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March 28, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $5.5 million in back wages for New Jersey gas station attendants who were not paid the required minimum wage or overtime in the last five years. "Our investigations of the New Jersey gas station industry found widespread violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage, overtime, and record-keeping provisions," Mark Watson, the regional head of the department's Wage and Hour Division, said in a news release. From the 2010 to 2014 fiscal years, the Labor Department has run a "multiyear enforcement initiative" that led to back wages and damages awarded to more than 1,100 employees, the department said Thursday.
NEWS
March 20, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pay raises for workers and an end to delays in rebuilding PATCO commuter railcars are two of the top priorities of the new chairman of the board of the Delaware River Port Authority. Ryan Boyer, a Philadelphia labor leader who was appointed to the reconstituted DRPA by Gov. Wolf, was elected chairman by the board Wednesday. Boyer, one of six Wolf appointees to the bistate board, said Wolf wants "government that works for the people. " The support for pay raises could put Wolf, a Democrat, on a collision course with Gov. Christie, a Republican who has opposed any pay hikes.
NEWS
March 15, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - The casino union that represents about 1,100 workers at the struggling Trump Taj Mahal picked up Friday where it left off last fall. Members of Unite Here Local 54 were back outside the casino, which had emerged from bankruptcy the day before, chanting and holding signs to protest what the union calls the continued stripping down of worker rights and benefits by the casino's new billionaire owner, Carl Icahn. Local 54 president Bob McDevitt said at the protest that the union representing about 10,000 casino workers in the city continues to appeal the ruling by a federal bankruptcy judge that nullified the contract between the union and Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc., which owns the Taj Mahal and the shuttered Trump Plaza.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Help-desk analyst was the job title, paying in the low-$40,000 annual range. The winning candidate for the position at Reed Technology & Information Services Inc. in Horsham did not have a college degree, or even years of experience. Instead, she had completed a 16-week training program, passing a test certifying her in CompTIA A+, a commonly recognized credential in the world of technology. That, plus a five-week internship, which was part of the program, was enough to take her from "disadvantaged youth" to middle-class and employed.
NEWS
March 2, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
Out in the casino diaspora, the workers from Atlantic City tend to want to keep a low profile. They know how it can turn out, turn sour, end abruptly. Those who lost jobs - some 8,000 in 2014 - or saw the writing on the wall in Atlantic City and were able to find work elsewhere have moved on. When necessary, they also have moved, sometimes leaving their families in New Jersey. They're now at casinos in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Florida, Connecticut, Las Vegas, Detroit, even Wisconsin.
NEWS
February 25, 2015 | BY BOB STEWART, Daily News Staff Writer stewarr@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
A CLIMATE OF fear forced Ukrainian migrant workers to accept endless debt and slavery in Philadelphia and nearby locations, federal prosecutors alleged yesterday. "Workers were punched in the face, punched in the body, they were punched everywhere," Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Velez told a jury in closing arguments in the racketeering-conspiracy trial of two brothers in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. Velez said the defendants, Mykhaylo Botsvynyuk and Yaroslav Botsvynyuk - a/k/a Yaroslav Churuk - are "members of a criminal enterprise to smuggle Ukrainians" into the U.S. for "involuntary servitude.
NEWS
February 11, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A MONTHS-LONG labor dispute allegedly kicked into high gear Saturday when about 200 unionized carpenters descended on the Philadelphia Auto Show, officials said. John McNichol, president and chief executive of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, told the Daily News yesterday that "belligerent" members of the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters vandalized cars, accosted vendors and generally disrupted the show, which ended Sunday. Now, he's hoping that a temporary restraining order against the union can help calm things down in a contract dispute over the carpenters' ability to work inside the center.
NEWS
February 11, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Irv Segal, 81, of Warminster, formerly of Elkins Park, a pioneer in the development of social and recreational programs for special populations, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, of kidney failure at Abington Hospice in Warminster. In the 1960s, Mr. Segal, a licensed social worker, founded one of the earliest socialization programs for those with special needs, and in 1972, he branched out by founding the Guided Tour Inc. The social agency, believed by his family to be one of the first of its kind, took thousands of adults with developmental and physical challenges on supervised vacations in the United States and throughout the world.
NEWS
February 7, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The National Labor Relations Board's Philadelphia office has agreed to hear complaints filed by Au Bon Pain employees at the Philadelphia International Airport. In their unfair labor practice charges filed last year, the employees complained that in September the company tried to dissuade them from attempting to form a union by disciplining two of the activists, by currying favor by offering to pay for an employee's child care and by bringing in the Boston-based company's chief executive to meet workers.
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