April 7, 2015 |
A Center City jewelry store worker was pulled into a van by a trio of kidnappers who brutalized and robbed her after she left work Saturday afternoon, police said Sunday. The 53-year-old woman had left the store on the 100 block of South Eighth Street around 4 p.m. and walked to a garage at 733 Chestnut St., where she had parked. She said she noticed a graffiti-smeared, burgundy older model Ford Econoline across from her car. Three men in dark clothes and ski masks jumped out of the cargo van and pulled her inside, police said.
April 3, 2015 |
FIVE TO SIX hundred airport baggage handlers, airplane cleaners and wheelchair attendants skipped work yesterday to protest that many are still earning minimum wage or close to it despite passage of a city law last year that called for them to have gotten raises. The nonunion employees started the day protesting where they work, Philadelphia International Airport, then moved on to City Hall, where they rallied in solidarity with City Council members Kenyatta Johnson, Ed Neilson, Blondell Reynolds Brown, Maria Quinones-Sanchez and Curtis Jones.
March 30, 2015 |
Dave Clarke, manufacturing director at a Kulpsville company, tried to capture the attention of teenagers as they walked through a hallway of Souderdon Area High School, which was lined with tables of other manufacturers trying to do the same. Clarke came to Montgomery County's second annual ManuFest on Saturday because his company, which develops products for such industries as aerospace, oil fields, and solar, wants to develop talent early and put manufacturing on the radar of high school students.
March 28, 2015 |
The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $5.5 million in back wages for New Jersey gas station attendants who were not paid the required minimum wage or overtime in the last five years. "Our investigations of the New Jersey gas station industry found widespread violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage, overtime, and record-keeping provisions," Mark Watson, the regional head of the department's Wage and Hour Division, said in a news release. From the 2010 to 2014 fiscal years, the Labor Department has run a "multiyear enforcement initiative" that led to back wages and damages awarded to more than 1,100 employees, the department said Thursday.
March 20, 2015 |
Pay raises for workers and an end to delays in rebuilding PATCO commuter railcars are two of the top priorities of the new chairman of the board of the Delaware River Port Authority. Ryan Boyer, a Philadelphia labor leader who was appointed to the reconstituted DRPA by Gov. Wolf, was elected chairman by the board Wednesday. Boyer, one of six Wolf appointees to the bistate board, said Wolf wants "government that works for the people. " The support for pay raises could put Wolf, a Democrat, on a collision course with Gov. Christie, a Republican who has opposed any pay hikes.
March 15, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The casino union that represents about 1,100 workers at the struggling Trump Taj Mahal picked up Friday where it left off last fall. Members of Unite Here Local 54 were back outside the casino, which had emerged from bankruptcy the day before, chanting and holding signs to protest what the union calls the continued stripping down of worker rights and benefits by the casino's new billionaire owner, Carl Icahn. Local 54 president Bob McDevitt said at the protest that the union representing about 10,000 casino workers in the city continues to appeal the ruling by a federal bankruptcy judge that nullified the contract between the union and Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc., which owns the Taj Mahal and the shuttered Trump Plaza.
March 11, 2015 |
Help-desk analyst was the job title, paying in the low-$40,000 annual range. The winning candidate for the position at Reed Technology & Information Services Inc. in Horsham did not have a college degree, or even years of experience. Instead, she had completed a 16-week training program, passing a test certifying her in CompTIA A+, a commonly recognized credential in the world of technology. That, plus a five-week internship, which was part of the program, was enough to take her from "disadvantaged youth" to middle-class and employed.
March 2, 2015 |
Out in the casino diaspora, the workers from Atlantic City tend to want to keep a low profile. They know how it can turn out, turn sour, end abruptly. Those who lost jobs - some 8,000 in 2014 - or saw the writing on the wall in Atlantic City and were able to find work elsewhere have moved on. When necessary, they also have moved, sometimes leaving their families in New Jersey. They're now at casinos in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Florida, Connecticut, Las Vegas, Detroit, even Wisconsin.
February 25, 2015 |
A CLIMATE OF fear forced Ukrainian migrant workers to accept endless debt and slavery in Philadelphia and nearby locations, federal prosecutors alleged yesterday. "Workers were punched in the face, punched in the body, they were punched everywhere," Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Velez told a jury in closing arguments in the racketeering-conspiracy trial of two brothers in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. Velez said the defendants, Mykhaylo Botsvynyuk and Yaroslav Botsvynyuk - a/k/a Yaroslav Churuk - are "members of a criminal enterprise to smuggle Ukrainians" into the U.S. for "involuntary servitude.
February 11, 2015 |
A MONTHS-LONG labor dispute allegedly kicked into high gear Saturday when about 200 unionized carpenters descended on the Philadelphia Auto Show, officials said. John McNichol, president and chief executive of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, told the Daily News yesterday that "belligerent" members of the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters vandalized cars, accosted vendors and generally disrupted the show, which ended Sunday. Now, he's hoping that a temporary restraining order against the union can help calm things down in a contract dispute over the carpenters' ability to work inside the center.