An unexpected career move

first_imgJoie Gelband wasn’t supposed to have a career as a union organizer. In 1985, the recent college graduate “tagged along” with friends to Boston and took a job at the Harvard Divinity School as a placeholder until graduate school.“My only goal at that point was to become a famous feminist theologian,” she said with a knowing smile. “That was my lofty ambition.” So when a co-worker approached her and invited her to a meeting about forming a union, Gelband passed.“I said — and I’m embarrassed to admit this — ‘I’m above that,’ ” she recalled. “I just hadn’t thought of the world of workers beyond my friends and I trying to get our first jobs.”That attitude didn’t last long. Her colleague persisted, and within a year of begrudgingly attending her first meeting, Gelband had quit her job to work on union activities full time.“I got very interested in the basic philosophy of this organizing drive,” she said. The nascent Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers (HUCTW), which finally formed after a worker vote in 1988, wasn’t just demanding more overtime pay or better hours, she said. “We were organizing around [the idea of] workers having a voice, and being in the room when decisions are made.”That mission has guided Gelband’s work over the past quarter-century. She may not be a world-renowned feminist scholar, but she has certainly changed women’s (and men’s) lives as an HUCTW organizer.After nearly two decades working as an organizer under the auspices of the union’s national affiliate, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Gelband came back on board as a Harvard employee in 2004.She now co-manages HUCTW’s Work Security Program, a partnership between the University and the union that helps to place laid-off workers in new positions around Harvard. Gelband trains case managers to work with the newly unemployed, coordinates with human resources and hiring managers, and serves as an advocate.“Harvard is an enormous and dynamic institution, and changes are going to happen all the time,” she said. Union jobs are especially susceptible to turnover. As grants expire, and as departments in the University expand and contract, support positions are frequently created, phased out, and reshuffled.“It saves the University to hire an experienced insider, and it’s the right thing to do for someone who’s facing job loss,” Gelband said.Gelband’s dedication to the program hasn’t gone unnoticed by the workers she has helped. Laverne Martinez became one of those people in July 2009, when Gelband helped her to land a job at the Office of Sponsored Programs. Gelband would call Martinez before and after every interview. She helped Martinez keep track of her many applications to provide necessary evidence of her job search to the union board. Gelband made calls on her behalf and set up informational interviews for practice.“Every single job that I’ve applied for, she has really been there, to the point where we would communicate every single day,” Martinez said. “She puts her heart into doing it.”Gelband also runs HUCTW’s School-to-Work Program, which places students from Cambridge Rindge & Latin School in paid internships around Harvard. Gelband trains HUCTW members to be intern supervisors and teaches a weekly seminar for the students to learn about workplace skills, labor issues, and collective action.She brings the union home, too. She and her husband, David Cort, a library assistant at Widener Library, met while working on the union campaign. Both work part-time to allow them to co-parent their two children, ages 15 and 7.“One of us is always available to do kid-related or dog-related things,” she said — like being the “resident union lady” at her daughter’s school. Every year Gelband teaches second-graders classic picket songs, including a few HUCTW originals. They’re the same tunes Gelband has been crooning since the mid-1980s, only in a classroom instead of at a rally: “Unions, unions, unions, u-u-u-unions! Unions are a woman’s best friend!”last_img read more

Massachusetts’ health care reform holds lessons for national effort

first_img Read Full Story Massachusetts’ six years of experience with health care reform holds valuable lessons for the nation as it prepares to begin fully implementing the Affordable Care Act in 2014. In a September 5, 2012 article in the New England Journal of Medicine, Vanderbilt University’s John Graves and Katherine Swartz, professor of health economics and policy at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), suggest that new policies might be needed both in Massachusetts and the nation to help minimize long-term gaps in insurance coverage for certain groups of people.Graves, a recent graduate of Harvard’s Ph.D. in Health Policy Program, and Swartz said data collected both before and after Massachusetts implemented health care reform indicate that, while the lengths of uninsured spells were minimized for many Massachusetts adults relative to those living in neighboring states after the Massachusetts reforms, the percentage of long-term uninsured did not change dramatically. The authors suggest that low-income people who have access to, but cannot afford, employer-sponsored insurance plans may need increased eligibility for coverage from state-based health insurance exchanges.last_img read more

The Chayes International Public Service Fellowship: Summer snapshots

first_imgDuring the summer of 2012, hundreds of Harvard Law School J.D. and graduate students benefitted from the largest pool of guaranteed funding offered by a law school for the broadest range of public interest summer work. A select group of 26 students worked in 19 countries under the aegis of the Chayes International Public Service Fellowships, dedicated to the memory of Professor Abram Chayes, who taught at Harvard Law School for more than 40 years. The program is co-administered by the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising (OPIA) and International Legal Studies.Chayes Fellows typically work within the governments of developing nations, or with the intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations that support them. And they draw—before, during and after their summer placements—on the support, networking, and ongoing community offered by the Chayes program.On Thursday, November 29, several Summer 2012 Chayes Fellows will speak about their experiences abroad at a panel discussion on ‘Empowering Communities Through Law.’ The program, sponsored by International Legal Studies, will be held at 12 p.m. in Hauser 104.As in summers past, the work the Chayes Fellows undertook this summer was as wide-ranging as the places they traveled to. Read five brief portraits that reflect some of their experiences on the Harvard Law School website.last_img read more

