PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — KDKA has learned that Amazon is planning to hire hundreds of new workers as it expands in the Pittsburgh area.
Amazon prides itself on the fast delivery of online orders. But to do that, the world’s largest online retail store has to have fulfillment and distribution centers in most major markets. Pittsburgh is no exception.
With the opening of its newest facility in Imperial last week, Amazon says it needs more people on its payroll in Pittsburgh. The company told KDKA’s Jon Delano that it will announce Tuesday the total number of workers it will be hiring, and it will be “substantial.”
The owner of an Illinois retail and wholesale meat store told FOX Business he has been increasing prices for his products as the industry grapples with higher raw material costs, global supply chain challenges and a rebound in demand.
This as the Biden administration announced it plans to take a tougher stance toward meatpacking companies the White House argues are causing higher prices for meat at grocery stores.
Richard Whittingham, the owner of R. Whittingham & Sons Meat Co., told Jeff Flock during an interview on “Cavuto: Coast to Coast” on Thursday that he doesn’t blame the processors for the spike in prices, but acknowledged that “competition never hurts anybody,” noting that “that is what built our country.”
In the post, the aides acknowledged that “factors like increased consumer demand have played a role” in higher prices, but argued that “the price increases are also driven by a lack of competition at a key bottleneck point in the meat supply chain: meat-processing.”
The aides wrote that “Just four large conglomerates control the majority of the market for each of these three products, and the data show that these companies have been raising prices while generating record profits during the pandemic.”
The post pointed to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which noted that just four firms “control approximately 55-85% of the market” for beef, pork, and poultry, pointing out that the figure reflects “dramatic consolidation of the industry” over the last 50 years.
An entire Missouri police department, including the police chief and his officers, resigned leaving the city of Kimberling without immediate authority.
Citing problems like an inadequate pay rate and not having the right tools to do the job, the department has local leaders struggling to find replacements, especially when rhetoric against law enforcement is high amongst some, Fox News reported.
“It will be a struggle to fill the police department back up with qualified officers, but hopefully they can start working on that soon and get that accomplished,” Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said of the resignations at the Kimberling City Police Department, noting that most police stations are understaffed.
What preempted the mass exodus, according to Rader, was Kimberling City Police Chief Craig Alexander’s resignation on Aug. 23. He wanted changes from the town’s mayor and he wanted to better himself, Fox News reported.
Soon after, Alexander’s resignation was joined by three officers and a sergeant, with their reasons for quitting being the absence of a police clerk to assist the department, not having qualified officers in the department, and wanting new opportunities with a better pay rate, according to NBC Springfield, Missouri.
It is being reported that some of the Kimberling City Police Officers left to join the Branson West Police Department, which caught Mayor Bob Fritz of Kimberling City off guard.
“I didn’t know there were that many openings in Branson West because we didn’t see an advertisement for police,” Fritz said, referring to Alexander and officer Shaun McCafferty taking jobs at the Branson West Police Department.
“[The resignations were] unexpected and the short notice disappointing,” the mayor said.
Seven Springs, Hidden Valley Resort and Laurel Mountain are holding multiple hiring events throughout the fall. Those include a job fair from noon-3 p.m. Sept. 25, a hiring party from noon-3 p.m. Oct. 16 and Walk-In Wednesdays starting this Wednesday, all at Seven Springs.
At the hiring party, resort department managers will talk to prospective candidates. The party will include complementary Seven Springs food favorites, games, prizes and giveaways.
Walk-In Wednesdays is a new concept to be held through November, where applicants may come by any Wednesday from noon-3 p.m. and be hired for winter on the spot.
All resort professionals receive a multitude of unique perks including a complementary season pass for skiing and snowboarding and up to three additional season passes at a discounted rate for immediate family members. Additional perks include discounts on resort-wide activities including dining, sporting clays, spa services, snow tubing, swimming and more.“
Throughout the summer, we have been eagerly planning for another exciting winter on the mountain and now is the perfect time to secure a job unlike any other out there,” said Jim Singer, Human Resources Manager. “Whether you are a high school or college student looking to line up work for the winter or an active adult or retiree looking for a new fulfilling opportunity, we have something for everyone.”
Available positions include winter operations such as snowmakers, lift operators, snowcat operators, ski and snowboard instructors, snow tubing attendants and ski rental attendants. Hotel and food and beverage positions include housekeeping, front desk agents, cooks, dishwashers, servers, bartenders, resort security, massage therapists and more.
Interested applicants should be prepared to complete an application and take part in an immediate interview.
Candidates attending the hiring events are encouraged to apply in advance at www.7springs.com/employment. Conditional job offers may be extended. Candidates attending the hiring events are also asked to follow current CDC and State Health Guidelines, including wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.
Seven Springs is located at 777 Waterwheel Drive, Seven Springs, Pa., 15622.
According to the Port Authority, they are currently 100 drivers and 60 maintenance crew members short.
Port Authority spokesman Adam Brandolph says there were a larger number of issues Monday morning.
