Paid leave – Satgtu http://satgtu.org/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 22:44:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://satgtu.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-24T184312.205-150x150.png Paid leave – Satgtu http://satgtu.org/ 32 32 Paid to leave: ETSU pays three former coaches, over AD$700,000 this year | WJHL https://satgtu.org/paid-to-leave-etsu-pays-three-former-coaches-over-ad700000-this-year-wjhl/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 22:09:50 +0000 https://satgtu.org/paid-to-leave-etsu-pays-three-former-coaches-over-ad700000-this-year-wjhl/ JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — The athletics program at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) faces a hefty bill this drill for coaches and staff who no longer serve the university. News Channel 11 has investigated the athletics budget to see how much the practice line item typically costs and how much it has cost over […]]]>

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — The athletics program at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) faces a hefty bill this drill for coaches and staff who no longer serve the university.

News Channel 11 has investigated the athletics budget to see how much the practice line item typically costs and how much it has cost over the past two years as the university has seen three resignations and one dismissal – ​​all with payments to departing employees of at least one year’s salary.

The most recent of these was ETSU’s decision to pay former women’s basketball coach Simon Harris $150,000 after he resigned on Aug. 15. Harris was the subject of an internal investigation, and ETSU President Brian Noland wrote on August 1 that Harris should be fired for cause.

Harris’ contract shows that if he resigned or was terminated for cause, he would not be owed any money, and Noland did not shy away from what he called “inadmissible” actions of Harris in her August 1 termination letter.

“Your conduct…brings and will likely continue to bring the University considerable public discredit, embarrassment, contempt, scandal and/or ridicule.”

ETSU President Brian Noland, Letter to Women’s Basketball Coach Simon Harris, August 1, 2022

Just two weeks later, Harris had his severance package with not just cash, but a clause prohibiting ETSU from making “negative, derogatory, or unfavorable statements” about him. The severance deal, and ETSU’s near-total silence since, came despite an investigation finding it violated Title IX by firing two players in November 2021 for an unproven sexual relationship, then allegedly protected another. player who allegedly physically assaulted a minor in a fight in mid-December.

“The university will not make … any negative, derogatory or adverse oral or written statement or representation of or regarding Coach Harris.”

Severance agreement and release of Simon Harris, August 17, 2022

Harris’ payment decision came just days after the university agreed to pay Scott Carter, who resigned Aug. 1 – the same day ETSU announced it would be firing Harris – one year’s salary . This payment totals more than $213,000, and the university has also agreed to maintain its obligation to provide last-dollar scholarships to all of Carter’s children who choose to attend ETSU.

These recent commitments are in addition to payments currently being made to former men’s basketball coach Jason Shay and fired women’s basketball coach Brittany Ezell, Harris’ predecessor.

A graph showing total coach salary expenditures for ETSU by fiscal year reveals a jump after several coach departures and payments. (Photo WJHL)

In total, ETSU is paying about three-quarters of a million dollars over the next year to these four people. The only one to be paid according to the terms of their contract is Ezell.

Most college coaching contracts include clauses protecting the coach if he is terminated without cause. Posting losing records, as Ezell did in the years leading up to his dismissal, was not among the factors allowing for dismissal for cause.

The ETSU had very little say in its decisions to pay Carter and Harris despite their voluntary resignations. ETSU President Brian Noland and Acting Athletic Director Richard Sander both refused to go on camera to discuss the decision to pay Harris in particular:

“Based on the advice of legal counsel, ETSU has acted to minimize disruption to our student-athletes and to allow university leaders to focus their full attention on providing our sporting community with the support it needs. to go forward.”

ETSU Communications Director Jessica Vodden, September 13

where it all started

ETSU’s current string of payouts for not working began with Ezell’s firing on March 8, 2021 following a third consecutive lost season for the Lady Bucs. Ezell’s teams had gone 23-58 combined in the three years since she signed a five-year contract in April 2018 after a 20-13 season.

Jason Shay as ETSU Wizard. Shay served one year as head coach, resigned and receives his salary for two years. (Photo WJHL)

By then, ETSU’s men’s basketball team – led by then-coach Jason Shay – had become the center of a controversy that garnered national attention after a Photo by News Channel 11’s Jesse Krull showed the team kneeling to the national anthem during a February 15 game. in Chattanooga.

By the time the freshman coach had led the Bucs to a 13-12 overall record, including a quarterfinal victory in the conference tournament, the kneeling incident — and more specifically its aftermath — had acquired national notoriety.

The players’ actions and Shay’s unwavering support for them had drawn heavy criticism from some ETSU administrators, state legislators, community members and sports propellants. Some community members stepped up to support what they saw as the players’ constitutional right to speak out.

