State, labor union reach collective bargaining agreement

first_imgv\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}.shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} State of Vermont letterhead-template-TT2.dot State of Vermont 3 1 2007-03-09T15:29:00Z 2008-02-07T16:31:00Z 2008-02-07T17:29:00Z 1 325 1858 BGS 15 4 2179 10.2625 Print MicrosoftInternetExplorer4st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”;} State, labor union reachcollective bargaining agreement The Agreement was subject to ratification by theVSEA, and was voted on by members of the VSEAs Non-Management, Supervisory,State Police and Corrections bargaining units. Secretary Smith commented:  I am pleased that we were able to reach asettlement with the Vermont State Employees Association.  We face challenging economic times.  It was important to the Administration thatthe contract be fair to our State employees and to taxpayers.  Under the Agreement, the average Stateemployee will receive increases that more closely match the rate of inflationthan under previous contracts.  While Iremain concerned with the rate of growth in the States personnel costs, thiscontract represents a step in the right direction.  The Administration will continue to worktoward Governor Douglass goal of making the cost of government affordable andsustainable.         Secretaryof Administration Michael K. Smith on February 7, 2008, announced that there is an agreementbetween the State of Vermontand the Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA) on a new collective bargaining contract coveringapproximately 8,000 employees in Vermont State Government.  The Agreement has the following keyprovisions: The Agreement followed negotiations, mediation, anda fact finding report.  The State and theVSEA agreed to a contract that accepts therecommendations of the fact finder, Ira Lobel. ·       A two-yearcontract (covering July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2010).·       1.8%across-the-board salary increases in each year of the contract for all coveredState Employees (total of 3.6% over the two years).  These increases are in addition to stepincreases provided on a scheduled basis.·       Changes inprescription drug plan to increase the maximum amount paid by employeesannually.  Increase in the number of paiddays of leave for employees required to perform military duties from 11 peryear to 15.  Montpelier, VT – Secretary of Administration Michael K. Smith Announces CollectiveBargaining Agreement between the State of Vermont and Vermont State EmployeesAssociation – 30 –last_img read more

Hakim Ziyech wants Arsenal transfer but Unai Emery not interested in Ajax star

first_imgHakim Ziyech wants Arsenal transfer but Unai Emery not interested in Ajax star Hakim Ziyech has been linked with a move to Arsenal after starring for Ajax last season (Picture: Getty)Arsenal will not pursue a move for Ajax star Hakim Ziyech after the club carried out a detailed analysis of the player and will focus on alternative targets.The Morocco international played a pivotal role in the Dutch side’s success last season as an exciting young side came within seconds of reaching the Champions League final after landmark wins over Real Madrid and Juventus.Ziyech scored 19 times and registered 16 assists in all competitions and would offer the creativity and versatility Unai Emery appears to be seeking to bolster a midfield and forward line which will not be able to call upon the services of Aaron Ramsey this season following his move to Juventus.AdvertisementAdvertisementAccording to David Ornstein, via the Arseblog podcast, however, Emery is not interested in the 26-year-old, who reportedly has a £25million release clause in his contract, and will pursue alternative targets.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 12 Jul 2019 10:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.8kShares Advertisement Arsenal’s hopes of signing Wilfried Zaha appear remote after seeing an opening £40m bid rejected (Picture: Getty)Ziyech is said to be keen on a move to Arsenal and when asked which club he would like to join back in 2017, he told Ajax TV: ‘Well, I have two clubs. They are Arsenal and Barcelona. That is my ultimate dream.’When asked if he has a footballing idol, Ziyech replied: ‘Yes, I actually do have one. [Mesut] Ozil.’Arsenal have already seen a £40million bid for dismissed out of hand by Crystal Palace for Wilfried Zaha with the Eagles also indicating they have no interest in an exchange deal that could involve the likes of Carl Jenkinson, Calum Chambers and Mohamed Elneny.Unsettled Barcelona star Malcom is understood to be an alternative target but the Spanish giants are hoping to recoup the £36,500,000 they paid to sign him from Bordeaux last summer, whcih could represent a significant obstacle for cash-strapped Arsenal.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal  Advertisementlast_img read more

