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    Election Day is just weeks away and America could be short on poll workers, voting experts say — but they emphasize that there’s still time for volunteers to fill the ranks. They hope you’ll give the idea some serious thought. “ ‘Poll workers are the front-line custom service face of our democracy. ... You’ve got the ability to make a difference in your community, make a positive impact.’ ” — Benjamin Hovland, chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission “Poll workers are the front-line custom service face of our democracy,” said Benjamin Hovland, chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, who’s volunteered for poll work 10 to 15 times himself. “You’ve got the ability to make a...
    A target store advertises for workers near its entrance in Encinitas, California, May 24, 2019.Mike Blake | Reuters Target said Thursday that holiday hiring will be in line with last year, but it is rethinking its approach to roles for those workers to adapt to  customers' new shopping habits during the coronavirus pandemic. Twice as many Target employees will be dedicated to same-day curbside and in-store pickup of online purchases compared with the first half of the year. Distribution centers will have more workers than last holiday season to make sure stores don't run out of popular items. Some workers will focus on safety and cleaning. And across stores, employees will be cross-trained so they can switch from task to task...
    A health worker wearing a protective mask works in a lab during clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine at Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida, U.S.Eva Marie Uzcategui | Bloomberg | Getty Images Health workers treating patients with the coronavirus may be at the top of the line to get a vaccine once one is approved. But that's not necessarily the obvious move.  The National Vaccine Advisory Committee met Wednesday for the first of a two-day public meeting on the Covid-19 pandemic, vaccine developments and a distribution plan whenever one is ready.  "The question is, how at risk are healthcare workers, especially in the United States, especially in the era of adequate PPE," Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, chair of the...
    Maryland officials said Tuesday they are taking over day-to-day management of the construction of the Purple Line after the companies building the 16-mile light-rail line in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties said they plan to quit the job amid disputes over project cost overruns. Current workers with Purple Line Transit Partners, the joint venture building the line as part of a public-private partnership, are currently securing construction sites and preparing to leave, according to reports. The departure of workers is likely to add years to the project’s timeline, and the state must find a new way to finance the transit project. The Maryland Transit Administration previously said it is committed to completing the project even if PLTP walked off...
    The 2020 Emmy awards made sure to spotlight the front line and essential workers who have been in the trenches throughout the global coronavirus pandemic. While the ceremony still featured other actors and stars presenting awards, it also featured doctors, teachers and truck drivers who have been keeping the country afloat during this difficult time. U.S. history teacher Cindy Marcellin presented outstanding actor in a comedy series. 2020 EMMYS ‘IN MEMORIAM’ DIDN’T INCLUDE KOBE BRYANT, NICK CORDERO AND KELLY PRESTON "I'm teaching history, I'm living through history and when the pandemic started I thought, 'Hey, I'll see my kids in a week or two,' " she said. "And those weeks turned into months. I can't wait to come back to work just...
    NEW YORK -- Reggaeton star 'Bad Bunny' put on a free show for a good cause - and his stage was a bus.Bad Bunny kept the music going from Yankee Stadium to Harlem Hospital.He belted out some of his hit songs like 'BYE ME FUI," "Callaita," "Te Boté" and "Yo Perreo Sola" from the top of the moving bus.The show eventually pulled a stop at the hospital - that is where he gave a tribute performance dedicated to healthcare workers.The concert featured special virtual appearance by J Balvin, Sech and Mora.Bad Bunny also commemmorated the third anniversary of Hurricane Maria making landfall in his native Puerto Rico.
