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Majority of American Workers Believe Iraq War No Threat to Job Security

first_imgWith war raging in Iraq, the latest national “America At Work” poll commissioned by the Employment Law Alliance shows that the vast majority of American workers do not believe the conflict poses a direct threat to their job security. The most recent ELA “America at Work” poll shows that 84% of workers are not worried about losing their jobs because of the war in Iraq.Karen McAndrew, a partner in the Employment Law Group at Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, the ELA affiliate in Vermont, said the poll reflects some unexpected optimism in the workplace. “While you can’t predict a significant post-war economic rebound on the basis of worker optimism alone,” McAndrew said, “the positive effects of a confident work force should not be discounted.”The survey also showed that most workers believe there has not been an increase in workplace discrimination or harassment against Arab-Americans, Muslims, or workers of Middle Eastern descent as a result of America’s decision to take military action in Iraq. “This is good news,” said McAndrew, “but it is incumbent upon employers to see that the situation does not degrade as events unfold in the Middle East. While Vermont enjoys a well-deserved reputation for tolerance of a diversity of opinion, heightened emotions and fear sparked by constant news of the war can lead to insensitive workplace conduct.”The ELA poll is believed to be the first national survey in which workers were questioned on the impact of war on the workplace just a few days before the fighting erupted. Of those polled by the research firm of Reed, Haldy McIntosh & Associates, 84% said they are not worried about losing their jobs because of the war with Iraq. Of the nearly 1000 Americans contacted by researchers, almost 40% said they personally know someone in their workplace who has been or is likely to be deployed. Highlights of the survey include:· 84% said they are not worried about losing their jobs as a result of the war; 6% said they think they might lose their jobs; 9% don’t have a strong opinion either way and 1% had no opinion.· 89% believe they can openly express opinions about the war that differ from the views of their boss without facing retaliation. Only 2% said they thought that a dissenting opinion would invite retaliation.· 81% said they were not more worried now than in the aftermath of 9/11/01 about losing their jobs; 10% said they were more worried about job loss now than after the terrorist attack; 8% don’t have a strong opinion either way; and 1% had no opinion.· 78% said they do not believe that talk of the war in the workplace would adversely affect productivity and efficiency.· 81% of those surveyed do not think there has been an increase in discrimination or harassment against Arab-Americans, Muslims or people of Middle Eastern descent in the workplace since the threat of war; 6% said there has been an increase; 9% said they don’t have a strong opinion either way; and 4% either had no opinion or believed the question did not apply to their circumstances.Finally, the poll revealed that workers were deeply divided over whether the government should be given special powers to prohibit strikes during time of war, McAndrew said.Specifically, 24% support federal intervention to ban labor strikes during times of war; 43% oppose federal intervention; 29% don’t have a strong opinion either way; and 4% had no opinion.Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew’s Employment Law Group counsels institutional, private, non-profit and public sector employers on a full range of employment issues including fair employment practices, immigration, and workplace safety. The firm is based in Burlington, Vermont, and has established practices in business planning, financial services, health care, education law, insurance and estate planning, in addition to employment law. For more information, visit is external) or call 802-864-5751.Dinse, Knapp is the exclusive Vermont representative for the Employment Law Alliance, the world’s largest integrated, global practice network comprised of premier, independent law firms distinguished for their practice in employment and labor law. There are member firms in every jurisdiction in the United States and major commercial centers throughout the world. For further information, including access to the survey charts and graphs, visit is external)last_img read more

