Phila. Jobs Group Sees Hope in NYC Credit-Check Legislation, Urges Similar Action HereJohn Dodds, head of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, is hoping that local lawmakers pass a law like New York's, stopping employers from running credit checks on potential hires or current workers.
Pennsylvania Worker Advocates Lobbying Harrisburg To Hike State's Minimum WageAbout fifty organizations are calling on state lawmakers to support an increase in the minimum wage, says John Dodds, head of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project.
Philadelphia Workers Attend Minimum-Wage-Hike Rally in HarrisburgOrganizers hope the rally will help get a minimum wage hike on the agenda of the Pennsylvania Legislature.
Phila. Group Says End of Unemployment Benefits Will Cause Cascading Job LossesThe Philadelphia Unemployment Project says the region will lose tens of thousands of additional jobs due to the expiration of federal unemployment benefits for those already jobless.
In Philadelphia, A Call For Restoration of Extended Federal Jobless Benefits "It's the ol' bang for the buck. You spend a buck on unemployment, by some estimates you get more than $1.70 back," Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa., right) said.
Momentum Builds in Pennsylvania For Higher Minimum WageUS Sen. Bob Casey says the lot of 700,000 Pennsylvania workers would be improved by an increase in the minimum wage.
Advocates For Jobless Demand Extension of Federal BenefitsDecember 28th is the date that the federal unemployment compensation program, started during the peak of the recession, is set to expire.
Federal Regulators Back Off 20%-Down Mortgage RequirementBankers and affordable-housing advocates are happy that homeowners will not have to put down 20 percent in order to get a qualified mortgage.
John and Evelyn Dodds, Helping the Unemployed While Caring for a NewbornJohn and Evelyn Dodds run the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, and three months ago took on a new role: temporary guardians to a newborn baby girl.
Marchers Urge Corbett To Accept Federal Funds to Expand MedicaidAbout 100 protesters marched from Philadelphia City Hall to Corbett's regional office at Broad and Walnut Streets, demanding that he agree to expand Medicaid to cover an additional 700,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians.
Philadelphia Unemployment Rate Lagging Behind National Recovery"The recession started over five years ago, and we still are not anywhere near recovered," says John Dodds, executive director of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project.
Unemployed Will Get Socked by Federal Sequester, Phila. Jobless Advocate WarnsBenefits to the long-term unemployed will be cut by 9.4 percent, beginning next week.

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