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Pearsons baggage handlers could be striking tomorrow

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first_img By: Brennan DohertySource: The Canadian Press Pearson’s baggage handlers could be striking tomorrow Share Tags: Airports, Toronto, Toronto Pearson Airport, Travel Alert TORONTO — Ground crew for 45 airlines at Pearson International Airport could be walking a picket line Thursday, potentially delaying flights.Airlines that would be affected include Canjet, Air Transat, Air France, British Airways and KLM Royal Dutch.The union representing 700 Swissport workers at Pearson filed a 72-hour strike notice on Monday and will ask its members to shoot down the company’s final offer.“We are suggesting that our members reject this offer,” said Christopher Monette, a spokesman for Teamsters Local 419.If this happens, the workers – including baggage and cargo handlers and cabin cleaners – will be able to walk off the job on Thursday night.Monette didn’t give specifics on why the union wants its members to reject Swissport’s final offer, because the union hadn’t yet presented it to its membership.But the Teamsters recently raised issues with the company’s decision to hire 250 temporary workers last May.A statement issued by the Teamsters last week claimed the temporary workers only receive three to four days of training, rather than the three to four weeks afforded to their union counterparts.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growth“We don’t think Swissport can basically do their jobs with workers that have no experience and poor training,” Monette said, adding that the temp workers themselves aren’t to blame.“It’s not their fault. They’re being placed in an impossible situation,” he said.Swissport said that its workers all receive a minimum of 10 days of classroom training, as well as on-the-job instruction.The union also claims that Swissport hired the 250 workers as a way of putting leverage on workers during the current round of contract talks.“We’re concerned that Swissport is willing to sacrifice airport safety to gain an upper hand at the bargaining table,” Harjinder Badial, vice-president of Teamsters Local 419, said in a statement issued last week.Swissport responded that it hired the temporary workers to help handle the summer travel rush, which it said it is allowed to do under the collective agreement.“We are confident that protocols are being followed,” Pierre Payette, Swissport Canada’s vice-president of operation, said in a statement.The Teamsters have filed a formal complaint with the Canadian Industrial Relations Board over the matter.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoAmong its claims are that there hasn’t been a significant change in their members’ workload and that Swissport gave the union a day’s warning before it began hiring the 250 temporary workers.Swissport said it wouldn’t comment on the specifics of the union’s allegations, citing the upcoming CIRB case.Payette has said Swissport “categorically denies” the union’s allegations.“Swissport is fully confident, however, that the CIRB will dismiss these allegations as unsubstantiated and without merit,” he said.Swissport called its final offer to the union fair and competitive, and expressed disappointment that the union may strike.“Regardless of this outcome, we remain open to ongoing negotiations and optimistic that an agreement will be reached with the union,” the company said.Monette says the union’s members don’t want to strike.“Our members are hardworking folks – they want to keep working,” Monette said. “But they’re not going to allow themselves to be bullied by Swissport.” Wednesday, July 26, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Rice names Nelson associate vice president for human resources

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first_imgShareDoug Millerdoug.miller@rice.edu713-348-6770Rice names Nelson associate vice president for human resourcesHOUSTON – (Sept. 26, 2018) – Joan Nelson has been appointed Rice University’s associate vice president for human resources. Nelson, the associate vice chancellor and vice president of human resources at the University of Houston (UH), will join Rice in November. She succeeds Mary Cronin, who retired this summer.JOAN NELSONNelson was hired following a national search. “Joan was clearly the leading and consensus candidate throughout the process, and I am excited that she is coming to Rice to assume the role of chief human resource officer and to be a key member of our leadership team,” said Vice President for Administration Kevin Kirby.Nelson, who held senior human resources positions at Texas Children’s Hospital and Continental Airlines prior to working at UH, joins Rice at a critical time as the university implements the Vision for the Second Century, Second Decade (V2C2) laid out by President David Leebron. Recruiting top faculty and staff members to campus and enhancing services that support the V2C2 will be critical to Rice’s teaching and research endeavors in the years ahead.“I’m thrilled that Joan will be leading our human resource efforts and be part of our leadership team at Rice,” Leebron said. “Joan will bring both leadership and vision in this rapidly changing environment.”Nelson will also oversee the continued implementation of Careers At Rice and the new information technology tools necessary for human resource processes at the university.“I am delighted to be joining Rice University, where the human resource function will be an important enabler of the Vision for the Second Century, Second Decade,” Nelson said. “I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and students at Rice to articulate an innovative human capital vision for Rice and make that vision a reality.”Nelson earned a bachelor’s degree in business and management at the University of Maryland University College and an MBA at UH. She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources.-30-This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. AddThislast_img read more

