Greensboro city workers form union

first_imgGreensboro city workers pack the city council on Jan. 17 in support of their newly formed union and for raising wages to $15 per hour now.City workers in Greensboro, N.C., turned the tides of history when they packed a City Council meeting on Jan. 17. They asserted their formation of a union and requested regular meetings with the city manager and department heads.North Carolina is the second-least unionized state in the country, with less than 2 percent of all workers unionized and a Jim-Crow-era ban on collective bargaining for public sector workers (the state takes turns with South Carolina in being the least unionized).Yet Greensboro city workers and workers across the state have been organizing in a pre-majority union and asserting their rights while building a statewide movement and the North Carolina Public Service Workers Union, Electrical Workers (UE) Local 150, to push back against the right-wing tide.Greensboro is where, on Feb. 1, 1960, four Black college students from the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University sat in at a Woolworth’s department store to protest racial segregation. Their action helped to propel a national movement.At one point in time, city workers were denied the right to organize. But in 1968, a sanitation workers’ strike in Memphis, Tenn., rocked the world and garnered the support of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — who was assassinated while in Memphis for the struggle.Building on the strike’s momentum, city workers in North Carolina began organizing for their basic constitutional rights to freedom of association and the freedom to petition their government. They won a U.S. District Court of North Carolina ruling in 1969 that clarified city workers’ right to join a union.Greensboro was one of the first Southern U.S. cities to agree to raise their city employees’ wages to $15 per hour by 2020, in a resolution passed in August 2015. Workers were initially told their wages would be raised to $10 per hour in late 2015. Yet — as of this writing, nearly a year and a half later — not a single low-wage worker has seen the first step in the implementation of this wage increase.Adele Holland, who is an afterschool counselor in the Parks and Recreation Department, has been making $8.33 an hour, along with a few hundred of her co-workers who are supposed to benefit from the wage increase. She has been organizing workers in her department to join the union and told her story to the City Council on Jan. 17.The union campaign proves that ordinances and progressive public policy changes mean very little if the people they protect are not organized to defend and enforce them.After the action, the city manager’s office pledged to raise the floor wages by Feb. 1.Charles French, a sanitation worker and newly elected president of the Greensboro City Workers Union chapter of UE 150, said it best when he spoke in front of the City Council meeting: “We feel we are vital to a healthy and prosperous city. Our work to keep the streets clean, to keep the water running, to repair broken roads and sidewalks, to run the public library system, to maintain the parks, to watch after children in summer camps and afterschool programs are critically needed by all residents in our city.”French continued: “Yet our needs, perspectives and voices are far too often overlooked. Over the past few months, we have united to become a strong voice about a range of issues impacting city workers. Some concerns [include] rising cost of living without real raises; lack of basic workplace protections; workplace harassment and discrimination; overuse of temporary and seasonal (‘roster’) employees; lack of proper numbers of staff in our departments; and more.”Legacy of 1979 Greensboro massacreFive communist union and community activists were shot and murdered on Nov. 3, 1979, in the clear light of day by members of the Ku Klux Klan. Several others were injured. The organizing, which had a clearly anti-racist orientation, was focused on Morningside Heights, a public housing project in the Black community, and on Black workers at the Cone textile mill plant.Even though the massacre was captured by a news camera, not a single one of the KKK members was ever convicted or served a prison sentence. It was later documented that the Greensboro Police Department and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officials collaborated closely with the KKK.Members of UE 150’s statewide executive board were amongst the survivors and those that organized support after the massacre. Charles French, the new Greensboro chapter president, was then a youth who lived at Morningside Heights and witnessed the 1979 tragedy. In many ways, the union was born out of this atrocity.Yet, decades later, much of the racial tension and wounds from the massacre are reflected deep inside the city and its workforce.Only by a concerted community-labor campaign will this history ever be turned around. The Rev. Nelson Johnson, Joyce Johnson and the Beloved Community Center have been at the center of this struggle for the last few decades, including many bitter fights against the racist, brutal police. Rev. Johnson spoke in favor of the workers organizing a union at the City Council meeting.When workers began organizing the union, they understood that organizing against racism and for solidarity between Black and white workers was a huge priority. The workers launched a concerted campaign to reach out specifically to the white workers, to educate them about the benefits of joining the union. They sought to break down the bosses’ lies that it was only “a Black union.” They stressed that it was in white workers’ interest to unite with their co-workers and organize a union, rather than kissing the boss’s ass and snitching on their union co-workers.A similar perspective on the greater political interest will need to be explained to all white workers and all working people in the coming years as we fight to expose the lies of the Donald Trump administration. Trump represents the interests of the owning elite, 1% billionaire class, and not those of anyone else.When the KKK attempted to organize a parade this past Dec. 3, 2016, to celebrate Trump’s electoral victory, more than 2,000 people protested in downtown Raleigh, organized by the Triangle Unity May Day Coalition. A large group also traveled to Pelham, N.C., and then chased the KKK to Danville, Va. There, they marched and outnumbered the KKK, scaring them away from showing their faces at all.City workers are an important strategic sector in the overall fight for economic, racial and social justice, and to challenge the racist, killer police. Workers are continuing to build a statewide movement in North Carolina which will lift up all oppressed and working people.Organize the South!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Federal Agencies Issue Statement on Loan Modifications

