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January 21, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
When Iveliz Crespo was a child growing up in East Camden, many of her neighbors were undocumented immigrants who faced discrimination. Some struggled with learning English or had bosses who cheated them out of earnings because they believed undocumented workers wouldn't report problems. Those stories inspired Crespo, who was raised by a single mother who came to New Jersey from Puerto Rico as a young adult. She decided early on that she wanted to help people like the immigrants in her Cramer Hill neighborhood.
NEWS
January 20, 2016
ISSUE | UNION DUES The right to choose In hearing Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association , a majority of the Supreme Court justices focused on whether mandatory union dues violate the First Amendment ("High court questions union fees," Jan. 12). The reality is that all union activities are inherently political and will always run amok of the views of some members. Left unsaid in the hearing before the court is the requirement that members contribute to the often eye-popping salaries of their union executives.
NEWS
January 19, 2016 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Staff Writer
Update: Police said John Brock, 32, has turned himself in and will face charges of murder, attempted murder and related offenses for the Sunday morning shooting at Station House shelter in North Philadelphia. Previous report:  Police have identified the man who killed one shelter worker and wounded another early Sunday morning in North Philadelphia as John Brock, 32. Brock, who has 10 prior arrests on his record, remains on the run and is considered armed and dangerous.
BUSINESS
January 18, 2016 | By Erin Arvedlund, Staff Writer
An IT employee at Vanguard Group, Rebecca Snow asked for a month off in 2013 to care for her dying mother in hospice and her ailing father. Not long after her leave, Snow was fired from her computer systems job, despite 13 years of raises and excellent reviews. Colleagues who took a family leave routinely suffered bad reviews, pay cuts, and firings, Snow alleged in a suit she later filed. Her manager Wanda Kirschbaum urged Snow to take the leave, and was also later fired. "I felt bad because I was the one who encouraged" Snow to take the leave, Kirschbaum said in a deposition for Snow's suit, "because they held it against her. " In November, Snow settled her suit, filed in Charlotte, N.C., where Vanguard has an office, and agreed not to discuss it. Her case is the latest in a string of 20 suits against the $3.4 trillion investment giant, which is based in Malvern.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
DVL Group's Mike Beck can't find technicians for his Bristol air-conditioning company. Or even fresh electrical engineering graduates: "They want more money than ever," he said. At Penn Jersey Paper Co. in Northeast Philadelphia, human resource manager Adam Carne would like to know how to retain $15-an-hour warehouse workers. "It's a little bit of a challenge," he said. "The company is hiring at all levels. " "Retention, retention, retention - that's our number one initiative for 2016," said Kelly Andress, president of Sage Senior Living, a Springfield, Delaware County, company that owns and operates assisted living facilities.
NEWS
January 16, 2016
A construction worker died Thursday night after falling into the Delaware River in South Philadelphia, police said. Police were called about 8:40 p.m. to Pier 78, where the man had been working and then disappeared, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The man's hard hat was seen floating in the river, and his car was still parked nearby. The police Marine Unit retrieved the man around 9:30 p.m. and he was transported to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:33 p.m. How the man, whose age was not available, fell into the river was under investigation.
NEWS
January 15, 2016
ISSUE | UNION DUES A worrisome case The Supreme Court will have found another way to weaken the voice of working people in this country if it strikes down mandatory union fees from nonmembers in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association ("High court questions union fees," Tuesday). While candidates and political talking heads on both sides of the aisle lament income inequality and lack of wage increases for everyone except the wealthy, the supposed watchdog that is the court seems intent on making sure it never changes.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued eight citations to High Quality Builders Inc., totaling $72,880 in penalties in connection with a July 6 incident where a 30-year-old construction worker fell 40 feet and became paralyzed from the waist down. The Bordentown company, OSHA said, routinely misused front-end loaders to support scaffolding platforms and failed to provide fall protection or training. The incident, which took place as the worker was installing gutters on new apartment and condominium buildings in West Chester, was the second fall incident in 2015 for that company, which had been cited by OSHA in March and June.
NEWS
January 11, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
A private worker helping to repair a sewer line in Old City was trapped in a 14-foot-deep hole Saturday afternoon but was freed about two hours later, conscious and in stable condition. Early reports indicated the unidentified man was working with a crew on the sewer line under the sidewalk in the 300 block of Market Street when dirt and boulders caved in, trapping his legs. The hole was about four feet wide. More than three dozen Fire Department rescuers responded, working carefully to dig the man from the dirt, put him in a harness, and bring him to the street, according to Fire Department Deputy Chief Troy K. Gore.
NEWS
January 11, 2016
Maria Donatucci is a Democratic state representative from the 185th Legislative District, which includes portions of Philadelphia and Delaware County Monday was supposed to have been a historic day for Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh was scheduled to enact an ordinance extending paid sick leave to employees. Unfortunately, the law's implementation was delayed, and an Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas judge ultimately struck down Pittsburgh's ordinance, calling it "unenforceable.
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