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Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust Golf Classic

Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust Golf Classic

Organized labor making a difference in the community at the 16th Annual Charity Golf Classic. Honoree Patrick B. Gillespie, Business Manager of the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO and founder Samuel Staten, Sr., Retired Business Manager of the Laborers’ District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and Vicinity, came together at Spring […]

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Skepticism Surrounds Pa. Convention Center Claim It Cut Labor Costs

While the Pennsylvania Convention Center released a report claiming lower labor costs at this year’s Auto Show compared to last year’s, a contractor who worked both shows says, “That’s just not true.” The contractor, who asked that his name not be used for fear of reprisal from management, said, “this year’s Auto Show was much […]

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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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