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john ford on who’s enjoying the fruits of innovation


“once machines were clearly tools. they were something that workers used that made those workers more valuable. now, increasingly, at least relative to many workers, the machines are becoming autonomous. this means that rather than complementing workers and making workers more valuable, the machines are, in many cases, substituting for workers.“in fact, making those workers less valuable. and i think that that is one of the things that’s driving this significant gap between compensation and productivity. in essence, what’s...






martin ford on who’s enjoying the fruits of innovation


“once machines were clearly tools. they were something that workers used that made those workers more valuable. now, increasingly, at least relative to many workers, the machines are becoming autonomous. this means that rather than complementing workers and making workers more valuable, the machines are, in many cases, substituting for workers.“in fact, making those workers less valuable. and i think that that is one of the things that’s driving this significant gap between compensation and productivity. in essence, what’s...






large bridge goes up on nicollet mall for super bowl


crews on saturday began assembling one of the major attractions leading up to the super bowl: a 200-foot bridge spanning 9th street along nicollet mall.the bridge is usually used by the american birkebeiner, the largest cross-country ski race in the country, held in hayward, wis. the super bowl host committee worked with the race's foundation to move the bridge downtown as a way to incorporate winter sports and recreation, according to ben popp, the foundation's executive director."we really want to showcase what happens in minnesota in the winter," popp said as workers assembled the bridge in single-digit cold. "it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a small nonprofit in wisconsin."the bridge will stretch from 8th to 10th streets along nicollet mall, more than 14 feet tall and 24 feet






large bridge goes up on nicollet mall for super bowl


crews on saturday began assembling one of the major attractions leading up to the super bowl: a 200-foot bridge spanning 9th street along nicollet mall.the bridge is usually a feature at the american birkebeiner, the largest cross-country ski race in the country, held in hayward, wis. the super bowl host committee worked with the race’s foundation to bring the bridge downtown as a way to incorporate winter sports and recreation, according to ben popp, the birkebeiner foundation’s executive director.“we really want to showcase what happens in minnesota in the winter,” popp said as workers assembled the bridge in single-digit cold. “it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a small nonprofit in wisconsin.”the bridge will stretch from 8th to 10th streets along nicollet mall, more than 14 feet






k-pan is a 3d-printed panoramic film camera that shoots 6 x 14cm photos: digital


the 3d-printed camera formerly known as the 'cycloptic mustard monster' has launched on kickstarter under the name k-pan panoramic camera. this medium-format analog camera has the same design showcased earlier this year, and assuming the crowdfunding campaign is successful, it'll be made available to buyers as a diy kit. creator paul kohlhausen is also offering 10 limited edition pre-assembled camera units.the k-pan's components are printed from sls nylon, and once assembled, the camera measures 22cm x 9cm / 8.6in x 3.5in and weighs 350g / 12oz (without a lens). users supply their own 4 x 5 lens and 120 film, of which the camera shoots five 6 x 14cm frames per roll. when assembled according to its default design, the k-pan's focus is set to infinity; however, users can change that by inser






at&t wireless store workers begin weekend strike


thousands of at&t inc. employees walked off the job friday afternoon, starting a three-day protest to demand more protections for retail workers, call-center staffers and technicians.the strikers include as many as 21,000 at&t wireless workers, including those manning retail stores. the communications workers of america union said landline workers in california, nevada and connecticut, and directv technicians in california...






the latest: ups shooting leaves 4 dead, including shooter


san francisco — the latest on a shooting in san francisco (all times local):11:40 a.m.authorities say a shooting at san francisco ups warehouse has killed three people as well as the shooter.san francisco police sgt. toney chaplin says at a news conference that two others were wounded wednesday. he says that the shooter shot himself, and police have not determined a motive.___11:10 a.m.a man who lives across the street from a san francisco ups warehouse where a gunman opened fire says he heard seven or eight shots fired quickly and saw workers running.raymond deng, 30, a data scientist for a start-up company, said he looked out his apartment window wednesday to see a group of ups workers fleeing the building and shouting.he says another group of about 10 workers assembled on the roof and h






workers get faster access to wages with these new apps


for more workers across america, every day is payday.uber technologies inc., mcdonald’s corp. and bloomin’ brands inc.’s outback steakhouse are among a growing group of employers giving workers near-instant access to their wages through payday apps. new tools that allow people to spend the money they just earned have provided some workers...