New Trustees, Adminstrators at Woodbury College

first_imgWoodbury College Announces New Trustees and New Additions to AdministrationMontpelier, Vt. – Woodbury College President Larry Mandell announced today several important changes at the college. “We are very fortunate to have four outstanding new additions to Woodbury’s team: two new Trustees, a new Director of Development, and a new Controller. The college is embarking on a very ambitious expansion to national delivery of degrees, and these additions will be key to this next stage in our evolution.”Two new members, Eric Poehlmann and Chris Rouleau, have been elected to the Board of Trustees. Eric, a native of Boulder, Colorado, lives in Richmond, Vermont with his wife and two children. A graduate of Carleton College in Minnesota, Eric received a Master’s Degree in economic history from the London School of Economics and then attended Cornell University where he received his law degree (and, more importantly he says, met his wife Jennifer.) After law school, Eric came to Vermont to practice with Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, where he is now a partner in the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group. Eric specializes in complex commercial litigation, and has experience trying cases in both federal and state courts. He also has experience at the appellate level, with reported decisions in the Vermont Supreme Court, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. In his spare time, Eric enjoys spending time at home with his wife and two young children, snowshoeing, mountain climbing, and traveling.Chris is a graduate of Woodbury College, having earned her Paralegal Certificate, Associate’s, and Bachelor of Science degrees at this institution. After completing a four-year clerkship under the direction of Assistant Attorney General Elliot Burg at the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, Chris successfully completed the bar examination and was admitted to the practice of law in December, 2006. An Investigator with the Consumer Protection Unit of the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, Chris is also a Legal Research & Writing Instructor at Woodbury College. She resides in Montpelier with her husband, Marc Rouleau.Woodbury is also pleased to announce the addition of two new members to its administration. Breck Knauft has joined the college as Director of Development. Breck, a native of West Hartford, Connecticut, received his B.A. from Lawrence University in Wisconsin and his M. Ed. from St. Michael’s College in Winooski, Vermont. He was most recently the Dean of Students at the Gailer School in Middlebury. Breck lives in Huntington with his wife, a wildlife biologist who monitors the breeding population of peregrine falcons for the National Wildlife Federation, and their two young daughters. “I found Woodbury’s commitment to civic empowerment very appealing,” Breck said. “This college offers Vermonters great educational resources to help them launch new careers and transform their lives. We have been very successful at our mission, to provide rigorous, practice-based education that extends beyond the classroom and into the community. My job now is to help Woodbury realize the next stage in our development and growth.”Dan Miko is Woodbury’s new Controller. He received his accounting degree from Utica College in New York, and served previously as Controller with Annie’s Naturals for nine years. He will be responsible for managing all aspects of Woodbury’s financial operations. “I knew a lot about the college because I play tennis with a number of Woodbury people,” Dan said. “It’s a school with a great mission and I’m very pleased to be helping it go forward.”last_img read more

Building for the Dream Race in Ways Unconventional to Me

first_imgMy next session I practiced counting my strokes, exhaling while my face was in the water, and taking a breath in between strokes. Awkward, but an improvement. I swam for over 1000 yards. That’s the most I ever swam. I kept at it and proud to say that today, my exhausted arms resting on my keyboard, I swam for 1500 yards. Training had been great! I was running long and climbing mountains. Then one day my knee wasn’t happy. It went from unhappy to angry without any further agitation, and I was left with the reality that I wouldn’t be running for a few weeks. I’ve been running for almost thirty years. In those thirty years I’ve had injuries and setbacks. I learned from each experience that I can either let these frustrate me and wallow in pity or I can keep moving forward doing what my body will allow me to do without setting myself back further. You can already guess which way I chose.  For those that don’t know, UTMB is a 106-mile race with over 30,000’ of vertical gain around Mont Blanc in the Alps that takes the participants from France, into Italy, then Switzerland, and back into France. This is the largest 100-mile race in the world with 2500 participants. To say this is a dream race for most ultra-marathon runners would be a severe understatement. The week leading up to UTMB is a festival in Chamonix full of other race distances. In other words, the last week of August, Chamonix is the runner’s capitol of the world! It was a year ago that a friend called me and told me I only needed to earn six more points to be able to enter the UTMB lottery and suggested I sign up for the Chattanooga 100-mile race to earn those six points. And so, I did, and little did I realize that in the process of taking 2nd place overall, I would skip the lottery entirely (due to my ranking in the International Trail Running Association) and be entered into the Elite Field of UTMB. UTMB is August 30. That date is set. My fitness is shaping up, and I will get to the starting line. There will be many more laps swam, spinning sessions on the bike, and who knows what else. The point is, my goals, perception, and value of the race hasn’t changed, but my mindset of finding fitness, stamina, and endurance sure has! For this, I have my wife to thank (but don’t tell her that!). I gave the knee four weeks of healing and through cross-training and patience, I’m back to running. It’s not full run training, but I continue to bike, swim, row, and hike on the treadmill at an incline in combination with short runs. As always, enjoy the journey! It was two years ago when my son, then ten years old, approached me with a Salomon video of The Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc (UTMB) 100-mile race, and asked when I was going to run the race. I immediately began to use my recumbent stationary bike in my basement and catch up on episodes of “The Arrow” on Netflix. Then my wife asked the question I dread, “What about swimming?” Generally, I’m a positive upbeat individual, and I tried not to show what I was feeling on the inside when she asked, but she could read my thoughts. Being the logical person, she is, she started to list off the benefits of swimming. I love my wife, and I certainly appreciate what she was trying to do, but she knows how much I loathe swimming. There is are a few reasons, but that’s for another day. So, off to the pool we went. I warmed up five kilometers on the rowing machine delaying the inevitable swim. I don’t fear water; I just can’t stand not being able to breathe on demand. All said, I began the workout. I would swim a lap, take a breath break, and repeat. My wife tried to teach me how to breathe during my stroke, but it was just too unnatural, so I would swim an entire lap holding my breath. I survived and I had a good workout. You’ll be able to follow me at UTMB on ultralive.netlast_img read more

