July 17, 2014 |
New Jersey's servers, bellhops, and bartenders earn lower hourly wages than their counterparts in Pennsylvania and Delaware, pushing them into poverty, according to a report released Wednesday. "Instead of dealing with the needs of people who work for tipped wages, we've largely ignored them," said Gordon MacInnes, president of New Jersey Policy Perspective, the organization that released the report. Under New Jersey law, the state's 140,000 "tipped" workers must be paid a minimum of $2.13 an hour, which is also the federal minimum wage for tipped workers and hasn't changed since 1991.
July 16, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - In the latest blow to Atlantic City, layoff notices were issued to Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino employees Monday, advising them that the casino will close in mid-September. That would make Trump Plaza the fourth casino to close or threaten to close in this resort by fall. It also leaves just one Trump-branded casino - the Trump Taj Mahal - from what used to be three. About 1,600 workers would be affected by this latest shutdown. Trump Plaza issued a statement just before noon Monday stating: "WARN notices were sent to the employees of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino today to advise them that the management and board of directors of Trump Plaza Associates L.L.C.
July 13, 2014 |
U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey called Friday for more scrutiny of temporary worker fatalities, citing a man's death at a Bucks County sugar plant last year. The Pennsylvania Democrat pressed the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to investigate the prevalence of such deaths and offer guidance to lawmakers. Casey also pushed for the Protecting America's Workers Act, a perennial bill that would increase penalties for employers who fail to follow safety laws. Casey's call was described by an attorney for employers as "saber rattling" because OSHA efforts are underway.
July 12, 2014 |
Without the all-important cigarette tax, 1,300 employees of the perpetually strapped Philadelphia School District could get pink slips in August. But the ax has already fallen on 342 school employees, mostly noontime aides and special-education assistants, who began receiving layoff notices Thursday. No teachers will be affected by the current wave of layoffs, which are unrelated to the state funding mess. Philadelphia School District officials confirmed the layoffs and emphasized that the moves were separate from the stalled cigarette-tax legislation that has imperiled $45 million in state funding for the coming school year.
July 5, 2014 |
Money-losing Sun Bancorp Inc. of Mount Laurel, under pressure to please investors and government regulators and boost its sagging share price, plans to sell or shut a string of its Sun National Bank branches and lay off more than 200 of the company's 600-plus workers, new chief executive officer Thomas O'Brien said in a statement Thursday. "The layoffs are part of an overall restructuring plan to bring the bank's revenue and expense model, and overall efficiency ratio, in line with our peers," said spokesman Mike Dineen.
June 28, 2014 |
Joining a movement toward increasing income for low-wage workers, Ikea USA announced Thursday that more than half its minimum-wage hourly workers would get an average 17 percent raise, effective Jan. 1. The announcement by the Swedish retailer, which has its U.S. headquarters in Conshohocken, came days after Gap Inc. instituted a wage increase for its 65,000 workers and a week after City Council passed an ordinance raising minimum wages for employees...
June 26, 2014 |
THREE DAYS after a rapist attacked a young doctor in her Rittenhouse Square apartment, police have charged a kitchen worker from South Philadelphia in the "crime of opportunity" assault. Milton Mateo Garcia, 28, of 8th Street near Moore, chose his victim, 26, because she was walking alone about 1:15 a.m. Saturday from Ladder 15 tavern, on Sansom Street near 15th, to her apartment on Spruce Street near 19th, police said. Investigators believe Garcia was the pervert whom another woman, 27, told police she'd seen at 12:30 a.m. at 16th and Pine walking alongside his bike while holding his exposed penis.
June 26, 2014 |
A ping from the stolen cellphone of a woman who had been raped in her Rittenhouse Square apartment led police Tuesday to declare the sexual assault solved. Authorities arrested Milton Mateo Garcia, a 28-year-old kitchen worker from Honduras who is here illegally and had already been deported at least once, on Monday night and charged him with grabbing the woman early Saturday on Spruce Street, forcing her into her own apartment, and raping her. "For the residents of Rittenhouse Square, we have this guy off the street," said Capt.
June 18, 2014 |
The 11,000 mechanics, fleet service, maintenance, and other ground workers at US Airways have reached tentative three-year contract agreements with management of newly-merged US Airways and American Airlines. The International Association of Machinists (IAM) negotiating committees unanimously endorsed the tentative agreements and recommended ratification, paving the way for joint collective bargaining with their American Airlines' counterparts at the Transport Workers Union (TWU)
June 13, 2014 |
THEY WERE foster kids. And disabled kids. Children who needed help. Instead, a group of tax preparers with a Southwest Philadelphia company and a former social worker with Catholic Social Services allegedly used the kids' identities to profit in a scheme by falsely claiming them as dependents on clients' income-tax returns, according to documents unsealed yesterday by the U.S. Attorney's Office. The alleged scheme lasted from about January 2008 to April 2013 and involved tax preparers with Medmans Financial Services, on 65th Street near Chester Avenue and on Woodland Avenue near 66th Street.