May 9, 2014 |
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.
May 8, 2014 |
MOST ROBBERIES follow a common model: Get the goods and get out. But a trio of punks took their heist to the next level early Monday, when they posed as workers for three hours at a Hess gas station in Eastwick - they even gave discounts on candy, cigarettes and lottery tickets to the customers they "served," pocketing the cash from the sales. "I've been doing this for 23 years; this is the first time I recall an incident like this," Lt. John Walker, of Southwest Detectives, said.
May 6, 2014 |
The U.S. Department of Labor's order last fall - under Section 503 of the Americans With Disabilities Act - that large government contractors show that 7 percent of their workers are "individuals with disabilities," is one reason tech companies are seeking to hire people with autism. Autism, a group of conditions that typically include repetitive behavior, can make working in many environments difficult. But the federal order is not the only reason some companies are looking for people with autism.
May 4, 2014 |
David B. Phillips, 75, of Pennsauken, wasn't just a member of the Martin Luther Chapel in Pennsauken. His late parents, Ralph and Elsa, in the 1940s helped found the chapel, part of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. "Church was one of the important passions of his life," daughter Karen Wright said. "He was president of the congregation at one point," she said, and at other times its treasurer and Sunday school superintendent. On Tuesday, April 29, Mr. Phillips, who retired in 2001 as manager of the shareholder services department at Cigna, the health insurance services firm, died of heart disease at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden.
May 1, 2014 |
STRAWBERRY MANSION Two demolition workers in Strawberry Mansion were injured Tuesday when struck by a piece of brownstone that fell from a rowhouse next to a building they were bringing down, officials said. Two of the workers demolishing 3026 W. Diamond St. - owned by the Philadelphia Housing Authority - were leaving the site about 10:30 a.m. for a break when a piece of brownstone from 3028 W. Diamond fell on them, said Scott Mulderig, director of L&I's emergency services division.
April 28, 2014 |
WHEN STATE Rep. Brendan Boyle joined American Postal Workers Union protesters this week in front of the bulk-mail center in Northeast Philadelphia, it was the second time in two months that he fought to keep hundreds of good jobs on Byberry Road. Looking down the street, Boyle could see the old Nabisco/Kraft snack-food bakery on Roosevelt Boulevard, where he spoke out last month against current owner Mondelez International's plan to close the plant next year, terminating 320 good-paying jobs.
April 27, 2014 |
At a Friday memorial honoring workers who died on the job last year, Philadelphia labor leaders called the fatal Salvation Army building collapse a catastrophic example of the danger to the public if worker safety is ignored. The 26th Workers Memorial Day honored 121 people from Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey, including two workers and four shoppers killed in the thrift store collapse. Last June 5, the brick wall of a four-story building being improperly demolished fell onto the store at 22d and Market Streets.
April 25, 2014 |
Two Philadelphia-area U.S. Postal Service unions plan protests on Thursday over mail-service counters in Staples Inc. stores. Postal union leaders say the mail-service counters, to be staffed by Staples employees, threaten higher-wage unionized postal jobs and the survival of traditional post offices. More retail chains could seek mail-service counters, they said. The protests are part of a "national day of action" by the American Postal Workers Union. Rallies are also planned for Pittsburgh and Easton in Pennsylvania, and Brick Township and Hamilton in New Jersey.
April 13, 2014 |
Low-wage workers at Philadelphia International Airport urged Philadelphia voters Friday to approve a question on the May 20 primary ballot that would increase the minimum wage for employees hired by airport subcontractors to $10.88 an hour. The workers, who earn an average of $7.85 an hour, rallied outside the airport's Terminal B carrying signs reading: "Don't leave us behind the Big Apple!" After a heated campaign by airport workers in New York, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey recently asked four airlines - American, Delta, JetBlue, and United - at LaGuardia and Kennedy airports to grant an immediate raise of $1 an hour for workers earning less than $9. The raise will be phased-in to $10.10 an hour.
April 8, 2014 |
City employment trends are improving, but not fast enough for the 55,700 Philadelphians who are jobless but want to work. Mark Edwards, 51, chief executive at Philadelphia Works Inc., leads the government-funded, quasi-public agency tasked with putting Philadelphia's citizens back to work. Philadelphia Works Inc. operates CareerLink offices in Philadelphia for unemployed job seekers and EARN offices for the jobless on cash assistance. In Pennsylvania, unemployed people who want to receive jobless benefits must enroll in the state's online job-posting system through CareerLink, administered in Philadelphia by Edwards' organization.