September 19, 2015 |
A member of City Council on Thursday called for a change to a long-standing city hiring policy that critics say has left Philadelphia's government workforce far less diverse than the citizenry it serves. The policy, known as the Rule of Two, limits the pool of applicants that can be considered for an open position to the two who score highest on the city's civil service exam. "We want to talk about equity in terms of gender and equity in terms of other minorities having an opportunity to be in positions of leadership and responsibility," said Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown.
August 22, 2015 |
Amid the platitudes, YouthBuild student Bart Williams, who, for the occasion, replaced the construction training program's T-shirt with a pin-striped suit and polka-dotted pocket square, got to the point. "You say you'll help us," said Williams, who is in his early 20s, speaking to U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and a gallery of state and local politicians at a roundtable discussion Thursday in Camden. "What about scholarships?" he asked. Perez, whose answer is below, was in Camden and Philadelphia "making house calls" and visiting programs to see Labor Department grants at work.
July 23, 2015 |
By all rights, none of this should have happened to Joe Carbone. He was well-educated, and came from a politically connected family, but when he lost his job working for a politician, he sank into his sofa and even more deeply into depression, spending afternoons watching soaps and mornings avoiding neighbors at the supermarket. "If that happened to me, after only eight months out of work, when I had all those things going for me," Carbone said, he could imagine what happened to millions of long-term unemployed who lost jobs during the recession, and still were fruitlessly searching years later.
June 17, 2015 |
From his second-floor window Monday afternoon, Vincent Ean eyed the vacant lot across North 16th Street. Men in suits circled a white tent. Ean snapped a photo with his smartphone and sent it to his fiancee. Last October, they bought their condo in Francisville for $262,500. He works in marketing and telecommutes for a company in New York. Progress in Francisville, he said, is apparent on a week-to-week basis. "It's growing," Ean said. "There are so many other neighborhoods in Philly.
October 6, 2014 |
Hobson "Hop" Gross, 78, has come to the age where, once in a while, he thinks about death. "Death is going to have to catch me," he said, "and I ain't setting home waiting for it. " More likely, Gross will be where he usually is, at his lab bench at Einstein Medical Center on Broad Street in Philadelphia. "As long as I have my health and strength, I want to keep working," he said. Why change after 55 years? Gross started as an elevator operator at Einstein's southern division in 1959, when the minimum wage was a dollar and a gallon of gas was a quarter.
February 28, 2014 |
Bill Glazer , boss at Keystone Property Group , collects aging office buildings, mostly suburban. He says his Bala Cynwyd-based firm now controls north of 10 million square feet, about seven times the size of the new tower Comcast wants to build at 18th and Arch Streets. "It's a big job. But it's a fun job," Glazer told me Wednesday, two days after he agreed to pay $231 million for 12 buildings (2.3 million square feet) in the suburbs of New York. Keystone last year paid $233 million for buildings totaling 1.6 million square feet in Westlakes Office Park in Berwyn, Sentry Park in Blue Bell, and other suburban sites, from the same seller, Mack-Cali Realty Corp.
November 20, 2013 |
Nadira Hampton has traded the pavement of drug corners for the grass and trees of Pennypack Park. Hampton, 19, who has been in and out of jail for selling drugs for most of her teenage years, is part of a new service and workforce development program that Philadelphia officials announced Monday. PowerCorpsPHL, under the Americorps umbrella, is geared at helping at-risk youths develop environmental work skills and find jobs in the field. The $2.1 million program, which has city and federal funding - $1 million from the Department of Public Safety, $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and $630,000 in federal funding for community service programs - will place 100 individuals each year in the Parks and Recreation and Water Departments.
July 19, 2013 |
MOUNT AIRY resident Judith Gay, vice president for academic affairs at the Community College of Philadelphia, has been named interim president of the school by its Board of Trustees, the college announced yesterday. The appointment goes into effect Sept. 6. Gay, 63, a Philadelphia native, replaces Stephen M. Curtis, the previous president who was fired last month by the board. "Dr. Gay is a recognized leader in higher education whose strong focus on student success and persistence has helped to increase the number of students earning workforce credentials and associate degrees," said Matt Bergheiser, chair of the Board of Trustees.
March 4, 2013 |
For the last five months, six middle-age, out-of-work parents have been cramming their brains with information about medical billing, patient privacy, hardware, software, and customer service. If all goes according to plan, they will graduate in May with four industry certifications and a job offer from one of the many Montgomery County companies in need of their newfound skills - NextGen, Teva Pharmaceuticals, SunGard, Unisys, etc. "If I could just get my foot in the door, I feel like I could show off my talents and work my way up," said Stuart Novey, 48, of Ambler.
December 24, 2012 |
Triumph Group Inc. of Berwyn has a market value of $3.2 billion and it generated $3.4 billion in revenue in its most recent fiscal year. Its global workforce numbers about 12,000, and it more than doubled in size in the last two years. Why doesn't this aerospace company appear on the Philly 50 list? I've heard that question - or similar ones involving locally based companies such as Airgas, American Water Works, and others - in the five weeks since the debut of the list of 50 public companies with large workforces in the Philadelphia area.