September 14, 2001 |
The unsuccessful bidder for a multimillion-dollar Philadelphia International Airport maintenance contract is suing the city to stop it from giving the work to a group of companies that includes one with ties to the mayor's brother, T. Milton Street. Elliott-Lewis Corp., which has run airport maintenance services for 11 years, lost the contract to a consortium of businesses that submitted the lowest bid for the airport maintenance work earlier this summer. In a complaint filed in Common Pleas Court, Elliott-Lewis argues that the new company, called Philadelphia Airport Services, does not have the ability to pull off the massive maintenance operation and was given special treatment by the city.
August 3, 2003 |
The Elliott-Lewis Corp. makes money - $100 million in sales last year - being invisible. The mechanical-services contractor runs wires, repairs boilers, and maintains air-conditioning systems at the Pentagon, the Independence Blue Cross building, Philadelphia International Airport, and many other sites. "We're working in the back room," said Bill Sautter, the company's longtime chief executive. "As long as the building is cool, nobody notices you. " Now the heat is on. As part of the long-elusive labor pact reached July 14 at the Convention Center, Elliott-Lewis is responsible for doling out all the jobs - to freight movers, sign hangers, carpet layers - among the six trade unions that work in the building.
July 21, 2004 |
Bucking the Convention Center leadership and a federal judge, a labor-management committee said yesterday that union electricians had a right to stage a work protest at the center in June. The opinion by the electricians' Labor Management Committee, composed of three local electricians' union representatives and three electrical contractors, does not appear to be binding on the center. But the business manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98, John J. Dougherty, said he intended to use it to buttress his case today when he and the board discuss the dispute.
September 21, 2006 |
A large Houston airport-maintenance company is on track to lose more than $50 million worth of work at Philadelphia International Airport - work that it won five years ago with the help of the mayor's brother, T. Milton Street. The firm, Philadelphia Airport Services, yesterday submitted a bid $145,000 higher than the one from a Philadelphia rival, the Elliott-Lewis Corp. The bids, for maintenance work that includes cutting grass and fixing elevators, are for one of the city's largest contracts.
July 1, 2004 |
The powerful chief of Philadelphia's electricians' union conceded yesterday that his local "overreacted" last month in briefly shutting off power and picketing at the Convention Center. But John Dougherty's admission did not immediately settle rancor over his June 17 labor action, which had stirred so much fear of renewed discord at the center that Gov. Rendell and House Speaker John Perzel (R., Phila.) had interceded personally to try to calm the situation. Dougherty's admission came in a statement announcing a settlement in the dispute between Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the center's labor supplier, Elliott-Lewis Corp.
December 22, 2006 |
A Houston-based company has lost $56 million worth of work at Philadelphia International Airport - work it won five years ago with the help of the mayor's brother, T. Milton Street Sr., who is now facing federal criminal charges in connection with that deal. As of March 1, Philadelphia Airport Services (PAS) will be replaced by a rival firm headquartered in Northeast Philadelphia, the Elliott-Lewis Corp., which submitted a lower bid to take over repairs to elevators and escalators, as well as other maintenance work for the next four years at the city-owned airport.
January 30, 2011 |
The Philadelphia School District will rebid a multimillion-dollar management contract for the district's Broad Street headquarters amid allegations of bid rigging on behalf of a minority-owned company. John L. Byars, the district's chief of procurement, was accused of seeking to steer the contract to U.S. Facilities Inc., a subsidiary of a minority firm founded by Willie F. Johnson, a former state and city official. In a Jan. 7 letter, former City Solicitor Carl E. Singley - who represents Elliott-Lewis Corp.
September 26, 2001 |
A suit against the city by a maintenance firm that lost a multimillion-dollar airport contract to a firm with ties to Mayor Street's brother has been dismissed. The ruling by Common Pleas Court Judge Albert W. Sheppard Jr. means that a consortium of businesses that was awarded the work can move ahead with taking over airport maintenance on Monday, when the one-year, $13.6 million contract takes effect. The joint venture, functioning under the name Philadelphia Airport Services, consists of the Houston-based Enron Building Services Inc. and two Philadelphia-based companies: U.S. Facilities Inc. and General Asphalt Paving Inc., which is owned by the family of Michael Meehan, counsel to Republican City Committee.
September 14, 2003 |
Dave Gentile has spent the last 24 years working as an agent in the FBI's Philadelphia office. Now he is going in a different direction: He has been hired for the newly created job of director of labor services at the Convention Center. As of Oct. 7, Gentile will be the person charged with making sure the center's six trade unions comply with dozens of work rules contained in a much-publicized labor pact reached two months ago. "What I do or do not know about the hospitality industry is not relevant," said Gentile, 56, who is retiring from the FBI's Philadelphia office, where he spent his entire career.
February 10, 2011 |
The Philadelphia School Reform Commission on Wednesday discussed extending the contract for managing the district's Broad Street headquarters through August to allow for new bids. As The Inquirer reported 10 days ago, district officials decided to recommend restarting the contracting process after reports of scoring irregularities and allegations of bid-rigging surfaced when the district tried a few months ago to award a new contract. The commission is scheduled to vote at its meeting next week on the resolution to pay Elliott-Lewis Corp.