Grainger expects sales to rise despite tough market‎

first_img Grainger expects sales to rise despite tough market‎ GRAINGER, Britain’s largest residential property owner, said it expects completed sales from its UK assets to be worth £89m for the six months to 31 March, up £1m compared to last year.The Newcastle-based company’s trading update showed that the value of its portfolios of UK residential and development operations will increase by around two per cent at the half-year. In addition, there were £1m worth of sales from its German portfolio.The results came despite tough market conditions. Grainger also said its pre-tax profit would benefit from a partial reversal of mark-to-market movements on its long-term financial derivatives and the purchase of HI Tricomm Holdings in the first-half. The company, which will announce its interim results on 19 May, will continue to comfortably meet its banking covenants and reshape its debt with £290m from new lenders, it said in the statement. whatsapp whatsapp Thursday 14 April 2011 7:44 pm Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Show Comments ▼center_img KCS-content Tags: NULL Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesMoneyPailShe Was An Actress, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediaBetterBeDrones Capture Images No One Was Suppose to SeeBetterBeZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen Heraldlast_img read more

Affiliates and media lead US gambling search rankings

first_img With regulated US betting and gaming in its infancy, players searching for odds and information have helped affiliates and media sites lead the way in online search rankings.The latest report from Pi Datametrics reveals that sports betting affiliate Oddshark has the largest share of voice, based on the number of times it was returned in Google US searches, for every gambling-specific search term, frame of reference and gambling-related category.Oddshark’s 7.70% voice share saw it top Pi Datametrics’ rankings, with affiliate and news site PlayUSA coming in second with a 6.94% share. Also appearing in the top ten were media portals CBS Sports and ESPN, while the National Football League’s (NFL) official site was ranked tenth.Online encyclopaedia Wikipedia was ranked sixth, with a 3.36% share of voice, in a clear sign that players are looking to learn more about gambling.With the period covered by the report having little activity in terms of new market openings before May 2018, there were few actual igaming or online betting sites listed in the rankings. Only Bovada.lv, which operates without a licence, made the top twenty rankings.In terms of search volume by category, the vast majority of searches related to American football, which accounted for almost two thirds of searches between December 2017 and November 2018. However Pi Datametrics noted that the sport’s search volume is in decline, falling 12% between August 2016 and 2018. American football searches tend to peak in September, coinciding with the start of the NFL season.Horse racing, meanwhile, tends to peak in May around the time the Kentucky Derby takes place, while basketball sees search volume grow from March each year, when the National Basketball Association (NBA) holds its annual draft.The full Pi Datametrics report is available to read below. Affiliates and media lead US gambling search rankings Topics: Marketing & affiliates Sports betting With regulated US betting and gaming in its infancy, players searching for odds and information have helped affiliates and media sites lead the way in online search rankings, with the likes of CBS Sports and ESPN among the most-returned sites.  Regions: US 31st January 2019 | By contenteditor Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Marketing & affiliates Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Mobile Online Gamblinglast_img read more

Flutter’s Cash4Clubs donates £165,000 to grassroots sports

first_img Regions: UK & Ireland Flutter Entertainment has announced its annual Cash4Clubs charity campaign has raised £165,000 (€182,923/$222,993) for grassroots sports schemes and clubs across the UK and Ireland. 16th December 2020 | By Robert Fletcher “Local sports clubs play a critical role across the UK and Ireland; they promote good health and wellbeing and act as a focal point for communities to gather around and support one another,” Flutter’s group head of CSR Sue Hammett said. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: CSR AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter In total, 120 clubs received grants ranging from £500 to £5,000, with funds to be put towards a range of initiatives such as purchasing new equipment, improving club facilities and investing in qualified coaching. “In 2020, at a time when this role has been even more vital, many have suffered financially. We are proud to contribute to grassroots sports through Cash4Clubs and to help sustain these clubs well into the future.” The scheme invites local sports clubs to apply for funds up to a maximum grant of £1,000, though this was increased to £5,000 for 2020 due to clubs facing more financial hardship due to novel coronavirus (Covid-19). CSR More than £515,000 in funding has been handed out to sports clubs and schemes since the initiative launched in 2008. Flutter’s Cash4Clubs donates £165,000 to grassroots sports Tags: Flutter Entertainment Cash4Clubs Email Addresslast_img read more

