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Heathrow luggage delays leave passengers queuing for hours

first_img@HeathrowAirport long slow queues at T5 bag drop and hardly any staff ? What’s going on?— Martin Bradbury (@BraddersV8) July 18, 2019 “We apologise for the inconvenience to our customers.” Izzard said: “Luggage belts down at Heathrow Terminal 5. I hope BA can get this moving soon as passengers have been waiting a long time now.” City A.M. understands BA was forced to switch to a manual process while its automatic baggage system broke down. “We are working closely with BA to get check in running smoothly again and apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.” Around 10.50am, a Heathrow spokesperson said BA had rectified the baggage system fault. Passengers including comedian Eddie Izzard were left to queue for up to two hours to drop bags at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 this morning, leading to reports of missed flights. Heathrow Airport told City A.M. that British Airways’ system was to blame, rather than the airport’s. “The BA baggage processing system in Terminal 5 has now been resolved following a fault this morning,” they said. Reports suggested the luggage belt system had failed. Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 delays hit British Airways passengers center_img Share Thursday 18 July 2019 10:54 am More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.com Joe Curtis Heathrow Airport passengers face major disruption this morning as a baggage system issue has caused hours of delays. Meanwhile passengers were left to queue in the departure hall as travellers waited for staff to manually check their baggage. LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 28: People queue with their luggage outside Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 on May 28, 2017 in London, England. Thousands of passengers face a second day of travel disruption after a British Airways IT failure caused the airline to cancel most of its services. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images) whatsapp whatsapp “We are working hard to minimise disruption after a baggage system issue has slowed down customers dropping off their bags,” a British Airways spokesperson said in a statement.last_img read more

DEBATE: Do we need a government rescue plan to save UK universities?

first_img Share DEBATE: Do we need a government rescue plan to save UK universities? Some argue that a bailout would be a form of investment because of the contribution that higher education makes to economic growth. But it is not the case that more students spending more time in higher education equals higher GDP (Switzerland shows otherwise) — it is simply that only rich countries can afford to have so many students. The real function of higher education is not to make people more productive but to send a signal to employers and so regulate the labour market.  Jo GradyJo Grady is general secretary of theUniversity and College Union and Dr Steve Davies​Dr Stephen Davies is head of education at the Institute of Economic Affairs The news in this latest report from the Institute of Fiscal Studies is no more encouraging. Now, the government must step in and protect our universities.  In light of the new IFS report, do we need a government rescue plan to save UK universities? by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5DefinitionGloriousaMan Says He’s From 2030, Presents ProofGloriousaMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterbonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USA Higher education is a classic example of a sector that has over expanded and invested in a product with declining value. The time is ripe for reconstruction and retrenchment, not bailout. Opinion The government’s failure to act so far has already seen universities look into sacking staff, with casual staff and those from BAME backgrounds suffering the most. We need a comprehensive support package that protects jobs, preserves our academic capacity, and guarantees all universities’ survival. It has been months since our own research identified a funding black hole for universities of around £2.5bn in income lost from tuition fees and teaching grants. Such is the importance of higher education institutions to their local economies that our report warned of a total economic cost of more than £6bn from the reduced economic activity generated by universities. This is not a case of financially sound institutions being temporarily exposed by an unexpected shock — many were already in a precarious position before the crisis began. The pandemic has uncovered a pre-existing problem and accelerated it.  Calls for the government to bail out higher education should be resisted.  Tuesday 7 July 2020 12:17 pm ​Dr Stephen Davies, head of education at the Institute of Economic Affairs, says NO.center_img Universities have been hit hard by the impact of Covid-19 (Getty Images) City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. 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Universities have been hit hard by the impact of Covid-19 (Getty Images) Also Read: DEBATE: Do we need a government rescue plan to save UK universities? Put simply, if we don’t support our universities, jobs, courses and opportunity will go. We will be actively weakening the very institutions that we will need to help lead the recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.  More on the University and College Union’s Fund The Future campaign can be found here. whatsapp Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Jo Grady, general secretary of the University and College Union, says YES.last_img read more

