covid pandemic – Ocupario http://ocupario.org/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 10:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ocupario.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-3-150x150.png covid pandemic – Ocupario http://ocupario.org/ 32 32 Ethisphere Announces 2022 World’s Most Ethical Companies https://ocupario.org/ethisphere-announces-2022-worlds-most-ethical-companies/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://ocupario.org/ethisphere-announces-2022-worlds-most-ethical-companies/ PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ethisphere, a global leader in setting and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, today announced the 136 winners representing 22 countries and 45 industries who have earned the coveted designation of World’s Most Ethical Companies.® in 2022. It’s the 16thand annual recognition of companies that have demonstrated their commitment to ethical business practices […]]]>

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ethisphere, a global leader in setting and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, today announced the 136 winners representing 22 countries and 45 industries who have earned the coveted designation of World’s Most Ethical Companies.® in 2022.

It’s the 16thand annual recognition of companies that have demonstrated their commitment to ethical business practices through programs that positively impact employees, communities and broader stakeholders, and contribute to long-term sustainable and profitable business performance term.

In 2022, 14 companies are winners for the first time, while six have been recognized 16 times – every year since the awards were created in 2007.

“The time is right, and the data is clear: companies must lead the way on sustainability, social issues and governance. The world’s most ethical companies understand that the capitalism of today and tomorrow is the one that demonstrates how we turn our ideals into action,” said Ethisphere CEO, Timothy Erblich. “Congratulations to the 2022 winners for their dedication to advancing business integrity, for their leadership on tough issues, and for demonstrating that doing good is key to long-term successful performance.”

“At TIAA, transparency, accountability and integrity are values ​​deeply embedded in our culture,” said Thasunda Brown Duckett, President and CEO of TIAA. “We know our customers want to work with a partner they trust, and we work hard to do well with them, our employees and our communities. We are honored to be named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere for the eighth consecutive year.

“Recognition for the 14and time as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies is an incredible honor for which we thank our 400,000 green apron partners (employees) who show up with a common mission,” said Kevin Johnson, President and CEO, Starbucks Coffee Company. “At Starbucks, we know we must earn the trust we have from our partners, customers and communities every day by leading with a purpose that goes far beyond the pursuit of profit.”

“It’s a real honor to be named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the 9and consecutive year,” said Steve James, CEO of Teachers Mutual Bank Limited. “As one of only five banks worldwide to be honored this year, this recognition reinforces our credentials as a socially responsible bank seeking to make a difference. I’m proud to lead a business that uses banking as a force for good.

Ethisphere’s 2022 Ethics Index, the set of publicly traded companies recognized as recipients of this year’s World’s Most Ethical Companies designation, outperformed a comparable index of large-cap companies by 24, 6 percentage points over the last five calendar years.

“Outperformance, which Ethisphere calls Ethics bonus, has remained constant since we started tracking the stock performance of winning companies. We believe this outperformance is the result of the types of practices that lead a company to our list – practices that demonstrate an investment in its people, culture and communities. We see in this data that these practices, over time, lead to better financial performance,” Erblich added.

Ethisphere will host a Virtual Honors Gala on April 12, 2022. It will feature keynote speeches from Matthew McConaughey, Academy Award®– winning actor, New York Times bestselling author and founder of just keep the foundation livin; and Ernie Johnsonsix-time Sports Emmy Award winner, and New York Times bestselling author of Unscripted: The Unpredictable Moments That Make Life Extraordinary.

Methodology and results

Based on Ethisphere’s proprietary ethics quotient®, the World’s Most Ethical Companies assessment process includes more than 200 culture data points; environmental and social practices; ethics and compliance activities; governance; diversity, equity and inclusion; and initiatives that support a strong value chain. The process serves as an operational framework to capture and codify best practices from organizations across industries and around the world.

This year, the assessment has been updated to include questions about programmatic changes made in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. It also included a new area around risk assessment, to better respond to the US Department of Justice’s recent emphasis on the effectiveness of a company’s risk assessment efforts; more detailed questions on key impact assessment processes; and a series of other updates to reflect the changing landscape regarding ethics, compliance and governance.

All companies that participate in the judging process receive an analytical scorecard that provides information on key trends among winning companies and where their programs stand against the class of winning companies. Candidates also receive a three-month associate membership in the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA).

Winners

The full list of the 2022 World’s Most Ethical Companies is available at https://worldsmostethicalcompanies.com/honorees/.

Follow the conversation on Twitter: 2022 #WorldsMostEthicalCompanies.

About Ethisphere

Ethisphere® is the global leader in defining and promoting the standards of ethical business practices that fuel business character, market trust and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and setting fundamental ethical standards using data-driven insights that help companies build corporate character and measure and improve culture. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition program and provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA). https://ethisphere.com.

