March 22, 2014 |
For Philadelphia-area commuters, the possibility of a first-ever transit strike by all SEPTA union workers could loom large when a federally mandated mediation process for Regional Rail engineers expires later this year. After that, the engineers, who have been working without a new contract since 2010, would be permitted to strike. SEPTA's labor contract with city bus drivers and subway operators has already expired, and contracts with suburban operators and mechanics will expire in early April.
March 15, 2014 |
The Nutter administration's recent labor contract with AFSCME District Council 47 includes a previously undisclosed side letter committing the city to improving the package if the city provides a better deal to the union's bigger counterpart, AFSCME District Council 33. The brief letter was written by the city's chief negotiator, lawyer Shannon D. Farmer, to Frederick Wright, the D.C. 47 president, on March 5, the day that the white-collar union...
March 14, 2014 |
SEPTA's biggest labor contract expires Friday night, but an immediate strike by Philadelphia bus drivers, subway and trolley operators, and maintenance workers seems unlikely. Negotiations between SEPTA and union representatives continued Wednesday at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. The contract with Transport Workers Union Local 234 covers about 4,700 SEPTA employees in the city, roughly half of all the transit agency's workers. Separate contracts expire next month with TWU 234, Suburban Transit Division, Victory District, which represents about 160 suburban maintenance and clerical employees; and TWU 234, Suburban Transit Division, Frontier District, which represents about 230 bus drivers and mechanics in Montgomery and Bucks Counties.
March 8, 2014 |
Timing their protest to Mayor Nutter's annual budget address, scores of unionized municipal workers marched outside City Hall today to decry a lack of a labor contract and the proposed sale of PGW. Jeering union protesters last year prevent Nutter from addressing Council, prompting him to deliver the budget message later in the day from a heavily guarded the Mayor Reception Room. The protesters dispersed about 10:30 a.m. and some entered City Hall, where a number were admitted to the Council chambers gallery for Nutter's speech without their signs and a with a warning against outbursts.
October 3, 2013
No legacy for Nutter? Many people have questioned what Mayor Nutter's legacy will be when he is finally out of City Hall. Some are concerned that he might not leave a good legacy. I believe, on the other hand, that he will not leave a legacy at all. After all, it is during his administration that he has tried to close the public libraries and has shortened their hours, then during his administration with his appointed school district CEO, many of the public schools have been closed.
July 26, 2013 |
THE NEW YORK Yankees intend to discipline Alex Rodriguez for seeking a second medical opinion on his injured leg without their permission, a person familiar with the team's deliberations said yesterday. The exact penalty had not yet been determined, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press because no statements were authorized. A fine appeared to be the most likely option. Under baseball's labor contract, a player must notify his team in writing if he intends to seek a second medical opinion.
July 8, 2013 |
OAKLAND, Calif. - Commuter rail service resumed Friday in the San Francisco Bay Area after unions called off a strike and agreed to extend a labor contract for a month while bargaining continues. Thirty-five trains were put back in service in time for an expected light evening commute, the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency said. Frances DeLoach of Oakland was among the dozens of commuters who lined up at the West Oakland station for the first trains to San Francisco after nearly five days without service.
February 8, 2013 |
MEMBERS of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia on Thursday night approved a new two-year labor contract with the owners of the Daily News , Inquirer and Philly.com. The deal with Interstate General Media LLC includes a 2.5 percent across-the-board wage cut but assures that the company will continue to publish both papers for at least the next two years. The vote was 200- 35. The ratification meeting was held at the Hilton Garden Inn at 11th and Arch streets, but many of the Guild's 550 members voted by email.
February 4, 2013 |
The union representing mailers at The Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News overwhelmingly approved a new two-year labor contract with Interstate General Media L.L.C. Sunday, a company official said. The union representing paper handlers, however, rejected a tentative agreement on Friday. The handlers are scheduled for another vote Monday. Interstate General Media, parent company of The Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com, reached a tentative agreement on a new contract Thursday with the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia, largest of its 11 unions, a key step in the company's efforts to return to profitability.
February 3, 2013 |
Stagehands at the Philadelphia Theatre Company ratified their first labor contract Friday, ending a 15-day strike that disrupted the theater's run of The Mountaintop . The 27 members of Local 8 of the International Association of Theatrical and Stage Employees approved a three-year deal that gives them raises and contributions to health and welfare benefits, and commits in a written contract to past labor practices at the Suzanne Roberts Theater...