Washington: Republicans have condemned a Democrat plan to eradicate gender-specific pronouns such as “he” and “she” from the rules of the US House of Representatives.
Nancy Pelosi, who was re-elected as the Democrat Speaker of the House on Monday, announced the proposal as a “bold and future-focused” move, and said it would make the lower chamber of Congress the “most inclusive in history” for transgender and non-binary people.
The move would do away with any gender-specific references, such as “man”, “woman”, “husband” or “wife” in the 45-page text of the rules that will govern the House during the 117th Congress, which convened on Sunday.
Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader in the House, wrote on Twitter: “This is stupid. Signed – A father, son, and brother.”
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CLAIM: Democrat Joe Biden’s plan to re-enter the Paris Climate Accord and commit to a green energy economy will “provide meaningful opportunities for workers and families to thrive and lead better lives,” according to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM).
VERDICT: Such plans, like those included in the Green New Deal, would likely eliminate at least one million American energy jobs, according to data from insiders with the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
“We’ve committed to a renewable energy future with exciting and fulfilling careers for workers all across our beautiful state,” Grisham said on the third night of the Democrat National Convention (DNC).
Grisham committed that Biden will “rejoin the international climate agreement” which will “provide meaningful opportunities for workers and families to thrive and lead better lives.”
“At home, he will invest in energy workers and he’ll deliver for working families throughout the U.S. helping them build meaningful careers,” Grisham said.
Numbers provided to Breitbart News by Senate Energy Committee insiders shows that at least about one million American energy jobs would be eliminated by such plans. This includes 712,300 jobs in mining, quarrying, and natural gas extraction and another 116,500 jobs in petroleum and coal products manufacturing.
Similarly, Breitbart News Economics Editor John Carney laid out in 2017 how the Paris Climate Accord will further gut working and middle class U.S. jobs in middle America:
The industrial carnage would have been concentrated on four states, according to the Chamber of Commerce study. Michigan’s GDP would shrink by 0.8 percent and employment would contract by 74,000 jobs. Missouri’s GDP would shrink by 1 percent. Ohio’s GDP would contract 1.2 percent. Pennsylvania’s GDP would decline by 1.8 percent and the state would lose 140,000 jobs.
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.
Campus safety officers at Portland State University will be disarmed beginning November 1, 2020, as part of a larger effort to “eliminate systemic racism.”
Officer.com reports that the decision to disarm campus officers came as Portland approaches “80 days of continuous protests against police violence and systemic racism.” And a number of PSU students reportedly “lobbied” to have campus officers disarmed.
As a result, PSU president Stephen Percy made clear that the officers will no longer carry guns.
Percy said, “The calls for change that we are hearing at PSU are ringing out across our nation. We must find a new way to protect the safety of our community, one that eliminates systemic racism and promotes the dignity of all who come to our urban campus.”
PSU’s campus safety chief Willie Halliburton concurred with Percy, saying that he hopes the decision to disarm “will bring healing to this campus.”
Halliburton described disarming officers as “an historic event in the world of police work,” and said he anticipates that “it is going to have its challenges.”
He said his officers will carry only “non-lethal tasers” and that Portland Police Bureau will rush to campus if an armed response to an unforeseen event is needed.
KGW reports that the decision to disarm “reverses an October 2019 decision to keep armed officers on campus.”
The calls to disarm officers came after 45-year-old Jason Washington was shot and killed on campus in 2018. According to KGW, Washington had a concealed carry permit but allegedly dropped his gun while trying to break up an on-campus fight. When officers saw him reach down to pick up the gun they shot him, fatally wounding him.
A Multnomah County grand jury found the officers justified in their use of force, noting their actions were in defense of self and others. But the PSU Student Union allegedly claimed Washington died as a result of racial profiling.
PSU released a statement describing the decision to disarm officers as “an important first step of a new process to Reimagine Campus Safety.”
Around 700 jobs will be lost as Woolworths automates key logistics facilities in Sydney and Melbourne.
Woolworths will close three warehouses with a total of 1,350 staff, redeploying some workers to 650 new roles at Moorebank
The company is investing up to $780 million in the fit-out and technology of new centres
Woolworths says the new facilities will allow faster restocking and provide a wider range for customers
There are currently about 1,350 people employed at warehouses in Minchinbury and Yennora in Sydney, and Mulgrave in Melbourne. All three centres will be closed in 2025.
Woolworths said that less than half those workers — just 650 staff — would be needed to run its new automated and semi-automated distribution centres, which would be located in the south-west Sydney suburb of Moorebank.
However, Woolworths will retain its current temperature-controlled operations at Minchinbury, which will continue to employ about 460 people.
The new Moorebank centres will be owned by Qube logistics and initially leased by Woolworths for 20 years.
Woolworths is planning to invest $700-780 million in the technology and fit–out of the new distribution centres, while Qube will invest between $420-460 million to build them.
The centres are targeting a five-star green rating with the inclusion of solar panels, LED lighting and rainwater harvesting.
Woolworths said the construction phase would employ about 1,000 people.
‘Fewer trucks, faster restocking’
It is connected by rail to Port Botany, and Woolworths said it will mean at least 26,000 fewer truck movements per year on Sydney’s roads.
Woolworths chief supply chain officer Paul Graham said the company had seen the benefits of the new, automated Melbourne South Regional Distribution Centre and was looking to build on those in New South Wales.
“Cutting-edge automation will build tailored pallets for specific aisles in individual stores, helping us improve on-shelf product availability with faster restocking, reducing congestion in stores, and enabling a safer work environment for our teams with less manual handling,” he said in a statement.
“The new facilities will also help progress our localised ranging efforts, with the ability to hold many thousands more products centrally than we can in our existing facilities.”
Mr Graham said Woolworths would look to employ as many existing staff as possible in its new Moorebank facilities.
“We’ll look to offer redeployment opportunities wherever possible with 650 roles available at the new Moorebank sites, as well as providing a wide range of support and career transition services to our team well before site closures,” he said.
However, Woolworths has set aside $176 million to cover potential redundancy costs for existing staff.
The new distribution centres remain subject to New South Wales government planning approval.
Union calls decision ‘heartless’ after worker’s efforts during pandemic
The union body has slammed the announcement, saying big corporations should focus on up-skilling their current workforce.
“The announcement by Woolworths to replace our members’ jobs with robots is particularly heartless given the back-breaking work our members did to support Woolworths through COVID and make them massive profits,” Matt Toner from the United Workers Union said.
“Today’s announcement is terrible and disappointing news and we stand in solidarity with members.”
Mr Toner said Woolworths and Coles should be more focused on training their current workforce rather than finding cost-cutting measures.
“Big companies can’t keep irresponsibly hollowing out good jobs and good wages and conditions,” he said.
“Woolworths and Coles should pay to up-skill and train their existing warehouse workers in the jobs of the future rather than hiring new workers.
“Future jobs must maintain dignity in wages and conditions.”