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Flexible employment can ease work pressure https://ocupario.org/flexible-employment-can-ease-work-pressure/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 00:37:30 +0000 https://ocupario.org/flexible-employment-can-ease-work-pressure/ Applicants review job opportunities at a job fair in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. [Photo by Liu Jianhua/For China Daily] The concept of “flexible employment” has become a hot topic of discussion, especially after Premier Li Keqiang reiterated the government’s policy of further supporting flexible employment and new forms of employment over the ” two sessions” which […]]]>

Applicants review job opportunities at a job fair in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. [Photo by Liu Jianhua/For China Daily]

The concept of “flexible employment” has become a hot topic of discussion, especially after Premier Li Keqiang reiterated the government’s policy of further supporting flexible employment and new forms of employment over the ” two sessions” which have just ended. The Central Economic Labor Conference held in December also declared that flexible employment would be promoted.

All this shows that the authorities attach greater importance to flexible employment.

Still, the heated discussion online about flexible employment reflects the pressure on the Chinese labor market. However, if well managed, flexible employment could play a positive role in the economic and social development of the country.

But what prompted authorities to pay more attention and citizens to discuss the new concept of flexible employment?

From a macro perspective, flexible employment has gained prominence mainly since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020. Remote work and lifestyle, especially working from home, are become an integral part of economic and social activities. after social distancing norms, one of the main prevention and control measures to contain the pandemic, were introduced in the country. It is in this context that the demand for flexible jobs, including those in delivery services and influencers, has exploded.

The Chinese economy is facing further downward pressure and the job market has room for further improvement. In such a scenario, flexible employment could act as a cushion when labor supply and demand become out of sync, and fewer regular jobs are created or some people become unemployed. The fallow period between successive jobs is called frictional unemployment in economics. To fill the void of frictional unemployment, flexible employment is becoming the choice of many job seekers.

In addition, the rise of mobile internet and demand from specific sectors has also created new opportunities for flexible employment. Millions of flex jobs, including delivery services, ride-sharing services, short-video making and live streaming, have been created through the rapid development of mobile internet.

In addition, demand for housekeeping and cleaning services has skyrocketed with rising incomes and an aging population. Online platforms have made it possible to match supply and demand, and thus have prompted the public to pay greater attention to flexible employment.

From a micro perspective, job seekers’ increasingly open notion of employment has also made flexible employment popular. Many flex jobs offer higher pay than stable jobs, are more flexible in terms of working hours, and have less complicated working relationships.

Flexible employment can not only ease the pressure on the labor market, but also help solve some of China’s economic and social problems to some extent. Flexible employment can also help to stabilize employment, preserve people’s income and secure people’s basic livelihoods as proposed by the government.

Therefore, flexible employment should not be flouted.

However, the management of flexible job platforms, which occupy a relatively strong position compared to flexible jobs, should be strengthened. The government should introduce necessary regulations and punish platforms demanding or extracting an unfairly high percentage of commission or deducting a high proportion of wages as workers’ commission.

In addition, more user-friendly measures should be introduced to better protect social security and regulate health insurance so that flexible employees feel more secure, and specific institutions should be created to help flexible employees and better protect their rights. . And regular surveys should be conducted to provide free training to flexible employees so they can navigate the job market.

In addition, the government should provide more support to small and medium-sized enterprises, which are important providers of flexible jobs, but which are relatively weak when it comes to resisting risks. It is also necessary to provide special assistance to SMEs on different fronts such as the granting of loans.

The author is a research assistant at the Institute of Global Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Opinions do not necessarily represent those of China Daily.

If you have specific expertise or want to share your opinion on our stories, send us your writings to opinion@chinadaily.com.cn and comment@chinadaily.com.cn.

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NFL posts VP of sports betting job after Calvin Ridley suspension https://ocupario.org/nfl-posts-vp-of-sports-betting-job-after-calvin-ridley-suspension/ Sun, 13 Mar 2022 00:58:38 +0000 https://ocupario.org/nfl-posts-vp-of-sports-betting-job-after-calvin-ridley-suspension/ Posted: March 12, 2022, 4:56 a.m. Last update: March 12, 2022, 05:09 a.m. Steve Bittenbender Read more The timing may seem a little odd to some, but the National Football League posted a job posting on Friday morning: Vice President, General Manager – Sports Betting. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley makes a catch during […]]]>

Posted: March 12, 2022, 4:56 a.m.

Last update: March 12, 2022, 05:09 a.m.

The timing may seem a little odd to some, but the National Football League posted a job posting on Friday morning: Vice President, General Manager – Sports Betting.

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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley makes a catch during a 2021 NFL regular season game against the Washington Football Team. On Friday, the NFL announced it was looking for a vice president for sports betting just days after it suspended Ridley for betting on championship games last season. (Image: Brett Davis/USA Today Sports)

As Bill King of Sports Business Journal noted, the league actually created the position two years ago before implementing a hiring freeze due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The NFL job description said the person chosen for the role would serve as a “key leader” for its Legalized Sports Betting (LSB) initiatives and work with others across the league.

This role will be responsible for continued growth and strategy, promoting LSB initiatives and partnerships across the League and its 32 member clubs, ensuring accurate and timely communication to senior management and ownership,” indicates the job description. “The ideal candidate works collaboratively, builds consensus while anticipating future dependencies, possesses strong interpersonal leadership qualities, and possesses a deep understanding of sports betting and the broader sports business landscape.”

