Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Labor and Unions

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Labor Relations Board is issuing a final rule to modernize and streamline the union election process.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In a victory for unions, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday that employees can use their company email accounts for union organizing and other workplace-related purposes, if they do it on their own time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The governor continues to claim that employers can't find workers willing or able to pass the tests.
Up to 125 workers at Philadelphia International Airport are planning a work stoppage Thursday in protest of what they say are poor wages and working conditions.
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.
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.
Can the Schuylkill ever play a role like the Chicago River or Paris' Seine - a source of beauty and vitality that unites riverside neighborhoods like Center City and University City rather than dividing them?
NEW YORK (AP) - BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones - and most smartphone customers - have embraced touch screens.
The Street: Not only was Fox's much-ballyhooed $50 million reality TV "game-changer" Utopia a disaster both in ratings and finances, it may also be viewed by future generations as the defining moment in the death of an entire genre: reality TV. So what now?
Bonnie Haas spent the bulk of her professional life in hospitals tending to some of the sickest patients as an intensive-care nurse. But it has been a lifesaving act of a far more personal nature that has preoccupied her for the last two years.
The Street: Microsoft's decision to accept bitcoins at its online store may be a feather in the cap for the digital currency, but the move does not necessarily show a general acceptance of this new-fangled form of money.
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.
The Street: Last year, an increase in shipping sent nearly 8 million packages through UPS' system, which proved disastrous when a 37% jump in orders placed the last weekend before Christmas and a spate of bad weather belied UPS' promise of “just in time” delivery for late orders.
U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) and Pasquale T. "Pat" Deon Sr., chairman of the SEPTA board and a commissioner of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, made a private trip to China last month to urge wealthy Chinese to immigrate to the United States by investing in a major highway construction project in Bucks County.
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.
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