House to study workers’ comp insurance issues

first_img House to study workers’ comp insurance issues House to study workers’ comp insurance issues February 1, 2003 Regular Newscenter_img Saying a coming crisis in workers’ compensation insurance threatens Florida’s economy, House Speaker Johnnie Byrd has appointed a select committee to explore the issue and recommend concrete changes for the spring Regular Session.The new panel will be chaired by Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, a workers’ comp attorney who has been deeply involved in the issue in recent sessions.“We are in a position in Florida of quickly moving to a crisis in affordability and availability of workers’ compensation insurance,” Byrd said at a January 16 press conference announcing the new committee. “I’m asking this select committee to review the complete workers’ compensation system and to review the findings and recommendations of the governor’s Commission on Workers’ Compensation Reform and other findings and recommendations it deems appropriate.”The committee is specifically charged with reviewing the affordability and availability of workers’ comp insurance, fraud and abuse in the system, assuring benefits are adequate and equitable for workers, and ways to streamline administration of the system.”“Our goal is to ensure we keep Florida working,” Byrd said, comparing Florida’s business environment to its fragile ecosystem. “Three out of every four businesses in Florida have 10 or less employees. So each Friday or each payday these small business people have to make a decision: Are they able to make payroll and stay in business? Can they afford health insurance for their employees? And above all can they afford and can they even find workers’ compensation insurance?”Asked if he blamed lawyers for over- litigating in the system, Byrd said he’s found that the system is not self-executing as it was intended. “The system is to blame.. . . Is there something about the system we can change to get more benefits to the employee and benefits that are provided earlier?” he said. “We want to make it easy for workers to get benefits when they are in fact injured.”Ross said the select committee would hear from all interested parties, including injured workers, as it grapples with the issue. He anticipated the first meeting of the select committee would be later this month.“The goal is to make the state of Florida the flagship of workers’ compensation,” he said.Besides Ross, other members of the panel are Vice Chair Rep. Don Brown, R-DeFuniak Springs, Rep. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, Rep. Jim Kallinger, R-Winter Park, Rep. Terry Fields, D-Jacksonville, Rep. Carl Domino, R-Palm Beach Gardens, Rep. Pat Patterson, R-DeLand, Rep. Baxter Troutman, R-Winter Haven, and Rep. Bob Henriquez, D-Tampa.The announcement came five days before the Governor’s special commission was to hold its final meeting and make recommendations.last_img read more

CO-OP could also lose 7-Eleven locations

first_imgby: David MorrisonCO-OP Financial Services told member credit unions that 7-Eleven Inc.’s decision to no longer host Cardtronic’s ATMs past July 2017 will affect its current arrangement with 7-Eleven Inc. to provide surcharge-free ATM locations.“It is CO-OP’s intention to establish a formal relationship with the new 7-Eleven ATM processor as soon as possible to begin the planning process to provide credit union members uninterrupted access to ATMs in these locations,” the payments CUSO wrote to client credit unions in an email dated July 8. “CO-OP will also work to continue deposit taking and shared branch access.” continue reading » 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Running for what matters most

first_imgOn April 3, I ran the Credit Union SACTOWN 5K and joined approximately 17,000 runners from coast-to-coast participating in credit union road races to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.Since 2009, CUNA Mutual Group has donated more than $425,000 to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by participating in the Credit Union SACTOWN Run in Sacramento, Calif. and the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington, D.C. We send teams of employees to join the army of credit union movement road warriors to show our spirit in solidarity.It was a fantastic weekend in Sacramento. It started with a sponsor dinner on Saturday night, where I was challenged to see children’s hospitals in a new light. Now, every time I pass a hospital building, I’ll reflect on the journey – the race – that the children within the hospital face each and every day.On race day, I attended the “Miracle Mile” children’s run, which was one of the most meaningful parts of the weekend. Hundreds of kids ran together to support the ability for children just like them to live a healthy and full life. I then participated in the 5K race with my teammates from CUNA Mutual Group. Inspired by kids and credit unions, I pushed myself and finished in 3rd place for my age group.People Helping PeopleParticipating in this race was just another day in the life of a credit union advocate. I run to stay fit, to stay connected to my San Francisco community and to maintain a clear mind. Staying active helps me focus on my day-to-day service to credit unions.I’ve been a part of the credit union movement for 13 years and am very passionate about our “people helping people” mission. As a lending protection manager for CUNA Mutual Group, I help credit unions find new ways to protect the financial futures of members and families in their communities.I’m a true believer that credit unions are structured with a relentless focus on serving the best interests of the families in their communities. Participating in an event that advocates keeping kids healthy is another way for all of us to stand for what matters most: people.Want to get involved? It’s not too late. Your support helps provide 32 million patient visits for the 10 million kids served by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals every year. Learn more and donate today. Your support is greatly appreciated, and 100 percent of the funds donated will go to local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Together we can make a difference. Thank you! 59SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Richard Walter Richard Walter works for CUNA Mutual Group’s Lender Development Program as a lending protection manager and partners with credit unions to help them with their payment protection products. He … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Confirmed cases in Broome County rises to 144

