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June 21, 2016 | By Valerie Russ, Staff Writer
FAMILY MEMBERS say that had she been born in a different time there would have been no limits to what Ethel Marie Hendricks Taylor might have accomplished. Ms. Taylor, who grew up in South Philadelphia, died June 11. She was 90 years old. The retired federal worker considered the raising of her two Ivy League-educated daughters her proudest accomplishment. "If my mother met you and talked to you, within two minutes, she would let you know that she raised two doctors," said Dr. Susan C. Taylor, a noted Philadelphia dermatologist.
NEWS
June 19, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, STAFF WRITER
Just over two weeks after returning to work, union employees of Verizon Communications Inc. ratified four-year contracts, the unions said Friday. Tentative agreements were reached the Friday before Memorial Day in a labor dispute that sent between 37,000 and 39,000 Verizon employees along the East coast to the picket lines for strike that lasted 45 days and caused a backlash against the company on Wall Street. Voting separately, Communication Workers of America members in the New York-New England region and in the mid-Atlantic and New Jersey overwhelmingly ratified four-year contracts, as did workers represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in New Jersey, New York and New England.
NEWS
June 13, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
The union that represents blue-collar workers in the Philadelphia School District overwhelmingly approved a four-year contract Saturday that its leaders called historic. The union local - SEIU 32BJ - said the agreement ends concessions that it made in the last contract that saved the district $100 million over four years and helped the school system during a financial crisis. Ernie Bennett, District 1201 leader for 32BJ, said the new pact boosted workers' wages through a combination of bonuses, across-the-board increases, and step raises based on years of experience.
NEWS
June 10, 2016 | By Valerie Russ, STAFF WRITER
Edythe Celestine DeGraffenriedt Porterfield loved many things. She loved entertaining friends and family and attending social events, and she loved going on outings to the theater, her family said. But her greatest love was reserved for her three children, to whom she devoted her life and served as a steady and vocal champion. Mrs. Porterfield, a retired federal employee, active church member and family matriarch known as Celeste to family and friends, died Saturday, May 21. She was 92 and lived in West Philadelphia.
NEWS
June 8, 2016 | By Erin Serpico, Staff Writer
Since 1984, Celeste Laspata has showed up faithfully at her polling station, perhaps missing one election in all those years. The Gloucester County polling station can't do without the Williamstown resident, for Laspata, 60, is a poll worker and election day fixture in District 14. "They all come to me because I've been there the longest," said Laspata, who is employed in the accounts payable department at the Monroe Township School District....
NEWS
June 8, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
The union that represents blue-collar workers in the Philadelphia School District has reached a tentative agreement with the district and expects to vote on a proposed four-year pact Saturday. The union local - SEIU 32BJ - is not releasing details before the ratification vote. But officials said the contract ends concessions that saved the district $100 million over four years and helped it during a financial crisis. "Our hard-working members sacrificed over the past four years to help the students and the district," Ernie Bennett, District 1201 leader for 32BJ, said in a statement Monday.
BUSINESS
June 4, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
The family of an Amtrak employee killed when a train hit a backhoe he was operating in Delaware County filed suit against the national rail company Thursday, blaming negligence for his death. Joe Neal Carter Jr., 61, of Wilmington, died April 3, along with another Amtrak worker, Peter John Adamovich, 59, of Lincoln University, Pa., while both worked on tracks in Chester City. Carter, lawyers Thomas Kline and Robert Mongeluzzi said at a news conference, was a victim of "colossal miscommunication.
NEWS
June 1, 2016
By Aparna Mathur The new overtime rule announced by President Obama last week extends overtime pay protections to more than four million workers by raising the salary threshold to $47,476. The intent of the rule is to boost wages for low- and middle-income workers by requiring that employers provide additional compensation for every hour worked beyond the traditional full-time, 40-hour workweek. However, economic theory suggests that employers may respond to this new rule by cutting employees' hours or even their base pay rates in order to keep their costs from increasing.
BUSINESS
May 31, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
It didn't take 30 minutes for Kurt Shore to pick up the phone after his Manayunk advertising agency lost the account for Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano, a workers' compensation law firm. Whom did Shore call? Samuel Pond's chief rival: his former partner in the business of workers' comp law, George Martin. "That's the advertising business," Shore said. "If you end one relationship, why not go with the competitor?" Now, it's all-out war, with Shore in the interesting position of having to develop advertising for Martin Law that tops the prizewinning work his agency created for Pond Lehocky from 2011 to Feb. 2, 2015, when Pond's chief marketing officer called to can Shore.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 2016
DEAR ABBY: A co-worker has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. She's not sure how long she may have. She is relatively young, so it's tragic. We have excellent insurance from work, national health care and disability insurance. Another co-worker sent out an email with a link to a crowdfunding site as well as an invitation to a party selling products. The proceeds will be donated to fulfilling a "cancer bucket list," which includes pampering, trips, and other luxuries. I sympathize with anyone having a terminal illness, but why does that mean I have to give money?
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