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October 23, 2013 | By Megan Lydon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter took time out Monday to laud the city's partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice to reduce and prevent youth violence. Standing alongside Assistant U.S. Attorney General Karol V. Mason at Strawberry Mansion Community Garden, Nutter singled out the city's Mural Arts Program's "Guild" initiative for praise and thanked the federal government for its help. "These young men from the Guild are the reason we are here today," Nutter said. The Guild provides arts-based training and support to former inmates reentering society and to at-risk youth, teaching them skills they can use to attain and keep a job. Michael Whittington, who said he spent five years in prison for robbery and other offenses for a crime he committed as a teenager, mentors at-risk youth and other former inmates involved with the Guild.
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July 21, 1993 | by Nels Nelson, Daily News Theater Critic
The Philadelphia Drama Guild has a new managing director. He is Alan Levey, 45, formerly the managing director of the nationally renowned La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. He will take up his duties here in September. Levey, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and a longtime resident of California, succeeds Daniel L. Schay in the post. Schay resigned last spring, citing a desire to leave the business end of theater for an artistic opportunity. In announcing Levey's appointment yesterday, Patricia Morley, a Guild trustee and co-chairperson of its search committee, stated that "Alan Levey was our number one choice for this position, and we are fortunate to have attracted an executive of his skill, experience and reputation.
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June 26, 1992 | by Ron Avery, Daily News Staff Writer
Philadelphia has a 268-year-old men's club still drinking toasts from the original punch bowl. A society dance that kicked off 244 years ago still draws the upper crust. So it shouldn't come as a complete surprise that there's a medieval craftmen's guild alive and kicking in the Quaker City. It's the Carpenters Company of the City and County of Philadelphia, founded in 1724. Though its role has changed over the past 268 years, it proudly bills itself as "the oldest crafts guild in America.
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November 14, 2011 | By Dianna Marder, Inquirer Staff Writer
In an Overbrook church kitchen, a handful of young men on probation for a range of misdemeanors and felonies spend their Saturday morning learning the difference between braising and frying. Braising is slow cooking over a low flame for a long time; frying uses more oil and a high flame. It's a bit like the difference between life in prison and the death penalty. But the hope is that neither of those is in the future for these 18-to-24-year-olds. They are in cooking classes designed to help them turn their lives around.
BUSINESS
February 2, 2013 | By Mike Armstrong, Inquirer Staff Writer
The parent company of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with the last and largest of its 11 unions Thursday, a key step in the company's efforts to return to profitability. The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia said it had tentatively agreed to a two-year contract for its 550 members that includes a one-time 2.5 percent across-the-board wage cut but also commits the company to maintaining its current printing schedule for its two daily newspapers in 2013 and 2014.
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February 13, 1998 | By Geoff Mulvihill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Love Apples Quilting Guild and the Radisson Hotel have been unable to patch up a dispute that has caused the cancellation of the craft group's largest fund-raiser this weekend, officials said yesterday. Up to 2,000 quilters, who planned to attend the Cherry Hill-based guild's convention beginning today, are out of luck because of conflicts over the use of the hotel. "There's going to be little old ladies who are going to be coming to the door," said Love Apples President Maren Williams of the quilters who might arrive at the Rt. 73 hotel and find the show canceled.
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September 18, 1990 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The New York Post, the feisty tabloid teetering on the edge of financial ruin, got a reprieve last night as its largest union voted to accept a 20 percent pay cut. The Newspaper Guild, which represents 352 editorial, advertising and clerical employees, was the last of the Post unions to accept the cuts. Some members said they felt pressured to take the offer because they would be throwing all 1,000 Post employees out of work if they rejected it. "It was a squeaker," said Joey Padovano, a member of the truck drivers' union who had paced impatiently outside the guild offices last night to find out whether he would have a job. Guild members voted to accept a plan that includes cutting 36 employees.
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March 15, 2012 | By Mike Armstrong, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia Media Network Inc. will lay off 19 unionized workers in its three newsrooms - four full-timers and 15 part-timers - and 21 additional newsroom employees have been approved for voluntary buyouts. The layoffs of reporters, copy editors, multimedia content producers, and others at The Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com would occur March 31. Five nonunion employees from the three newsrooms, including three from The Inquirer, also were laid off, bringing the total number of jobs being lost to 45. In a statement, PMN said the layoffs and buyouts were a response to "the unfortunate economic conditions that continue to impact" the newspaper industry.
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February 15, 2012 | By Mike Armstrong, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a cost-cutting move, the parent company of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com said it will reduce the number of newsroom positions by 37 — through buyouts, it hopes — by the end of March. On Wednesday afternoon, management of Philadelphia Media Network Inc. (PMN) informed Newspaper Guild Local 10, which represents editorial, advertising and circulation employees, that it needed to cut costs because of challenging industry conditions. The move was not unexpected since PMN had announced plans last fall to create one newsroom for all its media properties as part of the relocation of its offices this summer.
