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July 25, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
ONE McDONALD'S employee took a company slogan, "You deserve a break today," to a whole new level by dealing crack cocaine in the restaurant's parking lot while he was working, Radnor Township police said yesterday. Allen Trammell, 29, a cook at the McDonald's on Lancaster Avenue near Gallagher in the Wayne section of Radnor Township, allegedly sold crack cocaine to an undercover officer in the fast-food joint's parking lot four times since June, Radnor police Lt. Andrew Block said.
NEWS
July 25, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Radnor Township police have arrested a McDonald's employee who they say sold crack cocaine from the restaurant's parking lot in Wayne. Allen Trammell, 29, of Philadelphia, worked at the McDonald's restaurant on Lancaster Avenue and sold packets of the drug while at work, police said Wednesday. After receiving a tip from a confidential informant, undercover officers purchased packets of crack cocaine from Trammell on four dates in June and July, police said. Police said there was no evidence that Trammell, who was arrested Tuesday, sold drugs inside the restaurant, but the investigation will continue.
BUSINESS
July 17, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey's servers, bellhops, and bartenders earn lower hourly wages than their counterparts in Pennsylvania and Delaware, pushing them into poverty, according to a report released Wednesday. "Instead of dealing with the needs of people who work for tipped wages, we've largely ignored them," said Gordon MacInnes, president of New Jersey Policy Perspective, the organization that released the report. Under New Jersey law, the state's 140,000 "tipped" workers must be paid a minimum of $2.13 an hour, which is also the federal minimum wage for tipped workers and hasn't changed since 1991.
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - In the latest blow to Atlantic City, layoff notices were issued to Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino employees Monday, advising them that the casino will close in mid-September. That would make Trump Plaza the fourth casino to close or threaten to close in this resort by fall. It also leaves just one Trump-branded casino - the Trump Taj Mahal - from what used to be three. About 1,600 workers would be affected by this latest shutdown. Trump Plaza issued a statement just before noon Monday stating: "WARN notices were sent to the employees of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino today to advise them that the management and board of directors of Trump Plaza Associates L.L.C.
NEWS
July 13, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey called Friday for more scrutiny of temporary worker fatalities, citing a man's death at a Bucks County sugar plant last year. The Pennsylvania Democrat pressed the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to investigate the prevalence of such deaths and offer guidance to lawmakers. Casey also pushed for the Protecting America's Workers Act, a perennial bill that would increase penalties for employers who fail to follow safety laws. Casey's call was described by an attorney for employers as "saber rattling" because OSHA efforts are underway.
NEWS
July 12, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Without the all-important cigarette tax, 1,300 employees of the perpetually strapped Philadelphia School District could get pink slips in August. But the ax has already fallen on 342 school employees, mostly noontime aides and special-education assistants, who began receiving layoff notices Thursday. No teachers will be affected by the current wave of layoffs, which are unrelated to the state funding mess. Philadelphia School District officials confirmed the layoffs and emphasized that the moves were separate from the stalled cigarette-tax legislation that has imperiled $45 million in state funding for the coming school year.
BUSINESS
July 5, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Money-losing Sun Bancorp Inc. of Mount Laurel, under pressure to please investors and government regulators and boost its sagging share price, plans to sell or shut a string of its Sun National Bank branches and lay off more than 200 of the company's 600-plus workers, new chief executive officer Thomas O'Brien said in a statement Thursday. "The layoffs are part of an overall restructuring plan to bring the bank's revenue and expense model, and overall efficiency ratio, in line with our peers," said spokesman Mike Dineen.
BUSINESS
June 28, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joining a movement toward increasing income for low-wage workers, Ikea USA announced Thursday that more than half its minimum-wage hourly workers would get an average 17 percent raise, effective Jan. 1. The announcement by the Swedish retailer, which has its U.S. headquarters in Conshohocken, came days after Gap Inc. instituted a wage increase for its 65,000 workers and a week after City Council passed an ordinance raising minimum wages for employees...
NEWS
June 26, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
THREE DAYS after a rapist attacked a young doctor in her Rittenhouse Square apartment, police have charged a kitchen worker from South Philadelphia in the "crime of opportunity" assault. Milton Mateo Garcia, 28, of 8th Street near Moore, chose his victim, 26, because she was walking alone about 1:15 a.m. Saturday from Ladder 15 tavern, on Sansom Street near 15th, to her apartment on Spruce Street near 19th, police said. Investigators believe Garcia was the pervert whom another woman, 27, told police she'd seen at 12:30 a.m. at 16th and Pine walking alongside his bike while holding his exposed penis.
NEWS
June 26, 2014 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Alfred Lubrano, and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
A ping from the stolen cellphone of a woman who had been raped in her Rittenhouse Square apartment led police Tuesday to declare the sexual assault solved. Authorities arrested Milton Mateo Garcia, a 28-year-old kitchen worker from Honduras who is here illegally and had already been deported at least once, on Monday night and charged him with grabbing the woman early Saturday on Spruce Street, forcing her into her own apartment, and raping her. "For the residents of Rittenhouse Square, we have this guy off the street," said Capt.
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