Good Friday to you! In this edition of Feel-Good Friday G.M. plans to reopen a plant and add 6,400 jobs back that were slated to go to Mexico. CNN selects their top 10 heroes for 2011, if you aren’t among the 181,000,000 viewers of the Evolution of Dance then you have to see it, and last but not least another classic Glasbergen cartoon to give you a chuckle.
G.M. Plans To Reopen A Dead Plant For 1,700 Jobs Regained!
In a glimmer of light in a mostly downbeat economy, G.M. and the United Automobile Workers union have agreed to give a dead auto plan in Springhill Tennessee a second chance as part of a tentative new labor contract.
It is highly unusual for an automaker to bring jobs back to a factory all but left for dead, and several G.M. plants, including Spring Hill, will be adding work that had been headed to Mexico.
1,700 jobs would be regained in Springhill with a total of 6,400 jobs regained throughout the U.S. when this new contract is ratified!
See the full story in the NY Times here
CNN Names Top 10 ‘CNN Heroes’ for 2011
Every year CNN conducts a search for Heroes–everyday people doing amazing things and contributing good to the world. Recently they announced their top 10 heroes for 2011.
CNN allows voting for the 10 finalists with the top vote-getting hero winning $250,000 in December. Voting continues through December 7 at at www.cnnheroes.com with a television show hosted by Anderson Cooper on December 11th.
Here are the 10 finalists:
* Using the Internet Amy Stokes’ nonprofit connects hundreds of South African kids with mentors from all over the world.
* Since 2005, Bruno Serato has been serving free pasta dinners to children, many of whom are poor and live in motels.
* Derreck Kayongo’s Global Soap Project recycles partially used hotel soap to save lives in impoverished countries.
* Surrounded by gang violence, Diane Latiker opened her Chicago home to area youth and started a program called Kids Off the Block.
* Eddie Canales’ group, Gridiron Heroes, provides support to teenagers who suffered spinal cord injuries while playing football.
* Elena Durón Miranda is getting Argentinian children out of trash dumps and back into school.
* Since being diagnosed with cancer, Patrice Millet has dedicated his life to helping Haitian kids through his youth soccer program.
* Since 2003, Robin Lim and her team have helped thousands of low-income women have a healthy birthing experience.
* Through his newspaper column and his nonprofit, Sal Dimiceli helps about 500 people a year with food, rent and other necessities.
* Taryn Davis created the American Widow Project, which has provided support to more than 900 military widows since 2007.
Submit your own suggested hero at their website.