NATIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP
- Police union leaders in Chicago are urging members to defy COVID-19 vaccine rules ahead of Friday’s deadline to share vaccination statuses with the city.
- COVID-19 infections among children in the U.K are shown to be rapidly rising in a new study from Imperial College London. The data could heighten concerns about the speed of the vaccine rollout for younger patients.
- More Americans are seeking booster shots than first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, as vaccination efforts have stalled. About 8.9 billion boosters had been administered as of Wednesday.
- Better-than-expected earnings reports are driving a stock market surge, as the Dow jumped 500 points Thursday.
RESEARCH & DATA
U.S. adults’ financial well-being takes a hit in August. The decline is more prominent in lower income and younger demographics, per data from Morning Consult. It’s a reminder to reinvest in employee financial wellness, particularly at the bottom of the pay scale.
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- Almost half of U.S. parents say they will vaccinate their kids immediately after a COVID-19 shot becomes available. The data shows that fathers are also more likely to say they will immediately vaccinate their children.
- Fifty-five percent in Harris Poll survey want brands to stop advertising on Facebook. The response comes after whistleblower Frances Haugen spoke to Congress about the company’s alleged failures to protect users on its platform.
- Forty-three percent say their employer is not addressing worker burnout very well. For those who say burnout issues remain, 25% have quit or plan to quit in the next six months, per a new Edelman report.
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UAW workers at John Deere go on strike. Union leaders say the strike is about retirement benefits and fair treatment in the workplace.
“Our members at John Deere strike for the ability to earn a decent living, retire with dignity and establish fair work rules,” said Chuck Browning, vice president and director of the UAW’s Agricultural Implement Department. “We stay committed to bargaining until our members’ goals are achieved.”
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United Airlines defends vaccine mandate after judge blocks effort. The temporary restraining order is not a resolution but a stopgap measure until the court issues its full ruling on the federal lawsuit brought by six employees last month.
“Vaccine requirements work, and nearly all of United’s U.S. employees have chosen to get a shot.” a United Airlines spokesperson told the Washington Examiner. “For a number of our employees who were approved for an accommodation, we’re working to put options in place that reduce the risk to their health and safety, including new testing regimens, temporary job reassignments, and masking protocols.”
FROM THE CRISIS LEADERSHIP NETWORK
Vaccine mandates should take into consideration the needs of partners. Here’s how one comms outfit is following the needs of its health care clients in setting internal COVID-19 policy.
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Coachella announces new vaccine rules on Instagram. The music festival will now only require proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of attending the event.
After seeing first-hand the low transmission data and successful implementation of safety protocols at our other festivals this past month, we feel confident we can update our health policy to allow for: Negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event or proof of full vaccination.”
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TikTok becomes a major sales driver. Retailers are using language to promote products “as seen on TikTok” to capitalize on the popularity of the short video platform.
TikTok is a powerful purchasing push for Gen Z because the creators seem authentic, as opposed to Instagram, where the goal is to post the most perfect looking selfie, said Hana Ben-Shabat, the founder of Gen Z Planet. Her advisory firm focuses on the generation born between the late 1990s and 2016, a cohort that practically lives on TikTok. Users trust the recommendations, she said: “This is a real person, telling me a real story.”
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When does it matter where your employees live? Here’s how some PR agencies are thinking about geography and staffing during the remote work revolution.
Amazon to allow indefinite remote work, as long as supervisors approve. CEO Andy Jassy said the expectation is for employees to operate in a way that best serves customers.
“We expect that there will be teams that continue working mostly remotely, others that will work some combination of remotely and in the office, and still others that will decide customers are best served having the team work mostly in the office,” Jassy wrote.
Is remote work contributing to employee anxiety? Here are some ways leaders can fight back against rising workplace angst.
Millenium Health offers tips from campaign to educate about addiction. Here’s a look at the campaign, which won in the health care marketing category for PR Daily’s awards program.
TOOLS & TACTICS
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