13 Save with containers

first_img Volume XXVIII Number 1 Page 13 It takes a lot of water to keep large beds of flowers looking their best. To save water, think about planting annuals in a few containers instead of in the ground. Done well and properly placed, containerized color can make just as big a splash as large, in-ground beds and require much less water.No one can predict when we’ll have another drought. But when we do, you can bet restrictions or bans on outdoor water use will follow.Benefits of containersBesides being more water-thrifty than beds of annuals, containerized color is mobile. You can move it to where it has the greatest visual impact, such as the front steps or back patio. You can move it out of view, too, or rotate it with other containers when it doesn’t look its best.Containerized color makes sense economically, too. It requires fewer plants, less amendment, less fertilizer and less mulch than large beds.Choosing containersThe types of containers for seasonal color are limited only by the imagination. Clay and plastic are the traditional choices. But unconventional containers, such as old iron pots, sawed-off whisky barrels or old wheelbarrows, may fit your decor.Who knows? The perfect container may be in your basement or garage. Whatever you use, make certain it has adequate drainage.Think large when selecting containers for summer color. Large containers hold more soil, so they take longer to dry out. By large, I mean color bowls 24 to 30 inches in diameter or pots of 3 gallons and larger.Large containers allow room for more plants, too, and for arrangements of different types of plants. An assortment of pots of various sizes and shapes planted with annuals with complimentary colors and contrasting foliage textures makes an artful display.For sunny areas, plastic containers are a better choice than natural clay. Clay pots absorb and lose moisture through their sides as well as their tops. They dry out faster than plastic pots.Light-colored containers tend to reflect light, too. And they don’t dry out as fast as dark ones.Some folks in commercial landscaping paint the inside of their clay pots with a thin layer of roofing paint or water sealant (like that sold for wood decks) to keep them from absorbing water and fertilizer. This also helps avoid the ugly white residue caused by an accumulation of fertilizer salts on the outside of the pot.Don’t forget the saucers when buying containers. These act as a reservoir for holding moisture and help extend the time between watering. They prevent messes on patios and porches, too.However, if you use a saucer, remove it once a month and water the container thoroughly to leach accumulated fertilizer salts from the growing media. Otherwise, a salt buildup from the fertilizer can damage roots.Soil is the keyThe key to a successful color container is the soil mix. Shop around for a commercial-grade growing mix — one that’s lightweight and has good drainage. If the bag is as heavy as topsoil or composted cow manure, don’t buy it. A heavy mix is likely to be poorly drained.Before you plant summer color in containers, incorporate a slow-release fertilizer, such as Osmocote, into the top 6 inches of the mix. Look for one with an 8- to 9-month release duration, so nutrients will be available from spring to fall.Besides slow-release fertilizer, some annuals, such as salvia and petunias, will benefit from a liquid fertilizer every two weeks.The final step is to mulch the container, just as you would a flower bed. Putting 2 to 3 inches of pine straw, mininuggets or shredded hardwood mulch on the surface will help prevent water loss from the container, so you won’t have to water as often. By Gary L. Wade University of Georgialast_img read more

Sanders to run for re-election

first_imgSanders to run for re-electionBy Timothy McQuistonBernie Sanders has announced that he will run for re-election to a fifth term in Congress, rather than run for the open governor’s seat.Sanders said at a press conference on November 6 that though he indeed would want to be governor, the pressing needs in Washington, especially after the September 11 terrorist attacks, led him to seek re-election to “a job I love.”Sanders has run for governor three times, the last in 1986 when he was still mayor of Burlington.“It’s just not something I can undertake at this time,” Sanders said, thus ending speculation that he might run for the state’s top post. The congressman said he made the final decision the previous weekend.Along with the terrorist attacks and their aftermath, like the anthrax attacks and war in Afghanistan, Sanders cited other pressing issues that compelled him to stay on Capitol Hill: the economic recession; growing unemployment; and the failure of Congress to renew the Northeast Dairy Compact.Sanders also reiterated his strong objection to many of the Bush Administration policies before and, especially, after September 11, of which he believes President Bush is taking political advantage. Sanders cited legislation that, on the one hand, damages civil liberties, while on the other gives economic benefits to the wealthy, neither of which have anything to do with combating terrorism.Sanders, wearing an American flag pin on his lapel, also noted that a lot of the new heros of the nation aren’t movie stars or politicians, they are working people like the firefighters who climbed the stairs of the World Trade Towers, and police officers and postal workers, who provide a public service everyday.With his step-daughter, Carina Driscoll, representing his campaign office and running the press conference, and his wife, Jane Sanders, sitting behind him, a packed conference room at his Burlington office heard a confident Sanders state in that familiar Brooklyn baritone: “I’m proud, very, very proud to represent Vermont in Congress.”Given his track record, he should have little trouble convincing Vermont voters to send him back to Washington on his 61st birthday next November 11.last_img read more

Hicksville Pedestrian Fatally Hit by SUV

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 78-year-old man was fatally hit by an SUV while he was crossing a road in Hicksville early Monday morning.Nassau County police said the pedestrian was walking across Newbridge Road at the corner of West John Street when he was struck by a Ford Suburban at 6:29 a.m.The victim was taken to Nassau University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a half hour later. His name was not immediately available.The driver, who remained at the scene, was not charged.last_img

How relatable is your brand?