There is no timeline for when the league can fill the executive role.

Maintaining league integrity a priority

The job description lists four objectives for the role. The first is “Continue to protect the integrity of the game”.

The integrity of the league was put in the spotlight last week when the league suspended Calvin Ridley for at least a year. The decision came after officials learned the Atlanta Falcons’ star receiver had placed a series of parlay bets that included bets on his team’s win.

According to reports, Ridley placed bets in late November using the Hard Rock Sportsbook app. He was not an active member of the Falcons at the time, as the team placed him on the non-football illness list earlier in the season. The former 1,000-yard receiver cited mental health issues as a reason for stepping away.

The NFL investigation later determined that Ridley had no insider information and no games had been compromised. However, the league considered it essential to issue a severe sanction against a high-level player.

“There is nothing more fundamental to the success of the NFL – and to the reputation of everyone associated with our league – than maintaining the integrity of the game,” commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a letter. to Ridley informing him of the league action. “It is the responsibility of every player, coach, owner, match official and anyone else employed in the league. Your actions endanger the integrity of the game, threaten to damage public confidence in professional football and potentially undermined the reputation of your fellow players throughout the NFL.

The NFL is also looking to increase fan value and engagement

The NFL’s other legal betting goals include enhancing the league’s reputation and brand, increasing fan engagement worldwide, and leveraging the data and intellectual property of the league. the league.

Like other professional sports leagues, the NFL quickly moved from opposing legalized sports betting to embracing it. Part of that was having a say or possible control over how sports betting worked in new markets. A bigger reason was to make sure this and the teams get a share of the profits from the game. This is being done through efforts to require official data to classify bets and allow teams to partner with operators legal.

For example, Caesars Sportsbook and the Indianapolis Colts have used their partnership to help the team increase season ticket sales.

In some states, NFL teams have or will have access to betting licenses which they can then assign to operators. Construction began two months ago on a BetMGM sports betting site at State Farm Stadium in Phoenix, where the Arizona Cardinals play. Sports betting law recently enacted in Ohio will allow the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns to join in sports betting.

The expanded Illinois Gaming Act that legalized sports betting in the state will also allow major professional teams to partner with operators as well. This means that if the Chicago Bears end up building a new stadium in Arlington Park, it could very well come with a sportsbook.

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Yukon budget focuses on health and education as employment levels recover from pandemic https://ocupario.org/yukon-budget-focuses-on-health-and-education-as-employment-levels-recover-from-pandemic/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 02:42:04 +0000 https://ocupario.org/yukon-budget-focuses-on-health-and-education-as-employment-levels-recover-from-pandemic/ In its latest budget, Yukon is increasing spending on health care, education, energy retrofits and managing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Capital expenditures will increase by 27% in fiscal year 2022-23, while total revenues are expected to reach $1.46 billion, an increase of $86 million from 2021-22. The government forecasts a surplus of $39.5 […]]]>

In its latest budget, Yukon is increasing spending on health care, education, energy retrofits and managing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Capital expenditures will increase by 27% in fiscal year 2022-23, while total revenues are expected to reach $1.46 billion, an increase of $86 million from 2021-22. The government forecasts a surplus of $39.5 million.

Premier Sandy Silver, who is also the territory’s finance minister, said the economy has exceeded expectations during the pandemic.

“Yukon’s economy is experiencing phenomenal growth that really sets it apart from the rest of Canada,” he told the Legislative Assembly Thursday.

It was the Liberal government’s first budget since forming a minority government last spring.

The Liberal government has earmarked $546.5 million for roads, buildings, bridges and airports in the territory.

The government said its economic outlook had improved, with the labor market nearly back to pre-pandemic levels.

“Yukon is leading the country as we see unprecedented growth in the population and economy of our territory,” said Silver.

But the government warns that there is a shortage of workers in the territory.

“The pandemic has wreaked havoc on our territory,” Silver said.

The government is also warning of a decline in tourism over the next few years as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue to affect revenue.

Silver said improvements to the territory’s mining industry have helped boost revenues.

“Mineral production is expected to increase to more than $1.1 billion this year, a record high,” he said. “Mining remains an important driver of our territory’s economy.

Part of the increased revenue comes from mining tax revenues through corporate income tax or quartz mining royalties and licenses.

Yukon Party Leader Currie Dixon said his party was unimpressed with the budget.

“The budget is remarkable for its size,” he said, referring to the amount the government intends to spend. “It’s quite banal in its content. The budget content is a long list of projects from the last budget or campaign.

“This is an expanded version of last year’s budget.”

Last year’s budget projected a deficit of $6.6 million for 2021-22, but the government revised that estimate last October in a budget update to $18.2 million.

At the time, he said spending rose by $72.2 million, in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cost of public health measures and financial relief programs.

