CVS to hire 15,000 workers to handle flu and COVID-19
CVS Health plans to hire 15,000 workers nationwide, including 250 in the Chicago area, to help handle the flu season and growing cases of COVID-19.Some 250 will be hired in the Chicago-area, most to be located at the company’s Mount Prospect hub.Positions will include pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, nurse practitioners, call center representatives and work-from-home customer service employees.Nationally, about 10,000 jobs will be full-time and part-time licensed pharmacy technicians.Many workers hired nationally will help with drive-thru COVID-19 testing and prepare to potentially administe...
Sex, threats and retaliation: Fired California deputy files lawsuit against Yolo County
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A former Yolo County sheriff’s sergeant who claims he was fired for refusing to cover up sexual harassment and discrimination sued in federal court Friday, alleging his supervisor threatened to shoot him and drove a county vehicle while intoxicated, while another deputy allegedly had sex in a patrol car while on duty.The explosive allegations are contained in a federal employment retaliation and discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of Dean Nyland, a 14-year veteran of the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office who says in the lawsuit that he was fired Sept. 3.“He was terminated in...
The Sacramento Bee
Fiat Chrysler, Canadian autoworkers union reach tentative contract deal
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Unifor, the union representing FCA’s approximately 9,000 Canadian autoworkers, have reached a tentative contract deal, averting a possible strike late Wednesday.With only minutes to go before the 11:59 p.m. strike deadline, Unifor announced that a deal had been reached.No details were provided, but the company confirmed a tentative deal had been reached and said details would be provided at a later date.The negotiations with FCA followed successful contract talks between Ford and the union last month. General Motors is set to be the third company to negotiate in t...
Detroit Free Press
COVID-19 'long-haulers' worry about coverage, costs
Andréa Ceresa has been through three gastroenterologists already and now is moving on to her fourth.She’s seen an infectious disease specialist, a hematologist, a cardiologist, an ear, nose and throat specialist, a physiatrist and an integrative doctor. She has an appointment coming up with a neuropsychologist and another one with a neurologist. She’s had an endoscopy, a colonoscopy, a CT scan, a brain MRI and so many blood tests, she said, “I feel like a human pincushion.” She was planning a trip soon to an acupuncturist and has a referral for occupational therapy.Ceresa, a resident of Branch...
Microsoft planning 'hybrid workplace' to expand work from home policy
Microsoft has become one of the largest companies that will expand its work from home policy, including making it permanent for some workers.The company said it plans to adopt a “hybrid workplace” environment that will give workers greater flexibility in the future after the coronavirus pandemic ends.“Flexibility can mean different things to each of us, and we recognize there is no one-size-fits-all solution given the variety of roles, work requirements and business needs we have at Microsoft,” Microsoft Executive Vice President Kathleen Hogan wrote in a blog post. “To address this, we have pr...
New York Daily News
US family health insurance premiums surpass $21,000 before the pandemic
The average premium for family coverage in employer health plans is up about 4% this year to more than $21,000 — and employers are picking up more of the tab.Workers on average aren’t being asked to pay more in premiums for family coverage and those with individual coverage through their work aren’t seeing increases in deductibles, according survey results Thursday from the California-based Kaiser Family Foundation.The findings speak to the stability of health benefits in the pre-pandemic economy when employers were competing for talent in a tight labor market, said Matthew Rae, an associate d...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Holiday jobs trend toward delivery, helping customers buy online as COVID-19 joblessness persists
ORLANDO, Fla. — The seasonal job market is expected to look different in this year of the coronavirus, as even more holiday shoppers make their purchases online and unemployment remains high.Companies such as UPS are loading up with package handlers and drivers, and jobs available inside stores are changing as well to serve online customers. Big shopping days like Black Friday could also potentially see smaller crowds as deals start even earlier, meaning retailers might not need to staff up as much as they normally do.The number of people looking for jobs also is sure to be higher.In August, t...
COVID-19 cases among health care workers underreported by CDC, nurses union says
FORT WORTH, Texas — Fiana Tulip spent the last 10 weeks trying to figure out how her mother, a health care worker in Dallas, contracted and died of COVID-19.Isabelle Papadimitriou, 64, was a respiratory therapist at the Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation. She died on July 4, one week after contracting the novel coronavirus.Tulip said she learned after talking with her mother’s colleagues and reading her journals and text messages that the hospital failed to alert her mother and other staff members at the rehabilitation center that one of the patients had tested positive for COVI...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Crowd-control weapons at Seattle protests have caused injuries, heightened tensions with police
SEATTLE — In a summer of skirmishes between protesters and police, July 25 stands out for the volume of its brutality.Tensions had been primed in days prior. Video of agents seizing a protester in Portland sparked anger among some demonstrators. Then, federal agents traveled to Seattle, against local politicians’ wishes. And in an emergency hearing the night before, a federal judge blocked a Seattle City Council ban on tear gas, blast balls and similar weapons.Protesters that day came away bloodied with bruises, cuts and burns after police used crowd-control weapons, according to court filings...
The Seattle Times
Appeals court rules against Minnesota school district in 'landmark' bias case
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that a transgender student at Coon Rapids High School had a right to use the boys’ locker room.Instead, the Anoka-Hennepin School District had directed the student, N.H., to use an “enhanced privacy” bathroom separate from the boys’ locker room in violation of the state’s human rights act, the court said in a decision filed Monday.The state Department of Human Rights called it a landmark ruling.“This decision means that schools are now safer and more welcoming for transgender and gender nonconforming students across Minnesota,” Human...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)