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History and Section 232: The Numbers Don’t Lie

History and Section 232: The Numbers Don’t Lie

Amid growing tensions, the process of implementing the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports is now moving forward. Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 directs the Secretary of Commerce to submit a report to the president advising whether any article “is being imported to the United States in such quantities […]

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Old School Party Reunites Many Friends

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Two N.E. Wards Party in Harmony

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PUBLIC SERVANT OF THE YEAR: Ryan N. Boyer, Conscience of the Labor Movement

BY TONY WEST Born at 11th & North Streets in North Philadelphia, not half a mile from his corner office today overlooking Broad Street, Ryan N. Boyer has literally seen the building of our city all his life. In fact, he built the building his office now occupies – along with much else around it […]

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LABOR DAY: Time to Put Workers First

BY RICK BLOOMINGDALE, President, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Labor Day is a time to remember and honor the achievements of working people across America. For our country and our Commonwealth, it’s been a long year. Today, we see more opposition from corporate special interests than ever before. Our economy remains skewed in favor of corporations who ship […]

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Labor Unions Team Up for Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

The Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council in partnership with the AFL-CIO Philadelphia Council is organizing a major Hurricane Harvey Relief effort, beginning Labor Day, Monday, September 4th. The two labor groups will set up a large tractor-trailer on the parade route near the intersection of Columbus Boulevard and Reed Street. John J. Dougherty, Business […]

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LABOR DAY: The Spirit of Union in Difficult Times

BY PAT EIDING, President of the Philadelphia Council, AFL-CIO The labor movement is used to having to do things the hard way. Working people in the United States of America, and around the world, in fact, have never been handed anything on a silver platter. During the Gilded Age boom of American industry, American workers […]

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LABOR DAY: 3 Union Leaders Look Back on Their Road

The Public Record asked prominent labor leaders in the Delaware Valley region to tell us how they came to be who they are. Three of them found the time, at summer’s end and amid preparations for Philadelphia’s spectacular Labor Day Parade, to share their thoughts on their careers. We asked them: “How did you first […]

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OPINION: Subsidized Water Bills Hurt the Middle Class

BY MIKE MEEHAN Unlike any other program in the country, according to city officials, Philadelphia has implemented an income-based water program. The program unveiled by the mayor’s office last week will result in a 10% increase in water rates over two years and is estimated to cost $18 million. According to Philly.com, the program will […]

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Council Chamber Erupts in Senate Soda-Tax Hearing Protest

BY TONY WEST A Pennsylvania Senate hearing on the negative business impact of Philadelphia’s landmark Sweetened Drinks Tax in City Council Chambers was stymied before it could begin at 11 a.m. this morning. Hundreds of protestors crammed the spectators’ gallery and burst into sustained chants of “This is our house!”, backed up by raucous blasts […]

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