Desire for respect tops union agenda

first_imgDesire for respect tops union agendaOn 26 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today People are jumping to distressing conclusions about trade unions. Many claimwe are heading back to the 1970s, with the railway unions on the march. The ‘we told you so’ brigade are feeling righteous – elect a Labourgovernment and its paymasters will make life impossible. Even columnists inPersonnel Today have claimed Bob Crow’s union is the new reality, andpartnership platitudes mean nothing. Unfortunately, it shows how long myths take to disappear. HR managers mustdistinguish between the memory of Arthur Scargill and the rest of us. Theoverwhelming trade union attitude today is to seek a decent standard of livingfor members through co-operation with employers. We seek to influence through arguments that demand respect, not by strikesthat show little more than organisational aplomb. We also need public supportto grow and prosper. You do not win that respect by depriving fellow workers ofthe ability to get to work or use other public services. It is true that elections in trade unions influence the rhetoric ofnegotiations. No-one wants to be seen to be in the employer’s pocket when theyare running for union office. But people forget there are many millions oftrade unionists who do not want a walk-on part in the class war. They are justinterested in respect at work. Union members are just as sceptical about overbearing managers, but areinterested in being rewarded – in the widest sense of the word – for usingtheir skill in the service of the organisation. In the debate about the private sector’s role in public services, mostworkers in public services just want to be valued for the contribution theymake. They are more likely to be treated well working for private companies whichare building or maintaining public services than for a government departmentwith one eye on the public sector borrowing requirement. Having said that, there are issues involved for people who face theuncertainty of transfer to the private sector. Aeeu/Amicus recently surveyedour members in 10 NHS trusts and five direct works departments in localauthorities. The key finding was that communication in advance of any transferis vital. There was concern that most transfers took place without considering thepost-transfer relationships between the private company workers and those stilldirectly employed by the public service concerned. So that’s the real trade union agenda. We represent real people trying tomake a living – and their knowledge, skill and commitment needs to bearticulated. Most unions hope to do that without wrecking their fellow workers’opportunity to earn a living, and HR managers need to look at trade unions inthat light. By John Lloyd, National officer, Amicus Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Tulane rallies past Utah 65-61 at Myrtle Beach tourney

first_img Written by Tags: Myrtle Beach Invitational/Tulane Green Wave/Utah Runnin’ Utes Basketball November 24, 2019 /Sports News – Local Tulane rallies past Utah 65-61 at Myrtle Beach tourney FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Teshaun Hightower scored 16 points and hit the go-ahead layup with a minute left, and Tulane beat Utah 65-61 on Sunday in the fifth-place game of the Myrtle Beach Invitational.K.J. Lawson added 14 points and Jordan Walker finished with 12 to help the Green Wave (5-1), who closed on a 10-0 run while hitting nine of their final 11 shots to finish the tournament 2-1.Timmy Allen and Branden Carlson each scored 14 points for Utah (4-2). Freshman Rylan Jones finished with 11 points and hit a 3-pointer to put the Utes up 61-55 with 4½ minutes left — but they didn’t score again.Walker hit two jumpers during the decisive run, including one that tied it at 61 with just over two minutes left. He rimmed out a jumper on the next trip downcourt but Hightower cleaned it up with a left-handed layup that put the Green Wave ahead to stay.The Utes had two chances to tie it in the final minute. Jones’ baseline jumper bounced off the rim with about 16 seconds left and his contested jumper from the left wing hit off the front of the rim and went to Hightower with 5.5 seconds left.Christion Thompson iced it with two free throws with 2.0 seconds left.BIG PICTURETulane: The Green Wave will leave the Myrtle Beach area on a high note after beating Middle Tennessee and Utah in their final two games. They got back to doing what they do well, forcing 20 turnovers and turning them into 18 points, and gave first-year coach Ron Hunter his 450th career victory.Utah: This 1-2 finish to this cross-country trip will wind up being one of those tough lessons the young Utes needed to learn before getting into the heart of Pac-12 play. With 12 new players, an adjustment period was certainly expected.UP NEXTTulane: Plays host to Southern on Dec. 1.Utah: Plays host to UC Davis on Friday night. Associated Presslast_img read more

Timberwolves rally to beat Jazz in Utah for 2nd time

first_imgApril 25, 2021 /Sports News – Local Timberwolves rally to beat Jazz in Utah for 2nd time Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 101-96 victory over the Utah Jazz.Anthony Edwards added 23 points, nine rebounds, four assists and a career-high five steals for Minnesota. D’Angelo Russell also finished with 23 points. The Timberwolves beat Utah on the road for the second time this season.Bojan Bogdanovic scored 30 points and made seven 3-pointers to lead the Jazz. Mike Conley added 18 points and seven assists. Rudy Gobert collected 17 rebounds. Utah fell at home for just the fourth time this season. Tags: Minnesota Timberwolves/NBA/Utah Jazz Associated Presslast_img read more