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Reggaeton star 'Bad Bunny' put on a free show for a good cause - and his stage was a bus.Bad Bunny kept the music going from Yankee Stadium to Harlem Hospital.He belted out some of his hit songs like 'BYE ME FUI," "Callaita," "Te Boté" and "Yo Perreo Sola" from the top of the moving bus.ALSO READ | City treats frontline workers to 'Music for the Soul' concertsThe show eventually pulled a stop at the hospital - that is where he gave a tribute performance dedicated to healthcare workers.The concert featured special virtual appearance by J Balvin, Sech and Mora.Bad Bunny also commemmorated the third anniversary of Hurricane Maria making landfall in his native Puerto Rico.----------*...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An unlikely cast makes up “The Front Line Choir And Friends,” who are rehearsing for a show called Let Us Entertain You. “Theater is empty right now, so we’re going to bring theater to you,” said Michael Merritt. Merritt is a registered nurse, and playwright. “Now a producer,” he said and laughed. Merritt was moved to make a difference beyond the emergency room. In fact, he can remember the exact day. “May 12th,” he said. That’s when he read the heartbreaking news that theater would remain dark until September. It has since been extending through the rest of the year. “Oh my goodness, what are my theater friends going to do?” he said. “I just started...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Frontline workers have been working hard through the pandemic, and Wednesday was time time to show they’re appreciated. Women inside a vibrant, colorful building along Braddock Avenue were treated with a shopping spree. It’s something they say they’ve never experienced before. With a stylist by their side, the women sifted through brand new sweaters and pants. Many work in jobs that are mentally and physically exhausting. “We have gas station attendants, we have fast food workers, CNA, hospice workers,” said For Good co-founder Gisele Barreto-Fetterman. They’re grabbing what they need to look their best, head to toe. It’s part of the non-profit For Good. HAPPENING IN BRADDOCK— Non-profit For Good PGH is making a difference for 50...
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Officials in Alabama's capital city have approved a hazard pay bonus for first responders and some workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. Montgomery's city-county personnel board voted Tuesday to give qualifying city workers an extra $2.50 per hour through the end of the year, news outlets reported. The Montgomery County Commission also voted Tuesday to extend hazard pay to qualifying county workers, including some sheriff’s deputies, corrections officers, intake and transport clerks and youth facility detention officers. “Montgomery’s front line city employees have taken care of us, so we will use every tool at our disposal to take care of them,” Mayor Steven Reed said in a statement Tuesday. The funds were made...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A new mural was just unveiled in Fulton River District to honor Chicago's essential workers who have worked throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.The mural was painted by South Side native and multimedia artist Sam Kirk, and it featured the portraits of four specific essential workers: Carilla Hayden, a USPS postal Worker; Juan Burrell, a school lunchroom manager at Chavez Elementary; Veronica Sanchez, a nanny and leader with the Latino Union of Chicago; and Maggie Zylinska, a domestic worker."I am very proud to have my portrait here, because my portrait is an example of the 2.5 million women (and domestic workers) in this country who are essential workers," Veronica Sanchez said in Spanish.The mural was commissioned in part by...
    MSI is best known for its gaming laptops, but today, it’s announcing a new business line for remote professionals. The line includes the Summit E series and the Summit B series, each with 14- and 15-inch models, along with the 13-inch convertible E13 Flip. There’s no word on pricing or availability for the Summit line yet, but they certainly look like high-end models. The chassis are aluminum, with thin bezels and what MSI calls “military-grade durability.” Image: MSI Both series have some other nice features as well. The big news is that they’re powered by Intel’s new 11th Gen “Tiger Lake” processors and support the company’s new Thunderbolt 4 standard...
    andresr/Getty For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.Outside of the healthcare industry, few workforces have been hit as hard by the coronavirus pandemic as the people who work in meatpacking plants. According to the heroic data journalism of the Food and Agriculture Reporting Network’s Leah Douglas, more than 40,000 meatpacking workers have been infected with the virus, and 200 have died. At the same time, the Trump Administration is pushing for a policy change that will put thousands of the industry’s workers under yet more pressure—by allowing chicken companies to speed up their slaughter lines by 25 percent.  Right now, poultry workers in most plants dismember and trim chickens as...
    Of course she does. Ick. Maybe Joni Ernst got some backlash from Team Trump for "running on local issues" and trying to avoid the Trump racist conspiracy theory trap. To prove her bizarro bona fides, she decided to go QAnon and accuse Iowa's medical community of falsifying COVID-19 data for the money. Ernst told a gathering of about 100 supporters that she's “so skeptical” of the official death count from coronavirus. “They’re thinking there may be 10,000 or less deaths that were actually singularly COVID-19,” Ernst said. “I’m just really curious. It would be interesting to know that.” Uh-huh. "They're" thinking. They being the whack-job QAnon proponents who've found a side-line from Democratic pedophiliac pizza parlors in COVID-19 trutherism. She...
    Front-line workers will be feeling the love at the US Open this year. When the ball persons hit the US Open courts on Aug. 31, they’ll be sporting a special tribute to the Big Apple’s medical first responders who fought the COVID-19 pandemic as it ravaged the city in the spring. Their uniforms will be emblazoned with the last name of a worker from Mount Sinai’s various facilities, which chose 150 employees to spotlight, spanning a range of essential duties from patient transporter to emergency room physician. “It’s a huge honor,” Rocky Walker, a 55-year-old hospital chaplain whose name will grace a uniform, told The Post. “I used to play football. I was a soldier for 25 years. I am...