In the aftermath, Shay quit, announcing the news on March 30.

While Shay’s contract included language that required him to pay $300,000 to ETSU if he resigned before his April 2023 end date, his separation agreement shows he would receive $450,000, or two years’ salary, until the end of this contract period. The salary was guaranteed even if Shay got another coaching job, which he quickly did at Wake Forest under his ETSU predecessor Steve Forbes, essentially giving him two paychecks for the majority of that two-year term.

Limit the damage?

ETSU announced two quick hires in succession. Desmond Oliver got his first head coaching gig, leading the men’s program, while Harris, also a longtime assistant, got the women’s job.

FILE – Scott Carter, ETSU Director of Athletics

Carter’s contract was later renewed in July 2021, valid until June 30, 2024, and included the requirement that he receive executive coaching.

ETSU saw their fortunes on the pitch turn very positive as the football team achieved their most successful campaign since their re-establishment in 2015 and won their first playoff game since 1996.

The basketball teams each endured struggles on the court, with the women posting a 6-22 record and the men finishing their first season below .500 since 2012-13 with a 15-17 record.

But ETSU entered the summer set to put the past behind them and complete those payments to Shay and Ezell, in hopes that their new coaches would help fans, if not forget, at least not focus. on their teams’ recent off-field issues.

Then came August 1 and two ETSU communications press releases in quick succession.

The first: confusing news that Carter was resigning effective immediately. Shortly after, ETSU would fire Harris for cause in two weeks.

Carter’s letter and a press conference later in the day provided small details outside of the pressures of college athletics in the current climate of change and pressure around transfer gates, name, image and resemblance and COVID. College gave the standard nod to a desire to spend more time with family.

Things got more complex in an hour when the university announced that Harris would be fired within two weeks. The letter referenced an internal investigation that revealed significant wrongdoing during his coaching year.

The ETSU even released Noland’s letter to Harris castigating him for a litany of infractions, several of which he described using the exact language of Harris’ contract that warranted termination for cause. Noland wrote that this was ETSU’s plan, but just before the dismissal took effect on August 15, Harris submitted a voluntary resignation.

Separation agreements go beyond money

News Channel 11 has secured separation agreements for Carter and Harris. Although neither of their contracts mentions that the men would be paid if they quit, both agreements pay them.

Simon Harris during his year as ETSU women’s basketball coach.

In addition to raising ETSU’s tab to pay former top athletic employees nearly $750,000 this year, they include language missing from Shay’s two-page separation agreement.

Carter’s five-page agreement includes the AD’s consent to “forever release, acquit and discharge” ETSU from any legal action it may take. It also includes a clause allowing ETSU to recover a portion of the compensation if Carter is found to have violated any laws or policies while AD and ETSU suffer financial loss as a result.

Harris’ six-page termination agreement also opens him up to a potential recoupment, but it muzzles the ETSU from any further comment on his actions outlined in the investigation.

In a section titled “Neutral Reference and Non-Disparagement,” ETSU pledges to provide him with neutral references when he seeks another job.

The section further states that ETSU will not “do, encourage or induce ‘Noland or any other ETSU official’ to make negative, derogatory or adverse oral or written statements or representations against of Coach Harris”.

This prohibition explicitly includes “but is not limited to comments or statements to the press and/or media…that would in any way damage the reputation of Coach Harris”.

The section notes that ETSU and its officials can always make “truthful statements” when required by applicable law, regulation, legal process, or government oversight. In other words, the ETSU can answer questions from attorneys and investigators about Harris’ tenure if they arise.

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New Port Richey teacher arrested, accused of abusing student, officials say https://satgtu.org/new-port-richey-teacher-arrested-accused-of-abusing-student-officials-say/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 13:01:44 +0000 https://satgtu.org/new-port-richey-teacher-arrested-accused-of-abusing-student-officials-say/ A New Port Richey Elementary School teacher was arrested on Thursday after being accused of abusing a student, police say. Pasco County Schools spokesman Steve Hegarty said after school officials learned of the allegation against Richey Elementary School’s fifth grade teacher, Tyler Faulkner, they had called the New Port Richey police. According to arrest reports, […]]]>

A New Port Richey Elementary School teacher was arrested on Thursday after being accused of abusing a student, police say.

Pasco County Schools spokesman Steve Hegarty said after school officials learned of the allegation against Richey Elementary School’s fifth grade teacher, Tyler Faulkner, they had called the New Port Richey police.

According to arrest reports, Faulkner and an 11-year-old student got into an argument over the child’s refusal to leave his backpack in the classroom when he went to physical education class.