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), federal financial institution regulatory agencies, in consultation with state financial regulators, issued a revised interagency statement encouraging financial institutions to work constructively with borrowers affected by COVID-19 and providing additional information regarding loan modifications. The revised statement also provides the agencies’ views on consumer protection considerations.The revised statement clarifies the interaction between the interagency statement issued on March 22, 2020, and the temporary relief provided by Section 4013 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020. Section 4013 allows financial institutions to suspend the requirements to classify certain loan modifications as troubled debt restructurings (TDRs). The revised statement also provides supervisory interpretations on past due and nonaccrual regulatory reporting of loan modification programs and regulatory capital.The agencies encourage financial institutions to work with borrowers and will not criticize institutions for doing so in a safe-and-sound manner. The agencies view prudent loan modification programs offered to financial institution customers affected by COVID-19 as positive and proactive actions that can manage or mitigate adverse impacts on borrowers, and lead to improved loan performance and reduced credit risk.The agencies’ examiners will exercise judgment in reviewing loan modifications, including TDRs, and will not automatically adversely risk rate credits that are affected by COVID-19, including those considered TDRs. Regardless of whether modifications are considered TDRs or are adversely classified, agency examiners will not criticize prudent efforts to modify terms on existing loans for affected customers.For borrowers who may be facing foreclosure, the CFPB has released several resources to help consumers take steps to protect their finances during the COVID-19 pandemic, including a reminder to consumers to contact their lenders if they cannot make their payments. Many lenders are now providing forbearance loan extensions, a reduction in interest rates, and/or other flexibilities for repayment. The Federal Housing Finance Agency has authorized Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to enter into additional dollar-roll transactions—provide mortgage-back securities investors with short-term financing. Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Title and Abstract Agency of America Promotes West Coast Florida Sales Manager Next: Analyzing California’s Response to Wildfire Insurance About Author: Seth Welborncenter_img Subscribe Home / Daily Dose / Federal Agencies Issue Statement on Loan Modifications CFPB Coronavirus 2020-04-08 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: CFPB Coronavirus April 8, 2020 1,975 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Federal Agencies Issue Statement on Loan Modifications Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

Buy-bust nets ‘shabu’

first_imgBacolod City – Suspected shabu weighing about 3.5 grams valued aroundP52,500  was seized in a buy-bustoperation in Barangay Villamonte. Deo was nabbed after he sold suspectedshabu to an undercover officer for P1,500 around 4:10 p.m. on Dec. 19, thereport added.  Resident Mark Josan Deo yielded thesuspected illegal drugs, a police report showed. Mark Josan Deo sits handcuffed after he was arrested in an entrapment operation in Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City on Dec. 19. POLICE STATION 4/BCPOcenter_img The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of Police Station 4, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, orthe Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN Aside from suspected illegal drugs,P500 cash was also recovered from him, police said. His tricycle was impounded,too.  last_img read more

