The University of California Strike Could Reshape Higher Education
As a strike of 48,000 academic workers at the University of California—the largest labor action of the year—stretches into a third week, other universities are watching closely. The outcome in California, experts say, could shape a new model for higher education across the country.news.yahoo.com
Florida sushi restaurant owners face 10-year prison sentence for harboring undocumented workers
Two restaurant owners in Florida have pleaded guilty to harboring undocumented workers, the State Attorney's Office revealed on Wednesday. Originally from China, Tang and Huang are naturalized U.S. citizens who owned and operated Tank’s Sushi Bistro Seafood & Steaks in St. Augustine and Tank’s Sushi Bistro in Ponte Vedra. According to the SAO, the owners housed undocumented workers in their homes near the restaurants and provided daily transportation for them.news.yahoo.com
Change in title with men working at Disney dress-up shops
When Disney reopens its Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique shops at resorts in Florida and California next month, the workers who help children dress up as their favorite animated characters will have new, more gender inclusive titles. The workers will be referred to as Fairy Godmother’s Apprentices instead of Fairy Godmothers-in-Training, as they were called before the shops closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique shops at Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California are scheduled to reopen at the end of August after being closed for two years, according to a Disney blog post.news.yahoo.com
The Vietnamese workers Japan depends on are falling through the cracks. One Buddhist nun is trying to catch them.
A temple north of Tokyo has become a haven for Vietnamese migrants who have struggled to find a home in Japan, including those who were recruited for a government-backed program for low-wage foreign workers that has been widely criticized as exploitative.washingtonpost.com
Candle factory & Amazon workers killed in deadly tornado PRESSURED to work through storm
Ryan Grim, Kim Iversen, and Robby Soave react to reporting that before a tornado destroyed their factory, Edwardsville Amazon workers were told they would be fired if they left work. Midwest Tornadoes image courtesy of Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies via AP. About Rising: Rising is a weekday morning show with bipartisan hosts that breaks the mold of morning TV by taking viewers inside the halls of Washington power like never before. The show leans into the day's political cycle with cutting edge analysis from DC insiders who can predict what is going to happen. It also sets the day's political agenda by breaking exclusive news with a team of scoop-driven reporters and demanding answers during interviews with the country's most important political newsmakers. Follow Rising on social media: Website: Hill.TV Facebook: facebook.com/HillTVLive/ Instagram: @HillTVLive Twitter: @HillTVLivenews.yahoo.com
Vietnamese workers at Chinese factory in Serbia cry for help
Vietnamese workers helping construct the first Chinese car tire factory in Europe say they're shivering in barracks without heat, going hungry and stuck in a plainland in Serbia because their passports have been taken by their Chinese employer.
As unions continue to balk, Gov. J.B. Pritzker extends vaccine deadline for workers in state prisons and other facilities to Nov. 30
Gov. J.B. Pritzker pushes back the deadline of his coronavirus vaccine mandate for state workers, while continuing to negotiate with unions who have opposed the order.chicagotribune.com
Biden announcing COVID-19 vaccine mandate or weekly testing for employers with more than 100 workers
President Joe Biden on Thursday is announcing sweeping new federal vaccine requirements affecting as many as 100 million Americans in an all-out effort to increase COVID-19 vaccinations and curb the surging delta variant that is killing thousands each week and jeopardizing the nation’s economic recovery.
Social workers will go with Livonia police on mental health crisis calls
LIVONIA, Mich. – Social workers will be sent out with Livonia police officers when officers are responding to a mental health crisis call through a new Crisis Support Team. “We’re going to have two social workers in our police department to assist us with handling mental health crisis runs where people are in crisis and they need our help and they need the public’s help,” Livonia police Captain Tom Goralski said. The program has been in the works for a while, but Goralski said it is needed now more than ever. “Livonia has experienced an increase in mental health crisis runs. Putting a Crisis Support Team, in that has social workers embedded in our police department, addresses better than ever before the needs, the mental health needs of our community,” Brosnan said.
