles for years before that, despite support from the Trump administration.

On the day he was inaugurated, Mr. Biden, who has vowed to make tackling climate change a centerpiece of his administration, rescinded the construction permit for the pipeline, which developers had sought to build for over a decade. That same day, TC Energy, the company behind the project, said it was suspending work on the line.

On Wednesday, the company wrote in a statement that it “will continue to coordinate with regulators, stakeholders and Indigenous groups to meet its environmental and regulatory commitments and ensure a safe termination of and exit from the project.”

Source: Keystone XL Pipeline Project Is Canceled – The New York Times

Help wanted: Westmoreland County seeks applicants for vacant jobs

Westmoreland County has the “help wanted” sign out to fill jobs in several departments but, as has been the case in the private sector, there isn’t enough community interest to fill vacant positions.

It has been so much of a challenge to fill the roster of guards at the county prison that, on Monday, officials converted part-time jobs to full-time status, hoping the move will lure candidates to fill open positions at the lockup in Hempfield.

Applicants for vacant guard jobs have lagged over the past several months. Warden Bryan Kline said the hiring period for guard candidates saw just three applicants show up for a required agility test. Just one person passed the test but declined a job offer, Kline said.

There are 20 open guard jobs and 12 additional positions held by part-time employees.

Source: Help wanted: Westmoreland County seeks applicants for vacant jobs

CNN drops Rick Santorum after ‘racist’ comments about Native Americans

A CNN executive told The Huffington Post the news that it had cut ties with the former Senator. The ending of the relationship comes after he made “inaccurate” statements about Native Americans.

CNN ended its contract with Rick Santorum after the former Republican senator and two-time presidential candidate made “inaccurate” and “racist” remarks about Native Americans, according to a report.

A senior CNN executive told the Huffington Post Saturday that the network parted ways with Santorum, a political commentator, earlier this week, even as the former Pennsylvania senator tried to explain his comments that “there was nothing” in the US before the arrival of European colonizers on one of the network’s shows earlier this month.

Santorum went on “Cuomo Prime Time” to explain that he “misspoke” in a speech to a conservative youth group in April.

Source: CNN drops Rick Santorum after ‘racist’ comments about Native Americans

UPS set to hire some 350 people at New Stanton facility | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UPS says it’s seeking to fill thousands of job openings across the county, including at least 350 in the Pittsburgh area at its sortation center in New Stanton, Westmoreland County.

The jobs are permanent, part-time package handling positions on multiple shifts with benefits, starting at up to $17 per hour, the package delivery giant said Tuesday.

The company tied the need for more part-time workers to the rapid growth of e-commerce coupled with an overall increase in demand.

Part-time positions can be a good way to secure a full time job with the company, UPS said, noting that roughly 120,000 part-time employees have transitioned to full-time or management positions.

Benefits for part-timers include health care coverage, retirement contributions, tuition assistance and a discounted stock purchase program.

Overall, Atlanta-based UPS employs about 540,000 people.

Job applications are available at upsjobs.com.

Source: UPS set to hire some 350 people at New Stanton facility | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania Ending Extended Jobless Benefits, Unemployment Rate Falls Below 5% | Pittsburgh, PA Patch

Pennsylvania has made the decision to end state extended unemployment benefits.

The program provided an extra 13 weeks of benefits to those that have exhausted their traditional unemployment benefits.

According to the state, the decision was made because unemployment fell below 5%.

Source: Pennsylvania Ending Extended Jobless Benefits, Unemployment Rate Falls Below 5% | Pittsburgh, PA Patch

Former Burger King employee awarded $2M after she was fired for having a trachea tube: lawsuit | Fox News

Ashley Merard sued the franchise owner, Magic Burgers LLC, for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Orlando Sentinel Reported. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Orlando.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, a jury awarded Merard $2 million in punitive damages on May 4. Merard was also awarded $30,000 for emotional pain and mental anguish and $15,519.60 for lost wages.

MCDONALD’S CLAIMS NEW JERSEY WOMAN’S LAWSUIT OVER FECES ON BURGER WRAPPER IS UNSUBSTANTIATED

Jesse Drawas, the attorney for Magic Burgers LLC told Fox News in a statement that the company is “disappointed with the result” and plans to appeal the verdict.

