BENTONVILLE, ARK.—Walmart, the world’s largest private employer, is boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers to $11 an hour, giving a one-time cash bonus of up to $1,000 to eligible employees and expanding its maternity and parental leave benefits.The retailer said Thursday that changes to its compensation and benefits policy will impact more than a million hourly workers in the U.S. The company employs 1.5 million people in the U.S.The wage increase, up from $9 per hour for new workers, comes into play next month. Read more: Tim Hortons locations hit by protests over wage clawbacks … [Read more...] about Walmart raises minimum hourly wage to $11 for U.S. workers, hands out $1,000 bonuses
A water main burst in Terminal 4 at JFK International Airport on Sunday. A video from a Hallmark Aviation Services employee shows a ceiling collapsing over his co-worker’s desk as a result of the burst pipe. Both the man and his co-worker were unharmed. A water main burst in Terminal 4 at JFK International Airport on Sunday, flooding a baggage claim area and leaving travelers unsure of when they’d receive their luggage. Hallmark Aviation Services employee Jonathan Chiu caught some of the flooding in a video that shows a ceiling collapsing over his co-worker’s desk, WNBC reported. Both Chiu and his co-worker were at a safe distance from his desk when the ceiling fell. The video was posted to YouTube by Chiu’s co-worker, Tavita Basdeo. … [Read more...] about A JFK airport employee filmed a ceiling collapsing on his co-worker’s desk after a pipe burst
“How does the idea of being slapped hard in the face during sex make you feel?” a software engineer named Will asked me in a conference room full of our co-workers.“That’s a great question,” I said. “Statistically, 18 per cent of men and 12 per cent of women say they’re into it.”No, we were not negotiating the terms of a Fifty Shades-style S&M contract. We were engineers at OkCupid, and this was one of many questions the app asked to determine members’ compatibility.“I think being slapped in the face during sex is the kind of thing you feel out as you get intimate with someone,” Will said, leaning back in his chair. “Do we really need to ask about it?”Silence. … [Read more...] about When is it OK to ask out a co-worker?
At 62, Anna Maria Grillo hoped decades spent working in sewing factories would afford her some modest comforts: family time in her longtime Maple home, spoiling her grandchildren with a present or two, and the occasional trip to Swiss Chalet. Instead, she says, a workplace injury — and a practice at the workers’ compensation board known as “deeming” — has forced her to sell her house and move near Alliston to save money.“It means not being able to purchase a sweater or a pair of pants, not being able to purchase gifts for my daughters, for my grandchildren,” she said. For more than a million low-wage workers, Ontario’s minimum wage hike brings the promise of more money in the bank. But for some injured workers with permanent disabilities, advocates say, it promises precisely the opposite.Aidan Macdonald, of the Toronto-based legal clinic Injured Workers’ Consultants, says the wage bump to $14 from $11.60 an hour introduced this … [Read more...] about Injured workers losing out on Ontario’s wage bump. Here’s why
One person has sustained injuries following a collision between two planes on the tarmac of Toronto Pearson International Airport on Friday.Toronto Pearson said that one member of the Fire and Emergency Service was taken to hospital and treated for injuries sustained from the incident. The person has since been released from hospital, the airport confirmed Saturday. Authorities with Toronto Pearson declined to disclose the nature of the injuries or information about the worker, citing privacy concerns.The Transportation Safety Board was onsite at Toronto Pearson Friday to investigate the collision, the airport confirmed.Passengers aboard a WestJet flight inbound from Cancun, Mexico, were evacuated from the aircraft via emergency slides and nobody on board was injured. The WestJet plane was stationary when it was clipped by a Sunwing aircraft, which was being towed.The WestJet flight was carrying 168 passengers and a crew of six at the time of the collision. … [Read more...] about One worker injured after Pearson tarmac crash