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#YeahTHATAgenda: Ad Age Honors EP+Co, Boeing: Calls for Unionization, Unity Park Clash, Cat Cafe Move, Teacher Protest, The Beer Van

Apr 30, 2019 11:04AM ● By Chris Haire
EP + Co was named one of Ad Age's A-List Standouts at the publication's annual Ad Age A-List and Creativity Awards event held April 15: The Greenville- and New York-based EP+Co was among 10 standouts, with Ad Age praising the agency for its work with Men's Wearhouse following the departure of its founder, as well as campaigns for Tumi's Latitude luggage and long-time client Denny's.

"You can't do EPic stuff with basic people," wrote EP+Co Chief Growth Officer Jeff Hoffman in a LinkedIn post. "This is the first time any agency headquartered in South Carolina has been named to the A-List. More importantly it signifies that Do>Say and that our amazing partnerships and diverse and varied creative talents are driving business success for some of America's most iconic organizations."

Last year, EP+Co spearheaded a spirited campaign for the Deadpool 2, starring Ryan Reynolds, and it was also named the social media agency of record for LinkedIn. 

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) has called for the unionization of Boeing South Carolina workers: Following last week's New York Times raising concerns about alleged safety issues and an alleged retaliatory workplace culture at the Boeing 787 Dreamliner plant in North Charleston, Sen. Brown issued a statement in which he argued that unionization would "change Boeing’s corporate culture" and help "improve product safety."

In a letter to Boeing, Brown wrote, "I read with great concern The New York Times’ recent reporting on safety concerns in the 787 Dreamliner production line. I was particularly troubled by the company’s repeated practice of ignoring, harassing, or firing employees who raised safety issues during production."

He added, "Instead of creating a corporate culture where potential safety violations must be reported quickly and processed carefully, multiple former plant employees said they were intimidated, harassed, ignored, or even terminated for raising production quality concerns."

"Your employees are critical to producing high-quality, safe planes, and they should be included in decisions regarding production quality and timing," Brown wrote. "Union representation would facilitate a productive exchange between workers and management and would ensure workers are protected from retaliation when they raise concerns about the production process."

While the Times focused on Boeing South Carolina, an earlier report from Defense One alleged that Boeing's Everett, Wash., site had produced planes for the Air Force in which "tools and parts" had been left inside the aircraft, a potential safety hazard.

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Cultures clash in Unity Park where brewery prepares to open next to rescue mission (Greenville News)

SCE&G changing name after VC Summer nuclear fiasco, takeover (The State)

The Organic Cat Cafe and Music Lounge is open at their new location (Greenville News)

40 Charleston area condo and apartment buildings involved in lawsuits over defects (Post and Courier)

More than 140 Greenville County teachers ask for May 1 off in preparation for rally (WYFF 4)

SC Senate to decide on new Conservation Bank head (Greenwood Index-Journal)

South Carolina approves $22.5 million in renovations to Gamecocks’ football stadium (Post and Courier)

Boeing CEO Defends Safety Record Amid 2 Deadly Crashes  (Manufacturing.Net)

Airbus Sees No Benefit From Boeing MAX Crisis (Aviation Week)

Attorneys in SCE&G settlement want $63.5M while customers get pennies, lawyer says (The State)

Think Tank spotlights female business owners (Greenwood Index-Journal)

Foxconn Tore Up a Small Town to Build a Big Factory—Then Retreated (WSJ)

Marriott to Take On Airbnb in Booming Home-Rental Market (WSJ)

One Defense Agency is Building a Bot Army (Defense One)

Amazon preps for One-Day Free Shipping (Logistics Management)

23andMe, Michael J. Fox Foundation launch genetic database for Parkinson's research (Becker's Hospital Review)

Trust in pharma is up, but still in 'distrust' zone: survey (Fierce Pharma)

Almost half of American workers have cried at work (Fast Company)

Burger King to introduce Impossible Whopper nationwide (Nation's Restaurant News)

‘Hey, BeerVan!’: Giant Eagle kicks off beer delivery service (Supermarket News)

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Kate Mendez
United Way of Greenville County | Grant Accounting and Compliance Manager
Age 33

During the six years that I have called Greenville home, I am reminded daily of our amazing community. I work for United Way of Greenville County, and it is truly inspiring to work with both our donors and community partners to help everyone who seeks help and refuge find their cycle of success.

I also love working closely with Femmeportant (formerly GirlBoss Greenville) and leading MomBoss Greenville, a collaborative that focuses on creating support for local moms and provides tangible ways for women to support each other. I also convene the Upstate Human Trafficking Coalition and serve on the board of directors for Keeping Greenville County Beautiful.

As a recent graduate of the Women’s Leadership Institute of Furman University and Leadership Greenville Class 43, I plan to continue finding new and innovative ways to support the women in our community, as well as continue making Greenville an inclusive, safe, and amazing place to live for all. I am thrilled to be a part of such an esteemed group. Thank you for this honor.