    This one’s for the heroes. A Manhattan City Councilman plans to introduce a bill Thursday to create a local memorial to the front-line workers lost to COVID-19. “They paid a high price, and we have to honor them for their sacrifice,” Mark Levine (D-Manhattan) told The Post about the tribute. “Unlike almost any other disaster our city or our country has experienced, we have not publicly identified most of the victims. Frankly we have done very little to, in any public way, to mourn them and that’s particularly unacceptable when it comes to our essential workers who are by any measure disproportionally represented among those we have lost,” Levine said. The coronavirus has claimed the lives of nearly 24,000 city...
    A General Motors employee works Dec. 13, 2019 at the automaker's plant in Wentzville, Missouri.Photo by Melissa Vaeth for General Motors General Motors is using salaried employees to fill in for absent hourly union workers to keep a Missouri truck plant operating as it attempts to replenish dealer inventories that were depleted due to the coronavirus pandemic. High rates of absenteeism at the company's Wentzville Assembly plant in Missouri has forced the company to juggled around workers over the last three weeks, according to GM spokesman Jim Cain. The salaried workers, he said, are a short-term fix until the company can transfer workers from other plants and hire about 200 temporary employees to fill the positions. "It's been a challenge to achieve the kind...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — As researchers across the world rush to develop a safe COVID-19 vaccine, questions are starting to emerge about who will get the vaccine first. A group from John’s Hopkins University released recommendations about who should be first in line. “There is certainly general consensus from my perspective that front line workers need to be part of the initial roll out, because it does the greatest good for everybody,” said Carleigh Krubiner an associate faculty member in the Berman Institute at Johns Hopkins University. The group released a report which includes two tiers. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Tier 1 includes essential workers who...
    A Gaithersburg, Maryland, couple is counting on community involvement to help realize their vision of bringing local craft beer to Montgomery County’s essential workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. Jen and Josh Bienstock — who started surprising friends with drop-offs of craft beer from Montgomery County brewers in May to keep in touch under quarantine — now call themselves The BeerFairiez, a community-based social and networking group. Together, they’ve launched a #CraftingGratitude campaign as their way of thanking essential workers. Together, Jen and Josh Bienstock form the The BeerFairiez duo — who seek to put craft beer in the hands of Montgomery Co. front-line workers in need of a break. (Courtesy Jen and Josh Bienstock) Josh is...
    ALBANY — The head of the nation’s largest health care workers union slammed New York’s top health official Friday for claiming that hospital workers had enough PPE during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. “1199SEIU members and other first responders have been risking their lives … They selflessly went into rooms of infected patients without the PPE needed to keep themselves safe,” 1199SEIU president George Gresham seethed in a withering statement to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s health chief. “It is unconscionable that their accounts of what they experienced in institutions are being questioned … Our members didn’t and still don’t have time to play politics — they’re too busy fighting to save lives.” Health Commissioner Howard Zucker cast doubt at...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- In this episode of Tiempo, Vita Coco teams up with My Bodega Online to help deliver food to essential workers - and help bodegas themselves in the process.When the city entered lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19, many bodegas stayed open, but sales dropped as much as 80% for some.The "My Bodega Online" app teamed up with coconut water vendor "Vita Coco" to support struggling bodegas across the five boroughs.Throughout May and June, Vita Coco and My Bodega Online purchased and delivered the "Essential NYC Breakfast," consisting of bodegas' breakfast sandwiches and Vita Coco Coconut Water, to 5,000 health care workers at hospitals across New York City.Allison Finazzo from Vita Coco and Frank Marte,...
    Sgt. Paul Parizek, with the Des Moines Police Department, had not been in uniform but had been wearing a cap with the 'Thin Blue Line' flag on it Two Dunkin' Donuts employees have been fired after they refused to service an Iowa police sergeant who was wearing a 'Thin Blue Line' cap. Sgt. Paul Parizek, with the Des Moines Police Department, was not in uniform when he went to the doughnut shop on East 14th Street. He had been a steady customer to the shop for two years but explained to KXNO's Morning Rush radio show that he would not be returning. While the 'Thin Blue Line' symbol was initially a call of support for police officers, the symbol...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Ahead of the first-ever virtual Dominican Day Parade, Eyewitness News is celebrating the accomplishments of Dominicans in our area -- including the front-line workers who put up a fight against COVID-19.At the onset of the pandemic, Dr. Miguelina German says there were mothers at Montefiore Medical Center with COVID-19 who couldn't nurse for various reasons and there were children in the pediatric practices who needed to eat."It just became this perfect storm where really the infants were forgotten," German said. "Although the mayor did a wonderful job committing to providing food to the department of education, that didn't include babies."That is when German created infant survival kits that include diapers, wipes and if a family requested...