63 waikiki hotel workers walk off job for 1-day strike


honolulu (ap) — more than 60 workers at a waikiki hotel went on a one-day strike, calling for better working conditions.the 63 ilikai hotel & luxury suites union workers walked off the job on thursday.unite here! local five spokeswoman paola rodelas said the workers on strike included housekeepers, guest service workers, engineers and valet drivers.union workers at the ilikai are paid $3.51 an hour less than union hotel workers at the nearby hilton hawaiian village, the modern honolulu and ramada plaza waikiki.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.rodelas says the workers are doing jobs outside their skill set due to short staff and housekeepers are cleaning larger hotel rooms.ilikai is a mixed-use building with hotel rooms and residential units.local 5 represents about






walmart gives workers a way to get paid earlier


new york (ap) — walmart is providing workers with an app aimed at helping them budget their money and get paid before payday.the retailer says it teamed up with financial technology startup even to provide the services to walmart’s 1.4 million workers. the even app automatically plans ahead for bills or savings goals. and it allows walmart workers to access cash before a scheduled payday up to eight times a year for free.walmart says it will cover the costs for even for both full and part-time workers. users will have to pay a fee if they want to get paid earlier more than eight times a year.critics say the service is another sign that walmart doesn’t pay its workers enough.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






ancient egyptian statue's huge torso pulled from mud


by mohammed salahcairo (ap) — the three-ton torso of a massive statue that may be of one of egypt’s most famous pharaohs was lifted monday from mud and groundwater where it was recently discovered in a cairo suburb.the torso was pulled by a crane as dozens of workers supported it while being moved to dry land where it was covered by a white fabric.antiquities workers cover the head of a massive statue found in cairo, egypt. (ap photo/amr nabil) the first part of the colossus — a large portion of the head — was pulled up thursday.the ministry of antiquities said the statue’s parts would be assembled at the egyptian museum in central cairo, where they would be pieced together and restored before being moved to the yet-to-open grand egyptian museum near the giza pyramids.the statue is likely






pakistan official: bodies of 4 recovered from caved-in mine


quetta, pakistan (ap) — a pakistani official says rescue workers have recovered the bodies of four mine workers who were buried under a landslide in the country’s southwest.iftikhar ahmed, a coal-mine inspector, said saturday rescue workers were searching for the remaining two workers in the shrag area of the harnai coal field. ahmed said a landslide a day before caused a portion of the coal mine to cave in, trapping six workers.harnai district and its surroundings in southwestern baluchistan province have rich coal and other minerals reserves but with poor infrastructure.such incidents are common in pakistan’s coal-mine fields where authorities do not pay due attention on workers’ safety and workers themselves also often disregard safety standards.most read storiesunlimited digital access






anger at trump fuels may day rallies across the us | usa


tens of thousands of labour and immigrants' rights activists have taken to the streets to commemorate international workers' day across the us, with reports of arrests and clashes in several locations.international workers' day, also known as may day, has been commemorated on may 1 since its introduction in the late 19th century. for american leftists and labour rights groups, it symbolises the rich history of the struggle for workers' rights.this year, however, the day assumed added significance, with a movement against right-wing us president donald trump fuelling the protests, marches and actions.the movimiento cosecha, a movement that campaigns for the rights of the estimated 11 million undocumented people in the us, rallied its activists for a nationwide strike and called for a 'day w






