Worker protests at airports spread nationwide over staffing and pay
Across the country, flight attendants and airport workers are responding a hailstorm of workplace issues related to pay and staffing levels—as airline travel in the pandemic recovery economic has been marked by an onslaught of canceled flights, labor shortages and widespread desperation.washingtonpost.com
Sources: Crist picks teachers union leader as running mate
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Charlie Crist is expected to announce that he has chosen the Miami-Dade County teachers union president to be his running mate as he challenges Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, two people close to the campaign said Friday. United Teachers of Dade President Karla Hernandez-Mats will be announced as Crist's running mate on Saturday, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement hasn't been made yet. The pick will guarantee DeSantis' education policy is an issue in the campaign.news.yahoo.com
AP source: Wayne Rooney agrees to coach DC United
Wayne Rooney has agreed to coach D.C. United in Major League Soccer, a person with knowledge of the move said. Once visa paperwork is complete, Rooney is set to replace interim coach Chad Ashton, who replaced Hernan Losada earlier this season. D.C. United is tied with Chicago for the fewest points in the 28-team league with a record of 5-10-2.news.yahoo.com
Justice Department sues UnitedHealth over nearly $8B deal
Federal regulators are suing to block UnitedHealth Group’s purchase of technology company Change Healthcare, a deal they fear will put too much health care claims information in the hands of one company. The U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday that the proposed deal would hurt competition and give UnitedHealth Group — which runs the nation's largest insurer — access to sensitive claims information from competitors. “If America’s largest health insurer is permitted to acquire a major rival for critical health care claims technologies, it will undermine competition for health insurance and stifle innovation in the employer health insurance markets," U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement.news.yahoo.com
This Week in South Florida Podcast: February 20, 2022
On the latest episode of the This Week in South Florida podcast, hosts Michaael Putney and Glenna Milberg are joined by State Rep. Robin Bartleman, State Rep. David Borrero, Everglades Foundation President Erik Eikenberg and Florida City Mayor Otis Wallace.
This Week in South Florida Podcast: February 13, 2022
On the latest episode of the This Week in South Florida podcast, hosts Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg welcome new Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Jose Dotres, new Broward Schools Superintendent Vickie Cartwright, President of the United Teachers of Dade Karla Hernandez Mats and Anna Fusco is president of the Broward Teachers Union, and Michael Womack of Equality Florida.
‘Stuck’ travelers scramble to get home for Christmas after flights canceled
Delta, United, JetBlue and other airlines nixed hundreds of domestic flights, and even more international ones. Their main reason for the cancellations is the spike in COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant, leaving them short-staffed.
Latino Businessman Empowers Communities Of Color
By Marcelo WheelockHispanic businessman George Burciaga enjoys serving on the board of directors of Chicago United, an organization seeking to empower entrepreneurs from Chicago’s communities of color. “Chicago United allows me to assist them. Chicago United promotes and encourages entrepreneurs of color to join its board of directors, said Burciaga. I provide them with new technology that gives all vulnerable communities of color the ability to compete. George Burciaga y Chicago United empoderan a la comunidad is published in collaboration with Negocios Now.thewestsidegazette.com
OPEC to increase oil output as global economy recovers
The OPEC oil cartel and allied producing countries have confirmed their plans to return 2.1 million barrels per day of oil output, balancing fears that continuing COVID-19 outbreaks in some countries will sap demand against rising demand from recovering economies around the globe.
Mexico beats US 1-0 in men's Olympic soccer qualifying
Now comes the winner-take-all semifinal Sunday night against Honduras or Canada for a trip to the men’s Olympic soccer tournament. Mexico, the 2012 Olympic champion, won its 14th straight Olympic qualifier dating to 2008 and finished first in Group A at 3-0. Ad“We wanted to win the game to be at the top of our group,” American defender Mauricio Pineda said. In the first game of the doubleheader, Costa Rica routed the Dominican Republic 5-0 in a matchup of eliminated teams. Randall Leal of Major League Soccer’s Nashville scored twice, and Manfred Ugalde, Bernald Alfaro and Aaron Salazar had one goal each.
United is offering $70 flights to warm weather destinations over 70 degrees
MIAMI – We may be spoiled by the weather here in South Florida, but this news might just become a reason for our cold-weather-living friends and family to visit the Sunshine State — United is now offering low fares on all winter getaways to warm destinations. According to United, fares start at $70 for one-way domestic flights, and award tickets are starting at 7,000 miles, to destinations in the U.S. with average temperatures of over 70 degrees. People can book these flights to escape the winter blues, specifically after a harsh winter that battered the northeast and parts of Texas, and explore sunnier skies in warmer parts of the U.S., including Florida. Some of the cities in Florida include Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Fort Myers, Tampa, and more. AdFor a full list of cities participating in this sale, click here.
Spain arrests 80 in 3 nights of riots over rapper's jailing
A demonstrator throws a stone against police during clashes following a protest condemning the arrest of rap singer Pablo Hasl in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. Protests over the imprisonment of a rapper convicted for insulting the Spanish monarchy and praising terrorist violence have morphed for the third night in a row into rioting. Pablo Hasl began this week to serve a 9-month sentence in a northeastern prison. AdLike the two previous nights, the protests began Thursday with large gatherings in several cities that were, at first, mostly peaceful. In Catalonia's regional capital, Barcelona, hundreds sang songs, rapped and shouted “Pablo Hasél, freedom!"
Spain tries to reverse economic slump as unemployment rises
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Snchez has declared a second nationwide state of emergency in hopes of stemming a resurgence in coronavirus infections. The country is grappling with a resurgence of the virus that has claimed at least 35,000 lives. The 2021 spending plan includes the first 27 billion euro from the EU’s fund expected to arrive in Spain. The proposal is based on the expectation that Spain’s economy will grow 7.2% next year. The International Monetary Fund expects GDP to sink more than 12.8% this year, more than any other developed economy.
