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    Start with putting the right policies in place. February 25, 2021 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The workplace can be a relatively high-stress environment even in the best of times. Between fast-approaching deadlines, miscommunication, and other on-the-job quagmires, stress management has long been a key part of every workplace. Covid has made the need even greater than ever before. Related: Become A Better Leader By Helping Your Team Manage Stress According to Pathways, a mental and behavioral health provider, more than three-quarters of workers have reported anxiety as a cause for concern in their work recently. Employee anxiety is bad news for both productivity and morale, meaning that business leaders cannot afford to ignore the stress epidemic any longer. And change needs to start from up top. De-stressing the office is no small task, and...
    Due to the crisis, many workers have withdrawn money from their Afore, others have changed their Administrator. It is pertinent to assess whether making those decisions is beneficial. Due to the pandemic, the labor sector has been harmed. According to IMSS data, during 2020 647 thousand jobs were lost, of which 560,473 were formal and 87,237 temporary. Consar points out that unemployment retirements increased 66.7% in 2020. 1.7 million workers withdrew money from their Afores for unemployment the amount of 2,060.4 million pesos. The average of what each worker received was 11,735 pesos. Any withdrawal you make from your Afore will decrease the amount of your pension. So that the withdrawal does not affect you, you should contribute, voluntarily. Photo: Pixabay. Consequences of withdrawing money from your Afore Withdrawing money from your Afore is a benefit of the IMSS and ISSSTE workers.What the Consar recommends is that before...
    VIDEO5:0405:04BET founder: Leaders need to increase Black representation in workforceClosing Bell BET founder Robert Johnson told CNBC on Monday he believes companies will more seriously address racial inequality within their workforces once a failure to do so starts impacting their stock price. "Companies understand return on investment capital. They understand return on equity. They understand total shareholder return," Johnson said on "Closing Bell." "Tie all of those factors to achieving opportunities in employment at all levels for Black Americans, I think then you'll see results because that's what companies understand. They respond to financial factors and market conditions." Johnson's comments follow the release of a new report on Black employment in the U.S. private sector from consulting giant McKinsey & Company. Drawing on data from 24 companies that together account for 3.7 million workers, the McKinsey report found notable disparities in Black representation in management roles. Black...
    President Joe Biden’s administration is suggesting that foreign workers have a right to compete for jobs in the United States labor market against jobless Americans. Last year, in the midst of the Chinese coronavirus crisis, former President Trump signed an executive order halting the admission of H-1B, H-4, H-2B, L, and J-1 foreign visa workers to protect the U.S. labor market. The order sought to free up at least 600,000 jobs for millions of Americans facing joblessness and underemployment. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked if the Biden administration would renew the order, as it is set to expire next month, but she dodged the question and suggested that protecting the U.S. labor market from foreign competition was “immoral.” “Let me talk to our Department of Homeland Security. It’s likely a conversation that would happen in coordination with them,” Psaki said of discussions about whether Biden would let...
    ONE in five home workers aren’t going outside in daylight hours during the working week as the lockdown continues to take its toll. Being too busy to take a lunch break, poor weather and having no reason to go out means 87 per cent have had spells this winter where they haven’t set foot outside during the day – even in their own garden. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 2One in five home workers aren’t going outside in daylight hours during the working weekCredit: Alamy Meanwhile, 47 per cent of the 2,000 adults polled who are currently working from home said that while they do head outside to exercise within government guidelines, it is usually once they have finished work and the sun has set. As a result, the average worker has three days a week where they spend all day inside, with...
    By Norma Galeana and Alan Devall MECCA, Calif. (Reuters) - Deemed an essential workforce during the pandemic, California's mostly Latino farmworkers are also underrepresented in the state's vaccination program, health officials and activists say, prompting the delivery of shots in the fields. In one such campaign, public health officials vaccinated about 250 workers on Monday, including about 150 from Hadley's Date Gardens, in the first of what they hope will be a weekly visit to agricultural lands. "We're essential for the country, to be able to feed the other families," Maria Razo, 45, a date sorter, said from the vaccination site in Mecca, California, about 140 miles (225 km) east of Los Angeles. "Now that we have it, we’re going to work a little safer," Razo said after getting her first of two shots of the vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE. Though falling behind health...
    FOXBORO (CBS) — The Kraft family is once again putting the Patriots team plane to good use amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Boeing 767 jet that’s decked out in New England team colors will take 76 vaccinated health care workers from the region to Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida. The plane will take off from Logan Airport Sunday morning and fly back home after the game. All health care “superheroes” on board will have been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks. Last year, team owner Robert Kraft sent the plane to China to pick up 1.2 million respirator masks. “Last April, when our plane returned with masks from China, we never could have imagined the devastation this pandemic would cause, nor could we have dreamed of the heroic stories and achievements that have come to be as a result, especially the dedication of healthcare workers on the front...
    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Thousands of health workers lined up across Nepal to get the coronavirus vaccine Wednesday as the Himalayan nation began a three-month vaccination campaign. At the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, doctors were encouraging hesitant colleagues to get the vaccine. “We have to initiate this. If we will not take, then who will take this vaccine? We can’t say we will not take this as we are doctors,” said Dr. Poonam Sharma. Hospital director Dr. Dinesh Kafle said 300 staffers were set to get the vaccine on Wednesday and the remaining 2,000 within a week. Nepal received as a gift from neighboring India 1 million doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford University vaccine manufactured under license by the Serum Institute of India. It’s aiming to get 72% of its 30 million people vaccinated within three months and is making the two-dose vaccine free to citizens. On...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York City Restaurant Week gets underway Monday -- even without indoor dining -- to encourage New Yorkers to support the dining community during a critical time.This year's event is called Restaurant Week To Go and a record-breaking 570 restaurants across the five boroughs will participateEvery eatery will offer at least one bargain $20.21 takeout or delivery meal of lunch or dinner with one side dish.In light of COVID-19 restrictions, many restaurants will offer takeout and delivery for the first time.Organizer NYC & Company waived fees for participating restaurants this year amid the pandemic.ALSO READ | Original 'Big Gay Ice Cream Shop' location closes indefinitely due to pandemicThere are 200 more restaurants participating this year than ever before in any Restaurant Week going as far back as 1992."Restaurants and restaurant workers need our support now more than ever, so it was important to us that all...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Four healthcare workers who have been on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19 have been selected to go to the Super Bowl by the Los Angeles Chargers. Each NFL team is inviting four healthcare workers to attend Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Fla. Fan attendance at the game is being limited and a large number will be made up of healthcare workers who have received both vaccination shots. A.G. Spanos, the team’s president of business operations, says its one way the team and the NFL can show their gratitude. “It is their sacrifice – multiple work shifts, the physical and mental toll, time away from their family – that continues to help hold our community together,” Spanos said in a statement. “We are honored to recognize not just these healthcare workers but all healthcare workers in our community who tirelessly...
    SCIOTO — Scioto County Children Services Executive Director Jason Mantell told the CPS Board of Directors of the pressing need for caseworkers and foster homes during a Wednesday meeting. Caseworkers are being stretched thin, he said, as they take on many more cases than the recommended state average. That state average, anywhere between 12 to 15 cases per worker, is roughly half what Scioto caseworkers are facing. “It’s a really, really high number,” said Mantell, although the caseload has improved from 45 to 30 for one caseworker. “We’re working to reunite safely, and when we can and when we can’t, we need to take permanent custody.” To meet that need, Mantell plans on filling six positions between last week and the beginning of February. Those three new hires and three replacements will come from both the adoptions and in-take and investigation departments. With 23 full-time employees, CPS will have more...
    (CNN Business)Amazon is once again asking the National Labor Relations Board to direct thousands of the company's warehouse workers at an Alabama facility to cast votes in-person on whether to form a union, rather than by mail, despite the ongoing pandemic.The e-commerce giant filed a motion Thursday to delay the union election, which is set to begin February 8, so that the NLRB may revisit its decision to hold the election by mail over the course of nearly two months instead of through an in-person event.The NLRB declined to comment on Amazon's request.The union vote is a milestone moment for the Alabama facility and for Amazon (AMZN). While some Amazon workers are unionized in Europe, the company has so far fended off unions in the United States. A union election was held in 2014 at a Delaware warehouse, but resulted in workers largely rejecting the effort.The NLRB said last week...
