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Turlock Fire Department ‘bleeding’ personnel, says union

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The ranks within the Turlock Fire Department continue to dwindle with three firefighters leaving last week for new positions at other departments.

The recent departures follow the retirement announcement of Interim Fire Chief Gary Carlson and bring the number of firefighters to leave the department to 13 in three years and 23 in the last 10 years.

“We need to stop the bleeding,” said Turlock Firefighters Local #2434 President Chad Hackett about the recent personnel losses.

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Modesto company finds a way to save 400 jobs after COVID-19 shut down its tour buses

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Storer President and CEO Donald Storer outside a newly converted Storer bus for COVID-19 testing in Modesto, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. Storer Coachways of Modesto branched into mobile testing and vaccines for COVID-19 after the pandemic shut down much of its charter bus business.

Storer Coachways of Modesto had to cut about 400 of its employees when COVID-19 idled the tour bus business last spring.

No problem. They are back at work in a new venture at the company — mobile testing and vaccinations against this very same virus.

Storer is converting some of its 1,000 or so buses to provide these services around California. Thirteen counties so far have a bus in service following the December launch. They are leased and staffed by public and private health care providers.

One bus rolled up to an Imperial County farm to serve migrant workers. Another parked outside the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall. Still another serves homeless people in Berkeley.

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Unemployment rate in Stanislaus County sees improvements

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The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County recorded a modest decline in October, however, all but two sectors remain far below the employment levels from last year, according to the latest numbers from the Employment Development Department.

Stanislaus County had an October unemployment rate of 9.1 percent, down from a revised rate of 10.1 percent  percent in September. The rate is above the year-ago estimate of 5.1 percent.

Most sectors in Stanislaus County were able to add jobs in October, except for a few. Manufacturing recorded the largest loss for the month, with an estimated decline of 1,300 jobs, according to the EDD. The losses were largely from food manufacturing positions, which typically decline as the year comes to a close and harvesting ends.

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Turlock Instacart shopper weighs strike over working conditions, pay

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A Turlock woman who works for Instacart said she may join a strike against the grocery delivery app for safer working conditions, which she said is essential as she and her co-workers shop in crowded stores during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I feel badly for the customers that it will affect,” said 38-year-old Andrea, who asked that her last name not be used and said on a busy day she shops for and deliver groceries to about 10 households. “But I think they (Instacart) should do a lot more to protect us.”

Andrea said anything that makes Instacart workers safer also makes Instacart customers safer.

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50 Cities Where Nurses Earn The Most Money

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Places Where Nurses Earn the Most Money

Salaries tend to mirror the overall cost of living of a certain geographical area. If a city’s cost of living is notably higher than the U.S. average, then incomes tend to be higher there as well. With registered nurses’ salaries, this is especially true. Geography has a major influence over wages due to this connection with cost of living. Another major factor dependent on geography is supply — the number of nurses in the city. In many cities, a shortage of nurses is noticeable, especially in places like Alaska, and this has the effect of driving up salaries of nurses.

How Much Do Nurses Make a Year in the Top-Paying Cities

The first 14 top-paying cities for registered nurses are all in California. Here’s a list of them below with their respective average annual nurse’s salary:

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1. Salinas: $131,710

2. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward: $128,990

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