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The Recorder – Acting Associate Principal of Greenfield Middle School resigns https://ocupario.org/the-recorder-acting-associate-principal-of-greenfield-middle-school-resigns/ Thu, 10 Feb 2022 21:55:12 +0000 https://ocupario.org/the-recorder-acting-associate-principal-of-greenfield-middle-school-resigns/ Posted: 02/10/2022 16:41:53 Modified: 02/10/2022 16:40:12 GREENFIELD — Superintendent Christine DeBarge announced Wednesday that Greenfield Middle School acting associate principal Chris Pratt has notified the district of her resignation. “I want to thank Chris for all his hard work and wish him luck,” DeBarge told school committee members Wednesday night. Pratt’s last day as acting […]]]>

Posted: 02/10/2022 16:41:53

Modified: 02/10/2022 16:40:12

GREENFIELD — Superintendent Christine DeBarge announced Wednesday that Greenfield Middle School acting associate principal Chris Pratt has notified the district of her resignation.

“I want to thank Chris for all his hard work and wish him luck,” DeBarge told school committee members Wednesday night.

Pratt’s last day as acting associate director will be Feb. 18, according to DeBarge.

Pratt, who was hired in September, said in a phone interview Thursday that he was able to find a permanent position at another school, though he declined to say where.

The Brattleboro, Vermont native had recently served as superintendent at the Windham Northeast Supervisory Union and began working in Greenfield on September 27.

DeBarge told members of the school committee that the position of associate principal had already been posted and applications had already started to come in.

Pratt also served as the Restorative Practice Facilitator, a stipend position created in the fall to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students.

“I plan to convene the members who applied for writing the social-emotional learning program to see what the state of things is, to get the lay of the land, and then make a decision from there if I’m going to repost (the position), or one of the directors will continue that work,” DeBarge noted.

The district will also soon hire a social justice and community outreach coordinator, the job description for which school board members approved with some changes Wednesday.

“I think what we need is someone who comes with the ability to continue, monitor and support the work that’s being done through the lens of fairness,” DeBarge said. “I didn’t necessarily title him ‘coach’, but I almost liken him to our teaching coaches – (they have) the ability to be on the pitch and support people in the immediate term.”

The person would help provide advice to students, offer workshops with staff and family, and be a link to community organizations.

“Greenfield, in my limited time here, has a very rich base of community organizations and resources,” she said. “It would be wonderful to have someone who could help our students access needed resources and be a link to families, and be able to do home visits if needed.”

She said the position, which is funded by the ESSER III (Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief Fund) grant, will be a full-time position throughout the school year.

School committee member Glenn Johnson-Mussad suggested a friendly amendment to add a sentence telling applicants that they do not necessarily need to meet all of the requirements to apply and to include a specific salary when it is attach. Both changes were aimed at attracting a larger and more diverse pool of candidates, he explained.

“I’m excited for this work and for it to happen,” he said.

Jayme Winell, an English teacher at Greenfield Middle School, said during the public comment portion of the meeting that while she has seen more stability at school since the start of the school year thanks to new staff, more support staff is still needed. .

“I’m very grateful to see a lot of new employees,” she told committee members. “We still need … staff in rooms with many children who have individualized education plans (IEPs), who need individual support. Not having that one-on-one support in the classroom is really difficult. »

Journalist Mary Byrne can be reached at mbyrne@recorder.com or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne

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Mother dragged after explosive online rant about ‘unreliable’ nannies https://ocupario.org/mother-dragged-after-explosive-online-rant-about-unreliable-nannies/ Fri, 04 Feb 2022 01:26:13 +0000 https://ocupario.org/mother-dragged-after-explosive-online-rant-about-unreliable-nannies/ Commentators were quick to call out a mother who berated several nannies in an explosive internet post. In a Reddit post that includes a screenshot of what appears to be a Facebook post from a private group, an unnamed mother exclaimed that she was “sick and tired” of nannies she deemed unreliable, and scoffed at […]]]>

Commentators were quick to call out a mother who berated several nannies in an explosive internet post.

In a Reddit post that includes a screenshot of what appears to be a Facebook post from a private group, an unnamed mother exclaimed that she was “sick and tired” of nannies she deemed unreliable, and scoffed at the idea of ​​paying more than $10 an hour for childcare. Posted to Reddit’s r/antiwork on Publish received over 51,000 votes and 6,700 comments.

Beginning the reposted Facebook post with the explanation that she was looking for a third nanny for her one-year-old son, the distraught mum wrote that she was in shock at other nannies who ‘ghosted’ her family, and lamented nannies who were unaccustomed to her job responsibilities.

“I have a corporate job that I have deadlines for,” she wrote. “Some of these girls clearly don’t understand what a deadline is or the environment of a company.”

“My husband is deployed so I will literally COUNT ON YOU every morning,” she added.

Despite her need for help, however, the Facebook poster assured that she didn’t want to pay a nanny more than $10 an hour.

“The pay is $10/hour. It’s not living money, it’s extra money,” she wrote. “Perfect for the older mum/grandmother type who wants to hang out with my 1 year old.”

“I need help ASAP,” she continued. “We can’t afford this $15/$20 an hour thing.”

