February 9, 1997
If you've been thinking about contributing to our Community Voices page on welfare reform, now's the time. Essays of 100 to 200 words must be in our office by Friday, and should answer the following: If you're an employer, can you see your business hiring former welfare recipients, and how many? Do you already have a program in place that you'll continue or expand? What accommodations are you willing to make to help them succeed? Have you had any problems in the past that would keep you from hiring someone who has been on welfare?
December 10, 2007 |
The Philadelphia region's biggest employers include a diverse list of drug and chemical makers, military contractors and specialized financial firms. At the top are the universities and their affiliated hospital networks - Jefferson, Penn and Temple - nonprofit groups whose size and growth make them major economic players. In the 10 counties stretching from New Hope to New Castle, Del., drugmaker Merck & Co. Inc. and military electronics contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. each employs more people than Wal-Mart Stores Inc. , Supervalu Inc.'s Acme Markets or any other retailer.
June 4, 2012 |
When the U.S. labor secretary came to Philadelphia a few weeks ago, she helped Mayor Nutter launch the city's ambitious teen summer employment program. "When you know people are relying on you, you have to do your best," Hilda L. Solis told dozens of teenagers in an ornate room in City Hall. "You have to show up on time, and you have to understand the culture of the place. " On Wednesday, in a rundown strip shopping center at the edge of Camden, teenagers showed up for job interviews for a new county program aiming to put 50 youngsters to work in science and technology summer jobs.
January 5, 2015 |
Chief financial officers typically have a solid grasp of costs and how to cut them. It's their job. "Yet when it comes to health care, they leave that at the door," said Stephen P. Kelly, president of ELAP Services, a Chester Springs company with a painstaking approach to cutting hospital bills for self-insured employers. Instead of paying premiums to an insurance company, which then pays medical bills, self-insured employers set aside money to pay the bills themselves through a third-party administrator.
December 4, 2015 |
"I already know what it's like to be homeless, hungry, and abused," said Carmen Williams, 22, weeping Wednesday as she spoke at a breakfast meeting of educators and business people at Community College of Philadelphia. Now Williams, a single mother and college student, is learning what it's like to be a success, en route to a promotion to shift manager at Starbucks. "Take your time, honey, take your time," murmured someone in the group, as an academic meeting suddenly turned achingly personal.
March 24, 2016 |
Joseph Brock, a former Teamster who now gets hired by companies trying to stave off union organizing drives, isn't worried about new reporting requirements promulgated by the U.S. Department of Labor. "I report everything," said Brock, who runs East Coast Labor Relations L.L.C., based in Delran. "A lot of employers don't want to report that they spend money on consultants. I have a hard time understanding their angst," he said. Whatever angst they have is about to get worse.
December 7, 2015
JPMorgan Chase & Co. is looking for software developers. Lots of them. The giant bank needs not just front-end Silicon Valley-style programmers trained in cutting-edge languages to build smartphone apps, but also meat-and-potatoes Java and .NET developers ready to update the vast, aging enterprise software to cope with exploding data volumes, applications, and attacks. It has a special need in the Philadelphia area because it's gearing up to hire several hundred programmers for its new 1,800-employee Fairfax, Del., tech center over the next year and a half, says Jennifer McDermott , a JPMorgan executive director.
April 8, 2014 |
City employment trends are improving, but not fast enough for the 55,700 Philadelphians who are jobless but want to work. Mark Edwards, 51, chief executive at Philadelphia Works Inc., leads the government-funded, quasi-public agency tasked with putting Philadelphia's citizens back to work. Philadelphia Works Inc. operates CareerLink offices in Philadelphia for unemployed job seekers and EARN offices for the jobless on cash assistance. In Pennsylvania, unemployed people who want to receive jobless benefits must enroll in the state's online job-posting system through CareerLink, administered in Philadelphia by Edwards' organization.
July 19, 2011 |
West is the best - at least, that's what Mayor Nutter says. Nutter was one of many West Philadelphia natives at Drexel University on Monday to announce the rebirth of the city's Home Buy Now program. ("If you lived in West Philly, you'd be home by now," Nutter quipped, explaining the pun.) The program, cut by the city during the uncertainty of the 2009 state budget debacle, will use $735,000 of public funds to match grants from employers to help their employees buy homes in the city.
July 18, 2016 |
In slow-growth America, beyond urban centers with their forests of cranes, attractive design of a shopping center isn't enough to create new businesses, replace jobs vanishing in mergers, or keep the bankers from the door. Consider Hercules Plaza, a half-million-square-foot pile of blue-glass boxes built by a now-vanished chemical company and upgraded with $20 million in recent and pledged improvements by owner McConnell Johnson Real Estate, such as an atrium, shops, and an "Innovation Center" for start-ups.