Support grows for Boston School Bus Union

first_imgBuffalo, N.Y.WW photo: Ellie DorritieBoston’s school bus drivers’ union, Steelworkers Local 8751, continues to garner support from parents, unions and community leaders in the face of an ongoing attack by the multinational conglomerate Veolia against the union and its leaders.On Nov. 6, Veolia fired two more leaders, Recording Secretary Andre Francois and three-time President Garry Murchison. This action by the French-based company follows the terminations of Steven Gillis, 8751’s vice president, pension administrator and key benefits advocate; and Stevan Kirschbaum, chair of the grievance committee and the local’s founder. Along with local founding member Richard Lynch, who was suspended, these leaders make up the School Bus Union 5.HoustonWW photo: Gloria RubacThe USW International legal team has launched a full-scale campaign to defend the fired leaders, including filing unfair labor practice charges against Veolia and aggressively pursuing grievance and arbitration, as per the contract. The campaign has also involved the full participation of the International and the Local’s membership at every step in the process. The legal team filed for unemployment benefits for the four fired workers based on “discharge without just cause.” In addition, the International has demanded a high-level meeting with Veolia to call for the immediate reinstatement of the four.Los AngelesWW photo: John ParkerVeolia has been working overtime in an attempt to divide the militant union’s rank and file from these leaders ever since the company illegally locked out the workers on Oct. 8, following a work stoppage that day to demand that Veolia address the union’s grievances. These attempts have spectacularly failed, however, and the union stands strong and undivided.Undeterred by an onslaught of anti-union propaganda by the city, the mayor, the Boston Public School system and the entire corporate media establishment, the larger community in Boston and even international allies have come out to support the SBU5 in various ways. Solidarity statements have been issued by the San Francisco Labor Council, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 in New York and Sinaltrainal, the bottler’s union in Colombia. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2222 donated their offices to serve as the official headquarters of the Labor Committee to Defend the School Bus Union 5.In the past week, members of the Black Educator’s Alliance of Massachusetts staffed the Local 1181 office, phonebanking their members  to invite them to a major rally in support of the union on Nov. 9 (see accompanying article). The organization, along with the Coalition for Equal Quality Education, is holding an important parents’ summit on Nov. 13 in solidarity with the SBU5.Actions by communities and labor in support of Local 8751 are in recognition of the union’s long-standing militancy against racism and in support of labor around the world. The union was at the forefront of the struggle to desegregate Boston schools from the time of its founding in 1974, and has fought hard against recent racist attempts towards resegregation. The union has always maintained constant contact and dialogue with Boston’s parents, as its members safely transport Boston’s youth to and from school each day.City councilor orders hearingBoston City Councilor Charles Yancey has ordered the City Council to hold a hearing to investigate Veolia and its violations of the company’s contract with the school bus drivers.The hearing order, released Nov. 7, reads in part:WHEREAS: The Boston School Bus Drivers are hard-working women and men, the overwhelming majority of whom are from Boston’s communities of color, and they have a decades-long and proud record of providing safe, professional, on-time service to the students and parents of Boston; andWHEREAS: USW 8751 has a well-earned reputation for solidarity and activism with the educational community of Boston. …WHEREAS: USW Local 8751 has provided Labor Solidarity in Action for workers throughout the city, the region, and in fact throughout the globe, from the Verizon telephone workers, to Colombian, Venezuelan and Haitian unions, to the NYC school bus workers, to workers in West Bengal, India. The charges currently filed against Local 8751’s leaders by Veolia Transportation specifically seek to punish the 5 for their solidarity actions; and …WHEREAS: The five threatened with termination, the School Bus Union 5, are collectively responsible for retirement, enforcement of benefits, civil rights on the job, grievance and arbitration processing from the first step of writing through arbitration advocacy, and the first line of defense of the contract on behalf of the rank and file; and …WHEREAS: Veolia Transportation has committed numerous unfair labor practices and failed to respect the role of the union as the employees’ exclusive representative; Therefore Be ItORDERED: That the appropriate committee of the Boston City Council holds a public hearing to investigate the actions of Veolia Transportation, Boston Public Schools and Mayor Thomas Menino in the illegal lockout of the school bus drivers as well as allegations included in the Unfair Labor Practice charges now being heard before the National Labor Relations Board to determine if Veolia Transportation is in breach of its vendor contract with the City of Boston; and Be It FurtherORDERED: That representatives of Boston Public Schools, Veolia Transportation, the National Labor Relations Board, the Menino Administration and members of the public be invited to attend.For more information on this ­struggle, visit bostonschoolbus5.org and workers.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Ethanol, Farm Bill Front-and-Center for Corn Farmers

