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Fire department in Stanislaus County goes on hiring spree to fill vacant positions

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Turlock has hired seven firefighters to fill Fire Department vacancies.

The new recruits began a 14-week academy training Tuesday, Sept. 27, and are expected to start working shifts in January, said Capt. Jason Bernard, department spokesman.

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Amazon begins hiring the 1,000 jobs needed to open new Turlock facility. How to apply

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Turlock’s new Amazon fulfillment center is another step closer to opening as the online retailing giant holds an in-person hiring event this week.

Job seekers are invited to apply for a variety of hourly positions with the e-commerce company Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the new warehouse site at 3200 Fulkerth Road in Turlock.

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California invests more than $230 million in apprenticeship projects

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The California government has invested more than $231 million to “advance and expand apprenticeship” via the 2022-2023 state budget, according to the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR).

Labor Secretary Natalie Palugyai said the apprenticeship is fundamental to addressing California’s workforce development needs. “With this new intentional funding and our roadmap for expansion, the State is creating equitable onramps to careers and opportunities for upward mobility for Californians,” Palugyai said in a media release.

Five-Point Action Plan

Following the investment, the DIR, Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) and the Labor & Workforce Development Agency have released an “Advancing Apprenticeship in California: A Five-Point Action Plan” with the aim to increase the state’s number of apprentices to half a million by 2029.

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The California cities where wages are growing fastest

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nless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve noticed the cost of living – including gas, food, rent and everything else – has gone way up. There is a sliver of hope for residents of certain California cities, where wages are also going up.

MoneyGeek analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the country’s 75 largest metro areas to determine where wages are going up and where they’re going down.

Did earnings go up in California’s biggest cities? MoneyGeek found mixed results.

Of the large metro areas, Fresno saw the biggest jump in wages in 2022. In Fresno, hourly wages went up nearly 8%, according to MoneyGeek data shared with Nexstar. Despite that jump, Fresno residents still earn less than residents of most major California cities on average.

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New Foster Farms CEO talks about staffing, products and more as family ownership ends

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The new ownership at Foster Farms plans to retain its 12,000-strong workforce and the company’s mix of poultry products, Chief Executive Officer Donnie Smith said.

“There’s no reason for anybody at Foster Farms to be concerned about whether or not they’re going to have a job,” he said on a Zoom call Tuesday with The Modesto Bee. “Our intent is to grow the business.”

Smith spoke two weeks after Atlas Holdings, based in Greenwich, Connecticut, purchased Foster Farms from the family that founded it in 1939. The price was not disclosed. The operation includes turkey processing in Turlock and chicken plants in Livingston, Fresno, Porterville, Oregon, Washington, Louisiana and Alabama.

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Turlock’s new Amazon facility pushes back opening. How to get its hiring notices first

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As work continues on the new Amazon fulfillment center coming to Turlock, the online retail giant has pushed back the facility’s opening.

Construction on the new million-square-foot warehouse continues as the e-commerce retailer has moved its planned opening from “mid-2022” to September 2022, according to company spokesperson Natalie Banke. Hiring for the expected 1,000 new jobs expected to staff the facility hasn’t started yet, but should in coming months.

Word about a possible Amazon fulfillment center coming to Turlock first began circulating in April 2021. By August of that year, with construction already underway, the online shopping behemoth finally confirmed the news and pending jobs coming to the Central Valley.

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McDonald’s Is Hosting a Drive-Up Hiring Day in SoCal — What Are the Perks of Working for the Fast Food Chain?

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McDonald’s aims to recruit a whole lot of workers through its Golden Arches by hosting another drive-up hiring event, this one in Southern California, where labor shortages are especially challenging.

The fast-food giant’s third Drive-Up Hiring Day event will be held on Tuesday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to an announcement this week on the SoCal MCD website. Interested candidates can drive up to more than 200 Southern California McDonald’s locations and get an interview on the spot, with no prior scheduling or interview request required. Applicants can either stay in their vehicles or sit in the designated interview areas.

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California state workers can cash out accrued leave. Here’s how much you can take home

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Some California state employees don’t have to wait until retirement to cash out their accrued vacation time.

The California Department of Human Resources released its updated policy this week, reminding certain state workers they can get an annual cash payment for unused vacation time and paid leave, via the Leave Buy-Back Program.

The department has authorized this program in the past for California state employees, allowing most union and non-union members, such as managers and supervisors, to trade up to 80 hours of accrued leave for money.

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California Could Become The First State To Have a 4-Day Work Week — Here’s What to Know

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California could become the first state in the U.S. to have a mandated four-day workweek after the state legislators introduced a bill that would shorten the current workweek from 40 hours to 32.

The proposal, Assembly Bill 2932, would require any employer with more than 500 workers to shorten required hours and mandate overtime pay for any hours worked over 32. Currently, the federally recognized workweek is 40 hours, with overtime earned for hours worked in excess of 40. Introduced by Los Angeles County Representative Cristina Garcia, the legislation also states that employers may not decrease workers’ pay rates in response to the shortened workweek.

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Labor Stays Steady In Stanislaus County

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The unemployment rate remained unchanged in October, as dips in some sectors were offset by gains in other sectors, according to the latest data from the Employment Development Department.

Stanislaus County had an unemployment rate of 6.9 percent in October, unchanged from the revised rate in September. The rate was below the year-ago estimate of 9.4 percent.

Riverbank came in with a 5.1 percent unemployment rate for October, compared to the 9.3 percent in Oakdale and a 2.1 percent rate recorded for East Oakdale.

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