    Who gets to be first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine? US health authorities hope by late next month to have some draft guidance on how to ration initial doses, but it’s a vexing decision. “Not everybody’s going to like the answer,” Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, recently told one of the advisory groups the government asked to help decide. “There will be many people who feel that they should have been at the top of the list.” Traditionally, first in line for a scarce vaccine are health workers and the people most vulnerable to the targeted infection. But Collins tossed new ideas into the mix: Consider geography and give priority to people where an...
    PELLA, Iowa (AP) — Two workers installing internet cables in Pella, Iowa, died after striking an underground, high-voltage electrical cable. Pella Police Lt. Paul Haase said the workers died Saturday morning after striking the electrical line. Haase said residents nearby reported hearing a loud boom at the time. A third worker for Excel Utility Contractors suffered minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital. The crew was installing internet cables for Pella Fiber. Haase said 35-year-old Genis Urgell Rueda and 20-year-old Nelson Joani Figueroa died. They were both from Richmond, Virginia. People who lived near where the electrical line was struck were evacuated for about an hour while officials checked for any natural gas or electrical hazards. Copyright 2020...
    Former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb advised caution on the reopening of schools on Face the Nation Sunday morning. Gottlieb spoke with John Dickerson about continued covid concerns around the country and said, “The question is, can the combination of some limited mitigation, some targeted mitigation, like keeping bars closed, keeping certain indoor congregate venues that aren’t really pivotal to the economic activity of a region closed with universal adherence to masks or greater adherence to masks, is that enough to keep the virus out?” At one point Dickerson brought up the upcoming school season, asking, “What’s your feeling about what should be done and how close are we to actually doing that?” Gottlieb said he thinks “we should try...
    Who gets to be first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine? U.S. health authorities hope by late next month to have some draft guidance on how to ration initial doses, but it's a vexing decision."Not everybody's going to like the answer," Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, recently told one of the advisory groups the government asked to help decide. "There will be many people who feel that they should have been at the top of the list."Traditionally, first in line for a scarce vaccine are health workers and the people most vulnerable to the targeted infection.But Collins tossed new ideas into the mix: Consider geography and give priority to people where an outbreak is hitting...
    Who gets to be first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine? U.S. health authorities hope by late next month to have some draft guidance on how to ration initial doses, but it's a vexing decision.   "Not everybody's going to like the answer," Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, recently told one of the advisory groups the government asked to help decide. "There will be many people who feel that they should have been at the top of the list."  Traditionally, first in line for a scarce vaccine are health workers and the people most vulnerable to the targeted infection.  But Collins tossed new ideas into the mix: Consider geography and give priority to people where...
    By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer Who gets to be first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine? U.S. health authorities hope by late next month to have some draft guidance on how to ration initial doses, but it’s a vexing decision. “Not everybody’s going to like the answer,” Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, recently told one of the advisory groups the government asked to help decide. “There will be many people who feel that they should have been at the top of the list.” Traditionally, first in line for a scarce vaccine are health workers and the people most vulnerable to the targeted infection. But Collins tossed new ideas into the mix: Consider geography and...
    Who gets to be first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine? U.S. health authorities hope by late next month to have some draft guidance on how to ration initial doses, but it’s a vexing decision. “Not everybody’s going to like the answer,” Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, recently told one of the advisory groups the government asked to help decide. “There will be many people who feel that they should have been at the top of the list.” Traditionally, first in line for a scarce vaccine are health workers and the people most vulnerable to the targeted infection. But Collins tossed new ideas into the mix: Consider geography and give priority to people where...
    Senator Cory Booker introduced a new bill that would protect slaughterhouse workers and animals by regulating line speeds in factories, according to an email from Farm Animal Protection. Workers faced intense pressure when the government pushed to keep factories open during the height of the coronavirus pandemic in April and May. Hundreds of workers were sent home sick and factories faced supply issues. During that time, the Trump Administration also pushed to increase line speeds in factories to keep production moving along. Combined with the coronavirus, this increase put workers at an even higher risk. According to Farm Animal Protection, an analysis found that processing plants that received the waivers to increase line speeds were or have become coronavirus...
