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SRP employees dispute contract’s health insurance premiums

Salt River Project could see as many as half its employees walk off the job if the Arizona utility can’t work out a new labor contract for hourly workers.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 266 has turned down two contracts offered by SRP management. IBEW attorney Jim Abdo said the biggest stumbling block is health insurance costs.

The current contract, which expired Nov. 15 and is operating under its second extension, has SRP covering 100 percent of employee health insurance costs, but the new offer calls for workers to pay as much as 25 percent via premiums. Abdo would not go into specifics about how much SRP’s health plan would cost each worker. SRP spokesman Jeff Lane also declined to comment about the clause in the proposed contract.

Abdo said the contract affects about 3,000 workers at SRP, while the company says the number of hourly workers that would be affected is about 2,300.

Abdo said the contract under negotiation would be for three years. Talks will start again in early January, the union and SRP confirmed. The third deadline to reach a deal is Jan. 31.

Abdo said if there is no movement in the January negotiations, union workers could walk out sometime during the first quarter, though he hopes a deal can reached.

“Nobody really wants to strike,” Abdo said.

The labor agreement covers workers who repair and service SRP utility lines as well as meter readers, electricians, machinists, customer service workers and other hourly employees. SRP, which supplies water and power to 930,000 customers in the Valley, has 4,500 workers statewide. The hourly collective bargaining agreement applies to both aspects of SRP’s business.

How a work stoppage would affect SRP is unclear. Not all of the 2,300 workers SRP says are hourly are in the union, and the state’s right-to-work laws do not allow for “closed shops” that require employees to join the union.

“SRP maintains a work force contingency plan to ensure that we can continue to provide reliable water and power and customer service,” Lane said. “We can’t comment on specific actions, however.”

No federal labor laws would bar workers from striking. The National Labor Relations Board has restrictions only for union workers at hospitals where they must give a 10-day notice of an impending strike, as well as workers in the railroad and airline industries, the latter two covered by the National Mediation Board.

Other than that, labor restrictions are left up to the state, said Nancy Cleeland, director of public affairs for the NLRB.

Union workers rejected a second proposal by SRP management on Dec. 18 and also voted to strike, if necessary. After each contract rejection, SRP and union officials agreed to extend the current agreement. While SRP officials wouldn’t comment on its offer or sticking points for the workers, Lane said employees would see a 3 percent pay raise in November, followed by a 1.5 percent pay hike by mid-2011. Raises in the third year would be negotiated.

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Harrison Ford Indiana Jones Workout

Harrison Fords Indiana Jones workout is about as tough of a movie star workout as it gets. For Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford is performing an intense workout and nutrition regime since the movie requires him to be in top physical shape since he needs to sprint, jump, role, crawl and just about anything else that someone combing through long lost ruins would need to do. His girlfriend recently took a moment to talk about the nutrition that is fueling his tough workout.

He is on a strict high protein diet. He is eating lots of fish and vegetables said girlfriend Calista Flockhart.

I think it is pretty simple. I mean we can look at him and tell he is not using drugs, which is often the reason that most people give for celebs getting in great shape. Plus we over complicate fat loss, it is alot easier than we think.

Now I am not working with Harrison but I imagine his workout looks something like this.

3 to 4 days of full body workouts with multi joint movements

3 to 4 sets of 8 to 15 reps per set

Short rest, around 30 to 45 seconds between sets

Aerobic training 3 to 4 days per week for 30 to 45 minutes

What is so interesting about his workout is that it is not your typical bodybuilding one set then rest workout. Harrison Ford knows that he can not be filming a scene then all of a sudden have to rest because he is out of shape. That is not what you would want to see out of a global trotting, treasure finding archaeologist.

Instead, he is training with multiple exercises that increase his ability to burn fat. Aside from the advantage of working out while he is still trying to recover from the previous exercise he is also helping his body burn fat for 24-48 hours after he is done working out. This is known as EPOC or Excess Post Exercise Oxygen Consumption, which basically means that your body is trying to replace the oxygen that you lost during your workout so it is burning fat to do so.

Not so bad. He also has to get a lot of work done in a short amount of time. I have been on movie sets and know that the days are long and tiring, even for the lead actors. So I highly doubt that he wants to go to the gym around 9 or 10 at night when they are done shooting and do a hour or so workout followed by long and boring cardio. Instead he gets all of the benefits of a cardio session during his workout.

