July 10, 2015
Philly.com employees voted Wednesday to ratify a new two-year contract between its union and Philadelphia Media Network, which also owns The Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News. The 30-1 vote follows a Tuesday vote by employees of the two newspapers ratifying a separate two-year deal with the company. The new contract provides a five-step wage scale for Philly.com employees depending on their role. They had no scale previously. The contract also implements seniority protections, in line with agreement by the newspaper employees to allow management some flexibility in deciding layoffs.
June 25, 2015 |
HARVEY POLLACK was all about the numbers. And no one was better at recording them than he. Given the nickname "Super Stat" in 1966 by then- Bulletin sports writer George Kiseda, Pollack introduced terms including triple-double, blocked shots, assists and steals into the everyday basketball vernacular. But the numbers stopped yesterday, as Pollack passed away at the age of 93. Pollack was involved in a one-car accident on New Year's Day, after serving as a judge for the Mummers Parade, suffering numerous injuries.
June 23, 2015 |
William J. Nolan Jr., 89, of Haddonfield, a former office worker for a Philadelphia tube manufacturer, died of complications from respiratory failure Sunday, June 14, at Virtua Voorhees Hospital. Mr. Nolan grew up in the Logan neighborhood of Philadelphia and graduated from La Salle College High School, a nephew, James P. Nolan III, said. An Army infantryman in northern Europe in the last months of World War II, Mr. Nolan then served in the Army of Occupation in West Germany.
June 19, 2015 |
Philadelphia police announced a new strategy Wednesday to protect seniors from crooks and scammers who pose as utility workers to get inside their homes: 911. The strategy, called "Be Sure Before You Open the Door," is simple. Whenever someone claiming to be from Peco or another utility comes to a door without an appointment, call 911. Police will figure out whether the person should be there, and send help if necessary. The program's strength is in its simplicity: It is much easier to dial 911 than to call a utility directly.
June 13, 2015 |
The owner of an area roofing company was indicted on charges of lying to federal authorities investigating the death of an employee who fell 45 feet from roof scaffolding in Philadelphia on June 21, 2013. James J. McCullagh, 60, the owner of James J. McCullagh Roofing Inc., was accused of ordering two employees to tell federal investigators that they, and the man who died, had been given fall protection, including safety harnesses, when he knew they had not. The indictment was handed up Thursday by a federal grand jury in Philadelphia.
June 12, 2015 |
A NEW LEASE agreement between Philadelphia International Airport and the airlines that use it will serve as more than just an economic stimulus. The lease, approved by City Council yesterday, ensures that airport subcontractors will pay workers $12 per hour as required in the living-wage standard passed by Mayor Nutter in January. The lease will take effect July 1. The agreement follows extensive discussion among the airport's chief executive officer, Mark Gale; SEIU Local 32BJ's vice president, Gabe Morgan; and American Airlines vice president of government and airport affairs Michael Minerva.
June 9, 2015 |
JIM KELLY devoted his life to helping others, including needy children, teens, couples having difficulties with their marriage and families needing some sound counseling. "He was very kind," said his daughter, Jane Kelly-Brobbey. "He had a lot of wisdom and a lot of spirit. " James H. Kelly, who worked for a number of psychological and residential service agencies and was a case worker for the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, an Army veteran of the Korean War and active churchman, died May 4. He was 86 and lived in East Mount Airy.
June 8, 2015
THE WHITE HOUSE recently recognized Julia Hillengas as a "Champion for Change. " The 29-year-old go-getter runs a little-known city program called PowerCorpsPHL that enrolls at-risk young people from mostly poor, crime-ridden neighborhoods and puts them to work on environmental projects - either for the city Water Department or for Parks and Recreation. With a $3 million budget, it's a small program that strives to make big changes in the lives of 18-to-26-year-olds by giving them a career path.
May 29, 2015 |
CABOT, Pa. - Rick Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania who was the runner-up for the 2012 Republican nomination, announced his second presidential bid Wednesday with a vow to fight for the forgotten American worker. "Working families don't need another president tied to big government - or big money - and today is the day we're going to begin to fight back," Santorum, 57, declared, flanked by his family, including six of his seven children, at a factory here near his boyhood home.
May 23, 2015 |
Mary Gillin Williams, 62, of Warrington, who fought back from a series of illnesses beginning in 1972 to live an active life as a social worker, teacher and mother, died Friday, May 15, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital of complications after a liver transplant. Born in Mayfair, Mrs. Williams grew up in Upper Darby and graduated from Cardinal O'Hara High School in 1971. While attending Villanova University in 1972, she was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. After treatment, she went into remission in 1976.