Six from Harvard named Paul and Daisy Soros fellows

first_imgIn 1997, Paul and Daisy Soros created a charitable trust to support the graduate study of new Americans, immigrants, and children of immigrants. This year, 31 new fellows have been awarded fellowships, and to date, a total of 384 graduate fellowships have been awarded.Out of 890 applications nationwide, six individuals from Harvard have been awarded 2010 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships.Aarti Shahani was born in Casablanca, Morocco, to parents of Pakistani heritage. She attended the University of Chicago and was an honors graduate in anthropology in 2002. Shahani is currently a first-year public policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School.Laurel Yong-Hwa Lee was born in South Korea. She attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), graduating with a double major in brain and cognitive science as well as biology. At MIT, Lee won a Rhodes Scholarship and earned a doctorate degree in clinical medicine at Oxford University. She is currently in her second year of studying medicine at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.Hari Prabhakar was born in Dallas, Texas, to parents from south India. While pursuing an undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University, he was awarded a British Marshall Scholarship, which he used to earn advanced degrees in tropical medicine and international health management. Prabhakar is a first-year student at Harvard Medical School.Deep Shah was born in Atlanta, eight years after his parents emigrated to this country from India. He attended the University of Georgia, and there Shah was named a Rhodes Scholar. At Oxford University, he earned a master’s degree in comparative social policy. He is currently a first-year student at Harvard Medical School.Vanara Taing was born in Thailand in a refugee camp for Cambodians who had escaped during the Vietnamese invasion. Soon thereafter, Taing’s family resettled in the state of Washington. She received her undergraduate degree from Scripps College and her master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Taing recently produced a film, “Beyond the Music,” which was shown at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Anthology Film Archive. She has applications pending at several master of fine arts programs in film production and editing.Tony Pan grew up in Kaoshiung, Taiwan, and received his undergraduate degree in physics from Stanford University, winning awards for scholastic achievement and outstanding performance in physics. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in theoretical astrophysics at Harvard.last_img read more

Higgins Labor Program prepares for year of combining programming and research

first_imgWhile the Higgins Labor Program has been around in various forms since the early 1990s, current director Daniel Graff, who has a joint appointment in the history department, is focused on bringing together the research and student engagement sides of the program.Graff, who was appointed director in 2014, said Higgins was originally founded by labor economists in the economics department as a small, independent research center called the Higgins Research Center. It was named after Monsignor George Higgins, a Catholic priest who argued for workers’ rights and wrote documents for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, writing some of them on social work and justice.“It was folded into the Center for Social Concerns about a decade ago as a way to integrate the Higgins Labor Program’s research on labor questions to add an engaged learning component that we think of the Center for Social Concerns when we think about engaged learning or service learning,” he said. “ … As director, my hope has been to reinvigorate the research side of the things while continuing this programming work.”The Higgins Labor Program has three main components, Graff said. The first of these is event programming that is open to everyone but meant to inform and engage students. One such event is the Labor Cafe, the first of which for the year will take place Friday. The Labor Cafes are informal events on certain Friday afternoons to talk about work-related issues.“That always brings people from campus to it — students, faculty, staff, visitors who are on campus for another reason and see it and come in and people from the community,” Graff said.Other event programming includes the Research, Advocacy and Policy series (RAP), which includes lunchtime talks with subject matter experts; the Higgins Alumni Network, which brings back students who are working in labor in some capacity; and relevant film screenings.Anna Scartz, a junior and student assistant for the Higgins Labor Program, said she became involved after attending one of the events freshman year.“I really liked it because it’s just really casual conversation where I felt comfortable speaking even though I didn’t feel like I had a large amount of knowledge at that time, so that kept me coming back to learn about these important issues,” she said.The second component of the program is the research component, which includes the Just Wage Working Group. The group has been working for a year and a half to develop a just wage framework, which was first presented at the Program’s symposium in Washington D.C. this summer.“We’re trying to develop an online tool right now that people can use to ask a question about whether a particular wage is just or not,” Graff said. “ … We’re now in a space where we have the framework and the tool created, and now it’s operationalizing it online. We’ll be spending a lot of time presenting … to new audiences.”Graff said the group is intentional in how it is framing the conversation in order to “invite more discussion.”“We’re hoping to do it in a way by using this framework of a just wage that might slip out of some of the partisan debates over things like a living wage and a minimum wage,” he said.Scartz was able to participate in the symposium for the Just Wage Working Group this summer. At the event, she said she heard from labor unions, interested students across the country and people who deal with the issues regularly.“It gave me more context as to this being a national or even international movement as opposed to something that happens on Notre Dame’s campus or in the Notre Dame bubble,” she said.Original online conversation is the final component of the Program, which features a blog that is open to contributors.“The heart of it is trying to give students an opportunity,” Graff said.Graff said the Program is operating at the right time where people are interested in labor questions.“I think more and more Americans are concerned about what appears to be increasing economic inequality and the stubbornly flat wages even in spite of the super tight labor market with low unemployment,” he said. “ … The Higgins Labor Program is really interested in getting people together to address those questions, and I think the timing is really pressing right now.”Tags: Higgins Labor Program, Just Wage Working Group, Labor Cafelast_img read more

