Thursday, January 29, 2015

Labor and Unions

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A unanimous Supreme Court is ordering lower courts to take a new look at a dispute over a chemical company's efforts to cut costs in its health plan for retired workers.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Union membership in the United States is down slightly, accounting for just over 11 percent of the workforce last year, the Labor Department reported Friday.
Contracts were approved Thursday for two unions representing about 730 SEPTA workers. The contracts, approved by the SEPTA board Thursday following ratification by union members, will provide five-percent pay increases over the 31-month term of the pacts, in line with the pattern established by last year's settlement with the largest of SEPTA's 17 unions, Transport Workers Union Local 234.
Several fired McDonald's employees who say they were subject to rampant racial discrimination and sexual harassment are suing the fast-food chain's corporate parent, which they say controls nearly every aspect of how franchisees operate.
The Street: Want to be an elf at Santa’s Workshop? You’d better believe there’ll be a background check before they let you slip on those tights.
The U.S. economy is on a roll. Real GDP is expanding at a 3% pace, which is producing a prodigious 3 million jobs a year. Unemployment is falling rapidly, at more than a percentage point per year. Zandi sees the economy back to full employment by mid-2016.
The head of a Philadelphia ironworkers union will face a jury alone next month, after three more of his brothers in labor agreed to last-minute plea deals Tuesday, admitting they maintained their local's grip on area construction through violence and sabotage.
Even in Texas, testified business owner Suzanne Lee, Philadelphia's Ironworkers Union Local 401 was reputed to be one group you didn't want to cross.
In March, Sean Caldwell, a Mount Airy restaurant worker, told a newspaper reporter about struggling to support his children on the $8 an hour he earned as a part-time maintenance worker at the McDonald's restaurant at Broad Street and Allegheny Avenue in North Philadelphia.
American Airlines and its pilots union will begin arbitration hearings on March 9, if the two sides do not reach a labor contract before then, the union said in a message on its website.
After wasting millions of dollars on losing Democratic candidates in this month’s midterm elections, the American Federation of Teachers has completely gone off the deep end and banned Coca-Cola and Coke products from its events and facilities.
Heard in the Hall: Mandatory paid sick leave should come to Philadelphia, a task force formed to study the issue recommended in a report released to Mayor Nutter Monday morning.
Come Jan. 1, Philadelphia will add a $500 annual premium to benefits costs for nonunion employees who use tobacco products, and a $15 surcharge for prescriptions filled at pharmacies that sell tobacco products.
All is not well at South Jersey's only medical marijuana dispensary, a business outside Atlantic City that has experienced a wave of setbacks.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Revel has finally won something.
SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook says consumer demand for new iPhones has been "staggering" and "hard to comprehend." That demand helped the company report record-smashing earnings for its latest quarter and sent its stock climbing 5.7 percent on Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's CEO Don Thompson is stepping down as the world's biggest hamburger chain fights to hold onto customers and transform its image.
As RadioShack and other troubled chains weigh plans for closing stores across the United States, others see an opportunity to grab new locations.
David Kessler, the former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner, testified Wednesday that as a pediatrician, it "certainly is a red flag to me" that a Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. study of the use of its antipsychotic drug Risperdal in young children and adolescents, mainly boys, showed high rates of breast growth.
DEAR HARRY: My employer gives bonuses to employees at year-end. We get the choice of whether to take our checks at that time or in January of the following year. I got mine in December 2014. Because of some health issues, I now intend to retire in June 2015. As a result, I will be in a lower tax bracket in 2015.
The Pennsylvania Medical Society, which represents thousands of the state's doctors, says it will be entering the legal battle over $1 million in sanctions imposed by a Philadelphia judge on a lawyer who represents physicians in medical malpractice cases.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Joshua Thevenin has been a newspaper salesman, fireworks vendor and tele-marketer in the last month. He's one of the millions of seasonal and temporary workers wondering if the recovery from the Great Recession is actually happening.
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