first_img SHARE Home Energy Ethanol, Farm Bill Front-and-Center for Corn Farmers By Andy Eubank – Mar 5, 2013 Previous articleAFBF Targets Tax ReformNext articleIndiana Begins Month Long Celebration of Agriculture Andy Eubank Ethanol, Farm Bill Front-and-Center for Corn Farmers Delegates to the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Congress policy meeting and corn growers elsewhere during the 2013 Commodity Classic last week talked up the importance of defending the Renewable Fuel Standard and getting a smart and strong five-year farm bill passed this year after  the numerous delays of 2012.At a time when corn yields are still rising strong, the importance of protecting a growing market like ethanol is paramount to corn farmers. Despite the drought last year, for example, more corn growers than ever before had yields of 300 or higher on the National Corn Yield Contest, demonstrating that all markets – livestock feed, exports, and others as well as ethanol – will be important to the organization.“The Renewable Fuel Standard is important because it provides a level of stability to the marketplace and ensure that there is a good supply of domestic, renewable biofuel available,” NCGA President Pam Johnson said. “It helps create jobs and save struggling rural communities.”Johnson also noted that corn growers believe it is time to make fundamental changes to long established farm programs, and growers support reforms that include programs that will provide assistance to growers only when it is most needed.“An effective, affordable federal crop insurance program remains our No. 1 farm policy priority,” Johnson said. “And we have long supported programs that complement growers’ crop insurance protection in those years where prices or yields are significantly reduced.  For growers, especially young farmers, managing the potential loss of revenue is critically important.”Source: NCGA Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

Indy 500 moved to August

first_img Indy 500 moved to August Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Will Power, of Australia, leads Simon Pagenaud, of France, though the first turn during the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis Sunday, May 27, 2018. (AP Photo/AJ Mast) Officials in Indianapolis report that the Indianapolis 500 has been moved from May to August 23.It’s the first postponement of the race since 1946.Official Statement:The Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge has been rescheduled for Sunday, Aug. 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials from INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) announced today. The 104th edition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” will air live on NBC, with the official green flag time to be announced at a later date.The GMR Grand Prix will transition to Saturday, July 4 on the IMS road course as part of a historic double-header featuring the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and NASCAR. This first-of-its-kind racing event also will be televised by NBC on Independence Day.The Indianapolis 500 was originally scheduled for Sunday, May 24, in its traditional spot on the calendar during Memorial Day weekend. The GMR Grand Prix was scheduled to be run on Saturday, May 9.“The Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is my favorite time of year, and like our fans, I am disappointed that we have had to reschedule the Indianapolis 500,” Roger Penske said. “However, the health and safety of our event participants and spectators is our top priority, and we believe that postponing the event is the responsible decision with the conditions and restrictions we are facing. We will continue to focus on ways we can enhance the customer experience in the months ahead, and I’m confident we will welcome fans with a transformed facility and a global spectacle when we run the world’s greatest race.”“Memorial Day weekend has always provided Indianapolis 500 fans an opportunity to honor the men and women who have fought and sacrificed for our nation’s freedom,” Penske Entertainment Corp. President and CEO Mark Miles said. “This August, we’ll also have a unique and powerful opportunity to honor the contributions and heroism of the doctors, nurses, first responders and National Guard members serving on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. We’re grateful for the patience of our fans as we’ve navigated this situation, and we extend our thanks to NBC for its terrific partnership and diligent work to maximize broadcast coverage with this new schedule.”On-track action in August will begin at IMS with practice sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 12-13, followed by Fast Friday on Aug. 14 and Indianapolis 500 Qualifications on Saturday and Sunday Aug. 15-16. Each day of qualifications will be televised on NBC, providing more network coverage of qualifications for fans than in 2019. A full broadcast schedule will be released soon.The following week’s schedule will begin with hot pit-stop practice sessions on Thursday, Aug. 20 and include Indy Lights practice and qualifying. The Indy Lights Freedom 100 race, a significantly expanded Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge and final Indianapolis 500 practice will take place on Friday, Aug. 21 as part of Miller Lite Carb Day, followed by the public drivers’ meeting and full-field autograph session on Saturday, Aug. 22 as part of Legends Day presented by Firestone.As a result of the schedule changes at IMS, the INDYCAR races scheduled for Aug. 16 and Aug. 22 have been rescheduled. The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio is now scheduled for Aug. 9, and the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway is now scheduled for Aug. 30. Twitter Facebook By Tommie Lee – March 26, 2020 1 724 Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNationalNewsSouth Bend MarketSports WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Previous articleSBCSC expands grab-and-go lunch programNext articleIndiana governor vetoes bill banning local rental rules Tommie Leelast_img read more