Shotokan Karate Set for 3rd Edition of Training with the Champions

first_img“It is also a way of saving members and other practitioners the cost of travelling abroad for the workshop and seminar.Mr Ogwo further said that NASK’s desire is to see to the development of karate technically in Nigeria and neighbouring African countries was the reason for bringing the two world re-known karate instructors from England here for the programme.“Sensei (Masters) Andy Sherry 9th Dan and Sensei Frank Brennan 8th Dan are in Nigeria to run the four-days international training programme in Lagos on the 29th of August, 2017.”Participants are expected from all the states of the federation as well as from some other Anglophone and Francophone African countries.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria Association of Shotokan Karate (NASK) is set to host the 3rd edition of Training with the Champions scheduled for August 29th, 2017 with Sensei Andy Sherry 9th Dan and Sensei Frank Brennan 8th Dan as workshop and seminar coordinator and Instructor.NASK is the most practised karate style in the world and also the most respected karate association in Nigeria.According to the association’s chief, Mr John Ogwo: “The 3rd edition is being put together to create opportunities for thousand of karate practitioners in Nigeria and neighbouring West African countries to participate in.last_img read more


first_imgTributes and messages of sympathy have been flowing in for a young Ballybofey woman who died in this morning’s road crash.Kym Harley who was killed in this morning’s crash.Kym Harley, 19, died after the car in which she was a passenger hit a ditch at Dreenan just before 4.30am.Kym is the daughter of well-known and highly-respected county councillor Martin Harley. The former St Columba’s College student only celebrated her 19th birthday last week and worked in her father’s bar Cheers in Ballybofey.The entire community is in shock at the tragic death.Local county councillor Gary Doherty said people are just numb after the tragedy.“I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to the Harley family and in particular my Council colleague Martin on the sad and tragic death of their beloved daughter. My thoughts and sympathies are with the family at this most difficult time for them. ” Gardai have appealed for anybody who was in the area of the crash, which is close to the Ballybofey Tennis Club, to come forward.“I would like to appeal for anybody in the area who seen the accident to come forward.“The male driver in the car hasn’t suffered injuries buy roadblocks are in place at the moment.“A full Garda forensic team has been deployed to the scene of the accident in an effort to determine the cause of the incident,” he said.* The road at the scene of this morning’s crash has now reopened after a Garda forensic examination. TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR POPULAR BALLYBOFEY WOMAN KILLED IN CRASH was last modified: October 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BallybofeycrashkilledKym HarleyMartin Harleylast_img read more

Warriors-Rockets TV ratings: Series off to a solid start

first_imgA lot of eyes were on Sunday’s drama-filled clash between the Warriors and Rockets in Oakland.According to ABC, the game generated the network’s highest ratings for an NBA Conference Semifinals broadcast since 2011. The playoff contest, won by Golden State, delivered a 5.9 metered market rating — up 34 percent from last year’s comparable game. It peaked with an 8.1 rating in the final quarter hour, according to Nielsen.Not surprisingly, the game drew robust numbers in the Bay Area and …last_img read more

Ohio trip to Kansas leaves lasting goodwill

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There were many people who worked together to coordinate the baffling logistics of organizing the incredible good will efforts from Ohio to Ashland, Kansas last month, but probably none more than Rose Hartschuh of Crawford County. Along with her husband, Greg, she tackled the massive task as the main contact for the effort, organizing the incredible donations of money and supplies and coordinating the extensive accommodations in Kansas. She also coordinated efforts with the Kansas Farm Bureau, the Kansas Livestock Association and the generosity of the towns of Minneola and Ashland in Kansas.Here is an update Rose provided after the trip:We are still getting tons of calls from people wanting to donate hay or fencing materials, which is awesome! However, at this point, Greg and I are not organizing any more loads. I have been encouraging people to post to the Facebook page if they have materials to donate or if they are willing to truck. The Facebook page is Hopefully people can start to match themselves up.We are also going to organize and support more groups like we just sent. We just scheduled one for May 19 though May 23. After fuel expenses have been reimbursed, we plan to send checks from the funds raised to young and beginning ranchers that Ashland community leaders identified. Hopefully these funds will help them begin to rebuild their operations. We are also going to make a cash donation to the Kansas Livestock Association. Our group left a donation with the church in Minneola and the volunteer fire department in Ashland as well. We will zero-out the donations we collected by cutting a check to the Ashland Community Foundation after the next group travels.I think the best thing that came out of our trip is the awareness here in Ohio. It is awesome to see so many people lining up their own groups because they were inspired by what we did. I hope people realize that anyone can make a difference. You don’t have to have a convoy of 40-plus vehicles. Anyone can pitch in when there’s a need, whether it’s next door or across the country. How you can help Kansas wildfire victims Collect suppliesThe need for hay will continue for nearly a year. No hay donations will be turned down if the hay is transported to Ashland, Kansas. Feed and milk replacer donations are not as important at this point.Perhaps a bigger need than hay is the need for fencing supplies. Specific materials needed include:• Galvanized barbed wire, 14 gauge or heavier, with two- or four-point barbs• Osage orange or creosote treated wooden posts or steel t-posts, at least six foot in length• Preference is for new fencing materials.All hay and fencing supplies should be delivered to Ashland Feed and Seed: 1975 County Road U Ashland, Kansas 67831 at 620-635-2856You do not need to call ahead with supplies unless you are bringing several truckloads. Ashland Feed and Seed will unload supplies during their business hours. VolunteerRecovery efforts will last for years and costs tens of millions of dollars. Volunteer labor can be used to reduce the financial burden on ranchers. Volunteers will be used to tear out damaged fence and eventually replace it with new fence.Free accommodations are available in Ashland at a church camp. Volunteers will need to provide their own bedding items, towels, and toiletry items. Each volunteer should plan to take a pair of durable gloves and fencing pliers.To volunteer, contact Holly Fast at 620-408-6021. Holly can provide up-to-date information about the projects and accommodations. DonateSeveral organizations have wildfire relief funds set up to help ranchers. Here is a list of some:• Ashland, Kansas Community Foundation:• Kansas Livestock Association:• Kansas Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers: more from the trip, including the amazing list of sponsors, click here.last_img read more