Redditors responded to a mum’s Facebook post complaining that she was having trouble finding a nanny within her budget.
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Responding to the viral Reddit post, user u/WanderingGenesis was sensitive to rising childcare costs, but said the mother who wrote the reposted Facebook post was unaware of the rates current.

“Getting babysitting is expensive and you need help, but $10/hr is what I made as a babysitter in high school in 2001,” they commented. “That shit ain’t gonna cut it no more.”

In the post’s top comment, which received nearly 19,000 votes, Redditor u/ancientgreenthings said the mother’s Facebook post could be indicative of what to expect if she were hired.

“And that’s how she talks to you before you tried to work for her,” they wrote.

Amid thousands of comments advising the mother-of-one to seek a second job to supplement childcare costs, other Redditors zeroed in on the wording of the original Facebook post. Pointing to the job description that a nanny was needed to “hang” with the one-year-old, Redditor u/GooseRepresentative1 offered a hearty “LMAO,” while u/Whynotchaos explained that caring for a baby involves more than just being present.

“Good, like all you have to do is relax with the kid,” they commented sarcastically. “You don’t ask someone to watch your teen, ma’am, babies tend to demand a little more than just ‘hanging out’.”

“They don’t even think it’s a job at all and want you to think hanging out with a baby is just a fun side hustle,” wrote another commenter, u/ultratoxic.

In 2021, 70% of parents said they were stressed about childcare costs and 40% of parents went into debt due to rising childcare costs, according to The Penny Hoardera personal finance multimedia site.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, child care costs in the United States jumped 41%, according to loan tree. While the Department of Health and Social Services defines affordable childcare as costing no more than 7% of annual household income, more than 85% of parents said they would spend more than 10% on childcare in 2021, according to Care’s Cost of care survey.

Care, an online marketplace for child care and child care information, also reported that the national average pay rate for a nanny in the United States is $15.30 per hour. Although average rates vary from state to state, nannies in all major cities earn over $15 per hour, and in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC, nannies earn more than $20 an hour.

Nanny rates, which also vary based on the number of children, experience, and first aid and CPR certifications, rarely drop to $10 an hour. nanny wayone of the leading online nanny matchmaking services, reported that even for part-time nannies, parents can expect to pay $476 per week, an average of $13.60 from the time.

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Rector – Episcopal News Service https://ocupario.org/rector-episcopal-news-service/ Wed, 02 Feb 2022 10:53:43 +0000 https://ocupario.org/rector-episcopal-news-service/ All Saints Church is looking for an effective, proven, faith-filled leader and builder who will help us continue to thrive and grow in advancing our mission to share the love of Christ, to transform lives and build the Kingdom of God. Our parish is located in Chevy Chase, MD, adjacent to Washington, DC. We have […]]]>
All Saints Church is looking for an effective, proven, faith-filled leader and builder who will help us continue to thrive and grow in advancing our mission to share the love of Christ, to transform lives and build the Kingdom of God.

Our parish is located in Chevy Chase, MD, adjacent to Washington, DC. We have been blessed by the Lord in many ways. Over the past 10 years we have:

  • We have doubled our membership to approximately 2,000 members and 600 active families spanning multiple generations, ethnicities and political persuasions
  • Addition of a contemporary worship service to the family table, to complement our traditional Anglican worship
  • Improving our adult, youth and children’s education programs
  • Expanding our global and local mission and outreach programs
  • Led a 4-year Kingdom campaign to strengthen our ministries, buildings, grounds, and finances
  • Adopted a 2020-24 strategic plan, which sets out our priorities
  • Promoting healing and unity within the parish and with the Diocese of Washington
  • We have used live streaming, Zoom meetings, and phone calls to continue and grow our ministries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are supported by over 50 clergy and staff (full-time and part-time), including two full-time priests, one part-time associate priest, one visiting priest, two seminarians, one full-time parish administrator , a volunteer business manager and 20 pre-school staff. We are also blessed with talented lay leaders who serve in the vestry and lead our various ministries.

We are looking for someone of faith, maturity, and demonstrated accomplishment, knowledgeable in scripture and preaching the gospel, with strong leadership abilities and vision. This rector will have successfully led a parish or helped materially in the growth of a large parish. Ideally, they should be ready to serve for at least 5-7 years.

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Revealed: Nearly 400 drivers join labor rights legal battle against Amazon https://ocupario.org/revealed-nearly-400-drivers-join-labor-rights-legal-battle-against-amazon/ Sun, 30 Jan 2022 07:59:37 +0000 https://ocupario.org/revealed-nearly-400-drivers-join-labor-rights-legal-battle-against-amazon/ Nearly 400 drivers who delivered packages for Amazon have joined a legal battle seeking compensation from the internet retail giant for labor rights, The Independent can reveal. Law firm Leigh Day launched a claim on behalf of a driver just months ago – but the number of people who have signed up to take action […]]]>

Nearly 400 drivers who delivered packages for Amazon have joined a legal battle seeking compensation from the internet retail giant for labor rights, The Independent can reveal.

