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San Antonio mayor, business leaders strike uneasy alliance to convince voters to pass sales tax for workforce development

Mayor Ron Nirenberg and many of San Antonio’s business leaders, frequently at odds during his administration, have entered into an uneasy alliance to try to convince voters to pass a sales tax proposal in November to help workers hurt by the pandemic get back on their feet.

Ron Nirenberg wearing a suit and tie: San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg leads the daily Covid-19 update on Aug. 24, 2020.

© Tom Reel, San Antonio Express-News / Staff Photographer

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg leads the daily Covid-19 update on Aug. 24, 2020.

Throughout his administration, business leaders have vehemently opposed Nirenberg on matters they say would wreak havoc on local businesses such as a mandatory paid sick leave ordinance and a plan to reduce carbon emissions.

For now, it seems many of those misgivings have been set aside — although not forgotten.

Nirenberg and his allies have assembled a cadre of business leaders to back his plan to use a 1/8-cent sales tax for a workforce development program aimed at helping

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Cara and BMO Harris Bank Extend Job Offers as Part of Workforce Development Program

  • Collaboration creates career path in banking, removes barriers to employment in Austin, Little Village and other Chicago communities
  • Cara expanding cohort-based inclusive employment framework to additional organizations

CHICAGO, Sept. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ – Cara and BMO Harris Bank announced today a workforce development program co-created to remove barriers to employment and increase access to careers in banking and finance. The two organizations extended job offers to a cohort of 12 Chicago job seekers following their inaugural hiring event, held virtually on Sept. 16.

The program, entitled BMORE, represents a new model for both Cara and BMO in which the organizations collaborated to recruit, train and place individuals into customer service roles at the Chicago-based bank. Cara and BMO co-created each step of the program from recruitment through onboarding to support the new team members. In addition, the Customer Experience Representative (CER) job description was workshopped with

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Cengage Announces Expansion of Online Skills Business to Meet Growing Demand for Workforce Development and Reskilling

BOSTON, Sept. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Well-positioned to meet the surging demand for online certificates and micro-credentials, Cengage, an education and technology company, today announced plans to expand its Online Skills business. Through its current ed2go business, Cengage is already a recognized leading provider of online instructor-facilitated courses and career training programs for the adult continuing education and training markets. Leveraging its portfolio of globally recognized content and deep understanding of the digital learning experience, Cengage aims to build on current success and greatly broaden its offering in this rapidly growing segment.

“At Cengage, our mission has always been to meet students where they are and ensure they have access to affordable, high-quality learning materials that can help them succeed,” said Michael E. Hansen, CEO, Cengage. “The need for continued career training and reskilling as individuals progress in their career is becoming essential for advancement. We see this

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Ralph Lauren Reorganizes Business, Cuts Workforce by 15 Percent

Ralph Lauren is taking steps to accelerate its Next Great Chapter plan to deliver long-term growth and value creation. Among them is a 15 percent reduction in its 24,000-member workforce in an effort to establish a simpler global organizational structure and the rolling out of enhanced technology platforms.

As reported last month, the $6.2 billion company began a strategic review to support future growth and profitability and create a sustainable cost structure. The review included three initiatives: The evaluation of team structures and ways of working; real estate footprint and related costs across distribution centers, corporate offices, and direct-to-consumer retail and wholesale doors, and the group’s brand portfolio.

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As part of the review of its headcount, Ralph Lauren plans to cut its global workforce by about 3,600 employees by the end of fiscal 2021, which is expected to result in a gross annualized pre-tax expense swing of

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Building A Strong Enterprise Through A Diverse, Skilled Workforce

“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say,” wrote 19th-century essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson. At the office, managers and employees should be assessed purely on talent and performance. One company, Joonko, reduces bias in the hiring process by finding and curating diverse and highly-skilled job candidates for employers.

I sat down with Ilit Raz, cofounder and CEO of Joonko, to get her thoughts on diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the workplace. Joonko, which has offices in Tel Aviv and Birmingham, Alabama, uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help employers hire qualified and underrepresented job seekers for remote positions.

“There’s strong evidence that the companies which intentionally invest diversity are more innovative, yielding elevated business performance. Having a more diverse team makes for more diverse viewpoints in product development, sales and marketing processes,

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City of Tucson Awards Transmosis Workforce Consortium Funding for IT Training

New Alliance offers rapid technology skills training for underserved adults to fuel regional technology job creation

TUCSON, Ariz., Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Underserved adults in the Tucson area have the opportunity to train for high-growth information technology careers thanks to an Economic & Workforce Development Grant recently awarded to the Tucson Information Technology Skills Alliance by the City of Tucson. The new Transmosis formed Alliance, a nationally recognized leader in information technology workforce development, will deploy a proprietary virtual training model that enables applicants to become rapidly skilled in employer-driven information technology that lead to key industry certifications and employment.

More information on how to apply can be found at: https://pr.transmosis.com/workforce-aplus-grant.

The Alliance is a partnership between the Community Investment Corporation (CIC), Tucson-based tech accelerator Go For Vertical, and Transmosis Corporation, a nationally recognized information technology workforce developer.  The aim of the Alliance is to

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Amazon workforce numbers: How many people work for Amazon?

  • Amazon is hiring 133,000 new full-time and part-time employees in the United States and Canada.
  • The coronavirus pandemic — which is forcing consumers to rely on e-commerce fulfillment — has fueled Amazon’s hiring spree. 
  • However, the company’s biggest confirmed workforce increase occurred between 2016 and 2017.
  • That year, the e-commerce giant added 224,600 new full-time and part-time roles.
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Amazon is going on a hiring spree that will push its global headcount to new heights. 

The company has added 175,000 temporary positions since March and plans to add more than 133,000 employees to its ranks over the next several months. These positions are in addition to the 876,000 permanent employees that Amazon employed as of July, and could push Amazon’s global headcount — including permanent and temporary hires — up to roughly 1.2 million workers.

Amazon’s recent hiring surge has been driven by the

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Dell to Trim Workforce This Week in Move to Stay Competitive

(Bloomberg) — Dell Technologies Inc. notified employees that it will eliminate jobs this week as the hardware giant seeks to cut costs while navigating a faltering global economy.

Chief Operating Officer Jeff Clarke told staff during a quarterly all-hands meeting Monday that the workforce reductions won’t be limited to any particular team or division within Dell, said a person familiar with the situation, who asked not to be identified discussing internal meetings.

“We’re also evaluating our business to make sure we have the right number of team members in the right roles and in areas where customers need us most,” a Dell spokesman said Monday in a statement.

Round Rock, Texas-based Dell has faced uneven demand during the coronavirus pandemic. While businesses and consumers have snapped up personal computers to enable working from home, some businesses have become more cautious in major data-center purchases. Dell had already suspended 401(k) matching

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Tech Companies Team Up to Democratize Training for the Global Workforce


The world’s leading platform for workplace safety and quality SafetyCulture has acquired EdApp, the award-winning mobile training solution. EdApp currently delivers approximately 50,000 lessons per day across over 90 countries. The acquisition will enable millions of workers across diverse industries to access world-class micro-learning resources, free of charge.

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SafetyCulture CEO Luke Anear and EdApp CEO Darren Winterford (Photo: Business Wire)

2020 has seen a major push to retrain and re-skill the global workforce in the face of new government guidelines and pandemic disruption. The ability for teams to adapt to new ways of working has become critical to business survival worldwide.

With the backing of SafetyCulture, EdApp will now offer a free version of its training platform globally to businesses of all sizes.

EdApp is a mobile learning solution which

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