This Year’s Fashion is Last Year’s Flavor

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Image by Jordan Tan.More and more, I notice how much sales development is a fashion business.New ideas are attractive because they are new and sometimes novel. There is a long line of magic bullet answers being offered for deep, systemic problems. Shiny objects are trotted out one after the other, each offering some hope that selling can be made easier, salespeople more effective.Many of the ideas presented are good, and many have a foundation in some truth. Many more are attempts to deal with complex and complicated problems with seemingly easy answers.It’s fashion. Every season is a new line, or maybe a new play on an old line that finally comes back into fashion.The real path to improvement lies in the fundamentals. It always has. The real path to improvement is difficult. It always has been. The easy answer is that the answers aren’t easy—at least executing on what really needs to change isn’t.If you are a salesperson, you need to know that the improvement you need is gained through learning and practicing the fundamentals of effective selling. There is no new set of clothes that you can put on that will make you more effective without you having done the work.If you are a sales manager, your team’s success depends on you helping them to execute on the fundamentals of effective selling—and your executing the fundamentals of good sales management. There isn’t any single answer to what ails you and your team that can’t be solved through the fundamentals, through blocking and tackling.If you are a sales leader, your sales organization’s path forward to your goal is through the disciplined execution of the fundamentals of effective selling. There is no magic bullet, no shiny object, and no easy answers. If you want your team to outperform their peers, then build the sales force with the greatest command of the fundamentals.QuestionsWhat is your fashion right now?How much of your  fashion is based on improving the fundamentals?Are you easily drawn in by seemingly easy answers to complex and complicated problems?What has to be underneath the new fashion for the new fashion to succeed? What’s timeless?last_img read more

