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McDonald’s workers national strike to protest workplace harassment after teen sexual assault at Bethel Park Store – CBS Pittsburgh



McDonald's workers national strike to protest workplace harassment after teen sexual assault at Bethel Park Store - CBS Pittsburgh

BETHEL PARK, Dad. (KDKA/AP) — Spurred on by the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl at a Bethel Park McDonald’s, fast food chain workers in 12 U.S. cities walked out of their jobs on Tuesday to protest what they say is an ongoing problem of sexual harassment and violence in the company’s stores.

Several hundred workers were expected in Chicago, Houston, Miami, Detroit and other cities, Fight for $15 and a Union, a workers’ group that organized the strikes.

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This is the fifth time since 2018 McDonald’s employees have sued the company for their inadequate efforts to stop sexual harassment in stores. At least 50 employees have filed charges against McDonald’s in the past five years for alleged verbal and physical harassment.

In April, McDonald’s announced it would require sexual harassment training, complaint reporting procedures and annual employee surveys in its 40,000 stores worldwide from January 2022.

But some workers say that’s not enough. They want McDonald’s — not its franchisees, who own nearly all of its US stores — to be held responsible for harassment at its restaurants.

The latest labor action was spurred on by a lawsuit filed last month by a teenage McDonald’s employee and her parents against McDonald’s and its Bethel Park store.

“Nationally, the net has caused a wave of outrage. This is a major motivation for the strikes that will take place in 10 cities the next day or so,” Alan Perer, the family’s lawyer, told KDKA Monday.

The employee was 14 when she was hired in October 2020 to work at a McDonald’s in the Pittsburgh area. franchisees in 2019.

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According to the lawsuit, in January 2021, the teen’s store hired a manager who had served a prison term for sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl and was on the Pennsylvania sex offender registry.

The manager assaulted and harassed the teen and other underage employees, but there was no investigation by store management or McDonald’s, despite their complaints to the manager who hired them. In February, the manager followed the teen into a bathroom and raped her.

The manager, Walter Garner, was arrested in April after another McDonald’s employee told her school’s administrators about his behavior and the school contacted police. Garner was sentenced to 10 years in prison last week.

The teen is seeking damages from both McDonald’s and the franchisee who ran her restaurant, Bethel Park-based Rice Enterprises LLC.

In addition to required harassment training — which was announced the same month Garner was arrested — McDonald’s said it expects franchisees to conduct thorough investigations when allegations arise.

“Anyone who works at a McDonald’s restaurant deserves to feel safe and respected when they come to work, and sexual harassment and assault have no place in a McDonald’s restaurant,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

In a statement from her attorney, Rice Enterprises CEO Michele Rice said the allegations in the lawsuit against the teen are “deeply disturbing” and the employee was fired as soon as she learned of the complaints against him.

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“We have fully cooperated with the police and offered our full support to the affected worker,” Rice said in the statement.



Weather 12/8/21 – NCWLIFE




Weather 12/8/21 - NCWLIFE

A cold front sweeps across the Inland Northwest today, bringing heavy mountain snowfall and high winds to much of central and eastern Washington. There is a winter storm warning today through Thursday evening for the mountain passes, including Snoqualmie and Stevens, where up to 12 inches of snow could fall.

The weather in north-central Washington today will be partly cloudy, windy and warmer with afternoon temperatures around 40 degrees.

A top-level weather system will roll over on Thursday with a wave of moisture at the rear, giving a 30% chance of rain/snow with afternoon temperatures around 40 degrees.

A large area of ​​low pressure will move south from the Gulf of Alaska and along the west coast all day Friday. Weather conditions will be calm during the day with mostly cloudy skies and peaks in the lower 40’s.

Saturday through the first part of next week we will enter a more volatile weather pattern with near-continuous moderate heavy snowfall in the mountains and rain mixed with snow in the lower parts.

Saturday will be cloudy with a 90% chance of rain/snow, also warmer, with afternoon temperatures around 40 degrees.

Mostly cloudy for Sunday with a 30% chance of rain/snow, maximums in the low 40’s.

The weather pattern also remains uncertain on Monday and Tuesday with a 70% chance of precipitation on Monday and a 50% chance of rain/snow on Tuesday with maximums around 40 degrees on both days.

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Mariah Carey, McDonald’s unveil free beanies, shirts with Mariah Menu




Mariah Carey and McDonald's are teaming up to launch the Mariah Menu on December 13.

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Packages pile up as Amazon Web Services outages destroy delivery




Amazon, Amazon Outage

A glitch in Amazon Web Services wreaked havoc on the e-commerce giant’s delivery operations, preventing drivers from getting routes or packages and cutting off communication between Amazon and the thousands of drivers it relies on.

According to Downdetector, an online platform that provides users with real-time information about the status of various websites and services, the outage began around 10 a.m. Eastern time (8.30 p.m. IST) on Tuesday.

At the height of the outage, the web monitoring site reported more than 20,000 complaints for Amazon and more than 11,000 for Amazon Web Services (AWS), the company’s cloud computing arm.

By 1:45 p.m. Eastern Time, reported outages had fallen by about half for AWS and two-thirds for Amazon, and by 7:35 PM Eastern Time, said it had resolved issues with network devices leading to web services outages. “Now that the network device issues have been resolved, we are now working on restoring any disrupted services.”

Earlier, three delivery service partners said an app used to communicate with deliverers was down as part of the system outage. Vans that were supposed to deliver packages along the way stopped with no communication from the company, the person said.

The problems came amid Amazon’s critical holiday shopping season, when the company couldn’t afford delays that could potentially cause lengthy lockdowns.

A West Coast delivery company owner said the company stopped deliveries on Tuesday and planned to regroup on Wednesday.

At the height of the outage, the web monitoring site reported more than 20,000 complaints for Amazon and more than 11,000 for the company’s cloud computing arm, Amazon Web Services.

Multiple popular websites, including Coinbase Global, Robinhood Markets, Walt Disney and Netflix, were also affected, according to Downdetector.

Disney said that although people were able to enter the parks, they were having trouble checking in online and paying for purchases.

Video streaming service Netflix saw a 26 percent drop in traffic after the AWS issues were reported, demonstrating how quickly outages can ripple outwards, said Doug Madory, an analyst at network monitoring company Kentik. “It’s getting more complicated with software running these services, so if something goes wrong, it can take a long time to figure out what went wrong and fix it,” he said.

According to Downdetector, several popular websites were also affected, including those of McDonald’s, Venmo and T Rowe Price.

Webcast presentations from Comcast and Altice USA at UBS’s Global TMT Conference experienced disruptions on Tuesday, and the Charter Communications presentation was rescheduled.

AWS is the leading provider of cloud computing, selling companies compute and software services on demand rather than maintaining their own data centers and teams in-house. Its customers include a wide range of industries and the federal government.

Smart houses don’t stay that smart after all

The outage at’s cloud computing arm has left thousands of people in the US without need for refrigerators, creambass (robotic vacuum cleaners) and doorbells, highlighting how dependent people have become on the company as the Internet of Things spreads into homes.

Amazon services affected included the voice assistant Alexa and the smart doorbell, Ring.

Several Ring users even said they couldn’t get into their homes without accessing the phone app, which was unavailable.

Others said they couldn’t turn on their Christmas lights. Smart light bulbs stopped responding to voice commands, many people reported.

Even simple household tasks become impossible for some.

The outage prompted people to ponder the pitfalls of having a “smart” home that relies too much on not just the Internet, but one company in particular — while those with “dumb” homes beamed that their refrigerators and light switches worked fine. (Isabella Steger | Bloomberg)

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