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August 29, 1993 | By Andrea Knox, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After 12 years of Republican domination, the National Labor Relations Board will soon revert to Democratic control, a prospect greeted with relief by labor unions and apprehension by employers. "The Reagan-Bush board tried to rewrite the whole field of labor relations" by such actions as reducing worker protection in strikes, says Ted Lieverman, a Haddonfield union lawyer. "I think a whole raft of those issues will be revisited by a Clinton labor board. " But Stephen J. Cabot, a management lawyer, contends the Republican board's actions only leveled the playing field between labor and management.
NEWS
August 8, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy, Mark Fazlollah, and Dylan Purcell, STAFF WRITERS
Even as union leader John J. Dougherty confronts an extensive federal investigation that surfaced Friday in a spate of raids across Philadelphia and South Jersey, his union is facing an aggressive grand jury inquiry by the state Attorney General's Office, the Inquirer has learned. The state investigation - unrelated to the federal probe - began in February as an inquiry into two violent clashes at a South Philadelphia job site, but state prosecutors have expanded its focus to look more broadly into allegations of a pattern of intimidation by electricians Local 98, according to people familiar with the inquiry.
BUSINESS
January 20, 2016
Nurses at Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Drexel Hill voted Friday and Saturday to join the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals. The vote, supervised by the National Labor Relations Board, was 164 to 130 in favor of unionization, the union said. The union will represent 330 nurses at the hospital. The union represents 650 nurses and paramedics at Crozer Chester Medical Center. Both hospitals are part of the Crozer-Keystone Health System. jvonbergen@phillynews.com 215-854-2769 @JaneVonBergen www.philly.com/jobbing  
NEWS
March 22, 1986
The March 8 article "NLRB office not anti-labor, study concludes" offers yet another example of what ails Pennsylvania's business climate, generally, and Philadelphia's, in particular. The Philadelphia-area Teamsters and building trade unions persuaded Sen. Lowell Weicker (R., Conn.) and members of his labor subcommittee to have the congressional General Accounting Office investigate the Philadelphia office of the National Labor Relations Board at the taxpayers' expense. The reason?
NEWS
September 10, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
Teachers at the Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School in King of Prussia have unionized. After a long wait that included a controversial decision by the National Labor Relations Board, ballots showed that teachers at the school voted, 57-15, in favor of being represented by the PA Virtual Education Association, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania State Education Association. Teachers voted in 2015, but the ballots were immediately impounded when the school challenged the NLRB's jurisdiction.
NEWS
February 7, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The National Labor Relations Board's Philadelphia office has agreed to hear complaints filed by Au Bon Pain employees at the Philadelphia International Airport. In their unfair labor practice charges filed last year, the employees complained that in September the company tried to dissuade them from attempting to form a union by disciplining two of the activists, by currying favor by offering to pay for an employee's child care and by bringing in the Boston-based company's chief executive to meet workers.
NEWS
August 22, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Richard H. Markowitz, 90, of Meadowbrook, a Philadelphia labor lawyer, died Sunday, Aug. 14, of renal failure at his home. Mr. Markowitz came from a family that immigrated to the United States from Austria-Hungary in the early 1880s. His father, Samuel H. Markowitz, who was born in Pottstown in 1892, became a Reform rabbi. Richard Markowitz grew up in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Elmira, N.Y. He graduated from the Elmira Free Academy in 1942. Although his college studies were interrupted by service in the Navy, he graduated from Yale University with a bachelor's degree in economics.
BUSINESS
May 10, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, STAFF WRITER
The union election was close, yet routine. Casting ballots in an employee break room at the ManorCare rehab center in Allentown, certified nursing assistants voted on whether to join a union. Of the 67 who voted in October, 34 wanted to be represented by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union/United Food and Commercial Workers, 29 did not and four ballots were contested, not enough to change the election's outcome. But now the election has become something more - a referendum on whether National Labor Relations Board regional director Dennis Walsh, 61, who overruled the employers' objections to the election, was too biased for unions to make a fair decision.
NEWS
May 12, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, STAFF WRITER
Teachers at Agora Cyber Charter School - the second largest cyber in the state - have voted overwhelmingly to become unionized, a new local affiliate of the Pennsylvania State Education Association announced late Tuesday afternoon. The National Labor Relations Board in Philadelphia, which tallied the mail ballots, said that teachers at the cyber based in King of Prussia had voted 312-46 in favor of being represented by the Agora Cyber Education Association. Union organizers said that the vote came after a 10-month campaign that focused on changes to working conditions without notice and lack of teacher involvement in decisions about curriculum, classroom objectives or learning conditions for students.
