Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Labor and Unions

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The Street: Richard Branson's Virgin Management is taking employee benefits to a new level, announcing today a policy allowing up to one year of fully paid leave for new parents, including adoptive parents.
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - Wading into presidential politics, President Barack Obama on Thursday promoted his brand of middle-class economics by drawing sharp contrasts with "mean" Republicans in a state whose GOP governor was preparing to enter the vast 2016 presidential field.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Exotic dancers hired as admissions counselors. Recruiters told to seek out "impatient" individuals who have "few people in their lives who care about them." Military personnel still recovering from brain damage told to sign on the dotted line.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court will consider limiting the power of government employee unions to collect fees from non-members in a case that labor officials say could threaten membership and further weaken union clout.
The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia's tentative agreement with the owners of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com calls for no increase in health-care costs and the end of unpaid furloughs for Guild members, the union said.
Philadelphia's paid-sick-leave law takes effect Wednesday, and city officials are encouraging workers to make sure their employers know about the new rules.
Members of the largest union representing employees at The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com voted Wednesday evening to authorize strike preparations as ongoing contract negotiations have yielded no breakthroughs.
The Jewish Exponent, the nation's second-oldest continuously published Jewish newspaper, has laid off its local editorial and production staff and is transferring newsroom management to a Baltimore-area communications firm to cut operating costs.
US-MEXICO-FARMS-WIDERIMAGE:Picking strawberries in Mexico for U.S. tables leaves workers asking for more
A Havertown building contractor cited after two workers were injured when they came in contact with power lines, has been cited again by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
"At Wawa they train you to be happy"
Lawyers for the Convention Center filed an emergency motion on Friday to vacate a Pennsylvania labor relations hearing examiner's decision to reconsider the ban that keeps union carpenters from working there.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Atlantic City's efforts to recapture some of the tourism dollars it has lost to casino competition in recent years finally appear to be working.
NEW YORK (AP) - Oreos are getting a skinny new look, and its maker says the new cookie is a "sophisticated" snack for adults that isn't meant to be twisted or dunked.
EPHRATA, Pa. - Here in the heart of Lancaster County, where the Shell station proudly boasts "We have worms," and the dark rolling earth turns green with corn, soybean, or tobacco crops, the chicken egg is king.
PATCO riders greeted a new weekday schedule Monday morning with complaints on social media about crowded and late trains. Under the new schedule, all trains in both directions are operating on the south track across the Ben Franklin Bridge for the next two months so that rail replacement work on the north track can be completed by the end of the year.
Cigna faces new merger pressure: analyst
Gov. Christie signed legislation Monday allowing Cooper University Hospital to take control of emergency medical services in Camden, a bill that drew criticism from the city's longtime paramedic-services provider.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The reclusive beekeeper who co-founded Burt's Bees, and whose face and wild beard appeared on labels for the natural cosmetics, died on Sunday. Burt Shavitz was 80.
Cordish Cos., a Baltimore developer slated to build a casino in South Philadelphia's Stadium District, has been dogged by allegations of racial discrimination against African American guests at nightclubs it runs in Kansas City, Mo.; and Louisville, Ky.
Some argue that paying workers more could hurt business and might even cause employers to cut pay or use fewer workers. But this is false.
NLRB Case 05-RC-079249 - Miller & Anderson, Inc.
NLRB Case 28-CA-085434 - A.W. Farrell & Son, Inc.
NLRB Case 07-CA-135980 - United States Postal Service
NLRB Case 28-CA-137972 - Synergy One Locating, LLC
NLRB Case 21-CA-038915 - 2 Sisters Food Group, Inc., and Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, Inc.
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