October 16, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - In a vote that largely followed party lines, the state Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would prohibit public-sector unions from using employee paycheck deductions to fund certain political activities. Sen. John Eichelberger Jr. (R., Blair), the sponsor of the so-called paycheck protection legislation, called it a "major victory" for union workers. "It protects members from being forced through the union to fund political candidates or causes they don't support," he said.
August 29, 2015 |
Chester Upland teachers and support staff voted Thursday to keep working despite learning that the district might not have money to pay them next month. Two days after a Delaware County judge rejected a new financial recovery plan submitted by Chester Upland and state officials, its 223 teachers and support staff were told the district could not make its Sept. 9 payroll. Michele Paulick, president of the Chester Upland Education Association, which represents the teachers, called the announcement from Superintendent Gregory Shannon and receiver Francis Barnes "horrible news.
July 31, 2015 |
During his years as Ed Rendell's deputy mayor, Herbert Vederman refused to collect a city paycheck, living instead off the millions he made from his family's retail clothing empire. But recently, federal prosecutors say, he benefited from his government connections in other ways - by funneling cash to U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah in return for official favors from the Philadelphia Democratic congressman. Prosecutors said Wednesday that Fattah pressed tirelessly to get Vederman a federal post, going so far as to hand-deliver a letter to President Obama in fall 2010 asking him to make Vederman a U.S. ambassador.
June 3, 2015 |
I LOOKED at my 10-year-old son about a week ago and something around his mouth looked almost . . . dirty. "What have you been eating?" I asked, figuring that the shadow on his upper lip was the remnants of a meal. "Nothing," he said. "Then what's that on your face?" He shrugged. I moved in for a closer look. Turning his face slightly toward the light filtering in through the living room window, I saw it. "Is that a mustache?" I asked in disbelief. My wife, LaVeta, who was hovering nearby, came over for a gander.
March 18, 2014 |
* PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK: THE LIFE & TIMES OF KATRINA GILBERT. 9 tonight, HBO. YOU'D PROBABLY count yourself lucky to have someone like Katrina Gilbert taking care of a person you love. A certified nursing assistant who spends her days - sometimes as many as eight in a row - lifting, feeding, cleaning and otherwise caring for the residents of a Tennessee convalescent home, Gilbert actually seems willing to listen to those who no longer get much of a hearing from anyone else.
December 4, 2013 |
PEOPLE, IT'S OVER. Last week, fittingly on the day before Thanksgiving, a group of ex-cons who've waited nearly 10 years for a paycheck finally got it. I don't mean a promise of a paycheck or a hearing that might, maybe, lead to a paycheck. (Sadly, I fell for all of those . . . ) I mean actual checks that turned into real money that paid for stuff like overdue rent and electric bills and turkeys and Christmas gifts that some workers said they wouldn't have been able to afford otherwise.
October 18, 2013
FURLOUGHED FEDERAL workers have been promised that they will be paid for time lost during the government shutdown. Even so, let me offer some advice to those people with jobs they thought were secure. Do what you can, as soon as you can, to create an emergency fund. Make it a priority. Yes, you've heard this before. Yet here we are again, and workers across the country, including nonfederal employees and government contractors whose incomes were also affected by the shutdown, are feeling the financial pain after missing one paycheck or getting just a partial paycheck.
September 22, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA City Controller Alan Butkovitz threatened Friday to hold up paychecks in the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections if it doesn't speed up cooperation with his probe into how the city regulates demolition projects. Mayor Nutter's chief of staff, Everett Gillison, said the administration had been cooperating and accused Butkovitz of abusing his authority. "If he really wants to know how L&I works, our people are there to help him with that," Gillison said. "I think this is a case where Mr. Butkovitz is playing politics.
August 1, 2013 |
Once upon a time, there was a time before Wi-Fi - or even the Net. They did have TVs back then. Even sitcoms. And sitcom stars. Robin Williams , 62, was a TV star way back then, when there was no Internet. This fall, he'll return to network TV in David E. Kelley 's The Crazy Ones on CBS. It's been so long, the Mork and Mindy alumnus says, "the last time I was on TV, wired meant a gram and a bottle of Jack Daniel's. " (Williams famously battled substance abuse problems back then, in the olden times.)
April 11, 2013
SEVERAL years ago, I wrote about health care in Japan, where the government had begun charging corporations for their overweight employees. The Japanese tackle diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and heart disease with a tape measure first: A waist circumference greater than 33.5 inches for women and 35.5 inches for men is enough to trigger a fine for an employer. My readers scoffed at this strategy, reacting with laughter and a lot of eye-rolling. Fast-forward to today. With health-care costs soaring in the United States, many companies have started to penalize overweight employees.