Mashonaland Holdings Limited (MASH.zw) 2018 Annual Report

first_imgMashonaland Holdings Limited (MASH.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2018 annual report.For more information about Mashonaland Holdings Limited (MASH.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mashonaland Holdings Limited (MASH.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mashonaland Holdings Limited (MASH.zw)  2018 annual report.Company ProfileMashonaland Holdings Limited is a property investment and development company in Zimbabwe, providing solutions to the retail, commercial and industrial sector. The Office/Retail division acquires, develops and leases warehouse and factories and the Pure Retail acquires, develops and leases retail outlets; with other divisions involved in acquiring, letting and managing residential and specialised property aswell as undeveloped land. Mashonaland Holdings Limited owns an in-house management division responsible for letting and maintaining privately-owned properties; and a property research and development division which identifies potential property investments and development opportunities. A financial division maintains company accounts according to regulatory accounting standards, invests funds in approved instruments and acquires properties for shareholder investments. Mashonaland Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

first_imgShame faced: Karmichael Hunt at a press conference after receiving his ban. (Photo Getty Images)Drug ban for HuntKarmichael Hunt should be counting himself lucky to have escaped with just a six-week suspension from the Australian Rugby Union and Queensland Rugby Union after he pleaded guilty in court to four charges of cocaine possession.He has been stripped of the vice-captaincy of Queensland Reds and fined Aus$30,000 by the unions (and only Aus$2,500 by the court) but to only miss out on six weeks of rugby seems lenient. Stan Pilecki, who played 122 times for Queensland during the 1970s and 1980s, believes Hunt should have been kicked out of rugby altogether, even though he was contracted to play Aussies rules for Gold Coast Suns at the time of the offences. “He hasn’t fulfilled his contract to the Reds or Australian rugby or all the kids out there he was going to be an example for,” Pilecki told News Corp in Australia. Never say dieNorthampton Saints and Cardiff Blues both deserve praise for playing to the last peep of the referee’s whistle, as they changed the results of their games at the death.Northampton snatched a draw at Gloucester with a try scored by Samu Manoa and converted by Stephen Myler. They had trailed 23-9 at halftime and such is their lead in the Premiership that it wouldn’t have made a difference to their playoff hopes if they had lost this game, but they still found the grit to battle for a share of the points.Rhys Patchell landed the match-winning conversion with the last kick of the Blues’ game against Connacht after his team kept the ball alive for three minutes during stoppage time before finally creating the gap for Joaquin Tuculet to score the decisive try and turn an 11-17 deficit into an 18-17 win.That makes it two wins in a row for a Blues side who were all at sixes and sevens last month and shows their spirit has returned.Final score: Joaquin Tuculet touches down the decisive try for Cardiff Blues. (Photo: Inpho) TAGS: Cardiff BluesNorthampton Saints Welsh sweep the boardThe four Welsh regions beat the four Irish regions in the Guinness Pro12 this weekend for the first time since October 2010. Cardiff Blues got the ball rolling with a controversial but gutsy 18-17 win over Connacht, then the Ospreys beat Munster 26-12, the Scarlets downed Leinster 23-13 and the Newport Gwent Dragons rounded it off on Sunday afternoon with a 26-22 win over Ulster.The Welsh had home advantage in all four cases, but it was still a set of results to be proud of and put the Ospreys back up into the top four and kept the Scarlets in contention for a Champions Cup place next season.All smiles: The Ospreys celebrate the try scored by No 8 Dan Baker. (Photo: Inpho) Back row to the foreOpenside flanker James Davies was the Man of the Match in the Scarlets’ victory over Leinster after an outstanding performance in attack and defence. He helped set up Jordan Williams’s second-half try and seemed to be all over the pitch. Plaudits go to two of his back-row colleagues as well – John Barclay, who scored the Scarlets’ first try and replacement Rory Pitman who was a force to be reckoned with later in the game and barged through two tacklers and reach over the line to score the final try. Top try: Christian Wade scored arguably the try of the weekend for Wasps. (Photo Action Images) Landmark matchHats off to referee Wayne Barnes who became only the third man to take charge of 150 Aviva Premiership matches when he officiated at Bath v Sale this weekend.Barnes, 35, has refereed at two World Cups, set the record for the youngest ever Heineken Cup final referee in 2010 and looks odds-on to break Chris White’s record for taking charge of the most Premiership matches, which stands at 190.Phil Winstanley, the rugby director at Premiership