    (CNN)Chinese officials say it could day 15 days to drill through 70 tons of debris to reach miners trapped underground for nearly two weeks after an explosion at a gold mine in eastern China. Twenty-two miners were left trapped at least 600 meters (2,000 feet) underground following the blast on January 10 in the city of Qixia in Shandong Province. Eleven miners were confirmed to be alive on Sunday after rescue workers were able to drill a channel into a section the mine and install a telephone line, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua. One miner is believed to be dead after sustaining a head injury in the explosion, state media said. Ten people are stuck in a chamber of the gold mine 600 meters (2,000 feet) from the entrance and are in contact with rescue teams. One miner is believed to be trapped in another section, while the...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Former straphanger Dr. Anthony Fauci had a special message just for MTA workers on Thursday morning."And so since I care about you all, I strongly encourage all MTA workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus," he said.Acknowledging hesitancy among transit workers to get the vaccine, the MTA played the special message at its board meeting.Dr. Fauci told the workers that they have kept New York City's public transit moving throughout the pandemic, and that is why they are considered essential workers at the front of the line to get the vaccine.RELATED | Fauci resumes COVID-19 briefings in White House under Biden administration"Take advantage of it, get vaccinated," he said. "To be fully protected, you need one shot plus a booster shot a few weeks later. This may save your life."The Brooklyn native also spoke about how for years he relied on subways and buses to...
    More On: china Twitter locks Chinese embassy’s account over tweet World leaders express hope for new Biden administration Tesla Model 3 car reportedly explodes in China China sanctions two dozen outgoing Trump officials, including Bannon, Pompeo BEIJING — It will take at least 15 more days to get through a massive amount of debris and reach miners already trapped for 11 days since an explosion in a gold mine in eastern China, authorities said Thursday. The mine shaft is blocked 1,000 feet below the surface by 70 tons of debris that extends down another 330 feet, the Yantai city government said in a statement on its social media account. “Based on expert evaluations, the extent of the blockage … is well is out of expectation,” the statement said. One worker has died from head injuries in the explosion, state media said earlier Thursday. Of the remaining 21, rescuers have...
    As many Americans scramble to arrange appointments for their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, some health care workers are declining to be inoculated. A significant percentage of doctors, nurses, EMS workers, support staff and other health care employees said they turned down the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines over concerns they may not be safe or effective, according to a recent survey by Surgo Ventures, a non-profit group focused on solving health and social problems. Others in the health field worried the development of the vaccine had been rushed. "We have a lot more work to do to get health care workers to take the vaccine. Simply making it available is not enough — we have to take a more precise, targeted approach to reach different segments of population to overcome hesitancy," Hannah Kemp, director of programs for Surgo Ventures, told CBS MoneyWatch. That hesitancy can be surprisingly stubborn to overcome....
    Instacart will give its shoppers — the workers who pick and fill grocery store orders for customers — a $25 stipend for the time they take off to get a coronavirus vaccine, the company announced Thursday. Beginning February 1st, any full-service Instacart shopper in North America who has shopped at least five batches — which can include one or more customer orders — in the past 30 days and can also verify they have received a vaccine will be eligible. Shift leads and in-store shoppers who are actively employed when they receive the vaccine will be eligible as well. The company says the $25 is intended to provide shoppers with financial assistance as they take time away from shopping. Full-service shoppers are independent contractors who both pick and deliver groceries, while in-store shoppers are part-time Instacart employees who do in-store shopping only. The company wants its workers to...
    Andrew Cuomo's vaccine rollout timeline nosedived even further Tuesday, with the governor now saying it could take six months for all priority people to get an appointment if the federal government continues to provide just 300,000 doses a week. In a conference call Tuesday, the New York governor upped his attack on the federal government over the slow vaccine distribution, saying that a change in CDC guidelines means around 7 million New Yorkers are now eligible for the current round of shots. Cuomo warned that this group can now expect to wait a staggering six months for a shot if the federal government continues to send just 300,000 doses per week to the Empire state - up from the already dismal 14-week timescale he warned of Monday. New York City endured one of the longest lockdowns during the first wave of the pandemic and many business owners such as restaurants...
    Americans across the political spectrum fear what the Capitol attack portends EXPLAINER: Whos been charged in the deadly Capitol siege? Hospitality industry sees drop in job openings and surge in separations as shutdowns take hold Job vacancies declined 1.6% in November, with the biggest hit to leisure and hospitality. The industry saw a 17% jump in layoffs for the month as coronavirus-related economic restrictions took hold. There were 6.63 million openings compared with 10.74 million unemployed workers. November JOLTS report shows 6.5M job openings CNBC See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next How you can save $1 million for retirement USA TODAY How much the most populous states pay mail carriers GOBankingRates Creepy ways your company can spy on you while you work from home Veuer Major companies suspend social media advertising over online...
    In an effort to bolster a slowgoing vaccine rollout, Santa Clara County officials on Friday urged all health care personnel to get their first dose and said shots were readily available at county medical systems. However, just over three weeks since administering the first dose of the vaccine, fewer than a third of the health care workers in the first phase have been vaccinated, according to the county. Distribution of vaccines that already required intricate storage and transportation has been made more complex by the vast web of stages, phases and tiers, Dr. Sara Cody, the county’s public health officer, said Friday during a news conference. Overall, the first three weeks of the vaccine’s rollout have been “encouraging,” she said, and the county was “thrilled with the partnership of all the health care systems to stand up vaccinations.” As of Friday, Santa Clara County had administered approximately 47,000 of its some...
    Administrators are now offering incentives to encourage healthcare workers to take the COVID-19 vaccine after large numbers have refused it, AP News reported. Healthcare workers in nursing homes and hospitals have expressed concerns about the unknown side effects of the vaccine, as it was developed at record speed. Because of this, as much as 80% of workers have refused the vaccine in some areas, AP News reported. (RELATED: Houston Doctor Says Half His Nurses Refuse To Take Vaccine For Political Reasons) CEO of PruittHealth, Neil Pruitt, who oversees about 100 care homes, stated that the number of workers willing to take the vaccine is “alarmingly low”. Less than 3 in 10 workers who were offered the vaccine have accepted it, AP News reported. As a result, administrators have attempted to incentivize workers to take the vaccine with prizes such as free breakfasts at Waffle House or a raffle for a...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — So many people wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the tireless work by our health care workers, working days on end, putting their own safety and that of their families at risk. CBS 2’s Steven Graves reports on their stories. When you talk to these health care heroes, many quickly bring up the vaccine, and how thankful they are for it. But they’re keeping a close eye on dealing with mental health. Almost a year into the pandemic, the battle against COVID-19 is just habit now for Chicago doctors like infectious disease specialist Lisa Russell. “Just working day in and day out,” Russell said, adding that taking the time to digest the statistic of one million cases in Illinois is mind boggling. “(It) is astonishing and it’s difficult to put into words and think about the impact this has had.” She has broken down. “I mean,...
    As New York tries to expedite the COVID-19 inoculation process, Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged the next groups to receive the vaccine to administer them with their own networks or staff. That would mean organizations like the New York City Police Department could use city emergency medical technicians to give the injections to the force’s 36,000 officers. “The teacher's union, the transit workers union, all these front line essential workers, please now think about organizing your own system so it alleviates the burden on the retail system, which is going to have to be dealing with the general public,” Cuomo told reporters Tuesday. The call comes as the state plans to expand its network of vaccination sites as a greater percentage of the population becomes eligible to receive the vaccine. Currently, health care workers along with nursing home residents and staff can be vaccinated. The next phase will...
    Nearly a third of New York health care workers so far eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine are taking a wait-and-see approach, eschewing the shots at least for the time being, city and state officials said Tuesday. Frontline medical workers make up the majority of the group electing to go unvaccinated, with the jabs not yet available to the general public. “Around 30 percent is accurate,” said Mitchell Katz, head of the city-run Health and Hospitals system, of the current refusal rate. “I think you have to, as the mayor has explained, have empathy, and really think about what the experience has been of a Health and Hospital nurse over the last 10 months,” added Katz, speaking during a press briefing with Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Not everybody has to live the life of the nurse who’s told today this is what works, and then tomorrow, ‘Oh no, we’ve...