NEWS
September 19, 1986 | By Susan Levine, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nine contested ballots postponed the outcome of yesterday's vote by 604 employees of Zurbrugg Memorial Hospitals on whether to join the Communiciation Workers of America. Less than 90 minutes after representatives of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) had begun counting the ballots at the hospitals' Rancocas Valley Division in Willingboro, the results showed 300 workers for the union and 295 against. Questions of voting eligibility led Communiciation Workers of America Local 1044 to challenge one ballot and the NLRB officials to challenge eight.
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September 10, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
Teachers at the Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School in King of Prussia have unionized. After a long wait that included a controversial decision by the National Labor Relations Board, ballots showed that teachers at the school voted, 57-15, in favor of being represented by the PA Virtual Education Association, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania State Education Association. Teachers voted in 2015, but the ballots were immediately impounded when the school challenged the NLRB's jurisdiction.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
At private universities such as Columbia, Penn, Harvard and Cornell, this year's back-to-campus activities might include some old-fashioned union organizing - thanks, or, perhaps no thanks, to a ruling Tuesday by the National Labor Relations Board. College students who get paid for work as teaching or research assistants at their schools are considered employees, the NLRB said Tuesday, overturning a previous ruling. Their status as employees allows them the possibility of unionizing.
NEWS
August 22, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Richard H. Markowitz, 90, of Meadowbrook, a Philadelphia labor lawyer, died Sunday, Aug. 14, of renal failure at his home. Mr. Markowitz came from a family that immigrated to the United States from Austria-Hungary in the early 1880s. His father, Samuel H. Markowitz, who was born in Pottstown in 1892, became a Reform rabbi. Richard Markowitz grew up in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Elmira, N.Y. He graduated from the Elmira Free Academy in 1942. Although his college studies were interrupted by service in the Navy, he graduated from Yale University with a bachelor's degree in economics.
NEWS
August 8, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy, Mark Fazlollah, and Dylan Purcell, STAFF WRITERS
Even as union leader John J. Dougherty confronts an extensive federal investigation that surfaced Friday in a spate of raids across Philadelphia and South Jersey, his union is facing an aggressive grand jury inquiry by the state Attorney General's Office, the Inquirer has learned. The state investigation - unrelated to the federal probe - began in February as an inquiry into two violent clashes at a South Philadelphia job site, but state prosecutors have expanded its focus to look more broadly into allegations of a pattern of intimidation by electricians Local 98, according to people familiar with the inquiry.
NEWS
May 12, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, STAFF WRITER
Teachers at Agora Cyber Charter School - the second largest cyber in the state - have voted overwhelmingly to become unionized, a new local affiliate of the Pennsylvania State Education Association announced late Tuesday afternoon. The National Labor Relations Board in Philadelphia, which tallied the mail ballots, said that teachers at the cyber based in King of Prussia had voted 312-46 in favor of being represented by the Agora Cyber Education Association. Union organizers said that the vote came after a 10-month campaign that focused on changes to working conditions without notice and lack of teacher involvement in decisions about curriculum, classroom objectives or learning conditions for students.
BUSINESS
May 11, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, STAFF WRITER
The union election was close, yet routine. Casting ballots in an employee break room at the ManorCare rehab center in Allentown, certified nursing assistants voted on whether to join a union. Of the 67 who voted in October, 34 wanted to be represented by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union/United Food and Commercial Workers, 29 did not and four ballots were contested, not enough to change the election's outcome. But now the election has become something more - a referendum on whether National Labor Relations Board regional director Dennis Walsh, 61, who overruled the employers' objections to the election, was too biased for unions to make a fair decision.
BUSINESS
January 20, 2016
Nurses at Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Drexel Hill voted Friday and Saturday to join the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals. The vote, supervised by the National Labor Relations Board, was 164 to 130 in favor of unionization, the union said. The union will represent 330 nurses at the hospital. The union represents 650 nurses and paramedics at Crozer Chester Medical Center. Both hospitals are part of the Crozer-Keystone Health System. jvonbergen@phillynews.com 215-854-2769 @JaneVonBergen www.philly.com/jobbing  
BUSINESS
June 29, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Masseuse Nichole Kucharek, 36, of Macungie, worked at Bear Creek Mountain Resort's spa. She and her coworkers wanted better training. Three-time war vet James Kennedy, 37, of Upper Darby, served burritos at Chipotle's in Havertown, but $8.50 an hour wasn't enough. And feeling forced to skip rest breaks also wasn't popular. Vanessa Viscuse of Philadelphia handled medical records for Mercer Bucks Cardiology, but she and others at the Newtown-based practice wondered why payroll couldn't be kept without errors.
BUSINESS
May 16, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The National Labor Relations Board said that Crozer Chester Medical Center management acted unfairly before, during and after a two-day strike in September involving 550 nurses in the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals. A hospital spokesman was not immediately available for comment. The NLRB said Wednesday that the hospital improperly interfered with informational leafletting and threatened other employees with retaliation, if they showed support for the nurses by honking their horns or waving signs.
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