Facebook removes Trump’s campaign ads with Nazi symbolism for hate-speech violations

first_imgThe Trump ads also said “stand with your President and declare ANTIFA a Terrorist Organization.”The Trump campaign claimed that the down-pointing red triangle is an emoji and “symbol widely used by Antifia.” The Trump campaign also said it is not included in the Anti-Defamation League’s Hate Symbols Database. Meanwhile, ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement on Twitter that Nazis used “red triangles to identify their political victims in concentration camps. Using it to attack political opponents is highly offensive. @POTUS’ campaign needs to learn its history, as ignorance is no excuse for using Nazi-related symbols.” Facebook has pulled posts and ads from Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign over Nazi imagery that violates Facebook’s policy banning “organized hate.”The Trump ads stated “Dangerous MOBS of far-left groups,” which it claimed are “running through our streets and causing absolute mayhem.” The ads featured an upside-down triangle, which anti-hate groups said was strikingly similar to notorious Nazi symbols denoting political prisoners in World War II concentration camps.last_img read more

Lacey To Dedicate Expanded Senior Center

first_imgSubmitted by City of LaceyThe City of Lacey will officially dedicate its newly-expanded senior center during a public ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16. The center is located in Woodland Creek Community Park, 6757 Pacific Avenue SE.The $2.9 million project doubled the size of the facility to 10,000 square-feet, significantly increasing capacity for programming and services. Over the last decade, Lacey has experienced dramatic increases in demand for services to seniors. Since opening at its current location in 2003, use of the center has surged from 257 registered-members to nearly 1,700.“Lacey’s senior population is one of the fastest-growing in Washington, and is projected to double again within ten years,” commented Mayor Virgil Clarkson. “This facility is an outstanding example of state and federal support successfully leveraging local resources in meeting critical needs.”The project received $1 million in support from the federal Community Development Block Grant program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the Washington State Department of Commerce. The award marked the seventh for Lacey from the block grant program, with previous projects including the senior center’s first phase, construction of the Lacey Child Care Center, and preservation and rehabilitation of affordable housing.Additional funding was provided by the city, Senior Services for South Sound, the Lewis-Mason-Thurston Area Agency on Aging, the Forest Foundation, local businesses, and several hundred individual donors.“Lacey has done an outstanding job addressing the needs of our senior population,” said Eileen McKenzie Sullivan, executive director of Senior Services. “We’re pleased this project will go a long way toward meeting increasing demands within the community.”The building expansion was designed by BLRB Architects of Tacoma. Jones & Roberts of Olympia was the general contractor. Senior Services for South Sound, which has partnered with the city for several decades, manages the facility.For more information, contact Lori Flemm, Lacey Parks and Recreation Director, at (360) 438-2633. To learn more about senior programming and services, call the Lacey Senior Center at (360) 407-3967. Facebook35Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Allsorts® Large Hat Fascinator Weddings Ladies Day Race Royal Ascot – Very smart at Ascot

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Early thoughts: 2016 Election results and the next farm bill

