Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear limits Cardinal football games to 12,000 fans Monday, Sep 7 2020 

By John McCarthy–

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced that the University of Louisville home football games cannot exceed 12,000 fans. This announcement by Beshear comes only two weeks after U of L announced its own plan that would limit capacity at Cardinal Stadium to 18,000 fans.

Beshear also made adjustments to the safety precautions Cardinal Stadium planned to implement, including tailgating and parking lot restrictions.

The reduction in fans takes Cardinal Stadium down to 20% capacity. U of L plans to host a total of six games in Cardinal Stadium this football season.

“It’s a 20 percent capacity with everybody spread out and only sitting next to family units. [U of L] worked pretty well with us. They started out in a different place, but at the end of the day, they showed commitment,” Beshear said.

Beshear also announced that tailgating will be banned and masks will need to be worn at all times, even while sitting in the stands. Temperature checks will be conducted at all entrances. If a temperature reads 100.4 or higher, attendees will be directed to a cool-down tent. After ten minutes, attendees in the cool-down tent will have their temperature checked again.

The UPS Flight Deck, Adidas Club and Norton Healthcare Terrace will all be closed to fans.

Fans and season ticket holders await a detailed media tour of Cardinal Stadium this week. The Cardinals will be hosting Western Kentucky University Sept. 12 at 8 p.m.

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UPS donates $100,000 to U of L in support of COVID-19 research Monday, May 11 2020 

By Eli Hughes–

UPS has pledged a $100,000 donation to the University of Louisville to fund research into a potential COVID-19 treatment.

The UPS donation will help fund the trials and pay for the test materials needed for COVID-19 research.

The funding will go to support research like Paula Bates’, which has shown promise in inhibiting COVID-19. Wanting to apply her prior research to the current COVID-19 outbreak, Bates partnered with Kenneth Palmer, the director of U of L’s Center for Predictive Medicine for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Bates’ treatment involves an aptamer, a piece of synthetic DNA, that she discovered along with John Trent and Don Miller. U of L is hoping that they will be able to fast track approval of the treatment because it has already been used in human clinical trials on cancer patients and has been shown to be safe.

“I deeply appreciate the gift from UPS that helps support my work,” Bates, a professor of medicine, said. “It is with gifts such as this that we will be able to advance our research and our ability to treat the novel coronavirus. I’m also thankful to be in such a collaborative setting with great facilities and a supportive environment for translational research. There are only a few places where we could have tested this idea so quickly.”

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Workers Say UPS Not Doing Enough To Protect Them From Coronavirus Wednesday, Apr 8 2020 

UPS employees say one of Louisville’s largest private employers is violating city and state rules intended to prevent the spread of coronavirus by not enforcing social distancing. They also say the company is not providing adequate protective gear. Concerns are heightened after an employee at the UPS Worldport, the Louisville-based global shipping hub, died over the weekend. 

WDRB first reported the employee’s death on Monday, and said several employees and a family member confirmed he had been diagnosed with coronavirus. UPS said it would not confirm cases of coronavirus due to “medical privacy laws” — and employees say they haven’t been given any information, either.

Three employees who work at two different UPS facilities said they first heard about the death on the news. 

“I don’t even know what my risk is, because I’m not being told anything,” said one Worldport employee, who asked not to be named to protect her job. 

This employee said her whole job is done from a computer, and she has asked to work from home, but has been told that is not possible. In an email, UPS spokesperson Jim Mayer said that everyone who could work from home has been doing so for some time now, and that has allowed the remaining employees to spread out to an appropriate social distance. 

But this employee said her workspace is not the concern so much as the congregating that happens when people are waiting for shuttles, at the security checkpoint, in the break areas and throughout the facility. 

Mayer said the company has been educating its employees about social distancing, but it’s “a shared responsibility. We ask that our workers use good judgment to avoid grouping as they come and go.”

That’s nearly impossible, employees told KyCIR, considering the demands of the work they do. There’s insufficient hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies, they say, and they have not been provided with gloves. Mayer told WDRB that the company would be providing masks starting this week. 

“How bad does it have to get?” the employee asked. “Big companies are making changes, small companies, the mayor, the governor, even the president are saying to take this seriously. But it just feels like business as usual at UPS.”

Another employee asked the same question: what does it say if one of Louisville’s largest employers isn’t following orders? 

“It’s a slap in the face to the city,” said this employee, who also asked not to be named to protect his job. “The least the city of Louisville should expect from a partner is that they will comply with the orders of the mayor, and the governor.”

Louisville’s health department visited the Worldport at the end of March and ordered the company to comply with social distancing regulations “ASAP”, according to a copy of the order provided by city spokesperson Jean Porter.  

Mayer told WDRB, which first reported the inspection, that this was a “minor” situation involving some employees that were not distancing properly, and that the inspector returned a few days later and saw no further issues. 

“Even if they’re just all about staying in business, I still don’t understand why they aren’t taking more steps,” the employee told KyCIR. “They would have to shut down, they could be put out of business if an outbreak happened.”

UPS announced this week it is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help transport and distribute medical supplies to coronavirus hotspots around the country. 

Contact Eleanor Klibanoff at (502) 814.6544 or eklibanoff@kycir.org.

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Workers Say UPS Not Doing Enough To Protect Them From Coronavirus Wednesday, Apr 8 2020 

UPS employees say one of Louisville’s largest private employers is violating city and state rules intended to prevent the spread of coronavirus by not enforcing social distancing. They also say the company is not providing adequate protective gear.

