PennDOT needs to hire another 25 seasonal snow plow operators in Westmoreland County, with early winter weather on the horizon. It currently has 13 on the roster.
About 100 seasonal plow drivers normally are hired to help treat and clear roads throughout District 12 — including Westmoreland, Fayette, Greene and Washington counties, according to PennDOT officials. But, each of the counties has so far fallen short of its hiring target.
The state transportation agency competes with other employers to hire from a depleted pool of qualified workers who have a commercial driver’s license, said PennDOT Safety Press Officer Jay Ofsanik.
“Most people are working, so you don’t have an excess of unemployed personnel,” he said. “In Southwestern Pennsylvania, we’ve had an uptick in the gas and oil industry, and those industries typically use a lot of CDL drivers. For the most part, those jobs pay more per hour, so it’s tough competition.”
PennDOT pays drivers $16.72 an hour to start. Ofsanik noted seasonal work sometimes can lead to a permanent position.
Just two days after the end of the Three Rivers Film Festival, its host organization, the Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media (PCAM), fired all film staff, including employees of the Harris and Regent Square theaters, and will end cinema arts programs, as well as any programming in its galleries.
The announcement and firings happened this morning during a mandatory meeting.
An official document, signed by PCAM executive director Kyle Houser and provided to Pittsburgh City Paper, said the group was ending its theater programs, as well as all programs housed in the Marshall Building and reducing personnel accordingly. PCAM is offering former employees severance benefits totaling $300 before taxes.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Legislation to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage for the first time since 2009 is headed to the state House of Representatives, passed in the Senate against a deadline to stall Gov. Tom Wolf’s regulatory package to substantially expand overtime pay eligibility.
The Republican-controlled Senate approved the bill Wednesday, 42-7, to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage in four steps to $9.50 in 2022.
Pennsylvania’s current minimum wage is the federal minimum of $7.25, which lags each of its neighbors and most other states.
GREENSBURG, Pa. —
The developers of Live! Casino Pittsburgh hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning at Westmoreland Mall in Hempfield Township, where it will locate a new gaming and entertainment facility.
When it opens in late 2020 the new $150 million casino will will bring 750 slots, 30 table games and 500 jobs. Local officials are thrilled.
“This is a great economic development, not only for Hempfield Township but for Westmoreland County,” Hempfield Township Supervisor Doug Weimer told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4.
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PITTSBURGH, PA – Sales jobs can be financially rewarding, with many positions offering the chance to rake in serious money.
Few careers offer the income potential of sales positions, according to thebalancecareers.com. Income is based on performance. While you can expect quotas, you also can expect rewards such as commission checks, bonuses, trips and prizes.
Good salespeople also have good job security. A company cutting sales positions likely will reduce its revenue, which is not a good plan for a business trying to stay solvent.
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Sales Representative, Colonial Life, Pittsburgh
Sales Account Executive, Catholic Media Pittsburgh
Outside Sales Representative, Allstate, Pittsburgh
Outside Sales Representative, Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company, Pittsburgh
Management Trainee – Sales, Remarketable Inc., Pittsburgh
Remote Sales Representative, Tax Kingdom USA, Pittsburgh
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New York (CNN Business)The president of the United Auto Workers, Gary Jones, will take a leave of absence amid a growing scandal involving the union and its finances.Jones requested the leave of absence following a vote by the executive board, the UAW said Saturday in a statement. Vice President Rory Gamble, head of the union’s Ford department, will serve as interim president starting Sunday.“The UAW is fighting tooth and nail to ensure our members have a brighter future. I do not want anything to distract from the mission. I want to do what’s best for the members of this great union,” Jones said in the statement.Jones is stepping aside as federal prosecutors continue a probe into allegations union leaders embezzled funds and accepted bribes, including from at least one automaker, Fiat Chrysler. ()Jones has not been charged in the scandal, and both he and the UAW have pledged full cooperation with the probe.A lawyer for Jones did not immediately respond Saturday to a request for comment.Agents from the FBI, IRS and Labor Department searched Jones’ home in August, an FBI spokesman confirmed to CNN.Nine people have pleaded guilty in the scandal, including former union officials, the widow of one union official, and employees at Fiat Chrysler who dealt with the union. Fiat Chrysler has declined to comment.A top union official, Vance Pearson, was the first active union official to be indicted earlier this year.