Union says meatpacking workers should be vaccinated sooner
But in most states, meatpacking workers are still waiting for their turn to be vaccinated and are ranked behind health care workers, residents of long-term care centers and people aged 65 and older. Marc Perrone, UCFW president, argues that meatpacking workers, grocery store employees and other essential workers should be vaccinated ahead of older people who don’t have other health conditions. In a recent union survey that also included grocery and other food production workers, 70% of respondents said they want to be vaccinated. The UFCW, which represents roughly 80% of the nation’s beef and pork workers and 33% of its poultry workers, estimates that at least 21,900 meatpacking workers have been infected or exposed, and 132 have died of COVID-19. “Meatpacking workers like me are still facing risks every day.”___Associated Press writer Stephen Groves in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, contributed to this report.
Detroit fast-food workers join protests across US aimed at raising federal minimum wage
DETROIT – The battle over the minimum wage heated up Friday. A Fight for $15 rally took place at a McDonald’s near the intersection of Livernois Avenue and West McNichols Road on Detroit’s west side. They want the minimum wage to increase to $15 an hour. Demonstrators want the incoming Joe Biden administration to raise the federal minimum wage within Biden’s first 100 days of taking office. The federal minimum wage hasn’t been raised since July 2009.
Michigan construction workers call for change after 2 were hit, killed in Ypsilanti
YPSILANTI, Mich. – Construction workers are asking for something to change after two of their own were killed on the job in Ypsilanti earlier this month. On smaller projects, like patch work, there’s usually just barrels separating workers, who are spread out for miles. We all have to work together to make change,” Crowl said. Workers said the change should be industry-wide, and agencies like the Michigan Department of Transportation need to implement them. “Drivers didn’t slow down because they were thinking of construction workers, they were afraid of tickets.
U-M economists: ‘Unbalanced’ job recovery from COVID-19 will worsen income inequality in Michigan
Over the next two years, employment and incomes are forecast to increase, with Michigan’s construction and automotive industries expected to see growth. “On the one hand, it is encouraging that the recovery from the COVID-19 recession is likely to create a nearly complete jobs recovery in higher- and middle-wage industries,” the report says. In that scenario, Michigan would end 2022 with 152,000 fewer jobs than it had in the first quarter of 2020—a 3.4% shortfall. In level terms, personal income in 2022 is expected to come in 5.8% higher than in 2019. They forecast a recovery of 22,600 jobs in 2021 and 13,300 in 2022.
ClickOnDetroit NIGHTSIDE REPORT -- Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020
DETROIT – Michigan workers who returned to work after being on unemployment and are now temporarily unemployed again should reopen their claims online, officials said. The Unemployment Insurance Agency released this information as the state’s COVID-19 restrictions are set to be tightened Wednesday (Nov. 17) through Dec. 8. WATCH Local 4 News at 11Metro Detroit weather: Snow showers linger before warmer temperatures arriveSnow showers linger before warmer air rescues us for the second half of the week. Originally, two Republican members voted not to certify and two Democratic members voted to certify. Read MoreMonday, Nov. 16, 2020 --
Older workers face higher unemployment amid virus pandemic
In every recession since the 1970s, older workers had persistently lower unemployment rates than midcareer workers — partly because of seniority benefits. But in the current recession, older workers experienced higher unemployment rates than midcareer workers in each month since the onset of the pandemic. The older workers’ unemployment rates from April through September were 1.1 percentage points higher than mid-career workers — at 9.7% versus 8.6%. “The higher rate of unemployment for older workers might be because this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for employers to shed older workers and not fear investigation by the labor department," Ghilarducci said. The researchers who conducted the new study recommended that Congress increase and extend unemployment benefits for older workers, discourage withdrawals from retirement accounts, lower Medicare eligibility to 50 and create a federal Older Workers Bureau to promote the welfare of older workers.
Meijer seeks to hire more than 1,000 new workers in southeast Michigan
DETROIT – Grocery store giant Meijer is hiring more than 1,000 new workers in southeast Michigan. Additionally, the stores are looking for team members to assist with its Meijer Pickup service. Meijer team members receive weekly pay, team member discounts, paid parental leave, educational reimbursement, and flexible scheduling. They also have career advancement opportunities, access to health insurance options and the option for 401k retirement planning. Meijer was recently named one of the Midwest’s “Great Places to Work” for the second year in a row.