    By DAVID PITT, Associated Press The union representing workers at chicken processing plants in six states sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, saying its policy of allowing companies to slaughter birds more quickly endangers workers and makes it more difficult to protect against spread of the coronavirus. The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and local unions representing 10 plants in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Missouri joined with nonprofit consumer advocacy group Public Citizen to file the lawsuit in federal court in Washington, D.C. The USDA first allowed line speed waivers in 2018 after the National Chicken Council, a poultry industry trade group, petitioned it to increase speeds. The lawsuit alleges that the waivers violate...
    BYD  Gov. Gavin Newsom announces a new deal to buy 420 million medical masks from the Chinese company for $315 million to equip hospital workers, first responders and others, following $1 billion deal inked in April.                 Preschools A new UC survey finds coronavirus is having a devastating impact on the state’s child care centers, with 25% closed, enrollments plunging and owners going into debt to stay open.                   United Airlines World’s third-largest airline lays off half its workers at SFO hub, but is winning accolades for requiring all passengers to wear masks in airports and raising new revenue by using passenger jets to...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Help is on the way for essential workers on the front line of the novel coronavirus pandemic who are feeling stressed and frustrated everyday. ABC7 is working to Build a Better Bay Area during this time with a focus on health, especially our mental health. Hundreds of local therapists are now offering their services to frontline workers who want it, all for free."We have a lot of stressed out nurses now," said Michael Hill, a veteran nurse Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland. It's a hospital where COVID-19 cases are on the rise. Hill says the stress is often so high, it can't be measured."There is an incredible rate of patients dying on us and...
    Shayla Thompson July 25, 2020 5:30PM (UTC) This story first appeared on Civil Eats. In April, while COVID-19 continued to spread around the country, the lines at meat processing plants were moving at the speed of 140 birds per minute. Not only does this speed put workers in danger of injury, but it also puts them at risk of COVID-19 infection because it requires them to have to stand very close to one another. Then, despite Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for protecting meatpacking workers from COVID-19 using physical distancing, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service inexplicably gave approval to 15 poultry plants with already poor safety records to speed up their poultry...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Like all the other theaters on and off Broadway, Manhattan's famed Public Theater had to shut down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.Still, the non-profit organization has found a way to stage a play online and honor New York City's healthcare workers at the same time."The Line" takes us to the front line of the fight against COVID-19. The words you hear during this presentation are real, but spoken by actors."It was our love letter to health care workers in New York City for their bravery and their sacrifice," co-creator Erik Jensen said.He and his wife Jessica Blank interviewed some of those workers then transcribed and organized what they heard to create what they...
    Next stop: new ‘do. Following months of DIY haircuts and at-home beauty hacks, The Post teamed up with the newly reopened Pierre Michel Salon on the Upper East Side to give five essential workers — from a bus driver to a hospital employee — well-deserved makeovers. “I was honored to have the opportunity to give something back to the front-line workers who have been working tirelessly and so hard for months,” Pierre Michel head stylist Jerome Lordet told The Post, adding that the luxe beauty treatments were “the least I could do.” Here, the five newly refreshed ladies reveal about how they love their new color and freshly lacquered digits. Maria Santos, 39, Lower Manhattan Maria Santos Job: Physician’s assistant...
    Next stop: new ‘do. Following months of DIY haircuts and at-home beauty hacks, The Post teamed up with the newly reopened Pierre Michel Salon on the Upper East Side to give five essential workers — from a bus driver to a hospital employee — well-deserved makeovers. “I was honored to have the opportunity to give something back to the front-line workers who have been working tirelessly and so hard for months,” Pierre Michel head stylist Jerome Lordet told The Post, adding that the luxe beauty treatments were “the least I could do.” Here, the five newly refreshed ladies reveal about how they love their new color and freshly lacquered digits. Maria Santos, 39, Lower Manhattan Maria Santos Job: Physician’s assistant...