Law firm Leigh Day launched a claim on behalf of a driver just months ago – but the number of people who have signed up to take action has now risen to 392.

Drivers who deliver goods to addresses for Amazon through “delivery service partners” companies are classified as self-employed, which denies them employee rights such as minimum wage and paid vacation.

A driver involved in the lawsuit has revealed how he endured grueling shifts to deliver up to around 300 packages a day and faced more than a month off work without pay when he had fallen ill. He accused Amazon of treating drivers like “slaves”, urging it to recognize them as employees instead.

Leigh Day thinks at least 3,000 drivers could be entitled to an average compensation of £10,500 each year they delivered parcels for the company founded by billionaire Jeff Bezos, meaning Amazon could have to shell out million pounds.

The internet giant – which recorded a profit of £5.8billion in the first three months of last year – has previously faced allegations that some drivers working for courier companies delivering his wares would have fetched less than minimum wage.

The lawsuit follows a landmark decision against Uber last year in which the Supreme Court ruled that app drivers should be classified as workers and have rights.

It comes as a survey of drivers who had delivered packages for Amazon over the Christmas period found nearly nine in ten said the targets or working conditions had put themselves or others in danger. The survey of 131 drivers, including 75 who had registered at the time to make claims, was carried out by Leigh Day between December 27 and January 8.

Meanwhile, eight in ten said their job as a delivery driver had felt more pressured since the Covid-19 pandemic, while only half said the money they made doing the role covered the cost of living. About a third said they worked more than 12 hours a day, and 94% said they worked without a break. One in five said they worked more than six days in a row without taking a day off.

Leigh Day filed a complaint with the Employment Tribunal on behalf of a driver in August and another driver signed up as a customer when he made the legal action public in October. Since then, a further 390 drivers have registered with Leigh Day to take legal action from Friday morning.

When asked what his message to Amazon would be, a driver involved in the lawsuit said: ‘Just to treat drivers, everyone who works for them, like employees and stop treating them like slaves .”

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Leigh Day announced the legal action on the radio and on billboards in a bid to raise awareness. Claims are made against both Amazon and up to 40 “delivery service partners”.

So far, Leigh Day said 13 individual claims had been submitted to the employment tribunals, but the law firm said the rest would be submitted over the next few months. Drivers must have delivered Amazon packages within the previous 10 weeks when registering with Leigh Day to make a claim. This means that not everyone involved is necessarily shipping for Amazon yet.

Leigh Day’s lawyer, Kate Robinson, said: “Leigh Day is acting on behalf of drivers who are asserting employee rights against Amazon. This means that drivers are asking the labor court to recognize that the way drivers work in practice and how they fit into Amazon’s business means they should be classified as employees rather than freelancers as they currently are.

“Being classed as employees would give them rights they are not currently entitled to, such as paid leave, at least the national minimum wage and a contract of employment. If the labor court finds the drivers to be employees, the claimants will return to court to decide how much compensation to award.

One of 13 claims already before an employment tribunal comes from a 29-year-old man who delivered goods for Amazon as a self-employed driver through a service partner company for about three years until last July. His suit, against both Amazon and the service provider, was filed in a labor court in December.

He said The Independent he delivered up to around 300 packages a day via a route dictated by a phone app, in grueling nine-hour shifts during which he often worked without a break because he didn’t have time. He said he was paid less than £130 per route he had to take during a shift, but had to pay £200 from his salary each week to hire his van. Drivers were paid 18p per mile for fuel, but that did not always cover the true cost, he said. He was not entitled to sick pay or vacation pay, he added.

The driver, who moved to the UK from Romania in 2017 and lives in Luton, said: ‘I was no longer happy working for Amazon because they don’t care about drivers, actually,’ said he declared, adding: “You have delivered [for] nine o’clock and you have to be fast, without taking breaks, you can’t deliver properly.

The working conditions were not always safe, he said, explaining: “It was dark, cold, dangerous areas, and I felt tired without having eaten all day. They say you can always take a break, but you end up not completing the course. Salaries could be deducted for not completing routes, he said.

During a late 2018 shift, he explained that he was “very stressed” due to the amount of packages he had to deliver and accidentally knocked them over a pole. He said he ended up having to shell out over £1,000 to pay for repairs to the hire vehicle, which was deducted in installments from his salary.

Around the same time, the driver said he was hospitalized for 12 days to be treated for a medical condition and ended up not being able to work for a month and a half. “They don’t support you at all, you don’t have sick pay or anything. You have to work, work, work,” he said, explaining that money was scarce at the time and he had to borrow from friends.

“You are self-employed but, in fact, the rules are for employees,” he argued. “It’s not fair at all, it’s the way they have to change to employ people.” Referring to Amazon’s profits, he said: “They’re getting richer and richer but, really, how do they get that?”

When asked what his message to Amazon would be, he replied, “Just to treat drivers, everyone who works for them, like employees and stop treating them like slaves.”