Secretariat Reports Steady Progress in Implementation of Vision 2030

first_img These include development of the 2009 to 2012 Medium Term Socio-Economic Policy Framework (MTF) 2013 marked the fifth year of the Plan’s implementation The Secretariat has piloted several activities since the implementation process commenced in 2009 The Vision 2030 Jamaica Secretariat, located at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), is reporting steady progress in the implementation of Vision 2030 Jamaica, the country’s long-term National Development Plan.Vision 2030 Jamaica is intended to position the island to achieve developed country status by 2030 and, in the process, make it “… the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.”Programme Director for Vision 2030 Jamaica, Richard Lumsden, tells JIS News that the Secretariat has piloted several activities since the implementation process commenced in 2009.These include: development of the 2009 to 2012 Medium Term Socio-Economic Policy Framework (MTF), which was tabled along with the National Plan in Parliament in 2009. This is the first of seven consecutive three-yearly implementation frameworks for the priority areas for development up to 2030.Mr. Lumsden says the Secretariat has also completed the 2012 to 2015 MTF, which sets out the priorities for the second three-year period. Cabinet, he adds, has approved the new MTF which the Secretariat has now completed for printing and dissemination to key stakeholders, including the public. Additionally, he informs that the progress report on the first three years of implementation “will be ready shortly.”On completion, the Programme Director says the report will be available in various formats to all stakeholders, to facilitate “full discussion and understanding of where we are in the process.” This, he adds, will be supported by a comprehensive public education programme.Mr. Lumsden points out that 2013 marked the fifth year of the Plan’s implementation. He recounts that planning for Vision 2030 Jamaica commenced in 2006 and was undertaken up to early 2009 when the Plan and accompanying MTF 2009-2012 were completed.He informs that during the Plan’s formulation period, stakeholders from the public and private sectors, civil society, and the country’s international development partners collaborated through a number of task forces, in preparing the sector plans for each of the economic, social, and environmental areas of national development, which were then integrated to create the overall Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan.The Programme Director says consultations were held in various communities islandwide to solicit feedback and input in the Plan’s development by the wider public.Mr. Lumsden asserts that based on the extent of public education activities, aimed at streaming the Plan’s objectives into the public domain, that have been undertaken, there is “increasing awareness” about Vision 2030 Jamaica, its importance to national development, and required involvement by all stakeholders.These efforts, he outlines, have incorporated the inputs of stakeholders, including: the Ministry of Education, Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Social Development Commission (SDC), and Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).Mr. Lumsden informs that these agencies have partnered with the Vision 2030 Jamaica Secretariat to stage workshops, expos, and other events, “where we have been able to distribute educational and informational material, and engage the public in dialogue to communicate the Plan and raise awareness of the goals and outcomes.”“We have also worked very closely with the Ministry of Education in terms of facilitating the distribution of thousands of copies of the Plan’s shorter version in all schools across the island. Education Officers in all the Regions have been sensitized about the Plan and how to mainstream it within school activities,” he adds.Mr. Lumsden reminds that the Plan was developed during the most challenging period in recent history – the global economic downturn of 2008 and 2009 – and “we have seen progress in a number of areas.”  This, he notes, is in relation to the approximately 46 indicators used to measure progress in the areas of health, education, social protection, national security, the environment, and the economy.With reference to the four national goals and relevant national outcomes, he says there has been improvement in some of the educational indicators. “We have seen improvement…in the level of certification in the labour force; we have seen an increase in the adult literacy rate; we have seen significant improvement in national security, with a sustained decline in the level of homicides and other (major) crimes. We have also seen an increase in the use of renewable energy,” he notes.Mr. Lumsden points out that up to the end of 2011/12, approximately 25 per cent of the targets outlined under the Plan for 2012 had been met, while significant progress had been made in another 25 per cent.“We review the targets every three years, (and) we have done considerable revision of the indicator framework for 2015, removing indicators where it has proved difficult to have adequate data to measure progress (and) introducing some new indicators. We will be able to report on those shortly,” the Programme Director says.Indicators that have been removed include: incidence of public order infractions per capita; the percentage of change in gross sales of registered firms in the distribution sector; and loss of lives due to disasters.Mr. Lumsden advises that new indicators have been introduced to measure the growth rate of recreational, cultural and sporting activities; case clearance rate in the Resident Magistrate’s Courts; and Grade Four literacy rates.In relation to the provisions/stipulations of the new US$932.3 millionfour-year International Monetary Fund (IMF) Extended Fund Facility (EFF), Mr. Lumsden says there has been a “very high degree of convergence” between the Government’s current economic programme, the EFF, and the MTF on outcomes, particularly over the next four years.  He notes that the economic programme and EFF focus on a number of priorities which are also reflected in the MTF for 2012 to 2015.The Programme Director points out that the PIOJ was part of the Government’s team that negotiated the new EFF with the IMF, and that the concurrence between the government’s economic programme and the EFF, and their alignment with Jamaica’s national development goals, were a central part of the discussions that preceded the agreement’s conclusion.“So, the framework is designed to address some of the key challenges in terms of the macro-economy and the business environment, and offer us the opportunity for enhanced performance, once we are able to successfully implement key projects for growth which have been identified (some of which are currently underway),” he tells JIS News.Additionally, Mr. Lumsden says the EFF also stipulates minimum provisions for maintaining a social safety net to protect the society’s most vulnerable citizens during the period of economic consolidation.“So (it) comes down to effective implementation and constant monitoring to make sure that we remain on track, not only in terms of the macro-economic targets, but also in terms of our broader national development targets as well. That process is ongoing,” he adds. Story Highlightslast_img read more