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A public employees union is fighting a bipartisan effort in Congress to force the Internal Revenue Service to hire private contractors to collect some delinquent taxes. (0:37)
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.
Labor unions at US Airways will meet with CEO Doug Parker and senior management April 29 to discuss concerns and "critical issues" that they say remain unresolved since the merger of US Airways and American Airlines in December.
MOUNT AIRY After 18 months of frustration over their inability to obtain a new contract, teachers at Khepera Charter School in Mount Airy have unanimously voted to authorize negotiators to call a strike if necessary.
UPS has agreed to rehire 250 New York drivers who were fired for protesting the dismissal of a colleague. That worker will also regain his job. The...
The Perelman Jewish Day School Faculty Association has filed unfair labor practices charges against the school's board of directors for withdrawing recognition of the union.
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.
The Street: Americans are seeing marriage as being less important these days. Young adults are particularly unwilling to wed: more than half of Millennials (54%) say marriage is unnecessary.
In upper Montgomery County, plant director Chris Milligan worries about finding hourly employees to work the production lines at Blommer Chocolate Co. in East Greenville.
Philadelphia-based Chemtura Corp. has agreed to sell its agricultural-chemicals division for about $1 billion to Platform Specialty Products Corp., which is backed by hedge-fund manager Bill Ackman.
Yahoo's recently fired chief operating officer, Henrique de Castro, left the Internet company with a severance package of $58 million even though he lasted just 15 months on the job.
The Street: Orange juice prices reached a two-year high over fears of smaller harvests in Brazil and Florida, the two largest sources of oranges worldwide.
The Street: At the moment, Yahoo! already works with Apple. You may have noticed the enthusiastic logo in the in-phone apps that give you your stock prices and weather.
The Street: Some dips are made to be bought. Those were Jim Cramer's thoughts Thursday on Mad Money as he taught viewers how to take advantage of "buyable" dips to make some money.
The Street: On CNBC's "Fast Money" TV show, Guy Adami, managing director of, pointed out the big reversal in the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF on Thursday, signaling bond yields may be headed higher.
In upper Montgomery County, plant director Chris Milligan worries about finding hourly employees to work the production lines at Blommer Chocolate Co. in East Greenville.
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