August 5, 2016 |
Delaware County Community College graduates are now able to seamlessly transfer to Pennsylvania State University under a recently announced agreement. Students with majors in bachelor of science in biology or business, and bachelor of arts or science in psychology, and have a minimum grade-point average of 2.0 are eligible. Application fees to the university also will be waived, according to officials. Officials noted that Penn State Brandywine in Media, offers the eligible majors and is located close to the DCCC main campus in Marple Township.
July 26, 2016 |
"Never laugh at live dragons," warns the protagonist of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit , a reminder to avoid premature celebrations before an adventure has truly ended. It's a timely proverb this month as many observers rush to declare an end to the regulatory battle between the Philadelphia Parking Authority and Uber, which wrapped up just in time for the city to play host to the Democratic National Convention. Unfortunately, the dragons are not yet dispatched, and the adventure is far from concluded.
July 20, 2016 |
Andrea Constand did not break her confidential settlement agreement with Bill Cosby by cooperating with detectives in an investigation that led to criminal charges against the entertainer, a federal judge has ruled. The ruling, by District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno, dismissed portions of Cosby's bid to make Constand return the money he paid her a decade ago to settle sexual-assault claims. Cosby contended that the agreement prevented any party from disclosing details about the lawsuit or a 2005 criminal investigation into the allegations.
July 17, 2016 |
The city's largest municipal workers union, AFSCME District Council 33, signed a four-year labor agreement Friday that raises members' wages a total of 11.5 percent over its lifetime. The agreement, worth $170 million, was signed about 5 p.m. 15 days after the expiration of the old contract, which took the Nutter administration years to finalize. Mayor Kenney's spokeswoman, Lauren Hitt, said the mayor was unavailable for comment. In a statement, Kenney called the new contract "an agreement that is fair to employees but also fair to the taxpayers of this great city.
July 9, 2016 |
The frosty relationship between Uber and the Philadelphia Parking Authority seemed to have thawed Thursday, when the two parties explained the terms of their temporary agreement on the ride-sharing app's legality in Philadelphia County, valid through Sept. 30. That 12-weeks reprieve should give some relief to commuters struggling with SEPTA's severe service disruption, caused by the sidelining this week of 120 railcars for repairs to serious structural flaws. One taxicab drivers' representative said the agreement has "devastated" the local industry.
June 28, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - With four days until the deadline for a state budget - and the memory of last year's impasse still raw - Gov. Wolf and the Republican-dominated legislature have no deal and no face-to-face talks scheduled, and have shown little evidence of the political will for election-year tax hikes. Legislators left the Capitol on Thursday without even resolving a basic question: how much money they plan to spend in the fiscal year that begins July 1, let alone how much new revenue they need to raise and where it will come from.
June 17, 2016 |
Airbnb, the online marketplace where people can list their homes for short-term rentals, has agreed to collect Pennsylvania's 6 percent hotel occupancy tax and remit proceeds to the state, beginning July 1. "The agreement with Airbnb places Pennsylvania at the forefront of states responding to the sharing economy and will help level the playing field across the lodging industry," Gov. Wolf said. The hotel occupancy tax applies when renting out a property - including a house, room, or apartment - to a guest for periods of less than 30 days.
May 29, 2016 |
Verizon Communications Inc. and its unions have reached a tentative four-year agreement, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez said Friday, ending the largest strike in recent labor history, with an estimated 36,000 to 39,000 workers off the job. "We have a great contract that is going to protect our members and bring in additional jobs," said Edward Mooney, a vice president of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), one of the two unions on strike against the telecommunications company since April 13. "Verizon is very pleased with this 'agreement in principle,' " Verizon's chief administrative officer, Marc Reed, said in a statement.
April 6, 2016
WITH $9.7 billion in capital projects being proposed by the Kenney administration over the next six years, every taxpayer should know what a Project Labor Agreement is, because PLAs, as they are commonly called, will determine who gets those billions in public money. A PLA is a collective bargaining agreement between a government agency and labor organizations. PLAs establish the terms of employment for specific construction projects. Building trade unions say PLAs are good. Non-union shops say they're bad. That's because PLAs do two things: They keep unionized workers from engaging in labor disputes that can drive up the costs on taxpayer-funded construction projects, and they often keep nonunionized workers from ever getting on the job in the first place.
February 5, 2016 |
Veteran prosecutors, using such words as extraordinary and unusual, said they were puzzled by the promise by former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. never to prosecute comedian Bill Cosby. Such deals rarely happen, the prosecutors said, simply because it is impossible to know what new information might emerge. And when the deals do emerge, they said, it is critical to get the agreement in writing. Castor testified Tuesday at a hearing on the aggravated indecent-assault charge against Cosby that his 2005 announcement not to file criminal charges amounted to a pledge that his office, and his successors, had dropped the case forever.