Source: Former Burger King employee awarded $2M after she was fired for having a trachea tube: lawsuit | Fox News

Wendy Bell is off the Pittsburgh airwaves … again | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Bell was hired in January by WJAS, a broadcasting station owned by St. Barnabas Health System, a retirement and assisted living community located in Pittsburgh’s North Hills. In a statement made to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, WJAS pulling Bell off the air was a “personnel matter” that is being handled within the company, according to St. Barnabas Health System spokesperson Michele Bradac.

Source: Wendy Bell is off the Pittsburgh airwaves … again | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Weak jobs report shows need for massive jobs and families bills: Biden

  • President Joe Biden said April’s lower than expected job growth shows that his massive infrastructure and family support bills are needed now more than ever.
  • The president rejected the idea that federal unemployment benefits are removing incentives for people to return to the labor force.

Hiring slowed dramatically in April, with nonfarm payrolls increasing by a much less than expected 266,000 and the unemployment rate rising to 6.1%.

Source: Weak jobs report shows need for massive jobs and families bills: Biden

Who’s hiring in Pittsburgh? Zoom, Bike Pittsburgh, PNC and more — 4/26/21

Engineering

Zoom has an opening for a Database Engineer/Admin to manage its core databases, optimize SQLs, assist service engineers with solving customer issues and more.

PNC is hiring a Senior Software Services Manager (Capital Markets) to manage development projects and application support functions for a major business segment. 

Legal

The Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh seeks a Paralegal to provide assistance to attorneys in the Civil Law Project as they represent clients in cases involving intimate partner violence.

Human Services

Acculturation for Justice, Access and Peace Outreach is hiring an Employment/Vocational Case Manager to oversee the cases of refugee clients.

The Allegheny Children’s Initiative, a subsidiary of Partners For Quality Inc., seeks an Intake Services Coordinator to manage intake functions for the organization’s programs.

Nonprofit

Bike Pittsburgh has an opening for a Volunteer & Events Coordinator to coordinate volunteers and event logistics.

Pittsburgh Festival Opera is hiring a Warehouse Inventory Coordinator to create an inventory and conduct an evaluation of its assets, including sets, props and costumes.

Human Resources

The Pittsburgh Foundation is looking for a Human Resources Generalist to manage the day-to-day human resource functions for 65 employees of the foundation and its supporting organizations.

Higher Education

The University of Pittsburgh seeks a Portfolio Director for Innovative Health Systems Initiatives for the School of Pharmacy’s Program Evaluation and Research Unit to oversee a $10 million portfolio of projects.

Source: Who’s hiring in Pittsburgh? Zoom, Bike Pittsburgh, PNC and more — 4/26/21

Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama vote not to form a union – ABC News

In what many view as a major blow to the organized labor movement, Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama have voted not to form a labor union.

Of the some 3,117 votes cast in the closely watched union election, a total of 1,798 votes were against unionization, compared to 738 in favor of it, according to the National Labor Relations Board. Even accounting for the 505 challenged ballots, Amazon has cinched enough “no” votes to defeat the organizing efforts.

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which workers were seeking to be represented by, said Friday that it plans to file objections to Amazon’s conduct surrounding the election with the NLRB.

Source: Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama vote not to form a union – ABC News

Live! Casino In Greensburg Among Companies Looking Fill Several Job Openings

Live! Casino in Greensburg is looking to hire dealers, cooks, and servers.

Casino officials plan to interview for positions that include table games dealers, guest services representatives, cage cashiers, environmental services attendants, security ambassadors, line and prep cooks, dishwashers, food servers, bartenders, restaurant hosts and cocktail servers.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. While walk-ins are welcomed, those interested in attending the job fair are encouraged to register online, where they can choose which time they will attend. The casino’s recruitment center is located on the first floor of the mall in the former Sears wing. Type tinyurl.com/up56ew into a web browser to register online.

OTHER COMPANIES ARE ALSO HIRING AT THE JOB FAIR ON MONDAY AT WESTMORELAND MALL IN GREENSBURG, PA.

Source: Live! Casino In Greensburg Among Companies Looking Fill Several Job Openings

Jobs Feature: Who’s hiring in Pittsburgh? 

IT and Engineering

Argo AI has an opening for a Technical Director of Cyber Security to implement cybersecurity for development and cloud environments, bring next-generation capabilities to the company’s cybersecurity portfolio, document infrastructure security requirements, create report metrics and more.

Healthcare

The Midwife Center for Birth & Women’s Health seeks a Client Service Manager for a client-facing role to deliver exceptional service and supervisory skills.

Higher Education

The University of Pittsburgh is hiring a Major Gifts Officer to raise gifts at the $100,000-plus level and build a diverse and sustainable portfolio of fundraising prospects.

