September 22, 2015 |
Musicians and management of the Philadelphia Orchestra have agreed to talk and play as negotiations continue over a new labor contract, several sources say. The expiring deal was one of steep cuts crafted in 2011 under supervision of U.S. Bankruptcy Court after the Philadelphia Orchestra Association filed for Chapter 11 reorganization. The pact was to have expired Sept. 13, but both sides agreed to an extension until 12:01 a.m. Sept. 28 - just after a concert and Mass for Pope Francis' visit, for which the orchestra is playing.
July 18, 2015 |
Police officers for the Delaware River Port Authority have a new labor contract, six years after the last one expired, but they are still waiting for most of their back pay. The new pact, awarded by an arbitrator after negotiations failed, provides for an average 1.77 percent annual pay increase over the life of the contract, from 2010 through 2017. The 131 patrol officers, sergeants, and corporals, whose last contract expired Dec. 31, 2009, had been seeking a 3.75 percent raise for each year.
June 29, 2015 |
After reaching a tentative agreement for a two-year labor contract with the ownership of The Inquirer, the Daily News, and Philly.com on Friday night, the Newspaper Guild expects to hold a contract ratification vote in two weeks, Guild president Howard Gensler said. The union represents 445 employees at both papers and the website, including journalists, advertising sales representatives, and circulation personnel. Both sides agreed not to divulge terms of the new contract. During negotiations, they had clashed over seniority protection and health-care costs.
June 27, 2015
An Associated Press story Thursday incorrectly reported that State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, who was killed in the Charleston church shootings, was the first African American since Reconstruction to rest in honor in South Carolina's Statehouse Rotunda. In 1986, the body of the astronaut Ronald McNair, who died in the space shuttle Challenger explosion, was given the same honor. A photo caption in some editions Wednesday gave the wrong name for a damaged car at Deptford Mall. It was a Nissan Altima.
June 27, 2015 |
Teachers at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's 17 high schools voted Wednesday to ratify a one-year labor contract. The contract provides the union's 625 members with $1,350 salary raises. A previous contract, which only guaranteed $1,200 raises, was rejected unanimously at a May 27 meeting. The average Catholic high school teacher has 20 years of experience and is paid $49,000 annually. Rita Schwartz, president of Local 1776 of the Association of Catholic Teachers, said her members rejected the original contract because the pay raise did not cover increasing medical insurance premiums.
June 14, 2015 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the union representing teachers at its 17 high schools announced Friday they had reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract. The deal is subject to a ratification vote, which is expected later this month, by 635 members of Local 1776 of the Association of Catholic Teachers. Details on the tentative contract were not released, but the teachers in May rejected a proposed one-year deal because, they said, the wage increases that were offered would not cover the increase in health-care costs.
May 29, 2015 |
When he abruptly resigned from the state House last month, Joe Hackett said he was returning to an $85,290-a-year job with the Delaware County District Attorney's Office after a five-year leave of absence. However, in response to an Inquirer request, the county's open-record office said Tuesday that it had no record that Hackett applied for an extended leave beyond the one granted for his first two years in office under the labor contract between the Fraternal Order of Police and the county.
October 17, 2014 |
About two dozen members of parent advocacy groups and their supporters rallied Wednesday outside Philadelphia School District headquarters to protest last week's canceling of the labor contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. Under cloudy skies, they scolded the School Reform Commission over its unprecedented unilateral action. Cheri Honkala, 53, an antipoverty advocate and the parent of a child who recently graduated from Moffet Elementary, a K-5 school in North Philadelphia, said the commission underestimated the will of district parents.
October 1, 2014 |
A bid in bankruptcy court to set aside a labor contract for 1,136 employees at Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal casino has set up a pitched battle between Unite Here Local 54 and Carl Icahn. Icahn, a billionaire investor known for taking control of financially distressed businesses by buying debt at a discount, controls the fate of Trump Entertainment Resorts because he owns $286 million in first-lien debt and stands first in line to be paid in any bankruptcy deal. As a condition of keeping Trump Taj Mahal open, Icahn wants massive concessions from labor and government.