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    The governor of New York has canceled elective surgeries in preparation for an expected surge in COVID-19 cases, as the US bans flights from eight Southern African countries to try and prevent the new variant, Omicron, from arriving. Kathy Hochul on Friday said that all non-urgent procedures would be postponed. Hours earlier, Joe Biden confirmed that travel from South Africa and seven other countries in the region had been halted.  The new variant was first found in Botswana and has since moved to South Africa, where it is spreading rapidly through six provinces. It has also been found in Hong Kong, Israel and Belgium. 
    Health officials across the state are making a fresh call for New Yorkers to get the COVID-19 vaccine as some hospitals risk going “past capacity” amid staffing shortage and the recent spike in newly reported infections. In upstate New York, several hospital systems are sounding alarm bells warning that many medical providers are beginning to become underwhelmed due to the number of COVID-19 patients coming through their doors and a lack of staff to treat them. Since the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers took effect over the fall, some hospitals have lost staffers en masse, which has caused for some to become overwhelmed as the state contends with a winter surge of newly reported infections that could rival that of 2020. “Let me be blunt," Howard Fritz, chief medical officer at Glens Falls Hospital in upstate New York wrote in a statement with other hospital administrators in Warren County. "If you are not vaccinated, get the vaccine immediately. If you are eligible for the booster, get it. Your life, your loved one’s lives, and those of your friends...
    Thanksgiving break has been extended for hundreds of thousands of public school students across the country, as the number of educators in schools dips below critical mass. The situation has become so dire that some districts are considering walking back previous COVID-19 vaccination requirements for staff. In Western Michigan, 20 schools canceled classes for the entirety of the week.  Classrooms in Chicago’s District 65 were also shuttered leading up to the holiday. Students in Montgomery County, Maryland, will have an extra day off this week, while the public school system is now modifying its vaccination policy to soften staffing issues. The Montgomery County School District tells Fox News that the 463 staff members who have not attested to their vaccination status will have to do so or risk loss of pay on Nov. 24 plus progressive disciplinary action, "up to and including termination." Rather than immediate termination, it’s a "balancing act between safety and the need to have all employees in place for school and office operations." This comes as districts nationwide are attempting to cope with a massive void...
              more   Governor Tim Walz (D) announced he is activating 400 National Guard members to assist with the growing staff shortage in the state’s nursing homes. “Our long-term care facilities are facing an all-hands-on-deck moment, and that’s why we are taking unprecedented action to support skilled nursing workers, residents, and patients,” said Governor Walz. According to a press release from Walz’s office, the National Guard members will begin training as certified nursing assistants and temporary nursing aides over the next week. Facilities that have had severe staffing issues can ask the Minnesota Department of Health for staffing assistance. The facilities that get approved will “receive a National Guard team to provide on-site staffing support for up to three weeks at a time.” “There are 23,000 open long-term caregiver positions across Minnesota. A crisis of this scope requires bold solutions, and we know we cannot fix this problem alone,” said Gayle Kvenvold, President and CEO of LeadingAge Minnesota. “We are grateful for these emergency actions and the collaborative efforts they represent. They provide critical support for weary caregivers and the seniors...
    A school in Western Massachusetts was forced to temporarily shut down due to staffing shortages. In Franklin County, Mohawk Trail/Hawlemont Regional School Districts Superintendent Sheryl Stanton announced that the Hawlemont Regional School will be closed on Monday, Nov. 22 due to staffing shortages. “Due to staffing shortages, Hawlemont Regional School will be closed on Monday, Nov. 22,” the district posted on the school’s website. “We will be assessing the staffing situation throughout the day today, so please listen carefully for updates regarding tomorrow. Thank you for your patience!” No other schools in the district were impacted by the shortage, which occurred due to undisclosed reasons. The school currently is home to eight teachers, 15 specialists, eight paraprofessionals, and three support staff members.  Hawlemont serves about 136 students in preschool through sixth grade who live in Charlemont and Hawley.
    As public school cancellations abound across the nation, districts are citing “fatigue” and the need for teacher “mental health day[s]” as the cause for staffing shortages despite the fact that many teachers have been home for over a year due to the coronavirus, according to Fox News. Colorado Education Association President Amy Baca-Oehler told USA Today that “there’s an overwhelming sense of exhaustion” amid some Denver-area schools returning to remote learning as a way to mitigate the effects of slim staffing. “The reality is that these districts just don’t feel they have any other options than canceling school for the day,” Baca-Oehler said. But as Fox News reports, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Washington, and Maryland have also seen major issues with staffing, as, for example, 600 Seattle teachers requested the Friday after Veterans Day off. While the district blamed the request on “the fatigue that educators and students are experiencing, locally and nationwide, 11 weeks into the return to in-class learning,” a sentiment felt nationwide by parents is that teachers “care about themselves more than they care about the kids,” per one...