    AMBULANCE workers in Los Angeles have been told not to take patients with "little chance of survival" to the city's overwhelmed hospitals. It comes amid a recent surge in coronavirus cases across California, with around 38,000 people currently testing positive each day. 1Ambulance workers in LA have been told not to take patients with 'little chance of survival' to hospitalCredit: AFP or licensors The outbreak is worst in the south, with around 6,000 patients currently in hospital in Los Angeles alone. Many of the city's intensive care units are now reported to be operating at capacity. The rise is being attributed largely to the mixing of families over thanksgiving, with the effects of Christmas and New Year celebrations still yet to show up in case counts. Ambulance workers of the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency have been told in a directive not to...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Health care workers at the Minneapolis VA hospital got their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Monday. Since their first dose three weeks ago, state health officials report that more than 78,000 Minnesotans have gotten at least their first dose. But that does not include any of the more than 82,000 COVID vaccines that have been sent to nursing homes and assisted living facilities via a federal pharmacy program. Kris Ehresmann is the director of the Minnesota Department of Health’s Infectious Disease, Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division. (credit: CBS) “Three large pharmacy chains are doing the majority of the work in skilled nursing facilities across the state: Walgreens, CVS and Thrifty White,” Ehresmann said. “Once vaccine has been diverted from the state to this federal program, the pharmacy chains take over and schedule and administer vaccines to residents and workers in skilled nursing facilities.” Minnesota is still...
    Only about 35% of the COVID-19 vaccine doses that have arrived in California have been administered so far, a rate Gov. Gavin Newsom acknowledged Monday was “not good enough” as he pledged new funding and efforts aimed at ramping up the rollout. California has received just under 1.3 million vaccine doses, but only a touch more than 454,000 people have actually received the shots, according to figures Newsom presented. Though he has regularly maintained that distribution of the long-awaited vaccines is “like a flywheel, the first 10, 15 days we’re going to slowly start building pace, then you’re going to start seeing more rapid distribution,” he said the process had, to this point, “gone too slowly, I know, for many of us.” “We want to see 100% of what’s received immediately administered in people’s arms, and so that’s a challenge,” he said during a briefing. “It’s a challenge across this...
    Up to 40% of front-line healthcare workers in Los Angeles County turned down taking the coronavirus vaccine despite receiving priority. "I'm choosing the risk — the risk of having COVID, or the risk of the unknown of the vaccine," April Lu, a 31-year-old nurse at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, told the Los Angeles Times. "I think I'm choosing the risk of COVID. I can control that and prevent it a little by wearing masks, although not 100% for sure." Between 20% and 40% of front-line workers in the county have turned down taking the vaccine, with that number reaching up to 50% in some hospitals. “I feel like the perception of the public with healthcare workers is incorrect. They might think we’re all informed of all of this. They might think that because we work in this environment,” Nicholas Ruiz, an office assistant at Natividad Medical Center...
    Floridians applauded Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis(R) for saying he would wait to take a Covid-19 vaccine until more at-risk patients have had a chance to do so. “I’m willing to take it, but I am not the priority,” DeSantis said at a press conference in Delray Beach. “They’re the priority. I want my parents, our grandparents, to be able to get it. I’m an elected official, but whoop-de-doo. At the end of the day, let’s focus where the risk is.” DeSantis last week signed an executive order prioritizing first responders, nursing home residents, and other senior citizens for vaccine distribution. A total of 211,165 people in the state had received the first round of a vaccine as of Dec. 30, according to data published by the state health department. Administrations of a second and final dose, which is taken three weeks after the first one, have not yet begun. Florida’s...
    Between 20-40 percent of Los Angeles County frontline workers have declined to take the COVID-19 vaccine, according to county public health officials. Skepticism concerning the safety of the vaccine has surprised researchers, who assumed scientific data would persuade those in the medical field that the injection is safe. Science and data have shown the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines pose no real threat and are efficient following clinical trials involving tens of thousands of participants, including elderly people and those with chronic health conditions.  Only people who suffer severe allergic reaction to any of the ingredients are recommended not to get it. But concerns remain. April Lu, a 31-year-old nurse, said she refused to take the vaccine because she was not convinced it was safe for pregnant women. She is six months pregnant, per the Los Angeles Times on Thursday. Although trials have yet to be conducted on pregnant women who take the vaccine,...
    Approximately 20% to 40% of healthcare workers in Los Angeles County, California, are not willing to take the COVID-19 vaccine even though they have top priority for immunization. A further 50% of workers in nearby Riverside County also nixed the drug, forcing public health officials to strategize how to distribute the unused doses. According to the Los Angeles Times, researchers are surprised at the reaction of frontline healthcare workers across the country who should be more aware of the science behind the vaccines and willing to get the shot. According to experts, the safety and efficacy of both the Pfizer and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines has been proven according to data from clinical trials involving thousands of people. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that 29% of healthcare workers were hesitant about getting vaccinated compared to 27% of people in the general sector. Respondents to the survey explained that...
    They are front-line workers with top priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine, but they are refusing to take it. At St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Tehama County, fewer than half of the 700 hospital workers eligible for the vaccine were willing to take the shot when it was first offered. At Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, one in five front-line nurses and doctors have declined the shot. Roughly 20% to 40% of the L.A. County’s front-line workers who were offered the vaccine did the same, according to county public health officials. So many front-line workers in Riverside County have refused the vaccine — an estimated 50% — that hospital and public officials met to strategize how best to distribute the unused doses, Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari said. The vaccine doubts swirling among healthcare workers across the country come as a surprise to researchers, who...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said Wednesday that he will not jump ahead of more vulnerable populations, such as seniors, to receive a vaccine for the Chinese coronavirus despite his status as an elected official, telling reporters that he is “not the priority.” “I’m willing to take it, but I am not the priority. They’re the priority,” he said, referencing seniors. “I’m under 45, and so the people under 45 are not going to be first in line for this. And so when it’s my turn, I will take it but this is who I want to be vaccinated,” he continued. “I want my parents, our grandparents to be able to get it. Granted, I’m an elected official but whoop de doo,” he added. “Let’s focus on where the risk is”: Governor Ron DeSantis asked if he has had the vaccine. “Granted I’m an elected official but whoop dee...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he’s waiting his turn to take the coronavirus vaccine and that the state’s elderly population should be first in line over so-called “essential” workers. “I’m willing to take it but I am not the priority, they’re the priority,” the Republican governor said Wednesday at a Palm Beach County senior center. “I’m under 45,” he continued. “So, people under 45 are not going to be first in line for this. And so when it’s my turn, I will take it, but this is who I want to be vaccinated. I want my parents, our grandparents to be able to get it. Granted, I mean, I’m an elected official but whoop dee doo. At the end of the day, let’s focus on where the risk is.” TOP STORIES New York City teens attack familys car in broad daylight: I thought I was going to die George Clooney:...
    President Trump is being urged to extend an executive order he signed in June that halted a number of foreign visa worker programs so as to ease labor market competition against millions of jobless Americans who have been forced out of their jobs by the Chinese coronavirus crisis. The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has sent a letter to Trump asking that he extend the order, set to expire by January 1, 2021, to continue to prioritize unemployed Americans for scarce jobs in the United States rather than allowing businesses to import foreign workers on various visas. Trump’s order halted visa programs, including: H-1B visas, who take white-collar U.S. jobs H-4 visas, who are the spouses of H-1B visa holders H-2B visas, who take blue-collar nonagricultural U.S. jobs L visas, who take white-collar U.S. jobs J-1 visas, who take a variety of blue-collar and white-collar U.S. jobs ...
    By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — What a strange legislative year it was. The coronavirus pandemic forced California state lawmakers to twice shut down their sessions for weeks at a time — the first unexpected work stoppage in 158 years. Masked lawmakers tried to limit the number of bills they considered, but still ran out of time on the final night, partly because quarantined Republican senators had to vote remotely. Yet they still managed to pass hundreds of bills, 372 of which were signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Most take effect with the new year. Among them: CRIMINAL JUSTICE As the pandemic set in, so did nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Police killings of primarily Black and Latino men gave urgency to bills that previously stalled and prompted new efforts at law enforcement accountability, some of which failed in the...
    BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – Boulder County leaders want to make sure all health care workers in the county receive the COVID-19 vaccine. They are asking outpatient health care workers providing care directly to patients to fill out a survey. The notification survey will connect health care workers to vaccination clinics. Get a link to the survey at surveymonkey.com/r/Outpatient_Health_Care_Worker_Notification_System.
    A drive-in "Let's Feed LA County" food distribution event hosted by the Los Angeles Food Bank on Dec. 4, 2020 in Hacienda Heights, California.FREDERIC J. BROWN | AFP | Getty Images President Donald Trump signed a $900 billion Covid relief package into law Sunday. But the extra unemployment benefits it contains may take weeks to arrive. Workers may also get less money than they'd thought. The legislation provides 11 weeks of additional benefits to the self-employed and workers who exhausted their standard allotment of state benefits. It also offers a $300 weekly increase in benefits for the same length of time, through March 14. Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwards However, states must wait to begin issuing the funds. The president's signature starts a chain reaction that will likely end with workers getting their first checks well into January, according to unemployment experts. Plus, Trump's delay in signing the relief bill,...
    A CDC advisory panel has changed its recommendations to prioritize those aged over 75 in the next stage of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution after facing backlash for suggesting essential workers, who are more proportionally black or Hispanic, should be vaccinated before the elderly.  The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted earlier this week that about 20 million people 75 and older and about 30 million front-line workers like firefighters, teachers and grocery store workers should be next in line for the shots.  But that advice, which has now been sent on to the CDC for approval, is different to the preliminary guidelines it issued at the beginning of the month that sparked outrage and fierce debate among some. The preliminary advice had suggested all non-healthcare essential workers, totaling about 85 million people, should be prioritized over the elderly.  The advisory panel explained that it initially recommended vaccinating essential workers over the elder...
    Savannah Rychcik December 24, 2020 0 Comments Meghan McCain, the daughter of the late-Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), is sending warm wishes to all Americans, except for those who are getting the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of frontline workers. “Merry Christmas to everyone except healthy people under 65 getting the vaccine before our frontline workers who have sacrificed everything for our country this year,” McCain tweeted on Thursday. Merry Christmas to everyone except healthy people under 65 getting the vaccine before our frontline workers who have sacrificed everything for our country this year.— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) December 24, 2020 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 1,008,025 doses of the vaccine had been administered, and 9,465,725 have been distributed just 10 days after the first doses were shipped out, as IJR previously reported. White House coronavirus testing czar Adm. Brett Giroir reassured Americans the vaccine will...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. This article was produced by The Conversation. Editor’s note: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency in charge of enforcing laws prohibiting discrimination in the workplace, on Dec. 16 said that employers can require employees to get vaccinated before entering the workplace. Now that two COVID-19 vaccines have received emergency use authorization in the U.S., some people are concerned they could be fired if they don’t want to take the vaccine. We asked legal scholar Ana Santos Rutschman, who teaches a course on vaccine law at Saint Louis University, to explain the decision and the rights employees and employers have. 1. Can employers require employees to get a vaccine? The general rule is yes – with some exceptions. Article continues...
    The $900 billion stimulus bill that Congress passed Monday allows workers to take money from their 401(k)s without being hit with a tax penalty — a provision carried over from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed last March. Anyone can take up to $100,000 from their account — through a loan or withdrawal — as long as they live in an area where a major disaster has been declared, according to the bill. Under the CARES Act, the provision came with eligibility requirements that are no longer necessary because President Trump has designated all 50 states as major disaster areas due to the coronavirus pandemic.  But even though withdrawing funds from a retirement account is penalty-free, for now, financial planners say raiding that account should be a last resort. Withdrawing will ultimately put someone on "an exit ramp to eternal financial sadness," said Paul Ruedi, a retirement planner...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – More front-line workers are rolling up their sleeves for the COVID vaccine. Wednesday morning, EMS workers – the first responders to medical emergencies – will begin receiving their first doses. As CBS2’s John Dias reports, they’re the heroes that have been on the front line since the beginning. And for many, Wednesday morning begins their path to a much more serene feeling. EMS will be the first members of the FDNY to get vaccinated, followed by firefighters next week – but not everyone is on board. “The vaccine is far too important to leave to chance,” said Andrew Ansbro, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association. More: Survey: 55% Of FDNY Members Don’t Want To Take COVID-19 Vaccine Earlier this month, Ansbro urged members to take the voluntary shot after the UFA surveyed its members and found 55% would rather not take it. “A lot of them feel...
    Getty Colleen DAmico, right, a clinical pharmacist with Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB), administers a shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, to Ryan Gilbert left, a Chief Operating Officer at the SIHB, on December 21, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Editor’s note: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency in charge of enforcing laws prohibiting discrimination in the workplace, on Dec. 16 said that employers can require employees to get vaccinated before entering the workplace. Now that two COVID-19 vaccines have received emergency use authorization in the U.S., some people are concerned they could be fired if they don’t want to take the vaccine. We asked legal scholar Ana Santos Rutschman, who teaches a course on vaccine law at Saint Louis University, to explain the decision and the rights employees and employers have. 1. Can Employers Require Employees to Get a Vaccine? The general rule is yes –...
    WASHINGTON — Progressive Rep. Ilhan Omar on Sunday called it “shameful” that young, healthy lawmakers — such as fellow “Squad” member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) — are receiving the coronavirus vaccine before American seniors and frontline workers. The Minnesota congresswoman has joined a growing number of lawmakers who have vowed not to take the miracle Pfizer drug out of concerns they are jumping the line. “It’s now clear that we don’t have enough vaccines for everyone and there is shortage of supply, we have to prioritize those who need it most,” Omar wrote on Sunday. “That’s why it’s disturbing to see members be 1st to get vaccine while most frontline workers, elderly and infirm in our districts, wait.” The congresswoman’s father died due to complications from COVID-19 in June. The message appears to be a clear shot at lawmakers like her fellow progressive AOC (D-NY), who recorded herself receiving the vaccine...
    Some of the nation's top lawmakers and politicians are refusing their chance to be part of the first group eligible to receive a dose of a coronavirus vaccine, wary of appearing as if they are taking advantage of their status as a politician or getting preferential treatment over others. Outgoing Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat, posted a video on Monday criticizing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending that certain classes of workers receive the vaccine before many seniors. "I had planned to take the vaccine but will now stand in solidarity with our seniors by not doing so until they can," said Gabbard, who is 39. "I urge my colleagues in Congress who are under 65 and healthy to join me." South Carolina Rep.-elect Nancy Mace, a Republican, similarly said in a statement on Monday that "Congress shouldn’t be putting themselves first in line...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested that some people around Congress say they are declining to take a coronavirus vaccine because their religious faith calls for them to reject science. "Now we have a vaccine, and that gives us hope. A vaccine that is — springs from science. People say around here sometimes, 'I’m faith-oriented, so I don’t believe in science,'" Pelosi said on the House floor on Monday. "I said, 'You can do both. Science is an answer to our prayers. And our prayers have been answered with a vaccine.' This legislation we had provision for it to be developed, purchased, and distributed in a way, again, that is fair and equitable and free.” Though the vaccine is currently not available to most Americans as it is prioritized for front-line healthcare workers, the White House National Security Council last week notified the congressional physician that in order to...
    A Republican congressman said he has no interest in getting vaccinated against the coronavirus as the first doses of two vaccines are being distributed across the United States. Colorado Rep. Ken Buck said he will not be vaccinated and that it's his freedom as a U.S. citizen to abstain. “It is my choice,” Buck told Fox News host Neil Cavuto on Friday. “I’m an American, and I have the freedom to decide if I’m going to take a vaccine or not, and in this case, I’m not going to take the vaccine.” Buck said he backs the vaccines and noted via Twitter on Friday that the quick work by Pfizer and Moderna was "an incredible feat that should be applauded." The congressman told Cavuto that he hopes the government can prioritize the distribution of the vaccine to those who need it most, such as front-line health workers...
    The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was supposed to keep small businesses from laying off workers during the coronavirus pandemic. (Disclosure: Kos Media received a Paycheck Protection Program loan.) It hasn’t always worked out that way. Trump and Kushner businesses got loans, as did predatory payday lenders, but many of the businesses that needed the loans most were left out.  UNITE HERE, the union representing hospitality workers, has set its sights on a major hotel chain that got tens of millions of dollars in PPP loans but laid off the workers at many of its hotels. In a letter to the Small Business Administration (SBA), the union calls on the SBA to “closely scrutinize” the hotels and the lending banks. Omni hotel affiliates got a whopping $76 million across 32 PPP loans, according to UNITE HERE. But in the cases for which the union has “direct knowledge,” five hotels got nearly $15 million in loans. Despite that, “Three of them—Omni Providence,...
