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July 28, 2010 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The leaders of two battling nationwide unions say they have reached a d├ętente that will resolve their dispute, but it still is not clear which of them will represent area hotel and stadium workers. "When I heard about the resolution, I thought a lightbulb would go on in my head and I'd know who was representing whom," said Patrick J. Eiding, who, as head of Philadelphia's labor movement, has had to do a delicate balancing act. "But when I read this announcement, everything is as clear as mud," he said Tuesday.
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May 23, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 16, 2000 | by Kitty Caparella , Daily News Staff Writer
A strike of 2,300 Center City janitors, engineers and maintenance mechanics was averted early yesterday when Philadelphia building owners and the workers' union reached a three-year pact. The agreement provides a 10 percent increase in wages and 40 percent increase in pension contributions. It preserves family health benefits and funds computer and Internet training for the first time. Members will maintain their 50-cent prescription card without a co-pay system. The maintenance workers, represented by Service Employees International Union, Local 36, are employed at Liberty Place, Blue Cross and Mellon Center, among other buildings.
NEWS
June 5, 2013
About 40 airport workers and members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 32BJ local marched at Philadelphia International Airport Monday, demanding that US Airways, the airport's largest airline, pressure subcontractors to improve wages and working conditions of 1,500 low-wage airport workers, such as skycaps and wheelchair attendants. The march came one day before a Philadelphia City Council committee hearing Tuesday on a two-year lease extension between US Airways and other airlines and the city.
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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.
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March 31, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children laid off 46 employees, administrators confirmed Friday, as health systems around the nation face increasing financial pressures. "Our patients' experience will not be affected," Devin Bruton, the hospital's director of business development, said in a statement. "We care very much about all of our employees and worked to ensure the transition was smooth. " He said the layoffs represented about 2 percent of the 189-bed North Philadelphia hospital's workforce.
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June 11, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two of New Jersey's largest public workers' unions have filed lawsuits to stop Gov. Christie from trying to balance the budget by cutting state pension-system payments, claiming he was violating a 2011 law. Visiting Camden, Christie warned on Monday that he does not have a Plan B to plug the budget shortfall, "and neither does anyone else. " The 2011 law, enacted early in Christie's first term as governor, required public workers to pay more toward their pension benefits while obligating the state to annually reduce unfunded pension liabilities.
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November 21, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Up to 125 workers at Philadelphia International Airport are planning a work stoppage Thursday in protest of what they say are poor wages and working conditions. The employees of aviation contractor PrimeFlight handle ground-transportation duties for about 10 airlines, including tasks such as wheelchair assistance and curbside check-in. The extent to which the planned job action may affect travelers was not immediately clear. Several airlines said they were taking steps to ensure that customers would be unaffected.
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June 17, 1997 | by Marc Meltzer, Daily News Staff Writer
Custodians rallied in Center City yesterday to draw attention to problems they say they're having with cleaning contractors at two local buildings. "Janitors are asking for justice and a fair wage," said Michael F. Russo, president of the Local 36 of the Service Employees International Union. Local 36 has 4,000 members in building services. Russo said rallies were held across the country by custodians as part of National Justice for Janitors Day. The rally in front of the 1500 Walnut Street Building was targeting the building's cleaning contractor, Goldenmark of New York.
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October 30, 1987 | By GINA BOUBION, Daily News Staff Writer
About 85 Center City custodians were fired last night for supporting a cleaning woman who had been suspended for union activity. The dispute started when 60 custodians at the Fidelity Bank Building at Broad and Sansom streets were fired by HGO Inc., of Wayne, for refusing to clock in at 6 p.m. until their shop steward and three others were reinstated, union officials said. Within a few hours, 25 HGO janitors at two other Center City buildings, including the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, also were fired for supporting their colleagues at Broad and Sansom, said John Russo, president of Local 36, Service Employees International Union.
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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.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 28, 2016 | By Valerie Russ, Staff Writer
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)
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April 8, 2016 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, POLITICS WRITER
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.
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.
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November 26, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
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.
BUSINESS
November 12, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
September 5, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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