    For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters. Granted, the ideal way to support front-line workers during the coronavirus crisis would be to reduce the pandemic’s scope and improve the underlying conditions and power imbalances that heighten people’s risks in the first place. But creative gestures of gratitude also have their place, including the latest: drone formations. Hundreds of drones filled Seoul’s sky in a creatively choreographed showcase to recognize health care and other essential workers. The drones boosted messages of solidarity, hand-washing, physical distancing, and mask-wearing, and encouraged everyone to keep diligent as the pandemic stretches on. Browse the photos of the impressive display above the Han River, and share your ideas for...
    (CNN) — A nonprofit organization is helping health care workers treating coronavirus patients have the wedding of their dreams by providing them with free wedding gowns. Brides Across America has been gifting wedding dresses and even weddings to members of the military and first responders for more than 10 years. But in May, the Massachusetts-based organization launched an initiative to expand its reach to health care workers. “When the pandemic started, we noticed all the doctors and nurses and other health care workers giving up so much of their time to support our communities so we wanted to include them in our mission,” founder Heidi Janson told CNN. So far, the group has given wedding dresses to more than 150...
    President Trump is covering up. The president, who has resisted calls to wear a face covering in public throughout the coronavirus epidemic, appeared for the first time with one before the White House press corps. It was navy blue bearing the presidential seal in gold. The occasion was a visit to Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., where he met with wounded troops and medical staff on Saturday. Donald Trump wears a face mask as he arrives to visit with wounded military members and front line coronavirus healthcare workers. EPA “I love masks in the appropriate locations,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House. Earlier in the week he had promised to take the precaution during his...
    (CNN)A nonprofit organization is helping health care workers treating coronavirus patients have the wedding of their dreams by providing them with free wedding gowns.Brides Across America has been gifting wedding dresses and even weddings to members of the military and first responders for more than 10 years. But in May, the Massachusetts-based organization launched an initiative to expand its reach to health care workers."When the pandemic started, we noticed all the doctors and nurses and other health care workers giving up so much of their time to support our communities so we wanted to include them in our mission," founder Heidi Janson told CNN.So far, the group has given wedding dresses to more than 150 health care workers on the...
    DETROIT (CBS Detroit) – A couple of Non-profits in Detroit surprised some essential workers, that are often overlooked, grocery store employees were recognized for their hard work during the pandemic. Reggie Davis from Ceasefire Youth Initiative said, “They’re working in a store where every day we need to come for items, household items we must have, and like i said they’re putting their lives on the line.” To show gratitude for their sacrifices and hard work Davis with the Ceasefire Youth Initiative Non-Profit, along with the Detroit Blightbusters, provided 200 hot meals for employees at the Meijer store on grand river. The organizers say they intentionally picked this location. John George from Detroit Blightbusters says, “it’s in the...
    Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works on Friday filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, accusing its largest union of threatening workers who cross the picket line during an ongoing strike in Maine. The company accused leaders of Machinists’ Local S6 of threatening so-called scabs with fines and loss of benefits — and hinting at violence. “We are extremely disappointed that union leaders would make false and threatening statements to the very employees they are supposed to represent,” said BIW President Dirk Lesko. “We take these issues very seriously and will continue to ensure our employees’ rights are protected.” Union leaders in a statement warned that anyone who chooses to cross the picket line will be fined after the...
    A new National Pension System must address the scope, sufficiency, solvency and justice of workers’ rights, said Coparmex Mexico requires a new National Pension System to attend to the scope, sufficiency, solvency and justice of the workers ‘right, affirmed this Sunday the Employers’ Confederation of the Mexican Republic (Coparmex). “This is the only way to ensure a dignified old age for Mexicans,” said the President of the Confederation, Gustavo de Hoyos. In your message, From Hoyos Walter He stated that in Mexico urgent reform of the worker-centered pension system is urgent. He noted that Coparmex, for two decades, has incorporated into its priority agenda a series of proposals focused on strengthening the well-being of the worker and its...
    New information released by the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows future prioritization for a potential coronavirus vaccine could be fraught with peril. As the discussion of priority groups entered the spotlight on Thursday, the coronavirus continues to present a challenge, as studies show pregnant women infected with the virus might be at greater risk for hospitalization than women who aren't pregnant. The study also cited racial disparities among COVID-positive pregnant women, with Hispanic women exhibiting the highest infection rate at 46 percent. PREGNANT WOMEN WITH CORONAVIRUS MORE LIKELY TO BE HOSPITALIZED, CDC WARNS While pregnant women are normally the last to receive a new vaccine due to an abundance of caution, reports suggest they should be close...
