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Philadelphia Newspapers’ Owner Threatens Shutdown If Unions Don’t Give Cutbacks

The owner of the Inquirer, Daily News, and philly.com says it may liquidate operations if it doesn’t reach new contracts with its labor unions by next Friday.

01/11/2013

(Credit: Mike Dunn)

City Workers, Calling Nutter a Grinch, Demand Progress on Contract Talks

They even devised a song for the occasion.

12/20/2012

(The city's Civil Service Commission meets to approve Mayor Nutter's package that covers both non-unionized and some unionized workers.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Unionized Workers Don’t Want To Be In Nutter’s Nonunion Pay Package

The mayor is imposing a sweeping package of changes on non-unionized workers, including a 2½-percent pay raise, changes to overtime, and the possibility of furloughs.

10/24/2012

(Members of the Philadelphia firefighters' union, Local 22, at City Hall today for a hearing on the ongoing pay dispute between the city and the union.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

City Still Trying To Overturn Firefighters’ Arbitration; ‘Sour Grapes,’ Says Union

Common Pleas Court judge Idee Fox heard nearly two hours of arguments on Monday from the city and the union over the arbitration award, which the city says it can’t afford.

10/15/2012

(The New Jersey Civil Service Commission, facing camera, and staffers, backs to camera.  Credit: David Madden)

NJ Civil Service Board OKs Hiring of Replacement Cops in Camden County

The decision allows the county to bypass many civil service rules for a year to get the force up and running.

10/03/2012

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In Apparent Warning To Union, Chesco Towns Move To Disband Shared Police Department

The contract covering unionized police officers doesn’t expire until the end of next year, but officials from both municipalities say they will take steps to dissolve the department.

10/02/2012

(National Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, far right, tours the Andrew Jackson School in South Philadelphia, accompanied by, from left, school principal Lisa Kaplan, Philadelphia schools superintendent William Hite, and Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Teachers’ Union National Leader Visits Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s teachers’ union got some national help to make their argument that schools can improve without the wholesale closings and charter takeovers that have been proposed.

10/01/2012

(Mayor Nutter speaks with reporters in his City Hall reception room after announcing pay raises for 5,500 nonunion city workers.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Perhaps Signaling Unions, Philadelphia Gives Some Nonunion Workers 2.5% Hikes

The mayor’s aides deny the move is meant to ratchet up pressure on the two municipal unions that have been without a contract since 2009.

09/26/2012

Pennsylvania FOP President Les Neri. (Credit: Fraternal Order of Police)

Pa. Police Officers Say Their Unionism Is Under The Gun

More than 500 police officers are meeting this week for the state Fraternal Order of Police conference in Philadelphia.

08/14/2012

(Photo illustration by Ed Fischer)

Bleeding Red Ink, Philadelphia Newspapers See Survival In Union Givebacks

Owners of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News say they expect further concessions from the unions to cut costs.

08/10/2012

(Firefighters filled North Broad Street this afternoon, demanding that the City of Philadelphia honor an arbitrator's award.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Firefighters Demand Philadelphia Honor Arbitrator’s Contract Award

The Philadelphia firefighters’ union took advantage of the national firefighters’ convention here to bring reinforcements to their demand for a new contract.

07/26/2012

(Local 22 president Bill Gault, right, with other fire union officials at the union's headquarters on July 17th.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Firefighters’ Union Wins Another Ruling On Pay Raises

The city, claiming the award was too expensive, appealed the original arbitration award nearly two years ago.

07/17/2012

(George Ricchezza, head of District 1201 of SEIU Local 32BJ, at a recent union protest.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School Officials Say Concession Talks With Custodians Are ‘Paused’

The leader of the Philadelphia school district’s custodians’ union says concession talks have broken down. But the district says they’re simply “on hold.”

06/21/2012

(File photo.  Credit: Saul Loeb/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Union Files Complaint After Suspension of Tropicana Workers Arrested During Protest

“Tropicana management has decided to intimidate the workers and scare them from exercising their union rights,” a union leader says.

06/20/2012

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NJ Judge Says No Camden Vote Necessary to Regionalize The Police Department

The “show cause” hearing before Judge Daustino Fernandez-Vina pitted opponents of the regionalized police force against those in favor of it, including Camden mayor Dana Redd.

06/11/2012

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