LABOR DAY found labor embattled or already IN THE FRAY. Teachers, LOCAL 19, Fast Food Workers, Walmart, City Firefighters 22, Transport Workers 234, Port Drivers – all preparing for a possible strike, work stoppages, demonstrating, in court, or in talks. AFL-CIO President Pat EIDING said, “These are troubled times….” On the bright side, 1.3 million United Food & Commercial Workers will rejoin the AFL-CIO! The oil-drilling boom is good news to struggling area refineries, and to BOILERMAKERS! Apprentices graduated from a program set up by TWU 234 and management.
BUT State Rep. Ron Miller, a Republican from York, Pa., is pushing HB 1154, which is said to CRIMINALIZE picketing and any plan to organize a union shop in workplaces. He has been inducted into the Hall of Shame, and accused pushing 17 bills which would lower wages, eliminate 5,000 jobs. IS THIS HAPPENING in 2013? This seems out of the old days of Molly MAGUIRES. York voters might be conservative (?), but this is too much to the right. How does he get elected? “Thou shall not crucify labor upon a crown of gold”, robber barons!
Cody Anderson of WURD radio interviewed union leaders at the Labor Festival at Penn’s Landing. The next Cody Anderson WURD “Breakfast with BOB BRADY” radio show will be held in Kensington-Fishtown in the MUG SHOT Diner at 2424 East York Street (off Aramingo) on Sep. 30 at 7 a.m. Come out, meet and eat!
DIDJA NOTICE? The Walt Whitman Bridge is looking good, and feeling SAFE – thanks to the IRONWORKERS of Joe DOUGHERTY’S Local 401…. CONTRACT talks with the teachers have begun. The Mayor says their offer is NOT ENOUGH. These are not ONE-WAY TALKS, I hope (?). The Mayor won’t talk by DIVINE RIGHT – will he? Kia HINTON appeared in three PFT TV ads as a parent of three schoolkids. She was not just reading a script. To claim that – is pure BALONEY. Actually, she is FRESH AIR compared to the same boring education talking heads used by the media. And what of NUTTER not being elected to the DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE? Good, I say. He has enough to do here.
JOAN KRAJEWSKI: Straight SHOOTER. Gone from us. BIG SHOES to fill. A loss to Mayfair and to the entire city. Her successor Bobby HENON also shoots straight…. The sad passing of Judge H. Warren HOGELAND of Bucks Co., after heart surgery, may be a clue to what stress can do. The man was one of the most-decent and -honorable men you could meet. I did not know him, but observed his professionalism and demeanor on the bench of Phila. Traffic Court. BEST OF good health to his critics.
Did the legislation that abolished Traffic Court trash our sacred Constitution? Candidates run for office, spend savings to run, only to HAVE THE RUG PULLED OUT after they win nomination. Is this really happening in America? Were some lawmakers lacking legal skills, or political, or faint of heart, for this to happen? We were embarrassed before the world by voter I.D. – NOW THIS? All Traffic Court CANDIDATES should sue the LAWMAKERS individually and severally. Attach the U.S. CONSTITUTION as Exhibit “A”.
Remember the EMPTY CHAIR Clint Eastwood debated (supposed to be Obama) at the GOP Convention? It’s reported that his wife left him, so he has a REAL empty chair at home…. We read about what is wrong with the Obama’s student-debt program. My answer is NOTHING!! At least he is ADDRESSING it. Many Obama detractors seem to AVOID MENTION of the TOO-HIGH interest rates (?). Note also Sen. Pat TOOMEY seems to support the high rates. Why, TOOMEY?
BIRTHDAYS: Shellin HOLDER KEY, one of the finest folks to come out of the 11th Ward, had her day on 8/26! On Sep. 4, we celebrated one for Judge Carolyn NICHOLS (but not her lovely mom, who is ageless). A double-bubble on the 8th: 47th Ward Leader George BROOKS, fresh from his annual Baltimore bus trip, has his 39th. Randy ROBINSON, Entrepreneur, did not wear a business suit on his day! Thomas NEILSON celebrated on Sep. 2. Was he born a few days after Ed NEILSON?… GOLF, ANYONE?: The Philly Vets Multi-Service Center golf tourney is on SEP. 9 at Indian Valley Country Club. Their objective is to eliminate homeless vets here by 2015.
Lt. Heather McCREADY tells us the golf tourney honoring slain Police Sgt. Joseph LeClaire is set for OCT. 12 at Bensalem Township Country Club. SUPPORT BOTH!!… DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF Albert GALSIE of the nation of GHANA had a great time visiting PHILLY, and got high-tech tips from Commissioner Lloyd AYERS.
State Reps. BROWN, BROWNLEE and YOUNGBLOOD led by ensuring that MANY kids got school supplies. So did Local 1199 of Henry NICHOLAS! BRAVO!… COAST DAY is coming to PENN’S LANDING on SEP. 7 and it is FREE!!! Tugboats, robots, kids’ games, paddleboats, a FREE FERRY RIDE, a free BUS TOUR to the Fairmount Park Kite Festival, and more. Keep that date!
Councilwoman Jannie BLACKWELL held another “Echoes of Africa” event at the Zoo, promoting goodwill…. The 51st Birthday of Jamaica was marked by a dinner here.
At the Shore, the KATIE KIRLIN event again helped kids. The little town in the marsh outside North Wildwood with four-foot-wide boardwalk is KIRLINTOWN. Wildwood saw FINNIGAN’S New Year’s Brigade party filled with VIPs. Business Mgr. Joe Inemer was seen there… When an editorial urged the City to collect ALL delinquent taxes – it AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN. Many accounts are uncollectible. The City BOASTS that FEWER accounts owe money. Is that because they have been WRITTEN OFF?
STATE HOUSE LOBBYISTS get state pensions? They do well, and can afford to live without them…. Gov. “Corporate” CORBETT’S lawyers do not seem to have their plan of attack to counter GAY marriage license issuance by Register of WILLS Bruce HANES. This class guy is holding off an army of resources against him.
The numbers of citizens able to get MEDICAID has decreased! A DISGRACE. The BIGGEST LOSS of 50 states, beating traditional lows, like Mississippi. The PROFILE IN COURAGE kudos goes to Councilman Denny O’BRIEN for his “GOVERNOR, YOU CREATED THIS MESS” letter to the editor! Bravo!