California wavers on theme park opening rules amid pressure
But following industry criticism of the proposed rules, state health officials said no announcement was coming Friday as negotiations continue. Amusement park leaders saw a draft of the new rules Thursday and urged state officials to change them, said Erin Guerrero, executive director of the California Attractions and Parks Association. A Disney official said there have been no major reported outbreaks in Florida associated with the company’s theme parks and declined to say whether any cases have occurred there. Ian Henderson, a spokesman for Steel’s office, said county health officials have worked closely with Disney to prepare for the reopening of its parks. ___Taxin reported from Orange County, California.
American, United to furlough 32,000 as time runs out on aid
American Airlines and United Airlines say they will begin to furlough 32,000 employees after lawmakers and the White House failed to agree on a broad pandemic relief package that includes more federal aid for airlines. She said a bailout that keeps airline workers employed would be cheaper for the government than putting them on the unemployment line during a pandemic. Beyond American and United, smaller airlines have sent layoff warnings to several thousand employees. Late Tuesday, the Treasury Department said it completed loans to seven major airlines: American, United, Alaska, JetBlue, Frontier, Hawaiian and SkyWest. American now expects to borrow $5.5 billion from the Treasury, and United can get $5.17 billion.
Heat to be ‘United in Black’ for NBA playoffs
MIAMI, Fla. – The Miami Heat are set to take on the Indiana Pacers next week for the start of the NBA playoffs. The Heat are calling this year’s theme “United in Black” and are asking fans to wear black to cheer on the players and align with the team’s fight for social justice. The Heat are calling this year’s theme United in Black and are asking fans to wear black to cheer on the players and align with the team’s fight for social justice. Fans can purchase the “United in Black” shooting shirts at TheMiamiHeatStore.com, and it will also be in stores soon. For more information on “United in Black,” log on to HEAT.com/BlackLivesMatter.
FAA: Check engines on 737s that could shut down mid-flight
WASHINGTON Safety regulators issued an emergency order directing airlines to inspect and if necessary replace a critical engine part on popular Boeing 737 jets after four reports of engines shutting down during flights. The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday that its order affected about 2,000 twin-engine passenger jets in the United States. Delta Air Lines said it would inspect 20 planes but did not say whether any of its planes suffered engine shutdowns. The directive does not apply to the newer Boeing 737 Max, which has been grounded worldwide since March 2019 after two crashes that killed 346 people. Passenger jets have two or more engines, and multiple engine failures of the type that FAA warned about in its order are rare.
Airlines call for testing to restore transatlantic travel
FRANKFURT Major airlines are urging the U.S. and the European Union to quickly restore transatlantic air travel by deploying a joint COVID-19 testing program. The CEOs of United, American Airlines, IAG and Lufthansa Group wrote Tuesday that given the unquestioned importance of transatlantic air travel to the global economy as well as to the economic recovery of our businesses, we believe it is critical to find a way to reopen air services between the U.S. and Europe.They said that a testing program for the transatlantic market could be an excellent opportunity for government and industry to work together and safely restore passenger travel between the U.S. and Europe.The letter was addressed with urgency to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and to Ylva Johansson, the European commissioner for home affairs. The signers were Scott Kirby for United, Carsten Spohr for Lufthansa, Doug Parker for American, and Willie Walsh at IAG, which owns British Airways and Iberia.
Flight attendant fired, allegedly drunk
(CNN) - A flight attendant was arrested after passengers aboard a flight from Chicago to South Bend, Indiana, expressed concern about her condition during the flight, court documents show. March was also fired by Air Wisconsin, which operates as a regional airline for United and United Express. "The Flight Attendant involved in this incident is no longer employed by Air Wisconsin," the company said in a written statement. "Please reach out to Air Wisconsin for their statement about their flight attendant. You may already know this was not a United flight attendant or crew," United said in a statement to CNN.
Alejandro Bedoya makes on-field statement about gun violence
WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON (AP) - Alejandro Bedoya made a statement about gun violence in the nation's capital. After scoring a goal for the Philadelphia Union on Sunday night against D.C. United, Bedoya ran to an on-field microphone and shouted to the crowd: "Hey Congress, do something now! End gun violence! Bedoya earlier tweeted about recent gun violence in Texas and Ohio that killed 29 people. The 32-year-old Bedoya has played for the U.S. national team.
A 14-year-old US boy was headed to Sweden but ended up on a plane to Germany
(CNN) - A boarding gate mix-up almost landed a North Carolina teenager in Germany this week instead of Sweden. However, he boarded a flight by Eurowings, a German airline, which had a plane at the gate, United said in a statement. It is unclear why Anton was able to get on the Eurowings flight and whether he had a boarding pass. "When somebody says unaccompanied minor, wrong airplane, wrong country, everybody should've stepped up and done something," Brenda Berg told the Raleigh station. United said in a statement that it has refunded the $150 unaccompanied minor fee to the family.
Delta has good quarter, unlike other airlines
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(CNN) - US airlines had a rocky quarter, but Delta was the notable exception. Unlike American Airlines, United and Southwest, Delta Air Lines was not forced to cancel flights in the quarter due to the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max because the airline doesn't own that plane. Delta said that its total revenue grew between 8% and 8.5% for the quarter that ended Saturday. Profits should also hit the top end of its guidance since profit margins should be about 1% better than expected. Shares of American, United and Southwest were also narrowly higher on Delta's signal of a strong fare environment.