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Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, built for $2.4 billion, is worth $25 million to $73 million, according to estimates by Unite Here, a hospitality workers union that represents casino workers in Atlantic City and across the country.
People involved in a labor dispute will no longer be allowed to stalk, harass or threaten another person in the dispute with weapons of mass destruction. Currently, under the Pennsylvania crime code, such activities are permitted.
The Street: It's no secret that textile and garment manufacturers in recent years have been shifting production from China to countries with cheaper labor such as Vietnam. What's less evident is that Chinese companies, including several that trade on China's stock exchanges, are still very much in control of key industry segments - and deserve investor attention.
The City of Philadelphia has spent nearly $900 million in overtime during the past five years, partly as a strategy to keep costs down by hiring fewer full-time workers. But a analysis shows the strategy is driving up pension payments to thousands of employees.
With a Monday deadline looming, negotiations between SEPTA and Transport Workers Union Local 234 hit a snag on Sunday, according to transit agency officials.
UPS is taking heat in New York for firing 250 protesting workers, with some elected officials calling for the company to hire them back.
A new issue is growing out of labor's drive for a higher minimum wage for fast-food employees: wage theft, an umbrella term for failing to pay workers what they're legally owed.
ANOTHER DAY of contract negotiations wrapped between Philadelphia's transit system and the union representing thousands of workers. Officials from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and Transport Workers Union Local 234 met yesterday for about seven hours and finished up without reaching an agreement.
The federal judge who requested that the U.S. Attorney's Office assign more prosecutors said yesterday that it was just a "wish."
The union claims the district's attempt to impose working conditions goes against a long-held tradition.
The Street: Last week Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy signed a bill which will gradually phase in a new minimum wage at $10.10, the highest of any state in the nation.
The Street: With less than five seconds to go in the game, Aaron Harrison puts up a perfect three-pointer that seals the deal: Kentucky defeats Michigan and heads to the NCAA Final Four. The money shot. Certainly not for Harrison at least not yet -- but surely for the Kentucky coaches and the Southeastern Conference (SEC), all of whom will see a combined payday of about $2 million for the "nothing-but-net worth" score.
Market Burgers L.L.C., a fast food franchise company that operates a Checkers restaurant in West Philadelphia, signed a consent decree agreeing to pay $100,000, most of it in back wages, to settle a complaint by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing the company of paying its female shift managers, cashiers and sandwich makers less than they paid men in the same positions.
The Street: Ticket prices in the MLB average a little more than half that of the next-closest major sport, basketball.
US Airways is apologizing and investigating after a tweet sent from the airline's account included a graphic photo that is certainly not rated PG. Twitter exploded with jokes and Patrick Jones (@Patrick_E_Jones) rounds up some of the best. (1:08)
Sex workers are using the online service to find apartments for sex rather than stay at a posh New York City hotel room. (2:35)
PhillyDeals: The Union League is weighing a bold expansion, from its Broad Street temple to the Civil War's victors - where generations of successful Philadelphians have joined to meet, talk, eat, and drink - with a plan to take over the historic but membership-challenged Torresdale-Frankford Country Club on Grant Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia.
Comcast Corp. boosted the compensation for top executive Brian L. Roberts 8 percent in 2013, to $31.4 million, the company said in a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
MOUNT HOLLY Darkened bail-bond storefronts, massage parlors, tattoo studios, and even professional and charitable-services offices won't be welcomed downtown much longer. The Township Council is taking measures to radically change a two-block stretch of High Street near the Burlington County government complex.
Jane Scaccetti, a certified public accountant, the well-connected chair of Temple Health System, a director of Pep Boys, and ex-wife of State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, dances in front of City Hall.
WILMINGTON - Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz testified Tuesday that he would bid at least $77 million for the newspaper's parent company, and an attorney for its largest employee union said the union's national office was prepared to do the same - if it gets to see detailed financial information about the company.
SOMERSET, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday at a town hall that he'd do away with realty transfer fees, a major source of tax revenue, that cost a retired state trooper in the audience $5,435 after selling a house two weeks ago.
NLRB Case 15-RC-121665 - Entergy Operations Inc.
NLRB Case 21-CA-090211 - Fallbrook Hospital Corp., d/b/a Fallbrook Hospital

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