    President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will welcome front-line workers for a Fourth of July celebration during the pandemic. Social distancing guidelines will be observed, according to a White House statement. “The guests will be made up of front line workers and their families, including law enforcement, doctors, nurses, and others, as well as members of the military and their families,” the statement sent Thursday from the White House to the Daily Caller read. (RELATED: Pearl Jam Postpones North American Tour Over Growing Coronavirus Concerns) WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 04: US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump watch the US airforce band perform the National Anthem prior to viewing fireworks at the White House on July...
    Two PSE&G workers were burned Thursday – one seriously – when they struck a gas line that ignited on a Teaneck street, authorities said. Both were working in a construction hole on Merrison Street near Grange Road when the fire flashed shortly before 11 a.m., Deputy Police Chief John Faggello said. “Apparently, they were using a cutting instrument when they struck a gas line that ignited,” Faggello said. “One employee was severely burned on the arm while the second had less serious burns.” The Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps and medics responded along with police, the deputy chief said. Both victims were taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, he said.
    NORWOOD (CBS) – For Linda Barton and other nurses at Norwood Hospital, when it rains, it pours. “We feel gobsmacked, just knocked over,” said Barton. She took pictures of the towels she threw, trying to soak up floodwater gushing into Norwood Hospital’s intensive care unit Sunday. “Water started coming in from the ceiling, and the power went out,” she said. The Town of Norwood declared a state of emergency Tuesday, seeking state and federal aid. Ironically, Barton says she was actually excited at first to see the rain, which she needed to fill her pool at home. She envisioned finally being able to relax after a relentless frontline battle with coronavirus. Barton spoke with WBZ-TV in March, as the surge...
    “What can I do to help?’’ How many of us have asked that question of ourselves across the past three months? It’s a question that undoubtedly has confronted those who’ve been fortunate enough not to have become a part of the frightening statistics associated with the COVID-19 pandemic — whether it’s the millions who’ve contracted it or the tens of millions who’ve lost their jobs as a result of it. Since mid-March, we’ve watched the nurses and doctors, police, paramedics and firefighters, delivery personnel and grocery store workers carry on with their jobs and wondered what we’d do without their bravery on the front lines. Last month, I was introduced to Eric Sedransk, a 35-year-old Jersey City resident and avid...
    “What can I do to help?’’ How many of us have asked that question of ourselves across the past three months? It’s a question that undoubtedly has confronted those who’ve been fortunate enough not to have become a part of the frightening statistics associated with the COVID-19 pandemic — whether it’s the millions who’ve contracted it or the tens of millions who’ve lost their jobs as a result of it. Since mid-March, we’ve watched the nurses and doctors, police, paramedics and firefighters, delivery personnel and grocery store workers carry on with their jobs and wondered what we’d do without their bravery on the front lines. Last month, I was introduced to Eric Sedransk, a 35-year-old Jersey City resident and avid...
    Hospitality staff have accused two on line casino giants of failing to guard them from the coronavirus at their reopened Las Vegas Strip properties. The Signature at MGM Grand, the Bellagio and Harrah’s have carried out lax guidelines and procedures that put workers liable to spreading COVID-19 since Sin Metropolis’s gaming business reopened on June 4, two labor unions allege in a federal lawsuit. The properties — run by MGM Resorts Worldwide and Caesars Leisure — had been gradual to tell staffers when their colleagues examined optimistic for the lethal illness and didn’t instantly shut down work areas the place sick workers had been, the go well with says. Additionally they did not adequately monitor down staff who had...
    (CNN Business)Amazon is giving out more than $500 million as a "Thank You bonus" to front-line workers who were with the company throughout the month of June, a move that comes after the e-commerce giant eliminated a $2 hourly wage bump and double overtime pay for frontline workers at the end of May."Our front-line operations teams have been on an incredible journey over the last few months, and we want to show our appreciation with a special one-time Thank You bonus totaling over $500 million," said Amazon (AMZN) senior vice president of worldwide operations Dave Clark in a note about the bonuses.The one-time bonus amounts vary. Full-time employees of Amazon, Amazon-owned Whole Foods, or drivers for delivery service partners will...
