BizFeed: Amtrak Passengers Stuck After Crew “Ran Out of Hours”
1. Amtrak Passengers Stuck in Delaware After Crew “Ran Out of Hours”
The News: On it’s trip from New York to Washington D.C., an Amtrak train surprisingly screeched to a stop just before the Newark, Del. station. Then the waiting began. Turns out, Amtrak’s crew had “run out of hours” and needed another crew to relieve them. It took one hour and 12 minutes before the new crew arrived and the train got moving again.
NBC10 has more:
An Amtrak official confirmed with NBC10 the train was stopped due to the crew members “exceeding the limit of hours of service.” The official called it an “administrative mistake” that was “extremely rare.” He also said Amtrak will investigate the incident.
Complete stop on @Amtrak train 193 out of Philly because crew "ran out of time." Left the train and the engine key on the table. Really?
— Susan Poulton (@sepoulton) June 10, 2015
Oh this train's been running late all day, which is how the crew hit its limit. Like hours late. Honestly, why do you do this, @Amtrak?
— Erin Lamb (@LambErin) June 10, 2015
— Buford Moe Justice (@Byg_Tymer) June 10, 2015
@sarahrex New crew is on it's way to train 193. We hope to have it running soon. Very sorry for the delay.
— Amtrak (@Amtrak) June 10, 2015
2. Chipotle Offering Paid-Sick Leave and Vacation
The News: First Chipotle made waves by vowing to serve food without genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and with meat raised without antibiotics and hormones. Now it’s focusing on creating a better experience for its employees.
Chipotle has announced that hourly workers will get paid sick leave, paid vacation time and be eligible for tuition reimbursement.
The Huffington Post has more:
“We’re going to say that we take the same care in sourcing the employees that work in our restaurants and company as we do in going out an finding ingredients to serve in our restaurants,” said the company’s recruitment strategy manager JD Cummings, according to reports that were confirmed by Chipotle. Cummings said the move was part of a new “employee branding effort.”
Why it Matters: It’s great to see a company that isn’t waiting for Congress or local governments to make sweeping changes. Providing sick leave and vacation time to hourly workers will not only lead to more rested, rejuvenated employees, it will also be a big factor in securing talented, engaged workers.
Plus, you won’t have sick people handling your food.
The Huffington Post breaks it down even further:
Paid sick leave is a fairly standard benefit for high-paid, salaried workers — about 82 percent of management and professional workers in the private sector are paid when they’re sick, according to the Labor Department. It’s far more rare for low-paid workers: Just 40 percent of private-sector service workers receive paid sick leave. That’s likely a high estimate, considering so many hourly workers are part-time. Those workers are even less likely to get paid leave.
The lack of paid sick leave means many hourly workers are forced to go to work when they’re ill, which can both worsen their condition and create a health hazard for customers. Many workers can lose their jobs without the flexibility of paid sick leave.
3. Top Cities for Jobs in 2015 … No Philly Included
The News: A new list by Forbes ranked the best cities in the United States to get a job — but Philly didn’t crack the top 10. (In fact, it’s unclear where Philly ranked since there is no full list released. We do know that Camden, N.J. came in dead last. (But things just might be looking up for Camden.)
Here are the top 5:
|Rank||City||Job Growth Percentage||Job Growth Percentage (2009-2014)|
Why it Matters: Despite the new economic boom that Philly is going through — with its vibrant tech community and increasingly engaged workforce — Philly still has plenty of work to do to get into the upper-echelon of growth cities. Still, there are some encouraging signs. Unemployment has fallen from 7.5 percent in April 2014 to 6.5 percent in April 2015.