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March 20, 2009 | By Jane M. Von Bergen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Union members yesterday picketed an event at which their boss was being honored - accusing her of union-busting and anti-worker policies in connection with layoffs and contract talks at their workplace. Nothing unusual about union pickets - except that the boss, Anna Burger, is one of the nation's top labor leaders, and a key executive in one of its fastest growing unions, the Service Employees International Union, the SEIU. "Anna Burger is a hypocrite," said Malcolm Harris, president of the Union of Union Representatives, which represents 210 employees of the SEIU.
BUSINESS
May 27, 2008 | By Jane M. Von Bergen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two Philadelphia companies and one of the nation's largest labor unions - led by a former Philadelphian - are at the heart of fiery debate about union tactics. The union is the purple-shirted, 1.7-million-member Service Employees International Union, led by Andy Stern, a dynamic University of Pennsylvania graduate who got his start in organized labor by heading a social workers' union local in Philadelphia. The two companies are national giants - the food-service monolith Aramark Inc., with its Center City office tower, and one of the nation's largest providers of security guards, AlliedBarton Security Services L.P., of King of Prussia.
BUSINESS
May 27, 2008 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Philadelphia companies and one of the nation's largest labor unions - led by a former Philadelphian - are at the heart of fiery debate about union tactics.   The union is the purple-shirted, 1.7-million-member Service Employees International Union, led by Andy Stern, a dynamic University of Pennsylvania graduate who got his start in organized labor by heading a social workers' union local in Philadelphia.   The two companies are national giants - the food-service monolith Aramark Inc., with its Center City office tower, and one of the nation's largest providers of security guards, AlliedBarton Security Services L.P., of King of Prussia.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 30, 1997 | By Acel Moore
Who said the union movement is dead? True, much has changed since the Hospital Workers Union 1199 C was at its peak in the 1970s under the leadership of Henry Nicholas, one of the best union organizers in the country. Union representation in the national workforce is at its lowest point in more than 30 years. But over the last 10 years, the most successful union is the one representing janitors, the Services Employees International Union (SEIU). That's why I am not surprised that Local 36 of SEIU got a favorable ruling from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
BUSINESS
May 23, 1989 | By Rose DeWolf, Daily News Staff Writer
One of the most progressive, seemingly integrated unions in the United States is being ripped apart - its leadership divided into two warring camps. The union is Local 1199 - more formally known as the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees. Its president, Henry Nicholas, is one of Philadelphia's best-known labor leaders. This month, 1199 members are being asked to vote in a referendum that will decide their union's future. Nicholas and his allies on the executive board contend that this small, 75,000-member union can survive and grow only if members agree to affiliate with the giant 1.2 million-member American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Union (AFSCME)
NEWS
January 6, 1989 | By Edward Power, Inquirer Staff Writer
The way Henry Nicholas sees it, there are about six million hospital workers in the United States just waiting to be recruited by a labor union. The only problem, he says, is that his 75,000-member National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees needs at least $1 million more in annual organizing funds - double what it now spends - to recruit effectively on a national level. And from Nicholas' point of view, there is only one obstacle in his way these days - his union's own executive board, or at least half of it. For the last 12 months, Nicholas, one of Philadelphia's most influential labor leaders, has been working to persuade the board to affiliate with the politically powerful, 1.2 million-member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
BUSINESS
July 21, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 27, 1989 | By Lisa Ellis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ballots are to be counted today in New York City in a referendum expected to split the nation's largest independent health-care union between two larger unions, thus dramtically cutting the constituency of its president, Philadelphian Henry Nicholas. Nicholas, president of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees and its Philadelphia local, District 1199C, said yesterday that he expects the union's 75,000 members and 18 districts to "split right down the middle" between the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
BUSINESS
August 2, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Workers who push passengers in wheelchairs at Philadelphia International Airport have withdrawn complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation that alleged they did not receive proper training from their employer, PrimeFlight Aviation Services, and equipment to do their jobs safely. The workers dropped their action naming PrimeFlight and airlines including US Airways Group, United, and Southwest after seeing documentation that they had received the required training. In May, the workers alleged violations of the federal Air Carrier Access Act and asked the Transportation Department to impose fines and order the airlines to force PrimeFlight to correct the problems.
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July 21, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
July 13, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 18, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 17, 2016 | BY KRISTEN A. GRAHAM, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 17, 2016 | By Kristen A. Graham, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 16, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
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.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 14, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
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.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano and Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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