Kinsey Casey, who served in positions at the State Department, White House and Department of Homeland Security, will oversee daily city operations with a focus on coordinating work among departments, including Mobility and Infrastructure and Public Works and affiliates such as the Pittsburgh Parking Authority and Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.
Americans once worked 100 hours a week, six days in a row. Then, in 1940, came the five-day workweek.
Now labor unions are making the case for even less work: dropping days worked down to four.
That’s one of the changes unions are proposing as part of their vision for the future of work, which is outlined in a report to be released Friday by the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of labor unions in the US. (Disclosure: I am a member of the Writers Guild of America East, which is part of the AFL-CIO.) The report, which was shared in advance with Vox, focuses on finding ways to make sure workers can best benefit from automation and other technological changes.
As technology makes workers more productive, unions argue, why not give them three-day weekends? Not 40 hours compressed into four days. Labor unions are proposing a 32-hour workweek, with employees earning no less than they did before.
AT&T employees across the Southeast went on strike on Saturday, August 24, 2019 protesting what they say are bad faith contract negotiations by the telecom company. Here Tim Whisenant, Jon Pilkington, Byrus Clark, Tia Turner, Chris Williams and Korey Phillips hold signs for passing cars outside AT&T’s Birmingham office on 6th Avenue North.
Members of CWA local unions across nine states, including Alabama, left their posts Saturday and took up places in front of AT&T facilities to protest negotiation tactics employed by the company. The strike includes AT&T employees in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Overstock founder and CEO Patrick Byrne resigned Thursday after 20 years at the company amid his ties to a government investigation related to the 2016 election.
“In July I came forward to a small set of journalists regarding my involvement in certain government matters,” Byrne said in a letter to shareholders. “While I believe that I did what was necessary for the good of the country, for the good of the firm, I am in the sad position of having to sever ties with Overstock, both as CEO and board member, effective Thursday, August 22.”
Chairman Jonathan Johnson has been named interim CEO.
A new satellite casino approved to be built at a mall in Westmoreland County will give the county a boost with new jobs and revenue, but commissioners there have concerns over a name that will not reflect the community in which it will operate.
The state Gaming Control Board this week unanimously granted Stadium Casino LLC, owned by Cordish Companies of Maryland, a Category 4 satellite casino license to operate a casino in the shuttered Bon Ton space that the company will name Live! Casino Pittsburgh.
The commissioners are hopeful that some discussion with representatives from Cordish Companies could result in the selection of a more appropriate name.
The commissioners said despite the name, they are thrilled that the project is moving forward and have learned from officials at Westmoreland County Community College that the company has reached out to the college to provide training for those interested in casino dealing.
Westmoreland County is planning a job fair to help fill as many as 50 positions at the courthouse, nursing home, jail and other government and human service offices.
The day-long event will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Ramada Inn in Hempfield.
It’s the first time the county has sponsored a job fair, Human Resources Director Amanda Bernard said.
“If we can hire 50 people, that would be great. We have a lot of vacancies, especially at the Manor where we are competing with local hospitals,” Bernard said.
One Air Wisconsin flight attendant is allegedly out of a job after being intoxicated while recently on duty in the high skies, reportedly slurring the safety announcement, dropping things, stumbling around and ultimately falling asleep in the jump seat.
Charging documents detail that the woman’s erratic behavior made some passengers feel “scared for their lives” during the flight from Chicago to South Bend, Ind.
Now, the woman can face up to six months in jail.
Douglas Sam, 52, of Mt. Pleasant Township, Mt. Pleasant’s former police chief filed a federal lawsuit this week claiming that he was fired after defying instructions from officials to ignore what he described as “wrongdoing” on the borough’s part.
“… Sam’s continued employment as police chief was conditioned on the state of his personal relationship with members of the Mt. Pleasant government,” the suit states.
Sam is seeking back pay and other compensation.
Council voted 6-3 to fire Sam in February after four years on the job.
Saikat Chakrabarti, the embattled chief of staff for freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is leaving his position following series of controversies that contributed to public divisions within the House Democratic Caucus.