    Houston coach Kelvin Sampson says all 15 players on the team have had COVID-19 Over 32,000 Amazon Reviewers Love This Under-$20 Tee: ‘Absolute Favorite Shirt of All Time’ 39 Gifts That Are Selling Like Hotcakes During The Holidays Ad Microsoft Top credit card wipes out interest until 2022 (seriously) Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/11 SLIDES © Orbon Alija / Getty Images More than half of Americans — 55% — don’t use all of their paid time off, a 2018 study by the U.S. Travel Association found. And while it might make you feel like a better employee to work more and vacation less, not taking time off could actually have the opposite effect. Vacation time helps workers recover from stress and improve their well-being...
    VIDEO2:3502:35Hospital CEOs on distributing vaccines: As people get educated, they'll take itSquawk on the Street Some health-care workers are hesitant to receive coronavirus vaccinations, but hospital CEOs told CNBC on Thursday they expect attitudes to shift after a larger percentage of employees are immunized. "I think shortly everybody will want to take it," Will Ferniany, CEO of UAB Health System in Alabama, said on "Squawk on the Street." "About 60% are anxious to take it and want to know as soon as they can take it," he said, referencing an employee survey. "Twenty percent want to take it but are cautious, and 20% are very skeptical about taking it." UAB Hospital was set to begin offering shots to health-care workers Thursday after it received 10,725 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine earlier in the week. The first vaccinations in the U.S. outside of clinical trials took place Monday, just days after the...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Tuesday that President Donald Trump “absolutely” encouraged Americans to take the coronavirus vaccine. “Absolutely,” she replied to a reporter who asked if Trump endorsed the vaccine. “Look, these are vaccines that he oversaw the development of, he has great confidence in,” she continued. “He wants to see all Americans get this vaccine and to see the most vulnerable among us to take it first.” McEnany said that the president’s priority for the vaccines was front-line workers and the most vulnerable seniors in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, and he would wait to take the vaccine for that reason. “He will take it when health experts and his White House doctor ask him to do so,” she said. “He is very open to taking this but also wants to prioritize our front-line workers.” McEnany said that a small group of top public officials...
    Health care workers have been at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19. In addition to their hard work and sacrifices for the general public, one group decided to help their co-worker in the fight of her life.When they learned that Lorie Carafelli-Fleming was receiving leukemia treatments, her co-workers stepped up and donated their personal time off so she could recover.Carafelli-Fleming is a nurse, and is usually the one caring for patients, but when she became ill a few months ago, her co-workers and friends urged her to see a doctor and that's when she was diagnosed with cancer.When word got out she was undergoing treatment and missing work, her co-workers rallied around her by giving her their hard-earned personal time off or sick days."I'm unable to work so having the ability to still get paid is a blessing, and they really truly are a blessing for me."The company she...
    After the first American was inoculated with a coronavirus vaccine on Monday, the nation’s top infectious disease expert recommended that President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris should move toward the front of the line. “This is a person who very soon will be the president of the United States. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will very soon be the vice president of the United States,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Pfizer’s vaccine received emergency use authorization on Friday and health care workers began to receive the shot on Monday, the same day of the Electoral College vote for the Biden-Harris ticket. NY NURSE WHO WAS FIRST VACCINE RECIPIENT: DO NOT BE AFRAID  “For security reasons, I really feel strongly that we should get them vaccinated as soon as we possibly can,” Fauci continued on ABC's "Good Morning America." “You want him fully...
    Despite public calls for President Donald Trump to take the coronavirus vaccine, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said he is holding off for now. In a Tuesday afternoon press briefing, Steve Holland of Reuters asked McEnany if Trump will receive an injection, and whether he will do so publicly. McEnany replied that Trump is “absolutely open” to taking the vaccine, then went on to explain why he will not do so anytime soon. “He did recently recover from Covid,” McEnany said. “He has the continued protective effects of the monoclonal antibody cocktail … And he will receive the vaccine as soon as his medical team determines that it’s best. But his priority is frontline workers, those in long-term care facilities. And he wants to make sure that the vulnerable get access first.” A follow-up questioner noted that Dr. Anthony Fauci is calling for the president to take...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The effort to protect health care workers with a COVID-19 vaccine is starting – but what about average workers; the general population composed of millions of others in Illinois and specifically Chicago? As CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross reported, the answer from Lindsey Salvatelli of the McHenry Department of Health was, “We all need to be patient with it.” While hospitals are preparing for their own workers to be vaccinated, now is the time for the average person to talk with their doctor and see if they have any allergies or issues that could complicate getting a shot – because it will be a while before the general public can get one at all. The vaccine took months to develop, and it will be months more before the average person will be able to receive a shot with its protections. “It’s not the immediate answer that I...
    (CNN)Some Americans should receive the first Covid-19 vaccine as soon as Monday, providing a glimmer of hope nearly a year into the worsening pandemic. First in line will be two groups considered to be exceptionally high risk -- health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities such as nursing homes. US readies for first Covid-19 vaccinations as country nears 300,000 deathsThe groups are part of what federal health officials call Phase 1a of the vaccine distribution plan. Together they add up to about 24 million people.Residents of long-term care facilities have been especially vulnerable, accounting for about 40% of coronavirus deaths in the US.With cases soaring across the country, protecting the health of doctors and nurses is crucial. More than 240,000 health care workers have been infected with coronavirus and nearly 900 have died, according to the CDC. Read MoreBut state health officials and governors across the nation may...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was one day out from distribution late Saturday, and Chicago is slated to get 23,000 doses to start. Frontline workers are eager to get the shots – some of them as early as Monday. Late Saturday, CBS 2’s Steven Graves spoke to community leaders anxiously awaiting their turn. We know doctors and nurses are ready. And while it is unclear when the vaccine will get to the general public, there is groundwork happening now to make sure people understand the treatment. On Saturday, Chicago-based United Airlines confirmed it is the first commercial airline to fly the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The company joined FedEx and UPS in the massive distribution of roughly 3 million doses nationwide. Health care workers and the elderly are first in line. Doctors in and around Chicago will get the vaccine as soon as Monday or Tuesday. Health professionals continue...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– In the fight against COVID-19, testing is considered a key defense and those health care workers in the lab are among the dozens of frontline heroes. (credit: UCHealth) “We all know how important this… I know if anyone in my family was exposed or had to go through testing, I would want to get the results out as soon as possible,” Michael Dobler said. He works in the lab at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital; his wife Madeline does as well. “It just kind of exploded in March and has really been going on ever since,” she said. While raising a toddler and navigating family life, they’re also working day-in and day-out to process thousands of COVID-19 tests that come in daily. “It’s not really life as normal, but its life as best as we can now,” Michael said. (credit: Michael Dobler ) Even as positivity rates...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Now that Pfizer’s vaccine has been approved by the FDA for emergency use in the United States, millions of doses will be shipped nationwide to begin distribution immediately. First on the list to receive the vaccine are health care workers treating COVID-19 patients, like Katie Murphy, an ICU nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “I will take it,” she told WBZ. Murphy is also the President of the Massachusetts Nurse’s Association and said union members are typically very vaccine-positive, with more than 90 percent getting a flu shot each year. She anticipates the COVID-19 vaccine will see similar numbers. Read: Mass. Communities Remain Vigilant, Prepare For COVID-19 Vaccine “You have to have a robust, healthy workforce to take care of these increasing number of patients and the patients being so sick,” Murphy said. In this second surge of COVID-19, Murphy and her colleagues statewide...
    KATE and William stole the show at pantomime today by bringing along their three kids. The family-of-five walked arm in arm together on the red carpet at the London Palladium to thank key workers. 13Kate and William stole the show at pantomime today by bringing along their three kids 13The Cambridges are pictured on the red carpet 13The outing is believed to be the first time the family has been to panto togetherCredit: PA:Press Association 13Kate and William were treated to a performance of Pantoland 13Charlotte leans in for a cuddle with her mum Kate and brother LouisCredit: PA:Press Association They were treated to a performance of Pantoland starring Elaine Page and Julian Clary alongside Covid-19 hero bin men, NHS staff, delivery drivers and charity volunteers. It is believed to be the first time the family has been to panto and in the royal box together. Prince William, 38, gave a speech hailing sacrifices made by key workers...
