May 17, 1986 |
The threat of another walkout today by civilian 911 dispatchers at the Philadelphia police radio room was averted yesterday when an agreement was reached between their union and police officials about an order assigning them to specific seats. Eleven employees who answer emergency-telephone lines and nine broadcasters who dispatch police cars walked off the job for more than nine hours last Saturday when the seating order first was implemented. The order was designed to position the employees around the radio room, located on the second floor of the Police Administration Building, Eighth and Race Streets, so they could not easily talk with each other.
June 11, 2011 |
Workers returned Friday to a South Philadelphia factory after walking off the job on Thursday to protest a lack of water and air conditioning. About 50 to 60 employees left the Hyundai-Rotem USA Corp. factory at noon Thursday, 31/2 hours before the end of their shift, workers said. The factory is assembling Silverliner V rail cars for SEPTA, and workers have been involved in a long and acrimonious effort to reach agreement with the company on a union contract. Workers said they complained to managers on Thursday morning about a lack of cold water and fans, and about a broken air conditioner in the employee lunchroom on a day when outdoor temperatures approached 100 degrees.
June 11, 1992 |
At nearly the last minute, the union representing the 158 city-paid guards of the Philadelphia Museum of Art yesterday afternoon called off a walkout it had planned to protest the city's plans to privatize guard services. The walkout had been scheduled for 5:30, the end of the guards' regular working day. The union called it off after getting a phone call from James Coleman, assistant city managing director. However, Wayne Johnson, business representative of Local 22, said the union and city were still far apart on the issue of whether the guards at the museum will be replaced by guards working for a private firm.
January 20, 1991 |
For students at Haverford High School, the Persian Gulf crisis struck close to home last week. On Tuesday, a proposed spring trip to England for advanced history students was canceled by school principal John Meehan. "To make a commitment to a trip at the same time a war is going on," Meehan said Wednesday, "I don't think that's advisable. " And on Wednesday, more than 25 students left classes and stood in drenching rain most of the school day to protest the prospect of war in the Middle East.
July 21, 1986 |
A 10-day strike by about 120 nurses' aides, maintenance workers and dietary workers at Central Park Lodge Nursing Home in Springfield Township ended Thursday afternoon after a contract was signed. Facility administrators and leaders of Local 1034 of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Stores Union, AFL-CIO, signed a contract during a four-hour meeting, which ended about 3 p.m. Striking employees, who walked out July 8 after working without a contract since May 8, voted Wednesday to return if Thursday's negotiations went as planned, according to Robert Kopsack, director of U.S. operations for Central Park Lodges.
February 19, 2011 |
Tensions over the Philadelphia School District's plan to overhaul 18 failing schools intensified Friday, with a third student walkout and the removal from the classroom of a teacher who has been an outspoken critic of the overhaul process. The walkout at Martin Luther King High School was the third in a week protesting the district's Renaissance schools initiative. Despite warnings of dire disciplinary consequences, dozens of students left school as city and School District police looked on. And instead of being in her classroom, preparing her 11th graders for state exams, Audenried High teacher Hope Moffett was exiled to an empty administrative office.
September 8, 1987 |
As the Labor Day weekend came to an end, talks continued into the night in an effort to avert a teachers' strike in Cherry Hill, while teachers in Monroe Township prepared for their first-ever walkout. In Pennsylvania, Norristown teachers voted overwhelmingly to stage their first strike. The walkout was expected to idle 6,000 students due to report for classes Thursday. Negotiators for the Cherry Hill school board and the teachers' union met separately and exchanged information throughout the day at the Sheraton Poste Inn. Starting at 10 a.m., they were aided by mediator Lawrence Hammer of the Public Employee Relations Commission.
February 7, 1987 |
When the leaders of the new United States assembled in Philadelphia in 1787 to write a constitution, a band of black Methodists forged their own dramatic statement on freedom of religion by walking out of a church that discriminated against them. Their action led to the establishment several years later of Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church at Sixth and Lombard Streets and the organization in 1816 of the A.M.E. denomination, the first black denomination in the United States.
December 4, 1992 |
Philadelphia faced the vexing problem of public school violence on three fronts yesterday. City Council scheduled its first hearings on school violence for Dec. 17. Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, chairwoman of the Education Committee, plans to call Superintendent Constance E. Clayton as one of the first witnesses, followed by teachers and students who have been victims of school violence. Earlier yesterday, four female students at University City High School in West Philadelphia were arrested and charged with possession of weapons including a meat cleaver, a butcher knife, a four-foot chain, a 20-inch pipe, a straight-edged razor, four pairs of scissors and a yellow baseball bat. School security officials said the four were involved in an ongoing gang rivalry.
March 30, 1995 |
In one of the most significant labor actions in the mushroom belt since the Kaolin strike of 1993, more than 40 mushroom pickers staged a walkout at Pietro Industries Inc. Monday to protest the "plantation slave driver" methods of a new manager. Pietro owner Peter Alonzo met with the workers Monday morning for about 45 minutes in the farm's parking lot to hear their grievances. Later that day, Alonzo said he agreed to their request and removed the assistant supervisor, Jaime Sanchez, from his position and reassigned him to a maintenance worker's job with no authority over others.