eye-3-yellow-3d-2-new-logo philly_kyw_new philly_94wip_new 35h_cbssportsrad_philly philly_wpht_new

labor unions

(The new FOP labor contract with the City of Philadelphia is announced by, from left, police commissioner Charles Ramsey, mayor Michael Nutter, deputy mayor for public safety Everett Gillison, and FOP Lodge 5 president John McNesby.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

New Union Contract Gives Police Commissioner Right To Reassign Narco Cops

Commissioner Ramsey has long wanted the ability to rotate officers out of the department’s narcotics and Internal Affairs units, but such moves had been prohibited by the city’s contract with the police union.

23 hours ago

(Photo by John Ostapkovich)

Postal Workers Visit City of Their Genesis For National Convention

About 8,000 members of the National Association of Letter Carriers are in Philadelphia, many with family members.

07/22/2014

(The July 21, 2014 meeting of the PICA board.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

With Misgivings, State Overseers OK Philadelphia’s Five-Year Budget

The head of the PICA board told the mayor’s finance director that he’d like to see the city do more belt-tightening in order to start a rainy day fund.

07/21/2014

(District Council 33 president Pete Matthews, second from right, confers with other union officials following this morning's hearing in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

City of Philadelphia Asks To Impose Contract Terms in Stalled Blue-Collar Talks

“This is another attempt to circumvent the collective bargaining process by the mayor,” says District Council 33 president Pete Matthews. “It’s not up to the courts to resolve a collective bargaining agreement. It’s up to the mayor to sit down and work this out fairly.”

07/18/2014

(A Septa Regional Rail train.  File photo by John Ostapkovich)

Presidential Board Findings Support Septa In Regional Rails Labor Dispute

The Presidential Emergency Board found that SEPTA is correct in insisting that pay raises for the Regional Rail engineers and electricians follow the same pattern as raises for subway and bus operators.

07/15/2014

(Members of Carpenters' Union Local 8 picket outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center over their exclusion from center work.  Photo by Pat Loeb)

Union Carpenters Still Picketing Outside Pa. Convention Center

The carpenters call it a lockout. Convention Center management says the union missed a contract deadline.

06/27/2014

(At a ceremony on the steps of the state capitol in Trenton, Gov. Christie signs legislation that limits arbitrators' awards to police and firefighters in the state.  Photo by David Madden)

Christie Signs Extension on Arbitration Caps For Fire and Police in N.J.

Gov. Chris Christie was joined by Democratic leaders in the legislature and more than five dozen mayors from across the state as he signed the extension into law.

06/24/2014

(A Septa Regional Rail train.  File photo by John Ostapkovich)

Presidential Board Begins Hearing Septa Regional Rails’ Labor Dispute

After four years of stalled contract negotiations, the clock is ticking again, but the next inflection point may be a month from now.

06/23/2014

(The former William Penn High School, on North Broad Street at Master.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Temple U. Buys Shuttered High School Building on North Broad Street

The school district is selling the William Penn High School building to Temple University for $15 million.

06/20/2014

(Councilmen Wilson Goode, left, and Bill Greenlee confer as City Council receives a briefing in the Council caucus room from the consulting firm it hired to evaluate the PGW sale.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. City Council Set For Summer Recess With PGW Deal On Hold

Much to Mayor Nutter’s chagrin, his controversial plan to sell the Philadelphia Gas Works will not be introduced before City Council adjourns for the summer season.

06/19/2014

(Gov. Chris Christie.  File photo by Jeff Zelevansky/ Getty Images)

Judge’s Decision On Christie Pension Payments Could Poke Huge Hole In N.J. Budget

Judge Mary Jacobson has scheduled a hearing for June 25th, five days before New Jersey, by law, must adopt a new budget.

06/06/2014

(A Septa regional rail train.  File photo)

2 Unions Authorize Strikes Against SEPTA Regional Rails

The unions have been working without a contract for four years, and mediation officially failed last month, triggering a 30-day cooling-off period.

06/05/2014

(Photo illustration by Ed Fischer)

Auction To Determine Sole Owner of Philadelphia Inquirer Set For Next Week

The bidding will start at $77 million. That’s the minimum figure the three-person faction led by George Norcross and his rivals, Lewis Katz and Gerry Lenfest have pledged.

05/19/2014

(Philadelphia-based fast-food workers demand a $15/hour wage, during a rally outside a McDonald's at Broad and Arch Streets.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Philadelphia Fast-Food Workers Join in One-Day Job Action

Here in Philadelphia, 19-year-old Justice Wallace led a chant outside a McDonald’s restaurant at Broad and Arch Streets, a block north of City Hall.

05/15/2014

(Jerry Jordan, head of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, testifies before City Council about how the union would like to see the schools funded.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. Lawmakers Hear Competing Views on School Budget Options

Teachers’ union president Jerry Jordan called on City Council to allocate all $120 million from a city sales tax extension to schools.

05/07/2014

more