Windham Fire Helps Give Salem Boy ‘Day of Hope’ – Windham, NH Patch: “A local Salem boy faced with numerous health issues got to live his dream of being a firefighter for a day last week, thanks to the Windham and Salem Fire Departments.
Sean Corey, 5, of Salem, was born with chronic kidney disease, chronic bladder disease and epilepsy and according to his mother, Patricia, was only given nine months to live by doctors after he was born.
Against those odds, Sean has persevered through multiple reconstructive surgeries to this day. So many trips in local ambulances had an impact that might not be expected: Sean’s dream is to one day do what firefighters and EMTs do.”
Cuts in DOT’s budget leaves road stripeless in Litchfield – NashuaTelegraph.com: “Cuts in the state Department of Transportation’s budget have left Hillcrest Road looking a little naked.
The road has no stripes, which is a point of concern for selectmen and the town administrator.
The street runs in front of the town offices. It was paved roughly a month ago by the state, Town Administrator Jason Hoch said. The center and fog lines haven’t been repainted, an issue that was raised during Monday’s Board of Selectmen meeting.
The paving work wasn’t topnotch, either, and isn’t the approach that the town’s road agent would have taken to pave the roadway, Hoch said.”
Nanocamp plant a highlight of Shaheen tour with SBA chief | New Hampshire NEWS02: ““Without capital, a small company or any company is toast,” said the company’s CEO Peter Antoinette, who founded the company along with the inventor of nanofiber, David Lashmore. The SBA “has been a supremely great pump-primer in the early stages.”
Under the SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research Program — which requires government agencies to allocate 2.5 percent of their research funding to small businesses — the company has received approximately $6 million across several government grants.”
Report: LGC must return $50 million | New Hampshire NEWS06: “The Local Government Center has to refund $50 million to cities and towns, according to ruling by a special hearings officer for the Secretary of State’s Office.
The organization will also have to reorganize within 90 days or lose its non-profit status and pay the state insurance tax.”
CWA Members at Two AT&T Units Ratify New Contracts
Negotiations continue for workers at AT&T West and AT&T East, AT&T Southeast union members to vote on tentative pact
Washington, D.C. — In two separate contract ratification votes, members of the Communications Workers of America approved new contracts at AT&T Midwest and AT&T Legacy.
CWA represents about 15,000 AT&T Midwest members in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin, and about 5,500 AT&T Legacy members in a nationwide unit.
CWA members in both units overwhelmingly approved the new contracts.
District 4 Vice President Linda Hinton said members clearly appreciated that “In these tough times, our committee was able to get a contract that enhanced both our employment security and our standard of living.”
CWA Telecommunications and Technologies Vice President Ralph Maly said “the union bargaining committee maintained and improved employment security, winning protections against layoffs in the first year of the contract.” Workers also made gains in future retirement security and economic issues.
Negotiations are continuing for new contracts covering 18,000 CWA members in California and Nevada at AT&T West, and for 3,200 workers in Connecticut at AT&T East.
A tentative contract has been reached covering about 22,000 CWAers at AT&T Southeast; members are holding contract explanation meeting in advance of a ratification vote.
Under Pressure, Ohio Abandons Suppressive Voting Hours and GOP Favoritism; Pennsylvania Stays on Democracy-Crushing Course: “As pressure mounted to end a perceived voter suppression campaign, Ohio Secretary of State John Husted announced Wednesday that all counties in the Buckeye State will abide by uniform early voting hours.
Originally, counties were making their own hours via four-person election boards with Husted acting as the tie-breaking vote. Not surprisingly, by the new standards of electioneering many highly Republican counties were going to be staying open later than Democrat-leaning areas. This gave an unfair advantage to Republican candidates as working Democrats would have less opportunity to vote with polls closing at 5PM. To Husted’s credit, he eventually came to his senses after originally participating in the suppression effort.
The Republican directed Ohio’s 88 county boards of election to adhere to these hours of operation during the 35-day early voting period: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the first three weeks, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the final two weeks.”
AFGE MEMBERS ELECT J. DAVID COX PRESIDENT OF NATION’S LARGEST FEDERAL AND D.C. GOVERNMENT WORKERS UNION
J. David Cox was elected national president of the American Federation of Government Employees during the union’s 39th National Convention in Las Vegas August 13-16, 2012. Cox said he would work on strengthening the union by embracing the union’s diverse membership and building consensus among members.
“The strength of unity is the only way we are going to fight back against the anti-government and anti-union forces that want to dismantle the vital programs and services federal employees provide each and every day to millions of Americans,” Cox said. “I am honored and humbled that AFGE’s members chose me to lead this fight.”