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. * Influencer Award* Investing in Social Change Award* Public Body AwardVoting is open to the UK public and closes on 6 November. The winners will be announced at the Social Change Awards Ceremony on Thursday 26 Nov in London.www.socialchangeawards.org.uk/voting.html 28 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Voting opens in DSC Social Change Awards The Directory of Social Change has received over 300 nominations for its Social Change Awards.There are three finalists in each of the four award categories:* Everyday Impact Award Advertisement Tagged with: Awards Facebook AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 22 October 2009 | News
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Houston janitors rally June 14.Photo: SEIUHouston — After a hot summer of mass demonstrations, civil disobedience, rallies, almost 70 arrests, prayer vigils and marches, Houston janitors — who had been without a contract since May 31 and went on strike in July — won double what the contractors had initially offered and kept the benefits that had been threatened. The deal was reached with most of Houston’s major cleaning contractors, but union officials are still negotiating with one final contractor.On Aug. 11, the janitors, represented by Service Employees Local 1, unanimously approved a new contract and celebrated a historic victory.Initially, the cleaning contractors offered the workers, who are among the lowest paid in the country, only a measly 50-cents-per-hour wage increase, the same increase now being offered janitors in San Francisco who are threatening to strike. According to the union, the new contract will raise wages 12 percent over the next four years. (seiu.org, Aug. 10)Houston janitors have been organized only since 2006, after waging a strong four-week, rare-for-Houston strike for union recognition. Before this, the 5,000 unorganized office janitors in Houston earned only $20 a day and had absolutely no benefits. In 2006, their pay doubled and they gained access to affordable health care.In the U.S., 11.8 percent of wage and salary workers were members of a union in 2011, but union members were only 5.4 percent of the work force in Texas. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Texas had about one-fourth as many union members as New York in 2011, despite having 2.3 million more wage and salary employees.A struggle of rich versus poorThe cleaning contractors represented Exxon Mobil, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Shell Oil, some of the richest entities in the U.S., but wanted to give janitors only 50 cents over five years.According to Forbes magazine, for the last two years Houston has enjoyed more growth in the number of “High Net Worth Individuals” — people with at least $1 million in investable assets (primary homes don’t count) — than any other U.S. city.The SEIU says the inequality is clear in Houston, where residential segregation by income is the worst in the country. In Texas, the U.S. Department of Labor reported, more than half a million workers make only minimum wage or less, tying Texas with Mississippi for the highest proportion of minimum wage jobs in the country.Local and national support for the janitors was crucial to their victory. It ranged from the mayor of Houston to Occupy Houston activists, U.S. House representatives to Houston religious leaders and the NAACP. The Houston Chronicle editorialized support for the janitors.After the janitors voted in favor of the new contract, Adrianna Vasquez, a bargaining committee member and janitor who works at Chase Tower, said: “Today we proved that when workers join together, we have strength. This is a huge victory for janitors and so many workers. With this new contract, our families can live a little better.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
By Steve Gillis, Financial Secretary, USW Local 8751 and G. Lechat, Harvard TPS CoalitionBoston Public School nurses, teachers and bus drivers occupied City Hall Plaza on July 29, vowing to defend public safety by any means necessary.The action was a response to the threatening, dangerous demands of the White House, Wall Street and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to “get back to school and work” in September.Team Solidarity delegation, nurses and bus drivers at July 29 protest.School bus drivers — whose 1,000-strong members of United Steelworkers Local 8751 work for private corporations Transdev and First Student — joined BPS nurses and teachers. With folding chairs, picket signs and loudspeakers in tow, the workers demanded no reopening of Boston public schools until they’re safe for students, workers and communities. Nurses raised the cry of Shirley Chisholm — elected in 1968 as the first Black woman in Congress — who once said, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” In 1972 Chisholm was the first Black woman to run for U.S. President, backed by Black Panther Party branches. Chisholm’s legacy unified Boston’s majority-women teachers and nurses and the majority-Black bus drivers in their demand that BPS workers be decision-makers in any school reopening plan. “Our expertise and knowledge have been shut out of the assessment, planning and decision-making