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May 20, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Another union has a deal with the Philadelphia School District. The members of Unite Here Local 634, which represents school cafeteria workers and noontime aides, has ratified a four-year contract that contains benefits savings and work-rule changes, including a weakening of seniority rights. The 2,000 workers - the school system's lowest paid - will actually get pay bumps that officials said are made possible by allowing the district to temporarily stop payments to the union's health and welfare fund.
NEWS
May 20, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
ANOTHER UNION has agreed to a deal with the Philadelphia School District that will save the district money and decrease the role of seniority. No, not that union. Unite Here Local 634, which represents 2,200 cafeteria workers and student-climate staff, signed off on the pact Saturday with a unanimous vote. The School Reform Commission is expected to approve it Thursday. The contract, which runs through September 2017, will provide members with a raise each year, but also includes key work-rules changes the district sought.
NEWS
May 16, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
An Amtrak employee injured during Tuesday's deadly derailment of Train 188 in Philadelphia has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the rail service of negligence, the first of potentially many legal actions to follow the disaster. The complaint filed Thursday in Philadelphia accuses Amtrak of "failing to properly and safely operate the train, operating the train at an excessive speed," and other alleged failures. It also targets Amtrak for "failing to provide available, necessary and appropriate systems to slow and/or stop the train," an oblique reference to the absence of a "positive train control" system that federal safety investigators have said could have prevented the crash.
BUSINESS
May 16, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Better training might have prevented the deaths of four workers killed by lethal gas November 15 at DuPont's facility in LaPorte, Texas, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Health and Safety Adminstration said Thursday. OSHA fined the company $99,000 for 10 violations, including one for insufficient training. The incident began when one worker opened a drain on a methyl mercaptan vent line and was overcome. Three people who tried to help also died. None had respirators.
NEWS
May 7, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
RACERS HAVE plenty to focus on during a 10-mile run. How to keep a man's heart beating and lungs pumping isn't usually one of them. But that's exactly what a group of about 12 health-care workers competing in the Broad Street Run went through on Sunday when one of their own collapsed right in front of them. Thanks to their efforts, that 31-year-old man is alive today. After seeing their colleague off in an ambulance, those lifesavers all went on to finish the race. "People stopped out of the kindness of their hearts as soon as he went down," said Kristen, a physician's assistant who didn't want her last name published.
NEWS
May 7, 2015 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The city has ordered the reinspection of scores of buildings that were originally examined by inexperienced and uncertified inspectors from the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections. The action comes after The Inquirer reported in March that L&I sent out uncertified inspectors to conduct 600 inspections on buildings throughout the city that had been declared unsafe - either badly damaged or deteriorated. State officials said later in March that any of the original inspections of 181 buildings that fell under the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code (UCC)
NEWS
May 4, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
A driver was killed and four construction workers were injured, one seriously, Saturday morning in a crash in a construction zone on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in lower Bucks County. The accident happened just before 5:30 a.m. in the eastbound lanes near the Bensalem Interchange. It closed the eastbound lanes until 11 a.m. The driver of the car, who had not been identified, crashed into a truck carrying construction workers who were picking up traffic cones to reopen a lane closed for overnight work, state police said.
BUSINESS
April 26, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
As usual, the mourners, one by one, cast a single red rose into the Delaware River, one rose for each person killed on the job during the last year. As usual, like every Workers' Memorial Day ceremony, the petals floated away, bright spots of red on dark water - 144 roses this year, one for each person killed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware from March 2014 to March 2015. As usual, a bagpiper played "Amazing Grace," the mournful strains floating across Penn's Landing.
NEWS
April 24, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia Parking Authority employee was killed Wednesday morning when he was pinned beneath a tow truck, officials said. Jeffrey Bayers, 60, had worked for the PPA for 13 years. A lot officer at an impoundment lot at 2500 Weccacoe Avenue, he was on the job around 6:50 a.m. Wednesday when a tow truck backed up onto him, pinning him beneath. He was later pronounced dead, police said. PPA spokesman Marty O'Rourke called the incident a "tragic accident" that is under investigation.
NEWS
April 22, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
The attorney for the employees of South Jersey's only medical marijuana dispensary said Monday that he would file a new petition with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that their attempt to join a union was blocked by their employer. Mark E. Belland said he recently withdrew the complaint he filed this year on behalf of workers at the Compassionate Care Foundation facility in Egg Harbor Township because the rules for organizing a union changed this month. "We plan to refile under the new rules, which set up a more streamlined and quicker process for employees who want to organize," Belland said.
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