anger at trump fuels may day rallies across the us | usa


tens of thousands of labour and immigrants' rights activists have taken to the streets to commemorate international workers' day across the us, with reports of arrests and clashes in several locations.international workers' day, also known as may day, has been commemorated on may 1 since its introduction in the late 19th century. for american leftists and labour rights groups, it symbolises the rich history of the struggle for workers' rights.this year, however, the day assumed added significance, with a movement against right-wing us president donald trump fuelling the protests, marches and actions.the movimiento cosecha, a movement that campaigns for the rights of the estimated 11 million undocumented people in the us, rallied its activists for a nationwide strike and called for a 'day w






jobstack customer download


download download the jobstack customer mobile app requires an invitation. reach out to your local peopleready branch to receive an invitation. the jobstack customer mobile app allows you to access our pre-qualified workers at anytime and anywhere while using your existing jobstack account. using a state-of-the-art matching program provided by our partner, swipejobs, your orders will be shown to the workers who best match your needs in real-time. features: extend in progress orders. reorder from past orders. view current orders. see the workers dispatched to your orders. submit hours for workers. rate workers.






is brexit really going to help british workers? | labour


workers' strength comes through united action. it's a pretty simple rule of history. when the most marginalised and exploited workers stand up for themselves, better off workers need to stand with them. it was the struggles of the match girls, the irish dockers and the jewish sweatshop workers of late 19th-century london that transformed british trade unionism and made it a mass force for social change.a strong workers' movement would never accept the rights of a minority being removed. yet that is exactly what the end of eu free movement rules in britain would mean. european migrant workers would have fewer rights in britain and would, therefore, be less able to defend their pay and conditions. that explains the stark warning contained in a report released today by another europe is possi






jeff bezos unveils engine for blue origin megarocket (photos)


blue origin has revealed the first assembled engine that will power the spaceflight company's next-generation megarocket. on monday (march 6), blue origin founder jeff bezos posted on twitter two photos of the first completed be-4 engine, the heart of the company's big new glenn orbital launcher. "1st be-4 engine fully assembled. 2nd and 3rd following close behind," bezos, who is also the billionaire founder of amazon.com, wrote in one tweet. the be-4, which burns liquid oxygen and liquid methane, will get new glenn off the ground. seven of the engines will power the rocket's first stage, and its second stage will use one be-4. blue origin is also working on a three-stage new glenn variant, whose upper stage will incorporate one be-3, the engine that powers the company's new shepard suborb






three-year wilshire grand build reaches a new milestone


rick smegelski pulled back the hoist lever with his right hand, calculating how fast his load was rising.as operator of tower crane no. 1 at the construction site for the wilshire grand, smegelski looks upon downtown los angeles from his cab, 900 feet above figueroa street. below him stood the signature element of this $1-billion-plus project, the tower, soon to become the tallest structure west of chicago."i'm getting toward the end of my career," said smegelski, 59. "so this building is a pretty big feather in my cap. this will be here forever. i can take my great-grandchildren here and show them that i built it."one day last week, smegelski had a special audience, and though he couldn't see or hear them, he knew applause was rising from the assembled dignitaries: architects, engineers,






trump wants to hire foreign workers at westchester golf course


president donald trump has railed against what he calls “low-skilled immigration that continues to reduce jobs and wages for american workers,” but recent actions suggest he may prefer to hire such workers rather than u.s. citizens for his sprawling businesses. the former reality tv star with an estimated $3.5 billion to his name filed a request…






amazon to add 120,000 holiday workers, same as last year


amazon.com inc. said thursday it plans to add 120,000 seasonal employees to help fill holiday orders at its warehouses, nearly doubling that segment of its workforce and topping hiring plans at other major retailers.still, it is the same number of temporary workers the online retailer brought on last year, reflecting hiring already done this year toward meeting its goal of adding 100,000 full-time and 30,000 part-time workers through mid-2018. amazon plans to retain some of the workers, which would help it keep building...