first_img213 people are in mandatory quarantine and 30 people are in precautionary quarantine. The goal of this measure is to further reduce the spread of the virus. (WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced there are 144 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the county. 29 people have recovered from the virus and eight people have died. 107 of those cases are active. Of which, five are in the hospital. 46 tests are pending. Broome County April 14 coronavirus update Garnar says he would like to remind Broome County residents about Operation Crush Covid. Operation Crush Covid A map detailing where cases are located in Broome County can be found by clicking here. Coronavirus numbers The operation demands that people only shop on even calendar dates if they were born on an even year and odd calendar dates if they were born on an odd year.last_img read more

Return to centre?

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Omnibus bill on job creation: Labor articles to be discussed last amid public protests

first_imgRead also: Omnibus bill on shaky ground after layoffs”We will invite some relevant community groups to public hearings to deliberate each chapter,” the NasDem Party politician said.The omnibus bill on job creation consists of 15 chapters and 174 articles.Willy added that Baleg members had also agreed to invite six to nine experts in law, business law, business and investment on Wednesday to discuss the bill’s purposes and objectives, which would be stipulated in its second chapter. The House of Representatives will begin deliberations on the omnibus bill on job creation with noncontroversial topics and discuss controversial provisions on labor at the end following opposition from labor groups.The House’s Legislation Body (Baleg) held a closed-door meeting on Monday to decide which chapters would be discussed first and last.Baleg’s deputy chairman Willy Aditya told The Jakarta Post on Monday that the bill’s chapter on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) empowerment would be discussed first, while the manpower chapter would be last. After the SMEs chapter, Baleg will deliberate the chapters in this order: Research and Innovation; Government Investment and National Strategic Projects; Economic Zones; Ease of Doing Business; Investment Ecosystem and Business Activities Improvement; Land Acquisitions; Government and Administration; and Manpower.”After the public hearings, we will make a tentative problem inventory list [DIM],” said Willy.Despite the order of deliberations, labor unions still plan to hold mass rallies in front of executive and legislative offices across the nation on April 30 to oppose the bill despite a ban on crowds under the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) that have been implemented in Jakarta and other cities.Read also: Police ban May Day rallies against omnibus bill on job creationAround 50,000 workers throughout Greater Jakarta also plan to stage protests in front of the legislative complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta.”We demand the bill be dropped, not just putting off deliberations on the manpower chapter until last. The government and the House must take concrete steps to prevent workers from being affected by the coronavirus and layoffs instead of deliberating the bill,” said Kahar S. Cahyono of the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI).He added that millions had been furloughed and laid off amid the COVID-19 outbreak. “What’s the difference between us holding rallies and working at offices regularly? Many companies still ask their workers to work as usual and ignore the regulation.”The ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the NasDem Party, both in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s coalition, have pushed the government to drop labor provisions from the omnibus bill on job creation following growing public opposition. However, the government has refused to change the draft bill.Topics :last_img read more

Kyoto hub opens its doors

first_imgRAILWAY facilities at a JR West’s rebuilt Kyoto station complex are scheduled to open on July 12, providing interchange between the Tokaido shinkansen, Nara, Kintetsu and Kyoto routes. Within the 16-storey complex, which has some 238000m2 of floor space, a 925-seat festival theatre and two cinemas are due to open on August 9, followed by the 539-bedroom Hotel Granvia Kyoto, JR Kyoto Isetan department store and a shopping mall on September 11.Designed by Hiroshi Hara + ATELIER F as a transport and social hub, the Kyoto complex is structured around a central concourse with a glass roof, traversed by a pedestrian walkway 45m above the floor. Escalators lead to an exhibition area at the eastern end, and at the western end to a Daikaidan or grand stairway with 171 steps taking the visitor up to a roof garden.As well as an art gallery, food court, tourist information centre and local government offices, the Kyoto complex incorporates the City Air Terminal for Kansai International Aiport. Passengers and their luggage can complete check-in formalities here before departing on JR West’s Kansai Airport Express (RG 7.94 p437). Parking space for 1250 cars and 1000 bicycles has been provided as part of the development. olast_img read more