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A blonde 20-something working at her quintessential office desk is interrupted with a heap of folders dropped onto her desk. She stares at the colossus with despair in her eyes: “Is this it? Is this all there is? Spreadsheets and paperwork. I’m gonna die some day, and I’ll be sitting here just wasting away at this…..job.”We’ve all been there.What better way to connect with your millennial audience than to reassure them that they aren’t the only ones experiencing these first-world millennial problems.Samantha Jayne, a millennial and freelance art director in LA, is receiving quite a bit of press for her very relatable YouTube series that she stars in to promote her book, “Quarter Life Poetry”.Engaging with a generation of short attention spans has the marketing industry facing a series of challenges that are far from foreign: “How can we get them to finish our one-minute HELOC ad? Scratch that… We’ll be thrilled with 10 seconds!”Apparently Jayne knows her peers quite well.I saw this short and naturally shared it with everyone in the office. Why? The majority can relate to these nonsensical first world problems that we face in our every day lives – Including a phone call to my mom asking for reassurance that the benign mole on my toe that has existed my entire life, is still, not cancerous.It feels good to laugh at entirely irrational but relatable angst. continue reading »last_img read more

Loan modifications, skips, and adverse action notices

first_imgThe compliance team has recently blogged about ways in which the current regulations permit credit unions to provide relief to affected borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency:Mortgage Loan Modification After Forbearance;Skip a Pay Part II: Closed-End Loans;Mortgage Loan Forbearance Agreements and COVID-19; andAllowing Your Members to Skip a Payment (Or Two) on Open-End Credit.Last year the compliance team wrote several blogs and articles about adverse action notices:When to Include a Credit Score on Adverse Action Notices;What to do when you don’t: Let’s talk about Adverse Action Notices;Adverse Action Notices for Cosigners;Joint Applicants and Adverse Action Notices;Prequalifications and Adverse Action Notices; andAdverse Action Notices: NCUA Supervisory Priority for 2019.Today’s blog merges the two worlds and discusses what may be required if your credit union denies a member’s request for a loan modification or a payment deferral on a credit account. Depending on the facts and circumstances, Regulation B  may require the credit union to send an adverse action notice to a member who requested a modification or payment deferral but was denied. Allowing a member to defer payment of a debt falls under Regulation B’s definition of credit in section 1002.2(j). The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) supervision and examination manual confirms that “a loan modification is itself an extension of credit and subject to ECOA and Regulation B.” Moreover, Federal Reserve Board (Federal Reserve) guidance from the last economic recession also explains that a loan modification would constitute an extension of credit under Regulation B. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Headset Xbox gaming headphones are cushioned » Gadget Flow

first_imgDesigned for Xbox One and Xbox Series X, the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Headset Xbox gaming headphones have plenty of cushioning on the earpads. This makes them spectacles-friendly as the foam rests against your glasses. Therefore, they alleviate pressure and allow you to game for hours in comfort. Additionally, these Xbox gaming headphones have a unique shape that makes them soft and breathable. You’ll also receive a wide audio soundstage to maximize your gaming. In fact, they feature Windows Sonic technology for immersive virtual sound and precise audio. This brings your games, music, and movies to life. Plus, with Superhuman Hearing sound technology, you’ll be able to hear subtle noises, such as enemy footsteps or players reloading a weapon. By hearing everything, you’ll get to take your gaming expertise to another level. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Intentional privacy breach?: Govt considers releasing patients’ personal data

first_imgThe national COVID-19 task force is considering releasing patients’ personal data in an effort to encourage adherence to health protocols in affected areas. Task force chief and National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head Doni Monardo said such data would only be made available to people living in the patients’ neighborhoods.”Current regulations don’t allow authorities to publish patient data. But if this data could be known by people living in their neighborhoods, it could help the surrounding community prepare preventive actions,” Doni said during a meeting with House of Representatives Commission VIII overseeing social affairs on Monday, as quoted by He added that such data should be published for the sake of public safety. He also asked people to stop stigmatizing COVID-19 and condemned unjust treatment of people with the illness. The task force was also looking for other solutions to help protect people from the disease, Doni said.Read also: Human rights groups urge privacy protection in COVID-19 contact tracing effortsWhile the Constitution requires the state to protect people’s privacy and personal data, the country has never passed a specific law on personal data protection to enumerate the rights of data owners and establish what kinds of data are legally considered personal.The publication of the country’s first two COVID-19 patients’ personal data resulted in privacy breaches and assault.Fear of stigma and ostracism has prevented many people in the country from being tested for COVID-19. (trn)Topics :last_img read more