#CharlestonAgenda: SC Firms Named To Top Design List, Boeing Unions, Food For Thought Fundraiser, Slow Start For Opportunity Zones, Teachers, The High Price Of Anti-Venom, Fake Friends In Your FeedsMay 01, 2019 09:49AM ● By Chris Haire
Four South Carolina firms have named to Engineering News-Record's annual Top 500 Design Firms list: The highest ranking firm from the Palmetto State is Charleston-based LS3P, which came in at 195 on the ENR list, a drop from 2018's 177. The next highest was ESP Associates in Fort Mill, ranking 256 this year after 2018's 270 spot. Columbia's Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering leaped from a 353 position in 2018 to 286 this year. The Greenville firm of McMillan Pazdan Smith came in at 290, a slight fall from 288 in 2018. --Chris Haire
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) has called for the unionization of Boeing South Carolina workers: Following last week's New York Times raising concerns about alleged safety issues and an alleged retaliatory workplace culture at the Boeing 787 Dreamliner plant in North Charleston, Sen. Brown issued a statement in which he argued that unionization would "change Boeing’s corporate culture" and help "improve product safety."
In a letter to Boeing, Brown wrote, "I read with great concern The New York Times’ recent reporting on safety concerns in the 787 Dreamliner production line. I was particularly troubled by the company’s repeated practice of ignoring, harassing, or firing employees who raised safety issues during production."
He added, "Instead of creating a corporate culture where potential safety violations must be reported quickly and processed carefully, multiple former plant employees said they were intimidated, harassed, ignored, or even terminated for raising production quality concerns."
"Your employees are critical to producing high-quality, safe planes, and they should be included in decisions regarding production quality and timing," Brown wrote. "Union representation would facilitate a productive exchange between workers and management and would ensure workers are protected from retaliation when they raise concerns about the production process."
While the Times focused on Boeing South Carolina, an earlier report from Defense One alleged that Boeing's Everett, Wash., site had produced planes for the Air Force in which "tools and parts" had been left inside the aircraft, a potential safety hazard. --Chris Haire
MUSC’s 5th Annual Spring Social Work Conference: Presented by MUSC’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Office of Continuing Education, this conference covers how to effectively educate and practice psychiatry and behavioral sciences in a world of seemingly constant tumult.
Taking place on May 3, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the MUSC Baruch Auditorium, the conference will be a full day of education and networking as it addresses issues and teaches techniques that will inspire resilience, elevate personal practice, and provide hands-on strategies to implement with clients.
The South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners will approve approximately 6.5 hours of designated credit.
To register, visit https://education.musc.edu/colleges/medicine/departments/psychiatry/cecar/ce/conferences/social-work or call 843-792-0175. Tickets are $150 for providers, $120 for MUSC providers, $120 for retirees, and $70 for students and trainees.
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