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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday September 22, 2019 ( 53 items )  

ABHMS Accepts OGHS Donations for Hurricane Imelda Relief Efforts
VALLEY FORGE, Pennsylvania, Sept. 20 -- American Baptist Churches USA's American Baptist Home Mission Societies issued the following news: American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) is accepting donations through One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) for Hurricane Imelda relief efforts. The storm resulted in more than 3 feet of water and thousands of rescues and evacuations in parts of Texas before it was downgraded to a tropical depression. According to news reports, residents consider Imelda  more

ACLU of Pennsylvania Issues Statement on Police Killing of Osagie
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Sept. 19 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania issued the following statement by Executive Director Reggie Shuford: The family of Osaze Osagie announced today that it intends to file a notice of claim against the State College Police Department and the police officers who killed their son. In March, a State College police officer shot and killed Osagie in his apartment building while serving a mental health warrant. The following can be attributed to R  more

ACLU of Pennsylvania: Federal Appeals Court Rules That Transit Authority Can't Exclude Religious and Atheist Advertisements
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Sept. 17 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania issued the following news release: In a 2-1 opinion issued today, a panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the First Amendment prohibited a transit authority's advertising policy excluding all advertisements that refer to atheism or religion. The case arose out of a challenge by the NEPA Freethought Society, an association of atheists, agnostics, and skeptics, to the advertising policy a  more

ACLU of Pennsylvania: Western Pennsylvania Police Department Settles Lawsuit Involving U.S. Citizen Illegally Detained by Immigration Agents
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Sept. 17 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania issued the following news release: The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania has reached a settlement with the Northern Regional Joint Police Board in its case on behalf of a naturalized U.S. citizen who spent a night in the Allegheny County Jail after a Northern Regional officer reported her to federal immigration authorities during a minor traffic stop and arrested her at the federal authorities'  more

Advertising Specialty Institute Awards Three Industry Interns $1,000 College Scholarships
TREVOSE, Pennsylvania, Sept. 16 -- The Advertising Specialty Institute issued the following news release: * * * - Winners interned at Americom Marketing, IMS Branded Solutions and VisABILITY * * * The Advertising Specialty Institute(R) (ASI) today announced it awarded $1,000 scholarships to three college students who wrote winning essays about participating in ASI's industry-wide internship program, working at member companies Americom Marketing, IMS Branded Solutions and VisABILITY. "I'm i  more

American College of Physicians Issues Statement on House Drug Pricing Outline
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Sept. 20 -- The American College of Physicians issued the following statement by President Robert McLean on drug pricing: "The American College of Physicians (ACP) is encouraged that the release of the new plan from U.S. House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, signals that Congress is serious about working on a plan to address rising prescription drug costs. "The College is pleased that the bill focuses on keeping drugs affordable for patients and includes provisions that wou  more

Annals of Internal Medicine Journal Issues 30 Research Articles in Sept. 17, 2019 Edition
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Sept. 16 -- Annals of Internal Medicine, a journal from the American College of Physicians, published 30 research articles on the following topics in its Sept. 17, 2019 edition: * After stroke due to ICH while on antithrombotics, starting vs avoiding antiplatelets did not differ for symptomatic ICH * Annals Consult Guys - Peripheral Artery Disease Management * Annals for Hospitalists Inpatient Notes - Rethinking Oxygen Therapy for Hospitalized Patients * Annals G  more

Annenberg Public Policy Center: Proximity Perception - Public Awareness of Nuclear, Refinery, and Fracking Sites
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Sept. 18 -- The Annenberg Public Policy Center issued the following news release: For a variety of reasons - including aesthetics, perceived safety, and quality of life - people might want to be aware of whether they live near nuclear reactors, refineries, and fracking wells. Yet, seemingly, many people are unaware of it. Just over half of the U.S. adults (54%) living within 25 miles of a nuclear site say they do, according to the new study of proximity and risk per  more

ASTM International Supports Nine Research Projects for Additive Manufacturing Standards
WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pennsylvania, Sept. 17 -- ASTM International, an international organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for materials, products, systems and services, issued the following news release: Global standards developer ASTM International announced its second round of funding to support research that helps expedite standards in additive manufacturing (3D printing). This investment of $300,000 and in-kind contributions will support ASTM Interna  more