Rugby, says: “Wayne is obviously very highly regarded by players, officials and coaches from within Premiership Rugby and I’m sure I speak on behalf of all in congratulating Wayne on reaching this milestone.”center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS King of the HolmBoth sides produced some fabulous rugby in Saturday’s 33-33 Aviva Premiership draw between Gloucester and Northampton but James Hook was responsible for the match’s golden moment as he showed once more why he is becoming a real favourite at Kingsholm.The outside-half went on one of his elusive, jinking runs from his own half and after he had broken the Saints’ line, instead of continuing on his own he put in the most exquisite kick with the outside of his boot to find wing Charlie Sharples steaming through on the outside to collect the ball and score. It was a perfect kick made while running at full pace and not something many fly-halves would attempt, never mind carry off successfully. The SinnersEnding on a sour noteTwo match officials found themselves subject to big criticism for decisions at the death of games which changed the result.Firstly, on Friday evening, Cardiff Blues scored a try six minutes into stoppage time to turn an 11-17 deficit against Connacht into an 18-17 win, after touch-judge Leighton Hodges advised referee Lloyd Linton to award a penalty for in at the side against Tom McCartney instead of a knock-on against Alex Cuthbert. The Blues went through the phases for three minutes until Joaquin Tuculet scored and Rhys Patchell converted, leaving Connacht head coach Pat Lam incensed that the match had not ended when Cuthbert knocked on.Then, on Saturday afternoon, referee Greg Garner helped Northampton snatch a late draw at Gloucester by firstly penalising Yann Thomas in a scrum when he looked to have done nothing illegal to force the visitors into reverse gear, then giving the softest of lineout penalties against Tom Palmer for the lightest of contacts on Courtney Lawes in the air. Saints kicked that penalty to touch five metres out and rolled a maul over for a try which meant the match ended as a 33-33 draw.Former England prop Dave Flatman said on BT Sport: “At the last scrum Yann Thomas did a brilliant job on Gareth Denman and was punished for it,” and commenting on the lineout penalty, he added: “There was physical contact but this is rugby for goodness sake.”It was a great shame a match which featured so much excellent rugby from both sides ended in controversy. The SaintsThat’s the Wade to do itChristian Wade gave Stuart Lancaster a timely reminder of his try-scoring prowess with a superb try for Wasps against Saracens in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday. Wasps attacked from their own half after stealing a lineout and Elliot Daly sent the ball spinning to Wade as he came speeding down the right wing on halfway.Wade chipped and chased, dribbled skilfully towards the corner and even though Alex Goode forced him out into touch, he still used his athleticism and strength to dive towards the bobbling ball in the in-goal area and touch it down. The fact that his feet were in touch did not matter as he was not carrying the ball and the TMO and referee awarded the try.Daly wrote some headlines of his own soon afterwards with a remarkable individual try, weaving and swerving through the defence from 60 metres out. However, these two Champagne moments were in vain for Wasps, as Saracens came back to win the game 26-17. The Aviva Premiership and Guinness Pro12 served up some five-star rugby this weekend with the spring sunshine helping the try-scorers to blossom and Wales teaching Ireland a lesson at regional level. Sam’s the manOspreys outside-half Sam Davies scored 21 of his team’s 26 points in their win over Munster and played a key role in Dan Baker’s try too, finding the back row with a long pass inside the 22. Not only did Davies land six penalties to punish the indiscretions of a Munster side which had come to Cardiff as league leaders, but he had the maturity to kick a drop-goal just before halftime to take the lead beyond two scores at 17-0. It was a long way back from Munster from there and they didn’t trouble the scorers until the last ten minutes of the game.last_img read more

In case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review

first_img Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom center_img Please enter your name here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 TAGSWeek in Review Previous articleUCF nursing students reach out to Apopka FarmworkersNext article3 Mistakes People Make When Buying a Car Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Where water has overtopped Lust Road, an alligator enjoys a sailfin catfish. In many areas, water levels remain above the desired level. 6 stories that shaped Apopka’s news weekBlue Darters fall, Mustangs rise in AP Top 10 PollApopka opens second voting precinct for March electionsLake Apopka North Shore: Continued rainfall and saturated roads slow repair workMcKinley wins Champion of Justice AwardApopka’s Camp WEWA gets a makeoverUCF nursing students reach out to Apopka Farmworkerslast_img read more

