BY ANDREA SHALAL AND Susan Heavey
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The lockdown affecting large segments of the American public to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus is likely to last 10 to 12 weeks, or until early June, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday.Americans are adapting to the biggest change in daily life since World War Two with schools closed, sports canceled and economic upheaval as job losses mount with the shuttering of businesses across many industries.
Hospitals are scrambling for protective equipment for healthcare workers and ventilators as they brace for a wave of patients who will need help breathing. U.S. cases climbed to over 25,000 on Sunday morning and at least 325 people have died, with about half the cases in New York state, according to a Reuters tally. (Graphic: https://tmsnrt.rs/2w7hX9T)
The virus has killed over 13,000 globally and infected more than 300,000.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The official newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh has reportedly terminated all of its employees.
According to KDKA’s news partner, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the news came during a conference call on Thursday.
“We were all terminated permanently,” John Franko, a reporter who has been at the paper for nearly 30 years told the Post-Gazette.
“We were expecting layoffs, but this came as a shock. I guess they did what they had to do.”
“We didn’t really expect to completely lose our jobs,” said Bill Cone, editor of the newspaper, to the Post-Gazette.
Government directives to close businesses and restrict people’s activities in an effort to stem the spread of coronavirus infections and deaths will impact more than a half-million workers in the Pittsburgh region, a top local economist predicts.
And the pain will be spread across virtually all industries in the seven-county region.
“Many of the most vulnerable industries will likely be laying off workers without pay,” leading to a “significant increase in the number of unemployed workers,” said Christopher Briem, a research economist with the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Social & Urban Research.
Westmoreland County Transit cut overtime costs by 42% in February, easing a budget crunch that impacted the agency during the first month after it took over operations of its fixed-route and shared-ride para transit services from a private contractor, officials said.
The transit authority saw overtime for drivers reach more than $30,000 in January. Through the first three weeks of February, those costs dipped to $17,000 as five additional drivers were hired and assigned to the agency’s shared-ride programs, providing door-to-door appointment service for low-income and disabled riders.
Additional staffing, along with a refocus on efficiency, led to the overtime cuts, said Ashley Cooper-Brounce, the authority’s fiscal manager.
The company is doing a nationwide search for the next general manager.
Macy’s store closings
The retailer says that shutting weaker stores in lower-tier malls will enable it to focus on locations with stronger sales as well as its online operations.
Here’s an updated list of stores Macy’s previously revealed it was closing starting in 2020.
Antioch: Somersville Towne Center
San Diego: Horton Plaza Park
Meriden: Westfield Meriden
Miami: The Falls Mall
Pompano Beach: Pompano Citi Centre
Sanford: Seminole Towne Center
Vero Beach: Indian River Mall
Decatur: The Gallery at South DeKalb
Macon: Macon Mall
Waikoloa Village: Kings’ Shops
Lewiston: Lewiston Center Mall
Carbondale: University Mall
West Dundee: Spring Hill Mall
Muncie: Muncie Mall
Owensboro: Towne Square Mall
Salisbury: The Centre at Salisbury
Leominster: The Mall at Whitney Field
Helena: Helena Northside Center
Hicksville: Broadway Commons
Winston-Salem: Hanes Mall
Cincinnati: Northgate Mall
St. Clairsville: Ohio Valley Mall
Stow: Stow-Kent Plaza
Harrisburg: Harrisburg East Mall
State College: Nittany Mall
Goodlettsville: RiverGate Mall
Burlington: Cascade Mall
Walla Walla: Downtown
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The City of Greensburg Police Department is looking for a new officer.
The department is accepting applications for candidates to replace patrolman Peter Sandberg, who retired in October after 21 years on the force.
The department will accept applications through Feb. 14.
Applicants will go through a multi-stage screening process. It starts with a written exam on Feb. 29, followed by a physical agility test, interview, and psychological and medical examinations.
Full details are available at greensburgpa.org/police-department.
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A Somerset Township department store will host a job fair from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 7 in advance of its scheduled conversion into an off-price clothing and home decor retailer, store officials said Monday.
The job fair will be held at Peebles, 1610 N. Center Ave., Somerset, which is slated to be rebranded soon as a Gordmans location. Interested candidates should apply online at gordmans.com/careers, then attend the job fair on Jan. 7. Walk-ins also are welcome, according to a press release issued by a Gordmans representative.
Stage Stores Inc., the Houston-based company that operates Peebles, Gordmans and several other retail chains, announced last year that it plans to rebrand most of its stores under the Gordmans name.
Twenty-three Peebles stores in Pennsylvania, including the Somerset Township store, will be reopened on Feb. 18 as Gordmans locations.
Positions for which the company is looking to hire vary by location, but include store managers, assistant store managers, sales associates and stockroom associates, according to Monday’s press release.
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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Plenty Of Sales Jobs Open Around Pittsburgh
The right position for you could be here in these listings.
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.
There’s no shortage of sales positions available in southwestern Pennsylvania. Here are just a few listed on ZipRecruiter:
Entry Level Sales, Bankers Life, Pittsburgh
Sales, Bankers Life, Pittsburgh
Director, Electrical & Industrial Sales, Graybar, Pittsburgh
Sales Associate, NTB, Allison Park
Educational Sales Representative, Guitar Center Pittsburgh
Licensed Sales Professional, PMA, USA
Entry Level Sales, Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company, Pittsburgh
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
Verizon FIOS Full Time Retail Sales Rep, Creative Channel Services, Pittsburgh
Sales Representative, Safe Haven Security, Pittsburgh
Sales Representative, MS International, Pittsburgh
Entry and Mid-Level Sales Professionals, The Alleman Group, LLC,
Sales Consultant, Best Buy, Bethel Park
Account Manager-Industrial Sales, Company Confidential, Pittsburgh
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.