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May 23, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Correction: An earlier version of this story said that Mikhail Zubialevich, a federal defendant accused of making a false statement to investigators, had pleaded guilty. He entered a not guilty plea at a court hearing Wednesday. The disturbance of a peregrine falcon nest under the Girard Point Bridge has led to criminal charges against three members of a bridge repair crew accused of covering up harm they inflicted on the threatened animals, prosecutors said Wednesday. The men, who worked for the Philadelphia company Liberty Maintenance and the Maryland firm Alpha Painting, are charged with conspiracy, witness tampering, and harboring an alien in connection with the 2011 project to refurbish the bridge.
NEWS
May 21, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The co-owners of a Delaware County electrical company were charged Monday with failing to make almost $275,000 in health-care, pension, and other payments to their unionized employees - though records show the funds were available. Donald Kirk, 66, of Cape May, and John Parks, 69, of Garnet Valley, co-owners of Rite-Way Electric and an affiliated company, Rite-Way Construction, in Chester Township, were charged with theft by failure to make required disposition of funds, theft by unlawful taking of disposition, and receiving stolen property.
NEWS
May 18, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A FORMER front-desk night worker in Kermit Gosnell's West Philadelphia abortion clinic was sentenced in federal court yesterday to 2 1/2 years in prison for her role in the illegal "pill-mill" case. Lynda Williams, 45, had collected money and accepted tips in return for handing out illegal prescriptions for addictive painkillers. She pleaded guilty in July 2012 to distribution of controlled substances and conspiracy. Williams, most recently of Wilmington, Del., faces another sentencing Wednesday in Common Pleas Court on the more macabre aspects of the operations in Gosnell's former abortion clinic, the Women's Medical Society.
BUSINESS
May 17, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia fast-food workers and activists joined protests Thursday in what was billed as a global fast-food strike, with workers in 150 cities and 30 countries reportedly participating. It was Philadelphia's first official participation in a fast-food strike, although there have been strikes in Wilmington and rallies in the city on the issue of raising wages for fast-food workers to $15 an hour. Industry associations say raising wages would force restaurant owners to cut positions or hours.
BUSINESS
May 16, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first real test of how the Convention Center will operate under its new work rules will come Thursday afternoon, when the 2014 BIO World Congress of Industrial Biotechnology wraps up its three-day conference. That's when, instead of having the usual full array of six Convention Center unions to dismantle the show, the work will be done by members of the four unions that met a May 5 deadline to sign a new Customer Satisfaction Agreement. The two other unions, the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters Local 8 and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 107, have been ousted from the center for not signing on time.
NEWS
May 16, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
DANIELLE WILSON can't afford to give her 3-year-old son gifts on holidays and birthdays. Munira Edens broke her phone three months ago and now goes without one because a repair is too costly. The eldest of six, James Moore tries to help his mother pay household expenses but often can't, because he makes just $150 a week. These three fast-food workers were among more than 100 minimum-wage laborers and activists who marched along Broad Street yesterday morning to demand an end to poverty pay and the right to form a union without retaliation.
BUSINESS
May 15, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The union that represents casino workers in Atlantic City has for years been experimenting with ways to reduce health-care costs for its members while improving results. The latest effort is a primary-care center opened this year in Atlantic City by Unite Here Health, a national labor-management trust fund that provides health benefits to 20,000 Unite Here Local 54 members and dependents. The center, which had its grand opening Tuesday, has three physicians and a nurse-practitioner.
NEWS
May 14, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Workers returned to the job at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Monday morning as members of two fellow unions protested against being shut out from the sprawling complex. Police outnumbered the union protesters. During the morning, about 40 to 50 demonstrators - most, if not all, from Teamsters Local 107 - held positions around the sprawling complex, carrying signs saying "Locked Out" and shouting at workers entering the building. Some members of Carpenters Union Local 8 handed out literature to passersby.
NEWS
May 13, 2014 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania's ambitious alternative to expanding Medicaid - a private-market initiative that Gov. Corbett says is designed to save money - would require 723 new state workers, about one percent of the current workforce. The projected number of hires, detailed by state officials, is far higher than most states have needed and surprised some public-policy experts. Many states are adding employees to review applications and confirm eligibility, and to implement all the changes required by federal law. Those new hires typically are in the dozens.
NEWS
May 9, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
MULLICA HILL Following what could have been the start of her last days cleaning the halls of the Pioneers, Lina Scarpaci wore a bright yellow sweater. "I try to be positive," the 50-year-old custodial worker at Clearview Regional High School said Wednesday night of her cheerful attire. "That's all I can do. " Scarpaci, who has been in her position for 25 years, was one of 14 custodial workers at the district's middle and high school whose jobs remained in limbo until Wednesday night, as school officials mulled privatizing the work to help balance a $37.8 million budget.
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