Concerns are heightened after an employee at the UPS Worldport, the Louisville-based global shipping hub, died over the weekend. 

WDRB first reported the employee’s death on Monday, and said several employees and a family member confirmed he had been diagnosed with coronavirus. UPS said it would not confirm cases of coronavirus due to “medical privacy laws” — and employees say they haven’t been given any information, either.

Three employees who work at two different UPS facilities said they first heard about the death on the news. 

“I don’t even know what my risk is, because I’m not being told anything,” said one Worldport employee, who asked not to be named to protect her job. 

This employee said her whole job is done from a computer, and she has asked to work from home, but has been told that is not possible. In an email, UPS spokesperson Jim Mayer said that everyone who could work from home has been doing so for some time now, and that has allowed the remaining employees to spread out to an appropriate social distance. 

But this employee said her workspace is not the concern so much as the congregating that happens when people are waiting for shuttles, at the security checkpoint, in the break areas and throughout the facility. 

Mayer said the company has been educating its employees about social distancing, but it’s “a shared responsibility. We ask that our workers use good judgment to avoid grouping as they come and go.”

That’s nearly impossible, employees told KyCIR, considering the demands of the work they do. There’s insufficient hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies, they say, and they have not been provided with gloves. Mayer told WDRB that the company would be providing masks starting this week. 

“How bad does it have to get?” the employee asked. “Big companies are making changes, small companies, the mayor, the governor, even the president are saying to take this seriously. But it just feels like business as usual at UPS.”

Another employee asked the same question: what does it say if one of Louisville’s largest employers isn’t following orders? 

“It’s a slap in the face to the city,” said this employee, who also asked not to be named to protect his job. “The least the city of Louisville should expect from a partner is that they will comply with the orders of the mayor, and the governor.”

Louisville’s health department visited the Worldport at the end of March and ordered the company to comply with social distancing regulations “ASAP,” according to a copy of the order provided by city spokesperson Jean Porter.  

Mayer told WDRB, which first reported the inspection, that this was a “minor” situation involving some employees that were not distancing properly, and that the inspector returned a few days later and saw no further issues. 

“Even if they’re just all about staying in business, I still don’t understand why they aren’t taking more steps,” the employee told KyCIR. “They would have to shut down, they could be put out of business if an outbreak happened.”

UPS announced this week it is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help transport and distribute medical supplies to coronavirus hotspots around the country. 

Contact Eleanor Klibanoff at (502) 814.6544 or eklibanoff@kycir.org.

Metro college extends its contract another seven years Monday, Feb 3 2020 

By Eli Hughes — 

The University of Louisville has extended the Metro College Program for another seven years. 

The program allows students from U of L and JCTC to work night-shifts at UPS in exchange for tuition, as well as weekly paychecks, bonuses and book reimbursement. 

Sophomore Desiree Rodriguez has been a Metro College student for four semesters. Rodriguez said she has had a good experience working for UPS. Even though it is hard work and required her getting used to the new schedule of working third shift, it also helped take away some of the stress that paying for college entails.

“Knowing that my school was getting paid for and taken care of allowed me to focus on other things, rather than where that money was going to come from,” Rodriguez said. 

The program’s new extension will last until the spring of 2027 and will allow many more students to earn their degree debt-free. 

“I think the extension of the program is a positive thing,” Rodriguez said, “Because it is a resource that is in place for someone who might not have the means to pay for school and are looking for that sort of help.”

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Partnership announced between UPS and Norton Wednesday, Oct 16 2019 

By Jessica Kiesling — 

Norton Healthcare and UPS are the two of the largest employers in the Louisville area and they have now partnered up to allow students an affordable way to pay for their education while working on achieving their dream careers in the medical field.

The program requires participants to be actively enrolled at the University of Louisville or at Jefferson Community and Technical College while working at UPS. Their undergraduate degree, however, can be completed at their own pace with no set time frame. Once the students reach the point that they only have about a semester left of their undergraduate they are required to take professional courses through the program while choosing one of three options to continue their participation in the Metropolitan College program.

The three options available are to continue their employment at UPS while being a Norton Scholar, doing an apprenticeship through Norton Healthcare or switching their employment to Norton Healthcare.

The program allows for many interested medical students to participate. However, they have 10 designated career pathways to be chosen from. Through the options they are exposed to different roles, aspects and departments of healthcare at Norton Healthcare.

The Metropolitan College program has strived to allow students to accomplish their education and career goals in an affordable manner. As a participant in the program students qualify to receive tuition assistance.

Along with other perks such as book reimbursement and career assistance, participants will also gain access to special events and programs through Norton Healthcare. These opportunities can help to boost their education, knowledge and resources to aid them in their future medical career endeavors.

In order to become a participant in the Metropolitan College program students of the two institutions must first apply to UPS if not already a current employee. They must also apply to the program though the metro-college website. Once hired and accepted into the program participants are required to attend a career exploration and symposium day to learn about the healthcare program.

Questions about the program, necessary steps or about the opportunities available through the Metropolitan College program can be directed to Metropolitan College, UPS employment or the Norton Healthcare workforce department.

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UPS to begin Sunday deliveries; Q2 earnings boost share price Wednesday, Jul 24 2019 

UPS said it will begin Sunday deliveries and pickups on Jan. 1, though it told Insider that the impact on Worldport’s 22,000 employees is as yet unclear. The logistics giant also said that rising online orders from increasingly impatient customers resulted in better-than-expected quarterly results Wednesday, causing its share price to spike 9% in early […]