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Labor Splits Over Philadelphia’s 170th House Dist., Turns It Into Wide-Open Race

Labor Splits Over Philadelphia’s 170th House Dist., Turns It Into Wide-Open Race

by Joe Shaheeli It’s not unlike organized labor to split over candidates. Labor unions more often endorse Democratic candidates. Sometimes, they’ll side with a challenger. But in special cases, they all gather behind one Republican. In Philadelphia, that Republican is State Rep. John Taylor (R-Northeast), who also is the city’s Republican City Committee chair. Come […]

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Carpenters Union Helps Pink Sisters Mark Their 100th Anniversary

    They are best known as the Pink Sisters and that they live, work, and prayer behind a grated iron fence that keeps them from mingling with the public. Most Philadelphians are unaware of their existence. But to Catholics and Christians of all faiths, many believe Philadelphians believe this city would have long gone […]

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AFL-CIO Draws Record Number Of Labor Leaders and Public Officials

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For the next few days, those of us who rely on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, or SEPTA as it’s commonly known, are going to be looking toward Ohio. Not literally. Metaphorically. That’s because the only way to keep Transport Workers Union Local 234 from actually participating in the strike that its members authorized with […]

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OUR OPINION: Time For Heads To Roll

With innumerable nonprofits operating in Philadelphia under a wide range of goals and missions, it’s becoming routine to learn how scores of them are coming under federal scrutiny for mismanaging or failing to properly use the funds they get – which in some cases are misappropriated by one or more of their officers.   Unfortunately, […]

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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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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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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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ANOTHER OPINION: Covering Up Unemployment In Pennsylvania

BY FRANK A. SIRIANNI/ Lately we have all been reading that Gov. Tom Corbett is taking credit for the alleged “relatively low” unemployment rate here in Pennsylvania. As he runs for reelection, he says it is one of the lowest unemployment rates in the USA! The percentage of unemployed Pennsylvania workers, according to the Pennsylvania […]

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WITH THE UNIONS: Teachers’ Union Leaders Demand Full School Funding

AFT President Randi Weingarten, PFT President Jerry Jordan and AFT-PA President Ted Kirsch are asking Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett for full school funding following report of a 7-year-old, whose death might have been prevented had a nurse been on hand. “Dear Governor Corbett: “Since you took office in 2011, you slashed school funding by $1 […]

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