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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.
Weather or Not: A union for National Weather Service employees says vacancies are a hazard to employees – and the public.
Whitney Williams was inspecting rows of books she had sorted, priced, and neatly arranged on a shelf at the Goodwill store in Lansdowne when a shopper stopped to ask her a question.
A trade show that had planned to move its annual event to Atlantic City, after bad experiences in 2012 and 2013 at the Convention Center, has reconsidered and will return to Philadelphia in August, the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau and the center said Thursday.
Employed by subcontractors, airplane cabin cleaners at Philadelphia International Airport planned to rally outside Terminals B and C Wednesday, demanding safer procedures to protect "front line" workers against infectious diseases, including Ebola.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - The union battling Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal is defending its right to contact the casino's customers and urge them to take their business elsewhere during a nasty labor dispute.
Revenue Dept. wants a form filled out and a tax paid.
With Philadelphia taxi service facing an uncertain future, no one was willing to bid Wednesday on new taxi medallions offered for sale by the Philadelphia Parking Authority.
Pa. taxpayer grants to French, German, Nascar firms before vote
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Google is introducing an application designed to make it easier for its Gmail users to find and manage important information that can often get buried in their inboxes.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. consumer prices edged up slightly in September, with the overall increase held back by a third straight monthly decline in gasoline prices. The tiny gain was the latest evidence that inflation remains benign.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Labor Secretary Tom Perez sought Monday to re-energize President Barack Obama's stalled push for raising the minimum wage from $7.50 to $10.10 an hour and for making paid leave for mothers of newborns more widely available.
NLRB Case 31-RC-133248 - Pro-Tec Fire Services, LTD.
NLRB Case 28-CA-132388 - South Central Electrical and Maintenance Company
NLRB Case 31-CA-104872 - Hoot Winc, LLC and Ontario Wings, LLC dba Hooters of Ontario Mills, Joint Employers
NLRB Case 19-RC-102521 - Pacific Lutheran University
NLRB Case 04-RC-104485 - Virgo Medical Services, Inc.
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