    Schools across the United States are holding temporary shutdowns or returning to remote learning as district leaders struggle to combat impacts of the pandemic including widespread resignations, staffing shortages on buses and in cafeterias, teacher exhaustion and other coronavirus concerns. Thousands of students in Washington state had an unexpected four-day weekend after more than 600 teachers requested the day off on Friday and administrators were unable to find substitutes due to a shortage stemming from COVID-related protocols.  A district in Colorado also extended the Veteran's Day weekend after more than 480 teachers requested Friday off, leaving approximately 200 classrooms without instructors.  Meanwhile, at least eight schools in Michigan have shut down or returned to online instruction due to staff shortages. Experts say the mass staffing crisis was expected after surveys conducted over the summer by nonprofit organization RAND Corp revealed that 25 percent of educators were considering quitting at the end of the school year. Schools across the United States are holding temporarily shutdowns or returning to remote learning as district leaders struggle to combat impacts of the pandemic (Pictured: George Washington High...
    In this article WEN YUM CMG DPZ QSR-CA SHAK MCD Lino Lakes, Minnesota, Help wanted sign at McDonalds with great starting pay.Michael Siluk | Getty ImagesQuick service and fast-food restaurants are facing several headwinds when it comes to solving their labor problems. The pressures have been mounting throughout the year. Seventy-eight percent of restaurant operators said that recruiting and retaining employees was their top challenge in a National Restaurant Association survey in July — in January, only 8% said that was their top challenge. Overall employment in food services and drinking places has seen marginal improvements in recent months, with nearly 120,000 workers added in October, but the industry only added a net 150,000 employees from July to October, according to the Labor Department, and there were nearly 800,000 less workers in October 2021 than there were in February 2020. That is layered on top of the broader challenges that every industry is facing to find willing workers amid record numbers of job openings. Half of the nation's workers describe their workplaces being as understaffed, according to a CNBC|Momentive Workforce...
    Public schools in the Puget Sound area are canceling classes on Friday due to staffing shortages.  The closures will impact both the Seattle and Bellevue school districts. “Please be advised all Bellevue Schools will be closed on Friday, November 12, in addition to Thursday, November 11 because of staffing shortages, anticipated inclement weather and COVID-19 restrictions,” Bellevue School District announced.  SPS sent an email to parents on Tuesday saying there was an “unusually large number of SPS staff taking leave on Friday,” The Seattle Times reported. They said last week that more than 600 teachers had requested leave the day after Veteran's Day, which is a school holiday. The Seattle Education Association (SEA) said in a statement that the shortages are indicative of teachers not getting the support they need, especially with the implementations of COVID-19 protocols.  “Educators are stretching themselves to the limit to provide COVID-safe, quality services and learning for all of our students but we cannot succeed without adequate support. Friday’s closure is Seattle Public Schools’ decision, caused not by SEA educators but by a statewide shortage of substitutes. This...
    Colorado activated its crisis standards of care plan on Tuesday to help hospitals determine how to allocate limited staff as emergency shortages and COVID-19 admissions rock health systems across the state. The state implemented the crisis standards specifically to allow hospitals to prioritize certain health workers for care, as almost 40 percent of hospitals expect shortages within the next week, according to state data.  Under the crisis standards of care, Colorado aims to increase the availability of health care workers, while improving workplace safety and worker resilience in the midst of the ongoing pandemic.  “Activating staffing crisis standards of care allows health care systems to maximize the care they can provide in their communities with the staff they have available,” state chief medical officer Eric France said. But the activation of crisis standards of care does not mean residents should avoid “necessary health care,” he said, including going to the emergency room. Colorado has reactivated crisis standards of care for staffing of health care systems throughout the state. Crisis standards of care are guidelines for how the medical community should...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Three schools in Denver will transition to remote learning this week due to lack of staffing. They are just the latest schools to make a schedule change in light of lack of teachers and substitutes. George Washington High School will switch to remote learning starting Nov. 10 through the rest of the week. READ MORE: 100-Year-Old World War II Veteran Dies After Being Shoved, Police SayDr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College will be remote only on Thursday and Friday of this week. The same goes for John H. Amesse Elementary School. READ MORE: Weld RE-4 School District Looking For Other Solutions To Booming Population & Lack Of Schools“We are doing everything in our power to keep our schools open and to maximize in-person learning opportunities for our students. At the same time, we are facing a critical staffing shortage, like districts across the country, that impacts our ability to safely operate our schools,” the district told CBS4 on Tuesday. They say they will try to communicate with families about any future changes by 4 p.m. the day before....
    Classes in Seattle Public Schools will be closed on Nov. 12, which the district says is a result of a lack of staff. The district sent out a letter to parents informing them of Friday's school closures, pinning the decision on a large number of employees taking leave, according to KING 5. The letter said the district did not believe enough staff would be available to teach on Friday to ensure that "high-quality learning" was provided. "This is a change from the published schedule, and we recognize the late notice creates challenging circumstances for many families," the district said. A SHORTAGE OF NURSES MADE WORSE BY A SHORTAGE OF NURSING-SCHOOL TEACHERS A statement posted to the school district's Facebook page said no in-person or remote learning would be offered on Friday. "We are aware of a larger than normal number of SPS staff taking leave on Friday, and do not believe we have adequate personnel to open schools," the district said, adding that schools are also closed on Thursday in observance of Veterans...
