http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/dec/27/university-of-california-strike-settlement The agreement would provide wage increases of up to 66% over the two-and-a-half-year life of the contract, according to leaders of the two UAW union locals representing the 36,000 graduate students covered by the deal. By the fall term of 2024, the minimum nine-month salary for teaching assistants would rise to $36,500 at UC … More TheVoiceOfJoyce After 6 weeks, 48, 000 teaching assistants, grad student researchers and others, have agreed on wages and benefits, guaranteeing an agreeable base pay for graduate student educators in the California University System. The strikers were represented by the UAW. The students will return to work after the winter break. There stating salaries will now range from $34,000 – $40,000 plus $2000 per semester for childcare. This contract lasts 2.5 yrs.
http://www.theguardian.com/education/2022/dec/15/covid-school-shutdown-special-education-services Parents around the country are facing similar pushback as they try to recoup services lost to the pandemic. It is the latest battle in one of the most litigated arenas in education. In a 2020 survey, just 20% of parents of students with disabilities said their children were receiving required services, and a 2021 … More AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce Why care about small groups of disabled people getting the education they need? They’re entitled to learn to read and understand the society they live in. Meeting their needs, improves our Society. Covid money and remote learning was available on a limited basis. I would think learning during Covid, even for most students, left gaps in their education. Our National test scores have decreased. That’s proof, all learning suffered during Covid. Therefore, pay the professionals, to teach and bring kids up to their reading speeds. Use any educational material that works to increase learning, reading and comprehension. Extend the school year for all kids who have fallen behind in their studies. Education is an important and necessary service and a National Security issue, if our Nation doesn’t maintain excellence in reading, math and science. Give all kids the opportunity and resources to achieve their level of competence.
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/dec/14/a-ticking-time-bomb-healthcare-under-threat-across-western-europe In a third of countries in the region, at least 40% of doctors were aged 55 or over, the report said. Even when younger practitioners stayed despite stress, long hours and often low pay, their reluctance to work in remote rural areas or deprived inner cities had created “medical deserts” that were proving almost … More TheVoiceOfJoyce Healthcare is in crisis here, the Uk and the EU. Low salaries, understaffing, medical deserts, less GP’s entering the work force are creating a healthcare disaster . In GB, nurses are prepared to walk out. 100,000’s are needed for work and remain out of the workforce of most western nations. WHO is looking at European health system collapse. The US is also facing severe nursing shortages and long lines are occurring. As Covid cases continue to rise, will we be putting off other treatments? Better to address the issues now. In America, we need standards of care, a ratio of patient to healthcare professional staffing. Based on our populations need for more wellness and stress visits, more Dr’s and other healthcare professionals are needed. Can we pay more, educate and train more Dr’s and nurses and limit the role of insurance companies in our decision making? Healthcare for profit, is not working.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/12/11/why-american-health-care-is-so-expensive/ But Mr. Goldhill didn’t mention that pharmaceutical companies in the United States spend more on sales and marketing (including consumer advertising and direct marketing to physicians and other health providers) than on research. Why, for instance, do we allow advertising of prescription drugs, when its only function is to have ill-informed patients pressuring physicians … More AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce In a letter to the editor, so much of what’s wrong with American Healthcare has been detailed and they’re my pet peeves, too! The Pharmaceutical Industry hasn’t created break through products, because they’re making huge profits by advertising to the Public. Stop the advertising and their money can be used for R&D and lowering their costs to us. The insurance industry is linked to healthcare, their for profit model and reams of paperwork, benefits them and not the hospital or the patient. Third, there are too few physicians in America by design. Our Country lags behind other Nations in quality of care, costs and a decrease in mortality. When does healthcare change to serve the needs of “We the People”? Who is doing a well health assessment of you? When will we adapt standards of care guaranteeing a ratio of healthcare providers to consumers? Our quality of life is important. Good health makes it possible to pursue our dreams!
Musk is staying he’ll aggressively eliminate hate speech and harmful violent content, with no concern to bottom line profits. We’ll see! Meanwhile, my Twitter space is a haven for Science and the truth on many subjects. @Grandmajsilver http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/dec/03/twitter-moderators-turn-to-automation-amid-a-reported-surge-in-hate-speech On child safety Irwin said Twitter had shifted toward automatically taking down tweets reported by trusted figures … More TheVoiceOfJoyce After talks with Macron, Musk is relying on AI and content moderation to take down all sites with content harmful to children.
The Sioux Indians are building greenhouses 8 ft underground and heating them with a geo thermal unit to 52 degrees Fahrenheit. The sun provides warmth and then heat is circulating at night. As the greenhouses are built, the Sioux communities are getting fresh vegetables, consisting of micro greens, Swiss shard potatoes and more. Now they’re … More TheVoiceOfJoyce Let’s talk sustainable farming inSouth Dakota food deserts.
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/dec/02/climate-change-denialism-flooding-twitter-scientists “Folks noticing a rise in climate denialism and disinformation is particularly worrying and I am concerned that it could slow climate action in ways that are devastating to economies, communities and health,” she said. Michael Mann, a prominent climate scientist at University of Pennsylvania, said he has no immediate plans to depart Twitter but … More TheVoiceOfJoyce If you’re a Climate scientist, or a Climate realist, use the platform and Mastadon and block the following misinformation #’s: ClimateScam, ClimateAction, ClimateCrisis. FYI: These #’s are used by Climate Deniers and do not represent reality or Science.
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/nov/23/multiple-deaths-after-shooting-at-walmart-in-chesapeake-virginia Tuesday night’s shooting in Chesapeake also brought back memories of another at a Walmart store in 2019, when a gunman police say targeted Mexicans opened fire at a store in El Paso and killed 22. A database run by the Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University that tracks every mass killing in America … More TheVoiceOfJoyce Another mass shooting in America, this time it’s a Walmart store. There’s lots of Legislative decisions Congress can make to make our lives safer. Extensive background checks, physical and psychological evaluations, Red Flag Laws, automated data base for gun owners ( If you drive a car, boat or plane, we’re registered and carry liability insurance) and ban the sale of automatic weapons and large magazines. Automatic weapons used in mass shootings are used to fight wars. Why should Americans fear for their lives? Why should we be the only Nation with 45, 000 lives lost to gun violence?
I wish I could state, Tesla’s construction site in Austin, Texas, is an outlying case of labor abuse, it isn’t. Unfortunately, Corporate America has become used to charging customers exorbitant fees, while hurting labor, literally and figuratively. Today, it’s Tesla we’re discussing. They’re not following OHSA Laws, they’re not enforcing job training, they’re not paying … More AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce The state of Corporate America/ unaccountable & without Rules & oversight TESLA GIGAFACTORY EXAMPLE