Sunday, February 7, 2016

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Yes, they mix it up at the bargaining table, but Craig E. White, the chief executive of Philadelphia Gas Works, and Keith Holmes, who leads PGW's largest union, Local 686 of the Utility Workers of America, get along, both agree. Some of it is pedigree: White's father was a union worker at PGW for 20 years before he became management and Holmes is a third-generation PGW employee.
The nation's unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in January, hitting its lowest point in eight years, since February 2008.
Edward Coryell Sr., longtime leader of the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters, had an unexpected visitor Wednesday morning.
Edward Coryell Sr., one of the region's most powerful labor leaders, is out. All Philadelphia-area Carpenters union locals have been closed and their assets and members divided among regional councils in Pittsburgh; Edison, N.J.; and Framingham, Mass.
The Street: How does one-year paid maternity leave, free ski lift tickets or taking every other Friday off sound as an extra perk to working at your company? These, and others, are examples of the benefits that some companies are offering to increase employee retention in 2016.
Workers at the Philadelphia Food Distribution Center voted Saturday to ratify a five-year agreement that includes wage increases, employer-paid health care and increased employer contributions to the pension plan.
The Street: The list of companies actively hiring represents a variety of industries -- from health care to technology. Jobs being hired for include consultant, instructor, analyst, marketing manager, nurse practitioner, client service representative and software engineer.
DOVER, Del. - DuPont Co., pursuing merger with Dow Chemical, tipped to a fourth-quarter loss as volumes declined and the strong dollar weighed on results.
Back in 2009, when an ugly management-union dispute took hold at Hahnemann University Hospital, labor and delivery nurses Jane Bryer and Sue Robertson were good friends. But when it came to bringing a union into the hospital to represent nurses, they were on opposite sides. Ultimately, the union lost. On Wednesday, after an overwhelming majority of nurses voted to unionize, the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals became the collective bargaining representative for Hahnemann's 850 nurses, the largest union win in the nation in a year.
The Street: To make employers become more amenable in employee salary negotiations (a tip - use the term "is there any way you can be more flexible?" when talking money with hiring managers), know ahead of time what your final salary figure is.
Health insurance costs have been rising at historically low rates over the last several years, but it may not feel that way to consumers.
In the late 1970s, the cancer death rate in the heavily industrial Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood of Bridesburg was twice the national average.
A report from the Economic Policy Institute says Wal-Mart's imports from China eliminated 400,000 jobs in the United States from 2001 to 2013.
GOBankingRates: If you like getting gift cards, you might be surprised at how many retailers love giving them out as incentives. Whether it’s a bonus gift card for buying gift cards yourself, or a gift card bundled with a product or service, scoring a free gift card can feel like winning money.
The Street: Both Baby Boomers - at or beyond retirement - and also Millennials trying to get a toehold in the workplace say volunteering has been their path to great, paying work.
Comcast Corp.’s Universal theme park has acquired 475 acres of undeveloped land in Orlando’s bustling and highly competitive tourism corridor...
A Brooklyn developer has secured $24 million in financing for its redevelopment of the former West Philadelphia High School building into a 298-unit apartment property.
About this time two years ago, Philadelphia Gas Works chief executive Craig White was in the middle of negotiations to sell PGW to a utility company in Connecticut.
As bad as last year was for the Marcellus Shale drilling industry, 2016 is shaping up to be worse. Several major shale-gas operators have announced dramatic cuts in drilling plans for this year. The cuts will inevitably mean less local spending on suppliers, haulers, and construction firms.
It's the morning after a long night of indulgence, and you're feeling like a slug. Coffee can't clear the cobwebs or rouse your spirits, let alone work off the excess poundage. Whom you gonna call - or, more accurately, summon on a smartphone app - for help?
Cancer Treatment Centers of America said Friday that John McNeil will retire as chief executive of its Eastern Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia on Feb. 12. McNeil will become chief culture officer for the chain of five cancer hospitals based in Boca Raton, Fla.
The Street: Here's why holiday pink slips have become less taboo.
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