LinkedIn: Barclays, Tesco and NatWest ranked top three UK workplaces

first_imgBarclays has been crowned the best company to work for, followed by Tesco and NatWest, according to LinkedIn’s list of the 25 top workplaces in the UK. whatsapp Financial services, technology, supermarket and online retail sectors have dominated the ranks this year. whatsapp Meanwhile, Tesco, which provides a range of skills-based resources to help employees grow in digital confidence has bagged second place. And NatWest, coming in at number three, boasts various skills development offering for its workers. The list ranks workplaces on their capacity to build and sustain a long-term career and have been compiled based on actions taken by the platform’s 30m UK members between January and December 2020. 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Also Read: LinkedIn: Barclays, Tesco and NatWest ranked top three UK workplaces Amazon and eBay also enjoyed a boost in consumer interest, as the growth of online retail has created a higher demand for jobs, like warehouse management, logistics and delivery. Financial services, technology, supermarket and online retail sectors have dominated the ranks this year, as they were able to quickly match evolving consumer behaviours during the pandemic.   The retail sector has seen a major shift towards online shopping in recent months, which has boosted the likes of Tesco and Sainsbury’s up the ranks.   Barclays, which offers a mentoring programme and training modules to employees, has taken the top spot on the list.center_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyFactableAluminum Foil Uses You’ll Want to KnowFactableBleacherBreaker41 Old Toys That Are Worth More Than Your HouseBleacherBreakerFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus EliminatorAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Cadillac’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsHomeLight.comDon’t Make This Mistake When You Sell Your Home. 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Also Read: LinkedIn: Barclays, Tesco and NatWest ranked top three UK workplaces 1.Barclays 2.Tesco3.NatWest Group4.BT5.PwC UK6.Deloitte7.Sainsbury’s8.EY9.Upwork10.BBC11.Bloomberg LP12.Amazon13.American Express14.JPMorgan Chase & Co.15.Cisco16.Wipro Limited17.Alphabet18.Accenture19.Unilever20.AstraZeneca21.eBay22.NFU Mutual23.Stryker24.Bristol Myers Squibb25.G-Research The list only considered companies that had over 500 employees and also excluded LinkedIn, parent company Microsoft and all other Microsoft-owned companies. “With millions of people in the UK out of work, the Top Companies list provides a helpful resource of companies that offer skills development and stability, giving our members that added confidence when taking that first step towards their next opportunity,” news editor at LinkedIn, Siobhan Morrin, said. Share Millie Turner Financial services, technology, supermarket and online retail sectors have dominated the ranks this year. Also Read: LinkedIn: Barclays, Tesco and NatWest ranked top three UK workplaces LinkedIn: Barclays, Tesco and NatWest ranked top three UK workplaces Wednesday 28 April 2021 10:07 am LinkedIn’s top 25 companies to work for in the UK: Tags: Amazon Barclays Deloitte EBay Future of Work JPMorgan American Investment Trust NatWest Sainsbury (J)last_img read more

How Murkowski escaped mob violence at the Capitol

first_imgElection Coverage | Federal Government | GovernmentHow Murkowski escaped mob violence at the CapitolJanuary 7, 2021 by Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media Share:Protesters outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Pro-Trump extremists later stormed the U.S. Capitol. (Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public Media)When a violent mob stormed the Capitol Wednesday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski at one point ran for her life.She called the day “awful in every way,” and doesn’t mind saying she was frightened.“Yeah, I was scared. I was scared for our country,” she said outside the Senate chamber shortly after midnight. “But I’m going to go to bed tonight knowing we’re going to get through this, too.”Alaska’s all-Republican delegation to Congress voted to accept the Electoral College vote. The state’s two U.S senators and sole House member did not support a campaign by President Trump to stay in office despite losing the election to Democrat Joe Biden.The process affirming Biden’s win ended early this morning.Murkowski was in her “hideaway” when the mob first breached the outside barriers — her tiny satellite office at the Capitol each senator has. Hers is on a lower level, with windows that face the Mall. Her windows are temporarily blocked by risers erected for Biden’s inauguration, so her hideaway wasn’t vandalized like the ones on the levels above.“I’ve got pictures of these huge, beautiful, rounded, curved windows that have been smashed in and all boarded up,” she said. “Glass everywhere. Furniture thrown wildly.”She was in the Senate chamber when insurgents broke into the Capitol building. Senators were told to evacuate quickly.“And that’s where it gets a little scary, because everyone is trying to move all at the same time.”The senators and staff were directed to an underground tunnel in one of the Senate office buildings. In the mass of people, Murkowski saw Sen. Dan Sullivan a few steps ahead of her. She said she linked arms with him.“We went hand-in-hand, running,” she said. “He’s pretty fit, and I was wearing good running shoes today, so we set the pace. We got to the secure area before anybody else.”From there, they saw the violence and destruction unfold on video.To Alaskans who believe the president’s false claims, Murkowski said the election was not fraudulent. There were problems in some parts of the country, Murkowski said, but it wasn’t on a scale that could’ve changed the election outcome.“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been duly elected,” she said.It was important, she said, that the House and Senate went back into session once the invasion was put down.“The angry mob can interrupt,” she said. “But they cannot rule. We will not let them rule.”Share this story:last_img read more