Faulkner grabbed the backpack and pulled on it before eventually forcibly removing it from the student, police say. After the incident, the student had dark red bruises and scratches down the length of his right arm, according to arrest reports.

Police arrested Faulkner around 5:30 p.m. Thursday. He faces a charge of child abuse without grievous bodily harm, according to arrest reports.

Hegarty said the district has not received any previous complaints about Faulkner.

Faulkner was incarcerated in the Pasco County Jail on Thursday, Pasco County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Amanda Granit confirmed.

Hegarty said Faulkner was placed on paid administrative leave from the school while the investigation continues.

The principal of Richey Elementary School, Amy Denney-Haskedakes, informed staff of the incident Friday morning. She also sent a phone message to parents on Friday detailing how the school would cover Faulkner’s class, Hegarty said.

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Improved municipal benefits include 12 weeks of paid parental leave | Burnsville https://satgtu.org/improved-municipal-benefits-include-12-weeks-of-paid-parental-leave-burnsville/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 00:55:00 +0000 https://satgtu.org/improved-municipal-benefits-include-12-weeks-of-paid-parental-leave-burnsville/ Country the United States of AmericaUS Virgin IslandsU.S. Minor Outlying IslandsCanadaMexico, United Mexican StatesBahamas, Commonwealth ofCuba, Republic ofDominican RepublicHaiti, Republic ofJamaicaAfghanistanAlbania, People’s Socialist Republic ofAlgeria, People’s Democratic Republic ofAmerican SamoaAndorra, Principality ofAngola, Republic ofAnguillaAntarctica (the territory south of 60 degrees S)Antigua and BarbudaArgentina, Argentine RepublicArmeniaArubaAustralia, Commonwealth ofAustria, Republic ofAzerbaijan, Republic ofBahrain, Kingdom ofBangladesh, People’s Republic […]]]>

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SYRIA – ADMIN MANAGER ( M/F) – RAQQA – Syrian Arab Republic https://satgtu.org/syria-admin-manager-m-f-raqqa-syrian-arab-republic/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 09:07:40 +0000 https://satgtu.org/syria-admin-manager-m-f-raqqa-syrian-arab-republic/ Desired start date: 11/15/2022 Duration of the mission : 6 months, with possibility of extension Location: Raqqa ABOUT THE MISSION… Assignment: There are 3 implementation offices in Syria (2 in North East Syria/NES, 1 in North West Syria/NWS) with coordination based in Amman. The total financial volume of the mission for 2020 was approximately 26 […]]]>

Desired start date: 11/15/2022
Duration of the mission : 6 months, with possibility of extension
Location: Raqqa

ABOUT THE MISSION…

  • Assignment: There are 3 implementation offices in Syria (2 in North East Syria/NES, 1 in North West Syria/NWS) with coordination based in Amman. The total financial volume of the mission for 2020 was approximately 26 million euros. The mission has now reached a number of approximately 45 expatriates and 250 national employees (7 expatriates and 90 national employees in the base of Ar-Raqqa).

  • Program type and content: The mission in Syria is dedicated to working in recently opened areas (in 2017 in Raqqa) and in difficult contexts to provide life-saving activities to the population affected by the conflict. A shift from rescue activities to more post-emergency/development activities has also been undertaken. In the governorate of Ar-Raqqa, the main ongoing activities are related for example to WaSH, FSL, rehabilitation (infrastructure, schools, water systems), NFI and distributions, : COVID and cholera response.

Additionally, SI has contingency and the ability to respond to emergencies across all NES.

In 2020, the Raqqa base also extended its activities to Tabqa (southeastern part of the governorate) and Kobane (northern NES).

ABOUT THE JOB

Main objective:

  • Supervise the HR team and activities
  • Supervise all stages of recruitment
  • Contribute to the good understanding by all staff of HR policies.
  • Promote and monitor capacity building for all staff
  • Oversee finance team and activities
  • Update financial tools (Allocation Committee and budget monitoring)
  • Participate in budget design for new proposals
  • Provide solutions and advice on budget management

The main challenges:

  • High volume of work due to the number of employees and current budgets
  • Difficult intervention environment with security constraints and particular dynamics
  • Importance of capacity building and challenges in finding high standards accessible

Priorities for the first 2/3 months:

  • Advance the discussion and implementation of the capacity building strategy, allocating the available budget for as many personnel as possible while maintaining high standards to challenge the high skills already present on base;
  • Become quickly familiar with the context, understand the cultural layers to better support staff;
  • Host an “SI day” for the first half of the year and contribute to an overall positive work environment on a regular basis.