Pecan planting

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaBefore you even plant a new pecan tree, you may have alreadydecided its success, says a University of Georgia scientist.The variety you choose and where you plant it are the mostcritical choices you can make when planting home pecan trees,said Lenny Wells, a Cooperative Extension horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.”Homeowners can’t spray their trees the way commercial growersdo,” Wells said. “They need to consider disease resistance astheir No. 1 choice when they select a variety.”Six to pickBackyard trees mainly need a built-in resistance to scab, a majordisease of pecan trees, he said. That essentially cuts thechoices to six varieties.Elliott is an especially hardytree with small, round nuts, golden halves and excellent flavor,Wells said. It’s very resistant to scab.Kanza has very good scabresistance. It’s similar to Elliot is much more cold-tolerant. Itwould be a better choice for areas north of Macon.Curtis, another very productivetree, yields smaller nuts with excellent kernels. It’s veryresistant to scab.Gloria Grande, a good producer,yields large nuts with excellent kernels.Sumner is a good producer withexcellent kernel quality. It’s late-maturing but very tolerant toscab.Stuart, a popular variety, haslarge, thin-shell nuts with excellent kernels. It’s veryproductive but has started to scab a little more in recent years.But it’s still a pretty good variety for homeowners.”Those are the best choices of disease-resistant varieties,”Wells said.What, when, where”The best size is normally a 5- to 6-foot tree,” he said. “Thisis large enough to have reserves to carry it through some toughtimes.”February and early March, he said, are the best times to plant.But once you’ve got the tree, you still have a critical choice tomake. Where will you plant it?”Make sure they have enough room to grow,” Wells said. “It’slittle now, but it’s going to be a big tree. Don’t plant pecantrees too close to buildings or power lines. It’s best to givethem 40 to 60 feet on all sides.”A pecan tree, he said, produces nuts on the ends of the limbs.”If it doesn’t have room,” he said, “it will stop fruiting andgrow straight up like a pine tree.”HowAfter you’ve bought a disease-resistant variety and picked aroomy place to plant it, dig a hole big enough — about 2 feetacross and 3 feet deep — to get the roots off to a good start.Be careful to plant the tree at the right depth.”Most people tend to plant too deep or too shallow,” Wells said.”Take note of the dark area that indicates how deep it wasplanted at the nursery. Then plant it at that depth.”To avoid burning the roots of newly planted trees, don’t put anyfertilizer in the planting hole or apply any on the surfacebefore June. Don’t fertilize at all in the first year unless thetree grows by 2 to 4 feet by June. If it does, apply 1 pound of5-10-15 in a 25-square-foot circle (5- to 6-foot diameter) aroundthe tree.Getting a good pecan tree started requires one more criticalthing: water. “During the first two years,” Wells said, “waterpecan trees whenever they don’t get adequate rainfall.”Anything that will help conserve moisture and lessen bigfluctuations in soil moisture will help, he said. Good weedcontrol around the base of the tree is important.”Mulching is the big thing,” he said. “That will pay off morethan anything else. It controls weeds and conserves moisture.”(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Uncharted Waters: Offshore Drilling Along the Eastern Seaboard

first_imgIn January Secretary Ryan Zinke of the United States Department of Interior announced a proposal that would open over 90 percent of Outer Continental Shelf for offshore drilling. The proposal is part of the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2019-2024.According to a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Interior, the Draft Proposed Program includes “47 potential lease sales in 25 of the 26 planning areas,” nine of which are located in the Atlantic Region. This gives energy companies access to leases off the coast of California as well as over a billion acres along the Eastern Seaboard and the Arctic.Although this proposal is only the beginning of what could be an 18-month process in developing a definitive National OCS Program, citizens and leaders across the Southeast  are outraged.Immediately after the Zinke’s announcement, Governor Rick Scott of Florida expressed opposition to the proposal as tourism was hit hard after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in 2010. As a result, Florida was removed from the proposal.On Twitter, Zinke wrote, “I support the governor’s position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver.”On March 5, 227 members of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators signed a letter in opposition to the proposal that would be sent to Zinke. The signatures represent legislators from 17 coastal states.But politicians are not the only ones that have expressed stiff resistance to the plan. Coastal communities are concerned about their health and their economies. In 2015, a report published by Oceana found that offshore drilling could put nearly 1.4 million jobs at risk.The National OCS Program would also reverse President Barack Obama’s permanent ban on offshore drilling in the Arctic and Eastern Seaboard and upend efforts to protect and preserve our planet’s ocean ecosystems.Despite severe opposition from the governors of California, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Virginia and Oregon, Florida is still the only state that remains exempt from the plan.last_img read more