CBF Statement on Bay States' Litigation Opposing Trump's Rollback of Critical Auto Emissions Standards
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, Sept. 20 -- The Chesapeake Bay Foundation issued the following news release: The Chesapeake Bay Foundation today is commending leaders of the Chesapeake Bay states that are opposing efforts by the Trump Administration to remove California's critical auto emissions standards. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh announced today he is joining a coalition of attorneys general in filing a lawsuit against the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) to challenge   more

Circuit Court Reaffirms American Atheists' Right to Advertise Their Existence
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Sept. 17 -- American Atheists issued the following news: Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that a Pennsylvania public transit agency could not unconstitutionally discriminate against atheists by banning their ads on buses. In 2012, American Atheists joined the Northeastern Pennsylvania Freethought Society (NEPA) to propose an ad containing merely the word "Atheists," the names of the groups, and their URLs. However, the County of Lackawann  more

ECRI Institute Issues First International Medical Device Evaluations
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pennsylvania, Sept. 16 -- The ECRI Institute issued the following news release: * * * - Guidance released in celebration of International Patient Safety Day, September 17 * * * ECRI Institute, an independent, trusted authority on medical practices and products, has released its first international device evaluations just five months after opening its International Research Centre in Malaysia. ECRI established the international laboratory to rigorously evaluate medical devic  more

EVENT Oct. 11-12, 2019: Heart Rhythm Society Schedules 14th Annual International Symposium on Ventricular Arrhythmias
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- The Heart Rhythm Society will host the 14th Annual International Symposium on Ventricular Arrhythmias - Pathophysiology and Therapy at the Hyatt at the Bellevue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Oct. 11-12: Agenda and Speakers: Changing Paradigms in SCD Speaker: Kalyanam Shivkumar * * * Redefining Sudden Cardiac Death: Insights from the San Francisco POST SCD Study Speaker: Zian Tseng * * * Racial Differences in SCD Risk Speaker: Rajat Deo * * * SCD in Mitral V  more

EVENT Oct. 15, 2019: Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry Schedules Fall Regional Environmental Conference
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Sept. 16 -- The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry will host its Fall Regional Environmental Conference at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey, Harrisburg, Oct. 15: Agenda and Speakers: The Challenges and Ambiguities of Environmental Law under the State Constitution Speakers: David Overstreet, Partner, Overstreet & Nestor LLC; Christopher Nestor, Partner, Overstreet & Nestor LLC * A brief review of the Environmental Rights Amendment and the current state of p  more

EVENT Oct. 22-23, 2019: National Center For Defense Manufacturing & Machining Schedules America Makes Members Meeting & Exchange
BLAIRSVILLE, Pennsylvania, Sept. 16 -- The National Center For Defense Manufacturing and Machining will host the America Makes Members Meeting and Exchange at the Stambaugh Auditorium, Youngstown, Ohio, Oct. 22-23: Agenda and speakers: AMNOW is a multi-phased program focused on assisting the U.S. Army in developing a clear transition path of the Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology within their operations through the benchmarking, development, validation and demonstration of the future AM su  more

EVENT Oct. 23-24, 2019: American Road & Transportation Builders Association Schedules Northeastern Regional Meeting
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- The American Road and Transportation Builders Association will host its Northeastern Regional Meeting at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Oct. 23-24: Agenda and speakers: Public-Private Partnerships in the Northeastern Region Speakers: Michael R. Bonini, Director, Public-Private Transportation Partnerships Office at Pennsylvania Department of Transportation; Lisa B. Choplin, Director of the I-495 & I-270 P3 Office, Maryland Department of Transport  more

EVENT Oct. 29, 2019: Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry Schedules Fall Regional Environmental Conference
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Sept. 16 -- The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry will host its Fall Regional Environmental Conference at the Crowne Plaza, King of Prussia, Oct. 29: Agenda and Speakers: Environmental Update Speaker: Kevin Sunday, Director of Government Affairs, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry * A brief update of pending environmental issues to help attendees plan for upcoming changes that may occur in 2020. * * * The Challenges and Ambiguities of Enviro  more

