Walmart Changes Job Requirements for Front Door Greeters
Walmart reportedly plans to remove 1,000 greeter positions, replacing them with “customer hosts” who must be able to lift 25 pounds and stand for long periods of time. The layoffs, which are expected to take place at the end of April, are likely to disproportionately affect disabled and elderly workers. Walmart has stated that it would extend the transition period and explore potential accommodations for workers with disabilities.
U.S. Bike Companies Are Circumventing China Tariffs
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Before speaking with local bicycle manufacturers and industry associations, you can look at Census data (as Reuters did) to put this issue in context. To delve into research, check out our post on where to go for trade information, and how to localize export stories. Resources include your local Chamber of Commerce, government website Export.gov, the International Trade Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Census bureau, industry associations, and more.
University of California Terminates Subscriptions with Elsevier
The University of California (UC) decided not to renew its subscriptions with Elsevier, the world’s largest scientific publisher, because Elsevier could not offer universal open access to the university’s research. UC’s 10 campuses account for nearly 10 percent of publishing output in the country, and the university wanted it to be available to the public for free, without having to pay additional publishing fees in addition to its multi-million dollar subscription.
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Elsevier, the largest scholarly publisher in the world, has received criticism for its prices. Meanwhile, the open access publishing movement (which allows anybody to view academic papers for free) has been growing. However, journals have been critiquing Plan S, a European-based initiative requiring scientific studies to be made freely available as soon as they are published. Where do universities in your region stand on the issue? What about scientific publishers in your area?