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HighProfile Lawyer Joins Houston Firefighters In Dispute Over Pay Parity With Police

first_img X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaHouston attorney Tony Buzbee says mediation would save hundreds of thousands of dollars in the firefighters pay parity dispute.center_img 00:00 /00:54 Tony Buzbee may be a well-known trial lawyer, but when it comes to the issue of pay parity between firefighters and police, he wants to see it resolved outside of court.“What I would try to do is start a dialogue to get other leaders in this community engaged to have a discussion with the mayor and whomever he designates to try to resolve this dispute,” Buzbee, who recently announced his intent to run for Houston mayor next year, said at a press conference.For now, a judge has halted the pay parity measure voters approved in the last election, pending litigation.The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association is facing a lawsuit from the Houston Police Officers Union. It alleges if the city has to pay firefighters the same as police, the police union’s own negotiating power will be limited.A hearing is set for Friday, which Buzbee said he won’t be part of.In a statement, Mayor Sylvester Turner said any salary negotiations are “nothing more than a distraction and an attempt to confuse the issue” and that the court will ultimately decide whether the measure is unconstitutional.This story has been updated for clarity. Sharelast_img read more

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New Accountability and Reform Act Could Prove Devastating to Black Metro Workers

first_imgThe release of a proposed METRO Accountability and Reform Act on Dec. 4 has been touted as a wellspring of revisions, repairs and modernization to help the crippled transit system restructure.  However, with a growing number of Metro staff positions co-opted to private contractors and hundreds of workers slated for dismissal in 2018, Metro’s largely Black workforce fear they may serve as the reform’s collateral damage. Introduced by Rep. Barbara Comstock (R–Va.) the METRO Accountability and Reform Act reportedly aligns the transportation system with the Trump administration’s goals of increased privatization.  METRO announced in November a call for proposals from outside contractors to manage bus operations of 17 bus routes, as well as maintenance at its newly established Newington, Va., garage.  Additionally, contractors have already been secured for SafeTrack maintenance, in temporary restructuring positions as required by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendations, and for shuttle services in cases of METRO Rail service interruptions.  Metro staff and members of Amalgamated Transit Union 689 believe the impact of Comstock’s proposed realignment alongside General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld’s proposed elimination of 500 staff positions in 2018 could cripple a Black middle class that is barely still afloat.  According to a July 2017 Washington Post report, operations funding on private contractors almost doubled between 2015 and the first part of 2017, from $24.8 million to $47.4 million.  Under the 2018 fiscal operating budget, that amount would rise to roughly $65 million.“We’re trying to find out exactly when did this hiring start, and what are their roles, and what are the jobs that they’re doing,” union President Jackie Jeter told The Post. “There are a lot of contractors on the property, and we need to find out exactly where they are and what they’re supposed to be doing.”Under Comstock’s plan, new Metro employees would lose traditional defined-benefit pension plans in lieu of defined contribution 401(k) plans. It would also reduce overtime for union employees and outsource additional services to private companies.  All of the changes would come with a $75 million appropriation from the federal government.Residents had mixed feelings about the loss of jobs when weighed against improved services.“Metro Access is a travesty and there have been constant concerns about drivers physically and sexually assaulting passengers, so it would be a blessing for an outside contractor to manage it,” Alisha Bolton, a Ward 7 resident whose paraplegic son utilized Metro Access services, told the AFRO.  “It would make more sense with the train and bus services to train the current staff than to bring in outsiders who will economically displace these Black workers.”Comstock’s proposal also seeks to install a five-member Metro Reform Board to replace the current 16-member board of directors, who would have authority to void all current and pending union and supplier contracts.“Privatization has led to relaxed safety standards around the country and the union firmly believes that the expansion of privatization at Metro is the wrong direction for the system and the tax-paying public.” Jeter and members of Local 689 said in a released statement.  “WMATA was founded, in large part, because of the lax standards of private contractors in the 1950s, much like the ones who operate D.C. Circulator and D.C. Streetcar, two systems that have had numerous safety, pay, benefits, and work environment problems in the last two years.”last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterSilversea Cruises has announced 54 new summer 2020/2021 voyages and has opened an exclusive pre-sale for its Venetian Society members. The program features 20 maiden calls.Comprising the summer itineraries of Silver Muse, Silver Whisper, Silver Shadow, Silver Spirit and Silver Moon ­­­– an ultra-luxury sister ship to Silver Muse, due to join the fleet in August 2020 – the new collection of voyages will showcase the wonders of the Caribbean, springtime in Asia, and the best of both Australia and South America on respective circumnavigations, among other remarkable experiences.Silver ShadowGuests will be able to sail to a total of 49 destinations in eight countries in and around Australia and New Zealand, between October 2020 and March 2021. Guests will discover a range of iconic destinations in both Australia and New Zealand, as well as a number of Pacific Islands, which will be showcased on a selection of Sydney-to-Auckland voyages from December 2020 to February 2021. Aboard the Silver Muse, guests