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April 5, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia Streets Department worker and a School District employee have been caught on surveillance video hauling scrap metal from their jobs and selling it to recyclers, officials said Thursday. The video shows the streets worker using a forklift to put large items such as guardrails and storage containers into a trailer attached to his pickup truck, City Controller Alan Butkovitz said at a news conference at the Municipal Services Building. The employees were not identified.
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April 5, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
If any City Council or row office employees accepted cash or pricey gifts in the last couple of days, they could be in big trouble. The new ethics code gifts regulation - which bans cash as gifts and limits the value of gifts to city officers or workers at $99 - was quietly signed into law by Mayor Nutter on Monday. It went into effect immediately. The new law amends the city code's provision that prohibited gifts of "substantial economic value. " The old standard was vague, and a precise limit, advocates of the bill have said, will make the law easier to enforce.
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April 5, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Russell J. Geiser never played an instrument, certainly not one with a Mummers string band. But at one time or another, each of his five children marched up Broad Street playing in a string band to celebrate New Year's Day. And at one time or another, his daughter Mary Raschilla said, Mr. Geiser was president of the Palmyra String Band, then of the Palmyra South Jersey String Band, and founder and president of the South Jersey String Band of...
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April 4, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
TWO CITY workers caught on tape stealing scrap metal from city-owned property and hawking it for cash may be facing criminal charges. City Controller Alan Butkovitz released the findings yesterday of an investigation into two public employees - one a school district locksmith and the other a Streets Department worker - caught taking scrap metal from city property and selling it to private recyclers. The controller declined to identify the two men, but said they still have their jobs.
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April 2, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joan Sidders Valdez, 73, of Sicklerville, who retired in 1999 after 28 years as a social worker at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital, died of cardiac arrest Thursday, March 27, at Virtua Marlton. Mrs. Valdez's work in mental health did not end when her Ancora career did, a colleague, Carol Weiss, said in an interview. "She was extremely active" with the nonprofit organization NJ Partners: Aging, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Inc., Weiss said. Its website states that it was founded to focus "on the needs of older adults with a mental health or substance abuse problem.
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March 31, 2014 | BY JOHN CORRIGAN, For the Daily News
JENNY DRUMGOOLE throws surprise pizza parties for the city's trash workers as a thank you for their service. For tonight's party at Little Berlin art gallery in Kensington, it's no surprise - the trash collectors are taking over. And you're invited. While filming her impromptu curbside celebrations since last May for her documentary "How-To Happy Trash Day" - which premieres as part of tonight's "The Place of Dead Roads" exhibit - Drumgoole learned that the sanitation workers have been working without a contract for five years.
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March 26, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON An Assembly panel advanced legislation Monday that would increase the minimum wage for New Jersey workers who make most of their money in tips, despite objections from restaurant and beverage industry officials who feared a blow to businesses. The bill would allow employers to claim credits for tips paid to employees, and, in effect, raise hourly wages from $2.13 to $5.93 by late 2015. Supporters note that the wage has not increased in two decades, even as the cost of living has risen.
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March 20, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
ON ITS website, H&M tells potential hires how much they'll be treasured by the behemoth company. "It's important that you feel appreciated and treated well in every way," the Swedish low-priced, high-style fashion retailer assures those who join its 105,000-plus global workforce (whose benefits package is so rich, it even includes pet insurance). "In the long run it's your well-being that is the key to our success. " If only the company's construction people cared as deeply about the well-being of H&M's neighbors.
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March 18, 2014 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
FOR the past two years, Sean Caldwell, of Mount Airy, has been struggling to support himself and raise his children on his $8-an-hour part-time salary on the maintenance crew at McDonald's at Broad and Allegheny, in North Philly. It just hasn't been nearly enough - so he scrounges for whatever else he can. Caldwell, 35, started a neighborhood lawn-mowing business and takes other odd jobs, such as cleaning out garages, but when he did his 2013 taxes he still saw that he'd made only $9,000.
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March 16, 2014 | BY ASHLEY KUHN, Daily News Staff Writer kuhna@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
The looming expiration of almost half of SEPTA's workers' contracts nearly put 825,000 weekday transit passengers in limbo at the start of the coming work week - but Transportation Workers Union Local 234's City Transit Division announced yesterday that its members plan to work without a contract instead of striking. Local 234's city division consists of 4,700 operators and mechanics who make up nearly half of SEPTA's workforce. Their contract expired at 12:01 a.m. today. Local 234 is also negotiating new contracts for SEPTA employees in the suburban Frontier and Red Arrow divisions, whose contracts expire the first week of April.
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