April 6, 2016
WITH $9.7 billion in capital projects being proposed by the Kenney administration over the next six years, every taxpayer should know what a Project Labor Agreement is, because PLAs, as they are commonly called, will determine who gets those billions in public money. A PLA is a collective bargaining agreement between a government agency and labor organizations. PLAs establish the terms of employment for specific construction projects. Building trade unions say PLAs are good. Non-union shops say they're bad. That's because PLAs do two things: They keep unionized workers from engaging in labor disputes that can drive up the costs on taxpayer-funded construction projects, and they often keep nonunionized workers from ever getting on the job in the first place.
April 1, 2016 |
General contractor Emily L. Bittenbender, 48, of Sweetwater, N.J., Thursday will receive the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce's Paradigm Award, bestowed on a leading female business executive. In 2003, after overseeing the construction of the National Constitution Center as its vice president of design and construction, she started Bittenbender Construction L.P., and in 2009, started a second company, Philadelphia Carpentry Systems, LP, a carpentry and exhibit installation business.
March 26, 2016
By Benjamin Zycher Economics may be the dismal science, and economists may be boring, but there really are a few eternal economic truths worthy of inscription in stone. The quantity of a good demanded declines as its price rises. Bigger economies demand more labor, that is, create more jobs. Economic distortions created by government may bestow benefits upon particular groups but, for the economy as a whole, harm the economic interests of both consumers and producers by reducing the size of the aggregate economic basket.
March 25, 2016 |
Two large trade associations, the National Retail Federation and the National Association of Manufacturers, have come out against new regulations involving labor consultants announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Labor. "This unwarranted action by the Department of Labor will further restrict employers' ability to educate and inform employees on essential issues in the workplace," Jay Timmons, chief executive of the National Association of Manufacturers, said in a statement. The changes require employers to submit reports to the department when they hire consultants to help them stave off union organizing drives, even if the consultants are used only as advisers and do not directly address employees.
March 12, 2016 |
Howie Roseman said the Eagles' decision to trade Byron Maxwell, Kiko Alonso, and DeMarco Murray was "about value," which came from improving draft position and opening cap space to allocate elsewhere. In the trade of Maxwell and Alonso to Miami, Roseman's objective was obtaining a top 10 pick. The Eagles moved from No. 13 to No. 8. "We felt there were 10 players that really stood out to us," Roseman said. "Picking 13th, we felt if we were in position to get one of those top 10 guys, there was tremendous value in that.
March 11, 2016
Buzz: Hey Marnie, what does "fair trade" mean on a wine label? I've seen it on coffee and thought on wine it meant the wines were made for fairs and conventions. Marnie: No, Buzz, it's a social-justice movement that promotes sustainability and equality for the communities that produce the goods we buy, especially in the developing world. Buzz: Wow, that sounds like something started by the hippies. Marnie: Not really, Buzz. A number of organizations provide certification on ethical standards and grant the right to apply a "fair trade" seal on packaging to inform consumers.
March 11, 2016 |
ASSISTED BY a stroke of good fortune in lodging accommodations at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last month, Howie Roseman worked on parallel tracks to begin his overhaul of the Eagles. One track involved the trades that eventually exiled Byron Maxwell, DeMarco Murray and Kiko Alonso, created cap room to make moves in free agency, and achieved Roseman's goal of getting the Eagles into the top 10 of the upcoming draft. The other track was targeting and laying the groundwork to sign key pending free agents, for whom the cap space would be needed.
March 11, 2016 |
BY THE TIME Howie Roseman stepped away from his sizzling speakerphone Wednesday night, the Eagles had taken steps to get stronger in three important areas: quarterback, offensive line and safety. They'd added a linebacker to replace one they'd traded, and gained depth at corner. The count of defensive players who'd worked for new coordinator Jim Schwartz in Buffalo in 2014 was up to three. Not to mention, they'd moved up five spots in the first round of the NFL draft. It was quite a day, and it started early.
March 9, 2016 |
Asked last month what role, if any, he had in signing Byron Maxwell and DeMarco Murray, Howie Roseman avoided piling on Chip Kelly and steered his answer toward the future. If only Kelly was so kind when asked about Marcus Smith last March. "I think the best thing we can do is just move forward this year," the Eagles vice president of football operations said at the NFL scouting combine, "and talk about what's going on this offseason. " But in about five hours on Monday - the first day that teams could officially negotiate trades and free-agent acquisitions - Roseman's actions spoke clearly.
March 9, 2016 |
One year after the Eagles acquired DeMarco Murray, Byron Maxwell, and Kiko Alonso as part of a high-profile offseason overhaul, the team agreed to trade them all on the same day. Murray will be dealt to the Tennessee Titans, his agency confirmed. Maxwell and Alonso will be sent to the Miami Dolphins for draft picks, according to league sources. The specific return on either trade was not known. The deals were reached on Monday, but they will not be made official until the new league year begins on Wednesday.