Main responsibilities and activities:

HR management of national staff

  • Oversee all recruitment and onboarding processes and onboarding of all new employees
  • Keep up to date with all bills and changes related to labor law, general employment and staff training.
  • Improve the working conditions of staff in close collaboration with the administrative coordinator
  • Collect the information needed to monitor changes in the cost of living.
  • Oversee monthly payroll and verify salary databases and base payroll processing (Balzac XX)
  • Check the update at the basic level of HR-related information via the Homère software
  • Oversee the updating of all HR related documents at mission level and filing at coordination level
  • Monitor adherence to the national HR policy at the mission level
  • Update personnel files and track HR deadlines
  • Consolidate and update the organization chart of the mission
  • Supervise the deadlines of the annual performance reviews, the dates of the contracts…
  • Participate in the development of an annual mission training plan, oversee its implementation and measure its impact
  • Participate in the review of the mission’s HR policy
  • Verify that job descriptions match the standard job matrix and ensure the recruitment process is adhered to
  • Oversee the tax process

Team management

  • Define the needs of the administrative staff of its base, and recruit according to the allocated resources
  • Train, support and evaluate the administrative team at their home base
  • Plan and direct the activities of the administrative team
  • Facilitate administrative team meetings

Cash/accounting:

  • Manage the treasury of its base and ensure the good supply of banks and cash registers
  • Manage transfers and monitor security of funds
  • Preparation of cash flow forecasts with the Supply Manager
  • Oversee the maintenance and security of safes and cash boxes
  • Validate all disbursements and expenditure commitments, in compliance with Solidarités International procedures
  • Oversee the maintenance of accounts at its base, monitor cash balances
  • Monitor the bank books of his base and keep the safe
  • Prepare and supervise the monthly closing, review and integration of the accounting of its base
  • Check the accounting files before sending them to the coordination.

Budgetary / financial monitoring:

  • Update the allocation tables of its database
  • Update and analyze budget monitoring in collaboration with logistics and program teams
  • Make connections between budget consumption and the progress of the activity
  • Propose solutions if necessary
  • Monitor operating costs at home base
  • Oversee compliance with donor administrative procedures
  • Assist the Administrative Coordinator with financial reporting and audits
  • Participate in the development of budgets for new projects

Administrative management of the mission

  • Check and validate all the contracts drafted at the base
  • Assistance in the choice of premises for Solidarités International
  • Ensure the administrative follow-up of places of insurance, claims and contracts

Report/communication:

  • Establish and maintain relationships with local and regional administrative authorities, monitor current regulations
  • Participate in meetings relating to administrative aspects, represent Solidarités International on request and/or on order
  • Supervise the sending of administrative files to the coordination
  • Ensure that the administrative and financial reports are made to the coordination according to the administrative calendar of Solidarités

Specific skills and experience:

  • Minimum 2 years at INGO in a similar role
  • Previous experience with SI is a plus
  • Experience in HR management
  • Experience in a field base is desirable, in a highly valued volatile security environment
  • Excellent communication and writing skills for effective reports in English
  • Strong computer skills essential (Excel)
  • Autonomous, organized, ability to prioritize and work under pressure
  • Ability to organize training and lead meetings
  • Good knowledge of SAGA and HOMERE software is a plus
  • High respect/compliance with safety rules
  • Flexibility and ability to adapt to cultural habits
  • Adaptability to a changing work environment and possible volatile security situation
  • Stress management skills: ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines, with possible peaks of heavy workloads
  • Team spirit, ability to create and maintain a positive dynamic and ability to listen and interact with people
  • Problem solving skills
  • Acceptance of being challenged by qualified national staff
  • Fluent English (written, spoken and read) is mandatory

Management

Current composition of the Raqqa administrative team (8 staff): 2 assistants, 2 officers, 4 cleaners/cooks.

IF YOU PROPOSE

A salaried position:
According to experience, from 1980 euros gross per month (1800 basic salary + 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) and a monthly Per Diem of 700 USD

SI also covers accommodation costs and travel costs between the expatriate’s country of origin and the duty station.

Holidays: During the mission, a system of alternating between work and rest is set up at the rate of 7 working days every three months. For a one-year mission, the expatriate will benefit from a break of 7 working days at 3/6 and 9 months.

To these break periods must be added the granting of 1 additional day of rest per month worked > ie 12 days more for a one-year contract.

Social and medical coverage: Expatriates benefit from a set of insurances that reimburse all health expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and from a provident system including war risks. The essential costs of vaccination and antimalarial treatment are reimbursed.