Donald Trump says Medicare should negotiate drug prices

first_img About the Author Reprints Companies generally can set the prices for approved drugs because the US government doesn’t regulate medicine prices, as other countries do. The powerful pharmaceutical lobby has repeatedly fended off such proposals that would cut into profits.Trump also boasted about his high poll numbers nationwide and in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. He slammed President Barack Obama and bashed Republican rivals, specifically Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz. By Associated Press Jan. 26, 2016 Reprints Trump says Medicare could save $300 billion if it negotiated drug prices. John Minchillo/AP Related: Washington has big hopes, but little power, to negotiate drug prices center_img PoliticsDonald Trump says Medicare should negotiate drug prices Tags Donald Trumpdrug pricespolicyPresidential campaign Associated Press Republican front-runner Donald Trump says he could save Medicare billions of dollars by getting the massive federal agency to negotiate prices with the major pharmaceutical companies.Trump told an enthusiastic crowd of about 1,000 people packed into a high school gymnasium Monday night in Farmington, N.H., that Medicare could “save $300 billion” a year by getting discounts as the biggest buyer of prescription drugs.Said Trump: “We don’t do it. Why? Because of the drug companies.”advertisementlast_img read more

Lee County deputies investigate robbery in Pine Manor

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementTags: Pine Manor Duo arrested in connection to Pine Manor murder January 7, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments LEE COUNTY, Fla.– Lee County Deputies are responding to a scene at Cypress Drive and 9th Avenue in Pine Manor, Wednesday night. Officials said they are investigating a robbery. Crime scene tape is blocking off the area as officials investigate. A car with a Domino’s delivery sign is also visible at the scene. AdvertisementNo further information was immediately available at this time. Count on NBC2 to bring you the latest info once it is released. RELATEDTOPICS Domino’s driver shoots at brazen teen robber in Pine Manor June 5, 2021 Family displaced following grease fire in Pine Manor home July 21, 2020 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisementlast_img read more

Laois Hospice are seeking Volunteers for Sunflower day on Friday, June 7

first_img TAGSLaois Hospice Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Pinterest GAA Twitter WhatsApp Home Sponsored Laois Hospice are seeking Volunteers for Sunflower day on Friday, June 7 Sponsored Laois Hospice are seeking Volunteers for Sunflower day on Friday, June 7 GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Twitter By LaoisToday Reporter – 30th May 2019 WhatsApp This year Laois Hospice Sunflower Day takes place on Friday, June 7.Do you have an hour to spare on that day to help?Laois Hospice Foundation will be selling Sunflowers on that day throughout the county and is seeking volunteers to assist at the various locations in Portlaoise.All monies collected in Laois will be spent on Hospice services in Laois.Please support Laois Hospice thay day and buy a sunflower , thank you for your continued support.If you would like to volunteer please contact Mary Delaney- Secretary of the Laois Hospice Foundation on 086 8157280SEE ALSO – Check out the dedicated jobs section on LaoisToday Facebook Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Thursday, May 30, 2019Next articleLaois artisan Irish food and drink producer wins new contract with Aldi LaoisToday Reporter Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

