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N.Y. Teamsters, DGA Among Organizations Supporting Reproductive Rights



There has always been some contention in this country about whether labor unions do more harm than good. This is, of course, despite the long list of objectively positive results from their efforts. 

An impromptu rattling off of union fruits would include: ending child labor, the eight-hour workday, worker’s compensation laws, a minimum wage, the literal f*cking weekend— and a host of other benefits that have (just barely) prevented the keepers of wealth from realizing a Dickensian capitalist dystopia. 

Through collective bargaining, all workers are made stronger. But for those of us still on the fence, New York’s Local 210 offers yet another instance of unions pushing for the betterment of common people. 

Local 210 for Reproductive Rights

Local 210—a New York-based union responsible for representing NYC-based SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity staff in collective bargaining— has recently passed a resolution aiding reproductive rights. 

The announcement follows the Supreme Courts’ recent decision to overturn Roe. v. Wade—a move that stripped the bodily autonomy from over half the U.S. population, and did so against the will of nearly two-thirds of the country.

The resolution states that the Local “condemns the Supreme Court’s attack on women and affirms that reproductive healthcare services should be private, safe, accessible and legal” 

It also outlines several steps the Local is taking to help those affected by the ruling, such as working with other unions, legislators, and organizations to “ensure reproductive health care access to Teamster members who live in New York and those traveling here for care.” 

Local 210 recording secretary Bernadette Kelly announced the news on Twitter on July 11th, describing it as “a resolution that commits to ally ship [sic], resistance and organizing.” 

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with 1.4 million members, is one of the largest labor unions in the world, and the most diverse in the U.S. 

But, they aren’t alone in their efforts to provide resources to those whose reproductive rights are under siege.

Directors Guild of America joins fight for bodily autonomy

Last Monday, the board of trustees for the Directors Guild of America approved two amendments. One of which will cover abortion services for participants’ dependent children. The other covers abortion travel costs for participants living or working on DGA-covered projects in states where safe, legal abortions are not available. 

Both of these amendments provide some breathing room for DGA members whose rights have been recently stripped.

“The actions taken today by the Plans Trustees demonstrate strong and decisive leadership to ensure that our members and their dependents will continue to be able to have access to safe abortion services regardless of where they live and work,” DGA president Lesli Linka Glatter said in a statement. 

For more information regarding reproductive rights, please consult the following list of websites.

Resources for Abortion Rights

Abortion Clinics OnLine 

Abortion Clinics OnLine is a directory of providers of abortion and other reproductive health care services. The site allows you to choose, by state and city, from a list of abortion clinics. Clicking on a clinic links you to the clinic’s homepage, which provides more detailed information on abortion procedures, patient instructions, prices, maps, and other educational information.

Advocates for Youth

This site provides materials for young people and their advocates in the United States and abroad. In addition to a comprehensive publications list and ordering information, the site includes a series of fact sheets and briefing papers on a wide range of issues from adolescent pregnancy and childbearing to sexual abuse and violence in Sub-Saharan Africa to young women of color and the HIV epidemic. Notably, this link also includes an international program survey, which allows readers to search by country to find out about various programs working to meet the reproductive and sexual health needs of youth throughout the world.

Alan Guttmacher Institute

This site provides information on abortion, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, and teen pregnancy, as well as a section on relevant laws and public policies. A large number of articles from AGI’s periodicals, briefing papers, and reports are also available. These include online versions of the most recent issues of The Guttmacher Report on Public Policy, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, and International Family Planning Perspectives.

American Association of University Women

The American Association of University Women is an organization that supports equity and education for all women and girls. This site contains useful research on reproductive issues ranging from adolescent sexuality to abortion coverage bans. 

National Abortion Federation 

NAF’s website features resources for pregnant women as well as abortion providers. It includes links to NAF publications and fact sheets and information about finding a qualified provider.

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood’s site is one of the best sources of online information regarding safe sex, contraception, and abortion. It includes legislative updates, pro-choice advocacy tools, a special section for teens, as well as resources in Spanish. 

For more union coverage by Owner’s Mag, check out the following stories:

Billionaires Be Warned: Organized Labor on the Rise

Former Nintendo head urges gaming CEOs to welcome worker’s unions

The First Amazon Union Have Two Words for Jeff Bezos: Ha ha

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5 Simple Tweaks That Will Transform Your Mindset



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No matter how hard we try and keep and eventually transform our mindset on the positive side, we sometimes find ourselves reverting to old ways. Negativity is the most significant barrier that prevents you from exploring your potential. And that’s completely understandable. With the pandemic, job instability, life uncertainties, and daily stressors we experience every day, having a poor mindset is sometimes the first thing we resort to.

And that’s okay, only if you decide to act on your poor mindset. A person’s character isn’t measured by the number of hardships they face. Instead, it’s measured by how they get past those hardships that make them better people. And it all boils down to mindset. Simple tweaks to transform your mindset will help you rise above every challenge and become a better person. Here are 5 to start with

1. Consider the positive in every bad situation

It can be easy to discourage yourself, especially when you’re stuck in a bad situation. But remember that true strength lies in every resolved problem. And one way you can get “unstuck” is to find the silver lining in every bad occurrence. You can’t solve negativity with negativity.