LIVING CONDITIONS:

The level of security is high in the NES justifying specific arrangements in terms of rules and movement in the intervention areas.

The candidate will be based in Raqqa. She/He will live in the SI guesthouse(s). In Raqqa, living conditions are simple but greatly improved with some opportunities and places for socializing.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Does this description match you? Please send us your CV and cover letter in English. CV-only applications will not be considered.

NB: The vacancy may end before the deadline. thank you for your understanding

For more information on Solidarités International, please consult our website: http://www.solidarites.org/fr/

How to register

https://www.aplitrak.com/?adid=YXNzaXN0LnJlY3J1dC43NTcwMi4zODMwQHNvbGlkYXJpdGVzaW50ZXJuYXRpb25hbC5hcGxpdHJhay5jb20

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World leaders gather on the eve of Queen’s funeral; Labor urged to act on paid parental leave https://satgtu.org/world-leaders-gather-on-the-eve-of-queens-funeral-labor-urged-to-act-on-paid-parental-leave/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 02:12:07 +0000 https://satgtu.org/world-leaders-gather-on-the-eve-of-queens-funeral-labor-urged-to-act-on-paid-parental-leave/ Treasurer Jim Chalmers took advantage of a meeting with his Indonesian counterpart to warn that the situation with the Australian budget is getting tougher. Chalmers, who will present his first budget on Oct. 25, said at a ceremony with longtime Indonesian finance minister Sri Mulyani that both global and domestic factors were hitting the budget. […]]]>

Treasurer Jim Chalmers took advantage of a meeting with his Indonesian counterpart to warn that the situation with the Australian budget is getting tougher.

Chalmers, who will present his first budget on Oct. 25, said at a ceremony with longtime Indonesian finance minister Sri Mulyani that both global and domestic factors were hitting the budget.

Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

The October 25 budget will cover the 2022-23 fiscal year. It follows the budget that was released by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg in March ahead of the federal election for the same period.

This is the first time that two budgets for the same year have been drawn up.

Chalmers said “deeply concerning global conditions” would provide the backdrop for next month’s budget.

He said the challenges were intensifying rather than dissipating.

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“Inflation is stalking the world, with central banks reacting decisively and directly; global growth is slowing; most of the risks are on the downside,” he said.

“The US and UK economies are upside down, and China’s is slowing down. Meanwhile, in Europe, the war in Ukraine has triggered an energy crisis that shows no signs of abating.

‘IMF Managing Director Warned We Can’t Rule Out Another Global Recession’

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Murfreesboro Public Works’ annual fall leaf drive begins October 1 https://satgtu.org/murfreesboro-public-works-annual-fall-leaf-drive-begins-october-1/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 08:12:42 +0000 https://satgtu.org/murfreesboro-public-works-annual-fall-leaf-drive-begins-october-1/ MURFRESBORO, Tenn. – It’s that time of year again – cooler nights, football, pumpkin spice and the leaves are starting to change color and fall. The 2022 Fall Leaf collection season begins on October 1 and runs until December 31, 2022. During this peak season, October 1 through January 1. 31, loose sheets can be […]]]>

MURFRESBORO, Tenn. – It’s that time of year again – cooler nights, football, pumpkin spice and the leaves are starting to change color and fall.

The 2022 Fall Leaf collection season begins on October 1 and runs until December 31, 2022. During this peak season, October 1 through January 1. 31, loose sheets can be stacked curbside for free. Residents can start making plans to rake leaves and spruce up the yard.

The Public Works Department, comprised of Murfreesboro Street and Solid Waste departments, will partner in a combined system to improve service and efficiency for the city and its customers.

“As we have done for years, the aim is to cover the City twice as fast. As before, the city will be bisected by U.S. Highway 41 (Broad Street), with the Streets Department serving residents on the north and east side of Broad and the Solid Waste Department serving the south and west sides,” said the director of the public works division. Director Raymond Hillis.

The street service will operate with five vacuum trucks and a dozen or more crew members. The solid waste department will operate seven boom trucks with a driver and crew member to pick up the leaves.

“Town residents are encouraged to place loose leaves within five to 10 feet of the street so that leaf vacuums can easily reach them,” said Murfreesboro solid waste manager Russell Gossett.

Under the Solid Waste Ordinance reflecting best practice, yard waste for curbside pickup must be placed in biodegradable paper bags available at your local grocery or hardware store. However, during peak leaf shedding, October 1 through January 1. 31, dead leaves and grass clippings may be piled free on the sidewalk, but must not cover or clog storm drains. This improper placement can impede the system’s ability to carry stormwater and negatively affect the water quality of our streams and rivers.

