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WALKING THE BEAT: A Peaceful End To City Workers’ Long Struggle

BY JOE SHAY STIVALA/ The signed contract between District Council 33 and Michael NUTTER is LONG OVERDUE. The long night of waiting was so unnecessary, and leaves a bad taste to be discussed again and again in groups and classes. The Mayor will get a peaceful end of term; the public and DC 33’s Pete […]

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ELEPHANT CORNER: Meehan Clambake Was Huge Success

Last Sunday Philadelphia Republican City Committee held the 30th annual Billy Meehan Clam Bake at Cannstatter. The event had well over 500 attendees and is one of RCC’s premier fundraisers annually. RCC Chairman and STATE REP. JOHN TAYLOR introduced Pennsylvania Republican Party CHAIRMAN ROB GLEASON and BILLY MEEHAN’S son, RCC GENERAL COUNSEL MIKE MEEHAN. Meehan […]

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Western Pa. Unions Split Over Corbett Joining Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Gov. Tom Corbett did well with scattered organized labor support the first time he ran for governor. But this time around he finds some of that support unravelling. The Governor got a taste of the disaffection Labor has for him when union leaders decided against allowing the Governor to join them in […]

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OUR OPINION: Labor’s Wins And Losses

Unions were created when workers discovered “in union there is strength”. Unions grew even though membership understood their unity often demanded sacrifices of them, up to the shedding of blood at times. That still happens here and around the world. Unionism, today, boasts a litany of victories alongside a list, almost as long, of defeats […]

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Penna. AFL-CIO Labor Day Message 2014

BY RICHARD BLOOMINGDALE, President, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO/ Labor Day is our only holiday that is devoted to the working men and women of this great nation. Across Pennsylvania, thousands of workers, many of them proud union members and their families will celebrate their contributions in keeping our economy and our nation strong. Thousands of us will […]

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Matthews At Peace With New DC 33 Contract

BY PETE MATTHEWS, President, District Council 33/ We have a contract! The war is over. I discussed with my members not long ago in detail our ongoing battles with the City and the difficulties we’ve faced winning a fair contract. As most of you know, we have won this battle. We have a fair contract, […]

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Sen Tartaglione Issues ALS Ice Bucket Challenge To Senate Colleagues

State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Kensington) is challenging the city’s State Senatorial delegation to follow her in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. She did so publicly before having a cooler of icewater dumped over her as she spent the day at Wissinoming Park to continue her picnic series with constituents, and hand out free backpacks […]

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OUR APOLOGY

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In our Aug. 21, 2014 issue an offensive slur was accidentally published in the Philadelphia Public Record. This shocking lapse of professional conduct occurred contrary to our editorial directives and in no way reflects the views of our staff or our organization. Those responsible have been terminated. An internal investigation is underway to uncover the […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Wolf Wins Big Bucks From Philadelphia Unions, Progressives

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ “Only the powers of incumbency and the Keystone State’s tradition of consistently giving the incumbent party eight years of control before shifting parties is keeping first-term Gov. Tom Corbett (R) at a ‘Leans Democratic’ rating,” claims Larry Sabato and his cohorts from the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, which usually scores […]

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Can Fluoridated Water Hurt Developing Brains?

BY TONY WEST/ Fluoridated drinking water is coming under the gun again, in large part because of concern about the rising incidence of developmental neurological disorders like autism and ADHD. Could this widespread chemical additive be to blame? Philadelphia’s drinking water is fluoridated, so we all want to know the answer. While the science on […]

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