    (CBS4) – After months of navigating shifts from in-person to at-home learning, school districts across Colorado are facing a new hurdle. “Right now, we are suffering from a variety of different types of pressures,” said Drew Adams, Director of Talent Development for Adams 14 School District. Administrators in that district sent a letter to families about schools closing on Friday due to staff shortages, mainly due to a lack of substitutes. “Everything will be closed, all district offices. It will be similar to if we had a natural disaster some or some other emergency scenario like a snow day where we were unable to provide for students,” he said. They now join Adams 12 Five Star schools and Boulder Valley School District in making that decision. Randy Barber, chief communications officer for BVSD, believes timing is playing a factor in the need to cancel classes. “We were coming up to this event which is sort of a floating day between Veterans Day and the weekend. We ended up having a lot of teachers with a leave of absence. It was...
    (CBS4) – Two Colorado school districts will cancel classes this week because they don’t have the staff to stay open. Boulder Valley School District and Adams 12 Five-Star Schools both announced they won’t have class on Friday. It will give both students and staff a four-day weekend, since there also won’t be school Thursday in observance of Veteran’s Day. “With the Veteran’s Day holiday being on the Thursday, it created a large number of staffing shortages,” said David Lockley, president of the District 12 Educators Association, the union representing Adams 12 teachers. In a letter to parents about the decision, the district said it had grown increasingly concerned about the potential lack of staff to fill the number of already planned absences for the day. “It’s not that our teachers are taking more days off than they have in the past, it’s just that we don’t have the subs to cover them,” Lockley said. Lockley called the decision an anomaly and said the schools could still operate safely that day without closing. While he does not expect any more decisions...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — WCCO-TV has reported extensively on the significant staffing shortages at the Minneapolis Police Department as officers retire or quit. Now the department is amping up its efforts to bring in new people. A new recruiting class of 22 headlines MPD’s efforts to fill its ranks. “We have a class going on right now, we’ll be opening up more hiring in our CSO application in January,” said Sgt. Keia Boyd. The push for additional officers is urgent. MPD is operating with one-third less officers than the 730 officers allocated by city charter. There are 582 active sworn staff of all ranks working in any assignment. That does not include 49 officers on continuous leave. “We are still out there taking calls,” Boyd said. “We still have community support, and our department is still growing, so come be a part of our growth.” As a recruiting supervisor, Boyd is extending an offer to licensed police officers in other jurisdictions to join the department. “We plan to get more people as laterals, because we are the biggest department in the...
    Colorado’s COVID-19 hospitalizations are at their highest peak since last December, according to state data.As of Wednesday, the state had nearly 1,254 hospitalizations, with 80% made up of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients, according to the Colorado health department’s data dashboard. That state data indicates that 30% of state hospital facilities are anticipating ICU bed shortages in the next week. Colorado is also struggling with a staffing shortage for hospitals.On top of dealing with the surge of coronavirus cases, hospitals are stretched thin as new admissions are filling beds for health concerns many patients put off during the span of the pandemic, such as overdoses, mental health/psych issues, suicide attempts, heart attacks and strokes.Nationwide, 18% of hospital workers have quit their jobs since 2020, and another 12% have been laid off.Before the pandemic, the industry was short 300,000 workers. Now, hospitals lack nearly 2 million. The staffing shortage has it difficult to reactivate COVID overflow facilities just when flu season is approaching, Dr. Eric Hill, the EMS director at The Medical Center of Aurora, told The Denver Channel. UK AUTHORIZES MERCK ANTIVIRAL PILL,...
    Democratic senators are pressing the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) director to address staffing shortages affecting prisons across the country.  Sen. Jon OssoffJon OssoffFive things to watch in the Virginia governor's race Biden reconciliation framework includes Medicaid workaround, no Medicare dental or vision benefits Perdue mulling primary challenge against Kemp in Georgia: report MORE (D-Ga.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick DurbinDick DurbinManchin, Murkowski back revised John Lewis voting rights bill Manchin didn't sign off on framework, no 'rush' to get deal On The Money — Presented by Citi — Progressives shrug off Manchin warning MORE (D-Ill.) sent a letter to BOP Director Michael Carvajal on Wednesday requesting information regarding the shortages. “We have been troubled by reports that employees who are critical to the success of FSA reforms — including psychologists, teachers, unit managers, and medical staff — are regularly reassigned from their traditional assignments to perform correctional duties, such as monitoring showers or escorting inmates during recreational time,” the senators wrote in the letter.  Ossoff and Durbin are giving the BOP until Nov. 12 to provide staffing reports from the years...
    Two Ohio school districts reportedly are scrambling to secure food for their students amid ongoing supply chain issues and labor shortages.  Bob Gorman, the food and nutrition supervisor at Parma City School District in the Cleveland area, told News 5 Cleveland that "costs have gone up quite substantially" and the district's schools have "had shortages on many items from bread to cereal to certain chicken products."  "One school may get a chicken patty, one may get chicken nuggets, one may get a chicken finger, one may get a hamburger that day," he added. "It’s really been hit or miss menu-wise with what we’re actually serving."  The Bedford School District has posted a message to the community about the impact of the food shortage on the district. Shown here is Bedford High School. (Google Maps) ALABAMA REP CONDEMNS BIDEN ADMINISTRATION’S SUPPLY CHAIN CRISIS RHETORIC, CITING SCHOOL LUNCH SHORTAGES IN DISTRICT  The nearby Bedford City School District also says it is "working hard to keep the students in our district fed."  In a letter that Jennifer Dickson, its nutrition supervisor, wrote...