Governmental

The Quaker Valley Council of Governments seeks an Executive Director to work with 15 municipalities, as well as state and county officials, to establish regional priorities, identify efficiencies and meet the needs of citizens, businesses and civic organizations.

Nonprofit

The Frick Pittsburgh is looking for a Membership Manager to define and refine the Frick experience for members and increase the organization’s membership and individual donor bases.

Business and Finance

Amazon has an opening for an Area Manager to oversee safety, quality, productivity and customer delivery, mentor team members, develop plans that meet business objectives and more.

Citizens Bank seeks a Fraud Operations Senior Specialist to handle customer calls, perform analytical review of data and documentation, ensure compliance with policies, troubleshoot operational issues and more.

Marketing and Communications

Duquesne Light Company is hiring a Marketing Specialist to implement the marketing strategy and administration of programs, track marketing efforts, increase visibility in the marketplace and more.

Human Services

The Salvation Army Western PA Division seeks a Recovery Support Specialist to maintain a safe, orderly and therapeutic physical environment for residents, evaluate clients’ behavioral and emotional needs and work as part of a treatment team.

Advanced Manufacturing

Calgon Carbon Corporation is hiring a Mechanical Assembler I to perform general labor functions, load and unload trucks, operate tools, machinery and vehicles, assemble products, test units and more.

ZOLL Medical Corporation is looking for an Associate Quality Assurance Inspector to oversee inspection reports, operate measurement equipment and read manufacturing drawings, inspection instructions, diagrams schematics and engineering change notices.

Retail

Sheetz is hiring a Store Team Leader to serve as a hospitality ambassador, greet customers, prepare food and beverage items, complete customer transactions, receive and replenish supplies and products, and more.

Source: Who’s hiring in Pittsburgh? Amazon, Argo AI, Citizens Bank and more — 3/22/21

TV Talk: KDKA-TV adds to its news team | TribLIVE.com

By Rob Owen:

Briana Smith started on the job last week at KDKA-TV, taking over weekend morning anchor duties. She’ll also report some weekdays and serve as a fill-in anchor as needed.

She takes the place of Lisa Washington, who left KDKA in November to become a weeknight evening anchor at WNEP-TV in Scranton.

Bryant Reed previously worked at WECT-TV in Wilmington, N.C. A Charlotte, N.C., native.

Jessica Guay joined KDKA in February from WJAC-TV in Johnstown where she was a morning anchor and reporter.

Source: TV Talk: KDKA-TV adds to its news team | TribLIVE.com

5 White House staffers lose jobs over drugs, marijuana use

Five White House staffers have been fired because of their past use of drugs, including marijuana, press secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday.

Marijuana has become a delicate issue for President Joe Biden’s administration because 15 states and Washington, D.C., allow for recreational usage, despite a federal prohibition. The administration has tried not to automatically penalize potential staffers for legal behavior in their communities by developing a more flexible policy, Psaki said in a statement to The Associated Press.

Source: 5 White House staffers lose jobs over drugs, marijuana use

Pittsburgh-Area Business Owners Say They Cannot Fill Open Positions

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The coronavirus pandemic caused a massive wave of unemployment in the Pittsburgh region.

Now that the economy is coming back, employers face a new problem — not enough workers. KDKA investigator Andy Sheehan looks into why employers now can’t fill positions.

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After a year of shutdowns and indoor dining restrictions, the lunchtime crowd at the Juniper Grill in Cranberry is picking up. The problem now is a shortage of cooks, bartenders and waitstaff to serve them.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Pat McDonnell with Atria’s Restaurants. “We have eight restaurants and we need employees at all eight restaurants.”

Employers throughout the region have the same lament. Now that the economy is springing back, they can’t find the workers to fill the positions.

“People call for interviews and they don’t show up for interviews,” said McDonnell. “We’ve gone every place we could go to advertise, to get the word out we are hiring. It’s just been very, very difficult.”

“The labor force is down. The people looking for work is down. I think a lot of folks have moved on,” said University of Pittsburgh researcher Chris Briem.

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At the onset of the pandemic, the region lost 200,000 jobs but got all but 78,000 back over the last year. Now that many of those jobs are returning, about 50,000 people have left the workforce and, according to Briem, are no longer available.

“I think some of our workers have retired early,” said Briem. “I think a lot of our younger workers include students. I think there are tremendous issues with folks taking care of children or other folks at home not being able to jump back into the labor force.”

