× HOBOKEN — The transcript for the July 18 public hearing hosted by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers on NY Waterways permit application on Union Dry Dock is now available online.NY Waterway plans to turn the former Union Dry Dock property they purchased in November into their ferry homeport, where maintenance and refueling will take place. But city officials would like the property to be open space for the public.During the public hearing that was held at DeBaun auditorium, The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers heard from over 65 officials and members of the public, the majority of whom spoke against NY waterways permit application. They cited health, environmental, and quality of life concerns.To read about the hearing, see our article at https://tinyurl.com/largeturnout.The transcript is 174 pages long. It can be found at https://tinyurl.com/armypubhear.
Workers at Tunnock’s biscuit factory in Uddingston, Lanarkshire, have officially rejected an unconditional offer of a back-dated 2% pay increase, after the results of a postal ballot were announced on Monday 4 October.Staff at the factory went on a 24-hour strike last month in a dispute over pay, and a continuous overtime ban and work-to-rule action were put in place.A spokesperson for Unite said last month that its members had been angered by “misleading information”, allegedly put out by Tunnock’s, which claimed the union had rejected its offer, when, at that point, no offer had been made. However Tunnock’s, which produces teacakes and caramel wafers, said: “Contrary to earlier reports, the offer of a full 2% backdated to 1 July 2010 was made on the 15 September, but it was conditional on the Union Negotiating Committee recommending their members to accept it. “The Union refused to recommend the offer, but as far as we understand from our workforce, the fact that a conditional offer was made at all, was poorly communicated to them. An unconditional offer of 2% was subsequently made to the workforce through ACAS on the morning of 21 September.”The firm said it was obviously disappointed with the outcome of the ballot as it believed its offer represented a fair pay award, particularly in the current climate.MD Boyd Tunnock commented: “As a family, we have demonstrated our commitment to our workforce and our community by providing long-term, secure and stable employment – reflected by the fact that the average length of service is 16 years – and our aim is to continue to do so.”“Our staff’s level of pay is in line with, or above, our local competitors and they also enjoy a generous benefits package,” he added. “We are currently considering our response to this disappointing result.”Speaking last month, Unite regional officer Derek Ormston said: “The members feel let down and angry and believe the 2% increase does not go far enough.”The firm has agreed to meet with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitra-tion Service on Friday 8 October to discuss the ongoing dispute.>>Tunnock’s staff walk out over pay dispute
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — The Michigan State Police 7th District Fugitive Team is currently assisting the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office in the search for a fugitive.33–year–old Steven Mark Casebier is wanted for larceny, fleeing and eluding, and assaulting a police officer. He is 6 feet tall and weighs around 160 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes.Casebier is believed to be in Northern Michigan and is known to visit the Alpena and Hillman area frequently. A felony warrant being issued for him means that anyone who tries to assist him in avoiding capture will be charged with assisting and harboring a known felony fugitive.Anyone with any information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Michigan State Police Gaylord Regional Dispatch non–emergency line at (989) 732–5141. Information will remain confidential and callers can remain anonymous.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena County Sheriff’s OfficeContinue ReadingPrevious Local school district announces plans for the fall semesterNext The MEA gives a failing grade to plans that would outsource virtual learning