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Archive: July, 2011

Side by side by supermarket

Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 3:40 AM
What does Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein think about unions? I have no idea, but he's got to be grateful for the help that he got from a union leader that helped him close a deal worth millions of dollars. Just another example of how business leaders can use unions to build wealth -- for everyone... Read more

Kitchen colors

Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 3:45 AM
Go into most fine dining establishments. Who is on the waitstaff? Who is in the kitchen? The folks in the back, say activists, tend to be immigrants or minorities, who also tend to earn less. The front of the house folks are more likely to be white and, in the best restaurants, male. They are also... Read more

An analyst's early intervention

Monday, July 25, 2011, 3:05 AM
James Dougherty, a laid off budget analyst, should be bragging about his accomplishments in the financial arena, but what he really wants to talk about is the importance of early intervention in the lives of children with disabilities. "This is the first step for them," he said. "It's their first encounter... Read more

Hiring: Finding the cultural fit

Friday, July 22, 2011, 3:25 AM
Here's what customer support looks like at Front Rush LLC, a software company housed in an old factory in Lambertville. You can spot co-Founder Brad Downs riding around the office on a bicycle and chitchatting over the phone. Definitely fun. At the same time, working at a place like that is not for... Read more

No dogs at work. Please.

Thursday, July 21, 2011, 10:23 AM
Please don't bring your dog to work. Dana Spain's "One `Great' Idea for Philadelphia" is to make the city more pet friendly by allowing people to bring their pets into work, into restaurants, into stores. In my opinion, that's one BAD idea, especially in the workplace. I remember going to one workplace... Read more

Wall-to-wall union

Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 2:45 AM
Verizon contract negotiations continue in Philadelphia where one of the biggest issues is Verizon's reluctance/the unions' desires to unionize the non-union Verizon Wireless. You can read my Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer story by clicking here. AT&T, Verizon's chief rival, is union wall-to-wall... Read more

Hey, hey, the gang's all there

Tuesday, July 19, 2011, 3:50 AM
Big labor line-up in Washington DC Monday and Tuesday as unions and business groups opine on proposed changes to how union elections are conducted. The National Labor Relations Board has promulgated new regulations that will essentially speed up the election process. sides. Click here for the webcast... Read more

Selling himself

Monday, July 18, 2011, 3:30 AM
Laid off salesman Joe Brooks, of Holland, loves being a salesman. "I love people. I love meeting people and I really like solving problems." But it wasn't always that way. When he first started, all he could think of was sleazy car salesmen. On the way to his first sales call, "I was scared to death... Read more

Who's missing? The CEO's wife

Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 3:45 AM
The offices of Cigna Foundation, the giving arm of Cigna Corp., will remain in Philadelphia, which is good news, given Tuesday's announcement that the insurer's headquarters would be moving to Connecticut from Philadelphia. That's good, because the local folks who are used to asking Cigna for money... Read more

Buying a win-win

Monday, July 11, 2011, 3:40 AM
Being a purchasing agent is more than just putting the squeeze on vendors, trying to extract every last drop of savings, said James Dubin, of Cherry Hill, who, in February, was laid off from his job as senior purchasing agent at Whitesell Companies in Delran. That might work in the short run, but it’s... Read more
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