A situation would be if you lost your job recently and feel down in the dumps about it. This is totally normal behavior. But what’s not normal is when you don’t act on or do anything to better the situation. 

What you can do, though, is jot down all the positive things that can happen after losing your job. It might be an opportunity to finally let you do something you’ve put on the backburner. Or you may even have a better job offer once you go job hunting again. You know what they say when one door closes, another one opens. 

2. Don’t restrict yourself

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People sometimes feel depressed about the things they don’t have that others have. For example, not having that nice car, that big house in a beautiful area in the city, or that dream job you’ve been pining over for years. 

Instead of saying, “I don’t have this,” add “yet” at the end to turn this statement into something more positive. Say, “I don’t have my dream job YET.” It’s a simple way to transform your mindset!

3. Be open to ideas

You must cultivate an open and curious mindset so you don’t stop yourself from progressing. One way to achieve this is to turn negative and restrained sentences into open ones. For example, you can say “Yes, and,” instead of “Yes, but.”

The former indicates that you’re more open to ideas, suggestions, and possibilities that are yet to come. While the latter already stops you from thinking about these opportunities, which feels discouraging.

4. Identify opportunities instead of obligations

When we deal with everyday house or office tasks, we often feel dreadful about having to start these tasks. Some of the reasons may be because we don’t enjoy doing these tasks anymore, or it could also be because these tasks stress us out. 

If you look at your to-do list and contemplate the tasks that you love doing, think about how great of a blessing this is. Instead of identifying this as an obligation, you can consider this a favorable circumstance that others won’t have. Once you transform your mindset to this, you’re on your way on having a better outlook on how you deal with opportunities.

5. Embrace failures

You must rise above every failure by changing your perspective about a bad situation or challenge. When people face difficulties, they can question why it happened to them and not to others. However, this mindset is already putting you further down in crisis mode. 

When facing difficulties, view the situation positively and think about how you can overcome this unscathed mentally and emotionally. Be grateful for how you can rise above the problem with more wisdom, knowledge, and upper hand when you experience the same challenge again.

And for other tips, stories, and news, read more here at Owner’s Mag!

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Read This Before You Deliver Feedback in Your Workplace



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Feedback is one of the most vital things you can do to help your employees grow. When you deliver feedback to employees, they can adjust their behavior and work styles to improve their performance.

Consider this: how can you improve if you don’t know how you’re doing? How can anything be fixed if you don’t know what you’re doing wrong? And if you don’t know whether your work is effective, how can you figure out what you should change or improve?

The problem is that managers and leaders are sometimes clueless on how to deliver feedback effectively, especially if you’re not sure how your feedback should sound or look. Giving feedback to your employees should be done in a way that shows them that you care about their development as individuals and as members of your team. It can also help you strengthen your relationships with one another. 

The best way to make sure you’re giving effective feedback is by being clear about your intentions and following some simple tips:

1. Keep feedback specific and actionable

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Be specific. If you’ve got a lot of comments about one thing, make sure they’re all related to that subject—you don’t want to overwhelm your employee with too much information at once.

Giving examples of how to make adjustments to produce better results is also helpful. For example: “In our last meeting, I asked whether we had any plans for updating our website, and you said yes but didn’t give any details about the kind of changes.” It gives more context to why someone might have answered without realizing what was being asked.

2. Don’t Make it Personal

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When you deliver feedback to your employees, remember that they are human beings; they may not be perfect and may have good intentions when they make mistakes. Avoid making harsh comments no matter the gravity of the wrong action. You might think that a little roughing will push your staff to do better, but studies show that negative feedback rarely leads to employee improvement. 

You should focus on the specific actions or behaviors that led to the outcome you’re discussing, not your employee’s identity or character as a person. Instead of saying, “You didn’t do this,” say something like: “I noticed during our last meeting you did not follow up with me on this project.”

3. Make sure you’re calm when delivering feedback

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Giving feedback in the workplace requires you to be in a mindset that allows you to concentrate on the conversation. It can mean putting it off or even walking away from your desk for a few minutes. If possible, try to avoid giving feedback in front of others unless they are part of the conversation.

When giving negative feedback, please don’t give it in front of anyone who might feel negatively affected by what they hear; instead, wait until later and ensure that everyone has left before delivering any criticism or suggestions. 

4. Be ready to listen

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Most people think that giving feedback is a one-way communication thing, and it’s not. As the one to deliver feedback, you must also be ready to listen to the one receiving feedback as well. Research shows that the more employees feel heard, the more they will likely take your feedback positively. 

Listening means that you are interested in what your employee says and trying to understand their point of view. Don’t interrupt while they’re talking; let them finish their sentence or thought before responding. Never assume what someone else is trying to say by saying something like, “I don’t get it.” Try asking questions instead—you’ll learn so much more from getting clarification from someone else than just guessing at the meaning behind a phrase. 

