Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Oct 18, 2018 Jamie Cummings, 41, faces $93,000 in student loans, the kind of college debt that could keep anyone awake at night. "It's so overwhelming, knowing that my last payment will be when I'm 65 years old," said Cummings, a customer service manager for the Carhartt in Dearborn. She's paying $450 a month — roughly a car payment — just to deal with her student loan debt from her undergraduate and master's degrees from Eastern Michigan University. She borrowed to study to be a teacher. Thanks to the interest that keeps building on her loans, the amount she owes has grown since she obtained her master's degree in communications in 2008. "I had to pay for my books. I had to pay for my housing. My parents were not in any position to assist," Cummings said. So she was absolutely thrilled when her company, Carhartt — maker of sturdy jackets for construction workers and … [Read more...] about More employers may help workers pay back student loans
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Frank Witsil Detroit Free Press Published 10:01 p.m. UTC Jun 3, 2018 Jamika Ruffin is a part-time Burger King cashier trying to make ends meet on about $9.25 an hour. "The money they pay me is not worth what you have to put up with when it comes down to these customers," said the single, 25-year-old Highland Park mother of two, adding that after taxes and child care expenses there's not much left. "It needs to go up more." On Monday, she and about 150 other lower-wage workers will have a chance to make their case for better wages to four key Democratic representatives to Congress — Sander Levin, Royal Oak; Dan Kildee, Flint; Debbie Dingell, Dearborn, and Brenda Lawrence, Southfield — at an open, town hall-style meeting at 11 a.m. at Wayne County Community College in Detroit. Ruffin said she could be collecting public assistance instead of working. "But," she added, "I prefer to get up and work and show my kids there's … [Read more...] about Fast-food workers demand pay increase: Are unions the answer?
RUGBY player Paddy Jackson has no offers of employment and continues to pay an enormous personal price despite being resoundingly acquitted of rape, his lawyer said as he called on prosecutors to pay his legal costs. Brendan Kelly QC told a judge in Belfast Crown Court that Jackson (26) had done nothing to bring the situation upon himself, revealing that his client's salary had been halved when he was charged last year. Jackson and former Ulster and Ireland team mate Stuart Olding (25) were found not guilty in March of raping the same woman at a house party in 2016. Both men, who were subsequently sacked by Ulster and Ireland for involvement in explicit WhatsApp chats that were revealed during the marathon trial, are bidding to recover their legal costs from Northern Ireland's Public Prosecution Service. Jackson had privately funded his case and his legal bill is estimated to be well in excess of £100,000. Despite being linked with other clubs, both players are still without a … [Read more...] about Paddy Jackson has no offers of employment as lawyers try to recoup legal costs
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 4 million U.S. workers will become newly eligible for overtime pay under rules to be issued Wednesday by the Obama administration.The policy changes are intended to counter erosion in overtime protections, which date from the 1930s and require employers to pay 1 1/2 times a worker's regular salary for any work past 40 hours a week.In the fast food and retail industries in particular, many employees are deemed "managers," work long hours, but are barely paid more than the people they supervise.Under the new rules, first released in draft form last summer, the annual salary threshold at which companies can deny overtime pay will be doubled from $23,660 to nearly $47,500. That would make 4.2 million more salaried workers eligible for overtime pay. Some 79,630 workers in Maryland would be affected by the rule, according to Department of Labor data. Hourly workers would continue to be mostly guaranteed overtime.The White House estimates that the rule change … [Read more...] about Overtime pay may become reality for more U.S. workers
Sean Smeeton had few expectations when he agreed to meet with Johns Hopkins representatives in August 2015. And he certainly didn't anticipate that the encounter would land his Hampden-based ice cream company its biggest customer.But Smeeton got lucky. The invitation extended to Taharka Bros. came as Baltimore's 2015 riots moved leaders at the Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System to launch a new local hiring and contracting program, aiming to give their economic might more of an impact in the city.One year in, the institutions say they are matching or exceeding their goals.Hopkins leaders said Thursday they steered more than $55 million in construction spending to disadvantaged or minority- or woman-owned firms, and made more than 300 hires from disadvantaged Baltimore neighborhoods for certain entry-level positions in the 2016 fiscal year.The institutions have also increased spending with local suppliers, like Taharka, by about $4.9 million.The "HopkinsLocal" … [Read more...] about Johns Hopkins: Program to boost local hiring, buying is paying off