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Archive: March, 2013

Philadelphia unions promise to push hard

Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 3:25 AM
Will Philadelphia's labor and activist community be able to draw 1,000 people to the rally scheduled for noon today at City Hall? The issues, from the labor side, are numerous: The lack of a contract between the city and its public employee unions. Until recently, it seemed as if no news was good... Read more

What sick pay costs

Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 3:54 PM
Just in time for the potential vote in Philadelphia on paid sick days legislation is the monthly report from the U.S. Labor Department on compensation costs. Reading through the report makes it easy to see why restaurant workers and restaurant owners are lining up on opposite sides of this legislation... Read more

New Jersey help for laid-off pharmaceutical workers

Monday, March 11, 2013, 5:32 PM
New Jersey's Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced a program today to help unemployed pharmaceutical workers retrain for new jobs. Businesses can receive up to $14,000 over six months if they are willing to retrain and employ former pharma workers from approved locations of Bristol-Myers... Read more

Construction jobs building, but could get hammered

Friday, March 8, 2013, 12:15 PM
The construction trades have been hammered throughout the recession, but Friday's U.S. Labor Department report showed great progress for the beleaguered sector. Hiring was up by 48,000 jobs from January to February. This is the ninth month of steady job growth. You may wonder how construction hiring... Read more

Commuting to Jersey

Thursday, March 7, 2013, 12:23 PM
Starting Monday, I'll be returning to my car to commute across state lines to the Inquirer's office in Cherry Hill. That's why I read the recent U.S. Census report on commuting with more than passing interest. In driving from Philadelphia, where I live, to Cherry Hill, I'll be bucking the trend for... Read more

Good news, bad news in employment

Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 11:42 AM
As someone who covers unemployment, sometimes all I want to do is hang my head and sigh. What should be an uplifting day of news of positive job growth from the ADP pay roll processing company is offset by a report from a news outlet in Hazleton, detailing the effects of sequestration on the Tobyhanna... Read more

Rocking the ROC on Philadelphia paid sick leave

Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 11:49 AM
Not surprisingly, on a day that Philadelphia City Council is holding hearings on a bill mandating paid sick time for companies doing business in the city, my email contains a missive from a group called ROCExposed. ROC stands for the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, an organization that advocates... Read more

How a Philadelphia hairdresser and the Philadelphia Flower Show solved the same problem

Monday, March 4, 2013, 6:09 PM
When Drew Becher took over as the president of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in 2010, he faced the same issue that Philadelphia hairdresser Nich Berardi grappled with five years earlier. Both men were out of space. True, Becher could have expanded the beloved Philadelphia Flower Show into... Read more
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Jobbing covers the workplace – employment, unemployment, management, unions, legal issues, labor economics, benefits, work-life balance, workforce development, trends and profiles.

Jane M. Von Bergen writes about workplace issues for the Inquirer.

Married to a photographer she met at her college newspaper, Von Bergen has been a reporter since fourth grade, covering education, government, retailing, courts, marketing and business. “I love the specific detail that tells the story,” she says.

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