One of Europe’s largest regional airlines, Flybe, has declared bankruptcy

first_imgThe last flights of the Exeter-based airline ended at British airports late last night, after hours of speculation that the company would cease operations. Flybe had been in financial trouble for some time, and fewer passengers due to the outbreak of coronavirus was crucial. Photo: Fb Flybe So Flybe announced today that their planes were grounded, and told its passengers not to come to the airports unless they had arranged a flight with another airline in the meantime.The airline was bought a year ago by a consortium led by Virgin Atlantic, which has invested at least £ 100 million, but Flybe needed more.center_img During the day, railway companies in the UK offered free travel to staff as well as Flybe customers for the next seven days. By the way, Flybe was founded in 1979 and was the largest regional airline, which until yesterday employed about 2000 people. Although he was primarily a regional airline, his planes also flew to some European destinations, including Croatia.last_img read more

Xi speaks with Jokowi over phone, says China will ‘win’ battle against coronavirus

first_imgXi also conveyed his appreciation for the trust and understanding extended by his Indonesian colleagues, saying that his recent conversation with Jokowi was a reflection of the robust bilateral relationship between China and Indonesia as comprehensive strategic partners.Jokowi reportedly expressed his sympathies to China on behalf of Indonesia during the phone call.COVID-19, linked to a wet market in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has infected more than 45,000 people since it was first reported early this year with a death toll of more than 1,100 people as of Wednesday.The Indonesian government has imposed a travel ban to and from mainland China since Feb. 5 as well as temporary halt in live animal imports from the country in an effort to prevent the deadly virus from spreading to the archipelago .However, Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian objected to the travel ban as he claimed such a move would likely have a negative impact on the global economy.“In this situation, we need to be calm. Don’t overreact and cause a negative impact on investment and the economy,” he told reporters last week.As of Wednesday, there have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indonesia.(rfa)Topics : Chinese President Xi Jinping told  President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo that the Chinese government was confident it would “win” the battle against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a phone call on Tuesday night.As reported by Xinhua news agency, Xi said containing the outbreak was the government’s top priority, as evidenced by its commitment to implementing “the most rigorous and thorough prevention and control measures”. #BREAKING: Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks over phone with his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo, expressing confidence in a full victory in the fight against the novel #coronavirus pneumonia epidemic and achieving goals and tasks of economic and social development pic.twitter.com/QUSdNRTPnZ— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) February 11, 2020He went on to say that China would continue to bolster its cooperation on the mitigation of the deadly viral outbreak with Indonesia and other countries to ensure public health safety.last_img read more

