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After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they're now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom.
The United Auto Workers announced Monday it is withdrawing its appeal of the outcome of a union vote at Volkswagen's assembly plant in Tennessee.
The Street: This isn't your father's pension plan - or 401(k), for that matter. That's what workers are hearing from their employers, and why they increasingly believe they are on their own when it comes to managing company-sponsored retirement plans.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate Democratic bill gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would require private businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries when it takes full effect in 2017, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday.
Four large technology companies should not be allowed to limit evidence about Apple Inc co-founder Steve Jobs at an upcoming trial over no-hire agreements in Silicon Valley, according to a court document filed late on Thursday by employees suing the firms.
Chinese police hauled away dozens of workers Friday to break up a march on a factory complex targeted by tens of thousands of laborers striking against the world's largest maker of athletic shoes, while a government trade union said it would mediate the labor dispute.
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.
Workers at Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings Ltd., which employs tens of thousands of low-wage workers at factories in southern China and neighboring countries making shoes that Nike, Adidas and other Western companies sell at fat markups, have been on strike for 10 days in a dispute over pay, benefits and "improper labor contracts," reports Reuters here.
A number of South Jersey counties and towns have rushed to make sure they can still avail themselves of a 2 percent cap on arbitrator-awarded raises to police and firefighters even with the Legislature at a stalemate over renewing the law that created the cap.
Some low-paid workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law.
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)
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.
Center City, Philadelphia's engine for growth for the last decade or more, is showing signs of distress, according to statistics compiled by the Center City District for its annual "State of Center City" report.
The Street: With the exception of dealing with obvious neglect of his company's retail operation post-Ron Johnson, it must be pretty cool to be Tim Cook right now. The man has the patience of Job. And, at times, he shows the pluck of Jobs
The Street: We scanned the league and found 10 cities where the average Major League Baseball ticket price is not only cheap but, in four cities, will get you some change back if you hand the folks at the ticket booth a $20 bill:
Talking Small Biz: At Broad Street Broad, apparel that is pink or "too girlie" is out, and a grittier look is in.
The Street: Just 20% believe financing an education is a good idea. And, according to a new Mintel survey on educational lending, 26% of respondents are either considering defaulting on their loans, have considered defaulting on their loans in the past, or are already in default on their loans.
Two Philadelphia-area U.S. Postal Service unions plan protests on Thursday over mail-service counters in Staples Inc. stores. Postal union leaders say the mail-service counters, to be staffed by Staples employees, threaten higher-wage unionized postal jobs and the survival of traditional post offices. More retail chains could seek mail-service counters, they said.
Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, which owns the Gallery at Market East, announced Wednesday that Century 21 Department Stores will anchor the long-anticipated redevelopment of the sprawling Center City retail complex.
The nation’s largest home health care provider today agreed to pay $150 million to settle claims that it submitted millions of dollars in fraudulent bills to the Medicare program.
The Street: The Buffalo News reports that the ex-Buffalo Jills "were paid amounts ranging from as little as $105 to as much as $1,800 a year, according to the suit, which does not indicate what the compensation was for.
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NLRB Case 15-CA-115397 - Head Start Child and Family Services, Inc.
NLRB Case 07-CA-071542 - Gentner Trucking, Co. and Gentner, Inc., Debtor-in-Possession, A Single Employer and/or Joint Employ
NLRB Case 04-CA-092571 - EZ PARK, INC.

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