We hope you learned a few pointers on how to give constructive feedback at work. Here are a few more giving and receiving feedback examples that you can check out and learn from!

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14 Highest Rated and Most Downloaded Travel Apps in 2022



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If you’re a frequent traveler, you know how important it is to have reliable travel apps. The right app can save you money, time, and stress by giving you all the information you need before heading out. We’ve rounded up some of our the highest rated and most downloaded travel apps that make planning trips easier than ever before:

1. Citymapper

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Any savvy traveler knows how important it is to have a good map app on your phone. That’s where Citymapper comes in. 

Citymapper is possibly one of the best travel apps 2022 has to offer when it comes to mapping and public transportation. It shows real-time travel options between any two points in a supported city. It combines information for all urban transport systems, including driving, biking, and walking, in addition to public transit. 

2. Agoda

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If you want hassle-free travel, Agoda is your go-to app.

When it comes to booking accommodations all over the world, Agoda is one of the most popular and dependable travel apps. It gives you access to hotels, hostels, vacation rentals, and even villas in various countries. This app offers just what you need to plan your next trip, from its user-friendly interface to the ability to search for properties by city or neighborhood. 

3. Roadtrippers

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If you’re planning a road trip, Roadtrippers can make your life a lot easier. The app allows users to plot up to seven waypoints. It also recommends roadside attractions, scenic stops, and food options along the route. They also offer pre-made guides for road trips popular among users.

4. Skyscanner

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Skyscanner is one of the most loved travel apps for flights. It helps you find the lowest airfares and the most affordable hotel rooms. It lets you compare prices from different airlines and hotels instantly so you can find the best deal in your target destination. 

And if you’re looking for car rentals instead of airline tickets or hotels? Well, Skyscanner has that covered too! Their database includes thousands of cars available at every rental agency worldwide so that you can find what kind of car suits your needs best.

5. Timeshifter

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Ever landed in a different time zone and felt like a zombie the whole day because of jet lag? Timeshifter could help. The app offers personalized jet lag plans according to your situation. In addition, the app was made by sleep and circadian rhythm experts, so you can rest assured it’s based on science.

6. Uber

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Uber is a ride-hailing app that lets you request a ride with the tap of a button. It’s available in many cities and has become the go-to option for getting around town. 

If you’re looking for an easy way to get from point A to point B, this is your best bet!

7. Meetup

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Don’t know anyone at your destination? You can connect with locals in a few taps with Meetup. This app allows you to discover events in specific locations based on your interests. So, whether you’re interested in music, culture, or food, you’ll have a chance to meet new friends who are into those same things.

8. Airbnb

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Airbnb is one of the most helpful travel apps for globetrotters who prefer to stay away from hotels and instead try local inns, homestays, or bed and breakfast lodgings. It helps you find unique accommodations for your next trip — no matter where you are in the world.

It’s a great way to find a place with a little extra space, an amazing view, or somewhere just far enough away from the tourist traps. You can find everything from private rooms to entire houses! 

9. Rome2rio

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Rome2rio is akin to an instant travel guide. It offers data from more than 160 countries, allowing you to explore the place at your own pace. In addition, it also allows users to compare costs so they can stay within their travel budget.

10. Hopper

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Hopper is one of the most popular and useful travel apps for booking flights. It’s not just a flight search engine—it also helps you find the best time to book your flight, find the lowest price on a new flight, and even helps you plan your trip around your schedule.

The app takes into account things like weather, traffic, and other factors so that it can help you make an informed decision. It also assists in finding lower prices than what others are charging by comparing prices from multiple websites. 

11. TripAdvisor

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Sometimes, the best tour guides are other travelers who have also been to the places you’re visiting. If you’re looking for user-generated reviews, TripAdvisor is a good app to download. It features more than 700 million reviews of eight million destinations worldwide – from tourist sites to hotels and restaurants.

12. Waze

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Waze is a helpful navigation app that lets you share real-time traffic info with friends. You can use it to find the fastest route, get directions to your destination, and avoid accidents and hazards along the way.

Waze also allows you to report accidents, hazards, or police sightings in your area so other users can avoid them too. The app will also send alerts if there are road closures nearby or speed traps set up by local law enforcement agencies—so you’ll know what’s happening before it happens!

13. Trabee Pocket

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If you need to stay within your travel budget, download Trabee Pocket. This app not only allows you to track your receipts and spending but also offers a quick exchange rate calculator. That said, it’s a perfect companion for trips when you don’t have a small fortune to spend.

14. Google Translate

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Have you ever needed to ask someone in a foreign country where the nearest restroom is? Then, after a few moments of questioning, you realize they don’t understand a word you’re saying! It would help if you had Google Translate

Google Translate is one of the most trusted travel apps for iPhone that allows you to translate over 133 languages directly from your phone, so all of the words can be spoken and heard by you. What makes this app even better than other travel apps is its easy use—you just hold your thumb on the screen and say what you want to be translated. It’s as simple as that!

And for other tips, news, and stories, read more here at Owner‘s Mag!

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