Missing Orlando girl found in Las Vegas

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Update: From the Orange County Sheriff’s OfficeMISSING ENDANGERED CHILD Lailah Marie Wright has been located in Las Vegas, Nevada.  She was located in good health. We would like to thank everyone who assisted in her safe recovery.The investigation is currently active and ongoing.Missing/Endangered Child AlertFrom the Orange County Sheriff’s OfficeWe need your help…Missing From: OrlandoMissing Since: 03/14/2018Details: On March 14th, at approximately 8:30 AM, Lailah Wright was last seen in the area of Willwemac Court in Orlando. She was wearing a white pull-over sweatshirt with black letters “ADIDAS”, black sweatpants with jeans underneath, and carrying a purple backpack.There is a concern for her well-being as she never made it to school or returned back home. Missing Persons detectives are reaching out to anyone who might have knowledge regarding her whereabouts. Please contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at 407-836-HELP (4357) with any information. Please enter your name here TAGSMissing ChildOrange County Sheriff’s Office Previous articleWolf Lake’s furious rally in County Championship falls just shortNext articleRethink. Reset. Recycle. Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Shakur Residence / A Cube Limited

first_imgCopyAbout this officeA Cube LimitedOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDhakaOn FacebookConcrete HousesBangladeshPublished on October 18, 2020Cite: “Shakur Residence / A Cube Limited” 17 Oct 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Lead Architects: Architects: A Cube Limited Area Area of this architecture project Houses “COPY” Year:  Shakur Residence / A Cube Limited ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/949542/shakur-residence-a-cube-limited Clipboard Photographs:  THE BIG PICS Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Ehsanul Alam, Mamunur Rashid Chowdhury, Kaisar Hossain, Saima Sharmin Nipa, Faisal Bin Nabi 2018 ArchDaily Photographs Projects Area:  608 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© THE BIG PICS+ 31Curated by Hana Abdel Share Shakur Residence / A Cube LimitedSave this projectSaveShakur Residence / A Cube Limited Bangladesh CopyHouses•Dhaka, Bangladesh Structural Engineer:Anwar Hossain, Masrur Ahmedul KabirElectrical Engineer:Shah Alam TalukderText:Tanzina Binta HarunPlot Area:200.74 m2City:DhakaCountry:BangladeshMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© THE BIG PICSRecommended ProductsConcreteKrytonConcrete Hardening – Hard-CemPlasticsLamitechCompact plastic laminateWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – AJ CollectionText description provided by the architects. The intention was to create a play of spaces and creating dialogues in between which will create memories in future for the client like a home is supposed to do. For inspiration, traditional way of housing in our region was considered. Every traditional house is simple, compact and adequate. So, that philosophy was taken into count while designing this house as well as the client’s approach towards life. The plan was done as a very simple and adequate manner and the form of the building tried to mimic the client’s persona. The structure is a machine which will perform as per its need and will create memories along the way with time.Save this picture!© THE BIG PICSSave this picture!Plan – First floorSave this picture!© THE BIG PICSA home is a place where everyone feels content, happy and close to each other. A home is an inviting place. In this project, upon entering the house, after crossing the portico, one enters to a grand living room which is a double height space; which is open towards the other public functions of the house. The space quality is such that it feels grand and inviting at the very same time. It is a delightful relief for the dwellers coming home after a long day at work or a pleasant surprise for the person visiting the house for the first time.Save this picture!© THE BIG PICSTo let the spaces unfold naturally, the formal living room, dining, pantry is part of a free flowing space. The transition of public, semi public and private space is maintained vertically. The first floor is allocated for the client’s two daughters. They can take a sneak peek in to the living room while enjoying the space along the stairs from their level too. The dialogue between the living room and the shared space at first floor is an open one. The second floor is designed exclusively just for the client which can work as an independent unit equipped with everything needed. This floor contains the client’s master bedroom, closet, master bathroom, a family living room, a kitchenette, a powder room and a store. There’s a lush green porch in front of the master bedroom which works as the reliever from all the stresses of the hectic life outside. This garden works as the transitional point which invites the nature inside the building. Save this picture!© THE BIG PICSThere are two stairs to reach to the third floor. One stair starts from the family living and ends at common area on the third floor while the other from the garden is a spiritual journey through the nature to cleanse one’s mind from the chaos of life outside home. The study has a beautiful refreshing view of the garden which helps to broaden up the mind from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The whole design was done to create an inviting, homely environment for the clients where they would create the memories of a lifetime. Two dominant voids one in the interior and other in the exterior creates a balance of nature and haven in the structure.Save this picture!© THE BIG PICSProject gallerySee allShow lessOikos a – Villa Patio / MOST Monti StudioSelected ProjectsCurve and Dashes Store / Intrinsic DesignsSelected Projects Share Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Adobe Systems Incorporated, Corel Corporation, ETABS, Gree, KSRM, Marble & Granites, Supercrete Cement “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/949542/shakur-residence-a-cube-limited Clipboardlast_img read more