EVENT Oct. 3, 2019: Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry Schedules Fall Regional Environmental Conference
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Sept. 12 -- The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry will host its Fall Regional Environmental Conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Mars, Oct. 3: Agenda and Speakers: The Challenges and Ambiguities of Environmental Law under the State Constitution Speakers: David Overstreet, Partner, Overstreet & Nestor LLC; Christopher Nestor, Partner, Overstreet & Nestor LLC The state constitution was amended in 1971 to include a section on Environmental Rights, that "  more

EVENT Oct. 4, 2019: Health Care Compliance Association Schedules Pittsburgh Regional Conference
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, Sept. 16 -- The Health Care Compliance Association will host the Pittsburgh Regional Conference at the Regional Learning Alliance Conference Center, Cranberry, Pennsylvania, Oct. 4: Agenda and Speakers: USAO Perspective: The Compliance and Legal Climate for Healthcare in 2019 Speaker: Robert Cessar, Assistant US Attorney, Western District of PA, US Attorney's Office - Trends and Patterns in Healthcare - Highlights from Current Year - Advice: What to Monitor, When to  more

Geisinger and Tempus Announce Collaboration to Develop Cardiology Diagnostic and Prognostic Tools Using Artificial Intelligence
DANVILLE, Pennsylvania, Sept. 17 -- Geisinger Health issued the following news release: Geisinger announced today a new multi-year partnership with Tempus, a technology company advancing precision medicine through the practical application of artificial intelligence in healthcare. The collaboration aims to use the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence to build new precision medicine tools for cardiology that will enable the prediction of dangerous cardiac events and diseases bef  more

Geisinger Enrolling Patients, Caregivers in Dementia Care Study
WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania, Sept. 17 -- Geisinger Health issued the following news release: * * * - Study will compare three models of dementia care * * * Geisinger is enrolling dementia patients and their caregivers in a national research study that will compare three models of dementia care over an 18-month period. An estimated 6 million people in the United States are living with dementia. The effects of dementia include memory loss, confusion and disorientation, poor balance and falls,   more

I.I.I., University of Pennsylvania Announce Winning Teams in 2nd Annual Hack-for-Resilience
NEW YORK, Sept. 17 -- The Insurance Information Institute issued the following news release: Four student entries were given top honors this month at a competition aimed at improving individual and community resilience to natural disasters and co-sponsored by the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) and the University of Pennsylvania. The winning teams emerged during the second annual Hack-for-Resilience, conducted between Sept. 6-8 as part of the PennAppsXX hackathon. It is North America'  more

ISSA Appoints 2019-2020 Residential Cleaning Council Members
NORTHBROOK, Illinois, Sept. 17 -- ISSA, formerly the International Sanitary Supply Association, issued the following news release: ISSA is pleased to announce appointments to the 2019-2020 ISSA Residential Cleaning Council, which represents the residential cleaning industry through ARCSI, a division of ISSA. The 2019-2020 ISSA Residential Cleaning Council members are: * Alonzo Adams, Chair, Busy Bee Cleaning Co., West Chester, Pennsylvania * RJ Patel, Past Chair, Prestigious Cleaning Team, K  more

Journal of Finance Issues 13 Research Articles in October 2019 Edition
ALDAN, Pennsylvania, Sept. 18 -- The Journal of Finance from the American Finance Association published 13 research articles on the following topics in its October 2019 edition: * Do Portfolio Manager Contracts Contract Portfolio Management? * Foreclosure Contagion and the Neighborhood Spillover Effects of Mortgage Defaults * How Do Investment Ideas Spread through Social Interaction? Evidence from a Ponzi Scheme * Limited Investment Capital and Credit Spreads * Note on "Risk Reduction in La  more

Journal of Materials Research Issues 15 Research Articles in Sept. 16, 2019 Edition
WARRENDALE, Pennsylvania, Sept. 17 -- The Journal of Materials Research, a journal that says it features creation of materials and materials with novel functionalities, fundamental understanding of processes that control the response of materials and development of materials from the Materials Research Society, published 15 research articles, including the following topics, in its Sept. 16, 2019 edition: * Amphiphilic fluorescent copolymers via one-pot synthesis of RAFT polymerization and multi  more