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Russian regulator moves to block Telegram messaging app

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Explore further Russia’s telecoms watchdog on Friday asked a Moscow court to block the popular messaging app Telegram after the expiry of a deadline for it to give the state security services access to private conversations. Telegram must give FSB encryption keys: Russian court © 2018 AFP Citation: Russian regulator moves to block Telegram messaging app (2018, April 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-russian-block-telegram-messaging-app.html The lawsuit is the latest move in an ongoing battle between authorities and Telegram, which has a reputation for secure communications, as Moscow pushes to increase surveillance of internet activities.Roskomnadzor said in a statement it had filed a suit “demanding the limiting of access on Russian territory” to the service.But a lawyer representing Telegram said any ban would be unconstitutional and in any case impossible to enforce.”The position of Telegram remains the same—the demands of the FSB (security service) to provide access to private conversations of users are unconstitutional, not based on the law, and cannot be fulfilled technically and legally,” said Pavel Chikov, who leads a human rights group representing the app.Telegram’s self-exiled Russian founder Pavel Durov has long said he would reject any attempt by the country’s security services to gain backdoor access.The free application, which lets people exchange messages, photos and videos in groups of up to 5,000 people, has attracted some 200 million users since its launch in 2013.President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Friday said the service was a convenient tool to communicate with journalists and it would be a “shame” if an agreement between the app and authorities could not be reached.”But the law is the law,” he added during a regular briefing, quoted by Interfax news agency.Telegram is popular among political activists of all stripes, but has also been used by jihadists.”In Russia we have many problems—from poverty to awful state of the roads, from crime to poor medical care,” opposition leader Alexei Navalny said via Twitter. “But the state is engaged in blocking Telegram in our name …in what way is Telegram making life in Russia any worse? Whom is it bothering?” he said.In September 2017 the FSB demanded the encryption keys, Durov said, prompting a formal complaint when the request was rejected.The Roskomnadzor had threatened to ban the app in June last year for failing to provide its registration documents. Although Telegram later registered, it stopped short of agreeing to the regulator’s data storage demands. Companies on the register must provide the FSB with information on user interactions. From this year they must also store all the data of Russian users inside the country, according to controversial anti-terror legislation passed in 2016 which was decried by internet companies and the opposition. Telegram’s Russian founder has vowed to reject any attempt by the security’s services to gain backdoor access to the app This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

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Will hydrogenpowered cars gradually become mainstream in Europe