Charity Commission consults on Welsh language service

first_img Howard Lake | 4 August 2004 | News Charity Commission consults on Welsh language service The Charity Commission has launched a public consultation on its draft Welsh Language Scheme.The draft Scheme sets out how the Commission will aim to treat English and Welsh on an equal basis when providing services to the public in Wales.Comments on the draft scheme should be sent via writing or by e-mail by 29 October 2004. Advertisement  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

On the picket line: Fighting retaliation at Google & Boeing, Rutgers faculty win

first_imgFighting retaliation at Google and BoeingTwo mega-billion-dollar U.S.-based international corporations retaliated recently against employees who dared to organize for better working conditions.About 20,000 Google workers staged a multicontinent walkout last November demanding changes in how sexual misconduct allegations are handled. An internal email published April 26 by Wired reported that two employee activists behind the protest accuse Google of retaliation. Google denied it.Employee activist Claire Stapleton was demoted from marketing manager after the walkout. Only after her lawyer contacted Google did management conduct an investigation and walk back her demotion. “While my work has been restored,” said Stapleton, “the environment remains hostile.” Meredith Whittaker, who co-signed the email, said her role has been “changed dramatically.” She was told she had to give up her role at the AI Now Institute at New York University, which she co-founded, and to stop her work on artificial intelligence ethics. The women write: “Our stories aren’t the only ones. Google has a culture of retaliation, which too often works to silence women, people of color, and gender minorities.” (bbc.com, April 23)In November 2018, Richard Mester, who brought 30 years of engineering experience to Boeing in South Carolina where he has been a flight safety inspector for five years, was suddenly fired — along with two other employees — for allegedly failing to report a bird strike. Impossible, said Mester, who had just been elected a union shop steward. The three workers filed Unfair Labor Practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging there was no bird strike, but that it was just an excuse to fire workers in the ongoing International Association of Machinists unionization drive. Boeing filed an objection. The NLRB refused to comment.“Boeing has no qualms about squashing any possibility of a union down here,” Mester told the May 3 Guardian. IAM Associate General Counsel Bill Haller explained: “[Boeing wanted] to send the message that if you support the union you’re going to get fired. They’re not being subtle.” In an email to the Guardian, Boeing denied retaliation.In addition to accusing Boeing of spying on workers who voted in the election, the union is seeking $100 million in a wage theft case — the largest involving a federal contractor. “They started writing people up for things that were the norm. They’ve targeted union supporters,” said an unidentified Boeing worker hoping to avoid retaliation. He noted that after the union vote, Boeing increased the workload of workers who voted for the union, reduced quality control and frequently re-assigned workers to job openings in different locations.Rutgers faculty win historic contract!In a late-night bargaining session, on the brink of a strike (which would have been the first in the university’s 253 years), 5,000 full-time faculty and graduate workers at Rutgers University won a victory with a robust seven-year contract. They organized jointly with the American Association of University Professors and the American Federation of Teachers. During more than a year of pickets and protests, the union won support online and in the classroom with a creative social media campaign as well as “picket with your professor” events.The workers’ gains address equity, security and dignity. Now there is equal pay for equal work for female faculty, faculty of color and for faculty in the Newark and Camden campuses. All faculty can now apply for equity correction if they believe their peers are unjustly earning more. Significant pay increases will help the lowest-paid members. Graduate workers will see their pay increase from $25,969 to $30,162 over the course of the contract. The union also won $20 million for diversity hiring and the guarantee of a workplace free of harassment and stalking, enforced by binding arbitration.The contract revises the “green card” policy, so that faculty can now sponsor non-tenure-track faculty for permanent residency. NTT workers, often the most exploited, will have grievance procedures. Graduate employees and NTT faculty also won greater job security. The union won language requiring academic freedom that applies to social media. Though this is an historic victory, nearly 3,000 part-time adjuncts still await a contract, fair salaries and health care. Stay tuned. (Rutgers AAUP.org, April 17)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more