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the long, rancorous and tumultuous 2016 campaign behind us, the farm policy world will soon turn its eyes to the next farm bill. It is difficult at this early stage to fully gauge how the election results will impact the legislation or the process. Elections always have consequences but it is difficult to discern if or how the outlook for a farm bill has been altered. Looking to historical precedentsThe last time a farm bill was written by a unified Republican Federal government was 1954. Dwight D. Eisenhower had been elected president in 1952 and his immense popularity brought with it strong majorities in the House and Senate. By 1954, the Korean War had ended and the Commodity Credit Corporation was taking on massive Federal surplus of price-supported commodities such as cotton and wheat. Farm commodity policy was operating under the high, fixed parity support system Congress put in place during World War II and continued in 1949. President Eisenhower and his Secretary of Agriculture, Ezra Taft Benson, fought to reform farm programs but faced resistance in Congress, especially from Southern Democrats. The President and his allies were able to win some minor reforms in the parity loan rate but it cost them politically in the mid-term elections. Republicans in Congress lost seats and their majority in the 1954 midterm elections after passing the farm bill. At the time, some credited losses in rural districts to backlash against their attempts to change farm policy. Democrats would go on to hold the House of Representatives for 40 years (1954 to 1994).There are likely too many differences between 2016 and 1954 to make much of an effective historical comparison. It is notable, however, that the reform efforts begun by Eisenhower in 1954 were eventually embraced by much of the farm community. Furthermore, the policy and political foundation of today’s farm bill is far different than those of the 50s. One of the biggest differences involves the Congressional budget disciplines that were first put in place in 1974. Additionally, farm policy of the earlier era lacked the coalitions with nutrition and conservation interests that have been built over time and added critical votes for farm bills.Similarities can be drawn to Ronald Reagan’s election in 1980; President Reagan had to deal with a Democratic House of Representatives. Food stamps had been merged with farm programs in the 1973 Farm Bill and further expanded in 1977. Reagan’s first efforts to make changes came right away in 1981 and involved using the budget process to cut down the size of government, federal spending and pass tax cuts. He purposefully used the budget to try and break apart the farm bill coalition to make it easier to cut and reform all programs. Expanded production, embargoes, inflation and other economic problems had led many farmers into difficult times and bankruptcy. The unfolding farm financial crisis limited President Reagan’s ability to reform farm programs. Also, Southern Democrats in Congress cut a deal with the President to back the budget and tax cuts in return for his agreement to save support programs for their crops. Congress ended up increasing target prices and farm program spending.A third historical precedent is, of course, the 1996 Farm Bill. Republicans won a majority in Congress in 1994, including their first House majority in 40 years, but they had to contend with President Clinton. They also quickly turned to the budget process to try and bring about major changes to a wide swath of Federal policies, including food stamps and farm policy. The efforts resulted in a government shutdown and bitter partisan fights, but it also produced significant reforms of farm programs. The 1996 Farm Bill decoupled farm programs with seven-year fixed income support payments on fixed acres. It also captured baseline in the budget process and protected it from further cuts by Congress. An uncertain political landscape for the next farm billThe above historical examples help shape early stage thinking about the next farm bill debate but the political landscape is more important and it is far from certain. Historically, Republican Presidents and Congresses have used the budget process to push for reforms and substantial changes in Federal policies, including farm bills. Even before the election, it was expected that the Congressional budget process and baseline would play a substantial role. The election results would appear to reinforce the view of a primary role for the budget process.Farm bills did not play any notable role in the presidential campaign discussions, so there is little from that process to inform the discussion. There were two indicators on farm bill matters but they directly conflict. The Republican Party platform explicitly focused on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), stating that its policy would be to restore work requirements to the program and “to correct a mistake made when the Food Stamp program was first created in 1964, separate the administration of SNAP from the Department of Agriculture.” A representative of President-elect Trump’s campaign, however, indicated in a forum held by the Farm Foundation that SNAP should remain a part of the farm bill.The position of the Republican Congress indicates stronger alignment with the Republican platform but a possible divide between the House and the Senate. For example, Speaker Paul Ryan repeatedly argued for a specific policy agenda throughout the campaign and it also emphasized work requirements for SNAP. During the previous effort, moreover, the House was the scene of a very bitter partisan debate over SNAP that resulted in the farm bill’s initial defeat on the House floor. Much of that controversy involved work requirements and splitting SNAP from the rest of the bill. The House Agriculture Committee has also held numerous hearings on the “Past, Present and Future of SNAP” since the 2014 Farm Bill was signed into law.The 2014 Farm Bill debate in the Senate did not feature a similarly disruptive fight over SNAP, but it was also controlled by Democrats at the time. Institutionally, the Senate tends to be far more consensus driven and Senators typically answer to a broader constituent base. Senior Republican Senators such as Chairman Pat Roberts and Thad Cochran have a long history with the farm program-food stamp/SNAP coalition, as well as its importance in their states and for the farm bill itself. Much of their position and influence, however, may be determined by the process for the farm bill. Specifically, whether it is considered through regular order or is included in a budget reconciliation effort.The process question is important. If Republicans want to move fast, cut spending and revise Federal programs the budget reconciliation process provides a mechanism to do so — one that is powerful because budget reconciliation bills are protected in the Congressional process. Such an effort would focus on reducing mandatory spending from entitlement programs. SNAP is the largest of those in the Ag Committee jurisdiction but farm programs, crop insurance and conservation programs could also be included. Efforts to cut those programs, however, could run into difficulties with struggling farmers.The return of sustained low crop prices could bring pressure to increase assistance to farmers, as will the demand by the cotton industry to return cotton base to the farm support system. There may also be demands for expanding conservation assistance. Expanding programs and assistance to farmers would be difficult in a budget reconciliation process. It would be made more so if it were accompanied by controversial reductions to SNAP. The damage to that important coalition may be irreparable, without which farm programs, crop insurance and conservation would be vulnerable to attacks from the same opponents. The most straightforward path in the short term could have long-term consequences. Conclusion without clarityThe next farm bill will undoubtedly be shaped by the election results but exactly how is unclear. History can provide some perspective and precedent, but the current political landscape and the process will be the biggest determinants. Both tend to indicate that reforming programs and reducing Federal expenditures will remain leading drivers for the next farm bill debate. The bigger questions remain how these matters will shape programs and policies.last_img read more

Should Flex Duct Be Banned?

