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News & Notes: May 15

May 14, 2014

Outpost raises pay for employees

Under a new agreement with unionized employees at Outpost Natural Foods, full-time workers will get a minimum of $10 per hour, while part-time workers will get a minimum $8.50. The move is part of Outpost's goal to use the Co-op Living Wage & Benefits Model implemented in co-ops throughout the country, according to a news release from the co-op.

"The desired goal of the model is for full-time employees to have their basic needs met — such as housing, food, health care, transportation, phone, etc. — with additional savings and emergency funds allocated," an Outpost news release states.

Concordia University moves in at Innovation Campus

Concordia University Wisconsin had a grand opening Tuesday, May 13, for its Innovation Center for Drug Development on the UWM Innovation Campus in the Innovation Accelerator Building.

The university will use the space for its new master's program in pharmaceutical/chemical development.

Sewer work begins near Underwood Creek

Work begins this month on the sanitary sewer main that runs along Underwood Creek from Potter Road to Watertown Plank Road, where it continues east to a manhole east of Highway 45. The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District plans to insert a pipe liner in the main to prevent failures due to erosion.

Construction is supposed to be finished in the spring of 2015. The contractor, Terra Engineering and Construction, Corp., is required to keep the Oak Leaf Trail open and safe through the whole process.

Train horns still sounding

After thinking the problem had been solved, State Commissioner of Railroads Jeff Plale said his phone "lit up like a Christmas tree" Monday, May 12, with complaints of trains sounding their horns in the city, which is supposed to be a quiet zone.

Plale said he is trying to figure out why this is still happening. In the meantime, residents are encouraged to contact their aldermen with information about exactly when and where they hear the horns, and which direction those trains are traveling, in order to narrow down the problem. Plale said it would be especially helpful if residents could record the ID number on the front of the train.

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