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Archive: June, 2013

Hungering for impact: A "fast" way to attract attention to Philadelphia schools

Thursday, June 27, 2013, 7:13 PM
Union members are fasting in protest of the layoffs of 1,202 noontime aides from the Philadelphia School District. It makes an interesting story, and that may be the point, said a Drexel University political science professor who teaches about propaganda and politics. "The goal is to have the issues... Read more

Happy Birthday to my favorite law

Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 4:40 AM
The federal Fair Labor Standards Act turns 75 today! It may be old, but it's not obsolete. This is the law that requires people to be paid minimum wage. It sets the rules for overtime. It is the most basic employment law -- the one that makes sure that people are paid for their work. The U.S. Labor... Read more

Mass layoff: An obituary for some dying data

Monday, June 24, 2013, 3:15 AM
This is an obituary for some data passing into the Great Beyond. On Friday, the U.S. Labor Department released its last report on mass layoffs -- a real mess considering the fragile state of the job market. Here's what the department wrote to explain the data's demise: "On March 1, 2013, President... Read more

Jersey jobs: What are the prospects for the future?

Friday, June 21, 2013, 4:05 AM
Sometimes, you put two employment reports up against each other and you just want to cry. That happened to me on Thursday when I looked at the jobs report from New Jersey and ran the results against a new survey from Challenger, Gray & Christmas, the Chicago company that helps unemployed people... Read more

Cruising for wages

Thursday, June 20, 2013, 11:09 AM
What would mean to you, as an employee, if your company gave you a car -- the same car you used all day to perform your duties -- and allowed you to take it home and drive it to and from work? The company covered the gas and the cost of repairs. You could only use it for work or to commute to work... Read more

Good news for Pennsylvania jobless, with a troubling shadow

Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 11:59 AM
Checked in this morning with John Dodds, head of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, about the state of the Pennsylvania unemployment compensation phone system. Actual good news! "The phones have been cleaned up," Dodds wrote back. "We are no longer getting complaints and our contacts at the state... Read more

Update: Ban-the-box and criminal background checks

Monday, June 17, 2013, 3:20 AM
Some quick catch-up from the past week: First of all, in New Jersey, the Senate's Labor Committee heard testimony about the state's proposed "ban the box" legislation, limiting when employers can inquire about an applicant's criminal history. The legislation essentially requires employers to eliminate... Read more

Fix my job

Friday, June 14, 2013, 3:45 AM
What can employees do when their boss is a jerk, when he/she makes them work extra hours or not enough hours, when there are unreasonable demands, or the pay is bad or the conditions unsafe? Answer: They can help themselves. Does that sound like a union? Maybe, but for young people in particular,... Read more

Building collapse: Working in pain, working through pain

Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 4:40 AM
Roofer Anthony Soli, 42, hasn't been sleeping well. He keeps replaying Wednesday's memories, the loud crash, the horrifying sight of a building under demolition collapsing onto the Salvation Army Thrift Store, the mad scramble down the scaffolding, the rush into the rubble to find someone to save... Read more

Internship: The movie, the Institute and one man's dream

Monday, June 10, 2013, 3:15 AM
The irony of the situation wasn't lost on Matt Zinman, 46, hustling hard at a preview party of "The Internship" last week. Twenty-plus years ago, he was an intern for a movie production company and he spent his internship setting up preview parties for movies, with the aim of drawing an audience of... Read more
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