Gold Coast real estate market in for a blooming spring

first_img Harcourts Coastal Broadbeach director Dane Atherton say soaring trading in winter will lead to a continuation of an already extremely active market through spring. Photo: Jerad Williams“This is a highly unusual market we’re in at the moment as traditionally in terms of turnover, May, June and July is the lowest quarter for Gold Coast property,” Mr Atherton said.“Agents would be hanging out for that September spring selling season but what’s been amazing is that spring has almost been brought forward.“We’ve experienced soaring trading in winter and what’s going to happen now is a continuation of an already extremely active market.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:37Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:37 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenSpring selling predictions for 202002:37THE Gold Coast property market is in for a blooming spring despite the COVID-19 pandemic impacting real estate across the country, according to leading property experts.Cashed-up interstate buyers are lining up for virtual property tours, while locals are hot on their heels in the hunt for their prized new home. The Gold Coast property market is in for a blooming spring, according to agents. MORE NEWS: Homesick expats crave a dose of green and gold Buyers are expected to flock to the Coast this spring. Picture: Jerad WilliamsHe predicted an influx of local buyers as well as house hunters from Brisbane.“I can’t see any reason why this spring won’t be a good spring for the property market on the Gold Coast,” he said. New research from realestate.com.au revealed Queensland property seekers are the most confident in Australia with the Gold Coast suburb of Tugun rated the top suburb for buyers in the state.Harcourts Coastal Broadbeach director Dane Atherton predicted one of the best spring selling seasons in Gold Coast history. Ray White Real Estate Runaway Bay Group principal Ali Mian says the run of sales throughout winter had created a “frenzied market” going into spring.Ali Mian, Ray White Runaway Bay Group principal, shared a similar view.He said the run of sales throughout winter had created a “frenzied market” going into spring.“The market got a good head start that we don’t normally see,” Mr Mian said.“Usually winter is quieter for the property market but this year winter has produced some good numbers for us.“The reason behind that was March and April were quiet so the whole cycle moved.“A lot of those sellers who sold in winter are now wanting to buy something. It’s almost like a domino effect.” Luxury living hits new heights with garages in the sky Lucy Cole, of her self-titled agency, says the local market will come to the forefront this spring. Photo by Richard GoslingMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoLucy Cole, of her self-titled agency, also predicted a rush of local buyers to the market.“This pandemic has brought to the forefront people who realise they want a sea-change or a country change,” Ms Cole said.“There’s definitely a change in the spectrum of real estate.“The interstate market has always been interested in the Gold Coast but I think the local market will really come to the forefront this spring.“People still want to be here and the southeast Queensland market and in particular the Gold Coast is thriving.” REIQ Gold Coast zone chair Andrew Henderson says property stock levels were expected to finally increase with a rush of sellers. Picture: Jerad WilliamsREIQ Gold Coast zone chair Andrew Henderson predicted sellers would take advantage of the spring selling season.“Historically, a lot of people see springtime as a good time to go to market,” Mr Henderson said.“For us it’s probably more of a southern influence as the Gold Coast has got great weather all year round. “We don’t have that dreary winter weather that prevents people getting out there to buy a property.”Property stock levels were expected to finally increase with a rush of sellers, he said.“I think you will see a spike as there hasn’t been a lot of choice for buyers,” Mr Henderson said.last_img read more

License branches, government offices closed

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — All license branches and most government offices will be closed this weekend in observance of the New Year Holiday.License branches will be closed Saturday (12/31) through Monday (1/2).Branches will resume normal business hours on Tuesday (1/3).Banks will be closed on Monday as well, and there will be no mail delivery on Monday.last_img

ICC World Cup THIS player set to replace Kedar Jadhav in India’s World Cup squad: Reports

first_imgKedar Jadhav is expected to recover before the start of World Cup. Kedar has played a vital role in India’s limited over team. India will play their opening game against South Africa on June 5.  New Delhi: An integral member of India’s possible playing XI in the ICC World Cup 2019, Kedar Jadhav suffered an injury in the recently-concluded Indian Premier League and is yet to recover. Kedar Jadhav was a part of the Chennai Super Kings team and while playing, he injured his left shoulder in an attempt to stop a boundary in the match against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on May 5.22nd May is the last date for all the teams to put a stamp on their 15-member squad for the quadrennial event, so in case Jadhav does not recover by then, the management will have to announce a replacement. As per the latest report the all-rounder is being monitored on a daily basis by Team India’s physio Patrick Farhart.“The BCCI national selectors have been kept apprised of Jadhav’s recovery process on a day-to-day basis. They are keeping a very close eye on his fitness in conjunction with physio Farhart. It’s too early to say whether Jadhav will be fit enough to take part in the tournament but call on that will be taken next week, probably as late as the departure date of the Indian team which is May 22,” a BCCI was quoted as saying by CricketNext on Wednesday. The national selectors met on Tuesday to pick the India ‘A’ squads against Sri Lanka and West Indies and Jadhav’s availability was possibly discussed there. Through the source report, it has also been revealed that Axar Patel or Ambati Rayudu will be the likely replacement if there arises a need for one.“The selectors had nominated five standbys to cover all bases. Since Jadhav is a specialist batsman, the selectors are looking at replacing him with either Ambati Rayudu or Axar Patel, who like Jadhav can chip in with a few overs as well. The other three standbys are Rishabh Pant, Ishant Sharma and Navdeep Saini,” the source added.As for Kedar, the Maharashtra captain has often been bogged down by injuries. In the opening game of IPL 2018, he suffered an injury which kept him out of the remainder of the tournament and also the subsequent national tour of Ireland and England. As a pinch-hitter and slow bowler, Jadhav is crucial to India’s World Cup campaign. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightslast_img read more