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(Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Septa Still Running, Commuters Still Smiling — For Now

Commuters know they can’t abandon Plan B yet.

04/07/2014

(A rally for immigration reform outside the office of US Rep. Pat Meehan, R-Pa.   Photo by Cherri Gregg)

National ‘Fast For Families’ Visits Philadelphia Area, Promoting Immigration Reform

“We’ve been calling on people to fast because now is the time,” said Lisa Sharon Harper (at lectern in photo), who works for the DC-based Sojourners.

04/02/2014

(Revel Casino-Hotel.  File photo provided)

Revel CEO Dismisses Rumors of Closure By Next Owner

Revel president and CEO Scott Keegan says the casino-hotel is working toward financial stability. And, he adds, that does not include closing if ownership changes.

03/27/2014

(A rally in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art promotes raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.  Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

Activists Rally on Parkway, Calling For $10.10 Minimum Wage in U.S.

The “Give America A Raise” bus was the centerpiece for a rally at Eakins Oval, in front of the art museum.

03/27/2014

(The March 26, 2014 meeting of the Philadelphia Civil Service Commission.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Commission OKs Nutter Administration Plan To Put EMTs in Fire Department

The emergency medical technicians would have less training and be paid less that paramedics operating Philadelphia Fire Department medic units.

03/26/2014

(NJ Turnpike, in 2010 file photo)

NJ Senate President Tells Turnpike Authority to Lay Off Toll Collection Privatization

“If they (the Turnpike Authority) want to be more efficient, they should look at reducing the amount of administration that they have, because that’s where the real salaries are,” state senate president Steve Sweeney says.

03/25/2014

(Credit: Paul Kurtz)

Protest Over Out-of-State Hiring at South Phila. Shipyard Draws Hundreds

The coalition of union and nonunion workers chanted and held placards in a boisterous, 15-minute rally against Aker Philadelphia’s hiring pracctices.

03/18/2014

(Commonwealth Association of School Administrators' president Rob McGrogan, in file photo. Credit: Mike DeNardo/ KYW)

Philadelphia Public School Principals Agree To 16% Pay Cuts

Eighty-three percent of the principals’ union membership voted to accept the contract concessions that also require them to pay health care premiums.

03/17/2014

(File photo by Ed Fischer)

Lines Drawn Over White House Plan To Allow Overtime Pay For Salaried Workers

“We have about 60 employees that would be impacted by this rule change,” says a Jersey shore hotel owner, “and it’s not just a snap, crackle, pop for us to solve for that without looking at the number of people we’re employing and how we would recalibrate.”

03/14/2014

(A Philadelphia police car blocks the driveway of Ironworkers Local 401 headquarters on the day 11 members were indicted.  Credit: CBS-3)

Prosecutor Hints at More Indictments in Phila. Ironworkers’ Union Probe

At a pretrial scheduling hearing in the case, federal prosecutor Robert Livermore said the ongoing investigation of that Philadelphia union has led to new complaints that could generate more charges.

03/13/2014

(Credit: Mike Dunn)

Unions Disrupt Traffic But Not Mayor Nutter As Contract Battles Drag On

Members of labor unions representing various groups of Philadelphia municipal workers marched around City Hall both before and after Mayor Nutter’s budget address, to push their concerns.

03/06/2014

(Mayor Michael Nutter delivers his 2014-2015 budget address to City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Mayor Nutter’s Next Budget Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

Nutter boasted that his $4+ billion spending plan includes no tax increases, but he warned that something must be done to meet the school district’s latest request for an additional $75 million in city funding.

03/06/2014

File Photo (Credit: Alex Wong/ Getty Images)

Next Phila. Budget To Target Demolition Safety, Libraries, Union Contracts

According to a budget overview obtained by KYW Newsradio, additional money for inspectors will “strengthen demolition controls to ensure safe public and private demolitions.”

03/05/2014

(NJ state senate president Steve Sweeney, in 2011 file photo.  Photo by KYW's David Madden)

NJ Politician Steve Sweeney Will Run Embattled Phila. Ironworkers’ Local

Sweeney, a longtime union leader, takes over after ten members of the Philadelphia union were arrested on racketeering charges.

02/25/2014

(Union leader John Lazar surrounded by   plant workers and local elected officials.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Union Members Urge Boycott As NE Phila. Food Plant Is Shuttered

Area elected officials and union members gathered today outside the former Nabisco and Kraft bakery in Northeast Philadelphia to protest the company decision to close the factory by early next year.

02/19/2014

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