February 6, 2016 |
Edward Coryell Sr., longtime leader of the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters, had an unexpected visitor Wednesday morning. Douglas McCarron, the decisive general president of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, dropped in to tell Coryell that he was out. The visit was short. Less than an hour. And Coryell had no idea it was coming, said friends and allies of the ousted labor leader. By the time McCarron left, or shortly afterward, signs went up on the doors of the carpenters' headquarters on Spring Garden Street.
February 5, 2016 |
Edward Coryell Sr., one of the region's most powerful labor leaders, is out. All Philadelphia-area Carpenters union locals have been closed and their assets and members divided among regional councils in Pittsburgh; Edison, N.J.; and Framingham, Mass. Bewildered carpenters filed in and out of the union's building at 18th and Spring Garden Streets on Wednesday, greeted by notices pasted on the front door informing them of the changes ordered by United Brotherhood of Carpenters general president Douglas McCarron in Washington.
February 4, 2016 |
A few coaches with Camden's Whitman Park Tigers youth football program were sitting around after a recent meeting, watching a news story about the water-contamination crisis in Flint, Mich., when they had an idea. "We said, 'We've got to do something,' " coach Jai Green said. "We don't have much - but we better give what we have. " On Thursday, the team is launching a drive to collect 100,000 bottles of water - 4,200 cases - to donate to residents of Flint. The drive will run through Feb. 29, Green said, and involve participation from players, coaches, parents, and sponsors.
September 9, 2015 |
Candidates came a-courtin' to Philadelphia's annual Labor Day parade and rally Monday, but only one of them - a man already elected - got to speak. The rest, including Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney, worked the crowd, posing for pictures, shaking hands, and slapping backs. "Today is about jobs, jobs that pay, and jobs that fairly recognize the work that people do," Gov. Wolf said, addressing a cheerful crowd where people were as interested in catching up with one another as listening to his remarks from a podium set up in the parking lot of the Sheet Metal Workers union hall in South Philadelphia.
June 26, 2015 |
WALK DOWN Spring Garden Street near 18th and you can't help but notice that the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 union hall is basically a giant advertisement for state Supreme Court candidate Kevin Dougherty and Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney . The sign for Dougherty - a Common Pleas judge and brother of electricians union boss Johnny Doc - is gargantuan, spanning most of the building like a highway billboard....
June 10, 2015 |
JOE SCHULLE has seen the city's 2,100 firefighters and paramedics through a new contract, a controversial firefighter death and a sex scandal. Now, he's stepping down after a tumultuous two-year term to return to firefighting and let new leaders take over the firefighters and paramedics union. Andrew Thomas, a hazardous materials fire lieutenant and 23-year department veteran, was sworn in last night as the new president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 22. Union members last month voted in Thomas as well as Eddie Marks, a retired battalion chief who spent 38 years in the department, and Mike Bresnan, a firefighter and union recording secretary under Schulle, as first and second vice presidents, respectively.
January 5, 2015 |
THE LOCAL Ironworkers union under longtime leader Joseph Dougherty didn't function like a legitimate labor union, but acted like the mob, federal prosecutors say. "Both criminal enterprises existed and operated through a pattern of fear, violence, and intimidation," Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Livermore wrote in a trial memorandum filed yesterday. "Both criminal enterprises used that well-earned fear to extort money from businesses. " Dougherty, 73, of Bustleton, business manager of Ironworkers Local 401 from 1998 until early last year, faces trial in federal court starting Monday on charges of racketeering conspiracy, arson-related offenses and extortion.
December 19, 2014 |
The president of Philadelphia's police union on Wednesday decried the protests sweeping cities across the country after grand juries in Missouri and New York state cleared white officers who killed unarmed black suspects. "We have to guard against a growing trend in this country to replace due process and the legal system with media-fueled mob rule and sensationalism," said John McNesby, president of the local Fraternal Order of Police lodge. McNesby spoke after a ceremony at the union hall in Northeast Philadelphia honoring city police officers for valor and bravery.
November 2, 2014 |
In a rare scenario, a union election Saturday for officers in the Electricians local led by John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty will be supervised by the U.S. Labor Department. The department's involvement stems from a complaint by two candidates for the executive board, Kenneth Rocks and Kevin O'Sullivan, who said they were unfairly denied the opportunity to run for two of five seats. The Labor Department agreed. "The investigation of the challenged election disclosed that the union improperly determined that two nominees for executive board were ineligible to run for office," the Labor Department said Aug. 28, adding that Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers had voluntarily agreed to the supervision.