House Passes Legislation to Prevent Human Trafficking

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedHouse Passes Legislation to Prevent Human Trafficking RelatedHouse Passes Legislation to Prevent Human Trafficking House Passes Legislation to Prevent Human Trafficking UncategorizedDecember 6, 2006center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The House of Representatives yesterday (Dec. 5) passed the Trafficking in Persons Act, which will provide for the prevention of human trafficking, especially that of women and girls, and punish those involved in such acts.National Security Minister and Leader of Government Business in the House, Dr. Peter Phillips, who piloted the Act, said the legislation was important, not only because it was in keeping with specific international commitments, but because the Government saw exploitation as a very serious offence against human beings.“It requires that we be vigilant and indeed determined to root out all forms of exploitation, sexual and otherwise of our women and our children from Jamaican society. Trafficking in persons has been described as a modern day form of slavery, involving victims, who have been defrauded and or cohersed into labour and it is now a significant part of the international crime landscape,” Mr. Phillips pointed out.The Bill finds its legal and human rights basis in the United Nations Convention on Transnational Organized Crime, which Jamaica ratified four years ago and supplementary agreements such as the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially children, which came into force globally in 2003.According to Dr. Phillips, the provisions of the Act will, among other things “criminalize the trafficking in persons and to provide assistance to victims…strengthen border controls and report to the United Nations the actions that are taken.”He said that the legislation, when enacted, would form part of a package of laws, which were aimed specifically at enhancing the legislative provisions designed to protect Jamaica’s children.“This legislation includes provisions on the exploitation of children by those involved in child pornography, which is an ever expanding international criminal industry,” Dr. Phillips stated, adding that further legislation relating to this matter would be introduced in the House in short order.The National Security Minister told the House that since the matter of trafficking has been placed “front and centre of our preoccupations, a number of raids have been conducted on nightclubs, and a number of breaches have been detected in relation to underage women performing in our clubs”.In addition, some nine victims of trafficking in persons have been rescued since April 2006, with six of these victims being over the age of 18 years and three between the ages of 13 and 17.“Five persons were charged with trafficking a child under.the Child Care and Protection Act and this will represent just a brief picture of activities, which have been uncovered in Jamaica involving the sexual exploitation of minors,” he said.State Minister for National Security, Donald Rhodd in his support of the Bill, said that trafficking in persons was “a nasty and repulsive business that ought to receive unanimous moral condemnation, not only from the members of this House but from Jamaicans, who recognize that we have a solemn duty to preserve and safeguard the dignity of our people, not just the rich, privileged and the fortunate, but those who are poor.”“The Bill is signaling to all those involved in such acts that they will no longer benefit from the perceived weak legal and bureaucratic capacity of the state as this Government is waging a zero tolerance on trafficking in persons and corruption,” he added.Opposition Member of Parliament from Central St. Catherine, Olivia Grange, said that while the Bill was timely, it was being discussed too late, as Jamaica had in 2002, ratified the international protocol demanding such legislation.Dr. Phillips noted however, that legislatively, three years was not a long period, as time was required to draft and allow for adequate discussion on the issue. RelatedHouse Passes Legislation to Prevent Human Traffickinglast_img read more

Wigton workshop to offer updates on wind energy

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Wigton Wind Farms Limited is inviting Jamaicans interested in wind energy technology to a workshop scheduled for their new training centre, Rose Hill, Manchester on Tuesday February 1. General Manager, Earl Barrett, told JIS News that the workshop will bring participants up to date on wind power generation, wind turbines and establishing a utility type wind generation systems. “We will look at wind data study, the right selection of equipment, how you lay out a wind farm, the installation, the erection and what is involved in the operation and maintenance,” he said. The workshop will also be looking at advanced tools and surveillance and diagnostic performances. Mr. Barrett said that misconceptions in relation to wind energy need to be eliminated. He cautioned that high, sustainable wind, for example, is no guarantee for success, because the transmission lines could be too long. “People have come to Jamaica saying that they want to put up 200 MW on John Crow Mountain. Maybe there is a high wind regime there, but there are no transmission lines in close proximity to it. Things like those we will try to get across to people, so we cut down on people saying, why don’t you put a wind farm out here, or why don’t you put a wind farm out there,” he noted. Wigton Wind Farms Limited is a subsidiary of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), which falls under the Ministry of Energy and Mining      Mr. Barrett explained that part of the setting up of the farm was the mandated to develop a cadre of trained experts, locally and for the Caribbean region.  The workshop is being hosted in collaboration with Vestas Wind Systems Limited, one of the top three internationally ranked manufacturers of wind energy systems. Vestas is also the manufacturer and supplier of the wind turbines at the Wigton wind farm. RelatedWigton workshop to offer updates on wind energy RelatedWigton workshop to offer updates on wind energy RelatedWigton workshop to offer updates on wind energy Advertisements CONTACT: O. RODGER HUTCHINSON Wigton workshop to offer updates on wind energy TechnologyJanuary 31, 2011last_img read more