To keep the annual leaf collection process running smoothly, residents should follow simple guidelines to improve service and efficiency for City teams and customers:

  • DO NOT combine large tree branches and leaves; place the leaves in separate piles parallel to the street.
  • DO NOT place yard waste and leaf collection in ditches around or over structures such as mailboxes, fences, meter covers, power lines, utility poles, etc.
  • DO NOT place foreign debris such as wood, garbage, and other types of debris in your leaf pile. It will not be picked up if found.
  • DO NOT place clippings or leaves in vacant lots or on vacant properties. It is an illegal deposit
  • DO NOT place loose sheets under power lines and low cable lines to allow room for the boom to operate.
  • DO NOT park a vehicle near the leaf pile during the day.

Only biodegradable paper bags are accepted for residents who choose to bag their sheets. Residents are also advised to separate loose leaves from yard waste, including brush, debris and branches, as mixing them damages vacuum units and slows down vacuum collection. Collected leaves are trucked to the Murfreesboro mulch site at 4765 Florence Rd.

The heaviest part of the leaf collecting season usually ends before the Christmas holidays. Teams will continue to collect leaves during the first or second week of January 2023.

Citizens of Murfreesboro who prefer to remove their own grass clippings, branches and brush rather than leave them curbside can use the yard waste collection and mulching facility located at 4735 Florence Road, Murfreesboro, 37129 The garden waste collection facility is normally open for garden waste. Monday to Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

For more information on the fall leaf collection program, contact Solid Waste Manager Russell Gossett at 615-893-3681 or [email protected] or Public Works Division Executive Director Raymond Hillis at 615-893-4380 or [email protected].

Effective August 1, 2021, a revised Solid Waste Ordinance adopted new best practices with changes to grass clippings pickup, loose items and collection fees with customer reminders and new fees. The latest version is available at https://www.murfreesborotn.gov/1545/Garbage-Collection-Procedures

For more information about solid waste in the City of Murfreesboro, visit https://www.murfreesborotn.gov/solidwaste.

For City News online, visit www.Murfreesborotn.gov.

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Here’s what’s in the railroads labor agreement – NBC Connecticut https://satgtu.org/heres-whats-in-the-railroads-labor-agreement-nbc-connecticut/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 18:41:47 +0000 https://satgtu.org/heres-whats-in-the-railroads-labor-agreement-nbc-connecticut/ Here’s what’s in the tentative agreement the rail unions have won to prevent a potential freight rail strike. The final deal was negotiated by the unions that represent engineers and conductors, but the 12 railway unions are likely to benefit from the concessions made by the railways, as the unions that accepted the deals earlier […]]]>

Here’s what’s in the tentative agreement the rail unions have won to prevent a potential freight rail strike.

The final deal was negotiated by the unions that represent engineers and conductors, but the 12 railway unions are likely to benefit from the concessions made by the railways, as the unions that accepted the deals earlier all had provisions in their agreements that would allow them to do so. .

The increases workers will receive under this agreement will be the largest they have received in more than four decades. The rail industry has said average wages for railway workers will reach $110,000 by the end of this five-year deal in 2025.

The financial terms of the deal closely follow recommendations made by the Presidential Emergency Council last month after those arbitrators met with both sides.

Railroad-dependent businesses said a strike would be devastating, and the Association of American Railroads trade group estimated that a work stoppage would cost the economy more than $2 billion a day.

The talks included all major US railroads, including BNSF, Union Pacific, Norfolk Southern, CSX, Kansas City Southern and Canadian National’s US operations. Canadian Pacific is negotiating separately with its unions.

WHAT ARE THE INCREASES?

Railway workers will receive 24% increases and $5,000 in bonuses under the agreement retroactive to 2020. Railway workers will therefore receive significant back wages of more than $11,000 on average once this agreement is ratified.

HOW LONG TIME OFF WILL WORKERS GET?

The deal includes an additional paid day off per year, but the railroads also agreed to let workers take unpaid time off for doctor’s appointments and medical procedures without being penalized under their rules. of presence.

Unpaid leave is a key concession that addresses some of the unions’ concerns about working conditions. Under the current BNSF and Union Pacific system, workers receive a set number of points and lose points each time they take time off. If workers use all their points, they can be sanctioned or even fired.

WHAT ABOUT HEALTH INSURANCE?

Workers will have to pay a higher share of their health insurance costs, but their premiums will be capped at 15% of the total cost of the insurance plan. Currently, railroad workers pay $228.88 per month for their health insurance, which is about 12.6% of the total plan cost.

The railways have also agreed to increase the amount they will pay for hearing benefits and for speech therapy and other autism treatments.