I do not think he is taking a lot of supplements either. He is probably not even taking protein powder but just getting his nutrients from whole food.

Here is what I would have him do to build muscle and lose fat for the new Indiana Jones workout.

Everything would be timed …

Michael Shemtoub's Wilshire Law Group Navigates Clients Towards a Brighter Financial Future

Respected Southern California bankruptcy attorney, Michael Shemtoub, understands better than anyone how hard the recent recession has been on average Californians. Like other bankruptcy lawyers in the Los Angeles area, Shemtoub has been helping many clients through the challenging process of bankruptcy, guiding them to a much brighter financial future.

Clients Who Normally Wouldn’t Visit a Los Angeles Bankruptcy Attorney

Often times, filing for bankruptcy is associated with poor financial management or poor impulse control. The stigma attached to those who experience bankruptcy is that they bought too many things they really didn’t need, or took extravagant risks that their income level didn’t support. When it comes to small businesses, the assumption is the same: many assume small businesses facing bankruptcy today have proprietors who just weren’t cut out for business.

The truth of the matter is quite different. Between out-of-control health care costs and the worst economic free-fall since the Great Depression, the people filing for bankruptcy today are often people who never expected to face the prospect of bankruptcy.

Some of Shemtoub’s clients are families, where the primary breadwinner has lost his or her job and hasn’t been able to find another due to California’s high rate of unemployment. Other clients are people with good jobs and good health insurance who nevertheless face insurmountable medical bills due to a sudden trauma or illness.

As for the small business owners, any California bankruptcy lawyer can tell you that many of the small businesses filing for bankruptcy today are businesses that were prosperous before the recession, but due to one major client going out of business, they too now face bankruptcy.

Bankruptcy Represents a Second Chance

Michael Shemtoub is a Los Angeles Bankruptcy lawyer who firmly believes that bankruptcy offers consumers and small business owners a second chance at financial stability and success. Many people facing a bankruptcy put off filing because of the stigmas mentioned above, but this is the worst possible decision when bankruptcy becomes inevitable.

In many cases, clients who take a proactive stance and file for bankruptcy sooner rather than later will be able to save many of their hard-earned assets. These assets might include a house, a car, or family heirlooms; in the case of a business, it might include a business’ inventory. Saving these assets is the job of an experienced California bankruptcy attorney like those at the Shemtoub’s Wilshire Law Group – but their ability to give debtors a second chance hinges upon the individual client’s proactive response to their own financial situation. All too often, debtors hide their heads in the sand, waiting until it is too late to save their assets.

About the Wilshire Law Group

At the Wilshire Law Group, Shemtoub and the rest of the staff make two very important promises to clients and potential clients. The first promise is a free consultation, giving clients who might face bankruptcy a chance to discuss their case with a qualified bankruptcy attorney. The second promise is to return all calls from …

The 15 Largest Health Spas in the USA

Health spas are places for relaxation and rejuvenation. Some of the largest health spas in the USA are discussed here.

The 15 largest health spas in the USA are:
1. Dolce Salon and Spa is located in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is a luxurious spa with 28 styling stations, 21 full service spa rooms, 10 manicure and 10 pedicure thrones, a tanning room, a make up full service center and retail boutique. It covers an area of 13,083 square feet with two stories structure. It features body treatments, facials and massage therapy.

2. 24 Hour Fitness is located in San Fernando Valley. Mark Mastrov started it in 1983 with the name “24 Hour Nautilus in San Leandro, California. Today it has 338 clubs in 16 US states. This fitness club provides full service fitness centers, saunas, and group exercise classes.

3. Inn and Spa Berkeley Spring is located in Berkeley Spring, West Virginia. It features 62 guest rooms, 5 suites and famous for their secluded guest cottages. It provides classic and excellent service for client relaxation needs.

4. Today the fourth largest health club chain is Wellbridge. It features over 45 clubs in 16 markets of fitness and wellness spa for working professionals and fitness enthusiasts. It is a concept of fitness, wellness, sports, and fun.

5. Nirvana Spa is located in Miami Beach, Florida. It features unique spas, 4 exotic steam rooms, massage, and yoga and workout facilities.