Restaurant owners, Chamber question Union’s Influence on Policy

first_imgHomeLifeFoodRestaurant owners, Chamber question Union’s Influence on Policy Nov. 16, 2017 at 3:36 pmFoodNewsRestaurant owners, Chamber question Union’s Influence on PolicyKate Cagle4 years agoLabor Peace AgreementSanta Monica  Kate CagleDaily Press Staff WriterThe Chamber of Commerce is pushing back against two recent decisions by the City Council, accusing elected officials of bolstering the hotel worker’s union, Unite Here Local 11, at the expense of the local business community.For the first time in recent memory, the Chamber is circulating a petition to influence city policy, asking the Council to reject a proposal to require a Labor Peace Agreement (LPA) in leases at City-owned property at the Santa Monica Airport, the Pier and downtown.In October, the City Council asked staff to explore requiring LPAs that contain a no-strike pledge.The measure would be similar to a requirement by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District that food service providers have an LPA with any labor organization seeking to represent hospitality workers at schools.City staff will come back to the Council with more information in the coming months.The discussion of LPAs came just six months after the Council passed a controversial exemption to the noise ordinance that allows loud protests on public property.Critics say the change to City policy was a direct result of union demonstrations on Ocean Avenue outside the Shore Hotel.Opponents of the Council’s recommendation point to the current situation at the Spitfire Grill, which is already required to negotiate an LPA as a lease condition.In the midst of stalled negotiations, Unite Here protesters brought a bullhorn during the lunch hour, chasing away customers and costing the owner about $4,000 in business, according to testimony at the Oct. 24 City Council meeting.When the restaurant’s owner and several customers called police to complain about the noise, officers told them there was nothing they could do.While Unite Here does not currently represent any workers at independent restaurants in Santa Monica, union research analyst Danielle Wilson told the Daily Press, “there is a national conversation about unions in the food industry that we are involved in.”The LPA requirement would affect about two-dozen restaurants in the City, including Perry’s Beach Cafe and Rentals, the Albright, and Caffe Bellagio among others. Business owners say requiring the LPA gives the union the upper hand in negotiations.“There’s a lot of frustration on the part of the business community where it feels like the LPA and the noise ordinance changes weren’t being advanced because Santa Monica residents were asking for it,” said Carl Hansen, Director of Economic Affairs for the Chamber.“One hundred percent of the public testimony was opposed to this. It feels like an inappropriate policy move for this community.”Councilmember Kevin McKeown made the motion for City staff to explore the LPA requirement at the October meeting. In 2014, Unite Here spent $31,686 in support of his reelection.“This is not about forcing workers to become union workers,” McKeown said of the motion. “This is not about ending sidewalk dining and it’s not about not appreciating our small businesses, either.”McKeown said the requirement would stop the city from losing revenue during work stoppages. Last year, the city made $4.5 million from leasing space to food service providers.However, a staff report presented to City Council could not find an example of a strike hurting city revenue. Even at the Spitfire Grill, the profit losses caused by the picketing did not impact the restaurant owner’s ability to pay his rent.“What are we trying to solve here?” asked Councilman Terry O’Day who voted against the motion and voiced his support for keeping the status quo. Councilmember Pam O’Conner also voted against the motion.O’Day, Mayor-pro tempore Gleam Davis, Councilman Tony Vazquez and Mayor Ted Winterer each received $10,401 in total support (including donations to independent expenditure committees) from Unite Here in 2012 and $340 in 2016, according to campaign disclosure statements.While they are required to disclose donations to candidates and issues, it is difficult to quantify the impact of Unite Here member individual donations and volunteer efforts on each candidate’s ground game in recent elections.Unite Here did not publicly endorse the motion but sent the Daily Press a statement:“We offered the Chamber of Commerce an opportunity to have a leader who is trusted by the business community mediate a conversation with restaurant owners on City land about labor peace, and they declined the offer. We do not feel that the petition being circulated accurately represents our efforts to be sensitive to the concerns of restaurants.”While an LPA does not necessarily require a business to unionize, union representatives reached out to at least one server at the Spitfire Grill during her boss’s stalled negotiations over the LPA.“On October 10, two people from Unite Here arrived on my doorstep,” waitress Nicole Olsen said, explaining her husband answered the door.“They told him it concerned my job at Spitfire Grill. They claimed it was about my union.”Olsen told the Council she is happy with her employer and does not want to unionize.“So-called Labor Peace won’t do a thing except getting in the way of small businesses who are the heart of this community,” Olsen said.While picketing has not rocked Santa Monica restaurants besides the Spitfire Grill, Councilmember Davis said she supported the motion because of the potential.“I think whether we like it or not we have to do something,” Davis said. “I think if we were to start to see informational picketing at the Promenade or at the beaches, I think we would all realize that we needed to take action then and that may well be coming.”[email protected] :Labor Peace AgreementSanta Monicashare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentKate CagleSenior ReporterSenior reporter for the Santa Monica Daily Pressview all postsLast week at the 30 Oct meeting, both the school board and SM residents suggested that Santa Monica needs more moneyDining From One End Of The Spectrum To The OtherYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall10 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson21 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter21 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor21 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press21 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press21 hours agolast_img read more