“Saikat has decided to leave the office of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez to work with [nonprofit group] New Consensus to further develop plans for a Green New Deal,” Corbin Trent, Ocasio-Cortez director of communications, told The Intercept Friday.
A Florida Dunkin’ Donuts manager was busted for hiring a “fictitious” employee — and pocketing all of the checks that worker received, according to new reports.
Markia Nelson, 29, who works at the franchise’s location in Largo, a city in Pinellas County, hired the fake worker on May 15, WFLA reported.
From May 16 straight through Saturday, Nelson did all she could to keep up the image that the employee was showing up for work every day — clocking in and out for the “worker,” logging a total of 235 hours, according to an arrest report obtained by the outlet.
The “employee” earned $8.65 an hour — for a total of $1,610.84, the station reported.
In a news conference, chief executive Hiroto Saikawa said the job cuts would account for a “big portion” of the savings it was trying to make.
Of the 12,500 job losses, 6,400 have already been implemented at eight locations, he said.
Nissan plans to shed another 6,100 jobs between the 2020 and 2022 financial years at six locations.
He did not specify which models would be targeted for production cuts, but said they would be likely to affect “compact cars and its Datsun range”.
The cuts will fall on unprofitable models, Mr Saikawa added
The United Auto Workers union is set to start bargaining new contracts covering 150,000 workers at Detroit’s Big Three on Monday in what could be the most contentious negotiations the auto industry has seen in years.
The union will be looking to make significant gains over the most recent four-year contracts with the companies, ratified in 2015. Automakers are looking to cut labor costs relative to foreign competitors building cars and trucks inside the U.S. with lower-earning workers. Industry-watchers believe the starkly different expectations create the possibility of a major strike.
Political cartoonist Michael de Adder claimed that he lost the contract due to the Trump image — but the company disputes his assertion.
“This is a false narrative which has emerged carelessly and recklessly on social media,” Brunswick News Inc. said in a statement on Sunday.
- Amazon responded to Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s claim that it pays warehouse workers “starvation wages” in a tweet that says it pays workers $15 an hour plus full benefits.
- Amazon tweeted at Ocasio-Cortez, saying: “Amazon is a leader on pay at $15 min wage + full benefits from day one. We also lobby to raise federal min wage.”
SOUTH FAYETTE — The South Fayette Township Board of Commissionners opened four bids Wednesday from developers competing for the site along Route 50 where the Star City movie house once stood.
All four of the bids came in over the minimum purchase price of $3 million. The highest bid, from Cleveland-based apartment developer NRP Group, was for $4 million. The other bids were $3.5 million, $3.2 million and $3.1 million. The bids and proposals will be reviewed over the next month, and the board will consider them at its July 17 meeting.
PITTSBURGH – Extras Casting is looking for people to be in a new Netflix series being filmed in Pittsburgh this summer.
The series, called “I Am Not Okay With This,” is about a teenage girl navigating her way through high school life while dealing with her family, sexuality and mysterious new superpowers.
Casting directors are looking for extras who can portray high school and college age students for multiple days of filming. Extras will also be portraying football teams, fans, basketball players, prom attendees and more.
Filming will take place from early June through August.
For more information, visit www.movieextraspittsburgh.com.
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For those looking for a career, the road to the future may be on the road itself. No four-year-degree is required, and jobs are in high demand.
The Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association covers an 11-county area and currently has a shortage of almost 500 workers.
“The dealers in our region sold 150,000 new cars last year. Every one of those cars have multiple computers in them and an enormous amount of electronics. Those have to be serviced immediately and repaired,” Amati said.
The typical career path has students attending full- or part-time work training during their junior and senior years of high school, followed by a post-secondary education program for up to two years.
The average cost for the education is $10,000, but with the high demand for good mechanics, it is oftentimes free.
Youngstown-based Falcon Transport Co. told its 550 workers over the weekend that it was immediately shutting down all operations.The announcement comes about two months after General Motors stopped production at its assembly plant near Youngstown. Falcon Transport had close ties with the plant’s operation.
Falcon Transport hasn’t given a reason for its decision to close. It had been a family-run business until it was bought by a private equity firm in 2017.
Employees say they received a text on Saturday night telling them to stop the work they were doing for the company.