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April 6, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Nearly 10 years ago, Delores Killingsworth Barber, then 25 and an employee at a Roosevelt Boulevard Walmart, took the witness stand in a Philadelphia courtroom and told a judge and jury that the retail giant was "stealing our time. " It got worse during the holidays, when, she testified, workers were told to "do whatever it takes to get it done, and if that meant missing your break, that's what had to be done. " Many years and boxes of legal documents later, the workers should be paid for those missed breaks.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
'Give me a broken system, and I see the problem really easily," says Mark Jessen , a Palo Alto, Calif.-based IT technology consultant for global business-software maker SAP , on a visit last week to the company's North America headquarters in Newtown Square. Jessen is one of 100 people SAP has hired in its Autism at Work program since 2012. The first few hires were in India. SAP says it has developed supports to help autistic people cope with office demands they may find stressful, so they can apply their abilities to fixing software errors and other tasks.
NEWS
April 2, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
A technician at a West Philadelphia mental health clinic stole patient information and sold it to scammers filing fake tax returns, a federal jury concluded Thursday as it convicted the man on conspiracy, fraud, and identity-theft charges. Jean Baptiste Alvarez, 43, of Aldan, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison at a sentencing hearing scheduled for July. According to prosecutors, Alvarez smuggled patient log-in sheets under his clothing as he left work each night at the Kirkbride Center, a 245-bed inpatient facility just outside University City.
NEWS
April 1, 2016
MAYOR KENNEY'S proposed 3-cents-an-ounce tax on sugary drinks is difficult to swallow, especially for the city's poor, small shop owners, grocers and the Teamsters Union drivers and bottling-plant workers I represent. The regressive tax, which City Council already rejected twice under the previous mayor (including two "No" votes by former Councilman Kenney) is now being spun by the Kenney administration as the only way it can afford to pay for its ambitious new proposals, which is simply untrue.
NEWS
March 26, 2016 | STAFF REPORT
A worker was injured after getting trapped under a bale of paper at a Wissinoming company. The incident happened at Newman & Company Paperboard at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The man was rescued about half an hour later, according to emergency radio reports. The 35-year-old man was hospitalized in stable condition with an injury to his right leg, police said. The worker was operating equipment when the accident occurred, but further details about what happened weren't available.
NEWS
March 26, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Telling a crowd of supporters that the civil rights of African Americans are more important than her arrest, social worker Nicol Newman announced Thursday that she wants a trial on her summary offense charge of disorderly conduct. Newman, 48, and her attorney, Michael Coard, had a brief appearance before city Trial Commissioner Marsha Floyd, where Newman rejected pleading guilty or going into a first-offender diversion program in connection with the March 9 incident at her home. Floyd set April 19 for a trial before a Municipal Court judge.
NEWS
March 26, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg and Andrew Seidman, STAFF WRITERS
The crisis over Atlantic City's tapped-out cash reserves intensified in a 10-hour war of words Thursday, with the governor, mayor, and Assembly speaker all digging in to a stalemate that could shut City Hall from April 8 to May 2 and threatens to send the city off a financial cliff. But first, this being A.C., a word about the city's big Beer Fest, also scheduled for April 8: It's still on. In fact, said Mayor Don Guardian, nearly all 900 city workers, including police, fire, and public works, have agreed to work without pay when a broke government folds its cards for three weeks.
NEWS
March 25, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
Gladys Norton Hulitt, 98, a director of volunteers at Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, died Tuesday, March 15, at a long-term care center at the Good Samaritan Society in Waconia, Minn. As the wife of the Rev. Daniel Hulitt, a Methodist pastor in South Jersey, Mrs. Hulitt began as a Methodist Hospital volunteer in the early 1960s, son Daniel B. said. "It was a litany of things she was doing," her son said. "Answering phones to taking books to patients, whatever was needed.
NEWS
March 24, 2016
Workers at Philadelphia International Airport postponed a planned strike Tuesday and instead arranged to hold a vigil Wednesday in honor of those killed in terrorist attacks in the Brussels airport and subway.At least 30 were killed Tuesday in suicide bomb attacks in the Belgian capital. Islamic State claimed responsibility. "As workers at highly sensitive airports around the country, they are well aware of the dangers and risks that unfortunately continue to be a threat," the Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ said in a statement.
NEWS
March 24, 2016
A trash worker died after being run over by his truck in Delaware County on Tuesday. The 28-year-old Ridley Park man was "hustling" to catch up to the truck when officials believe he tripped and fell on the ground, where he was caught under a tire on the truck's right side. The truck was turning the corner at Ladomus and Delaware avenues, and another car coming past created a tight spot The worker was in the driver's blind spot, said Ridley Park Police Chief Robert M. Frazier.
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