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(A body camera worn by an Evesham Township, NJ police officer.  File photo by Cleve Bryan/ CBS3)

Philadelphia Police To Begin Testing Officer-Worn Video Cameras

“We still have to develop policy around retention (of video), and when it would be on, when it would be OK to turn it off, all those kinds of things,” Commissioner Ramsey said. “But I think it is the way to go.”

08/15/2014

(Surrounded by family members and a few fellow councilmen, Ed Neilson, at left in dark suit, takes the oath of office of City Council.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Ed Neilson Sworn In, Quietly, As Philadelphia City Councilman

Neilson said he waited three months to be sworn in, in order to remain in the state House should his vote be needed on school funding.

08/14/2014

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SEPTA Reaches Tentative Deal With Regional Rail Electrical Workers

Regional Rail employees represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen walked off the job in June, but were forced back one day later, after a presidential emergency board was convened.

08/13/2014

(Philadelphia police use a small bulldozer to clear brush near where the body of Constance McClain-Murray was found as they search for additional clues.  Photo by Jim Melwert)

Phila. Parking Authority Pushes Reward to $50,000 in Slain Jogger Case

Kevin McClain, the brother of murdered jogger Constance McClain-Murray, is a longtime employee of the Parking Authority.

08/08/2014

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announces the early release of funds for Philadelphia schools.  Credit: Andy Zaramba)

Corbett Releases Funds Early For Phila. Schools; Hite, Nutter Say More Must Be Done

Schools superintendent William Hite, standing next to the governor for the announcement, stressed that this early disbursement does not resolve the $81-million funding gap the school district needs to close to avoid layoffs and other serious cuts.

08/06/2014

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

Federal Mediation Board Tells Septa, Regional Rail Workers To Keep Talking

The National Mediation Board held a hearing with Septa and the two unions representing about 400 engineers and electrical workers on the Regional Rail lines.

08/04/2014

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

First Official Day Back To Work For Philadelphia’s Public School Principals

Principals’ union president Rob McGrogan says his members have been working straight through the summer despite contract concessions last March that cut their pay from 12 months to ten months per year.

08/04/2014

(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.

07/31/2014

(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

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