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Archive: August, 2013

Unemployment stalled in Philadelphia area

Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 12:13 PM
The unemployment rate fell in Camden, Gloucester and Burlington counties, although it continued to creep up in Philadelphia, surrounding Pennsylvania counties and the Wilmington area. However, July's rate was less than it was a year ago, the U.S. Labor Department reported Wednesday morning. In Philadelphia... Read more

"Rat" contractors, "union-stalking"

Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 11:47 AM
Came into work Monday morning to receive two missives -- both relating to the Post Brothers and their long dispute with the city's building trades. On my desk was a crumpled leaflet from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 illustrated with a photo of a rat. Real nice. In my... Read more

Worker deaths up in construction, mining

Monday, August 26, 2013, 11:14 AM
Fatalities in construction rose in 2012 -- up five percent, even though the amount of hours in private construction rose only one percent, a clear disparity, the U.S. Labor Department reported last week. Interesting disparity, considering that fatal occupational injuries in construction had declined... Read more

Great job interview questions

Thursday, August 22, 2013, 4:45 AM
As someone who questions people for a living, I love questions and I love to ask human resource people, recruiters and others who interview job applicants for their favorite interview questions. On Tuesday, I posed that question to two Karens, Karen Rafferty, director of nurse education at Temple... Read more

Temple University Hospital banks on its newbies

Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 11:34 AM
Less than 10 years ago, when employers were predicting dire shortages of nurses, no one would have imagined that graduates fresh out of nursing school with an associate's degree would be unable to find jobs. But the recession changed the equation, with nurses staying put instead of retiring. Most acute... Read more

The cost of safety

Thursday, August 8, 2013, 4:10 AM
We've had a tragic lesson this summer on how perilous construction can be -- how mistakes, or cost-cutting, or carelessness lead to loss of life and injury. Let's review: Six people died and 14 were injured when a Center City building collapsed on the Salvation Army Thrift Store at 22d and Market... Read more

A giant exhale at Philadelphia's Convention Center

Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 4:45 AM
Wednesday marks the start of the American Association of Diabetes Educators convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. A week ago, it looked like the Educators were going to be schooled in what happens when managers and workers can't reach agreements on important issues. Last Thursday, on Aug... Read more

Firefighting: Boring, then 3 dead

Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 3:05 AM
No denying the excitement, the pure adrenaline rush that a firefighter feels enroute to a call. What a weird mix of feelings -- fear, excitement, maybe guilt for wanting the excitement instead of a ho-hum call that turns out to be a lot-of-get-up-and-go for something boringly minor. Until one night... Read more

A Camden judge speaks out: The criminal toll of joblessness

Monday, August 5, 2013, 3:40 AM
Superior Court Judge Michael Kassel's week revolved around what he described as "horrific senseless crimes," the particularly heinous killing of a Burlington County couple in a Camden row house three years ago. So what does this crime have to do with this blog, which is about jobs? Everything, but... Read more

NLRB trifecta for Philadelphia law firm

Thursday, August 1, 2013, 3:05 AM
Morgan Lewis, the national law firm with Philadelphia roots, scored a trifecta this week, landing its third lawyer onto the National Labor Relations Board. All three have generally represented management. On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate approved Philip Miscimarra's nomination to the NLRB. Miscimarra,... 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.

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