“It’s a challenge to get them back because of the increased money they get,” said Chief Operating Officer of St. Moritz Security Services Chris Hansen.

Source: Pittsburgh-Area Business Owners Say They Cannot Fill Open Positions

Giant Eagle hiring 700 employees in Pittsburgh area

Giant Eagle is looking to fill more than 700 permanent full and part-time positions across the company’s Pittsburgh-area Giant Eagle and Market District supermarkets.

The company will conduct socially distant, in-person hiring events at host locations throughout the area March 15 to March 19. Candidates will meet with recruiters and have the opportunity for same-day job offers. All event participants will be required to wear a mask or other face covering.

Interested candidates are encouraged to visit www.GiantEagle.com/OnTheSpotOffers for complete event detail, a full list of host locations and to explore open positions and submit their application in advance to expedite the in-person interview process.

Senate parliamentarian strikes down minimum wage hike in latest COVID-19 relief bill – YouTube

Senate parliamentarian strikes down minimum wage hike in latest COVID-19 relief bill

Progressives are willing to accept defeat on the minimum wage for now and vote for President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief package. But they’re channeling their energy into a renewed push to kill the filibuster.

One day after the Senate parliamentarian effectively forced a $15 minimum wage hike out of Democrats’ coronavirus relief package, leading liberal activists are racing to turn their bitter setback into opportunity. The need to sacrifice a key Biden priority in order to ensure the Covid aid bill can pass the Senate with a simple majority has handed progressive lawmakers and their allied groups a new talking point in their long-running quest to eliminate the legislative filibuster.

Source: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/02/26/progressives-minimum-wage-defeat-471772

$15 minimum wage won’t cover living costs for many Americans

  • Democrats want a $15 minimum wage policy to be included in President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan.
  • A $15 hourly pay scale would more than double the current $7.25 federal minimum wage.
  • It still wouldn’t offer a living wage to low-paid single adults and families in many areas, according to a CNBC analysis of state cost-of-living data.

Democrats are pushing to get a $15 federal minimum wage into President Joe Biden’s Covid relief package. For many, that pay still wouldn’t be enough.

Source: $15 minimum wage won’t cover living costs for many Americans

Report shows natural gas fracking didn’t produce promised jobs to Pa. and Appalachia | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

While still recovering from the Great Recession of 2008-2009, natural gas drilling — aka fracking — appeared in the Pittsburgh region and claimed to be able to offer economic relief. One of the first major energy players to move into the Pittsburgh region and greater Appalachia was Range Resources. The Texas-based oil and gas company claimed that fracking would lead to economic benefits beyond just those made from extracting natural gas.

In an October 2012 commercial, Range Resources claimed Pittsburgh is the place “where manufacturing will become American again” and ends with the tagline, “Drilling is just the beginning.” Those manufacturing gains never materialized, and the Pittsburgh region has lost several thousand manufacturing jobs since 2012.

And according to a new report from the Ohio River Valley Institute, that was just one of several failed economic promises natural gas companies made to the Pittsburgh area, Appalachia, and the Marcellus and Utica Shale region.

Source: Report shows natural gas fracking didn’t produce promised jobs to Pa. and Appalachia | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Gov. Wolf hopes to increase Pa. minimum wage to $12 by 2021, and $15 by 2027 | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

On Feb. 8, Gov. Tom Wolf (D-York) held a press conference to reaffirm his belief in increasing the minimum wage in Pennsylvania, and outlined a plan that would incrementally raise minimum wage to $15 an hour, from its current rate of $7.25 an hour.

At his press conference, Wolf emphasized that $7.25, which a press release called “embarrassingly low,” can no longer be considered a livable wage, as the cost of food, gas, housing, and other essential services have gone up. Pennsylvania’s minimum wage was last increased in 2009, when the federal minimum wage requirement increased.

“Too many essential workers are earning poverty wages while putting themselves at risk to keep our society running,” said Wolf in a press release. “They keep food on shelves, move crucial supplies, take care of our children, and support people with disabilities. And thousands of them earn poverty wages. These hardworking people deserve better. They deserve a living wage.”

Source: Gov. Wolf hopes to increase Pa. minimum wage to $12 by 2021, and $15 by 2027 | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Keystone Oaks teachers plan to go on strike Monday – Post Gazette

By Hallie Lauer:

The teachers at Keystone Oaks School District announced Sunday that they will go on strike Monday, as they and the district’s board of school directors have not yet reached an agreement on a new contract.