process,” charged Boston Teachers Union President Jessica Tang.The crowd cheered USW Local 8751 President André François, who said that every bus driver “applauds the [BTU’s} … nonnegotiable demand for union nurses in every school. Because the school bus is the first daily contact for tens of thousands of Boston’s most precious cargo, Local 8751 also demands BTU nurses be stationed at the bus yards to enforce safety procedures at the frontline.” Education workers rally in front of Boston City Hall for school safety during pandemic.François continued, “As the pandemic spread worldwide, our employer and responsible parties failed to act, and in April, Local 8751 suffered the deaths of four drivers to COVID-19. They were active in the city’s food home-delivery program to thousands of BPS children. Only the union’s forceful, on-site intervention and job actions to enforce Emergency COVID-19 Worksite Standard Operating Procedures stopped [additional] infections among our members. … Local 8751 pledges to our members and the children, families and communities we serve: Not One More Death!” (USW Local 8751 statement, July 29) As the U.S. pandemic’s death toll nears 160,000, with nearly 5 million official infections, scientific evidence mounts — from summer camps and parties in states where governments have pushed for reopening — that children contract and transmit COVID-19 at high rates. (New York Times, July 31; YJ Park et al. Emerging Infectious Disease 2020) Dr. William Hanage of the Harvard School of Public Health condemned “the hybrid option” of alternating children from school to day care as “among the worst that we could be putting forward, if our goal is to stop the virus getting into schools” (WBGH.org, July 30 )Boston University epidemiologist Helen Jenkins told the Boston Globe that workers’ unity in not going back makes sense from a public health point of view: “I think their demands are totally reasonable,” she said. (July 29)Warning of tragedy to come from rapid reopening, Massachusetts Nurses Association leaders showed up in solidarity with the BTU nurses. The MNA posted a Facebook statement that read in part: [The] “full and transparent collaboration BTU school nurses seek from your administration has never been more necessary,” referring to the failure of Mayor Marty Walsh and BPS Superintendent Brenda Cassellius to involve worker experts. “We join you in your fight,” the statement concluded. (massnurses.org)The American Federation of Teachers — the nearly 2-million-member teachers’ union not affiliated with the BTU — has also vowed to “fight on all fronts for the safety of our students and their educators,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten during the union’s annual convention, held online July 28-30. Weingarten added: “[I]f authorities don’t protect the safety and health of those we represent … and serve … nothing is off the table, including safety strikes.” (NPR, July 28)The Boston bus drivers’ union joined the AFT’s resolve in its statement: “Local 8751 raises 1,000 fists of Solidarity with the American Federation of Teachers’ July 28 powerful commitment and warning to federal, state and local governments that ‘Safety Strikes’ will be the result if the workers’ health & safety demands remain unmet: No Reopening Without Safety First!” At the rally, nurses, teachers and a bus driver echoed many other demands for health and safety protocols that would take massive emergency funding to accomplish, including universal availability of personal protective equipment and safe distancing logistics, universal virus testing, in-school worker preparation time, proper ventilation and disinfecting of facilities and buses, and universal internet and computer access. All need to happen before children can safely and equitably return to school in person. All the unions called for mass hiring of health care workers, bus drivers and monitors, teachers, custodians, HVAC and construction workers, and day care workers. For both public employees and workers who are subjected to privatization at charter schools and transportation vendors, Local 8751’s statement demanded: “Full Hazard Pay and Benefits for All School Workers, Now!” In the face of this growing outcry and scientific evidence, Boston’s Mayor Walsh announced July 31 that the city had cancelled plans for a full reopening of schools in September. This is only the first of many concessions that the ruling class must make as the workers’ unions plan further actions in their newly formed and strengthened coalitions to put safety, health and the economic well-being of children, families, communities and workers first before the hell-bent surge of Wall Street profiteering.