Committee members got an education on best practices and standards from leading local experts in the field.
Some 1,600 nurses and related healthcare workers for Temple University Health System have reached a tentative contract settlement, months ahead of the expiration of their current contract.
The scene at 22nd and Market Streets, where six people died when a wall toppled onto the thrift store, is no scoop-and-dump operation.
“We want to take that big abstract number — 700,000 — and show these are real faces, these are real lives,” said one demonstration leader.
The report by the National Council on Teacher Quality comes at a time when the district is negotiating a new contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.
And it seems that long-running labor issues are the key concern.
Superintendent William Hite’s budget relies on labor concessions — including teacher pay cuts from 5 to 13 percent, and an end to teacher seniority.
Battalion chief Joseph Schulle won the seat of president in a decisive election victory over the incumbent, Bill Gault, who has held the post since July 2009.
The school board voted to trim more than 200 jobs, including 96 teachers.
The attendants work for a firm call PrimeFlight, which is contracted by the airlines to provide help to travelers needing wheelchairs.
The TWU sought the meeting after cataloguing what the union describes as a “spike” in assaults in 2011 and 2012.
Local union members demonstrated outside the main entrance of Merion Golf Club, in Delaware County, protesting the use of foreign workers as the club prepares for the prestigious US Open.
Hundreds of city workers whistled, jeered and shouted at the mayor as he tried to deliver his speech in City Council on Thursday.
More than 15,000 city workers, including firemen, have been working without a contract for four years, and private-sector union workers came out Tuesday to show solidarity.
Governor Tom Corbett is reaffirming his commitment to full privatization of liquor sales in Pennsylvania.