WILL WORKERS SUPPORT THE AGREEMENT?

The members of the 12 railway unions will have to vote on these agreements. One union already on Wednesday rejected a deal narrowly based on recommendations from the Presidential Emergency Council, but two other unions have endorsed similar deals. These latest concessions could help win support from the union that rejected a deal.

Recommendations from the Emergency Presidential Council included significant increases, but failed to address union concerns over working conditions. Many railroad workers took to social media to say they would vote against a deal that only delivers what the Emergency Presidential Council recommended. It remains to be seen whether the railroad’s furlough concessions are enough to win workers’ support.

Earlier this summer, railway workers voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if the two sides could not agree on a deal. Many workers are frustrated with current working conditions after major railways cut their workforce by almost a third over the past six years. Hundreds of railroad workers left the industry this year as the railroads aggressively hired new employees.

The railways need additional employees to handle all the freight. Shippers have complained loudly this year about delivery delays and poor service, and federal regulators have demanded that railroads improve service.

If unions and railway companies fail to reach an agreement by Friday, some rail workers have said they are ready to walk away. Here’s what a strike could mean for Americans.

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Calls for violence against the press have borne fruit: a politician accused of the murder of an investigative journalist https://satgtu.org/calls-for-violence-against-the-press-have-borne-fruit-a-politician-accused-of-the-murder-of-an-investigative-journalist/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 17:49:00 +0000 https://satgtu.org/calls-for-violence-against-the-press-have-borne-fruit-a-politician-accused-of-the-murder-of-an-investigative-journalist/ from an-anomaly-but-really-worrying department Given the inalienable protections that this country has deemed essential to democracy, the United States has tolerated only limited violence against journalists. Most of this violence is perpetrated by law enforcement officers who believe that a fully functioning democracy requires that they accept documentation of their actions with force or wrongful arrests. […]]]>

from an-anomaly-but-really-worrying department

Given the inalienable protections that this country has deemed essential to democracy, the United States has tolerated only limited violence against journalists. Most of this violence is perpetrated by law enforcement officers who believe that a fully functioning democracy requires that they accept documentation of their actions with force or wrongful arrests.

That reckoning changed during the Trump years as the sitting president routinely made statements describing journalists who did not flatter him as enemies of democracy. When the public revolted against police brutality, Trump sent in federal officers to bring the population back into subjugation — which often manifested in overt violence against reporters covering the protests.

You don’t have to be a Trump fan to consider journalists dangerous. All you need to be is on the wrong side of history – even if it’s only hyper-local history. The rhetoric against journalists has intensified in recent years, resulting in public statements by elected officials that sound like they would like to chair regions, for example in China. Or Turkey.

Presenting journalists as dangerous has finally claimed a victim. And the alleged perpetrator appears to be someone who would never espouse Trump’s anti-journalistic views, let alone vote for him. But when elections are on the line, journalists are first against the wall. Here is Lara Kote, journalist for Politico:

Las Vegas police have charged a local elected official with murder in connection with the stabbing death of Jeff German, an investigative reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal who had spent months exposing wrongdoing and unrest in the official’s office.

Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles, a 45-year-old Democrat, was taken into custody Wednesday after police conducted a search of his home. On Thursday, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters that Telles had been charged with murder after authorities found a positive match between Telles’ DNA and genetic material found under German’s fingernails.

German had dug into Telles’ apparent misconduct, including allegations of bullying, favoritism and an inappropriate relationship with another government official. At the time of his alleged murder, German was in the process of obtaining records from the public administrator’s office.

Telles, the murder suspect, recently lost his bid for re-election. But while still in office, he repeatedly attacked the longtime investigative journalist on Twitter, calling him a “tyrant” and calling his investigative reporting “dirty plays”.

For those slights (and Telles’ recent loss at the polls), it appears the former county official felt the reporter should be killed. There is an apparent pattern. And there is also a lot of evidence.

Surveillance footage from Friday morning, the day of the murder, showed an individual wearing a long-sleeved orange T-shirt with reflective stripes and a large straw hat that covered his face. Police later recovered a similar hat from Telles’ home which had been cut into pieces, along with a pair of shoes matching those worn by the suspect in the video, which had also been cut, potentially destroying evidence, have said. authorities said.

Police said surveillance video showed the killer leaving the crime scene before returning minutes later in a maroon GMC Yukon Denali – which matched the description of a car registered to Telles’ wife.

Maybe something will come out in court that will alter the narrative. Perhaps there was a motive beyond what appears to be little more than a government official deciding that a murder charge was the best way to deter future reporting of alleged misconduct. But, for now, these are the facts and the allegations that we have to work with. And that says nothing positive about the current relationship between public servants and members of the public who are crucial to government accountability.

