December 1, 1988 |
The state Legislature's move to raise the Pennsylvania minimum wage to $3.70 an hour only confirms the reality for most jobs in the Philadelphia area. Most workers in unskilled, entry-level jobs are already making more than that, usually between $4.50 and $5.50 an hour, according to local economists. Economists and others said a low 4 percent regional unemployment rate combined with a seven-year lull since the last minimum wage increase make the new $3.70 figure passed Tuesday largely immaterial.
October 19, 2012 |
LOTS OF Philadelphians need jobs, and City Council is looking for ways to help. Council's Committee on Finance held a hearing Wednesday on two bills sponsored by Councilman Bill Green, including one that would require businesses with nonprofessional services contracts with the city to hire Philadelphians. "This applies what has been applied only to the construction industry to all nonprofessional services," Green said. For any businesses that receive more than $150,000 in service contracts or that receive other forms of financial aid from the city, the bill creates a hiring goal of 50 percent Philadelphians.
May 16, 2012 |
Nearly every time Doc Halladay pitched at Citizens Bank Park last year and the year before that, he was wildly cheered from the centerfield Bud Lite Rooftop by Doc's Patients — guys in matching hospital gowns frantically miming defibrillator resuscitation on each other to celebrate every strikeout. Phillies fans hadn't seen such loyal devotion to a pitcher since the legendary Wolf Pack — the eight Wood brothers plus four first cousins — showed up in wolf masks, dancing and howling at the Vet a decade ago to celebrate Randy Wolf's outings.
March 2, 1998 |
Zeks Air Drier Corp. in Malvern plans to construct a 75,000-square-foot building in Goshen Corporate Park in East Goshen so that the growing company can move into expanded quarters in 1999. The business makes compressed-air treatment equipment and is owned by Penguin Industries of Exton. Company officials also envision expanding the current workforce of 150 people to as many as 250, depending on sales after the move to East Goshen. JOB OPTIONS HOPE - the nonprofit organization Helping Other People Evolve - will hold a job fair at the West Chester Community Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 20 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 21. The job fair is designed to give people with limited skills a chance to pursue entry-level jobs with Chester County employers.
May 24, 2000 |
The area's need for skilled workers could be alleviated if low-income Philadelphians received the training and other help they needed to work for growth companies in the suburbs, a report issued yesterday said. The report, "Workforce 2000," was issued by the Regional Workforce Partnership, a new consortium of 45 area businesses, community groups and colleges, and it is a platform to track future job-placement success. "There's a geographic mismatch of jobs and people," said David Thornburgh, executive director of the Pennsylvania Economy League, which prepared the report.
November 29, 1994 |
Jennifer S. Braxton is worried about finding a job next spring when she graduates from Syracuse University. "It's frightening," said Braxton, 20, a West Philadelphia senior who is studying communications and anthropology. She hopes to get a job with a magazine or publishing company. "The chances are very slim, and you have to be lucky and very talented to get a job," she said. Braxton will be among the millions of college seniors nationwide who will take to the streets in May with degrees in hand looking for a job. They will join the millions who have been laid off in recent years through corporate downsizings and belt-tightenings.
April 8, 1999 |
Blaine Moyer wandered through the North Penn High School gymnasium yesterday clutching key chains, pens, and sundry other knickknacks bearing the names, logos and slogans of local businesses participating in a career expo for students. "I got a luggage tag from Triple-A, and I got pens and pencils," the 17-year-old said, removing a handful of the freebies from his left-hand pocket. "And I'm not done yet. " The idea behind the expo, organized by directors of the North Penn School District's Career Development Partnership Program, was to introduce students to the area's business community by giving them a forum at which to hobnob with human-resources types from 39 companies.
July 28, 1991 |
Debra Schlosser was sitting in a Dairy Queen in Colmar when she was formally introduced to one of the ugly sides of human nature. He was a "cheesy guy," Schlosser said, pausing momentarily to ensure that she had chosen the right word to describe this peculiar brand of sleaze. "Are you working with the retards?" he asked. Schlosser was on her first assignment as an employment specialist with Pathway Employment & Training Services, a Conshohocken-based employment agency for handicapped people.
January 13, 1991 |
Mark Kenney of Springfield was there, trying to complete a career change he began two years ago when the economic outlook was rosier and he left his insurance job for graduate work in human resources. Construction worker and small-business owner Al Marino of West Chester was there, too, looking for a job in what he called the worst building recession in 10 years. Recent University of Pennsylvania graduate Kimberly Cavalier of Glen Riddle came with her aunt, Lorraine Monteleone of West Chester, a substitute teacher making the transition from homemaker to full-time worker.
December 28, 1994 |
Matthew Miller of Chestnut Hill has his mom, Betty, and a job fair known as Operation Native Talent to thank for his job at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources. Miller, 26, had worked temporary jobs after graduating from Trinity College in Washington, D.C., in 1991. "I was really looking for anything that was a full-time position," Miller said. "I received a phone call from my mother saying there was this Operation Native Talent. " Mom always did know best.