June 12, 2014 |
In a last-ditch effort to avert a commuter rail strike, a federal mediator will meet Friday with SEPTA officials and leaders of two railroad unions. The National Mediation Board has asked the two sides to meet with its representative at 10 a.m. Friday at the offices of a Philadelphia law firm. SEPTA locomotive engineers and railroad electrical workers have said they plan to go on strike at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, following SEPTA's decision to impose management's terms to settle a long-running labor dispute.
February 22, 2014 |
Charles G. McCloskey, 90, of Bensalem, a former Philco radio assembler who rose to become a union president and, later, a gifted labor mediator for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, died Friday, Feb. 7, of congestive heart failure at his daughter's home in Warminster. Over a career spanning almost a half-century, Mr. McCloskey used his sharp bargaining skills and lively sense of humor to help craft innovative settlements when the area's colleges, transit agencies, and businesses were facing labor strife.
July 10, 2013 |
A Philadelphia judge on Monday ordered lawyers for the NFL and thousands of its former players to try to settle claims that the league hid or ignored evidence that concussions lead to brain damage. After a telephone conference with the case lawyers, U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody said she appointed a retired federal judge, Layn R. Phillips, to mediate the talks. She asked Phillips to deliver a report to her by Sept. 3. The order suspended Brody's plan to rule this month on the league's request that she dismiss the case.
December 27, 2012 |
While I'm away, readers give the advice. On the curiously combustible mix of weddings and vegetables: I am a major meat-eater, but I think if the couple getting married do not feel it is ethical to spend their money on meat, they should not be asked to serve it. One meatless meal is not going to kill anyone. My niece was not only a vegetarian but a vegan. Before her wedding, my brothers and I joked that we might be running out for a burger after the reception, but actually the food was delicious.
December 13, 2012 |
ENTER THE mediators - or, rather re-enter. And maybe this is where the NHL and its union make the deal. Maybe, after the progress of last week was buried in angry rhetoric, this is what the two sides now need: a fig leaf to hide behind as they take the last tentative steps toward an agreement. Somewhere, Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr are plotting the endgame. They have to be. Unless the owners are hellbent on total victory or Fehr has some kind of messianic view of this transaction, the compromise is there to be made.
November 30, 2012 |
NEW YORK - The NHL, the players' association and now even federal mediators agree on one thing: The bickering sides are nowhere near a deal that would put hockey back on the ice. The league and the union wrapped up 2 days of talks Thursday in New Jersey, with help from mediators, but moved no closer to a solution to save the season. Two members from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service joined the talks Wednesday and Thursday but couldn't bring the sides any closer.
November 30, 2012 |
The NHL season seemingly moved closer to being canceled after labor talks with federal mediators broke off Thursday in Woodbridge, N.J., without any progress. The mediators, unable after two days to find common ground between the league and the players' union, are out of the picture for the time being. "We are disappointed the mediation process was not successful," Bill Daly, the NHL's deputy commissioner, said on the 75th day of the lockout. On Twitter, fans roasted the owners and players.
November 29, 2012 |
Federal mediators swooped into a meeting between the NHL and the players' union Wednesday and tried to steer the sides to a collective bargaining agreement. The mediators, Scot Beckenbaugh and John Sweeney, will attempt to cut through the discord and distrust that have built over the last few months as they confer with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and union boss Donald Fehr, among others. Think of it as a troubled couple - Bettman and Fehr - visiting with a pair of marriage counselors.
November 27, 2012 |
FEDERAL MEDIATORS are entering the stalled NHL labor talks, with the season's first 2 1/2 months already lost because of the lockout. George Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, said Monday the parties had agreed to use the agency. He assigned three mediators to assist negotiations - deputy director Scot Beckenbaugh, director of mediation services John Sweeney and commissioner Guy Serota. "While we have no particular level of expectation going into this process, we welcome a new approach in trying to reach a resolution of the ongoing labor dispute at the earliest possible date," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said.
November 27, 2012 |
With negotiations at a standstill, the NHL and the players union have turned to federal mediators as they attempt to end their long labor dispute. The mediation, announced Monday during the 72d day of the lockout, is nonbinding. "Both sides are prepared to try a new approach," said Bill Daly, the NHL's deputy commissioner. "Nothing ventured, nothing gained. " The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service will try to steer the sides toward a new collective bargaining agreement.