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Saint Louis Zoo Job Fair
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), January 11, 2016 - The Saint Louis Zoo is now hiring for 2016 Spring/Summer/Fall seasonal employment.

The Job Fairs will take place Saturday, January 23, 2016 and Friday, February 5, 2016, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, at the Living World at the Saint Louis Zoo.

Experience a fun, friendly, and unique work environment with a seasonal job at the Saint Louis Zoo. Energetic, responsible and service-oriented people are needed for seasonal positions throughout the Zoo, including engineers and conductors for the Zooline Railroad, catering and food service personnel, groundskeepers, gardeners, retail and parking lot attendants, and more.

The Zoo is looking for quality employees, ages 15 (work permit required at time of hire) and up, who are available to work flexible hours on weekdays as well as weekends in the spring, summer and fall seasons. The Zoo is also seeking applicants who have immediate availability this winter.

Job Fair will include information on employment plus an opportunity for a screening interview. We offer flexible schedules, competitive hourly wages, free employee parking and an ideal working environment.

Dress for the Job Fair is business casual.

Background screenings and drug testing will be required for all new hires.

Candidates are encouraged to apply online for a position prior to the job fair. For more information, call (314) 646-4816.


Nestle Purina PetCare Honored As One Of The Best Places to Work
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), December 13, 2015 - For the third consecutive year in a row, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company has been honored with a Glassdoor Employees' Choice Award, recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2016.

Purina ranked 9th on this year's list, making it the highest-ranked consumer packaged goods company, as well as the highest-ranked company in the Midwest. The Employees' Choice Awards program, now in its eighth year, relies solely on the input of employees, who elect to provide feedback on their jobs, work environments and companies via Glassdoor.

"We are honored that our associates have once again placed us in the top 10 for three consecutive years," said Joseph Sivewright, CEO, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company. "This recognition is a testament to the people who every day make Purina a great place to work by embodying our core values of integrity, passion, expertise, performance and innovation. This is a Company with an outstanding culture and great work environment that includes bringing our pets to work."

With North American headquarters located at Checkerboard Square in St. Louis, Missouri, Nestlé Purina has more than 7,600 U.S. associates working in 20 facilities across 13 states. The company's founder, William Danforth, believed that integrity, passion, expertise and performance are the keys to Standing Taller and making good lives better. Today, Nestlé Purina carries on the legacy, passionately enriching the lives of pets and the people who love them. To view a full list of job openings, visit www.nestlepurinacareers.com.


Missouri Executive Order 15-09 to Promote Gender Pay Equity in Workplace
St. Louis, MO, (SLFP.com), December 6, 2015 - Gov. Jay Nixon has signed Executive Order 15-09 to promote gender pay equity in the workplace.

The order directs state agencies to use preliminary guidelines put forward by the Women's Foundation and the University of Missouri Institute of Public Policy to identify and address any gender wage gap, and ensure that all Missourians receive equal pay for equal work. The Governor's executive order also strongly encourages private sector organizations to do the same.

"We need to ensure that all Missourians are getting a fair shake and an equal opportunity to achieve the American Dream," Governor Nixon said during his remarks at the Women's Foundation's annual luncheon in Kansas City.

"Shortchanging 50 percent of the workforce is bad for women, it's bad for families, and it's bad for our entire economy. Equal work deserves equal pay - period. My executive order sends a strong message that Missouri intends to be a leader in creating an economy of opportunity that works for everyone," stated Governor Nixon.

Missouri is one of 46 states with state equal pay laws, but a wage gap still persists. According to a study by the University of Missouri Institute of Public Policy prepared for the Women's Foundation, between 2008 and 2012, full-time, year-round female workers in Missouri earned 71 percent of men's earnings, creating a wage gap between men's and women's incomes.

"Governor Nixon's leadership is bringing Missouri a step closer to equal pay for equal work," said Wendy Doyle, President & CEO of the Women's Foundation. "We commend the Governor for being a national leader in closing the gender pay gap, refusing to accept the status quo in Missouri, and creating economic opportunity for women and their families."

The preliminary guidelines specifically call for public and private entities to determine whether a gender wage gap exists within their organization, to re-evaluate their current compensation system in order to create an employment structure that promotes equal pay for equal work, and to ensure transparency concerning organizational compensation policies.

A final report on Pay Equity Best Practices Guidelines will be published by the Women's Foundation in partnership with the University of Missouri in April.


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St. Louis Mayor Slay Announces Early Success of Civil Liberties Jobs Program
St. Louis, MO, (SLFP.com), December 1, 2015 - Mayor Francis Slay is sharing the promising successes of the City's Civil Liberties Jobs Program, which gives unemployed young people with municipal fines the opportunity to have their court fines reduced in exchange for choosing on-the-job training and seeking long-term employment.

This new initiative is the latest example of how the City of St. Louis continues to lead the region on municipal court reforms and standards. It builds on a 2014 order that formalized the practice of taking into account a violator's ability to pay. A City judge might put someone on a payment plan or instead assign community service in lieu of a fine. Now, defendants have a new option: the Civil Liberties Jobs Program.

The unique partnership between the City's Municipal Court and St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) allows every unemployed young adult up to 24 years of age facing a non-violent municipal fine a choice to enter the program.

Civil Liberties program participants gain hands-on experience through subsidized, short-term employment, and enroll in classes to learn job skills, financial literacy, and leadership. Once participants complete the work, municipal judges cut their fines in half, giving young adults a better opportunity to satisfy their obligations to the law while also helping them to find a full-time job.

"If someone doesn't have a job, we shouldn't be surprised if they can't pay off their fine," Mayor Slay said. "The Civil Liberties Jobs Program is a hand up -- not a hand out -- that is transforming civil fines from a punishment that can derail a young person's life to a process that can help get them on the right track."

It's how DeShawn Buggs went from facing a $48 fine for a traffic violation with no way to pay for it to a full-time job and a clean record with the Court. "This program means stability and a job for me," Buggs said. "It also helped me financially empower myself, so I appreciate the opportunity."

At a press conference to announce the success of the program, participant Larry Moore added, "This program has given me a lot of support. I worked off my fine, got a job and a second chance. Thank you for helping me better myself."

Antoine Wilhite also worked off a $150 court fine with a job through Civil Liberties. "I have three kids to take care of, so I appreciate this opportunity and everyone who cared to even make this program an option," Wilhite said.

The City uses state and federal funding to pay for Civil Liberties Jobs Program participants to work in state and City parks and in City recreation centers, or be placed in a Stl Youth Jobs site or YouthBuild. It also funds continued assistance for participants looking for permanent jobs.

First Financial Credit Union also opens banking and savings accounts for each program participant and teaches them how to create a budget and save.

The Civil Liberties Jobs Program is another component of the City's PIER Plan, which focuses crime reduction efforts through Prevention, Intervention, Enforcement, and Reentry. Civil Liberties is an example of intervening when someone does commit a crime by offering alternative sentencing and diversion opportunities.

"The Civil Liberties Jobs Program is open to those who want to go to class, who want to learn, who want an opportunity to better themselves," Mayor Slay said. "If they do, and if they're committed, the City will do all that we can to help."

To connect to the Civil Liberties Jobs Program, call (314) 622-3233.


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