    The COVID-19 pandemic has brought severe staffing shortages to U.S. prisons as corrections officers, burnt out with the low pay and grueling nature of the work, have quit in droves.  The situation is becoming dire as prison populations, which dropped during the pandemic, are once again on the rise. Having fewer guards means more dangerous conditions and for the officers left behind, worsening shortages have made an already difficult job unbearable, many say. Lance Lowry, a recently retired corrections officer with the Texas State Penitentiary, holds his ID badge on the front porch of his home, Oct. 27, 2021, in Huntsville, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke) In Georgia, some prisons report up to 70% vacancy rates. In Nebraska, overtime hours have quadrupled since 2010, as fewer officers are forced to work longer hours. Florida has temporarily closed three prisons out of more than 140 facilities because of understaffing, and vacancy rates have nearly doubled there in the last year.  FORMER LABOR SECRETARY CHAO WARNS WORKER SHORTAGES COULD BE ‘TOMORROW’S NEW NORMAL' In Kansas, state Department of Corrections Secretary Jeff Zmuda...
    American Airlines canceled 340 flights on Monday after cutting almost 2,000 flights during the weekend due to staffing shortages and weather delays, multiple sources reported. The airline cut 343 flights Friday, 548 Saturday, and over 1,000 Sunday, according to American Airlines data obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation. (RELATED: Southwest Airlines Pilot Says ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ To Passengers Over Intercom) The company canceled 2,291 flights as of Monday morning, representing over 10% of its schedule. Just landed at LAX…the line for American Airlines customer assistance pretty much goes as far as the eye can see through the terminal. Mass cancellations of flights today. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/mtebgML9Bv — Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) October 31, 2021 American Airlines Chief Operating Officer Davis Seymour blamed inclement weather and staffing shortages around the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport for the delays and cancelations. “With additional weather throughout the system, our staffing begins to run tight as crew members end up out of their regular flight sequences,” Seymour said in a statement shared with the DCNF. He added that most customers were able to rebook...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – After watching friends and coworkers die from COVID-19, Lance Lowry quit after 20 years as a corrections officer in Texas to become a long-haul trucker. With dwindling support from his superiors, he said he couldn’t bear the job any longer. “I would have liked to stay till I was 50,” said Lowry, 48, “but the pandemic changed that.” READ MORE: US Supreme Court Set To Hear Arguments Over Texas Law That Bans Most AbortionsStaff shortages have long been a challenge for prison agencies, given the low pay and grueling nature of the work. But the coronavirus pandemic — and its impact on the labor market — has pushed many corrections systems into crisis. Officers are retiring and quitting in droves, while officials struggle to recruit new employees. And some prisons whose prisoner populations dropped during the pandemic have seen their numbers rise again, exacerbating the problem. There is no one thing pushing prison employees out in high numbers now. Some are leaving for new opportunities as more places are hiring. University of Michigan economist Betsey Stevenson...
    At a Georgia state House of Representatives hearing on prison conditions in September, a corrections officer called in to testify, interrupting his shift to tell lawmakers how dire conditions had become. On a “good day,” he told lawmakers, he had maybe six or seven officers to supervise roughly 1,200 people. He said he had recently been assigned to look after 400 prisoners by himself. There weren’t enough nurses to provide medical care. “All the officers … absolutely despise working there,” said the officer, who didn’t give his name for fear of retaliation. In Texas, Lance Lowry quit after 20 years as a corrections officer to become a long-haul trucker because he couldn’t bear the job any longer. Watching friends and coworkers die from COVID-19, along with dwindling support from his superiors, wore on him. “I would have liked to stay till I was 50,” said Lowry, 48. “But the pandemic changed that.” Staff shortages have long been a challenge for prison agencies, given the low pay and grueling nature of the work. But the coronavirus pandemic — and its impact...
    ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Adams 12 Five Star Schools announced it will be closing for an entire day because of lack of staff. The school district made the announcement to families on Oct. 28. There will be no school for all students on Nov. 12. There also won’t be school on Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day, which is per usual. READ MORE: Denver Weather: Much Colder For Halloween And Possibly Wet For Trick-Or-Treating (credit: CBS) “We have leaned on the flexibility of our staff and creative solutions so far this school year to minimize the impact of these shortages on student learning and activities. However, amidst these ongoing staffing challenges, this flexibility and creativity can often only stretch so far and sometimes difficult decisions must be made,” the district’s letter to families read. READ MORE: $500,000 In Grants Aimed To Help Denver Special Event CompaniesAhead of the school year, the district emailed parents to discuss staffing shortages for before and after-school care with the hope of driving more recruitment. “This is work that matters,” Myla Shepherd, Chief Human Resources Officer...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — There were worries late Thursday that the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate could be creating safety concerns with the Chicago Fire Department. As CBS 2’s Marie Saavedra reported, there has been a lot of attention on the fight by the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police over the city’s vaccine mandate. But the city is facing another lawsuit – brought by firefighters and workers with the Chicago Department of Water Management. READ MORE: Joel Quenneville Resigns As Florida Panthers Coach, Hours After Meeting With NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Over Handling Of Blackhawks Sexual Assault ScandalThe fight is set to end up in federal court on Friday. Imagine calling 911, and the fire truck that arrives first doesn’t have the capability to save you or your loved one’s life. Paramedics tell CBS 2 that is happening, due to staffing issues because of the city’s vaccine reporting mandate. Chicago Fire Fighters Union Local 2 President Jim Tracy confirms 28 firefighters and paramedics are sitting out without pay for not complying with vaccine rules. To keep up with emergency response, the...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– Staff shortages at the Aurora Police Department are causing other agencies to step in and help at some of the area schools with school resources officers. (credit: Getty Images) READ MORE: COVID In Colorado: Some Providers Ready To Schedule 5 To 11-Year-Olds For VaccineStarting Monday, Nov. 1, at least six officers from the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office are going to be help monitor three high schools, including Grandview High School, Cherokee Trail High School and Smoky Hill High School. That’s because the police department, which normally staffs the schools, doesn’t have enough officers to help. It’s a partnership between both agencies, as well as the Cherry Creek School District. The county’s sheriff’s office reached out to the police department, once they heard about the issue. “This is just a time where we stepped up and we said ‘Hey, how can we help you?’,” said Ginger Delgado, a spokesperson with the sheriff’s office. “’You guys need us, you’re short-staffed and you may not have the ability to staff these schools in the way that you have...
