February 20, 2016
Roughly 200 people staged a loud, angry march tonight in the vicinity of St. Joseph's Hospital to protest next month's slated closing and layoffs at the longtime North Philadelphia health care facility. Observers said that as many as 25 police cars lined the streets near the hospital at 16th Street and Girard Avenue, but there were no immediate reports of trouble or arrests. North Philadelphia Health System, which owns the long-struggling hospital as well as the nearby Girard Medical Center, announced at the start of the year that as many as 675 people would lose their jobs with the shutdown.
April 29, 2015 |
City Commissioner Stephanie Singer says she's giving up her reelection campaign, even as her lawyer continues the court fight to get her name back on the ballot. During a Monday morning rally at National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees Local 1199 headquarters, Singer said a victory in the May 19 primary was out of reach. "This is an election I can no longer win," said Singer, one of the three elected commissioners who oversee the city's elections. "I'm going to keep fighting for what's right.
April 25, 2015 |
Philadelphia City Commissioner Stephanie Singer's name will not appear on the May 19 primary election ballot, Commonwealth Court ruled Thursday. The court rejected Singer's appeal of a Common Pleas Court ruling March 30 striking her name from the ballot. Singer needed at least 1,000 signatures from registered Democrats on nomination petitions to be listed on the ballot. She filed 1,485 but a review during a legal challenge found that just 996 were valid. That left her four names short in her bid for a second four-year term.
October 24, 2014 |
Airplane cabin cleaners at Philadelphia International Airport employed by subcontractors rallied outside Terminal B on Wednesday, seeking safer procedures to protect "front line" workers against infectious diseases, including Ebola. Tommy Rodney, a cabin cleaner and supervisor in the international terminal, said his employer, Prospect Aviation Services Inc., gives workers latex gloves that rip easily, and no training on exposure to waste and bodily fluids in cleaning aircraft bathrooms, removing trash, wiping down tray tables, and digging through seat pockets and cushions.
December 13, 2013 |
AFTER threatening a strike, the leader of Philly's prison-healthcare-workers union has reached a tentative agreement with the company that manages treatment for the city's roughly 9,000 inmates, sources with knowledge of the negotiations said. Henry Nicholas, president of the National Union of Hospital & Health Care Employees District 1199C, is expected to present to his 270 prison workers a compromise that will include wage increases and less-generous health-care plans. If approved, the agreement would avert a strike threatened in an op-ed by Nicholas in yesterday's Inquirer . Nicholas and representatives of Corizon, a Tennessee company that the city pays $42 million per year to manage the city's prison health care, spent hours yesterday in the offices of Everett Gillison, Mayor Nutter's chief of staff.
August 24, 2013 |
Fifty years ago, when he was a 26-year-old union organizer in New York, Henry Nicholas led 5,000 hospital workers to Washington, where they would hear the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. grip the nation's attention with one of history's greatest speeches. "We were one of the biggest infrastructures at the last march," he recalled this week. "I was closing in on my 27th birthday. " Now president of AFSCME District 1199C, Nicholas and more than 40 buses filled with union members and their families will return to Washington on Saturday for what organizers described as a "continuation" of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
August 23, 2013 |
THEY ARE old now, those still living who were among the hundreds of thousands on the National Mall that August afternoon in 1963 when the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. energized a movement. But they do not forget. Here are memories from three Philadelphians who attended the March on Washington. Henry Nicholas The president of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees was a 27-year-old attendant at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City in 1963. He led the charge to bring 5,000 members of his hospital workers union, AFSCME's District 1199C, by train to Washington, the largest turnout of any single group.
May 21, 2013 |
The leader of the union that represents health-care employees at Temple University Hospital on Sunday threatened a strike over an arbitration dispute involving a terminated employee accused of sexual harassment. "We're prepared to shut it down," said Henry Nicholas, president of AFSCME District 1199C, which represents hospital employees across the city. There's almost no chance, union representatives said, of an actual strike - the union contract contains a no-strike clause. But for its president to even mention a strike - at a hospital that has historically enjoyed a strong, amicable relationship with its union - shows how upset the union has become over the arbitration dispute.
September 6, 2012 |
Longtime labor leader Henry Nicholas, 76, has no plans to retire and said he's never had a tired day in his life. "I'm a lucky guy," he said. Even so, Nicholas has been consciously grooming a successor to lead District 1199C, the 11,358-member hospital workers' union for employees in dozens of the region's nursing homes and most of Philadelphia's major hospitals. "The character of a leader is to make sure that when he can't lead, someone else can," Nicholas said. "I have an obligation.
September 4, 2012 |
In the dirt-floor doorway of a Mississippi sharecropper's home built of logs chinked with Spanish moss, a little boy, no more than 4, clung to his father's leg, terrified. "At least several times, I observed my father standing in the door when the Ku Klux Klan with hoods on came to get him," said Henry Nicholas, the labor leader. "With me hanging on his leg, he would cock the gun and tell them to make their moves, and he'd stare them down until they rode away. "That never, ever left me. My father wasn't afraid, but I was. He wasn't scared, but I was scared to death.