    Taylor Swift called out people for not taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously as well as the “trauma” that will likely come from it.  The celebrity, who announced that she’ll drop her ninth album “Evermore” at midnight, spoke with Entertainment Weekly for a lengthy interview about her career thus far. Inevitably, the conversation turned to the coronavirus, prompting the star to lament the number of people she sees continuing to gather despite advice from health experts to avoid going out.  “I mean, you just immediately think of the health workers who are putting their lives on the line — and oftentimes losing their lives. If they make it out of this, if they see the other side of it, there's going to be a lot of trauma that comes with that; there's going to be things that they witnessed that they will never be able to un-see,” Swift explained.  Earlier in...
    Two workers have been hospitalized and three others are still trapped under rubble after a building at an Ohio power plant collapsed early Wednesday morning.  KINGS ISLAND THEME PARK ADDING NEW RESORT AND CAMPGROUND IN OHIO Adams County Sheriff Kimmy Rogers said rescue workers are in contact with one of the trapped workers who is stuck beneath rubble at the Killen Generating Station in Adams County. That worker is able to communicate as rescue efforts continue, while two others remain unaccounted for.  It is unclear what caused the building to collapse around 8:30 a.m. and there have been no fatalities reported thus far.  Local firefighters are being assisted by search and rescue teams from both Cincinnati and Columbus.  MLB UMPIRE BRIAN O'NORA, 57, ARRESTED IN OHIO SEX-STING OPERATION The coal plant was closed and has been undergoing demolition for several months, but the awning of a building reportedly collapsed, causing five workers to...
    Three workers were hospitalized and two were unaccounted for after a power plant that was being demolished in Ohio collapsed Wednesday, authorities said. Rescuers had to dig for hours to free one of the workers from the rubble at the Killen Generating Station, Adams County Sheriff Kim Rogers said. Rogers said that worker was conscious. It was not clear what caused the collapse. “Next week, they were preparing to take that building down and those stacks. So this was some kind of preparation to take that building down,” the sheriff said. There was no word on the condition of the injured and authorities have not released any names. Rescue crews remained on the scene. The coal-fired generating station opened in 1982 and was closed in May 2018. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    ATLANTA (AP) — Delta Air Lines has managed to avoid furloughs but is now asking more employees to take unpaid leaves of absence, a sign of the deepening slump in air travel as coronavirus cases increase across the United States. CEO Ed Bastian said Wednesday that Delta will need takers for its unpaid-leave program “for the foreseeable future.” “I ask everyone to consider whether a voluntary leave makes sense for you and your family,” he said in a memo to employees. With revenue down sharply, Delta expects to lose up to $12 million a day on average during the fourth quarter. Unlike American Airlines and United Airlines, which furloughed a combined 32,000 workers in October, Atlanta-based Delta avoided furloughs by convincing thousands of workers to retire early or take unpaid leave. Southwest Airlines also has avoided furloughs, but last week the Dallas-based carrier warned nearly 7,000 workers that they...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Delta Air Lines has managed to avoid furloughs but is now asking more employees to take unpaid leaves of absence, a sign of the deepening slump in air travel as coronavirus cases increase across the United States. CEO Ed Bastian said Wednesday that Delta will need takers for its unpaid-leave program “for the foreseeable future.” “I ask everyone to consider whether a voluntary leave makes sense for you and your family," he said in a memo to employees. With revenue down sharply, Delta expects to lose up to $12 million a day on average during the fourth quarter. Unlike American Airlines and United Airlines, which furloughed a combined 32,000 workers in October, Atlanta-based Delta avoided furloughs by convincing thousands of workers to retire early or take unpaid leave. Southwest Airlines also has avoided furloughs, but last week the Dallas-based carrier warned nearly 7,000 workers that they could...
    DENVER (CBS4) – This pandemic has not only been tough for health care workers at hospitals, but for thousands who help people live independently at home. “In the kitchen I cook, I clean, I organize stuff,” said Jerry Smith. (credit: CBS) Smith has been a home health care worker for 15 years. As a home health care worker, she helps people who have a chronic illness, or can’t get around on their own. “They can’t do anything for themselves, they can’t shower, they can’t brush their teeth,” she explained People like her may be needed now more than ever, yet, she feels workers like her are being overlooked. “No hazard pay, we put in hours and hours, and no salaries,” she said. Some have even quit from burnout. “It’s hard for us, and we’re trying to fight this virus, everything is so expensive, hand sanitizer, gas,” she said. (credit: CBS)...
    The Metropolitan Opera said Monday that it needs to slash its workers’ long-term contracts by 30 percent to survive — a proposal rejected by the union representing its employees, a new report said. Because of the impasse, the Met added, it will lock out the few dozen stagehands still working amid the pandemic at midnight Tuesday, according to the New York Times. “I realize it is incredibly painful what we’re asking them to do,” Peter Gelb, the opera house’s general manager, told the newspaper. “But what we’re trying to do is keep the Met alive, and the only way to achieve that is to reduce our costs.” Most of the Met’s nearly 300 stagehands have been furloughed since April. Under the Met’s proposal, a promise of up to $1,500 a week for many employees is attached to the long-term contractual pay cut. Once, and if, the Met’s revenue returns...
    More On: metropolitan opera Met Opera asks judge to block disgraced singer’s case fighting ouster These women have binged over 200 operas virtually since the Met closed Metropolitan Opera to remain closed through 2021 due to COVID-19 Opera houses across US dim lights to honor longtime fan Ruth Bader Ginsburg The Metropolitan Opera said Monday that it needs to slash its workers’ long-term contracts by 30 percent to survive — a proposal rejected by the union representing its employees, a new report said. Because of the impasse, the Met added, it will lock out the few dozen stagehands still working amid the pandemic at midnight Tuesday, according to the New York Times. “I realize it is incredibly painful what we’re asking them to do,” Peter Gelb, the opera house’s general manager, told the newspaper. “But what we’re trying to do is keep the Met alive, and the only way...
    NEW JERSEY (CBSNewYork) — It was a record breaking weekend for COVID-19 cases in New Jersey. Health officials attribute the number of infected to Thanksgiving gatherings, CBS2’s Meg Baker reported Monday. Now, they’re warning about the upcoming winter holidays as hospitals across the state see outbreaks among health care workers. Gov. Phil Murphy compared the fight against coronavirus to war. “Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Pres. Franklin Roosevelt stood before Congress and stirred our nation with the following call: ‘With the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph, so help us God,’ said Murphy. “Let us resolve the same on Dec. 7, 2020. Let’s win this war.” Health officials are stressing that what people do next is a matter of life and death. MORE: New Jersey Coronavirus: Outdoor Gatherings Now Limited To 25 Or Less A record 6,000 cases were reported over the weekend. Another...
    More than half of New York City firefighters say they won’t get a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available, per a report. Approximately 55% of 2,053 firefighters said “No” when the union, the Uniformed Firefighters Association, asked, “Will you get the COVID-19 Vaccine from Pfizer when the Department makes it available?,” according to UFA president Andy Ansbro, the New York Post reported. The responses comprise about 25% of the union’s 8,200 active members. A veteran FDNY member disagreed with the "anti-vaxers," per the outlet, noting the lifesaving potential of vaccines, saying: “It’s saving their lives, and the lives of their co-workers, families, friends, and the people they take care of. They respond to life-threatening medical emergencies. The last thing you want is a family member in dire straits being worked on by an unvaccinated firefighter.”   It's important to note that the primary goal of the vaccines is to prevent disease, not necessarily its transmission. Moderna...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh City Council will be meeting later today to discuss COVID-19 sick leave, a proposal from Mayor Bill Peduto. City Council members will have the chance to ask Mayor Peduto’s Chief of Staff Dan Gilman questions about it, and also address some legal concerns. The legislation would give workers additional time off if they are diagnosed with or exposed to the coronavirus. The mayor’s office says implementing COVID-19 sick leave could give employees of businesses with 50 or more workers up to 112 hours of paid sick leave. This sick leave would be handled separately from the city’s existing paid sick day requirements and would stay in place until the city’s emergency declaration, which has been in place since March, is lifted. RELATED LINKS: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Mayor Bill Peduto Proposes Pandemic Sick Leave Gov. Tom Wolf Urges Lawmakers To Pass Paid Sick Leave Legislation...