                        As schools in Mesa face food shortages due to supply chain issues, the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) is also reporting similar circumstances. “We are experiencing delivery delays and volume shortages for many products. For example we order 1,000 cases of an item but only receive 700 cases or delivery dates are pushed further out,” Karla Escamilla, TUSD’s Senior Coordinator of Communications & Media Relations told The Arizona Sun Times. “We are also experiencing items we typically order have been discontinued or our currently not being manufactured. Beef, chicken and packaging products have been most common for difficulties of availability,” she continued. Escamilla said that she school serves 30,000 meals per day to students. The school district has been forced to rethink the logistics of procuring its food items, and has gotten creative with its menu options while it balances the supply it has on hand. “We are not having to find new providers but we are working with manufacturers and vendors on submitting orders much further in advance...
    The massive delays and cancelations for flights on Southwest Airlines earlier this month cost the company $75 million, earning reports filed Thursday show. Airline officials blame the loss of revenue on flight cancelations, customer refunds and 'gestures of goodwill,' to compensate affected according to CNBC, after it canceled more than 2,000 flights between October 8 and October 13.  It blamed the cancelations at the time on 'weather and other external constraints, which left aircraft and Crews out of pre-planned positions to operate our schedule.'  'Our active and available staffing fell below plan, and along with other factors, caused us to miss our operational on-time performance targets, and that created additional cost headwinds,' CEO Gary Kelly said in an earnings release on Thursday. Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly blamed a $75 million loss of revenue on flight cancelations, customer refunds and 'gestures of goodwill',' after it canceled more than 2,000 flights between October 8 and October 13 He added that a surge in COVID cases helped contribute to a $300 million loss in revenue, and said further cuts will be made next...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Last week was one of the most violent in city history with 27 shootings. The Minneapolis Police Department is down more than 250 officers, leaving them time only to react to crimes committed across the city. Our crew spent the afternoon and evening with Sgt. Andrew Schroeder, who patrols city-wide and is now focused on the city’s north side. — For 10 to 12 hours a day, Schroeder’s office is his Chevy Tahoe. He works the north side as part of a special unit designed to tackle crime. “The gun investigation unit, so that unit is responsible for illegal guns, shootings,” Schroeder said. His expertise is needed. The high number of calls for help center around guns in what police say are two of the most active gangs driving violence — the Highs and the Lows. “Each…have their own subset of gangs,” Schroeder said. Crime fighting has changed for Minneapolis police now that people are altering guns to make them fire automatically. “Before it used to be bang, bang, bang, and now it’s burrrtttttt,” Schroeder said. Our...
    Two suburban sheriffs said they would not send their deputies to Chicago to help with potential staffing shortages amid a feud between the mayor and a police union surrounding vaccine mandates. Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain (D) told The Chicago Tribune he did not "feel like the onus is on us to go in there in an emergency situation that was created by poor government and a lack of support the officers receive." Similarly, Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird (R) said he was not willing to put his officers at risk to respond to Chicago Mayor Lori LightfootLori Lightfoot21 officers placed on 'no pay' status amid Chicago vaccine standoff Indiana's GOP senator: Chicago police who defied vaccine mandate 'deserve respect' Chicago Police Department begins placing officers on no-pay leave for unreported vaccination status MORE's (D) "self-induced emergency," the Tribune reported. DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick (R), however, told the Tribune he would not withhold his deputies from helping in an emergency but questioned the logic of replacing unvaccinated Chicago officers with other potentially unvaccinated officers. “It doesn’t make sense to say I only want my residents touching vaccinated people, but I’m going to send all these potentially...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — From teachers to food service workers to custodians, Anne Arundel County Public School leaders say the district is struggling to fill open roles. “We are hiring. It has been difficult. Our colleagues, both around the state and around the country, are suffering the same,” said George Arlotto, AACPS Superintendent of Schools. READ MORE: Anne Arundel County Board Of Education Approves $7.4M School Bus Driver PlanIn particular- those who take students to and from school, bus drivers. “On any given single day, we’ve got drivers that are in COVID quarantine or drivers on sick leave or other things. It’s sort of a very dynamic situation,” said Alex Szachnowicz, Chief Operating Officer, AACPS. READ MORE: 'It's Terrible': Frustrated Parents In Anne Arundel County React To School Bus Driver Shortages, Officials Say They Are Working To Resolve ProblemRight now, Anne Arundel County Public School’s Chief Operating Officer says the district is short about 60 bus drivers but, they’re doing everything they can to stay afloat and address the shortage. They have been consolidating routes, partnering up with the City...
