July 19, 2015 |
Patrick Eiding, head of Philadelphia's largest federation of labor unions, found himself facing a terrible dilemma. Should he attend a Monday morning rally to support fellow labor leader Joseph Dougherty? Dougherty, 73, has been convicted of racketeering, and on Monday will be sentenced by a federal judge. He could get 15 to 25 years in prison. Or should he stay clear of public association with Dougherty? For Eiding, the predicament placed him at the crossroads of friendship and marketing, where public image challenges personal loyalty.
June 12, 2015 |
ORGANIZED LABOR is lining up behind the teachers union to oppose a plan by the School District of Philadelphia to potentially privatize health services. Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan, joined yesterday by activists and union supporters, said the district's request for a private company to provide health services is a risky bet for students and families, and could lead to eliminating experienced school nurses. Jordan was also armed with a leader from local power broker Pat Eiding, head of the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO, expressing "grave concerns" about the district's plan.
May 29, 2015 |
Solar advocates in Pennsylvania, including John Hanger, Gov. Wolf's policy chief, and labor leader John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty, called on the legislature Wednesday to boost support for renewable power. At a rally, Hanger and Dougherty asked supporters to pressure the legislature to approve Wolf's budget proposal to spend $225 million on renewable energy and efficiency programs. The package includes $50 million to relaunch the Pennsylvania Sunshine Program, which ran out of money for solar rebates in 2013.
January 24, 2015 |
City Councilman James Kenney said Thursday that he would decide "in the next week or so" whether to enter the Democratic primary race for mayor. Kenney, who has vacillated for months on the question, appears more likely now to enter the field. And he may have strong support from a coalition of labor unions. "It feels more real," Kenney said. Three recent events have influenced Kenney's thinking: City Council President Darrell L. Clarke, first choice for mayor among some union leaders, last week said he would instead seek a fifth term on Council.
October 16, 2014 |
Outraged by the School Reform Commission's decision to cancel its collective bargaining agreement with Philadelphia public school teachers, city labor leaders contemplated calling for a general strike. In two meetings, last Thursday and Sunday, labor leaders debated the wisdom of asking members of all area unions - laborers, electricians, communications workers, janitors, nurses, bus drivers, city employees - to walk off their jobs to protest the SRC's decision. "If there is going to be a fight, we have to fight about the future, and the kids are the future," said Henry Nicholas, president of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, headquartered in Philadelphia.
September 2, 2014 |
Maybe, on Labor Day, at the head of the annual Labor Day parade of union members - the T-shirted battalions of union teachers, truck drivers, trash crews, postal workers, hospital dieticians, building engineers, stagehands, and riggers - Patrick J. Eiding will be able to forget, for a moment, the relentless union bashing he often encounters. To Eiding, 73, president of the Philadelphia Council of the AFL-CIO, a federation of about 100 Philadelphia-area union locals, it seems so frustratingly backwards.
July 10, 2014 |
GARY McBRIDE clearly remembers the day his father, Ed McBride, took him on a boat ride along the Atlantic City shoreline. Ed had a vision. He could see a line of casino hotels along the Boardwalk, replacing the seedy arcades, popcorn stands and hotdog joints that were there then. Of course, Ed's vision eventually came to fruition, and he had a significant part in its creation. Edward A. McBride, longtime labor leader whose focus was always on the welfare of the working men and women in his unions, died July 1. He was 87 and had been born and raised in Kensington.
March 21, 2014 |
Joseph F. Egan, 84, of Upper Darby, a labor leader in Southwest Philadelphia for many years, died Wednesday, March 12, of causes related to aging at his daughter's home in Woodbury, Gloucester County. Mr. Egan was best known as the former president of Local 119, International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers. The bargaining unit he headed was based at the General Electric plant at 69th Street and Elmwood Avenue. The plant opened in 1924 and made electric breakers and equipment used in power-generation systems.
July 27, 2013 |
State Sen. Barbara Buono, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, has notified New Jersey party leaders that labor organizer Milly Silva will be her running mate, forming an all-female ticket to challenge Gov. Christie, according to a source. Buono personally notified Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver of her choice of Silva for lieutenant governor, according to a Democratic leader who confirmed that Buono had made the calls. Several news outlets reported Thursday that Buono had selected Silva, executive vice president of the New Jersey region of Service Employees International Union 1199.
July 24, 2013 |
Some of Philadelphia's biggest unions and their political allies came together Monday in an unusual show of solidarity against a common enemy: Mayor Nutter. Ostensibly, the all-star roster of labor and political heavyweights gathered to announce an effort to amend the City Charter. The change, which would have to be put to voters, would bar the mayor from challenging an arbitration award without permission from Council. Many of the speakers used the event to castigate Nutter and trumpet a newfound bond between unions that have not always worked in concert.