May 22, 2014
LAWT News Service
Greyhound Package Express (GPX), Greyhound's expedited shipping service has partnered with new partnership with United We Ship LLC, a Los Angeles-based, single- source shipping and logistics provider. Through this partnership, customers can schedule and track shipments directly from the company's website and receive same-day courier service in numerous locations throughout Southern California, all while saving an average of 70 percent over other major shippers.
Greyhound has been America's bus company for a century, and during that time it has been a primary influence in Black history. Most notably, the company helped transport a group of civil rights leaders, known as the “Freedom Riders,” to the Deep South to protest state-sponsored segregation in intercity bus terminals.
“We’re pleased to work with United We Ship to offer customers a convenient, hassle-free option to ship packages at affordable rates,” said Dave Phillips, vice president, GPX. “We applaud the company for providing an excellent shipping solution with overnight delivery and same day door-to-door courier service for Southern California customers.”
James Smith, president of United We Ship and former Postmaster of the U.S. Postal Service of Los Angeles County, believes this partnership is a huge milestone for the company.
“I feel honored to have this opportunity to work with Greyhound Package Express,” said Smith. “It’s a privilege to be a Black-owned, Minority Certified business serving our customers’ logistics and shipping needs, while providing excellent employment opportunities to the community.”
Visit www.shipgreyhound. com and www.unitedweship.com for more information.
May 15, 2014
California State Board of Equalization (BOE) Chairman Jerome E. Horton invites job seekers and those looking for new, exciting career opportunities to visit our Employment Open House on Friday, May 16, at the BOE Culver City District Office.
Representatives from the BOE, Employment Development Department, and Franchise Tax Board will be there to discuss current career opportunities for tax auditors, business tax representatives, and tax technicians with their respective agencies.
“Starting my career as an intern at the BOE, more than 36 years ago, I’ve truly appreciated the opportunities provided to me,” said Chairman Horton. “We offer great benefits, flexible hours, statewide placement, and opportunities for advancement.”
Event: Free Employment Open House
Date: Friday, May 16, 2014
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Place: BOE Culver City District Office
5901 Green Valley Circle, Board Room 3A Culver City, CA 90230
Attendees should bring a resume and their unofficial transcripts. More information about career opportunities at the BOE and the state are available at http://www.boe.ca.gov/exams/employcont.htm.
LAWT News Service
Johnson Publishing Company (JPC), announced recently that JET magazine, founded in 1951, will transition to a digital magazine app at the end of June. JPC is making the proactive decision to adapt to the changing needs of its readers as their desire to get information quickly and easily increases.
JET, the number three magazine in the African-American market, with a rate base of 700,000, started as a publication for Black-Americans to get weekly news on issues central to their community in a quick and easy to read format.
The new weekly digital magazine app will leverage a variety of storytelling tactics, including video interviews, enhanced digital maps, 3D charts and photography from the JPC archives. Breaking news will be updated daily. The app will be available on all tablet devices and mobile platforms. In addition, JET will publish an annual special print edition.
“Almost 63 years ago, my father, John Johnson, named the publication JET because, as he said in the first issue, ‘In the world today, everything is moving faster. There is more news and far less time to read it,’” said Linda Johnson Rice, chairman of JPC. “He could not have spoken more relevant words today. We are not saying goodbye to JET , we are embracing the future as my father did in 1951 and taking it to the next level.”
“The JET magazine online presence is continuing to grow, and JPC feels strongly we can provide great and timely content to our readers with the first weekly digital magazine app in the African-American space,” said Desiree Rogers, CEO of JPC.
This JET online content will feature strong entertainment news along with politics, pop culture and social issues that impact African-Americans, as well as a new EBONY/JET digital store.
Kyra Kyles, formerly a senior editor of JET magazine and digital managing editor of JETmag.com, has been appointed the digital editorial director for JET online.
Visit www.shipgreyhound.com and www.unitedweship.com for more information.
May 08, 2014
By Julianne Malveaux
During 2013, the U.S. economy experienced a reasonable level of growth. The 3.4 percent growth rate in the second half of 2013 represented a solid growth rate, but not enough to trickle down to those who live at the periphery of the economy. Those with low or stagnant wages might find that their lives have not improved by 3.4 percent. Indeed, the gains from gross domestic product growth may mostly be captured by the wealthy.
The first quarter of 2014 was an amazing disappointment. Instead of the modest growth of 3.4 percent from the second half of 2013, the economy grew by just one tenth of one percent. This is the one of the slowest growth rate in the five years of so-called economic recovery. Based on these data, the economy grew more than 300 times slower than it did in the last half of 2013. Some say we are growing at a snail’s pace, but even the most sluggish snail can do better than this.
Can we blame this stagnant economy on the harsh winter we have experienced? Between snow, hail, sleet and rain, housing starts have slowed. People who might hit the malls are staying home. People aren’t buying cars at expected rates. Since consumer spending drives about three-quarters of our nation’s economic growth, postponed spending dampens growth. But consumer spending has not slowed as much as GDP has. Spending on health care (thanks to Obamacare) and on other services suggests that consumers have had mixed engagement as spenders.
On the other hand, businesses aren’t spending as much as they might, and along with holding off on spending makes it difficult for them to add employees to their payrolls. It also impacts GDP. What are these businesses waiting for to persuade them to invest in the economies that went into debt for their survival? Banks aren’t lending as much as they might, and even consumer credit is tighter than it should be. Consumers are spending despite, not because of, sluggish economic growth.
Growth might be stronger if the job market were more robust. As we saw from Friday’s unemployment figures, unemployment isn’t dropping significantly. Wages are stagnant. Every measure that President Obama has introduced for job creation our Congress has rebuffed, including unemployment assistance. While economic growth is, at best, sluggish, there are many who have not experienced any recovery at all.
While macroeconomic indicators deal with overall issues of economic growth, few indicators are disaggregated by race or income status. The Obama initiatives to raise wages, lower unemployment and create jobs are important because they are modest ways to spread the wealth and to ensure that economic growth is more evenly distributed. After all, we know that those at the top garnered the most gains from money thrown at them because they were “too big to fail.” Are those at the periphery just too small to survive?
We can’t have sustained economic growth when those who depend on banks to provide funds for economic expansion are shut down. We won’t have sustained economic growth if (0fficiallly) one in 15 people, and one in eight African Americans cannot find work. Economic recovery is meaningless to someone who lost a home during the great recession, and is clawing back to survival. While those with mortgage challenges were promised relief, few of them have received it.
Some expect the economy to come roaring back in the second quarter, but I don’t expect the growth rate will be much higher than 3 percent. Further, the growth rate does nothing to close the wage and income gap that clearly slows economic growth. Who gains and who loses based on the growth rate? This is as an important an issue as is the issue of sluggish economic growth.
Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer. She is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.
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