    Around 55% of New York City firefighters polled over three days said they would not take a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to first responders, according to a recent union survey. A survey conducted by the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) asked 2,053 firefighters if they would get the Pfizer vaccine, according to UFA President Andy Ansbro, the New York Post reported. The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) will not require members to receive the vaccine, though Ansbro plans to be vaccinated. “A lot of them probably feel they are not in a risk category, they are younger, stronger, they may have already had it and gotten through it, and feel it’s not their problem,” Ansbro said, the Post reported. “They are more familiar with the coronavirus than they are with the vaccine.” The first batch of COVID vaccines is expected to be delivered to New York in less...
    The COVID-19 vaccine will be available to first responders as soon as this month, but a poll of New York City Firefighters revealed a majority will refuse it. The findings of about 55% saying they will not take the vaccine come from a Uniformed Firefighters Association poll of 2,053 members – about 25% of UFAs 8,200 active members – the New York Post reported. The FDNY will not make the vaccine mandatory, it announced this week. Notably, FDNY has more than 130 COVID-19 positive cases as of Friday, and at least six firehouses have three or more cases, a source told the Post. "A lot of them probably feel they are not in a risk category, they are younger, stronger, they may have already had it and gotten through it, and feel its not their problem," UFA President Andy Ansbro told the Post. "They are more familiar with the coronavirus...
    RUSSIA has started vaccinations with its unproven Sputnik V jab as state workers revealed they were being treated as "human guinea pigs". Vladimir Putin's health officials have opened up some 70 Covid vaccination centres in Moscow which will offer the jab to health, education and social workers. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 8Russia has started mass vaccinations with its Sputnik V jabCredit: EPA 8Vladimir Putin has himself not yet taken the vaccine as its 'uncertified' despite insisting it is safeCredit: Reuters Russia was one of the first countries to announce a vaccine, which was named after the Soviet Union's satellite which became the first manmade object in space. It was announced before beginning its final clinical trials - and it remains uncertified while in its third stage of testing involving some 40,000 volunteers. Sputnik V's developers have promised the preliminary...
    NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- The daily coronavirus positivity rate has jumped to 10.42% in New Jersey, and Governor Phil Murphy is urging residents who are planning to travel now or during the holidays to think again.The state's COVID-19 caseload has surged to levels not seen even during the height of the spring outbreak, and Murphy and experts are warning things could get worse."This pandemic is nowhere near over," Murphy said in a tweet. "We can't give up the fight now. Mask up. Social distance. Wash your hands."After a dramatic spike in deaths, with 90 from Monday's report, there were 49 additional fatalities reported Friday to raise the statewide death toll to 15,419.The state recorded 5,673 new cases, as weeklong averages of new positive results have climbed steadily for weeks. Murphy is begging residents not to travel or gather in groups, and anyone who does is urged to self-quarantine for 14...
    Celebrity chef David Chang From the earliest days of COVID-19 response, Americans have worried about how certain industries would fare amid shutdowns and economy dips. Unless you’ve been lucky enough to work from home the entire time, it’s likely your industry has been affected in one way or another; we’ve covered stories about the tough position teachers have been put in, for example, as well as gig workers, like drivers and delivery people, as well as healthcare professionals on the brink of burnout. We also know that folks who work in the hospitality industry, including food and drink service, have seen unemployment since early into the pandemic in March. As small businesses and chains alike have shuttered locations, many workers have taken a hit in income—or wrestle with the possibility of potentially becoming seriously ill at every shift.  Celebrity chef David Chang, perhaps most known for his iconic restaurant Momofuku,...
    Former President Barack Obama said Wednesday that Republicans carry around a sense that "white males are victims.” “What’s always interesting to me is the degree to which you’ve seen created in Republican politics the sense that white males are victims,” Obama explained during an interview with The Breakfast Club. “They are the ones who are under attack, which obviously doesn’t jive with both history and data and economics. But that’s a sincere belief that’s been internalized, that’s a story that’s being told, and how you unwind that is going to be not something that is done right away, it’s going to take some time.” Obama also blamed Fox News and radio host Rush Limbaugh for spreading misconceptions about Democrats. “And the story that they’re hearing from Fox News and Rush Limbaugh and, in some cases, inside their churches, is that Democrats don’t believe in Christmas, only care about...
    This time around, protests, strikes and other actions will take place in the US, the UK, Mexico, Brazil, India, Australia and nine other nations. The coordinated effort is called #MakeAmazonPay and it coincides with the start of the company’s peak season. During that time, as Vice notes, the number of warehouse worker injuries typically rises amid a significant increase in workload. Among those who plan to take action on Black Friday are up to 3,000 warehouse workers in Germany, Ring call center contractors in the Philippines and garment manufacturers in Bangladesh. Activists also plan to hold protests at Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle and Virginia. A collective of social justice organizations have called on Amazon to improve pay for warehouse workers, including a return of pandemic-related hazard pay and higher rates during peak periods. Among the group’s many other demands are for the company to commit to eliminating net carbon emissions...
    WORCESTER (CBS) – There was a long line outside an urgent care testing site in Worcester the day before Thanksgiving. City leaders worry scenes like that all week are a sign of plans to gather. “I’m suspicious that there is going to be a lot of invasion of people’s pods with new people,” said Worcester Health Director Dr. Michael Hirsh. “The consequences of that are going to be very significant.” That’s why the city announced plans to open testing sites the week after Thanksgiving as well, and crews were inside the DCU Center on Wednesday, setting up the COVID-19 field hospital. “The DCU Center is going to open December 6th, and I think none too soon,” said Dr. Hirsh. The hope is to take some of the demand off hospitals like UMass Memorial Medical Center and St. Vincent Hospital. “Just to give you a sense of the trajectory that we’ve...
    WORCESTER (CBS) – There was a long line outside an urgent care testing site in Worcester the day before Thanksgiving. City leaders worry scenes like that all week are a sign of plans to gather. “I’m suspicious that there is going to be a lot of invasion of people’s pods with new people,” said Worcester Health Director Dr. Michael Hirsh. “The consequences of that are going to be very significant.” That’s why the city announced plans to open testing sites the week after Thanksgiving as well, and crews were inside the DCU Center on Wednesday, setting up the COVID-19 field hospital. “The DCU Center is going to open December 6th, and I think none too soon,” said Dr. Hirsh. The hope is to take some of the demand off hospitals like UMass Memorial Medical Center and St. Vincent Hospital. “Just to give you a sense of the trajectory that we’ve...
    Fact check: Moderna vaccine funded by government spending, private donations and research grants CDC wants kids back in school despite COVID-19 and cites this website Cleaning up: domestic workers take Hong Kong cricket by storm After a long week cooking and cleaning in the cramped households of Hong Kong, a group of Filipino domestic helpers are using their Sunday off for an unlikely hobby: cricket. And they're proving rather good at it. © Peter PARKS The SCC Divas Cricket Team, made up of domestic helpers from the Philippines, celebrate their lastest win against the Hong Kong Cricket Club Cavaliers © Peter PARKS "We are all domestic helpers": SCC Divas Cricket Team, made up enitrely of Filipinos, bat during a match in Hong Kong Despite no background in the game, scant coaching and very little time, the SCC Divas have made a startling impact, winning Hong Kong's development league twice...
    Dear Ms. MoneyPeace: I am a working mom with two children studying from home. I’ve read about making use of time at home to declutter, rearrange financial priorities and consider ways to save. Please write something for those of us overworked who need to improve our financial situation but do not have much time. As an essential worker, I am working harder and often longer hours, so I am still commuting — no savings there. My husband is working from home. We are both trying to make the most of remote learning school for our children — which means me checking their homework every night. He works at home yet seems to have more time on his hands and is always looking to buy things online. Property that we do not need is his latest venture. We have no time to get our wills done, clean out our home...