first_imgAh, flex duct. That bane of home performance contractors and green builders everywhere. If you’ve seen only one forced-air duct system that uses flex, you’ve most likely seen a bad installation.Good installations are certainly possible but are quite rare. Since I began blogging in March 2010, I’ve written quite a few articles about problems with flex ducts. In fact, whenever I can’t figure out what to write about, I look through my photos and often end up writing about another way that flex duct gets abused. It’s always fun to write these articles and as easy as shooting fish in a barrel (which I’ve never actually done but have always wondered why the fish were in the barrel to begin with and why someone wouldn’t just use a net to get them out).I’ve posted plenty of photos of bad flex duct installations in the Energy Vanguard Blog and have seen much more. Remember Stumpy, the flex duct amputee? This photo (above) has become so popular that it’s showing up in other people’s presentations (with no attribution, of course. Grrrrrrr!). I found ol’ Stumpy in a crawl space here in Decatur, Georgia (hovering above a dead squirrel). RELATED ARTICLES Raining, Dripping, Crying Duct Boots Why Don’t More HVAC Contractors Own Duct Leakage Testers?Duct Leakage TestingSealing Ducts: What’s Better, Tape or Mastic?How to Track Down Leaks in Forced-Air DuctworkKeeping Ducts Indoors Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. Problems with flex ductFlex duct is almost never installed correctly. I’ve been in thousands of houses, both new construction and older homes, and I’ve seen a lot of flex duct. Mostly the installation is pretty bad. In new Energy Star homes or EarthCraft Houses, it’s usually better, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one that made me step back and say, “Now that’s how you install flex duct.”The most common problems I see with flex are:Kinks and sharp turnsDuct runs that are long and not supported wellRadial systems (the “ductopus”) with too many ducts coming off the plenum and the takeoffs too close together (Image #3, below)Extra duct length that should have been cut offPoorly fastened and sealed connectionsButt joints that are just taped togetherSo, yeah, flex duct has a lot of problems. Should it be banned completely? Should green building programs not allow it?Energy Star (which isn’t a green building program but ducts are well within its purview) allows flex.LEED for Homes allows flex.The NAHB Green Building Standard allows flex.Hmmmmm. I think Minnesota GreenStar doesn’t allow it, but I don’t know of any others. (Readers, please let me know of any programs you’re aware of that ban flex duct.) To ban or to fix?Although I’ve been accused of wanting to take away your freedom of choice (because of my articles on can lights and McMansions), I do not think that flex duct needs to be banned. I’d just like to see it designed and installed properly. Its best use is for relatively short runs in a trunk-and-branch system, not entire air distribution systems.Mike MacFarland, a home performance contractor in California, had some of the best advice I’ve seen for using flex. He wrote in a comment to one of my recent flex duct articles, “The trick to getting these installation right is to use rigid ductwork for all ‘deviations from straight,’ then pull the ductwork taut between the two ends which now point towards each other.” So if we’re going to ban something about flex duct, it should be banning it for changing the direction of air flow. I could almost get behind that. I do believe that long, gradual turns aren’t so bad, as long as the inner liner is pulled tight and the duct is properly supported.The problem here is not the product; it’s the process. It’s also part of the larger issue of the HVAC industry underperforming, to put it nicely. Flex duct, I believe, can have a place in high performance homes. We just need tighter quality control. Alternatives to flex ductWell, if we’re not going to use flex, what’s left? There’s duct board — rigid fiberglass with a foil facing — but, in my opinion, that’s worse than flex. If any duct product should be banned, it’s duct board.That leaves rigid sheet metal, often called hard pipe. In my opinion, hard pipe is the best duct to install. Here’s why:It must be designed. The installer can’t just show up and throw it in.The resistance to air flow is much lower.Most of the problems in my flex duct list above are irrelevant for hard pipe.But hard pipe is not without its own problems. Some of the leakiest ducts I’ve tested have been made of sheet metal, not flex. The hard pipe photo you see below is one that I tested and sealed several years ago, and it turns out that it was being held together mainly by the duct insulation! When I pulled the insulation off the branch you see there, it collapsed. Of course, it had been in that attic about 30 years.last_img read more

