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Archive: September, 2010

Push down to poverty

Thursday, September 30, 2010, 12:45 PM
In Coatesville, the CareerLinks people are working hard to get jobs for the unemployed. Even jobs for the least educated are difficult to find and Cheryl Spaulding, who leads a suburban network of church-based support groups for the under and unemployed, has a theory about why this is happening. "In... Read more

Jobless engineers

Thursday, September 30, 2010, 4:55 AM
Why, wonders Pennsylvania Secretary of Labor and Industry Sandi Vito, are there so many unemployed Pennsylvania engineers? “This is something that needs to be drilled down on,” she said. “If these folks are unemployed right now, we have some great talent sitting on the sideline.” The... Read more

Not dead yet

Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 10:34 AM
Yesterday's blog post was about the young who want to be involved in Philadelphia. Today's post is about older people who desperately want to stay involved by being employed. The studies show that 55+ workers have managed to hang onto more of their jobs in this recession, but when they lose those jobs... Read more

Young and involved

Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 12:58 PM
In 2020, 10 years from now, a lot of baby boomers will be retiring, if they haven't done so already, and the young people now in their late 20s and 30s should be moving to leadership in Philadelphia. So what will be the business climate be like when they are in charge? That was the question a group... Read more

Queasy about avatars and hiring employees

Monday, September 27, 2010, 4:00 AM
What if you could rent a stage set -- one that could easily be manipulated to duplicate almost any environment? What if you could hire an acting troupe to play a variety of characters -- disgruntled customers, stubborn co-workers, prospective clients, all working from a script you designed? Wouldn't... Read more

Career Transition Partnership in New Jersey

Friday, September 24, 2010, 12:09 PM
The recession is over, but unemployment is not and nowhere was that more apparent than at Thursday's kickoff event for Career Transition Partnership, a New Jersey partnership of churches, private employers, and career counselors and experts. I spoke to people like Larry E. Sutter who was laid off in... Read more

Boston beats Philadelphia for union's biz

Tuesday, September 7, 2010, 12:12 PM
I ran into Michael Barnes, the head of Local 8 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees' union, at the Labor Day parade and talked to him a little bit about my story in the Philadelphia Inquirer this morning. The story makes the point that unions tend not to hold their big national... Read more
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Jane M. Von Bergen writes about workplace issues for the Inquirer.

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