July 24, 1997 |
We continue to march militantly in the wrong direction - due, as ever, to the insane system of campaign financing we allow to persist. Here's the latest move by corporate America to make our lives more miserable. There's a stinky little hickey in the tax bill passed by the House of Representatives that would make it much, much easier for companies to reclassify their employees as independent contractors. And independent contractors, of course, do not get health insurance, pension benefits or unemployment insurance.
June 30, 2010
A Comcast employee working in Delaware County came in contact with a live wire Tuesday afternoon and was electrocuted. According to police, the man was on a ladder in the 2100 block of Sproul Road in Marple Township when the accident occurred. Neighbors saw the accident and called police just after 2:30 p.m. Police did not release the victim's name pending notification of relatives. - Mari A. Schaefer
August 2, 1988 |
The construction worker who was electrocuted yesterday morning while working at a West Philadelphia site was trying to chain a concrete barrier to a crane when the crane hit a 13,000-volt Amtrak line. Francis Popovich, 33, of Audubon, Montgomery County, an employee of Buckley & Co., and a co-worker, Anthony Arcuri, were working at 38th and Pennsgrove streets when the accident occurred. Police said the two reported to work about 7 a.m. and began to move a pile of concrete barriers that were stacked in a corner.
May 28, 2007 |
A worker at a metal-plating plant in Chester County died yesterday from burns suffered in a boiler explosion Saturday night that critically injured two coworkers. The three men were working about 9:45 p.m. in the melt shop at Mittal Steel in South Coatesville when the boiler exploded. Two men were flown to the Crozer-Chester Medical Center, where one later died and the other was in critical condition, a nursing supervisor said last night. The third worker, identified by family as 38-year-old William Solen Jr., was airlifted to Temple University Medical Center, where he was in critical condition yesterday, his mother, Janice Solen, said.
August 29, 1995 |
First, she taunted Pamela Hanible. She cut pictures of her children to ribbons with a razor and put razor blades in her spare shoes, Hanible's relatives said. Then, she escalated her harassment into a confrontation that ended with Caroline Guy slapping Hanible at work. Two weeks ago, Guy began asking people where she could buy a gun so she could kill Hanible. Last week, Hanible told her family that Guy was going to kill her. Yesterday, she did, police said. They said Guy shot and killed Hanible as she came to work at Van Leer Corp.
July 16, 1999 |
Before they go postal, troubled workers usually send warning signals. The trick for employers is to recognize the variety, frequency and intensity of potentially troublesome character traits among colleagues. Here are some clues from Lynne McClure, a Phoenix, Ariz., consultant who works with businesses to prevent such eruptions. Actor: This is the worker who, instead of discussing a problem, acts out by pounding desks and slamming doors. Fragmentor: The worker who takes no responsibility for his or her actions.
March 11, 1990 |
Fighting for an injured worker's rights under New Jersey's workers' compensation system is a role that Westville resident Joe Mays relishes. "A car has more rights in New Jersey than an injured worker," said Mays, a self-styled advocate for the injured. "If you have an accident with your car, the insurance company asks you to get several estimates, then allows you to get it repaired at a garage of your choice. " That's not the case for the injured worker. "The insurance company tells you what doctor you must use," Mays said.
January 8, 2004 |
A 49-year-old man working on the reconstruction of the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge fell 15 feet into the Delaware River shortly before 10 a.m. yesterday, but was not seriously injured, police said. Efstathios Loiosidis of Upper Darby was in the water for about five minutes before being taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, where he was treated and released, New Hope Police Officer Keith Golder reported. Loiosidis is an employee of Allied Painting, a New Jersey subcontractor, said Linda Spalinski, spokeswoman for the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.
April 20, 1988 |
A Streets Department worker has been suspended from his job after being charged last week with drunken driving when he crashed a city truck twice into a South Philadelphia house. Lawrence Tilghman, 41, received a department hearing yesterday and was told of his suspension with intent to dismiss, according to Deputy Streets Commissioner John Heany. Tilghman and a companion decided to take turns teaching themselves to drive the traffic-engineering truck on a South Philadelphia parking lot last Wednesday while its regular driver had gone to make a phone call, Heany said.