March 2018, Part II
ICYMI: Path Forward Senior Advisor At National League Of Cities. Last week, Path Forward Senior Advisor Broderick Johnson spoke on a National League of Cities’ Congressional City Conference panel titled, “Future of Work: Building a Jobs Pipeline to the Middle Class.” Joined by co-panelists Juliet Ellis of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Maureen Conway of the Aspen Institute and Mark Stodola, Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas, Johnson discussed how cities are focused on investing in America’s service sector workforce through skills training, career pathways and businesses partnerships.
Taco Bell Expands Employee Education Benefits. On March 15, Taco Bell announced a new employee education program in partnership with Guild Education, reported Fox Business. The partnership will offer every Taco Bell employee access to academic and financial aid coaches, as well as discounts to online non-profit education providers and programs for college degrees, high school completion and English as a second language. “We want to use this as both an attraction tool for them to have them come to Taco Bell and work for us, and if they stay with us long term, that’s fantastic,” said Bjorn Erland, the company’s VP of People and Experience.
Pay Ratio Dings Retail For the Opportunities It Creates. The National Retail Federation’s Matt Shay recently penned an op-ed for CNBC regarding the SEC pay-ratio rule, a legacy of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act that requires public companies to disclose their ratio of CEO pay to median employee pay. Shay highlighted the rule’s failure to factor out part-time workers, many of whom rely on retail employment to build valuable skills and experience. “The disclosure presents an inaccurate picture of retail, which offers good and flexible jobs, dynamic careers with significant development opportunities and competitive pay,” he explained.
Colorado Chef Trains Next Generation At Local Soup Kitchen. The Durango Herald recently profiled McKenzie Miller, Culinary Manager at Manna Soup Kitchen, who runs a program that prepares members of the community for work in the service industry. The 16-week course, which started as a partnership with Southwest Community College, teaches Manna clients cooking methods and life skills to help get them back on their feet. “My goal is to have the restaurant community here in Durango know that the students that come out of my program are reliable, that they have skills, and that they can depend on them,” Miller said.
Walmart To Expand Online Grocery Delivery & Personal Shopping Team. Last week, Walmart announced plans to expand its online grocery delivery service from six to 100 metro areas by year-end, reported TODAY Food. The retailer will add thousands of new employees to its existing team of 18,000 personal shoppers, and partner with third-party delivery services such as Uber and Lyft to get deliveries from store to door. According to a Walmart spokeswoman, each personal shopper will undergo a three-week training program to learn more about the retailer’s produce and meat inventory.
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