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NEWS
September 25, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
HER FAMILY called Arlene Beverly a "force to be reckoned with. " That was because Arlene, from childhood, "had definite opinions and specific requirements for the way things should be done," her family said. "Somehow she often prevailed in making others see things from her perspective. " It seemed that everything Arlene did, she did it the best it could be done, from music and ballet to gourmet cooking to her professions as a dedicated social worker, court officer and occupational trainer.
NEWS
September 25, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
ABOUT 65 videographers and technicians at NBC10 walked off their jobs late yesterday afternoon, using the timing of tomorrow's visit to the city by Pope Francis to try to get the station back to the table to pound out an agreement. Some members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98, which represents the striking workers, were inside the Convention Center covering the World Meeting of Families conference when they walked off the job shortly after 4 p.m., union sources told the Daily News . The walkout caps more than a year of negotiations between union members and representatives from NBC10 and New York City-based NBC after the Local 98 contract expired in July 2014.
NEWS
September 20, 2015 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
You put on a hi-viz vest and optional facemask, and you plug a set of buds into your ears. After tracing your hand onto a sheet of paper, you hear a voice that guides you (and 14 others, one group every 30 minutes) into the Merriam Theater auditorium. "Swat away the flies," the voice instructs, and with your eyes closed, you hear the buzzing of pesky insects in Sam Britton's sound design for Ant Hampton's The Extra People . The automated, childlike voice commands you to move, to sit, to huddle under a blanket, or direct a flashlight into the face of another "extra person.
BUSINESS
September 19, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
As shelves empty in Pathmark and Super Fresh supermarkets that are closing, some employees are clinging to a lifeboat that may save their jobs, but cost others theirs. And others are just out of luck. Why are some cast adrift and others afloat? It has to do with a union history that is as convoluted as the structure of the stores' bankrupt parent company, A&P, formally known as the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. As A&P bought up chains over the years, unions that represented those workers came along, each with different contract provisions for bumping.
NEWS
September 15, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
A CROSSING guard with a college education? Why not? For Joyce Elaine Adams, guiding schoolchildren across dangerous streets was just one more career choice for a woman who devoted her life to caring for others. A 31-year employee of the Department of Public Welfare, where she worked with families in need of her caring and compassion, she retired to the corner of 20th Street and Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia to help kids cross the street. "She formed loving relationships with all of the residents and schoolchildren she came in contact with," her family said.
BUSINESS
September 13, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Certified nursing assistants, mental health technicians and emergency medical technicians at Eagleville Hospital voted Friday to be represented by a union, the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP), the union said. Of the 90 eligible to vote, 62 voted in favor and nine voted against the union. The 308-bed nonprofit hospital treats patients with substance use disorders. Last month, nurses at the hospital, located near Audubon in Montgomery County, voted to be represented by PASNAP.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Uber's billboards promised opportunities to earn $25 to $30 an hour, so Takele Gobena quit his $9-an-hour job at the Seattle airport, borrowed money to buy a car, and began working as a driver for Uber and Lyft. "We're not earning a living wage," Gobena said. After expenses, he said, he wound up earning $2.64 an hour, not enough to cover car payments or support his infant daughter. Gobena served as Exhibit A on Wednesday as advocates for low-wage workers released a report about problems and possible solutions for a growing class of workers such as Gobena in what is known as the on-demand economy.
BUSINESS
September 5, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Center City's unionized office cleaners, maintenance workers, and other building-service staffers say they want to share in the benefits of an improving commercial real estate sector as they begin negotiations on a new labor contract. Members need to earn more to support their families and cannot afford the bigger payments for medical insurance sought by employers, Daisy Cruz, mid-Atlantic district leader for SEIU 32BJ, the local of the Service Employees International Union, told at least 100 workers at a rally on Thursday ahead of the talks.
NEWS
September 4, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hundreds of students who attend Solis-Cohen Elementary in the Northeast will not be able to start their school year on time due to serious structural problems at the building. The building at 7001 Horrocks St. was recently discovered to be structurally unsound, Philadelphia School District spokesman Fernando Gallard confirmed. The emergency repairs are part of an ongoing problem in the city school system, where many of the 200-plus buildings are old and in poor condition. One district estimate put the unmet capital needs of the system at $4 billion.
NEWS
August 30, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Inez L. Johnson, 100, of Philadelphia, a domestic worker, died Friday, Aug. 21, of heart failure at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mrs. Johnson was born in 1914 in Aiken, S.C., the ninth of 11 children. Her parents were James Wilson Burris and Lucy Burris. She moved to Philadelphia in the early to mid-1940s and made her living as a domestic in the home of a Philadelphia physician. She cared for the doctor's family as well as her own for many years. A resident of Germantown, she outlived two husbands - Bernice (BURR-nis)
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