Journal of Psychiatric Practice Issues 12 Research Articles in September 2019 Edition
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Sept. 17 -- The Journal of Psychiatric Practice, a journal that it says it features advances for treating patients, published 12 research articles on the following topics in its September 2019 edition: * Accuracy of Anxiety Disorder Not Otherwise Specified Diagnosis in Older Veterans * Appreciating the 4 "Ts" of Loneliness When Providing Psychiatric Care for the Lonely Patient * Are We Missing Subtle Forms of Anti-N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Encephalitis With the Current   more

Lehigh Valley Health Network and Coordinated Health Release Joint Statement
ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania, Sept. 19 -- Lehigh Valley Health Network issued the following news release: Lehigh Valley Health Network has signed a binding Letter of Intent to acquire the assets of Coordinated Health, pending reviews by the Federal Trade Commission and the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office. If cleared to close, Coordinated Health will become part of LVHN. "This proposed union further affirms our commitment to providing world-class orthopedic and specialty care to our patients   more

Lehigh Valley Health Network: Monroe County Hospice House is Now Open
EAST STROUDSBURG, Pennsylvania, Sept. 17 -- Lehigh Valley Health Network issued the following news release: * * * - The Monroe County Hospice House is open and accepting patients who need intensive care at the end of life. The house also supports families who need brief respite care. * * * "Although most patients choose to remain in their homes when receiving hospice services, there are times when the disease progression makes it no longer feasible for care to be provided in any other setti  more

Manufacturer and Business Association: Anthem Artist to Perform at Manufacturer & Business Association's 114th Annual Event
ERIE, Pennsylvania, Sept. 19 -- The Manufacturer and Business Association issued the following news release: Joe Everson, an artist, vocalist, musician and Internet sensation, will perform at the Manufacturer & Business Association's 114th Annual Event on Wednesday evening, October 9, at the Bayfront Convention Center. All media are invited to attend. Everson, whose appearance is sponsored by National Fuel, will sing "God Bless the USA" while painting a live-action, patriotic artwork before mo  more

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: Study in JNCCN Supports Idea That Higher Patient Volumes Are Associated With Longer Survival in Multiple Myeloma
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pennsylvania, Sept. 18 -- The National Comprehensive Cancer Network issued the following news release: * * * - New research adds to accumulating evidence of benefit for patients treated at high-volume facilities or by high-volume providers. * * * New research in the September 2019 issue of JNCCN--Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network finds that providers with more experience treating people with multiple myeloma have better outcomes than those with more limit  more

National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director to Headline PA Chamber IT Security Conference
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Sept. 16 -- The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry issued the following news release: With data breaches and malicious attacks from both external and internal sources continuing to be a top concern for information technology professionals and top management, the PA Chamber is proud to present its annual IT Security Conference on Wednesday, Sept 18. This year's program will feature a keynote address by National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director  more

NTRA Weekend Stakes Rundown: Sophomores Take the Main Stage in Pennsylvania Derby, Cotillion Stakes
LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Sept. 20 -- The National Thoroughbred Racing Association issued the following news: Each week, the NTRA will provide a guide to the best stakes races in North America and beyond. Races are listed in chronological order (all times Eastern). Full previews when available can be found through the link for each race. The sophomore division is back in the forefront this weekend with both the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby for 3-year-olds and Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes for 3-year-old f  more

Oncology Nursing Society Names Deborah Lyon as Incoming Oncology Nursing Forum Editor
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Sept. 16 -- The Oncology Nursing Society issued the following news: Oncology nursing-led research is the engine that drives practice change when caring for patients with cancer. As a standard-bearer of oncology nursing research and a veteran of nursing research publications, Debra Lyon, RN, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN, will bring a wealth of expertise and experience to the Oncology Nursing Forum (ONF), becoming the research journal's sixth editor effective January 1, 2020. Curr  more

Pa. State Education Association: Educators Respond to Secretary Betsy DeVos' Visit to Harrisburg
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Sept. 19 -- The Pennsylvania State Education Association issued the following news release: U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos came to Harrisburg today to champion programs that divert taxpayer funds from public schools to costly private schools. Consistently throughout her tenure, Secretary DeVos has embraced such programs, including a proposal to expand taxpayer-funded private school tuition vouchers that she rolled out in February, while favoring cuts in public s  more