6. California Health & Longevity Institute has a total area of 40,000 square foot spa, which offers combination of Asia and Western rituals and strategies in the world of holistic treatments and therapy. This institute provides lifestyle transformation thru life advisor therapy to clients. It also houses a medical clinic, which provides medical assessments to complete the personalized life planning experience.

7. Evergreen spa offers treatments of combined touch approaches and organic products, which believe in holistic, approach spa.

8. Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa is a complete resort spa. It includes 5 pools and a two-storey health spa with fitness center covering 22 oceanfront acres. This place allows clients to experience canoe riding, underwater tours, and club activities. It also contains a library, bars, and restaurants.

9. Evensong Spa is located in the wooded acres of Green Lake, Wisconsin. It is a complete picture of woods, wetland, trails, and paths. It provides relaxation and healing services thru the combination of natural and modern products. The best feature this place can offer is their famous indoor labyrinth. This winding path allows customers to improve their brain activities.

10. The Spa at the Balboa Bay Club features nine treatment rooms, hot whirlpool, eucalyptus steam room, lounge with fireplace, and beauty amenities. It is located in Newport Beach, California. Customers get ultimate relaxation while bay viewing.

11. Spa Solage is a geothermal spa located at Solage Calistoga Resort in Calistoga, California. It has an area of 20,000 square feet, wide enough to allow customers to experience full transformation and relaxation with 14 …

Los Angeles Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Centers

Los Angeles often referred to by its initials, L.A., is the second most populated city in the United States and the largest in California. Los Angeles is one of the biggest economic, tourist and cultural centers in the U.S. if not the world. To give you some idea of how big LA really is, the LA five-county area has the world’s 11th largest economy in gross domestic product, ahead of the Netherlands, South Korea, and Mexico. As a manufacturing center LA ranks second in the country, only behind Chicago, and ahead of Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis. On the basis of population alone, Los Angeles County would be the ninth largest state in the United States.

Just like other major metropolitan areas around the world, LA has its share of problems related to drug and alcohol abuse and addiction. According to the County of Los Angeles Substance Abuse Prevention and Control factsheet (http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/sapc/FactSheet/AlcoholFactSheet.pdf) published in October 2010, the estimated annual economic impact of alcohol use in Los Angeles County is $10.8 billion. This cost includes: Illness ($5.4 billion), Traffic (DUI; $2.0 billion), Other Injury ($1.0 billion), and Crime ($2.4 billion). In 2007, there were 203,866 DUI arrests in California. In 2007, there were 42,736 DUI arrests in Los Angeles County alone. In 2008, there were 258 alcohol-involved fatal collisions in Los Angeles County and 4,832 alcohol-involved injury collisions.

In terms of drug-related problems for LA County, drug overdose, including unintentional alcohol poisoning, is the fourth leading cause of premature death in Los Angeles County and the 17th leading cause of death overall. It is the fourth leading cause of pre-mature death among men (15,446 deaths) and the seventh leading cause of premature death among women (5,495 deaths) in Los Angeles. Drug offenses account for the highest percentage of overall felony arrests in Los Angeles County. In 2008, there were 40,928 felony arrests for drug offenses and 34,312 misdemeanor drug arrests.

Fortunately the Los Angeles area also has a myriad of drug rehabilitation and alcohol treatment options for those seeking professional assistance with drug or alcohol problems. According to the national directory of drug and alcohol resources provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association or SAMHSA (http://dasis3.samhsa.gov/), there is a total of 429 drug and alcohol rehab programs in Los Angeles County. In the SAMHSA directory, LA County has 83 drug and alcohol detoxification centers, 41 methadone maintenance programs, 40 methadone detox centers, 53 halfway house facilities, 44 that use buprenorphine in treatment, 332 outpatient treatment programs, 82 programs that offer partial hospitalization, 64 residential short-term treatment centers, 134 residential long-term treatment centers, and 10 programs that provide hospital inpatient services.

Furthermore of those drug rehabs and treatment programs in the Los Angeles area, many provide specialized drug and alcohol treatment services for those with special needs. According to the SAMHSA directory, 161 facilities provide treatment services for adolescents, 168 programs for those with dual-diagnosis disorders, 86 programs for persons with HIV/AIDS, 66 facilities specifically designed for …

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