Boeing indefinitely extends production shutdown at Washington state plants due to coronavirus
Thirty thousand Boeing employees on Wednesday must start taking vacation or sick time, or apply for unemployment, after the region’s largest private employer decided Sunday to keep its Puget Sound plants closed indefinitely.The workers had been paid during the initial two-week work stoppage that began March 25, when Boeing closed its local factories to grapple with the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.The company told employees Sunday in an email it “is extending the temporary suspension of operations at all Puget Sound area and Moses Lake sites until further not...
The Seattle Times
Amazon execs, in leaked memo, sought to tar fired employee who organized coronavirus walkout
As Amazon grapples with coronavirus infections among workers at a growing number of its facilities, senior leaders sought to discredit the organizer of a walkout in New York this week, according to an internal memo.Amazon general counsel David Zapolsky, in notes from a meeting of top executives circulated within the company and leaked to VICE News, called walkout organizer Chris Smalls — who was fired earlier this week — “not smart, or articulate, and to the extent the press wants to focus on us vs. him, we will be in a much stronger PR position than simply explaining for the umpteenth time ho...
The Seattle Times
Jay Ambrose: Nancy Pelosi strikes again
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump has killed people by the way he has conducted himself during the coronavirus crisis, and, look, I am not going to say in reply that she has killed anybody.But I will say this. She has consistently helped thwart the American good over the past several years, and she is doing it right now, not just by her divisiveness, but by having held up a $2 trillion rescue bill and trying to make parts of it obstacles to success.It was in a CNN interview that she said Trump’s “denial (of the virus threat) at the beginning was deadly,” that he has more r...
Tribune News Service
UPS pilots vote to approve labor contract extension
Pilots for UPS have voted to approve a two-year extension of their labor contract.The pilots for the company’s cargo carrier, who are represented by the Independent Pilots Association, voted 98.9% in favor of the contract extension.“This contract extension provides stability for both UPS and our pilots as we jointly face unprecedented times in our industry,“ Independent Pilots Association President Robert Travis said in a written statement.UPS has more than 2,900 pilots, and more than 95% of its eligible members cast ballots.The company said the new agreement includes annual raises, continued ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Grocery strikes spike at Whole Foods, Instacart and Amazon as fear over COVID-19 spreads
Both grocery and delivery workers are holding strikes and walkouts this week as concerns over dangerous work conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic intensify.Employees at Amazon and Instacart went on strike Monday, while Amazon-owned Whole Foods employees are planning a walkout Tuesday.Staff at all three organizations — which do not have unions — are petitioning for safer work conditions, better pay to make up for their increased risk and extended sick leave protections.The strikes come as grocery workers become increasingly worried about their safety. An Albertsons employee in Escondido and ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Pat Leonard: Will the NFL season actually start on time?
It’s a fair question to ask. In fact, it’s only logical to ask it at this point:Is the 2020 NFL season in jeopardy of being delayed or, let’s be honest, cancelled?The answer is that the league is not there yet, not even close. They are planning for a season that starts on time, and to get there, they are neck deep in making dramatic changes to teams’ offseason operations to prepare remotely the best they can during this coronavirus pandemic.However, consider this timeline logically: experts are outlining a best-case scenario of a 12-18-month timeline for a vaccine to control the COVID-19 sprea...
New York Daily News
Seahawks add Phillip Dorsett, hoping he can fill out receiving corps behind Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf
SEATTLE — One thing the Seahawks sorely lacked last season — despite multiple attempts to find it — was a consistent third receiving threat behind the dynamic duo of Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf.Seattle hopes it may have solved that problem with its move Tuesday to add veteran Phillip Dorsett, who played last season with the Patriots and has been in the league since 2015, when he was the 29th overall pick of the Colts.ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported Dorsett has agreed to a one-year contract with the Seahawks and a source later confirmed the news to The Seattle Times. Other details of his contr...
The Seattle Times
Grocery store workers are left on the front lines in the outbreak, and they're anxious
PHILADELPHIA — As public officials have ordered rafts of businesses to close amid the coronavirus outbreak and other retailers have independently opted to shut down, thousands of nonunionized national grocery store employees — suddenly on the front lines of a public health crisis — have had to contend with struggles beyond terse crowds and shelves turned barren by panic-buying.At grocery stores, which have been deemed essential businesses and can remain open, workers have reported feeling anxious for their own personal health, criticized the absence of hazard pay, and expressed discomfort over...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Coronavirus pandemic prompts lawmakers to push paid leave
WASHINGTON — Some Democratic state lawmakers, like their congressional counterparts, are redoubling their efforts to pass paid leave legislation, arguing that the spread of the novel coronavirus proves that workers must be able to stay home without losing pay when they’re sick, quarantined or caring for a family member.“The policy of paid sick time is an important policy anytime. It’s particularly important when we’re trying to stop the spread of a global pandemic,” said state Sen. Morgan McGarvey, a Kentucky Democrat who has put forward a bill that would require employers to give workers accr...
Sam Mellinger: Three reasons the NFL's newly ratified CBA is good for the Chiefs (and Chris Jones)
The year’s most transformative element in sports (non-coronavirus category) is likely to be the NFL’s new collective-bargaining agreement.The document is 400 pages and passed by an upright-thin margin (51.5% voted in favor) late Saturday night, so we will reserve the right to adjust our thinking in due time. But at the moment it appears to be like pretty much everything else that’s happened in the league the last two years:Very good for at least three reasons, which we’ll do in ascending order of importance.———3. Long labor peace.The deal runs through 2030. That guarantees more than 40 years o...
The Kansas City Star