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first_img Citation: Will hydrogen-powered cars gradually become mainstream in Europe? (2018, July 19) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-hydrogen-powered-cars-gradually-mainstream-europe.html An EU initiative will deploy hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles in three European capitals as taxis, private-hire and police cars. The move will accelerate their commercialisation and help realise emissions-free transport. The role of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in the transition to a clean, low-carbon energy system is increasingly recognised worldwide. Yet, their mass roll-out is still years away. This is not surprising because high costs, efficiency issues and the limited number of hydrogen refuelling stations (HRSs) affect the business case for their production and use on a large scale. The EU-funded ZEFER project is addressing this challenge by introducing 180 FCEVs in Brussels, London and Paris. As explained in a press release on the project website, their regular use on a daily basis will create hydrogen demand from each vehicle roughly four times that of a normal privately owned car. “This will help to ensure high utilisation of the early networks of HRS which are already operating in each city.” As a result, the economics of operating the stations will be improved and the uptake of FCEVs will speed up.Business case for FCEVsProject partners hope most of the vehicles will be deployed by the end of 2018. ZEFER predicts the FCEVs will cover a lot of ground. For Paris and Brussels, the estimate for mileages is over 90 000 km per year and for London 40 000 km. It will collect data on the vehicles as they make their rounds, and will also provide an analysis of the business cases and technical performance of the deployments.Stored in vehicles in a tank just like petrol or diesel, hydrogen is utilised in an electrochemical energy conversion process with oxygen in fuel cells to generate electricity. This powers the electric motor to propel the FCEV. A similar electrochemical process is used to produce electricity from batteries. But while a battery will lose its charge over time, a fuel cell will continue to work so long as it has hydrogen and oxygen flowing into it.Another advantage of hydrogen-powered cars is that they have a long range, over 480 km, with some in the market travelling up to 800 km or more on a single tank. They also charge faster than traditional battery-powered vehicles – the refuelling time is typically 3 minutes. Converting hydrogen gas into electricity produces only water and heat as a by-product. If the hydrogen is generated by renewable sources, FCEVs could provide zero-emission transportation opportunities. The ongoing ZEFER (Zero Emission Fleet vehicles For European Roll-out) project was set up to demonstrate viable business cases for captive fleets of FCEVs in operations that can realise value from hydrogen vehicles. This could be done, for example, by intensive use of vehicles and HRSs, or by avoiding pollution charges in city centres with applications where the refuelling characteristics of FCEVs suit the duty cycles of the vehicles. Explore further Credit: VoodooDot, Shutterstock More information: ZEFER project website: zefer.eu/ Provided by CORDIS Honda, GM to develop electric vehicle batteries together This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Heres why the Uber Lyft protests might not even work

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first_imgA loose network of ride-hailing drivers took to the streets without their cars from San Diego to Atlanta on Wednesday as they protested ahead of Uber’s highly anticipated initial public offering, which is scheduled for Friday. Credit: CC0 Public Domain “It’s one thing to have a barbecue, it’s another thing to set up a rally or to really encourage people to protest.”Also, not everyone is dissatisfied with their jobs.Scott Steinbrink, 51, said that he’s not protesting because he’s happy with how much he makes driving for Lyft and he prefers the flexible schedule.”I enjoy my work. I enjoy driving. So I don’t have any complaint,” said Steinbrink, who resides in Atlanta. “We’re not employees of Uber and Lyft. We’re contractors. We decide our hours, not them. So I disagree with the protest entirely.”RIDERSThere’s no doubt that passengers drive the demand for convenient rides.Ninety-five million people use the Uber app on a monthly basis. So while organizers urge riders to put down the app, many commuters have grown to depend on services like Uber and Lyft.Unlike factory work where a relatively small number of people could halt a company’s output, a few drivers taking the day off hardly disadvantages commuters in competitive cities, Rojas says.”If you have tens of thousands of drivers in the area, even if a thousand got together to protest, the other 9,000 or so will still be driving,” Rojas said.”And another 9,000 may not even know a protest is going on. But in a factory, you’ll know if something is happening at work.”ORGANIZERSConvincing people that their attendance matters is one of the biggest hurdles organizers of protests face, Rojas said.”No one wants to be the one guy out there in front of the Uber office with the picket sign,” he said.In a digital age, organizers also have to contend with people feeling as though liking a tweet or donating $1 to a cause from their homes is enough to create change.Rojas used the term “slacktivism” to describe the type of protests that are easy to do but don’t require much action. “That isn’t the kind of thing that’s going to change very much.”And it’s still unclear what outcome is even possible.As self-employed contractors, drivers don’t have a legal right to form labor unions and negotiate contracts. By classifying workers as independent contractors instead of employees, Uber isn’t required to pay certain taxes or provide benefits, overtime, or minimum wages to many drivers.Perhaps organizers and drivers are protesting to get the attention of legislators who can take action by raising wages, capping commissions and forcing ride-share apps to be more transparent.Will it work? Only time will tell.Uber was somewhat prepared for the strikes.Uber said in its filings that it expects “driver dissatisfaction will generally increase,” as the company reduces driver incentives to improve financial performance.”This gig economy is new. It literally didn’t exist in 2005. So nobody knows how to do effective protests in that way yet,” Rojas said. “How would Uber drivers change their working conditions? Nobody really knows yet.” Explore further Citation: Here’s why the Uber, Lyft protests might not even work (2019, May 9) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-uber-lyft-protests.html Uber, Lyft drivers protest across the US, overseas (c)2019 USA TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. In Los Angeles, about two dozen protesters took time off work to gather in the early morning at LAX. Meanwhile, tons of working Uber and Lyft drivers dropped passengers off at the airport. In Long Island City, Queens, a lone protester held a sign that read “Uber, Lyft, Juno, Via drivers on strike” as several ride-sharing cars swarmed the area to pick up commuters requesting rides.Five days in advance, organizers urged drivers to abstain from using ride-hailing apps for durations ranging from two hours to a whole day. The action was poised to put a dent in Uber’s biggest markets across the globe, organizers said.Uber told USA TODAY there was no noticeable impact in their daily operations.Only about a dozen drivers showed up to a rally in New York City’s Financial District Friday morning, and according to local news outlets in Boston, it was a normal day at the airport for travelers trying to hitch a ride using an app. Though later in the day, drivers and protesters blocked traffic on Market Street in front of Uber’s San Francisco headquarters.So what happened?It’s hard to tell exactly.Experts say that everything from a disconnected workforce to disinterested drivers can be to blame. Not to mention, not everyone can take time off during peak driving hours to protest a job that their livelihood relies on.DRIVERSA wide range of people work for ride-share companies including college students looking to make extra money between classes and chauffeurs who support their families using the optional tips you leave at the end of your trip.That diverse and disjointed workforce might work against organizers who are hoping for big turnouts.”Some drivers will be deeply invested, and others may say ‘I don’t care about that,'” said Fabio Rojas, a professor of sociology at Indiana University who has written books on social movements. “There’s a lot of natural variation that could keep a protest from getting off the ground.”Unlike workers who share an office space, ride-hailing drivers typically don’t have to interact with one another. While they may have coordinated social meetups, “those groups aren’t really built for politics,” Rojas said. This document is subject to copyright. 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Safety action plan activated for Sarawak villages on interstate gaspipe route