    AURORA, Ill. -- The latest COVID-19 surge in Illinois has a front-line worker in the suburban city of Aurora pleading with people to take the virus seriously.Nurse Carol Williams shared a photo of herself on Facebook after her shift at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora with a powerful message that has since gone viral:WATCH: COVID patient plays violin in ICU to thank health care workersEMBED More News Videos A retired orchestra teacher battling COVID-19 in a Utah hospital turned to his true passion -- music -- to help spread some joy in the ICU. Just stop.....Stop thinking this is just like the flu, it isn't .Stop telling me the survival rate so it's not a big deal, it is a big deal.Stop saying healthcare workers signed up for this, we didn't.Stop ignoring science based recommendations of masking, social distancing, hand hygiene, and not gathering in large crowds, they work.Stop kidding...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Pfizer now says it’s just “days away” from applying for federal approval of its potential COVID-19 vaccine. That means Massachusetts healthcare workers are only weeks away from possibly getting it. “I think healthcare workers should definitely be the first in line,” said nursing student Natalia Pulaski, who works at Massachusetts General Hospital. “We do work with patients who have COVID and potential COVID,” said her fellow nursing student Nancy Tsang. “Some are very hesitant about it because we know vaccines take a while to develop, and I think that they went very quick with this one.” Nursing student Nancy Tsang said some healthcare workers are hesitant to get a potential COVID vaccine. (WBZ-TV) “We clearly do not want to become a test cohort, or you know, an experiment,” said nurse Marie Ritacco, who’s vice president of the Massachusetts Nurses Association. “We’d like to see healthcare workers and...
    Hollywood stars buy 5th-tier soccer club Ryan Reynolds says he never thought he and Blake Lively would have 3 daughters: I love being a girl dad Few workers take advantage of Covid-19 rules for 401(k) plan withdrawals Few people have taken advantage of relaxed rules offering early access to retirement savings for those facing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, most 401(k) plan participants appear to be staying the course and haven't made significant changes to their retirement savings. Average Covid-19-related 401(k) withdrawal was $10,000: Fidelity CNBC See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next How you can save $1 million for retirement USA TODAY How much the most populous states pay mail carriers GOBankingRates Creepy ways your company can spy on you while you work from home Veuer Major companies suspend social media advertising...
    By Catarina Demony and Miguel Pereira LISBON (Reuters) - Paula Barroso's bar in Lisbon has been shut for eight months and she already had to let some workers go due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Now she is scared she will not be able to make ends meets much longer. Barroso, 54, was one of hundreds of bar, restaurant and nightclub workers who protested in Lisbon on Saturday as a partial weekend lockdown kicked in across most of the country. "We are in mourning and we have to survive," Barroso said as she stood among a crowd calling on authorities to allow them to work. "The government does not support us and we cannot die, we cannot stay in the dark." Bars and nightclubs have been closed since March and although restaurants have since reopened, owners and workers fear that the new restrictions to fight the virus...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Mental health workers will replace police officers in responding to some 911 calls under a pilot program announced Tuesday by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. The program, to be rolled out next year in two neighborhoods, will give mental health professionals the lead role when someone calls 911 because a family member is in crisis, officials said. The pilot program is modeled on existing programs in cities including Eugene, Oregon, where teams of paramedics and crisis workers have been responding to mental health 911 calls for more than 30 years. A main goal of such programs is to avoid bad outcomes from interactions between police officers and people suffering from mental illness or addiction such as the March 30 death of Daniel Prude in Rochester, New York. “This is the first time in our history that health professionals will be the default responders to...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s Purple Friday, and the Ravens are already working hard. This time, it’s off the field giving back to first responders. The Ravens Caravan stopped at five locations, all giving back to first responders and healthcare workers. After a stop at the Baltimore Police Northwest District, there was a huge celebration at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. “We just want to focus on these first responders who not only take care of us every day, but the past couple months have been really tough on them as well, so we just want to celebrate them,” Katie Bollinger, of the Baltimore Ravens, said. The Ravens Caravan also stopped at the Baltimore Police Northeast District, where the men and women in blue got some hot coffee, posters and pictures with Poe. The Ravens take on the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday at 1 p.m. You can catch all the action right here...
    TAI TUIVASA chugged a beer from a shoe just after being congratulated by UFC president Dana White. Heavyweight Tuivasa was jubilant after his first round knockout win against Stefan Struve at UFC 254 on Fight Island. 1NINTCHDBPICT000616267470Credit: Twitter Shoeys with the boys! ????????@BamBamTuivasa and the @NelkBoys are a perfect match on #UFCFightIsland! pic.twitter.com/CecIRHSuSD— UFC (@ufc) October 24, 2020 Afterwards, he continued the celebration backstage where promoter White gave him a hug. Canadian YouTube group Nelk boys then shared a beer with Tuivasa, which they drunk through a shoe. Tuivasa snapped his three-fight losing streak on in Abu Dhabi, and announced 'it’s good to be back'. He said: "It was awesome to get that feeling back. Like I said before, it’s addictive, it’s something you can’t get it anywhere else. "It’s been a while for me, so it’s good to be back, very good to...
    By AMY BETH HANSON, Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An emergency room nurse urged Montana residents to take politics out of the fight against the coronavirus Tuesday, as the number of cases in the state reached 24,000, the death toll surpassed 250 and hospitals are caring for 360 patients. Health care workers come from a variety of political, socioeconomic and religious backgrounds, Charlotte Skinner said. “But we've always found a common ground to stand on. And that common ground is called science, evidence-based practice and a patient-first mentality," she said. “I have never and I will never run into the room of a patient in distress and ask them how they vote,” said Skinner, a registered nurse at St. Peter's Health in Helena. “People in health care don't discriminate and neither does this virus.” “I'm asking you to stop segregating yourselves into maskers and anti-maskers and to stand with...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s a complaint that comes into our newsroom often; many viewers feel their bosses aren’t being transparent enough about COVID-19 in the workplace. Sure, employers can and do cite privacy laws, but the Morning Insiders were curious; what are a company’s legal obligations during the pandemic? More than half a year has zoomed, with more than half of the offices in downtown Chicago sitting empty, but as working remote slowly phases out, quickly bubbling up are concerns about return-to-work policies. Is a company really allowed to ask about your health before you step back inside? CBS 2’s Lauren Victory asked a legal expert, Northwestern University law professor Daniel Rodriguez. “The employer has every right, and indeed I would go so far as to say an ethical duty, to ask the kinds of questions and to probe,” he said. Of course, bosses need to balance screening procedures with...
    Izusek/Getty For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.This story was published in partnership with ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. In the spring, Congress created a program to save aviation worker jobs. Then the Trump administration undermined that program by granting hundreds of millions of dollars in relief to aviation companies for jobs they’d already largely eliminated, according to a House report released Friday. As a result, thousands of workers at airline caterers and other contractors are out of work while their employers received public funds that were supposed to be passed to workers. What’s more, at least two companies that received hundreds of millions in taxpayer funds restored full pay to management, the...
    President Donald Trump dodged a town hall question about the roughly 700,000 young illegal migrants protected by the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty, saying, “We’re going to take care of Dreamers.” “We’re going to take care of Dreamers. It’s working right now. We’re negotiating different aspects of immigration and immigration law,” he said at the October 15 NBC town hall meeting. The “Dreamers” comment refers to President Barack Obama’s 2020 decision to give work permits to hundreds of thousands of younger illegal aliens amid mass unemployment of Americans during the slow recovery from the great recession. Trump couched his answer in the context of political negotiations over blue-collar migration from Mexico and other nations: We’ve built now over 400 miles of border wall on the southern border. Mexico is working very closely with us. We have the strongest border we’ve ever had. We want people to come...
    Two Pennsylvania postal employees face federal charges following the discovery of piles of mail in the garbage in recent days. FOX News reports: Sean Troesch, 48, and James McLenigan, 29, have been charged in two separate criminal complaints with delay or destruction of mail by a postal employee, according to U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady. No mail-in ballots were found among the discarded mail, but two requests for mail-in ballots were recovered. If convicted, each man could face a maximum term of imprisonment of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. “During this election season, the integrity of the mails is more important than ever,” a statement by Brady reads. “When any public employee, including a mail carrier, violates the law, we will respond quickly. These carriers each attempted to destroy mail, including both political advertisements and an application for a mail-in ballot. Anyone who would obstruct...
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