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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.
The Street: Everything worked as described and glitch-free. Programs opened quickly; Screen response was quick. The phone never hinted that there was a task that it couldn't handle. However, the question for potential customers remains - is all of this enough?
The Street: They may seem normal, diligent and affable, but when it comes to new employees remember that crazy can fool you for a little while. Keep an eye out for these red flags, or you could end up hiring a psychopath:
Ahead of a key hearing next week in the Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. bankruptcy, unsecured creditors blasted the company's disclosure statement for its Chapter 11 reorganization plan as a "charade" that should not be approved by the judge.
The Street: The $369,900 2015 Ferrari F12's can travel a quarter mile from a standing stop in a mere 11 seconds, for instance. Go just 13 miles and you've burned a gallon of gas. The worst offender is the $1.7 million Bugatti Veyron, which goes from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.6 seconds but only gets 10 miles a gallon.
The Street: Here's a look at the pre-winter checks AAA recommends all car owners or their mechanics do this weekend to ready vehicles for colder weather. "Winter makes it much more difficult to get your car started and the road conditions are usually worse, so it's important to have everything working properly before then," says AAA's Mike Calkin.
SugarHouse Casino plans to open its temporary 24-table poker room to the public Saturday at noon, the Fishtown company said.
The Street: A partnership with Google Express, Amazon or EBay Now, companies that are laying the foundation for vast same-day delivery networks, could be an option. Another could be Uber, the on-demand driver service sweeping the country and already integrated with the Starbucks mobile app.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission will hold a one-day session on Nov. 14 at Drexel University to explore plans for Philadelphia Gas Works in the aftermath of a collapsed deal to sell the city utility.
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.
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