An Amazon spokesperson said: “We are extremely proud of the drivers who work with our partners across the country, giving our customers what they want, when they want it, wherever they are. We are committed to ensuring that these drivers are compensated fairly by the delivery companies they work with and are treated with respect, and this is reflected in the positive feedback we hear from drivers every day.

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The Santa Rosa Theater is calling for volunteers willing to dress, sew and glue https://ocupario.org/the-santa-rosa-theater-is-calling-for-volunteers-willing-to-dress-sew-and-glue/ Sat, 29 Jan 2022 22:24:40 +0000 https://ocupario.org/the-santa-rosa-theater-is-calling-for-volunteers-willing-to-dress-sew-and-glue/ If Mae Heagerty-Matos, Costume Shop Manager at Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Playhouse, were to write a job description, she could say the gig involves nerve of steel, mental agility, a problem-solving mentality, and a self-starting will. It also requires the ability to work well with others and a commitment to working nights and weekends. And […]]]>

If Mae Heagerty-Matos, Costume Shop Manager at Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Playhouse, were to write a job description, she could say the gig involves nerve of steel, mental agility, a problem-solving mentality, and a self-starting will.

It also requires the ability to work well with others and a commitment to working nights and weekends. And that takes someone who can maintain an even keel in high stress situations.

The best part? This “work” is entirely voluntary.

The concert?

Chest of drawers at the 6th Street Playhouse.

What exactly, you may ask, is a dresser? Don’t worry, me too.

A dresser is the person who stands right offstage during a theater production who helps actors get out of costumes and into dresses, lace up boots and unbutton jackets.

It’s the person who knows the scene as well as the actors because they know that the change of costume for this scene must be completed in 17 seconds, while the change of the next can be done at the leisurely pace of 44 seconds. .

“It gives (people) a whole new perspective on how a show is made and how a show becomes a show,” Heagerty-Matos said. “It’s the inner workings of what you see on stage. You can be part of the magic.

It’s a whirlwind of volunteer work, sure, but the folks at the theater house say it’s brilliant. They also say they need to strengthen their ranks.

“It’s like the pit team”

“You learn the moves of quick change,” said longtime 6th Street Playhouse costume designer Tracy Hinman. “Someone pulls down her dress. Someone else puts her bra on. This guy goes from boy to girl. Quick. It’s like the pit crew come in and change the tires.

Live theater is back. Sure, it’s on hiatus with the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the shows are about to start again, it takes a village to keep them running.

“Hair” now opens with a preview on February 11, and “The Legend of Georgia McBride” has been pushed back to a February 17 opening night.

“It’s four to five weeks, every weekend, and you’re talking Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” Heagerty-Matos said.

This means dress rehearsals, evening shows and matinees.

“A lot of times (the volunteers) are actors, they have friends in the show, or it’s someone who wants to get involved in theatre,” she said. “It’s a great way for them to get a sense of how a show works. You can view a show from the backstage perspective rather than the audience’s perspective.

And that can be exciting, said Celina Kegerreis.

Kegerreis started volunteering with 6th Street Playhouse in 2013 – when she was 14. The production was “Victor/Victoria”.

By her tally, she’s been part of 27 shows now, going from dresser to stage manager.

“I totally fell in love with it,” she said.

As a quick-change dresser, Kegerreis has learned to come up with a plan with every actor she works with.

Some actors like clothes laid out so they can fit in, right down to boots without laces. Others want to lay it out themselves, but may need help with a quick zip.

Kegerreis is there to solve problems anyway.

“I had a show where the zipper wouldn’t close and it was like a moment of panic panic because it was a very, very quick change and we couldn’t get the dress off and we had like three actors who held her,” she mentioned.

“Finally I just grabbed some safety pins and had to pin the safety in the back and had to put a piece of fabric behind it so the audience wouldn’t know ‘Oh it’s a dress without zipper “.”

“They’re all such fun people”

Not everyone who volunteers on 6th Street wants to be, or is needed, behind the scenes.

A group of people spend hours every week mending suits, ironing shirts and pants, and gluing on rhinestones.

The theater also needs more people.

Last week, Rohnert Park volunteer Jeannette Peters sat in front of a sewing machine gluing green tulle to white fabric that had been sewn onto a straw sun hat.

It was to suit Scarlett O’Hara for a scene in the upcoming production of “Hair.”

Peters, who has volunteered at the costume shop for years, said that although she is an amateur costume designer who is familiar with a sewing machine and a glue gun, novices are welcome here.

“There are a lot of things I didn’t know and someone showed me how to do it. It’s like a little workshop in that sense too, in that we all learn from each other,” she said. “And they are all such fun, friendly and helpful people.”

Across the room, volunteer Haley Boaz from Windsor was creating a combination of a hoop skirt and shirt that the actor playing O’Hara can step into, get up and be in full dress in a matter of seconds. seconds.