Filed Under: jeff german, journalism, las vegas, murder, politicians, robert telle

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TSA Attends Richmond International Job Fair September 15 https://satgtu.org/tsa-attends-richmond-international-job-fair-september-15/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 17:26:00 +0000 https://satgtu.org/tsa-attends-richmond-international-job-fair-september-15/ RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) attends a job fair at Richmond International Airport. Several employers, including the TSA, will be present to find potential candidates to fill the available positions. The administration hires full-time and part-time TSA agents and provides information. TSA positions have a starting wage of $17.55 per hour. […]]]>

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) attends a job fair at Richmond International Airport.

Several employers, including the TSA, will be present to find potential candidates to fill the available positions. The administration hires full-time and part-time TSA agents and provides information.

TSA positions have a starting wage of $17.55 per hour. New employees will have the opportunity to increase their salary after six months. The Authority also provides benefits for full-time and part-time employees, including paid training, health, dental and vision care plans, life insurance and long-term care insurance, a retirement plan, a flexible spending account, an employee assistance program, paid time off, paid holidays, paid federal holidays, a savings plan (similar to a 401 (k) and parental leave.

Prior security or law enforcement experience is not required for candidates.

The job fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 15 at the Ivor Massey Administration Building adjacent to the airport at 5707 Huntsman Road.

There is free parking in the building and the GRTC 7A/B bus route to Richmond Airport has a shuttle to pick up attendees to transport them to and from the Massey building.

To find officer vacancies nationwide, click/tap here.

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Teixeira-Poit Receives NIH Grant to Study Impact of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Design https://satgtu.org/teixeira-poit-receives-nih-grant-to-study-impact-of-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-design/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 06:43:42 +0000 https://satgtu.org/teixeira-poit-receives-nih-grant-to-study-impact-of-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-design/ EAST GREENSBORO, NC (September 9, 2022) – Stephanie Teixeira-Poit, Ph.D., associate professor at the John R. and Kathy R. Hairston College of Health and Human Sciences at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, received a $568,960 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant, “Identifying and Mitigating Health Disparities Following a Design Change from Open Bay […]]]>

EAST GREENSBORO, NC (September 9, 2022) – Stephanie Teixeira-Poit, Ph.D., associate professor at the John R. and Kathy R. Hairston College of Health and Human Sciences at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, received a $568,960 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant, “Identifying and Mitigating Health Disparities Following a Design Change from Open Bay Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to Single-Family Rooms”.

Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) are essential for providing high quality care and ensuring optimal health outcomes for sick and preterm newborns. Although NICUs began as open bays with many babies admitted in large rooms of varying size, a growing trend in NICU design is single-family rooms with one baby allowed per room and accommodations for at least one parent stays with the baby.

One benefit of the single-family room design is increased parent-baby bonding time, but this assumes that all parents can cohabit with their babies. Research suggests that black and low-income parents may face challenges, such as lack of paid maternity leave or transportation, that limit their opportunities for cohabitation at the frequency of white and economically privileged parents.

The study will use data from multiple sources to determine whether patient subpopulations equally benefited or were unintentionally harmed by the NICU design change. Some of this research will be done at Cone Health, which transitioned to NICU single family rooms in 2020 at the Women’s & Children’s Center at Moses Cone Hospital. By researching the potential impacts of design change, Cone Health demonstrates its commitment to promoting health equity and reducing health disparities among patients.

The Teixeira-Poit research team includes co-investigators Bonnie Fields, Ph.D., clinical associate professor in the A&T School of Nursing, and Marjorie Jenkins, Ph.D., director of nursing research at Cone Health. The team will conduct a mixed-methods study that will triangulate patient health outcome data, patient experience surveys and in-depth interviews with NICU staff.

The NIH study will build on the team’s previous work in a small pilot study sponsored by a $7,500 health equity award from the Daisy Foundation. The Daisy-funded pilot study involved preliminary analyzes of quantitative data and interviews with nurses that highlighted areas for further exploration.

The team will simultaneously explore whether there are disparities in health outcomes and experience of care between patient subpopulations, with particular attention to race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. . The team will also collect and analyze qualitative data from clinicians and administrators to provide rich detail about processes that may reproduce health disparities. The interviews will uncover barriers and reveal strategies to mitigate unintended consequences of the NICU design change.

New NIH funding is through the Support for Research Excellence (SuRE) R16 program, which supports research capacity building at institutions that recruit significant numbers of students from underrepresented backgrounds to the NIH. national scale in biomedical research.

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