                        As food shortages soar across the United States, they have also hit home in central Ohio school districts. One of those school districts is New Albany-Plain Local Schools. The school’s Communications Manager Patrick Gallaway, through the district’s Food Services Coordinator, whom Gallaway did not name, detailed for The Ohio Star in an email just how badly the district is hurting for food. “Some key food shortages we have experienced in our daily operations are beef products; such as hamburger patties, chicken products; such as popcorn chicken, chicken patties, nuggets, etc and potato products; such as hash browns and  french fries,” the email said. “These items are in high demand and short supply. Many breakfast items are also in demand. Additionally, we are struggling to get paper products and disposable flatware.” The district emphasized that supply is not the only issue, but that demand for hot lunches among students has dramatically increased, exacerbating the problem. The email said that “districts similar to New Albany across Ohio are providing more...
    Travelers are expected to bear some of the burdens of nationwide labor shortages when they travel this holiday season. Labor shortages are being felt across industries, resulting in longer wait times at restaurants, shipping delays, and higher costs. But as the United States hurdles toward the busiest travel season of the year, staffing shortages will be more apparent than ever. They may cause issues for travelers looking to venture home for the holidays. Southwest Airlines caught the country’s attention when it ended up canceling or delaying thousands of flights for several days. While Southwest and its pilots' union have vociferously denied that the mass cancellations were due to any mass staffing shortages caused by so-called “sickouts” protesting a federal vaccine mandate, some in the airline industry have warned that the mandate could play a role over the holidays. The Allied Pilots Association, which represents American Airlines pilots, sent a letter to the carrier asking that “alternate means of compliance with the Executive Order be made available for professional pilots” so as not to prompt mass firings and...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Log jams in the global supply chain are causing shortages on store shelves across the country. One part of that chain is along the Delaware River at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal. It’s estimated that the number of containers coming through is 16% higher than last year. READ MORE: Wolf Administration Cites Pizza Chain In Montgomery County As Proof Of Increased Minimum Wages WorkingIf you’ve noticed fewer options on the shelves while grocery shopping or in stores, you should know that this is a national problem and it’s a domino effect. There’s been a backlog of getting products out of shipyards and to stores. CBS3’s Alecia Reid was at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal on Thursday. She says there are shipping containers stacked with poultry and fresh produce expected to go to supermarkets. There are other containers with toys, tires, furniture and other items heading to stores like Walmart and Home Depot. READ MORE: Eagles' Legends Jon Runyan, Tra Thomas To Be Inducted Into Eagles Hall Of FameThe backlog is across the board, so containers that usually...
    The Washington state ferry system is reducing service on multiple routes amid staffing shortages. At least five Washington state ferry routes will be temporarily scaled back beginning on Saturday, according to the state Department of Transportation. “The change will help offer more predictable and reliable service systemwide in the face of crewing shortages due to a global shortage mariners that has been worsened by the pandemic,” the department said in a travel alert. According to The Seattle Times, the ferry had to cancel roughly 140 boats last week. Starting this weekend the Seattle/Bainbridge, Edmonds/Kingston and Mukilteo/Clinton routes will all operate one-boat services instead of two, the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route will offer a two-boat daily schedule instead of three, and the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route will provide a three-boat schedule instead of four, and it will not offer vehicle reservations. The Department of Transportation said the changes are temporary, but it did not note how long they will remain in place. Ferries spokesperson Ian Sterling told the Times that if enough crew members are able to report to work, more boats may be deployed...
    BOSTON (CBS) – When 14-month-old Liam isn’t feeling well, his mother Heidi Chang says she’s had to get creative when it comes to seeing his pediatrician. “We have a lot of back and forth with her,” Chang said. “We do a lot of phone sessions or stuff like that or we just email the pediatrician. I think they are so overwhelmed they don’t really want us to come in if it’s not that big of a deal.” READ MORE: Zack Hample Catches 2 Home Run Balls During ALDS Game 4 At Fenway Park“It’s a tricky time right now for us pediatricians. Our offices are being overwhelmed,” said Dr. Scott Hadland, Chief of Adolescent Medicine at Mass General Hospital. “It’s almost certainly because of COVID. If it’s not COVID itself causing kids to get sick it’s the worry about having COVID and we are here to help families navigate it all.” Pediatricians are finding themselves balancing seeing sick kids, COVID testing, vaccinations, and staffing shortages. “I think the demand for sick visits and the demand for kids to come...