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TWC: Midland at “full employment” https://ocupario.org/twc-midland-at-full-employment/ Sat, 22 Jan 2022 02:20:29 +0000 https://ocupario.org/twc-midland-at-full-employment/ Labor markets in Midland and Odessa showed a significant recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic at the end of 2021. The Texas Workforce Commission said Friday that unemployment in its Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) — which includes Midland and Martin counties — fell to 4.1% in December from 4.4% in November. The […]]]>

Labor markets in Midland and Odessa showed a significant recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic at the end of 2021.

The Texas Workforce Commission said Friday that unemployment in its Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) — which includes Midland and Martin counties — fell to 4.1% in December from 4.4% in November. The rate is well below the 8% posted in December 2020.

Odessa showed similar improvement, falling to 5.9% from 6.3% in November and well below the 11.6% recorded in Odessa in December 2020.


“We are moving in the right direction,” said Willie Taylor, general manager of Workforce Solutions Permian Basin of the commission. “We are definitely making progress.

Speaking to the Reporter-Telegram by phone, Taylor estimated first jobless claims fell to about 979 in the 17 West Texas counties his office serves.

With an unemployment rate of 4.1%, he said Midland was considered to have full employment and he said it appeared to be a job seekers market. Taylor said her office has funds to help those who want to find jobs but need help with childcare. And he urged people looking for a job or looking for a better job to take advantage of training opportunities at local colleges.

With such a tight job market, not just locally, but statewide — even nationally — Taylor predicted he would be competitive “statewide.”

“As we navigate through this virus, the region is doing well,” Taylor concluded.

According to the Workforce Commission, Midland had a civilian workforce of 101,007, down slightly from 101,125 in November, but more than 2,200 up from 98,752 in December 2020. Still, Taylor pointed out that’s below the 108,000 Midland was seeing before the pandemic and he said it will take time to get back to those levels.

The number of employees increased by about 200 to 96,819 from 96,628. This is 6,000 more than the 90,805 employees the previous December. There were 4,188 unemployed Midlanders in December, 300 less than the 4,497 in November and 3,700 less than the 7,950 unemployed last December.

Midland added 300 jobs from November to December for a non-farm payroll of 100,700. The gain was led by the trade, transportation and utilities sector with 200 new jobs. The mining, logging and construction sectors as well as education and health services each created 100 jobs. The public sector was the only sector to lose jobs, down 100 jobs for the month.

For the 12 months from December 2020 to December 2021, Midland added 6,200 jobs for a job growth rate of 6.6%. Midland’s dominant industrial sector, mining, logging and construction – which includes the oil and gas industry – dominated with the addition of 3,400 new jobs. The leisure and hospitality sector follows with 2,300 new jobs. Commerce, transport and public services added 600 new jobs. The financial activities sector added 300 jobs, followed by the manufacturing sector with 200 new jobs and the other services sector with the addition of 100 jobs.

The government sector recorded the largest job loss during the year, losing 400 jobs. Education and health services lost 200 jobs and professional and business services lost 100 jobs.

Statewide, the unemployment rate fell to 5% from 5.2% in November. Texas recorded a record employment level for a second consecutive month at 13,059,600 jobs. The state created 50,000 jobs in December, adding jobs in 19 of the past 20 months.

Amarillo and Austin-Round Rock each reported the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 2.9% each, followed by College Station-Bryan at 3.2% and Abilene and Lubbock at 3.3 % each. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission recorded the highest unemployment rate at 7.8%.

Midland unemployment

January 2021 8.2%

January 2020 2.4%

February 2021 8.3%

February 2020 2.3%

March 2021 7.6%

March 2020 3.4%

April 2021 6.9%

April 2020 10.2%

May 2021 6.2%

May 2020 12.3%

June 2021 6.7%

June 2020 12%

July 2021 6.0%

July 2020 11.6%

August 2021 5.3%

August 2020 8.5%

September 2021 4.9%

September 2020 9.8%

October 2021 4.7%

October 2020 8.8%

November 2021 4.5%

November 2020 8.6%

December 2021 4.1%

December 2020 8%

Preliminary figures for December with November figures in brackets:

Yellow 2.9 (3.1)

Austin-Round Rock 2.9 (3.2)

Station College-Bryan 3.2 (3.5)

Abilene 3.3 (3.6)

Lubbock 3.3 (3.6)

Sherman Denison 3.4 (3.8)

Waco 3.5 (3.9)

Dallas-Plano-Irving 3.6 (3.9)

San Angelo 3.6 (4.0)

Tyler 3.6 (3.9)

Fort Worth-Arlington 3.7 (4.0)

San Antonio-New Braunfels 3.7 (4.1)

Wichita Falls 3.8 (4.2)

Midland 4.1 (4.4)

Texarkana 4.1 (4.2)

Killeen Temple 4.4 (4.8)

El Paso 4.7 (5.0)

Spotting scope 4.7 (5.1)

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 4.8 (5.1)

Laredo 4.8 (5.0)

Victoria 5.0 (5.3)

Corpus Christi 5.8 (6.0)

Odessa 5.9 (6.3)

Brownsville-Harlingen 6.8 (6.8)

Beaumont-Port Arthur 7.2 (7.4)

McAllen-Edinburgh-Mission 7.8 (7.7)

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