“We are aware that riders are being left at stops, buses aren’t showing up and they’re coming very late. Of course, if you’re somebody who’s relying on transit to get to work, to get to childcare, or to get to schools, that can be unacceptable, right?” said Laura Wiens, Pittsburghers for Public Transit executive director.
The Port Authority said the shortage could also impact Pittsburgh Public Schools students riding buses to school.
The Port Authority and a union for the drivers said there have been retirements and recruitment efforts have been difficult. They also said the extensive 10-week training course drivers have to go through is tougher to do with social distancing requirements.
The Port Authority said it is working on recruitment and is hosting a job fair Sept. 10 at the PA Career Link on Wood Street in downtown Pittsburgh at 10 a.m.
“We take this very seriously. When we put out a schedule, that is our contract with the public and when we can’t make that schedule, we really take that seriously. We ask for patience and some courtesy and even kindness for the operators, the drivers who are out there busting their butts today,” Port Authority spokesman Adam Brandolph said.
Pittsburgh Public Schools leaders said they’re aware of the Port Authority’s shortages, and for any student taking a port authority bus that’s late, they will not be penalized by the school.
Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 spoke with Felicia Snyder, a parent, who says she’s expecting some transportation issues given the delay in the school start time and staggering of schedules, but Snyder encourages patience among parents and the district.
“It’s just one of those things where we’re going to have to learn how to be kind. We’re going to have to learn how to be empathetic, and we’ll have to learn how to just be decent human beings because it’s the right thing to do,” Snyder said.
The full statement from Pittsburgh Public Schools is below:
“Our transportation department works very closely with Port Authority and stays up to date on the challenges they are also facing due to the driver shortage. As part of our planning, we consider the impact students’ commutes will have on bus capacities to alleviate overcrowding concerns. With many of our students getting to school in new ways and expecting that challenges with driver coverage will continue, school leaders will not penalize students who face challenges getting to school on time due to unexpected delays and inconsistent route coverage.”
PITTSBURGH — Giant Eagle is looking to hire more than 1,000 people across the Pittsburgh area.
To fill those positions, the company will host an in-store job fair at all of its supermarket locations.
During the job fair, candidates will meet with recruiters and could possibly get job offers the same day.Giant Eagle is looking to fill a number of positions across all shifts including personal shoppers, pharmacy technicians, deli and prepared food clerks, cashiers, bakers and more.
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Those interested in taking part in the job fair are encouraged to wear a mask or face covering.
Giant Eagle offers benefits like flexible scheduling, competitive wages, weekly pay, advancement opportunities, and paid time off.
Candidates who are interested should submit their applications in advance on Giant Eagle’s website to expedite the in-person interview process.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
PITTSBURGH —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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
IT and Engineering
Argo AI is hiring a Firmware Engineer, Tools & Testing to develop software for complex embedded systems and build frameworks for software environments and firmware development ecosystems.
Alcoa has an opening for an IT Technical Services Analyst to provide operational technical support to the company’s enterprise central service team and customers.
Marketing and Communications
Kennametal is looking for an Email Marketing Manager to implement email marketing strategies and more.
Schell Games is hiring a Vice President of Design to provide leadership for design, staffing and coaching, projects, performance management and business development.
Neighborhood Legal Services seeks an Executive Director to oversee the organization’s administration, programs, strategic plan, fundraising, marketing and community outreach.
Kelly Strayhorn Theater seeks a Front of Worker to open and close The Alloy School space and check in with families throughout the day. Interested candidates should contact email@example.com.
The Mon Valley Initiative has an opening for an Office Manager to oversee office operations, including tracking tenant maintenance requests, assisting program staff with filing systems, coordinating expenses and wages, ordering supplies, making travel arrangements and maintaining relationships with vendors.
Trinity School for Ministry is looking for a Receptionist and Campus Event Facilitator to serve as the first point of contact for callers and campus visitors and handle a wide range of inquiries and requests.
TCV Community Services is looking for a Direct Support Professional for its Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Department to provide support and training to help individuals increase their level of independence and improve their quality of life.
The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh seeks a Housing Stabilization Program Coordinator to address housing insecurity in the city, oversee housing insecurity programs, provide case management to participants and perform administrative functions.
A major project in Etna could bring up to 150 jobs to the area.
The AM Group, based out of New York, is leading the charge to transform a former steel pipe manufacturing building into an 88,600 square foot state of the art tech facility. The plan is to use for things like robotics, artificial intelligence and other tech-related projects.
Right now, there’s two companies reportedly eyeing the space.
The Department of Education canceled an additional $55.6 million in student loan debt for 1,800 student who were victims of a for-profit college fraud, bringing the total amount of canceled student loan debt by the Biden administration to $1.5 billion.
“Today’s announcement continues the U.S. Department of Education’s commitment to standing up for students whose colleges took advantage of them,” Miguel Cardona, the secretary of education, said in the department’s statement released Friday.
The latest loan cancellation is for students who attended Westwood College, Marinello Schools of Beauty and the Court Reporting Institute. This is the first time the department approved loan forgiveness to students who attended schools other than Corinthian Colleges, ITT Technical Institute and American Career Institute since 2017.