In Assam’s tea estates, an uphill battle against a killer brew

first_imgFive years ago, Rumi Kamar’s elder daughter wanted to have a taste of what she had brewed. That was when Ms. Kamar decided to end her 10-year-old sulai (country liquor) business which she ran from her house near the Ghuronia Tea Estate in eastern Assam’s Dibrugarh district.Ms Kamar started brewing sulai soon after she became a mother at the age of just 15. The liquor fetched up to ₹3,000 on Sundays as plantation workers splurged on pay day.Part of her decision to distil illicit liquor was to ensure a better life for her two daughters as her husband did not have a regular job.But her daughter’s demand changed things. “I suddenly realised this (brewing) was not the future for my daughters,” Ms. Kamar said.Now almost 30, Ms Kamar switched to rearing pigs. She earns a fraction of what she made from “quenching the thirst”, but “I no longer feel guilty”, she saidThe 45-year-old Debaru Bhakta, once a competitor to Ms Kamar in Ghuronia, also started raising pigs three years ago. “Sulai is paying. But I don’t want to reap the curses of the dead and their survivors,” he said.Mr. Bhakta was referring to the last month’s hooch tragedy in Golaghat and Jorhat districts that killed 168, mostly plantation workers — many of them women. At least a dozen others who survived, have lost their eyesight.Periodic awareness drives by the local administration, labour organisations, agencies such as the Unicef, and the management of some estates have played a significant part in the turnaround in small time distillers like Ms. Kamar and Mr. Bhakta.“Weaning people away from liquor or brewing, which is lucrative, is easier said than done. The difficult part is financing alternative vocations for small-time brewers, many of whom do not possess land,” Dibrugarh’s Excise Superintendent Ajoy K. Bayan said.He credited field workers such as Chandra K. Baruah who visit the estates periodically to keep tabs on illicit liquor dens apart from advising people to kick the habit. “It is not always a dark story (alluding to the hooch tragedy) though motivation is a painstaking process,” Mr. Bayan said.Dibrugarh upped the ante against sulai when Laya Madduri, since transferred to southern Assam’s Cachar district, was the Deputy Commissioner. “We learned that things did not end with campaigning with all stakeholders. We provided training to brewers in various vocations. The toughest part was convincing banks to back those who want to reform,” she told The Hindu.A few did go back to brewing, but many moved to other professions with or without financial support. They include Sailen Gogoi, a hitherto unlicensed brewer of Ahomgaon, who learned carpentry and received a loan of Rs 1 lakh through Dibrugarh district officials to set up his unit.Dealing with the plantation workers, though, has been tougher. This is where the efforts of the decade-old informal Mother’s Club comprising 12-15 women from estates under the Assam Branch of the Indian Tea Association, have yielded results.“Alcoholism has not been eradicated, but our intervention has made a lot of difference,” Radhamani Saonra, a club member of Borjuli Tea Estate in Sonitpur district said.British hangoverSocial activists said access to cheap liquor is a trait planters have inherited from their British predecessors to keep labourers in a state that do not let them seek any other opportunity. “Drinking keeps the workers busy during the evening, to be ready for work early next morning,” Amiya Sarma of NGO Rashtriya Gramin Vikas Nidhi said.Some planters disagree. “Our efforts have kept liquor off our estate. Campaigning against alcoholism is part of our managerial drill,” Somnath Nandi, manager of Borjuli Tea Estate, said.Navin Keot, secretary of the Congress-affiliated Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangh, admitted that lack of political will has hit the “century-old” battle against the bottle. “Action is often against the smaller illegal brewers who can be motivated. At the root of the problem are richer brewers who want the extra money,” he said.The bootleg sulai sells for ₹30-40 per 750 ml bottle while the licensed, branded variety costs ₹60. Two years ago, the BJP government changed the country spirit policy and abolished the British-era mahal system, in which a few people controlled large swathes of the legal, quality-controlled sulai market.The new policy allowed licensed manufacturers, spaced out across Assam, to produced hygienically packed sulai while IMFL outlets were allowed to sell the local liquor for an annual license fee of ₹20,000.The State government has not ruled out sabotage by those who were hit by the abolition of mahal system leading the February hooch tragedy.last_img read more

Young girl set on fire

first_imghe main entrance of Dhaka Medical College Hospital. File PhotoA young girl suffered serious burn injuries as miscreants allegedly set her on fire in Birpur of Narsingdi town on Thursday night.The victim is 17-year-old Phulon Barman, reports UNB.Salauddin Ahmed, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Narsingdi Model police station, said Phulon went to a grocery shop for a small purchase around 8:45pm.While returning to home, two miscreants waylaid the girl and took her to an abandoned place and set the girl on fire after pouring kerosene over her body.Hearing her screams, local people rushed in and took her to sadar hospital. She was then moved to the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital as her condition deteriorated.last_img read more

WATCH The Tape Art Crew Rolls Through Houston

first_img Share For 27 years, Michael Townsend and the Rhode Island-based Tape Art Crew has traveled the world, using blue and green painter’s tape to create large public murals. They also teach tape-art workshops, helping communities overcome adversity through collaboration. In Houston (in partnership with the Houston Arts Alliance), the group created three public murals with a Harvey-recovery theme, and they taught a workshop at the Chinese Community Center.last_img