    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) on Tuesday activated the National Guard to both help test students for the Chinese coronavirus and cover possible staffing shortages at the Department of Correction (DOC). He issued the order Tuesday, activating as many as 450 members of the state National Guard to assist with two missions, specifically. According to the governor’s press release, 200 members of the Massachusetts National Guard will be used to assist with testing school children for the Chinese coronavirus. Per Baker’s office: The Commonwealth has developed a nation-leading COVID-19 testing program to help K-12 students remain in school safely. Over 2,200 schools have currently signed up to participate in at least one of three types of testing: test and stay, symptomatic testing, and pooled testing. Since the beginning of the school year, results from pooled testing show pool positivity rates of less than 1 percent, and test and stay, which is used to test close contacts, has saved approximately 25,000 school days for students who would have otherwise had to quarantine.  Another 250 will “offset potential staffing shortages” at the DOC....
    The Lewiston hospital's contingency plan involves cutting intensive care beds by 50% and reducing the number of medical surgical beds by 40%, according to the Bangor Daily News. Maine Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Jackie Farwell told the paper that the state was in touch with the hospital about staffing issues. She said $146 million has been set aside to assist health care organizations with staffing shortages and that money will be made available at the end of the month. A bipartisan group of lawmakers are planning to petition the governor to amend her vaccine order to include a testing option for unvaccinated workers, which should help some hospitals retain vaccine-hesitant staff. After the order went into effect, several Maine hospitals reported workers had left their jobs in protest. MaineHealth said on Oct. 1 that 69 staffers had resigned. Central Maine Healthcare reported 70 resignations at the time and 500 open positions at the hospital. Another 89 staffers left at Northern Light Health because they would not get vaccinated. The vaccine mandate isn't just hurting...
    The union representing pilots for American Airlines warned the company could face a staffing shortage ahead of the busy holiday travel season if it implements a stringent COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The Allied Pilots Association requested that American Airlines find “alternate means of compliance with the Executive Order be made available for professional pilots” so as not to prompt mass firings and unpaid leave following President Joe Biden's September announcement mandating large employers to require vaccinations or weekly testing. SOUTHWEST AIRLINES INSTITUTES VACCINE MANDATE TO COMPLY WITH BIDEN ADMINISTRATION “Some of APA’s members are unable to undergo vaccination for documented medical reasons, while others are reluctant to get vaccinated based upon concerns about the potential for career-ending side effects,” read the Sept. 24 letter. “All of those members are still able to perform their duties as professional pilots,” the letter continued. “To force those pilots out of their positions, rather than offering viable alternatives will have adverse consequences upon their families and the airline industry as a whole.” As of Wednesday, the APA was hopeful...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Staffing shortages are impacting businesses in the Sacramento area and it isn’t an overnight fix for restaurants and hotels that are actively hiring to get back to being fully staffed. 

The service and hospitality industries in Sacramento are faced with an employee shortage and compete for new hires in the pool of talent available. However, it’s not enough and teams have learned to be flexible and take on new roles. “Staffing is definitely been a challenge, getting employees to come and actually stick around with us has been kind of hard,” said Tyler Dewittie, Director of Sales and Marketing at The Exchange. READ MORE: Pipe Leak Lawsuit Filed Against City Of FolsomThe Exchange opened the last week of September, right before the city calendar started to pick up and crowds came to town. They are set to be sold out by the weekend – an unusual milestone for a hotel in its first two weeks of business. “I don’t think anything’s been typical so far, but this is very not typical we’re going back to back to...
    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Parents of students in the Douglas County School District volunteered this week to help its schools keep their lunch service operating efficiently as a nationwide labor shortage continues to affect their staffing levels. Parents take on temporary positions to keep lines moving quickly and giving students more time to eat lunch. “I want to do my part to try and make sure that we can all keep it flowing in the schools,” said Karina Millar, a DCSD parent volunteering at Rocky Heights Middle School. “It’s new for me and you know, I love it, I love being here with the kids as well. So whatever we can do to help out.” Millar’s children are at RHMS and other schools in the district. She helped get students through the cashier line on Wednesday so they have more time to eat their lunches, socialize and get time outside before their next class. It’s a natural fit for her because she used to work in the restaurant industry. “There’s a lot of kids that want to go...
    GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – On Monday morning, the abbreviated bus route schedule began after Jeffco Public Schools was forced to cut several bus routes because of a shortage of drivers. The district says it’s short 80 drivers to meet the needs of the transportation department, that’s short about 28% of the normal bus driver staffing. (credit: CBS) Jeffco Public Schools canceled some routes altogether, while other routes just lost either a morning or afternoon option. The cuts are concentrated around Evergreen and Arvada and affect all grade levels. (credit: CBS) READ MORE: Butchers From Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming Try To Prove They're A Cut Above The RestSchools that are impacted include Brady High School, Long View High School, McClain Community High School and Dennison Elementary School. (credit: CBS) READ MORE: Eastbound I-70 In Glenwood Canyon Closing Overnight Tuesday For Emergency RepairsJeffco Public Schools has offered incentives for drivers, but the open positions remain. The district is also facing staffing shortages in the nutrition department and at some schools is only serving pre-made meal kits. MORE NEWS: Historic High...
