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NEWS
October 17, 2014 | By Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writer
About two dozen members of parent advocacy groups and their supporters rallied Wednesday outside Philadelphia School District headquarters to protest last week's canceling of the labor contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. Under cloudy skies, they scolded the School Reform Commission over its unprecedented unilateral action. Cheri Honkala, 53, an antipoverty advocate and the parent of a child who recently graduated from Moffet Elementary, a K-5 school in North Philadelphia, said the commission underestimated the will of district parents.
NEWS
October 17, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH & REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writers leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
IN A STRONG show of solidarity, about 3,000 members and supporters of the teachers union rallied at the Philadelphia School District's headquarters yesterday to protest what they called an attack on organized labor - the backbone of the district - with last week's cancellation of the union's contract. The crowd, which included several labor unions, parents, students, community activists and elected officials, began gathering outside about two hours before the School Reform Commission's first meeting since it unilaterally terminated the contract and imposed health-care benefits.
NEWS
October 13, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joshua Cutler had a thriving career as a network engineer for the federal government in 2006 when he suddenly fell ill. Cutler, of Winchester, Va., once had an active life as a young father who raced cars on weekends and enjoyed time with his family, but he suddenly found himself overcome with fatigue and feeling perpetually sick. He slept 18 or more hours a day. The consequences were catastrophic. He lost his house and car. His family struggled to keep its head above water. After a series of false starts, Cutler found a doctor who he said correctly diagnosed his condition as chronic Lyme disease and began a treatment plan that has made his condition marginally better.
NEWS
October 10, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two days after the Philadelphia School Reform Commission unilaterally canceled its teachers' contract and announced it would impose changes, hundreds of high school students went on "strike" Wednesday to support their teachers. Dozens of students from Science Leadership Academy in Center City and as many as 175 from the High School for Creative and Performing Arts in South Philadelphia boycotted classes. They held peaceful, upbeat demonstrations outside the two magnet schools. Twenty-five students from the Franklin Learning Center in Spring Garden demonstrated outside district headquarters at 440 N. Broad St. "There's a lot of talk about teachers going on strike," said Cy Wolfe, a theater major at CAPA who helped organize what he called the "Philadelphia Student Strike.
NEWS
October 10, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - More than 700 members of Unite Here Local 54, the union that represents most casino workers, let Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. know how they feel Wednesday about proposed cuts to their health care and pension plans. They staged a "civil disobedience" march starting around 5:30 p.m., blocking traffic at the busy downtown intersection of Arkansas and Arctic Avenues and causing massive gridlock. About two dozen people were arrested and charged with resisting an officer's order or blocking traffic, or both.
BUSINESS
October 9, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Post office clerks rallied outside a Staples office supply store in Center City on Tuesday. They were complaining that the U.S. Postal Service's plans to install in-store postal counters where lower-wage Staples employees would sell stamps and accept packages would hurt postal jobs and jeopardize the safety of the mail. The post office "is not for sale," protesters chanted at the rally organized by their union, the American Postal Workers Union. Calling for a boycott of school supplies at Staples, the workers say the Staples initiative is part of a postal management plan to privatize the Post Office.
BUSINESS
September 29, 2014 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
You might call it David L. Cohen's Casablanca moment. Like the police captain who announced he was "shocked to find that gambling is going on" in a gaming hall, the Comcast executive suggested to journalists last week that he was shocked that companies wanting stuff from the cable and Internet giant had turned to an unseemly method to get it: using Comcast's proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable as leverage. And if Comcast, as Cohen put it, "declined to play ball"?
NEWS
September 21, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
No headphones in the hallway? No eating outside? One-way stairwells? Come on, man. Those newly enforced rules at Cheltenham High School were too much for about 500 students, who staged a sit-in Friday to protest. "It was right out of the '60s," said principal Iris Parker. About a third of the Montgomery County school's students sat peacefully in a hallway during first period as teachers, administrators, and security guards milled about, wondering what decade they were in. Parker said she did not interfere, since "they have the right to assemble ... and they need to have their voices heard.
NEWS
September 9, 2014
BEING A SOUTH Philly resident for more than 40 years and being a big supporter of the quality of life, I am baffled at Wednesday's front page story, "Disguntinued. " I support the residents who are protesting the sale of play guns from a corner store to minors. I grew up in Point Breeze and I witnessed how the crime decayed a once great neighborhood. But what I am confused about is the timing and the location of the protest. It's great that 50 to 100 protesters came out in the sweltering heat, some carrying lettered signs, some chanting "Stop selling BB guns.
BUSINESS
September 6, 2014 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nine fast-food workers were among 11 people arrested Thursday for blocking traffic on Arch Street near a Center City McDonald's, part of a national campaign pushing large restaurant chains to pay workers at least $15 an hour and seeking greater attention for income disparities. Dozens were reported arrested at similar rallies planned in about 150 cities Thursday. Organizers of the "Fight for $15" campaign said they planned civil disobedience to highlight an effort that has made little headway since it began with a small New York strike after Thanksgiving in 2012.
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