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NEW YORK (AP) - Nearly 9,000 unpaid interns stand to benefit from a $6.4 million settlement with NBCUniversal over back wages.
Airplane cabin cleaners at Philadelphia International Airport employed by subcontractors rallied outside Terminal B on Wednesday, seeking safer procedures to protect "front line" workers against infectious diseases, including Ebola.
By activating its nuclear option and cancelling its teachers' contract, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission took an action Monday that could remake the city's schools and have national implications.
A 1975 federal consent decree designed to remedy discrimination against blacks in the Philadelphia Fire Department has been dissolved.
The Street: Companies' health initiatives are certainly worthwhile – up to a point. But then there are the health “risk assessments.” So-called “health fairs” or “biometric screenings” can pry into personal medical histories – and may be illegal.
Heard in the Hall: City Council approved Thursday to extend a job creation tax credit for businesses that hire and pay new employees at least $12 an hour. The Living Wage Job Creation Tax Credit Bill extends a $5,000 tax break from one year to five years.
Outraged by the School Reform Commission's decision to cancel its collective bargaining agreement with Philadelphia public school teachers, city labor leaders contemplated calling for a general strike.
The Christie Chronicles: Claiming in a speech to the NAACP last weekend that he had been unfairly attacked by public worker unions, Gov. Christie said there had been “tens of millions of dollars” of spending by a union in the state on ads “that says things like: Chris Christie: He loves millionaires, hates children.
Negotiators for SEPTA and Regional Rail locomotive engineers reached a tentative agreement, which will avert a possible commuter rail strike if the pact is accepted by the engineers and the SEPTA board.
As a leader in the union, he felt pressure to convince contractors to hire Ironworkers, even threatening and condoning violence.
The Street: Many hourly and even full-time employees are now receiving their paychecks in the form of payroll cards, but workers need to look out for fees , which can be steep and outweigh the convenience of paying bills online.
A union leader painted in court filings as the man at the center of much of the corruption within Ironworkers Local 401 admitted his role Tuesday in the group's long-standing efforts to maintain its grip on city construction jobs through violence and intimidation.
A lunchtime rally at the Delaware County Courthouse on Monday was billed as a fight for increasing the minimum wage, but it took on the character of a Democratic campaign rally, with not a single low-wage earner in sight.
The Street: Across the U.S., filing one claim means a homeowner’s premium will increase an average of 9%, according to a new report.
The Street: An increasing number of breweries are using wet hops - just picked off the vine - to make beers. Using wet hops to make beer is like using fresh herbs and spices as opposed to dried ones. Here are 18 wet hop beers you should try that you can only get right now.
ATLANTIC CITY - A trio of Trump Taj Mahal waitresses - Susan Blight, Patti Pinchock, and Valerie McMorris - have been with the casino since it opened on April 2, 1990.
The Planning Commission has voted to disapprove a proposed zoning overlay in the Northeast Philly neighborhood of Mayfair that would ban 15 separate business categories, including beauty parlors, laundromats, nail salons, and cell phone stores.
The Street: American Ebola concerns ebb and flow with the proximity of potential or proven infection : Dallas, New York and air travel in general . But there is one growing medical emergency that has been lingering for years – and subject to warnings of “a tragic end” since 1945. The growing legion of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Despite a threat by the Philadelphia Parking Authority to impound cars and fine drivers, the low-cost UberX ride-sharing service began operating in the city Friday night.
The Street: A new study from Vanderbilt University found that obese women are more likely to work in lower-paying and more physically demanding jobs, compared to average size women and men -- even obese men.
Boosting its lobbying muscle, Comcast Corp. has hired Washington insider Mitch Rose to head its NBCUniversal government affairs department, the cable company said Friday.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie says he's tired of talk about raising the minimum wage.
NLRB Case 37-CA-007965 - HTH Corporation, Pacific Beach Corporation, and Koa Management, LLC dba Pacific Beach Hotel (as a si
NLRB Case 15-CA-019697 - Austin Fire Equipment, LLC
NLRB Case 05-CA-123647 - Sky High Services, LLC
NLRB Case 05-CA-119728 - Business Resource Security Services, USA Inc. (BRSS)
NLRB Case 28-CA-023387 - Albertson's, LLC

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