    (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc said on Monday it would spend $500 million on one-time bonuses to its front-line employees and partners working through the coronavirus crisis. Employees and partners who have been with the e-commerce company through June will receive bonuses ranging from $150 to $3,000, the company said (https://blog.aboutamazon.com/operations/a-thank-you-bonus-for-amazon-front-line-employees-and-partners?utm_source=social&utm_medium=tw&utm_term=amznnews&utm_content=thankyoubonus&linkId=92219661) in a blog post. The world's largest online retailer, which delivers about 10 billion items a year, has been facing intense scrutiny from U.S. lawmakers and unions over whether it is doing enough to protect staff from the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier in the day, workers at six Amazon sites in Germany decided to go on strike in protest over safety after some staff at logistics centres tested positive for coronavirus,...
    TV shows that are canceled or ending in 2020 Kamala Harriss police reform push becomes VP tryout Amazon gives front-line workers a $500 coronavirus bonus Amazon is providing front-line workers with a one-time bonus to "show appreciation" for employees who continue to come to work during the coronavirus pandemic, the company announced Monday.  © Bartek Sadowski / Bloomberg   In a memo to employees, Dave Clark, Amazon's senior vice president of retail operations, said the company will pay full-time warehouse, Whole Foods and delivery workers a $500 bonus. Part-time workers will receive a $250 bonus, while Flex drivers who deliver packages for Amazon will receive $150 if they worked more than 10 hours in June. Whole Foods store managers will...
    Environmentalists  California Air Resources Board passes historic rules requiring tens of thousands of electric trucks — from large pickups to delivery vans to semis — to be sold by 2035, reducing diesel and greenhouse gas pollution.                 State workers The new budget deal between Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers cuts state employees’ pay by nearly 10% as a way to help reduce a deficit from coronavirus impacts to the economy.                         Baseball fans After months of labor squabbling, players and team owners settle on restarting the season July 1, with Opening Day July 23 or 24. But there won’t be fans at...
    Microsoft has announced this Friday that will definitely close all its physical stores, which already had the shutter down since March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The technology company has also guaranteed the employment of workers in these establishments, who will continue to carry out their work telematically or from the corporate headquarters of the American company. “Our sales have grown in line with expectations, while our product portfolio has evolved into more digital offerings. And our talented team has proven to be successful serving customers beyond any physical location,” the statement said in a statement. Microsoft Corporate Vice President David Porter. In this way, it hopes to save costs to deal with the coronavirus crisis in the most efficient...
    While celebrities such as Kylie and Kendall Jenner are busy Instagramming, the garment suppliers for their fashion lines—primarily workers of color—are reportedly not being adequately paid for their work during the pandemic. The #PayUp campaign, which was launched in March, is demanding that the Jenner sisters, along with other celebrities, properly compensate their workers. Remake—an advocacy organization that addresses labor issues, working conditions, and environmental concerns in the fashion industry—launched the campaign in response to reports from contractors in countries outside the U.S. The contractors are claiming they are suffering from millions of dollars worth of losses.  The latest targets of the campaign, shared on June 1, are Kylie and Kendall Jenner, P. Diddy, and Cardi B. According to...
    HOUSTON, Texas -- The Breakfast Klub is a Houston icon. This comfort food spot in Houston, Texas was rated by "Good Morning America" as one of the best breakfast restaurants in the country!Normally, you will see a line wrapped around the building on weekends, but amid the COVID-19 pandemic, The Breakfast Klub is taking its long lines online. The restaurant is sticking to to-go and delivery orders but is also selling seasonings and mixes to help customers get a taste of The Breakfast Klub at home.Despite challenging times, the popular restaurant is stepping up to support the community, holding a blood drive outside the restaurant and delivering meals to workers on the front lines of the pandemic.New mural painted in...
    NEW YORK (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Saturday granting death benefits to the families of police officers, public health workers and other front-line workers who have died of the coronavirus. “You gave your lives for us, we will be there for your families going forward,” Cuomo said as he signed the legislation at his daily briefing on the virus. The bill passed by state lawmakers this past week provides an accidental death benefit that is more substantial than the regular death benefit that public workers’ families receive. Dozens of police officers, public health workers, transit workers and paramedics have died of COVID-19 in the months since New York became the epicenter of the pandemic in...
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Saturday granting death benefits to the families of police officers, public health workers and other front-line workers who have died of the coronavirus. "You gave your lives for us, we will be there for your families going forward," Cuomo said as he signed the legislation at his daily briefing on the virus. The bill passed by state lawmakers this past week provides an accidental death benefit that is more substantial than the regular death benefit that public workers' families receive. Dozens of police officers, public health workers, transit workers and paramedics have died of COVID-19 in the months since New York became the epicenter of the pandemic in the United...