Detroits Greektown Casino-Hotel to layoff 43 workers due to loss in revenue from pandemic
DETROIT Detroits Greektown Casino-Hotel is laying off 43 workers due to revenue loss from the coronavirus pandemic. These layoffs at Greektown Casino-Hotel are the unfortunate result of COVID-19 related business circumstances that were sudden, dramatic and beyond our control, said the company in a statement announcing the layoffs. The 43 union employees will be laid off beginning Sept. 28 or the 14 day period commencing on that date. The layoffs come as Michigan casinos along with other businesses were closed down for months because of the pandemic. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 106,215 as of Saturday morning, including 6,534 deaths, state officials report.
Michigan postal workers express concern about current working conditions
Tlaibs spoke in response to the recent statement from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy about concerns of current conditions inside post offices nationwide and worries about mail in ballots. DeJoy released a statement stating, The postal service is ready today to handle whatever volume of election mail it receives this fall.But the changes were already made. We stand before the United States Postal Service to say, heroes work here and we have your back, said Rep. Haley Stevens. People who work for the United States Postal Service have come to work, have put themselves at risk, in order to meet the commitment, said Rep. Dan Kildee. Several voters are concerned that the ballots wont be counted but Benson said theyre working to make sure that wont happen.
Metro Detroit businesses struggle to find workers amid COVID-19 unemployment bonuses
DETROIT – Many businesses in Metro Detroit and around the state of Michigan are having a hard time finding workers since the coronavirus (COVID-19) unemployment bonuses don’t expire until the end of the month. Help wanted signs have been popping up all around town as businesses battle a lack of workers. “The economy can’t restart fully until employees are willing to return to work,” Block said. The shortage of workers should end after July, unless Congress decides to approve another stimulus. The state unemployment rate is at around 20% despite the many job availabilities.
Michigan UIA clears majority of accounts flagged for further identity verification due to criminal attacks
LANSING, Mich. – On Friday, the Unemployment Insurance Agency provided an update on unemployment claims related to COVID-19 in Michigan. The agency also announced that it has now cleared a majority of all accounts that were flagged for further identity verification due to criminal attacks. This includes the clearing over 200,000 of the 340,000 active claims with claimants’ benefits resuming within days. In just the last week alone, the UIA has cleared a combined 150,000 active and new claims flagged for identity verification. With an additional 60,000 cleared active accounts announced today, coupled with more than 140,000 announced last week, the UIA has cleared more 200,000 active accounts suspected of fraud.
U-M law professor explains unemployment challenges in Michigan during pandemic
Kohl is the director of the University of Michigan Workers Rights Project, which helps workers get unemployment benefits free of charge. The CARES Act created the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) to cover more workers who are not typically covered by many state unemployment programs (like low-income workers, part time workers, self-employed workers, independent contractors, etc.). See the above example about how receiving a pension in Michigan will reduce or eliminate that claimant's ability to collect unemployment benefits. Discuss the balance between a healthy worker not feeling comfortable with returning to a now-opened business that may want to end the unemployment benefits. Plus, the unemployment benefits from workshare programs are paid from the CARES Act's funds rather than states' trust funds.
Detroit city workers back on the job after being furloughed
DETROIT – Some 200 furloughed workers are now back on the job across the city. Crews are back mowing the fields and cleaning the sidewalks while sweeping city streets. Hundreds of Detroit city workers were allowed back to work Monday after Gov. I know the employers are happy, they’ve been chomping at the bit to get back, providing service to the residents and the city. Each worker is required to fill out a symptom questionaire and must have it approved before being assigned to a part of the city.
New resources to help Michigan unemployed workers resolve technical issues with accounts
DETROIT – To better serve Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) claimants experiencing MILogin and Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM) technical difficulties when applying for benefits, the Dept. of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) has implemented new online tools to help users report and resolve technical issues. “We’ve built online prompts and other resources into the systems to help unemployed workers resolve technical issues when trying to login to submit their claim,” said LEO Director Jeff Donofrio. All eligible workers will receive benefitsThe UIA assures that every eligible worker in Michigan who applies for unemployment benefits will receive them. Last names beginning with letters M-Z: file claims on Sundays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays.