(Firefighters' union Local 22 president Bill Gault, at lectern, gestures while addressing councilmembers in the City Council caucus room today.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Firefighters’ Union Asks City To Halt Mass Reassignment of Paramedics

“Anything you could do, we would greatly appreciate,” said Bill Gault, head of Firefighters Local 22, in a personal plea to City Council members.


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Measure Would Yank Pensions From Philadelphia City Workers Convicted Of Child Sex Abuse

Councilwoman (and Penn State alumna) Blondell Reynolds-Brown has authored a bill in which any city employee convicted of sexual abuse of a minor would forfeit his or her city pension.


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Philadelphia, Trade Unions Reach Agreement On Hiring Goals

Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter today signed at executive order that will once again make project labor agreements (“PLAs”) a part of the bidding process for public works projects of $5 million or more.


(Tents of "Occupy Philadelphia" on Dilworth Plaza.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Unionized Workers Ask ‘Occupy Philly’ Camp To Make Way For Their Project

The Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council is formally asking the occupiers to move off Dilworth Plaza because, it says, its members desperately need the work that a planned plaza reconstruction project would bring.


(Kimmel Center CEO Anne Ewers, holding flowers, and IATSE Local 8 head Michael Barnes, at microphone, are flanked by union members at today's announcement outside the Kimmel Center.    Credit: John McDevitt)

New Labor Contract For Stagehands, Ushers at Kimmel Center, Academy of Music

The union representing about a thousand theatre stagehands and other workers have reached a tentative contract deal with the Kimmel Center and its managed venues in center city Philadelphia.



NBA Cancels Preseason Games Amid Labor Upheaval; Training Camps Postponed

The league announced Friday that all games from October 9th-15th are off and further decisions will be made as warranted.


(Rita Schwartz, president of ACT, following today's contract vote.  Credit:  Mike DeNardo)

Teachers Approve Contract, Ending Philadelphia Catholic High Schools Strike

“Our teachers went out because they felt their job security was jeopardized,” said Rita Schwartz, president of the Association of Catholic Teachers (“ACT”), who added that the strike “was never about money.”


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Red Cross Blood Workers Reach Tentative Labor Pact For Philadelphia Area

Unionized workers and the local chapter of the Red Cross blood donation program have reached a tentative contract agreement, ending months of acrimony that included a three-week strike earlier this year.


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Atlantic City Casino Workers Stay on the Job Despite Expired Contracts

Even though labor contracts have expired at nine Atlantic City casinos, those hotels and gambling halls remain open as the city’s largest union tries to reach accords with them.


(Members of the Association of Catholic Teachers were walking a picket line this morning outside Archbishop Ryan High School in Northeast Philadelphia.  Credit: Jim Melwert)

Talks Resume In Philadelphia Area Catholic School Teachers’ Strike

Seven hundred lay teachers at 17 area Catholic high schools have been on strike since last Tuesday.


(Mary Rochford, superintendent of schools, and Richard McCarron, secretary of the Office of Catholic Education, meet with reporters at the Archdiocese headquarters.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Archdiocesan Officials Say They Are Ready For School, Even Without Lay Teachers

Dr. Richard McCarron says they are “willing and ready” to resume negotiations with the teachers’ union.


(Catholic school teachers, some with picket signs, leave the Sheet Metal Workers Hall on Columbus Boulevard after voting to go on strike.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Lay Teachers Go On Strike Against Archdiocesan High Schools

Lay teachers at Catholic high schools across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia voted Tuesday afternoon to go on strike as of the first day of scheduled classes, Wednesday morning.


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Planned Picketing By Atlantic City Casino Workers May Mean Mass Arrests

“The threat is, if we’re picketing without a permit that they’re going to arrest people. So there’s a possibility of mass arrests,” says Local 54 president Bob McDevitt.


(Catholic school teachers rally today near 17th and Race Streets in center city Philadelphia.  Credit:  Mike DeNardo)

Catholic Schoolteachers In Philadelphia Call For Contract Mediation

Negotiators say the teachers and archdiocese are still far apart on work rule issues and they’ve barely begun to talk money.


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Philadelphia School District Backs Off Special Treatment For ‘Promise Academy’ Teachers

It’s a win for the teachers’ union, who said all along that their contract called for layoffs by seniority and that no group of teachers should be bypassed.