feinstein: rosenstein's memo on comey reads like a 'hastily assembled' political


in a scathing statement released thursday, sen. dianne feinstein (d-calif.) calls on both atty. gen. jeff sessions and deputy atty. gen. rod j. rosenstein to recuse themselves from the "appointment, selection and reporting of a special counsel" to investigate russia's meddling in the u.s. presidential election. feinstein also calls rosenstein's memo recommending the ouster of fbi director james comey a "political document"; "hastily assembled to justify a preordained outcome."here's the text of her statement:“i’ve now read deputy attorney general rod rosenstein’s memo three times. with each read i’ve become more troubled by the contents of this unusual document.given rosenstein’s legal expertise and 27-year justice department career, i would have expected him to produce a detailed and comp






roof trusses to be placed on milwaukee nba arena project


milwaukee — construction of the new nba arena in milwaukee has reached a milestone as crews place the first of nine enormous roof trusses above the partially-finished steel structure.the milwaukee journal sentinel (http://bit.ly/2qtxk6x ) reports the lift began tuesday. it involves workers from merrill iron & steel, a local company that supplied the roof pieces, as well as janesville-based construction company jp cullen and the project construction manager, mortenson construction.mortenson project engineer ellen becker says this step in the project is complex because it's high in the air and the pieces are heavy.the trusses' length adds to that complexity. they max out at about 200 feet each and are so large they have to be assembled inside the bowl, on what will eventually be the basketba






moorhead 3, lakeville south 2


crews assembled, polished, maneuvered and arranged their displays the day before the start of the annual twin cities auto show which starts saturday and runs through march 19.






bay area workers among 17,000 who walked off the job in california, nevada


telecommunications giant at&t has broken federal law by unilaterally forcing technicians to do work outside their areas of expertise, according to the union representing 17,000 workers in california and nevada who walked off the job wednesday.the union representing the workers is also taking aim at at&t’s outsourcing and offshoring of jobs.joining technicians in the strike are call center workers. the striking workers are employed in landline services, not wireless.at&t criticized the job action.“a walkout is not in anybody’s best interest, and it’s unfortunate that the union chose to do that,” said company spokesman steven maviglio.picket lines, according to the communications workers of america which represents the workers, have gone up outside at&t offices and call centers across califo






at&t workers strike in chicago


chicago-area at&t workers who are members of communications workers of america walked off the job friday in a planned three-day strike over a contract dispute.the walkout could shut down some at&t retail stores this weekend. illinois has 53 at&t stores, two call centers and 1,274 workers covered by the cwa contract, according to the union.nationwide, the striking groups represent four different union contracts and include wireless workers in 36 states and washington, d.c.; wireline workers in california, nevada and connecticut; and directv technicians in california and nevada.the cwa's contract with at&t expired in february. workers are demanding that at&t commit to "bargaining that addresses affordable benefits, fair wages and job security," according to a news release the union issued fr






should you file for workers’ compensation or a lawsuit? the global dispatch


share thistagscost controlhead injuryinjury lawsuitknee injurymedical carespine injurysports injuryworkers compensationif you are injured at work, you are entitled to a workers’ compensation. however, you don’t have to take it. you can sue your company instead. but is it a good idea? what can come out of it? can you do both?in a vast majority of cases, you can pick one or the other, but not both of these options. so you should really take your time to weigh the options and finally decide which option is right for you. at this point, you might also want to consult a workers’ compensation attorney, like https://mlklaw.org/. these experts will be able to give you the details about your chances in court based on the particulars of your case. so, when should you consider a lawsuit?photo/claim a






contract negotiations back on after at&t workers strike over the weekend


at&t and the communications workers of america are back at the bargaining table after a weekend strike of retail and call center workers in 36 states including minnesota.some 600 minnesota union workers joined the picket lines from 2 p.m. friday to 11:01 p.m. sunday, said union officials from cwa local 7250 and local 7200. across the country, 21,000 workers joined the strike.workers and the company had agreed to extend the terms of a contract that expired in february until a new four-year contract could be worked out. according to the union, company officials stopped coming to the table, and union officials decided to revoke the old contract.at&t officials could not be immediately reached for comment.wages, sick leave and the off shoring of jobs to less expensive contract workers are among






justice department considers charging russians for hacking: report


enough evidence has been assembled to charge the suspects and a case could be brought next year, 'the wsj' said.        






