April 9, 2014 |
SEPTA officials waited Monday for a union response to the transit agency's "final offer" in labor negotiations aimed at avoiding a strike by bus and subway workers. Union leaders told SEPTA on Monday they could not continue negotiations on key elements of a proposed contract without more information from SEPTA. No new talks were scheduled. But a strike did not appear imminent, as no strike-authorization vote had been called by leaders of Transport Workers Union Local 234. The last of four contracts for about 5,500 city and suburban bus, subway, and other nonrailroad workers expired Sunday night, raising the prospect of the first strike against SEPTA since 2009.
July 29, 2013
This is a post from Frank Seravalli's Frequent Flyers blog: ON JUNE 24, one day before his client was bought out, Ilya Bryzgalov's agent bragged in an e-mail to the Daily News that he had "half a dozen" NHL general managers saying they would "have [Bryzgalov] on their team anytime. " More than a month later, Bryzgalov has not yet found a home for next season. Last week, Bryzgalov was left off Russia's Sochi Olympic evaluation roster, even though he played for his country at the World Championships in May. Sergei Bobrovsky and 38-year-old Evgeni Nabokov were invited.
February 1, 2013 |
THE DEADLINE for the city's largest union to accept Mayor Nutter's "final offer" came and went on Wednesday, but it seems little had changed in the negotiations between the administration and District Council 33, which represents 11,000 blue-collar workers. The sides met twice this week to negotiate Nutter's plan, which includes pay raises in exchange for givebacks on benefits and work rules. But after spending Wednesday night together in a Center City hotel, they left without reaching an agreement.
January 22, 2013 |
BEFORE THE Nutter administration gave its "final offer" to the city's blue-collar union last week, it appeared as though the second-term mayor might simply be running out the clock on his stalemate with the city's municipal unions, happy to pass the thorny issue of renewing contracts that expired in 2009 on to his successor. Now, at least in the case of District Council 33, it's increasingly clear that the party that's more content with the status quo is the union. Nutter's team on Wednesday proposed a contract with pay raises in exchange for possible furlough days, a less-generous pension system and changes to health-care benefits.
January 20, 2013 |
Thousands of union members rallied on Independence Mall Saturday morning, calling on Mayor Nutter to negotiate with some of the city's largest unions, who have gone without a contract for four years. National labor leaders, including the president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the head of the American Federation of Teachers, rallied a crowd of nearly 2,000 for two hours Saturday morning. "In the United States, we tell our kids, you have to go to college," said Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers.
January 18, 2013 |
The Nutter administration tried Wednesday to ratchet up pressure toward new municipal labor agreements, offering modest pay increases to AFSCME District Council 33 and describing the package as the city's "final offer" to end a four-year labor standoff. The city continues to demand sharply reduced pensions for new employees, the authority to furlough workers for up to three weeks a year, and new work rules to cut overtime. Mayor Nutter and other city officials hinted at the possibility of trying to impose contract terms if they are unable to reach an agreement by Jan. 30. "This proposal is a final offer to D.C. 33, and that is precisely what we told the union negotiating team earlier today," Nutter told reporters Wednesday night.
March 22, 2012 |
SEPTA'S 219 unionized transit cops went on strike at 2 p.m. Wednesday, just 20 minutes after their final offer was rejected at a bargaining session. SEPTA declined to discuss numbers, but Richard Neal Jr., president of the Fraternal Order of Transit Police, said his union was striking over a "measly" 50-cent hourly raise for mandatory recertification training required of all police officers. That raise would cost SEPTA $200,000 a year, Neal said. SEPTA's final offer of 15 cents an hour was "an insult," he said.
February 23, 2012 |
Community College of Philadelphia on Thursday extended its final contract offer to faculty and staff who have been working under a contract that expired in August. The administration highlighted its offer of pay raises in four out of five forthcoming years and what it described as good health benefits and generous retirement benefits. The Faculty and Staff Federation of Community College of Philadelphia, which represents 1,167 full- and part-time faculty and 232 support staff, has been negotiating with the administration since January 2011.
December 10, 2010 |
After Air Products & Chemicals Inc. raised its offer for Airgas Inc. by $4.50, to $70, a share Thursday, Airgas shares quickly fell more than $4 to less than $62. The reason? Investors reacted to the prospect that the takeover fight, which started in October 2009, could end with Air Products walking away if Airgas does not accept the latest offer. And that offer is still far below the minimum $78 a share that the Airgas board wants for the Radnor distributor of industrial and medical gases.
November 22, 2010 |
The long-awaited rebuilding of PATCO's 40-year-old railcars has run into controversy even before the contract for the work has been awarded. The unsuccessful bidder for the $200 million project, Bombardier Inc. of Canada, says PATCO, in its push to get the contract out, didn't give the company a chance to make a "best and final offer" that would have offered brand-new car shells. The award of the contract to Alstom Transport Inc. of France to rebuild the cars at its Hornell, N.Y., plant was approved by a Delaware River Port Authority committee on Wednesday.