New York (CNN Business)TC Energy Corporation, the company that developed the Keystone XL pipeline project, is seeking to recover more than $15 billion in damages from the United States, claiming the US government breached its free trade obligations when it revoked the permit for the project.The energy company announced in June that it is pulling the plug on the controversial Keystone pipeline project after the Biden administration revoked the permit on the president’s first day in the White House. The announcement ended more than a decade of controversy over the pipeline, marking a win for environmentalists who argued the project would worsen the climate crisis.To recover economic damages from the project’s cancellation, TC Energy (statement.) on Friday filed a Notice of Intent with the US State Department to initiate a legacy NAFTA claim under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the company said in aWhen the permit cancellation was announced, TC Energy warned that it would “directly lead to the layoff of thousands of union workers.”The project, which aimed to carry oil from the tar sands of Canada into the United States, has been the subject of controversy for years, igniting conversations about environmental, political and social justice issues. The end of the Keystone XL project could push environmentalists to pressure Biden to end other projects, including Line 3 and the Dakota Access pipeline.
“Our pay rate is $14.33 an hour right now and we are offering a $750 signing bonus. We offer health benefits, a retirement plan, everything we can.”
Westmoreland Transit is actually holding open interviews on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at its office on Bell Way in Greensburg, in hopes of filling that shortage and restoring those routes.
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IT and Engineering
Eaton has an opening for a Cybersecurity Engineer to drive cybersecurity initiatives for product solutions as part of a global team of security experts.
Niche is looking for a Data Engineer to build technical solutions to move, transform, extract and analyze data for internal stakeholders.
Marketing and Communications
EQT has an opening for a Director, Communications to translate company themes into compelling storyboards, develop branded and digital content, leverage social media technology and more.
Microsoft is looking for a Principal Corporate Counsel, U.S. Commercial to advise business clients regarding complex cloud computing deals, strategic alliances, software licensing, consulting services, product support, and other agreements with U.S. commercial customers and partners.
Business and Finance
DICK’S Sporting Goods seeks an eCommerce Experience Strategist to perform analysis and research to define athlete expectations related to the digital shopping path.
Jewish Family and Community Services has an opening for a Career Development Center Director to oversee the organization’s Career Development Center and assist with fund development, operations, staff, new partnerships, advocacy and outcomes.
Carnegie Mellon University is hiring a Manager of Administrative Services for the school’s Mechanical Engineering Department to supervise administrative staff and support faculty, tech staff, students and visitors.
Flyspace Productions seeks an Event Operations Assistant to work on hands-on projects, assist with events, help set up equipment and more.
Business and Finance
The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is looking for a Finance Director to oversee the organization’s accounting and financial operations.
UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital seeks a Clinical Support Specialist III to support the Ultrasound OBGYN Department.
Nestle Health Science is hiring a Senior Factory Director to provide leadership for manufacturing, packaging, distribution, supply chain, planning and engineering for its Pittsburgh and Philadelphia factories.
Matt Machine and Manufacturing seeks a CNC Programmer to use MasterCAM software to program CNC vertical and horizontal mills and axis lathes, assist machinists and operators with troubleshooting, maintain job files and more.
By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Billy Porter is back in the Pittsburgh area to make a movie, and he is looking for paid extras.
The Emmy Award-winning actor is making his debut as a director.
The movie is called “What If?” It focuses on a high school senior who posts on social media about his crush on a transgender classmate.
The movie is looking for extras between the ages of 18 and 23 to play other students.
The shoots will be on July 26 and 27 in the Bridgeville area. There also may be an opportunity to appear in the film on other days between July 19-30.
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As pandemic life recedes in the U.S., people are leaving their jobs in search of more money, more flexibility and more happiness. Many are rethinking what work means to them, how they are valued, and how they spend their time. It’s leading to a dramatic increase in resignations — a record 4 million people quit their jobs in April alone, according to the Labor Department.
In normal times, people quitting jobs in large numbers signals a healthy economy with plentiful jobs. But these are not normal times. The pandemic led to the worst U.S. recession in history, and millions of people are still out of jobs. Yet employers are now complaining about acute labor shortages.
The Biden administration on Wednesday ordered a ban on U.S. imports of a key solar panel material from Chinese-based Hoshine Silicon Industry over forced labor allegations, two sources briefed on the matter said.
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Press secretary Jen Psaki, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, national security adviser Jake Sullivan, senior adviser Anita Dunn, White House counselor Steve Richetti, deputy chief of staff Bruce Reed and presidential personnel office director Cathy Russell each have at least one direct family member working for the Biden administration.
“I’m sorry, I know some folks don’t like hearing any criticism of him. But this royally sucks. I’m disgusted,” Shaub wrote in a Twitter thread Friday, reacting to an article about the family ties of Biden officials.
“A lot of us worked hard to tee him up to restore ethics to government and believed the promises,” Shaub added, calling the string of family-related hires “a real ‘f*** you’ to us—and government ethics.”
The store has reopened and there are “Now Hiring” signs posted.
(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
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.”