Top Headlines: BCA offering tips on PBS, Shipt shoppers protest

BCA using PBS to offer tips on applying for stimulus funding
The Business Council of Alabama will present the Small Business Exchange on Alabama Public Television Thursday night (4/8/20) from 7 – 8 p.m. BCA experts will be available to answer questions from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Thursday night and again from 9 a.m. to noon Friday. The event is designed to help small businesses apply for federal stimulus funding. – WPMI

GE Appliances offering ‘appreciation pay’ for Decatur workers
GE Appliances said it is offering an additional $2 per hour “appreciation pay” for hourly production employees at its Decatur refrigeration plant who are working during the coronavirus pandemic. The company says the extra money is a way of saying “thank you to our employees across America who are dedicated in their efforts to ensure people have appliances.” –

Covid’s cruel irony: Layoffs, potential closures for smaller hospitals
More than half of Alabama’s hospitals were already in a precarious situation before coronavirus. About 52 percent of the state’s hospitals had negative total margins before COVID-19, and 75 percent of them had negative operating margins, according to Alabama Hospital Association President Donald Williamson. In layman’s terms, they were bleeding money. – AL Political Reporter

Shipt protest will last as long as needed, leader says
An organized walk-off of Shipt shoppers is underway as the gig worker-versus-corporation fight takes another step. The movement, announced Monday via blog post, aims to improve health conditions and hazard pay for surrogate shoppers at risk during the coronavirus pandemic, among other issues. –

Deadline extended for companies wishing to bid on prison construction
Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Corrections announced Tuesday a two-week deadline extension for proposal submission in response to the ADOC’s Request for Proposal to improve the state’s prison infrastructure. The proposals will be due on or before May 14. – AL NewsNet

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