Pearson VUE and Project Management Institute Bring Increased Credentialing Options to U.S. Military
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Sept. 18 -- The Project Management Institute issued the following news release: Pearson VUE, the global leader in computer-based testing, is expanding access to high demand project management certifications for United States military personnel through its partnership with the Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI). PMI supports the military, veterans and their families, providing them with opportunities to advance their professional capabilities in project manageme  more

Penn State Health: Hershey Medical Center Takes Part in Full Scale Emergency Response Exercise
HERSHEY, Pennsylvania, Sept. 20 -- Penn State Health issued the following news: * * * - Other participating groups included Derry Township Police Department, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts * * * On Thursday, Sept. 19, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) held a full scale exercise in Hershey to test emergency response plans in collaboration with local and state organizations. This collaboration brought together operational leadership, security and first responder tea  more

Penn State Health: The Medical Minute - Don't Stay Silent on Suicide
HERSHEY, Pennsylvania, Sept. 18 -- Penn State Health issued the following news: Suicide can be difficult to talk about due to the cultural stigma surrounding it and the devastating and lasting impact it has on people, families and communities. But it's important to do so. "By speaking frankly about some of the facts surrounding suicide and providing resources, we can help to decrease some of that stigma, allow open discussion and encourage individuals to seek help, whether you're concerned abo  more

PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center Issues Statement on Rollback of California's Authority to Implement Clean Car Standards
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Sept. 18 -- PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center issued the following statement by Climate Campaign Director Flora Cardoni on Trump administration's announcement on rollback of California's authority to implement clean car standards: * * * - Repealing pollution standards will have irreparable consequences for public health, environment * * * The Trump Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a plan today to strip away California's authority to i  more

PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center: PA Given 'F' Grade for Spending Volkswagen Settlement Money
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Sept. 17 -- PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center issued the following news release: * * * - Report card shows PA overwhelmingly spending VW money for dirty, climate-altering fossil fuel projects instead of clean electric vehicle technologies * * * With "National Drive Electric Week" kicking off across the country, two non-profit organizations released new information grading Pennsylvania officials for the state's track record allocating its portion of the Volk  more

Pennsylvania State Education Association Vice President Joins Call to Raise PA's Minimum Wage
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Sept. 17 -- The Pennsylvania State Education Association issued the following news release: PSEA Vice President Aaron Chapin joined advocates with the We the People Campaign today to call on lawmakers to raise Pennsylvania's minimum wage. "It is unacceptable that we continue to pay poverty wages to thousands of hardworking Pennsylvanians, including some of the dedicated support professionals in our public schools who help students improve their reading skills, cook an  more

Philadelphia Federation of Teachers Releases Action Plan for Asbestos in Schools
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Sept. 18 -- The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers issued the following news release: The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, through the PFT Health & Welfare Fund, today released an action plan for identifying and managing the abatement of asbestos-containing building materials (ACBMs) in high-risk areas in Philly's public schools. "Healthy Schools Action Plan: Asbestos Crisis in Philly Schools" defines the danger and makes pointed recommendations for mitigating t  more

Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau Finishes in Top 5
STROUDSBURG, Pennsylvania, Sept. 19 -- The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau issued the following news release: * * * - Readers' Choice: 4th Best Destination in U.S. for Fall Foliage * * * Just in time for the arrival of fall's splendor, the Pocono Mountains has been chosen by USA TODAY 10Best readers as the 4th Best Destination for Fall Foliage for 2019. This is yet another year the region has been recognized as one of the best spots to see the leaves change. "The Pocono Mountains are ablaz  more

Priorities USA Launches Four Million Dollar Voter Mobilization Digital Campaign Ahead of Local Elections in Three States
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Priorities USA issued the following news release: Priorities USA is launching a digital advertising campaign in Michigan, Florida, and Pennsylvania to remind Americans to check their voter registration and mobilize them to participate in local elections going on in 2019. The ads will work to increase voter turnout in these states and place a spotlight on the importance of local elections, while simultaneously encouraging people to develop the habit of voting. The first   more

RWJBarnabas Health and St. Luke's University Health Network Sign Agreement for Clinical Affiliation
NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey, Sept. 19 -- RWJBarnabas Health issued the following news: RWJBarnabas Health in New Jersey and St. Luke's University Health Network, based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, are pleased to announce a clinical affiliation agreement. RWJBH and St. Luke's have signed a three-year joint, renewable agreement to provide patients primarily in northwest New Jersey greater access to the high-quality clinical services, expertise, experience and resources of both of these two award-wi  more