Colombian Boy Begins A 100km Walk For His Father, Who Is Being Held Hostage By The FARC

first_imgBy Dialogo May 29, 2009 An 11 year old boy in the early morning hours started out on a 100 km walk for his father, a soldier, who the boy doesn’t know because he had been kidnapped by the FARC guerrilla forces just a little before the boy had been born, the boy had stated on Thursday. This march “is for my father’s freedom and the freedom of all who have been kidnapped”, the young Johan Steven Martínez stated, as he began his walk that would take him from the town of Ospina to the city of Pasto, the capital of the department of Nariño (on the border with Ecuador). Johan’s father, Army sergeant Libio José Martínez, was kidnapped on 21 December 1997 in a bloody attack by the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) on soldiers who were guarding a communications station on a hill in the southern part of the country. 11 soldiers were killed and 18 more were kidnapped during the attack. Of these kidnapped soldiers, only Martínez and Sergeant Pablo Emilio Moncayo still are being held by the FARC forces. Johan started his march on Wednesday accompanied by hundreds of the inhabitants of the town of Ospina and 30km later they spent the night at a site located near the town of Túquerres, from where he resumed his journey this Thursday, which he hopes he will finish on Friday in Pasto. Last April 16th the rebel group announced that they would turn over Moncayo to a commission headed by the opponent Senator Piedad Córdoba and the soldier’s father. Professor Gustavo Moncayo, who is known throughout the country and abroad for his extensive marches that he has taken to try to insure the release of his son. Nevertheless, President Alvaro Uribe rejected the conditions and stated that he would only allow a delegation of representatives from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and from the Catholic Church to participate in procuring his freedom. Martínez and Moncayo are part of a group of 22 soldiers, which also includes a general from the Police Force (who was promoted to this rank while being held captive) by the FARC forces several years ago, and who the rebel forces are trying to exchange for some 500 of their soldiers who are incarcerated, including three of their soldiers who are being held in the United States.last_img read more

Why Elon Musk’s SpaceX is launching astronauts for Nasa

first_img– Advertisement – SpaceX was shortlisted for evaluation under the Nasa cargo programme in 2006. But by 2008, SpaceX and Tesla, the electric car manufacturer in which Musk had invested, were running low on cash. Musk was faced with an impossible choice: “I could either split the funds that I had between the two companies, or focus it on one company – with certain death for the other,” he told Business Insider in 2013.- Advertisement –last_img

Avian flu strikes again in Laos

first_imgJul 28, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Laos has reported its first major outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza in more than 2 years, on a poultry farm in an area bordering part of Thailand that has recently been hit by the disease.A United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) official said the disease surfaced on a farm just south of the capital city of Vientiane and killed 2,500 chickens, news services reported today. Reuters said the H5 subtype was first detected on Jul 18. The Thai National Institute of Animal Health later confirmed that the virus was H5N1, according to a Bloomberg News report.The last poultry outbreak in Laos occurred in January 2004, according to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), though the virus was reported to have infected a single backyard duck in May of this year. Reuters reported today that the same farm was the site of the latest outbreak and the one in 2004. Laos has not reported any human cases or deaths.The Laotian government culled all chickens on the farm, disinfected the area, and restricted movement of livestock within a 5-kilometer surveillance zone, Wantanee Kalpravidh, FAO regional coordinator for avian influenza projects in Bangkok, told reporters.The international community has been helping Laos—a primarily rural country of 5 million people—establish a strategy to fight avian flu, according to the news reports. The United States contributed $3.4 million in October, Reuters said.Meanwhile, across the border in Thailand, the Bangkok Post reported today that H5N1 avian flu may have infected five more people in two provinces that the government has declared bird flu “red zones.” The public health ministry said the new cases increased the number of suspected cases to 44, with lab results awaited in all of them, the Post said.Three of the latest patients are from Phitsanulok province and were hospitalized Jul 26. All experienced flu symptoms and had contact with chickens in areas with poultry outbreaks. In Phichit province, a 42-year-old woman and a 4-year-old girl from two different districts became ill after they touched chicken carcasses at their homes.The recent re-emergence of H5N1 avian flu in Thailand followed an 8-month hiatus. The virus killed a 17-year-old boy in Phichit province earlier this week and has been confirmed in birds there. Besides Phichit and Phitsanulok, five other north-central Thai provinces are on the list of avian flu alert zones: Sukhothai, Uttaradit, Suphan Buri, Kanchanaburi, and Nakhon Pathom.See also:OIE bulletin with report of 2004 outbreak in Laos read more