hockey: gophers vs michigan state


crews assembled, polished, maneuvered and arranged their displays the day before the start of the annual twin cities auto show which starts saturday and runs through march 19.






oil workers’ strike triggers gas lines in sri lanka


colombo, sri lanka (ap) — long lines have formed at gasoline stations across sri lanka as workers of a state-run petroleum corporation went on strike to protest the government’s move to lease out dozens of oil tanks to neighboring india.d.j. rajakaruna, secretary of the ceylon petroleum common workers union, says workers have stopped releasing fuel from 12 storage facilities since sunday night.he says they are demanding the government halt its plans to transfer oil tank operations to india, saying such an agreement would benefit only indian companies.






up to 40,000 at&t workers walking off job over contract rights


some cell-phone stories could close: the walk-out includes 21,000 workers on the wireless side of the company.        






labor shortage at canterbury park


anthony souffle – star tribunegallery: james atkinson from oklahoma cleaned stalls out in bob johnson's quarter horse barn. johnson has 24 horses in his barn now, with 20 more coming and he has only himself, his wife and three other workers to handle them all. he tried to get some of the h-2b work visas to bring more workers from mexico, but he was shut out of the lottery after spending $8,800 in nonrefundable application fees. he has turned away business because he doesnt have enough workers.






labor shortage at canterbury park


anthony souffle – star tribunegallery: james atkinson from oklahoma cleaned stalls out in bob johnson's quarter horse barn. johnson has 24 horses in his barn now, with 20 more comingand he has only himself, his wife and three other workers to handle them all. he tried to get some of the h-2b work visas to bring more workers from mexico, but he was shut out of the lottery after spending $8,800 in nonrefundable application fees. he has turned away business because he doesnt have enough workers.






wal-mart gives workers a way to get paid earlier


wal-mart is providing workers with an app aimed at helping them budget their money and get paid before payday.the retailer said wednesday that it teamed up with financial technology start-ups even and payactiv to provide an app to 1.4 million wal-mart workers.the even app automatically plans ahead for bills and savings goals and will show workers how much they can safely spend. it will also allow workers to access cash before a scheduled payday up to eight times a year for free.wal-mart said it will cover the costs for even for both full- and part-time workers at wal-mart, sam’s club and its e-commerce sites. users will have to pay a fee if they want to get paid early more than eight times a year.the service should help workers avoid expensive short-term payday loans, wal-mart officials to






vice president mike pence vows to make space program great again


vice president mike pence, chairman of the recently re-established national space council, toured the kennedy space center thursday and vowed to renew american leadership on the high frontier, telling spaceport workers "our nation will return to the moon, and we will put american boots on the face of mars."speaking to a throng of spaceport workers inside the cavernous vehicle assembly building where saturn 5 moon rockets and space shuttles were once put together -- and where nasa's gargantuan space launch system rockets will be assembled -- pence provided no details about the trump administration's space policy or what changes might be in the offing.but as the chairman of the re-formed national space council, the vice president promised that under president donald trump, "america will lead






vice president mike pence vows to make space program great again


vice president mike pence, chairman of the recently re-established national space council, toured the kennedy space center thursday and vowed to renew american leadership on the high frontier, telling spaceport workers "our nation will return to the moon, and we will put american boots on the face of mars."speaking to a throng of spaceport workers inside the cavernous vehicle assembly building where saturn 5 moon rockets and space shuttles were once put together -- and where nasa's gargantuan space launch system rockets will be assembled -- pence provided no details about the trump administration's space policy or what changes might be in the offing.but as the chairman of the re-formed national space council, the vice president promised that under president donald trump, "america will lead






nikki haley arrives at u.n., vowing to take names of opposing nations


united nations—the new u.s. amb ador to the united nations, nikki haley , arrived on friday with a posture and message that startled many u.n. officials and diplomats and signaled a shift of policy: the u.s., she said, would collect names and respond to countries opposing american interests, and would “do away” with u.n. programs it deems obsolete.“for those who don’t have our back, we’re taking names—we will make points to...