will be able to circumnavigate Australia over 50 days, when combining three voyages:– Sydney to Sydney (three voyages): By combining three voyages, travellers will be able to complete a 50-day circumnavigation of Australia aboard Silver Muse, discovering the delights of Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia in the process. Departing Sydney on 31 October 2020, guests will discover a number of stunning destinations in New Zealand including Wellington, Akaroa and Milford and Doubtful Sounds–among the most naturally beautiful destinations in the world. From here Silver Muse makes ports of call in Burnie and Melbourne before continuing onto Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Albany and Busselton, arriving in Fremantle on 21 November 2020. The second sector departs Fremantle on 21 November 2020, on a 12 day voyage to Bali through Western Australia and Indonesia, taking in the incredible destinations of Ende, Flores and Pink Beach, Komodo. The final sector departs Bali on 3 December 2020, sailing down the east coast of Australia and taking in sights such as Thursday Island, Cairns and Airlie Beach before arriving into Sydney on 20 December 2020.In Asia, Silver Muse and Silver Spirit will unlock 58 spectacular destinations in 18 countries for guests, with each ship completing seven voyages between September 2020 and May 2021. In addition to calls in the major ports of Mumbai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo, the new collection’s Asian highlights include multiple overnights calls in various Vietnam destinations and roundtrip voyages from Tokyo during the cherry blossom season. Guests will dive deep into the enchanting cultures of Asia through immersive shore experiences and various onboard enrichments, as they travel in superlative comfort. Among the new voyages on offer in Asia is the following sample itinerary:– Tokyo to Tokyo: completing a 15-day circumnavigation of Japan’s largest island, Honshu, Silver Muse will depart Tokyo on 5 April 2021. Aboard the cruise line’s flagship, Silversea’s guests will journey closer to the authentic beauty of Asia, calling at Shimizu; Kobe, on an overnight call; and Hiroshima; before reaching Yeosu in South Korea. Subsequently, travellers will explore Kanazawa, Niigata, Akita, Aomori, and Hakodate, ahead of arriving in Tokyo on 19 April 2021.A combined total of 26 voyages aboard Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and Silver Moon will operate to 46 destinations in the Caribbean. In addition to many quintessential experiences—such as immersive journeys into the rainforests of St. Lucia, opportunities to explore the chic boutiques of St. Barth, and tranquil moments spent in the Spanish-tiled courtyards of San Juan—Silversea’s guests will discover more intimate, lesser-visited ports, such as Jost Van Dyke, Bequia, and Mayreau. Guests will also have the opportunity to travel deeper into the vibrant culture and spectacular landscapes of Cuba. For guests’ convenience, many Caribbean voyages will depart and/or culminate in Fort Lauderdale. A sample itinerary from the new Caribbean voyages on offer includes:– Fort Lauderdale to Bridgetown: Silversea’s Silver Whisper will depart Fort Lauderdale on 10 November 2020, on a 10-day voyage to Bridgetown, Barbados. Guests will journey to San Juan, Jost Van Dyke, St. John’s, Fort-de-France, Mayreau, St. George’s, and Bequia, before arriving in Bridgetown on 20 November 2020. A rich variety of immersive shore experiences in each destination will complement Silversea’s trademark level of luxury on board to make for a unique voyage.Silver WindIn her inaugural season in the region, Silver Moon will journey throughout Central and South America between January and April, 2021, enabling guests to discover 55 destinations in 27 countries. S.A.L.T., Silversea’s pioneering new culinary concept, will enrich guests’ experience aboard Silver Moon. Aboard what will be Silversea’s newest flagship, guests will be able to complete an incredible circumnavigation of South America over 69 days, when combining four voyages:– Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale (four voyages): The first segment of this unique experience will see Silversea’s guests travel from Fort Lauderdale to Callao, departing 7 January 2021, calling at Cozumel, Quintana Roo; Belize City; Roatan Island; Puerto Limón; San Blas Islands; and a transit of the famous Panama Canal. Subsequent overnights in Fuerte Amador (Panama City) and Guayaquil will precede a call in Salaverry, before Silver Moon reaches Callao (Lima). The second voyage, a 22-day route from Callao to Buenos Aires, will enable guests to travel deeper into the majestic Chilean Fjords and Ushuaia, among other alluring destinations, before setting sail for Argentina’s capital city. Travellers on the third voyage will explore destinations in Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil ahead of arriving in Rio de Janeiro. Concluding the roundtrip circumnavigation, Silver Moon will unlock various experiences for guests in Brazil, French Guiana, Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, French West Indies, and Puerto Rico, prior to reaching Fort Lauderdale on 17 March 2021.“Our new summer 2020/2021 voyages will form strong connections between our guests and the world’s most amazing destinations, as they enjoy immersive, authentic experiences,” says Barbara Muckermann, Silversea’s Chief Marketing Officer. “We are increasing the range of unique destinations on offer to expand the possibilities for our guests. Enjoying the best service at sea, fine cuisine with menus that will adapt to take guests deeper into visited cultures, and the unparalleled comfort of our intimate ships, our guests will journey closer to the authentic beauty of the world in luxury.”In addition to the inclusive air program, travellers can benefit from a 10% early booking bonus, while loyal guests of Silversea’s Venetian Society will also enjoy customary benefits.Pre-sale is open to Venetian Society members only. Itineraries will open for sale to the public on 7 May 2019. All itineraries are subject to change based on a variety of external factors.Lead image: Silver Muse arrives in Sydney HarbourGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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