Classes are canceled until further notice. However, the district must complete 180 days of school by June 15, according to state law, which leaves the union only six days to strike.

That means the strike can last no longer than Feb. 9, based on the number of makeup days the district has remaining.

“Our hope is that an agreement can be reached and students can return to classes as soon as possible,” Superintendent William Stropkaj said in a statement on the school district’s website.

The teachers association had originally announced on Jan. 22 that they had intentions to strike Feb. 1. Pennsylvania state law requires at least a 48-hour notice for teachers to strike.

After negotiations on Thursday and Sunday, the two groups were not able to come to an agreement.

“When we met today, we came to the realization that neither one of us were going to compromise,” association president Kevin Gallagher said. “It just wasn’t going to happen, as sad as that is. I understand that this does not look good in terms of a pandemic, but this is the third time we’ve been in this situation with the district in the last four years, and we just can’t stand for it anymore.”

Currently, there are no negotiation meetings scheduled, according to Mr. Gallagher. The association is willing to meet at a neutral site off campus to continue discussions, he said.

Teachers will be picketing at Aiken, Dormont and Myrtle elementary schools as well as at the Keystone Oaks high school and middle school complex beginning Monday.

Keystone Oaks teachers have been without a contract since June. 30, 2020.

Athletic practices and games will continue as normal for sports that are in season, according to the announcement.

The free meals program also will continue with curbside pick-up at each building.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the district was operating on a hybrid schedule where students attend classes in person and online throughout the week.

Hallie Lauer: hlauer@post-gazette.com

Source: Keystone Oaks teachers plan to go on strike tomorrow

Progressives Democrats urge Biden to consider recurring stimulus checks – Business Insider

In a letter on Thursday, the group said Biden’s proposal of a one-time direct payment worth $1,400 would only “provide a temporary lifeline.”

  • Over 50 progressive Democrats urged President Joe Biden on Thursday to consider sending recurring stimulus checks to Americans.
  • The letter, signed by Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and others, doesn’t specify an amount, but the group has previously shown support for $2,000.
  • Biden has proposed a one-time direct payment of $1,400 in his stimulus proposal.

Source: Progressives Democrats urge Biden to consider recurring stimulus checks – Business Insider

Third stimulus check: When could you get a $1,400 check? – CBS News

President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan proposes a third round of stimulus checks of $1,400 for most Americans. Yet while that could extend a helping hand to millions of households still suffering from the pandemic’s economic fallout, it could be months until the payments arrive, analysts say.

The price tag for the relief package, called the American Rescue Plan, is likely to face pushback from Republican lawmakers, who last year resisted Democratic efforts to pass a $2 trillion bill. Heights Securities analyst Hunter Hammond expects the ultimate package to be trimmed to $1 trillion or $1.5 trillion. But most analysts think lawmakers on both sides of the aisle will back the $1,400 direct payments, which economists view as a lifeline for many cash-strapped workers who lost their jobs or have seen their income plummet during the pandemic.

Support for another stimulus package may gain steam given several developments that point to widening economic distress as the pandemic worsens, according to Ed Mills, an analyst with investment bank Raymond James. A weaker outlook for the labor market, with a bigger-than-expected 1 million jobless claims during the first week of January, as well as record number of COVID-19 infections and deaths, could push lawmakers to support Mr. Biden’s plan for additional stimulus, analysts say.

Source: Third stimulus check: When could you get a $1,400 check? – CBS News

Student loans: Biden will extend payment deferrals until October – CNNPolitics

Washington (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden will direct the Department of Education Wednesday to extend the suspension of federal student loan payments and interest.

Borrowers will not have to make payments until October 1 at the earliest, extending the already unprecedented pause on payments by eight months.
When the economy began to shut down in response to the pandemic in March, Congress passed a sweeping relief bill that automatically suspended student loan payments and waived interest. The benefit was originally set to expire in September, but was extended by the Trump administration until January 31.
Both the pause on payments and interest waiver is automatic, but only applies to federally held loans.
That covers roughly 85% of all federal student loans, including those known as direct federal loans and PLUS loans that parents have taken out on behalf of their children. It excludes some federal loans that are guaranteed by the government but not technically held by it. Generally, those were disbursed prior to 2010.
Balances were frozen in March 2020, though borrowers are allowed to continue making payments. Those enrolled in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness payment plan will still receive credit as if they had continued paying, as long as they are still working full time for qualifying employers.

Source: Student loans: Biden will extend payment deferrals until October – CNNPolitics

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