Sunday, February 14, 2016

Labor and Unions

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Nurses at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children voted 311 to 49 to form a union, the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals said Wednesday.
Like him or not, it will be different in Philadelphia without Edward Coryell, 70, at the helm of one of the city's largest labor unions: the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters, with 17,000 members, an annual budget of $33.2 million, and assets of $134.1 million.
Yes, they mix it up at the bargaining table, but Craig E. White, the chief executive of Philadelphia Gas Works, and Keith Holmes, who leads PGW's largest union, Local 686 of the Utility Workers of America, get along, both agree. Some of it is pedigree: White's father was a union worker at PGW for 20 years before he became management and Holmes is a third-generation PGW employee.
The nation's unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in January, hitting its lowest point in eight years, since February 2008.
Edward Coryell Sr., longtime leader of the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters, had an unexpected visitor Wednesday morning.
Edward Coryell Sr., one of the region's most powerful labor leaders, is out. All Philadelphia-area Carpenters union locals have been closed and their assets and members divided among regional councils in Pittsburgh; Edison, N.J.; and Framingham, Mass.
The Street: How does one-year paid maternity leave, free ski lift tickets or taking every other Friday off sound as an extra perk to working at your company? These, and others, are examples of the benefits that some companies are offering to increase employee retention in 2016.
Workers at the Philadelphia Food Distribution Center voted Saturday to ratify a five-year agreement that includes wage increases, employer-paid health care and increased employer contributions to the pension plan.
The Street: The list of companies actively hiring represents a variety of industries -- from health care to technology. Jobs being hired for include consultant, instructor, analyst, marketing manager, nurse practitioner, client service representative and software engineer.
DOVER, Del. - DuPont Co., pursuing merger with Dow Chemical, tipped to a fourth-quarter loss as volumes declined and the strong dollar weighed on results.
Back in 2009, when an ugly management-union dispute took hold at Hahnemann University Hospital, labor and delivery nurses Jane Bryer and Sue Robertson were good friends. But when it came to bringing a union into the hospital to represent nurses, they were on opposite sides. Ultimately, the union lost. On Wednesday, after an overwhelming majority of nurses voted to unionize, the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals became the collective bargaining representative for Hahnemann's 850 nurses, the largest union win in the nation in a year.
The Street: To make employers become more amenable in employee salary negotiations (a tip - use the term "is there any way you can be more flexible?" when talking money with hiring managers), know ahead of time what your final salary figure is.
Health insurance costs have been rising at historically low rates over the last several years, but it may not feel that way to consumers.
Payback can be sweet. For Lou Lou, a women's accessory boutique, setting up shop comes with a global responsibility.
How do we know the market for streaming-video receivers is getting serious? CBS Sports made Super Bowl 50 available for free viewing last weekend on Apple TV, Roku and Amazon's Fire TV.
Who would have thought you could run into a minefield just trying to slash a few bucks off your student-loan payment each month?
Like every millennial in college, Mac Nagaswami was immersed in high tech, his world a digital swirl of cellphones, social media, and Internet portals. That's what made his approach to business seem so last century.
For seven years in a row, U.S. investors have sent more money to Vanguard Group, the world's largest mutual fund company, than any of its rivals, says fund-tracker Morningstar Inc.
The chairman of a Delaware River neighborhoods association is raising concerns about a developer's apparent plans for the South Philadelphia waterfront site formerly owned by Sheet Metal Workers Local 19.
Liberty Property Trust has received its first approvals from Camden's Planning Board for the $1 billion mixed-use project it plans along the Delaware waterfront.
The Delaware River Port Authority got a new designee for Pennsylvania’s state treasurer today, pharmaceutical executive Osagie Imasogie. Treasurer...
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