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Franconia, Pa. Police Officers Hope More Time Will Avert Departmental Layoffs

The planned layoffs are scheduled to take effect this Saturday. The township plans to let ten employees go, including six police officers — about a third of the department.

10/28/2014

(The headquarters of the School District of Philadelphia, on North Broad Street near Spring Garden.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. School District Takes Dispute Over Teacher Health Premiums to a Higher Court

The district is appealing to Commonwealth Court, where it seeks a judgment on whether the School Reform Commission has the authority to cancel the PFT contract.

10/28/2014

(The School Reform Commission.  File photo by KYW's Mike DeNardo)

Judge Puts Labor Contract Changes For Philadelphia Teachers On Hold

The judge granted a preliminary injunction sought by the PFT. Two weeks ago, the SRC announced it was going to begin requiring Philadelphia public school teachers to pay a contribution to their health insurance.

10/20/2014

(Henry Nocholas address the convention of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees.  Photo by Tim Jimenez)

Health Care Workers, Meeting in Phila., Call For More Protections While Fighting Ebola

This year, dealing with the deadly and contagious disease of Ebola is on everyone’s mind.

10/20/2014

The Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, seen from the Atlantic City Boardwalk. (Credit: Ashley Wolf)

Judge OKs Cancellation Of Union Contract At Trump Taj Mahal

A federal bankruptcy judge in Delaware has approved the plan from billionaire investor Carl Icahn to take over the Trump Taj Mahal casino-hotel, in Atlantic City.

10/17/2014

(Members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and their supports demonstrate on October 16, 2014, in front of school district headquarters on North Broad Street.  Photo by KYW's Justin Udo)

Philadelphia Teachers’ Union Files Court Motions Over Contract Cancellation

Union president Jerry Jordan, in a statement, said the cancellation lacked legal merit and he called the act “cowardly and disrespectful.”

10/17/2014

The Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, seen from the Atlantic City Boardwalk. (Credit: Ashley Wolf)

Bankruptcy Court Decision Awaited on Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal Casino

Judge Kevin Gross is being asked by billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who holds most of the Taj Mahal’s debt, to dissolve union contracts and pension plans as one condition of taking over the place and keeping it running.

10/17/2014

(Joe Schulle, head of Philadelphia firefighters' union Local 22, testifies before City Council's Human Services, Health, and Safety Committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Firefighters’ Union Says Ebola Gear Issued By City is Inadequate

Joseph Schulle, head of the firefighters’ union Local 22, has no faith in the CDC standards and believes that hazmat suits are needed for the paramedics should they have to respond to a potential Ebola outbreak.

10/16/2014

(File Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Septa, TWU Holding 2 Days of Contract Negotiations

Now that Septa has a tentative agreement with its Regional Rail engineers, talks are resuming with the transit agency’s biggest union, representing bus, subway, and trolley workers.

10/14/2014

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

Regional Rail Engineers Reach Tentative Deal With SEPTA

Engineers who operate commuter trains in the Philadelphia area have reached a tentative contract with the regional transit agency.

10/13/2014

(Michael Masch, addressing an education summit of the Philadelphia Bar Association.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Former Schools CFO Says Harrisburg Caused Philadelphia’s School Funding Crisis

“The school district is in a budget crisis … because the district has been subject to unprecedented state funding cuts. But not only unprecedented — discriminatory,” Michael Masch said.

10/09/2014

(The Revel casino-hotel resort, on the Atlantic City boardwalk.  August 2014 file photo by David Madden)

New Owner of Revel Resort Sidesteps Rehiring of Laid-off Workers

Among the many provisions included in the $110-million deal for Brookfield Property Partners to buy the closed Revel Hotel and Casino is a statement that the company is not necessarily tied to rehiring Revel workers.

10/08/2014

Mayor Michael Nutter. (File photo by Tony Romeo)

Nutter Says Teachers’ Contract Was Voided Because SRC Was ‘Out of Options’

“This is not the preferred route, but it is where we are,” Nutter said today.

10/07/2014

(SRC chair Bill Green, left, and schools superintendent William Hite at school district headquarters.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

School Reform Commission Imposes New Terms on Philadelphia Teachers

School Reform Commission chair Bill Green said the SRC is exercising its option to unilaterally modify its labor contract with the PFT.

10/06/2014

(Members of painters' union District Council 711 apply a fresh coat of paint to the Battleship New Jersey, berthed on the Camden waterfront.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

For Area Painters’ Union, Battleship-Sized Job is a Labor of Love

District Council 711 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades is donating its services to repaint the historic ship, based in Camden.

09/29/2014

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