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) supports unprecedented counter-offensive from American news outlets denouncing President Donald Trump’s “dirty war against the free press.” The Boston Globe proposed this “coordinated editorial response” to attacks on the press at a time when President Trump’s anti-media hostility continues to escalate. Earlier this month at a rally in Pennsylvania the president gestured toward the press pen and called the media “fake, fake disgusting news,” and in a August 5 tweet, he again used the phrase “enemy of the people” to refer to the media, claiming they cause division, distrust, and even war. On July 25 CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins was barred from attending a White House event after asking President Trump “inappropriate questions” earlier that day. Help by sharing this information United StatesAmericas News News The United States ranks 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index, after falling two places last year. This decline in ranking is due in part to President Trump, who has declared the press an “enemy of the American people” in a series of verbal attacks toward journalists, blocked multiple media outlets’ and journalists’ access to White House events, and routinely calls media outlets “fake news” in an attempt to discredit critical reporting. He has even called for revoking certain media outlets’ broadcasting licenses. June 3, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en MANDEL NGAN / AFP August 15, 2018 US – RSF supports unprecedented editorial campaign against Trump’s “war” on free press Follow the news on United States Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says United StatesAmericas Organisation Receive email alerts to go further Around 200 newspapers will publish editorials on August 16 defending press freedom as part of The Boston Globe’s initiative. Marjorie Pritchard, the Globe’s deputy editorial page editor, anticipates the editorials will express a variety of views, “but the same sentiment: The importance of a free and independent press.” WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists “RSF applauds the efforts made by these news organizations to identify President Trump’s hostile rhetoric as what it truly is: a threat to press freedom,” said Margaux Ewen, Director of RSF’s North America bureau. “The level of intolerance for journalism from the White House has never been so high, which has proved dangerous for reporters trying to do their jobs both in the US and abroad.” NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 7, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more
News Two and a half months after a special tax on social networks took effect in Uganda, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about the adoption of similar measures hampering the production of news and information in Benin and Zambia. BeninZambiaUgandaAfrica Online freedoms InternetEconomic pressure RSF_en September 21, 2018 After Uganda, Benin and Zambia impose “worrying” tax on social networks Benin is ranked 84th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index, Zambia is ranked 113th and Uganda is ranked 117th. Launched by the local bloggers’ association, the hashtag #TaxePasMesMo (Don’t Tax My Megabytes) has gone viral in Benin. They are campaigning against the tax on social networks that went into effect on 19 September and has already made Internet accounts ten times more expensive. This includes access to such online tools as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, which are widely used by journalists to verify, access and disseminate news and information. News June 10, 2021 Find out more Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria to go further Follow the news on Africa Organisation Few are convinced by the grounds given by the government for imposing the tax, namely that the social networks are “making the state lose money.” Benin’s economy and finance minister recently triggered an outcry by saying the tax was intended to penalize use of social networks for “recreational” purposes and the circulation of “photos and videos critical of the government.” June 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information In Zambia, a new tax on the use of apps such as Skype and WhatsApp to make phone calls was similarly described by the communication minister as “purely an economic decision” prompted by the fact that the government has “lost income.” The Zambian government announced on 20 August that anyone using these apps to make free phone calls would soon be taxed at a rate of almost three euro cents a day. In June, RSF condemned Uganda’s new tax on social networks, which was unprecedented in Africa. President Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled the country for 32 years, said the tax was needed to rein in online “gossip.” There were major protests in the capital, Kampala, when the tax went into effect a month later. Receive email alerts Chérifou Riwanou, the CEO of the daily newspaper Le Matin Libre, told RSF: “How are we going to check information if, by downloading the photo of a piece of evidence, we have to pay a surcharge for using social networks. The state is trying at all costs to prevent us from using these platforms, which nowadays pose a real challenge to the authorities.” © france24.com News “The rapid spread of this kind of economic pressure is worrying, because it increases the cost of producing news and information,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “It will induce journalists to reduce their use of social networks, which were increasingly being used to contact sources, share information and verify information. So, this tax is liable to affect the volume and quality of news coverage.” Reporters Without Borders rallies former hostages in Paris, following the kidnapping of journalist Olivier Dubois. News Under the decree adopted by President Patrice Talon on 25 July, a tax of 5 CFA francs (a little less than one euro cent) is imposed on each megabyte of “Internet access used for a social network platform.” Internet access providers will have to collect the tax at the end of every month. BeninZambiaUgandaAfrica Online freedoms InternetEconomic pressure Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder June 7, 2021 Find out more
