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April 16, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
It couldn't have been a nicer day for a protest Thursday, as activists - fast-food and home health workers seeking a raise, the Sierra Club, Temple students opposing a stadium, and community people against stop-and-frisk, - marched down Broad Street, banging drums, carrying banners, and shouting slogans. "This is what democracy looks like," hundreds yelled as they walked toward the day's largest rally, at Broad and Arch Streets. Police closed Broad Street. Among those leading the parade was Shymara Jones, 23, of Philadelphia, a Popeyes employee who has been pushing for a $15-an-hour wage for fast-food workers since the national movement kicked off in Philadelphia two years ago. She earns $8.25 an hour, up from $7.25, Pennsylvania's minimum wage, mirroring the national rate.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have both weighed in on the strike against Verizon Communications Inc., supporting the 39,000 workers who set up pickets at 6 a.m. Wednesday. Clinton walked with striking workers in Midtown Manhattan on Wednesday. "I am disappointed to learn that negotiations have broken down," she said in an earlier statement from her campaign office. "Verizon should come back to the bargaining table with a fair offer for their workers.
NEWS
April 14, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Police are looking for two young women who allegedly stabbed an employee at a Center City store after shoplifting from the business. Philadelphia police on Tuesday released photos of the two suspects in the incident Friday at the Five Below store at 1529 Chestnut St. After the women allegedly shoplifted from the store at about 6 p.m., a female employee followed them outside to 16th and Chestnut Streets and tried to retrieve the unspecified stolen...
NEWS
April 14, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
LAST-DITCH talks between Verizon and the unions representing 39,000 workers failed Tuesday night, setting up a strike to begin at 6 o'clock Wednesday morning. Workers from New England to West Virginia, all employed by Verizon Communication Inc.'s landline division, which also handles fiber-optic cable installation, sales, and service, will go off the job. Hundreds are expected to gather in Philadelphia outside Verizon's building at Ninth and Race streets for a rally at 8 a.m. Wednesday, said union official James Gardler, president of Communications Workers of America Local 13000 in Philadelphia.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
More than 39,000 Verizon employees from Massachusetts to Virginia plan to strike at 6 a.m. Wednesday, the union leaders said Monday. "Unless this company reconsiders its shameful demands . . . our members will be on strike," said Chris Shelton, president of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), which represents 29,000 of the workers. Verizon executives, meanwhile, said they want to keep talking but have been training thousands of nonunion Verizon employees for a year to take over union functions if there is a strike.
NEWS
April 7, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin and Caitlin McCabe, STAFF WRITERS
A failure to follow one or more safety rules designed to protect rail workers likely played a role in the Amtrak crash that killed two men Sunday, sources with knowledge of the crash said. The National Transportation Safety Board has said the communication between dispatchers and the work crew on the track will be one of the factors examined in the investigation. On Tuesday, several sources said a possible focus was on the failure to properly secure the permission that work crews need to safely access tracks.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2016
DEAR ABBY: Last week, one of my associates asked me out for drinks. I have been working with him for the same length of time that I have been married. I know he's interested because he has been texting me about unrelated work things and is always flirting. I am very much in love with my husband, but my coworker is very tempting. I'm worried about hurting my husband, but at the same time, I'm excited about what this new man can offer me. Did I mention that he's the top lawyer of the firm?
NEWS
April 6, 2016
WITH $9.7 billion in capital projects being proposed by the Kenney administration over the next six years, every taxpayer should know what a Project Labor Agreement is, because PLAs, as they are commonly called, will determine who gets those billions in public money. A PLA is a collective bargaining agreement between a government agency and labor organizations. PLAs establish the terms of employment for specific construction projects. Building trade unions say PLAs are good. Non-union shops say they're bad. That's because PLAs do two things: They keep unionized workers from engaging in labor disputes that can drive up the costs on taxpayer-funded construction projects, and they often keep nonunionized workers from ever getting on the job in the first place.
BUSINESS
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.
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