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Here’s Why More Than 50,000 University Of California Employees Are Striking This Week

More than 50,000 University of California (UC) workers began a three-day strike Monday against growing income disparity at their respective school, union leaders said. Workers are asking for equal pay across all labor sectors, citing an internal union research document that shows women and minorities in the university system earning less than white men. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3299 is leading the strike with 25,000. They will be joined by two other unions, the California Nurses Association, 14,000 employees, and the University Professional & Technical Employees, 15,000 employees, which have approved sympathy strikes on Tuesday and Wednesday in solidarity with the UC strike.

The strike will impact University of California’s 10 campuses and five medical centers, however, they will remain open.

The employees are striking after the union and the university failed to make an agreement on wage increases, healthcare premiums and retirement terms.

“The big picture here is that there’s growing inequality at the University of California, and we’re going out because they have not even attempted to address it,” Kathryn Lybarger, AFSCME Local 3299 President told NBC News.

According to an internal union study, Latino and Black AFSCME patient care workers are paid more than $4 less per hour than white males.

AFSCME is calling for a new multiyear contract with an annual wage increase of 6 percent, no increase in healthcare premiums and a continued retirement age of 60 to qualify for full pension benefits.

While UC denies pay discrimination, last month the school chose to give workers a 2 percent raise without the consent of the union.

“A strike is only hurting the union’s own members who will lose pay for joining this ill-advised three-day walkout, while negatively affecting services to patients and students,” the spokesperson told NBC News. “A disruptive demonstration will change neither UC’s economic situation nor the university’s position on AFSCME’s unreasonable demands.”

Some UC students are showing solidarity for the strike by not participating in any school sponsored events.

Custodians, gardeners, cooks, truck drivers, lab technicians and nurse aides are among the 50,000 that are striking this week. They hope that with student support, the UC system will see that importance of the strike and the need to improve wages and benefits.

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Coinstar Comes Through For Man Who Received Last Paycheck Of 91,500 Pennies

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Coinstar Comes Through For Man Who Received Last Paycheck Of 91,500 Pennies

After Andreas Flaten’s former employer dumped at least 90,000 pennies on his driveway last month as a form of final payment for his work at an auto shop, Coinstar is stepping up to help.

The company picked up Flaten’s coins on Thursday and rounded up the amount to give him a $1,000 check. Flaten had been spending an hour or two every night trying to clean the pennies, which he stored in a wheelbarrow in his garage.

They also made donations to two charities of Flaten’s choosing: two animal shelters. 

“Coinstar has been in the coin business for 30 years and we process approximately 41 billion coins annually – so picking up 91,000 pennies was all in a day’s work,” Coinstar CEO Jim Gaherity said in a statement.

Original Story Published March 25, 2021:

Quitting a job isn’t always easy, quite often one of the parties is left upset or angry. But the breakup of a Georgia man and a car repair shop has taken things to new depressing low. He was Paid his fianl Paycheck With 91,500 Pennies

Sure, the man received his money and it’s all totally legal but it still sucks the way that he was ‘paid’ and the Internet is rightfully freaking out on the man’s behalf.

Georgia man is paid his final paycheck with 91,500 pennies.

A Georgia man, Andreas Flaten, who had been waiting on his final $915 paycheck from when he quit his job at the A OK Walker Luxury Autoworks, was finally paid but not in a very nice way. Sure, 91,500 pennies are real and actual money but it’s not exactly a convenient way to get paid.

The coins, he said, were dumped on his drive way and also are apparently covered in an oily substance he suspects might be power-steering fluid. The coin drop was discovered on March 12. Flaten told the New York Times he believes the payment was taken as a punishment after he quit his job and demanded the company pay him his final paycheck.

Flaten said the pennies were delivered by someone who he believes to be a current employee of the shop at 7 P.M. ET on March 12. The load, which weighed more than 500 lbs., came with a short, obscenity-ridden note, he said.

It sounds like the auto shop is a pretty toxic place to work.

Flaten said he quit the job because of broken promises over when he could leave each day to pick up his child from day care. He gave notice that he planned to quit late last year, but left earlier after further disagreements at the job. When he did not receive his final paycheck, he filed a claim with the U.S. Department of Labor, which reached out to the repair shop three times.

Miles Walker, the owner of the repair shop told CBS46, an Atlanta TV station, “I don’t know if I did that or not, I don’t really remember. … It doesn’t matter. He got paid. That’s all that matters. He’s a f*****g weenie for even bringing it up.”

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A TikToker Posted A Heartbreaking Video Of A Subway Worker Literally Falling Asleep Into The Sandwich She Was Making

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A TikToker Posted A Heartbreaking Video Of A Subway Worker Literally Falling Asleep Into The Sandwich She Was Making

Employees of the fast-food industry are often burdened by the weight of their career’s daily challenges. Underpaid and all too often overworked, fast food workers sadly often are forced to endure customers with poor attitudes and demeaning words. In fact, in 2014 a survey published by Business Insider revealed that 12% of fast-food workers claimed to have been assaulted on the job. In 2020, food industry workers are being forced to endure customer abuse at even higher rates.

A recently viral TikTok video highlighted once again the sad aspects of fast-food work after a Subway restaurant worker was filmed falling asleep while in the middle of making a sandwich.

A TikTok user filmed an employee nodding off into a sandwich while preparing the meal. 

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The alarming moment was allegedly captured at a Subway in Oregon. The video shows the Subway worker adding toppings to a sandwich. Her hand stops halfway through the process and then, very slowly, the worker slumps forward. While standing, the Subway worker could be seen slumping more and more towards the sandwich until finally, her face lands right into it. The 28-second video clip was uploaded to TikTok and has since been viewed over 12 million times.

The video, which was posted on November 16, had the caption: “This lady fell asleep on my sandwich.”

The initial “funny” value of the post wore off quickly as users were quick to identify how heartbreaking it all was in actuality.

“This is actually really sad. I can’t imagine how underslept she is. Not to mention the wage people get paid at Subway… She deserves better,” one TikTok user by the name of Monique Emilia commented. The skincare influencer Hyram also commented writing “Poor thing… Can’t imagine how underslept she is, we’re too hard on service workers.”

Many users were quick to speculate whether the woman suffers from the chronic sleep disorder narcolepsy or even diabetes. Meanwhile, the original poster of the video claimed that the woman might have been affected by drugs. “Can y’all [please] stop with the negative comments the lady woke up after [the] video ended she is fine she [just[ needs to not do drugs before work,” they later commented. This allegation has not been confirmed however.

“I just hope she gets help! She really doesn’t need you filming her at her lowest. Maybe ask if she’s alright instead,” another user by the name of Pat Drake commented.

Subway is one of the country’s biggest fast-food chains.

As of 2019, the restaurant has over 23,000 locations across the United States. In 2019, Business Insider reported “that Subway is the biggest fast-food chain in America. The sandwich shops across the country account for 18.5% of all US fast-food chains. Subway is followed by McDonald’s and Burger King, which account for 11.3% and 5.7% respectively.” As of 2019, Subway employees earn between $8 and $9 per hour.

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