As women leave pandemic economy, returning to work, higher wages will be a struggle
DETROIT — Tanisha Loyd, a Detroit mom of two, has been on leave from her job in customer service since mid-September, without pay or benefits.Loyd, 29, remains at home full time with her children — keeping her kindergartner on track with online school and caring for her 1-year-old. She doesn’t have the option to work from home and doesn’t expect to return to work until Jan. 4. But even that depends on if her child’s school is in person or remains virtual.Loyd says the pandemic is a “battle” for working moms, forcing her to choose between a job to help sustain her household or being there for h...
Detroit Free Press
As new COVID-19 restrictions bear down, surviving businesses draw on hard-earned lessons from the spring
SEATTLE — Like many business owners in Washington state, sisters Tara Espinoza and Sabrina Rinderle, proprietors of Queen Anne Dispatch in Seattle, were neither surprised nor unprepared for Gov. Jay Inslee’s second round of COVID-19 restrictions.Since the first restrictions in March, Espinoza and Rinderle have largely reengineered their combination boutique and mail-services business. Staff is fully trained in safety protocols. Floors are marked for social distance and the inventory mix is more “grab-and-go.”The finances aren’t great. Sales are a fraction of pre-March levels and this time ther...
The Seattle Times
Hornets will sign Gordon Hayward, waive Nic Batum for salary cap space
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Hornets need stars, and to add one they will lop off the biggest salary on the roster.Free-agent forward Gordon Hayward has come to terms with the Hornets on a 4-year, $120 million deal. Per an NBA source, the Hornets will create enough cap space to sign Hayward by waiving Nic Batum. The Hornets will then use the NBA’s stretch provision to spread cap implications of Batum’s $27 million salary over three years.ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the Hornets’ agreement with Hayward on Saturday afternoon.Hayward enters his 11th NBA season with career averages ...
The Charlotte Observer
Stranded at sea: Crew members weigh COVID-19 trauma as they decide whether to return
Princess Cruises crew member Gan Sungaralingum has spent the last two months taking care of his elderly parents, eating home-cooked meals, and doing what he loves most: walking on the beach near his home in Mauritius. But instead of returning to his position as an onboard watch salesman after a few months of rest at home, he’s leaving the industry.“Maybe I’ll come back as a passenger, but not as a crew,” he said. He’s been a crew member with several cruise lines since 2014.Sungaralingum is part of a growing number of cruise ship workers who say they will not be returning to their posts when cr...
Padres chairman Ron Fowler steps down; Peter Seidler to take over
The man who has guided the Padres through a transition from perennial loser to playoff team no longer will be in charge of the franchise’s day-to-day operation.Ron Fowler is stepping down as Padres executive chairman and will be replaced by General Partner Peter Seidler.Major League Baseball team owners approved Seidler as the team’s control person in a vote Wednesday morning. The team and MLB announced the move early Wednesday afternoon.“I have had the privilege to lead the Padres and to participate at the highest level of Major League Baseball over the last eight years; however, it’s time to...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Home Depot boosts worker pay as profits rise
Home Depot is giving raises to frontline and hourly workers that will add $1 billion a year to their paychecks after revenue and profit soared at the giant retailer.Since the pandemic took hold earlier this year, the company has spent $1.7 billion on extra bonuses, paid leave and other benefits. The raises announced Tuesday will replace those programs.“This is a permanent investment and that is different,” Richard McPhail, chief financial officer, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday. “These are permanent wage increases.”He declined to offer more details, but said that the wage hik...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Some Washington state residents told they have to repay jobless benefits
SEATTLE — Last week, Sonja Knudson got some unpleasant news: The $8,350 in federal jobless benefits she’d received last spring from the state Employment Security Department (ESD) was actually an overpayment, and she’d have to pay it back.If not, the agency warned it would garnish her paycheck or tax refund, said Knudson, 51, a longtime substitute teacher with both Seattle Public Schools and Methow Valley School District. “I really appreciated getting the benefit last spring,” she added. “But this has been really frustrating.”Knudson isn’t alone. Over the last several weeks, thousands of Washin...
The Seattle Times
Haiti fires its top cop, taps ex-OAS diplomat and police chief to head national police
A Haitian diplomat who last headed his country’s beleaguered national police force 15 years ago, has been given back his old job as the country’s top cop.Léon Charles, Haiti’s permanent representative to the Organization of American States who also served as chargé d’affaires in its Washington Embassy, was installed Monday after being named interim director general of the Haiti National Police in a presidential decree. Charles replaces fired chief Rameau Normil, who was named interim director of the U.S.-backed Haiti National Police 15 months ago by President Jovenel Moise.Normil has struggled...
Commentary: Valuing cleaners during a pandemic
It’s become cliché to say that COVID-19 has changed everything. The way we relate to each other, how we shop, where we eat.But as a lifelong trade unionist who has spent decades negotiating contracts on behalf of factory workers, truck drivers, nurses and cleaners, I can tell you one thing that hasn’t changed — when workers join together in unions, everybody wins.We are seeing this very clearly in the cleaning sector. Cleaners across the world have long been underpaid, unappreciated and undervalued. But now they have found a renewed sense of pride and determination to claim their rightful titl...
Tribune News Service
Philadelphia progressives fought to elect a candidate they didn't like. They're already organizing to move Biden left
PHILADELPHIA — Dyresha Harris, an environmental activist from West Philly, spent the last month texting and calling Black, low-income and young Philadelphians, encouraging them to vote — all for Joe Biden, a candidate who was far from her first choice.Black women like her, she said, do a disproportionate amount of urban organizing that gets Democrats elected — with not enough in return.“There is a fatigue with going to battle for folks who it doesn’t feel like are going to battle for you,” said Harris, 39, a volunteer with Philly Thrive, a progressive environmental activist group. She wants to...
The Philadelphia Inquirer