Remarks by Governor Tom Wolf at Martin Luther King Day of Service SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 18, 2016 Remarks 21st Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of ServicePhiladelphia, PATRANSCRIPT:Good Morning and welcome to the 21st Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service.I’m so honored to be able to welcome the 5,000 volunteers that will participate in this event here at Girard College today.Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service is the largest King Day event in the nation with over 135,000 people across the region participating in a service project.And today we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a servant leader dedicated to justice, equality and fairness.I’m reminded today about the importance of leadership in service to the citizens among us in most need.And of Dr. King’s urgent persistence in moving people of his time toward a better democracy.A democracy based on the ideals of leaders that preceded him.A system that leaders before him established here in Philadelphia.Where all men are created equal.And now, during our time, we continue that legacy in our work to make life better for citizens of our great state.We continue moving our government towards fairness and equality in opportunity.This day continues to inspire me and I’m thankful that I’m able to return as Governor and work shoulder to shoulder with so many of you.Because I know that there are thousands, hundreds of thousands in this region alone, that are coming together in service to others today.Thank you to all the organizations here today, and particularly Global Citizen and its president, Todd Bernstein.You all have truly given breadth and momentum to this movement, and Pennsylvania, the United States, and the world is all the better for I.###Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf
Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I) named Patrick Mullen as president and CEO following the retirement of Philip Asherman from his 12 years in the role of president, CEO and a member of the company’s board. The retirement and the new appointment is effective July 1, 2017, CB&I said in its statement, adding that Mullen will stand for election to the company’s board in May 2018.Asherman, 66, is credited for transforming CB&I from a specialty tank subcontractor to a global technology and energy infrastructure corporation, the statement reads.Mullen, 52, was named COO of CB&I in 2016 after serving as executive vice president and president of CB&I’s engineering & construction operating group, where he was responsible for all engineering and construction for CB&I’s worldwide operations.He joined CB&I in 2007 through the company’s acquisition of Lummus Global and has worked in operational and commercial leadership roles throughout the company with global responsibility for corporate strategy, as well as serving as a key interface with CB&I’s shareholders.Mullen currently serves on Vectren Corporation’s board of directors.
Just over a third (36%) of employer respondents have implemented flexible working initiatives to address staff absence rates, according to research by industry body Group Risk Development (Grid).Its survey of 501 employers also found that a quarter (25%) have seen their absence rates improve over the last 12 months, compared to 40% last year.The research also found:10% of respondents have seen their absence rates worsen over the past year, and 54% say they have remained the same.57% of respondents say employee absences cost them up to 4% of payroll. To improve this, 28% conduct return-to-work interviews and 17% use disciplinary procedures for unacceptable absence.62% of respondents that have seen their absence rates improve cite good morale as the main reason for this, and 34% believe improvements are a result of having robust absence management strategies in place.45% believe the improvement in absence rates is down to fear of redundancy or anxiety about jobs, and 30% think it is due to presenteeism.Respondents that have experienced an increase in employee absence rates believe this is a result of low morale (69%), staff shortages (42%), and bogus absences (40%).Katharine Moxham (pictured), spokesperson for Grid, said: “It’s important that strategies to manage absence are kept up, and that rates aren’t allowed to increase as it really will have a significant impact on business costs in the long run.“That said, it can’t be denied that a quarter have seen rates improve, whether or not this is down on last year, and employers are actively introducing initiatives that focus on the health and wellness of their staff. Flexible working can help to retain talented staff, allowing them to balance home commitments as well as focus on work.“To avoid any surprise costs, and protect against future absences, it’s vital these initiatives are kept up and that they remain a priority. It may seem like a lot to consider in the short-term, but investing in staff in this way will make a huge difference to the bottom line.”