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Archive: October, 2011

Textiles and textile unions

Monday, October 31, 2011, 5:05 AM
Can textile manufacturing be revitalized in the city and if so, what, if any role do unions have to play? That's a question I posed to Lynne Fox, manager of the Philadelphia Joint Board of Workers United, the union that now represents the region's apparel and textile workers. "If there was ever a... Read more

Administrator gets the details right

Friday, October 28, 2011, 5:00 AM
Making sure something is done exactly right -- getting the i's dotted and t's crossed -- gives Philadelphia administrator Keith Conrad tremendous satisfaction. "I'm a very organized person," said Conrad. "I stick to what I'm doing until I get the job done." Until July, Conrad worked for the city... Read more

Help for laid-off pharma workers

Thursday, October 27, 2011, 5:00 AM
Laid-off pharmaceutical workers can apply for training dollars from the New Jersey's Department of Labor and Industry. The department has received $1 million of a $3.6 million federal grant intended to keep pharmaceutical talent from leaving the state. The grant doesn't apply to everyone -- just to... Read more

Workplace fables: The power of praise

Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 4:00 AM
Starting today, and as often as I can find them, I'm going to write stories on this blog about lessons people have learned about doing their jobs. Today's lesson -- the power of praise -- comes from Margaret "Peggy" McCausland, an employment attorney from Conshohocken that I met at the Forum for... Read more

Executive women: Choice or chance?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 4:15 AM
Choice or chance? That's the question the Philadelphia Forum of Executive Women asked in its latest Deloitte-sponsored report showing virtual stagnation in the proportion of women executives and board members in Philadelphia's largest corporations. The answer is simple -- if companies want women on... Read more

Jump start your job search

Monday, October 24, 2011, 3:30 AM
Human resources professional Amy Dinning is no stranger to layoffs -- she has laid people off and she's been laid off herself. So she knows first hand the initial shock to the system, particularly when someone hasn't had to look for a job in several decades. That's why she has teamed up with several... Read more

Wanted: Job with meaning

Friday, October 21, 2011, 4:50 AM
Beth Monahan has done her time in the corporate world, handling internal and external communications for major companies, including Aon Corp., Cigna Corp. and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. But she wants something different now. Laid off for a year, she yearns to use her photography and writing skills... Read more

GOP 2000 and Occupy Philly: A tale of two (tent) cities

Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 5:57 PM
Networking matters, which is why it blew my mind when I had a flashback to the Republican convention held here in 2000 as Ivan Boothe and I chatted at Occupy Philadelphia's protest site city outside City Hall Tuesday. Both gatherings involved a Tent City. But there was another more important similarity... Read more

Ode to the standard screw

Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 5:00 AM
William Sellers is my new hero, because he standardized the screw and because I get to use a quasi-dirty word in my blog. Sellers ran several blocks-large machine shop manufacturing facility 16th and Hamilton Streets in Philadelphia and once led the Franklin Institute. In manufacturing history, however... Read more

Audiovisual technician says comfort matters most

Friday, October 14, 2011, 4:40 AM
When audiovisual technician Mark Forman received a call from a recruiter recently, he briefly allowed himself to hope. The recruiter described what appeared to be the perfect job – a jack-of-all-trades position running a meeting facility. It sounded like the responsibilities would be in his sweet-spot... 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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