Home » News » Lenders worried over government plans for compulsory three year tenancies previous nextRegulation & LawLenders worried over government plans for compulsory three year tenanciesTrade body UK Finance says proposed tenancies would risk higher rents for tenants and create uncertainty during first six months.Nigel Lewis3rd September 20180747 Views Buy-to-let lenders are worried over how the government is to introduce compulsory three-year tenancies even though in principle most lenders now allow landlords to offer them, trade body UK Finance has revealed.Housing ministry the DHCLG is currently consulting on whether to bring in a compulsory three-year tenancy term with a six-month break clause.Housing Secretary James Brokenshire (left) recently said that it was “deeply unfair when renters are forced to uproot their lives or find new schools for their children at short notice due to the terms of their rental contract”.The proposed new contract would effectively introduce a six-month probationary period for both landlord and tenant, after which the contract would become binding for three years. During this period tenants can give notice, but only two months in advance.But lenders are apparently one-step ahead of the DHCLG and ‘most’ now allow landlords to offer three-year tenancies, UK Finance says.Despite this, lenders have concerns over several aspects of the government’s proposals. One is that landlords will evict tenants prematurely during the six-month probationary period if they think they’re a risk.Higher rentsAlso, landlords may pre-load higher rents into the tenancy for riskier tenant groups in expectation of higher costs during the three years of the tenancy. UK Finance also says there is little appetite for longer tenancies among both tenants and landlords.“Buy-to-let mortgage lenders are supportive of measures which enhance security for tenants,” says Carla Sateriale (right) from UK Finance.“However, lenders believe that a few additional points need to be clarified for the new tenancy model to deliver the desired outcome.”Adam Male (below), Director of Lettings at agency Urban.co.uk, says: “The introduction of three-year tenancies would be an extremely clumsy and ill-advised move by the government and one that will further suppress the buy-to-let market. “This is nothing more than an attempt to appear pro-tenant in order to grab votes and the reality is that the government has little interest in the nation’s tenants and the end result will not favour them.”Two weeks ago The Sun newspaper incorrectly reported that the government was planning to rush through its plans for three year tenancies ahead of the consultation ending.James Brokenshire dhclg three year tenancies UK Finance September 3, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021
Controversy at St Anne’s college has ended after administrators agreed to turn the college’s heaters back on.At the start of term the college had adopted a policy of turning the heating off in Trinity term, on the grounds that it would be uneccesary in the summer term. However, students criticised the decision not to turn it back on when the weather took a turn for the worse.One, who asked that her anonymity be preserved, said she wished “to complain in the strongest and most abusive terms possible”.“I have to wonder just what i pay battels for – battels that i believe are substantially higher than the average – if i cannot control the heating in my own room. Last night I went to bed fully dressed and still could not get to sleep, I was so cold.”“I have to wonder whether the college authorities care about their students.”Many students complained that they had not been warned or informed of the college’s decision, and that the lodge was refusing to give out electric heaters, as it had done in earlier terms.One college resident circulated a petition demanding that the college reverse its decision, which received several dozen signatures. Finally, on Wednesday, the college turned the heating back on.Bursar Martin Jackson refused to comment on his reasons either for the initial decision to shut off the heating or for the subsequent climbdown.Students, however, welcomed the move. One, who had been involved in the petitioning campaign and aksed to remain strictly anonymous, said “I am overjoyed. My room was freezing; I was having difficulty sleeping and I couldn’t spend extended amounts of time in it. I feel that college had a somewhat radical reaction to environmental and economic concerns, which was in danger of compromising the welfare of its students. I am pleased that they responded reasonably once they had been made aware of the situation.”St Anne’s has a recent history of heating woes, with Jackson last year apologising after two successive terms in which boilers broke down in various accomodation blocks.