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September 3, 1999 | By Rusty Pray, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Agatha Lawson Holloway, 74, whose family tree is deeply rooted in Philadelphia history, died Tuesday at Saunders House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wynnewood. Mrs. Holloway, who for years lived in Center City with her husband, Edward, a prominent cardiologist, was a descendant of Henry Jones. He was among the African American caterers who helped form the caterers' guild, which served the wealthy in the 1840s and held sway over Philadelphia society. The guild, sociologist W.E.B.
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June 5, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
AFTER MONTHS of contentious negotiations over health care and seniority rules, members of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia last night authorized a strike if no resolution can be reached with the owner of the city's two daily newspapers and their website. "Striking is a last resort, and we certainly hope it doesn't come to that," Guild president Howard Gensler said at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Center City, where paper ballots were cast. "If it does, it's because the company forced the membership's hand.
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April 25, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
A ND THEN there were two - again. The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia, the largest employee union at the Daily News , the Inquirer and Philly.com, announced yesterday that it was no longer interested in bidding in the upcoming auction for the city's largest news operation. Why? The price is too damn high. That leaves the two factions led by businessmen George Norcross and Lewis Katz - the feuding co-managing partners of parent company Interstate General Media - as the only parties currently seeking to purchase the newspapers and website.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2014 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The president of The Inquirer's largest union says its parent company is not worth $77 million, the minimum bid that two rival co-owners pledged if the company goes to auction. "We believe $77 million is too much money," said Howard Gensler, president of the Newspaper Guild's Local 10. Gensler's remarks, in an interview Tuesday, come as Delaware Court of Chancery Vice Chancellor Donald F. Parsons prepares to choose a format for the sale of Interstate General Media Holdings L.L.C., which owns The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and three websites.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2014 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The largest employee union at the parent company of The Inquirer can join the legal dispute between rival owners and can potentially make its own bid for its newspapers and websites, a Delaware judge ruled Monday. "I'm thrilled," said Bill Ross, executive director of the Newspaper Guild, which represents about 550 of the nearly 1,800 employees at Interstate General Media Holdings L.L.C. IGM also owns the Philadelphia Daily News, three websites, and a printing plant. "I think the judge recognized our involvement.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2013 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writer
Inquirer co-owners Lewis Katz and H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest backed away from a proposal to settle their dispute with co-owner George E. Norcross III over control of the newspaper's parent company, a top union official asserted Wednesday. Katz and Lenfest said Bill Ross, executive director of the Newspaper Guild, had his facts wrong. The war of words erupted as the very public battle among the owners of Interstate General Media was poised to enter its second month. For the first time, it wasn't the partners slinging arrows but a leader of the union both sides had been trying to win over.
NEWS
October 23, 2013 | By Megan Lydon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter took time out Monday to laud the city's partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice to reduce and prevent youth violence. Standing alongside Assistant U.S. Attorney General Karol V. Mason at Strawberry Mansion Community Garden, Nutter singled out the city's Mural Arts Program's "Guild" initiative for praise and thanked the federal government for its help. "These young men from the Guild are the reason we are here today," Nutter said. The Guild provides arts-based training and support to former inmates reentering society and to at-risk youth, teaching them skills they can use to attain and keep a job. Michael Whittington, who said he spent five years in prison for robbery and other offenses for a crime he committed as a teenager, mentors at-risk youth and other former inmates involved with the Guild.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2013 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writer
The co-owners wrestling for control of the The Inquirer and its parent company told leaders of the newsroom union on Wednesday to expect a protracted legal fight. In nearly four hours of separate closed-door talks at the newspaper's Center City offices, George Norcross and Lewis Katz accused each other of interfering in the editorial affairs of the paper, according to attendees at the meeting. Both also vowed they would not give in. "Trust me, this is not going to be pretty," Norcross said, according to two people present.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2013 | By Mike Armstrong, Inquirer Staff Writer
The union representing journalists and other workers at The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com voted Thursday night to approve a two-year contract that cuts wages by 2.5 percent. The vote, at a Center City hotel, was 200-35, according to union officials. It was the culmination of a months-long effort by Interstate General Media L.L.C. to lower its operating costs by wringing concessions out of the 11 unions who represent workers in all departments of the two daily newspapers and the website.
NEWS
February 4, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's unanimous. Nearly so anyway. This weekend, Ben Affleck took home the top prize at the Directors Guild of America Awards for his work on Argo . His winning streak now includes the Producers Guild, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Golden Globes. The man is unstoppable, right? Well, except for the fact that he was inexplicably snubbed by Feb. 24's Academy Awards. Affleck will be only the seventh person since 1948 to win the Directors Guild honor without taking the Oscar. Zombies attack Audiences warmed to Warm Bodies , the new zombie romantic comedy that topped the weekend box office with $20 million.
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