City Market, employee union reach a one-year collective bargaining agreement

first_imgSource: Onion River Co-op. Burlington, VT—July 14, 2009— Onion River Co-op Board of Directors announced the ratification of a one-year labor contract between the Co-op and the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers Union representing the Co-op’s hourly employees.Through thoughtful and diligent negotiations, the Co-op was able to maintain fully paid single medical coverage for all full-time employees which affect the majority of City Market employees. For part-time employees, 65% of the single medical premium is paid. The Co-op medical benefits exceed those offered by competitors and other area employers according to the 2008 Hickok & Boardman benefits survey. The Co-op also plans to provide a three percent wage increase to employees and profit sharing based on quarterly sales growth.“I would like to acknowledge the fine work by the Co-op staff in continuing to control costs,” said Clem Nilan, Co-op General Manager. “It’s the combination of sales and cost control that provides the wherewithal to maintain health benefits and provide pay increases… when other businesses are seeing layoffs and cuts in benefits.”In addition to healthcare, a wage increase and profit sharing, the Co-op also offers generous paid time off, a six percent match (dollar for dollar) 401 (k) plan after one year of employment, store discounts, and much more.“City Market continues to demonstrate its commitment to the wellbeing of our employees by exercising financial prudence, while at the same time providing access to a comprehensive benefits plan,” said Nilan. “This recent contract renewal reaffirms our commitment to our employees and to the community.”The new Profit Sharing plan proposed by Co-op management will provide employees with a share in enhanced earnings if sales growth exceeds projections. For more information on employment and a detailed list of employment benefits at City Market visit www.CityMarket.coop(link is external).About City Market/Onion River Co-opThe Onion River Co-op is a consumer cooperative grocery store, with over 4000 members, selling wholesome food and other products while building a vibrant and healthy community, all in a sustainable manner. Over 60 cents out of every dollar spent at City Market stays in the Vermont economy. Located in beautiful downtown Burlington, City Market provides the area’s largest selection of local, natural and conventional foods, and over 1,700 Vermont-made products. City Market also features over 140 green products from cleaning solutions to canvas shopping bags. Visit City Market/Onion River Co-op online at www.CityMarket.coop(link is external) or call 802-861-9700.last_img read more

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Former SCA student wins Super Bowl competition

first_imgScott Zabielski, a graduate of the School of Cinematic Arts, won first place in the Doritos “Crash the Super Bowl” contest on Sunday with a commercial he directed called, “Middle Seat,” which aired during the Super Bowl. His commercial won him $1 million and a job at Universal Pictures.The 30-second commercial features a man who lands the aisle seat on an airplane with no one sitting in the middle seat. As new passengers are boarding the plane, he exhausts a number of impolite behaviors — crippling his toenails, coughing profusely and playing the flute — to deter passengers from sitting beside him.The man eventually sees an attractive woman — played by a Trojan alumna — walk down the aisle. He smiles at her while holding up a bag of Doritos in an effort to get her to take the seat, which she does. Seconds later, he finds out she is carrying a crying baby, played by Zabielski’s son.Zabielski explained that he came up with the commercial’s storyline with the goal of creating jokes that were relatable to all of his viewers.“I kind of think that the best humor is the type where people can relate to it,” Zabielski said. “They can look at something and say, ‘That’s funny because it’s true.’ I think we’ve all been in that situation, if you’ve ever flown in an airplane, where you have that seat open next to you and you see people coming down the aisle towards you and you’re trying to think of anything you can to keep that seat empty. I kind of wanted to play with the idea that if you were going to make a total fool of yourself and do outrageous things, what would you do to keep the seat empty.”Zabielski was also an executive producer on the comedy television show Tosh.O. His commercial had a $2,000 budget, though he only decided to move forward with the project two weeks before the submission deadline.“I have always wanted to direct commercials, and I’ve been working in TV for the last several years,” Zabielski said. “I basically get into commercials from TV. You have to do a special commercial to prove that you can do something in 30 seconds instead of what I do on my show which can be three or four minutes. So, I realized that the Doritos contest deadline was coming up, and I decided to make the spec commercial a Doritos commercial. I kind of entered on a whim.”Zabielski worked on the commercial with his wife, Genevieve Younce Zabielski. She was instrumental to the success of the commercial as she helped with production and ran the social media campaigns.The contest, which had more than 4,900 entries, had two winners: a grand prize winner chosen by the public via online voting and a runner-up chosen by Doritos.Zabielski did not find out that he had won the contest until it aired during the Super Bowl. After the game, he was presented with his prize in a Super Bowl suite alongside his family and friends.Zabielski said that he does not have details on his new position at Universal Pictures yet, but he hopes that the new job will allow him to further his career.The 2011 winners of the Doritos “Crash the Super Bowl” contest, J.R. Burningham and Tess Ortbals, were also USC graduates who won with their commercial, “Pug Attack.”last_img read more

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PHAR Rangers makes GN Bank Division One league qualification

first_imgPHAR Rangers will play in the 2016/17 GN Bank Division One league after beating Unique FC in the Eastern Regional Division Two play off at the Koforidua Sports Stadium Sunday.PHAR defeated Unique 8-7 on penalties after it ended 1-1 in regulation time.Rangers scored first through Evans Adomako in the 47th minute before Stephen Acquah equalised for Unique from the spot just after the break.The game was not without controversy as two PHAR Rangers players; Daniel Odei and Daniel Agyei were sent off in the second half.But PHAR despite down with nine men managed to hold on to finish the game 1-1 in regulation time.The game had to be replayed Sunday following a ruling of the Disciplinary Committee of the Eastern Regional Football Association last week Thursday. PHAR will be hoping to continue their amazing progression in Ghana football in this season’s GN Bank Division One League which kicks off on February, 3 2017.last_img read more

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