Smoke billows from inside the Acme parking garage before the fire was extinguished Sunday. (Photo credit Adrian James) By MADDY VITALEPolice charged a 12-year-old Ocean City boy with arson on Tuesday in the weekend fire that closed the Acme supermarket on Eighth Street and West Avenue indefinitely.The boy, whose name was not released due to his age, was charged with aggravated arson, failure to report a fire, risking widespread injury and damage, aggravated assault and criminal mischief, according to a press release from the Ocean City Police Department.On Sunday at 12:53 p.m., police received a report of a fire at the Acme. Firefighters responded within minutes and by 1:15 p.m. the fire was extinguished. It was limited to the parking garage underneath the supermarket. There were no reported injuries.A subsequent investigation by the Ocean City Police Department, Ocean City Fire Department, State Fire Marshal’s Office and Cape May County Fire Marshal’s Office concluded the fire was a result of arson.Detective Sergeant Dan Lancaster and Detective Matthew Crowley arrested the boy in Ocean City. He was released to the custody of his family pending juvenile court.The investigation was conducted by the Ocean City Detective Bureau.While the fire did not damage the exterior of the building, thick, black smoke billowed from the parking garage and seeped inside the store.On Monday, store employees threw out spoiled food. Other employees stood at the barriers blocking the parking lot and turned away some shoppers who were unaware of the fire.Acme spokeswoman Dana Ward said Monday that it was unclear when the store would reopen, but noted that customers could go to the other Acme at 34th Street and Simpson Avenue to shop.
The Mayor of North Charleston, SC, got in front of some cameras to sing the praises of the city’s new Riverfront Park event space on Monday. R. Keith Summey, who has served as Mayor of North Charleston since 1995, cited a number of successes associated with the park during the promotional video, including the inaugural Trondossa Festival that brought Widespread Panic to the venue for two nights earlier this month.According to Summey, the new Riverfront Park has benefited the community in a lot of ways. One particularly interesting benefit he mentioned is that marijuana smoke at Widespread Panic concerts dissipates into the air more easily than it did when the band performed at the indoor North Charleston Coliseum. Also, it turns out the mayor likes Widespread Panic’s music a lot more than he previously realized.Here’s the full quote:My wife coerced me this past weekend to go see Widespread Panic. I’m 71 years old. Widespread Panic has come to this town a number of times at the Coliseum, but this was the first time they’ve been in an open-air area, and it worked a heck of a lot better. I think some of the things people were puffing on may have dissipated into the air a little bit better. But I actually found out I enjoyed their music. And all these times I’ve missed them when they’ve been here, but of course, she made me stay until it was over and the fireworks went off. I’m hen-pecked and I admit it.And here’s the video (the good stuff comes around 4:08):[Video: City of North Charleston]It’s great to see that Mayor Summey has such kind words for Widespread Panic. It’s also great that he gets such a kick out of the things people puff at their shows. On the other hand, it’s not so great that the South Carolina has some of the strictest marijuana laws in the country, so maybe Mayor Summey can lend his endorsement to the comprehensive medical marijuana bill that is being debated in the state’s legislature. After all, legalizing it works a heck of a lot better.You can check out our review and photos from the inaugural Trondossa Festival, which also featured sets from Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price, Big Something, Moon Taxi, and Hiss Golden Messenger, here.[H/T – PanicStream]