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.
June 22, 2016
ISSUE | SODA TAX Unions divided Now that City Council has approved the beverage tax, winners and losers will be tallied ("Soda tax makes history," Friday). Teamsters Local 830 lost big. As sales plummet once the tax is enacted, we will feel a corresponding loss of jobs. The beverage companies lost as sales of sugar-sweetened and diet drinks will tank. Consumers lost since they'll absorb the tax. The business community lost because it's another antibusiness levy. But the hidden cost is the damage it has done to the labor community.
May 23, 2016 |
Two years ago, fast-food worker Shymara Jones was a single mother, living with her mother, siblings, and son in a three-bedroom rowhouse on a worn-down block in the non-gentrified part of Grays Ferry, hard by warehouses and refineries. None of that has changed, but everything is different. Same small house, same small street, same Popeyes at Broad and Catharine Streets where Jones, 22, has worked since 2009. But in that time, Jones visited the Eiffel Tower. She met fast-food workers in Brussels, picketed corporate meetings in Chicago - twice - shook hands with politicians, led marches down Broad Street, and plans to rally outside the McDonald's annual meeting this week.
April 28, 2016 |
TO HEAR HER children tell it, Helen Inez Betts Lloyd was a perfect mother, who managed a home with eight children while her husband worked at Westinghouse. After her youngest child started school, Mrs. Lloyd went to work, first at the Atlantic Thrift Store and later as a home health care nurse. In retirement, she served as a volunteer foster grandparent until she was about 80, said one daughter, Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati. She also volunteered during presidential election campaigns for her union, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
April 8, 2016 |
Hillary Clinton accused her opponent for the Democratic nomination on Wednesday of advancing vague and unrealistic policy proposals as the two campaigned in Philadelphia. After suffering a 13-point loss in Tuesday's Wisconsin primary, the former secretary of state took direct aim at Sen. Bernie Sanders, suggesting he has not thought through how to implement his promises. "Like a lot of people, I am concerned that some of his ideas just won't work because the numbers don't add up," Clinton told hundreds of members of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, meeting in their annual convention in Center City.
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.
November 26, 2015 |
As travelers pass through airports on their way to visit their families this Thanksgiving, they should take note of the people pushing grandma's wheelchair, loading dad's golf clubs, or quietly mopping the terminal. These are some of the people who have been bypassed by a recovering economy. They suffer disproportionately from stagnant wages that have about 5 percent less buying power than they did five years ago. They are struggling to feed and shelter their families on wages that put them at or near the poverty line.
November 12, 2015 |
Holding a microphone, Shymara Jones, a fast-food worker at Popeyes, had a message for the politicians. "We have to make sure our state representatives are talking about $15 an hour," Jones, 22, of Philadelphia, said at a rainy rally outside City Hall. "This is what they need to be talking about 24/7 if they want our vote. " Dubbing it a fast-food "strike," more than 100 restaurant workers in Philadelphia and many more around the nation on Tuesday held rallies, protests, and marches, seeking a $15-an-hour minimum wage, a union, and political power.
September 5, 2015 |
Center City's unionized office cleaners, maintenance workers, and other building-service staffers say they want to share in the benefits of an improving commercial real estate sector as they begin negotiations on a new labor contract. Members need to earn more to support their families and cannot afford the bigger payments for medical insurance sought by employers, Daisy Cruz, mid-Atlantic district leader for SEIU 32BJ, the local of the Service Employees International Union, told at least 100 workers at a rally on Thursday ahead of the talks.
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.