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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Allegheny County has joined the growing number of state, county and local governments who will no longer have job applications that require people to check a box if they've been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor.
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.
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.
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: WalletHub analyzed more than 5,000 online and in-store deals from 22 retailers' Black Friday circulars to determine where consumers can do best. WalletHub looked at the average markdown of merchandise, broken into six major categories, and noted retailers' average percent markdown per category as well as across all goods. The results are surprising.
The Street: That's the finding, at least, from online and mobile food ordering company GrubHub. The list of foods Americans consume much more of on Thanksgiving seems to be made up of foods people eat when they party and Indian foods.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Billionaire Carl Icahn says buying Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal casino would be "a bad investment for me."
The Street: What if every travel day were like the Wednesday before Thanksgiving ? Shudder. But just that gruesome scenario is what the U.S. Travel Association - a Washington, D.C. based advocacy group - predicts for many of the nation’s airports, a lot sooner than you likely are prepared for.
BERLIN (AP) - Germany's leading companies will need to have at least 30 percent women on their supervisory boards from 2016, according to a new directive being adopted by the government, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday.
The Street: Cyber crooks use the season to target computers for malware infections, so start by avoiding spam emails and links promising great deals that seem too good to be true. Malware makers will send bogus emails making all kinds of promises which really contain links that can install malware if they are clicked on.
The Street: “Real estate professionals may leave up to $17,000 in mileage deductions on the table at tax time,” said Constance Freedman, vice president of strategic investments with the National Association of Realtors. “Each agent is a small business owner, and as a business owner, every penny counts.”
The Street: If you're like most people, you see adorable pictures of babies pop up in your feed all the time, from proud friends and family. If you're a parent, you may upload photos of your own beautiful brood – but just because sharing your child's image is an everyday occurrence doesn't mean it's safe.
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.
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