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first_img Nation 11 Jul 2019 Three early morning fires break out three hours apart in northern Sarawak Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department activates safety action plan for villagers along Sarawak to Sabah gas pipe route in Long Laput today. Related News Nation 17 Apr 2019 Sarawak Bomba flooding forest to contain fire in Kuala Baram MIRI: The Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department has activated a safety action plan for villagers living along the Sarawak-Sabah interstate gas-pipe route in Sarawak.Under the action plan launched in Long Laput in Ulu Baram district in northern Sarawak, these villagers will be trained to deal with any possible fire explosion incidents.Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department is also commissioning 13 voluntary community Bomba squads in Long Laput, Long Bemang and Uma Akeh which are located along the gas-pipeline route.Petronas is helping to sponsor firefighting equipment for these squads. Related News Sarawak fire chief Khirudin Drahman launched the action plan and the voluntary Bomba units on Friday (July 12) morning in Long Laput village.The ceremony was witnessed by community leaders and Petronas pipeline operation manager Suffian Sabeli and Miri fire chief Supt Law Poh Kiong.Khirudin said the safety of the people living along the 600km-long pipeline route was a top priority.”The action plan involves training the villagers to be well-equipped and fully trained to handle any emergency situations if any incident happens along the gas pipeline.”Every settlement along the route will see this action plan activated,” he said.On Jan 10 last year, there was an eruption along the section of the giant pipeline near the Long Luping settlement located adjacent the Sarawak-Sabah border. That was the second incident to happen in four years in the northern Sarawak side.Petronas carried out a thorough inspection of the pipes after the incident.After Long Luping, other settlements include Long Semadoh and Long Sukang and then the Lawas hinterland, where the pipes connect to the Baram side, then winds towards Miri and Bintulu.The pipeline is to channel gas from Kimanis in interior Sabah to Bintulu port in northern Sarawak for processing and export.The pipeline is a RM4bil project by Petronas which started about 10 years ago.On June 11, 2014, an explosion occurred in the hills of Lawas district when a leak happened at a section of the pipeline.No one was injured in that 2014 incident. Nation 08 May 2019 Fire at Sabah-Sarawak gas pipeline, no explosion or casualties reported {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

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