July 21, 2016 |
About 600 members and supporters of Service Employees International Union marched peacefully Tuesday, chanting and waving union banners along Philadelphia International Airport's departures roadway and demanding higher wages and better working conditions for nonunion PHL workers. Six busloads of demonstrators wearing purple "32BJ SEIU" T-shirts arrived in buses outside Terminal A and marched to Terminal F. They were escorted by Philadelphia police and sat, at one point, in front of Terminal C for speeches.
July 13, 2016 |
Black lives matter, no doubt. But what will often make a crucial difference in those black lives are good jobs. "Anytime there is economic insecurity, you see racial tensions like we have now," Derrick Johnson, president for the Mississippi State Conference for the NAACP, told about 75 workers, labor leaders and activists gathered at City Hall on Monday. Monday's conference, sponsored by two of the nation's largest labor unions, follows six days of local protests over fatal shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana.
February 18, 2016 |
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, short on campaign cash compared with his three opponents in the April 26 Democratic primary, strengthened his bid for a 12th term Tuesday by adding a field army. The Pennsylvania Council of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) endorsed Fattah, vowing to put its members to work for his campaign. He'll need the help, since State Rep. Dwight Evans reported having $303,012 on hand as of Dec. 31 for the primary, including donations from Mayor Kenney and Gov. Wolf.
January 17, 2016 |
FOR YEARS, workers and union leaders say, they warned Philadelphia School District officials: Keep cutting safety corners and deferring critical building repairs, and someone will get hurt - or worse. That's just what happened this week when a boiler at F.S. Edmonds Elementary School exploded, surrounding school mechanic Christopher Trakimas in flames and leaving him fighting for his life. "Once people are being lit on fire at work in the school district, something has to change," said Ernie Bennett, an official with 32BJ SEIU, the union that represents Trakimas and other blue-collar workers.
January 17, 2016 |
For years, workers and union leaders say, they warned Philadelphia School District officials: Keep cutting safety corners and deferring critical building repairs, and someone will get hurt - or worse. That's just what happened this week when a boiler at F.S. Edmonds Elementary School exploded, surrounding school mechanic Christopher Trakimas in flames and leaving him fighting for his life. "Once people are being lit on fire at work in the School District, something has to change," said Ernie Bennett, an official with 32BJ SEIU, the union that represents Trakimas and other blue-collar workers.
November 16, 2015 |
Rain spits down, clouds obscure William Penn atop City Hall, and on this damp fall day no one is sure where Katie McGinty is supposed to go. Labor unions, liberal activists, and fast-food workers plan to rally to boost the minimum wage to $15, and McGinty, running for the U.S. Senate, is eager to add her voice to the cause. But the event is off to a choppy start. It's running late. When a crowd of purple-clad SEIU workers finally arrives, McGinty greets them with a smile locked in place, teeth showing.
October 15, 2015 |
Members of the union representing Philadelphia's commercial office cleaners have voted to authorize a strike if no labor agreement is reached before their current contract expires on Thursday. More than 800 members of 32BJ SEIU (Service Employees International Union) cast ballots in Tuesday's strike-authorization vote, the union said in a release. The union is resisting cuts to cleaners' health benefits and pensions. Contract talks between the 32BJ SEIU bargaining committee and Building Operators Labor Relations, which represents building owners and maintenance contractors, have been ongoing since Sept.
October 14, 2015 |
WITH THE expiration of their contract looming, thousands of janitors will gather in Center City today to take a strike-authorization vote, union officials said last night. The 32BJ Service Employees International Union has been in negotiations with Building Owners Labor Relations Inc. - which represents Center City building owners - since Sept. 3, a protracted debate over pensions and health-care payments, according to Daisy Cruz, SEIU's Mid-Atlantic director. Nearly 10,000 of the union's members affected by the current contract will vote on whether to authorize a strike at 2:30 p.m. in the courtyard next to Temple University's Center City campus, across from City Hall.
August 6, 2015 |
The irony of the situation isn't lost on Phil DiMaio Jr., a union janitor who, until last Friday, picked up trash, vacuumed hallways, and swept sidewalks outside the gleaming 34-story high-rise apartment building at 2116 Chestnut St. Now, with new owners and new building management, DiMaio, 33, and 12 other janitors, engineers, and security guards are out of work, fired from a building with a long labor history. Non-union workers now hold their jobs. "It's a pretty sad state of affairs to know that this building helped guys like us, and then new owners come in from out of state and out of the city and kick guys like us to the curb," DiMaio said.
July 3, 2015 |
AlliedBarton Security Services, the Conshohocken-based security giant, will be sold to Wendel, a Paris-based private-equity firm, in a $1.67 billion cash and debt deal. AlliedBarton, which began its local history as SpectaGuard, founded by former Flyers president Jay Snider, employs 6,000 locally and 55,000 nationally. It counts 200 of the Fortune 500 as clients, along with 3,000 other landlords and tenants. Wendel owns 11.7 percent of the Malvern-based building-materials maker Saint-Gobain, which includes Certainteed, a more well-known local materials company.