    DENVER (CBS4) – “Too much to do,” said striking janitorial worker Abebe Negatu. He was among those who joined picket lines at Denver International Airport Friday to pressure for more hiring and more wages by contractor Flagship, that provides janitorial services. (credit: CBS) The job can be dirty and during the pandemic, frightening. READ MORE: Memorial Dedicated At Denver Zoo To Alonzo Ashley Who Died 10 Years Ago After Encounter With Police“The plastic on the trash bags, it becomes torn and the fluid upon our clothes, our bodies,” said Negatu about overstuffed trash bins. Workers are being asked to do more, all for $16.43 an hour. “We are doing two areas because this wage is very low, So the employees not coming to this company,” said striking worker Acef Canga. Workers with the Service Employees International Union Local 105 agreed to go back to work Saturday with no deal agreed upon with the company, hoping one will be reached next week. The airport has been hit by labor shortages on many fronts. (credit: CBS) “We’re...
    Share this: Hospitals and nursing homes around the U.S. are bracing for worsening staff shortages as state deadlines arrive for health care workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. With ultimatums taking effect this week in states like New York, California, Rhode Island and Connecticut, the fear is that some employees will quit or let themselves be fired or suspended rather than get the vaccine. “How this is going to play out, we don’t know. We are concerned about how it will exacerbate an already quite serious staffing problem,” said California Hospital Association spokesperson Jan Emerson-Shea, adding that the organization “absolutely” supports the state’s vaccination requirement.
    GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – Jeffco Public Schools is cutting several bus routes because of a shortage of drivers. The district says it’s short 80 drivers to meet the needs of the transportation department and instead of giving parents only a few hours’ notice, they’ve cut about 19 routes. (credit: CBS) READ MORE: Rock Slide Closes Highway 6 In Clear Creek Canyon“I love the bus I think it’s a rite of passage, I have had my kids ride it ever since they could for kindergarten,” said Nicole Dobbs, a mother of three in the Evergreen area. “I had a morning route canceled for the high school or middle school this week was fine, elementary, the afternoon ride home was affected. It’s a little bit of an inconvenience but that’s what the past year and a half has been.” Dobbs says the community around her youngest child’s elementary school with an online forum trying to connect parents in need of help with parents willing to pitch in. “We posted them rideshare information, and I think that’s starting to get up...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Have you been out to eat lately? You’ve probably noticed staffing shortages are plaguing South Florida restaurants. Not so long ago, restaurants were take-out only, 50% capacity, or outdoor seating only, so comparatively, it may seem like restaurants are back to normal. However, many are still struggling in different ways. READ MORE: Miami Proud: Homestead Miami Mariachi Conservatory Connects Kids To Their Heritage Through Music“When August hit, inflation really was affecting almost every item on our menu, and that is in every restaurant across the nation,” said Carlos Gazitua, CEO of Sergio’s Restaurants. He says the entire supply chain is still stuck. “Itâs almost like a weekly issue with a particular item,” he explained “This past week there was no silverware.” In a survey just done by the National Restaurant Association, 80% of those surveyed across the country say they are in worse shape now than just three months ago. They attributed drops in sales to customer concerns over the Delta variant, along with dwindling staff and supply issues. For the restaurant owners we spoke with in Miami-Dade,...
    Fox News’ Laura Ingraham made the baffling assertion on Tuesday night that “it’s almost always a lie” when people say hospitals are being overwhelmed due to the covid-19 pandemic. Ingraham opened her show Tuesday railing against vaccine mandates. Hundreds of unvaccinated health care workers in New York were suspended Tuesday. Ingraham said that because nurses and first responders who are resisting the mandates are being suspended, “they’ve gone from frontline heroes to public health menaces.” According to the New York governor’s office, 92 percent of all hospital staff have gotten at least one dose. “The staffing shortages due to the mandates are getting worse by the day,” Ingraham said as she claimed this is what’s “sabotaging the health care system.” “It kind of makes you think this wasn’t about saving the hospitals right from the outset,” Ingraham remarked, before making this stunning, false claim: We now know that when they say the hospitals are being overwhelmed, it’s almost always a lie. With the exception of a few big city hospitals in the U.S., our hospital system was stretched for sure,...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Facing a staffing shortage, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is calling on retired train operators to return to work. Transit officials have asked approximately 700 recently retired workers to come back to their old jobs for up to 90 days. The agency says it lost nearly 5,000 workers since the start of the pandemic. At times, the shortage has led to service delays.
    BRIGHTON, Colo. (CBS4) – Weeks after students returned to in-person learning, some Colorado districts are struggling to fill openings in the classrooms, cafeterias, and other critical areas. Brighton 27J Schools is warning parents it may have to take drastic measures if things don’t change fast. Currently, more than 70 jobs are listed on the 27J website, but Michael Clow, the district’s Chief Human Resource Officer, says the long list doesn’t tell the full story. READ MORE: Wildfire Sparks In Ptarmigan Wilderness Above Town Of Silverthorne While the district has only posted one bus driver job and three nutritional services jobs, it could hire more than 20 of each as soon as tomorrow, Clow said. (credit: CBS) “Both departments are about 20% down in their workforce,” Clow said. According to Clow, 27J could also hire as many as 40 substitute teachers to make up for the current shortage, but candidates aren’t applying for the few jobs already posted. “I’ve been in the district 17 years,” he said. “Things come and go; the job market shifts. I’ve never seen anything like this.”...
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