State System, Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties Agree in Principle on New Faculty Contract
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Sept. 19 -- The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties issued the following news release: Negotiators late last night reached an agreement in principle for the faculty contract between Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties. The agreement followed five consecutive marathon days of interest-based bargaining that began Sept. 14 at Dixon University Center in Ha  more

The National Constitution Center Launches Major Initiative Bolstering Civic Education and Civil Dialogue
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Sept. 17 -- The National Constitution Center issued the following news release: * * * - Unique coalition of support will enable Classroom Exchanges program to connect 10,000 students across the country for real-time constitutional dialogue * * * Today, on Constitution Day, the National Constitution Center officially launched the Interactive Constitution: Classroom Edition, the cornerstone of a path-breaking initiative to equip teachers with innovative, nonpartisan  more

U.S. Falls Short in Reaching 2020 Goals for Hepatitis B
DOYLESTOWN, Pennsylvania, Sept. 18 -- The Hepatitis B Foundation issued the following news release: The U.S. is falling short of targets for hepatitis B vaccination, and for reducing new hepatitis B cases, according to the 2019 National Viral Hepatitis Progress Report, released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While some progress has been made towards reducing hepatitis B-related deaths in the U.S., leaders from the Hepatitis B Foundation call for an increased   more

U.S. Term Limits: Teddy Daniels Pledges to Support Term Limits on Congress
FAIRFAX, Virginia, Sept. 17 -- U.S. Term Limits issued the following news release: U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the leader in the non-partisan national movement to limit terms for elected officials, praises candidate Teddy Daniels, 2020 U.S. House candidate for Pennsylvania (district 8), for signing the pledge for an amendment to term limit Congress. Daniels is the first signer in this race. The primary election is scheduled for April 28,2020. U.S. Term Limits has the support of nearly 70 pledge s  more

United Steelworkers Condemns HCL Technologies for Anti-Union Tactics as NLRB Election Nears
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Sept. 16 -- The United Steelworkers issued the following news release: The United Steelworkers (USW) today condemned HCL Technologies, Ltd., for coercing employees into mandatory meetings aimed at defeating the workers' campaign to organize a union and bargain collectively for better, more secure jobs at Google's Bakery Square offices. Last month, more than 66 percent of roughly 80 eligible HCL employeessigned cards indicating their desire to be represented by a union  more

United Steelworkers Issues Statement on UAW Strike at General Motors
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Sept. 17 -- The United Steelworkers issued the following statement by International President Tom Conway in support of United Automobile Workers members who are on strike with General Motors: "The USW stands in total solidarity with striking UAW members, as they undertake this fight with GM. It inevitably falls to workers themselves to protect and advance their interests from runaway corporate greed and the continued abandonment of working-class communities. "When it   more

United Steelworkers Members Ratify New 4-Year Contract With Alcoa
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Sept. 19 -- The United Steelworkers issued the following news release: Members of the United Steelworkers (USW) voted overwhelmingly this week to ratify a new four-year master agreement that covers about 1,600 production and maintenance workers at five Alcoa facilities in the United States. The contract includes annual wage increases of more than 12 percent over the term of the agreement and maintains high-quality, affordable health care coverage. The contract covers   more

United Steelworkers: Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board Officer Orders New Vote for Pitt Grad Employee Union
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Sept. 18 -- The United Steelworkers issued the following news release: A Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB) official has ordered a new union election for graduate student employees at the University of Pittsburgh, ruling that the university committed unfair labor practices in its effort to affect the outcome of the graduate students' vote in April to join the Academic Workers Association of the United Steelworkers (USW). In his ruling, Hearing Examiner Stephen   more

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Seeks Farmers to Lease Local Farmland as Part of Its Farmland Access Initiative
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Sept. 20 -- The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy issued the following news: * * * - Perspective farmers can apply now to lease farmland in Mercer County * * * The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is seeking individuals interested in leasing land to grow crops or raise livestock as part of its Farmland Access Initiative. In January, the Conservancy acquired farmland, located an hour north of Pittsburgh off of I-79 in Findley Township, Mercer County, which is now ava  more