Grassley holding hearing on Mexico-Canada trade agreement

first_imgWASHINGTON — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is chairing a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee this morning to discuss the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is scheduled to testify. Grassley, a Republican, is anxious for the replacement treaty for the North American Free Trade Agreement — or NAFTA — to be ratified. “Free trade with Canada and Mexico has been critical to the success of Iowa farmers and businesses,” Grassley says. “There’s 130,000 Iowa jobs supported by trade with Canada and Mexico.”According to Grassley, passage of the USMCAwould bring higher wages, greater productivity and more jobs. “We have farmers, workers and businesses standing to greatly benefit from the Mexico Canadian agreement,” Grassley says. “More market access, new commitments in critical areas like customs, digital trade, intellectual property, labor, environment, currency.”Grassley says six and six-tenths billion dollars in Iowa goods and services are being exported to those neighbors. On another trade issue, Grassley says he applauds President Trump for “confronting” China and he hopes a deal can be reached that will result in structural changes in China and the elimination of tariffs. “I do not agree that tariffs should be a tool that we use in every instance in our trade policy,” Grassley says. “Importers and consumers pay for these tariffs. I urge the administration to do everything it can to use tariffs as only a last resort.”USMCA has not gone to a vote in Congress as the agreement hasn’t been sent there yet by the Trump administration. After the White House sends the treaty to Congress, members of the House and Senate will have 30 days to ratify it.last_img read more

Judge rules against US women’s soccer team in equal pay case

first_imgThe stars of the US women’s soccer team have been dealt a crushing legal defeat in their bid for equal payLos Angeles, United States | AFP |  A federal judge dismissed the United States women’s soccer team’s bid for equal pay on Friday, rejecting claims the players had been underpaid in a crushing defeat for the reigning world champions.In a 32-page ruling, Judge Gary Klausner of the US District Court for Central California in Los Angeles tossed the women’s claim of pay discrimination, ruling in favour of the United States Soccer Federation.Klausner did allow the women’s case for unfair treatment in areas such as travel, housing and medical support to proceed to trial, set for June 16 in Los Angeles.But the judge said the equal pay claims — the central plank of the case — had been dismissed because there was evidence the women had turned down an offer to be paid along the lines of the US men’s team.“The history of negotiations between the parties demonstrates that the WNT rejected an offer to be paid under the same pay-to-play structure as the MNT, and the WNT was willing to forgo higher bonuses for benefits, such as greater base compensation and the guarantee of a higher number of contracted players,” Klausner wrote.“Accordingly, plaintiffs cannot now retroactively deem their CBA (collective bargaining agreement) worse than the MNT CBA by reference to what they would have made had they been paid under the MNT’s pay-to-play terms structure when they themselves rejected such a structure,” he said.– ‘Shock, disappointment’ –The US women were left stunned by their defeat on the pay issue. The women had been seeking back pay of $66 million under the Equal Pay Act.Prominent US women’s team star Megan Rapinoe said after learning of the court’s decision that the battle is not over.“We will never stop fighting for EQUALITY,” she wrote on Twitter.A spokeswoman for the players reacted with dismay following Friday’s ruling. “We are shocked and disappointed with today’s decision, but we will not give up our hard work for equal pay,” spokeswoman Molly Levinson said.“We are confident in our case and steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that girls and women who play this sport will not be valued as lesser just because of their gender.“We have learned that there are tremendous obstacles to change; we know that it takes bravery and courage and perseverance to stand up to them.”The increasingly acrimonious lawsuit had taken a dramatic turn in March, when a filing by lawyers for the federation argued that US men’s team players required a “higher level of skill based on speed and strength” than the women.The filing triggered outrage amongst the women’s players while influential sponsors such as Coca-Cola voiced disgust at the remarks.USSF President Carlos Cordeiro later resigned following the uproar, with Rapinoe accusing the USSF of “blatant sexism” in its legal filings.The US women, who clinched back-to-back World Cup wins with victory at last year’s finals in France, had based their claim for back pay in the disparities between prize money distributed by FIFA at the men’s and women’s World Cups.Germany’s men won $35 million for their victory in the 2014 World Cup while France earned $38 million after triumphing in Russia in 2018.The United States women, victors in the 2015 and 2019 World Cups, earned total prize money of $6 million over the two tournaments.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

The Central Hotel named as Donegal’s best 3* hotel

first_imgThe Central Hotel team in Donegal Town are delighted to be awarded Best 3 Star Hotel in Co Donegal in the Irish Enterprise Awards 2019, hosted by EU Business Magazine.And that’s not all they’ve been celebrating, as the hotel has also been accredited a Customer Service Excellence Award from Failte Ireland.The Central Hotel has been focusing on customer service excellence, and as part of this all staff completed training with Failte Ireland. Best 3 Star Hotel award for Central Hotel: Elaine McInaw Sales & Marketing Manager, Louise Gallen Duty Manager, Monica Ciupek Housekeeping Manager, Carol Molly Duty Manager, Marie McCaul Duty Manager, Jenna Timoney Front Office Manager & Breda Haden General ManagerWithin the last year the new additions of Suite Pads into Hotel Guestrooms has given great focus to ensuring the management team receives direct feedback from all guests while they are staying in-house. This also gives the guests a wealth of information at their fingertips during their stay at the hotel including the option of Green efficiency,  downloading menus and browsing activities to enhance their stay.Breda Haden, General Manager, and her team wish to extend a special thanks to the loyal hotel guests and of course their local customers for their continued loyalty and support through the season.“The hotel is opened through Christmas 2019 and we look forward to celebrating with you over the Festive season and hope that you will make the Central Hotel your home away from home “ The Central Hotel named as Donegal’s best 3* hotel was last modified: October 15th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal TownEU Business MagazineIrish Enterprise Awards 2019the central hotellast_img read more