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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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ELEPHANT CORNER: Clam Bake Bolsters Philly GOP

The annual Billy Meehan Clam Bake was held on Sunday, Aug. 27 at Cannstatter on Academy Road. The event started at 4 p.m. and ran until 7 p.m. Keynote speaker was BOB PADUCHIK, Republican National Committee Co-Chair. Republican City Committee CHAIRMAN MIKE MEEHAN was the master of ceremonies for the event named for his father, […]

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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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POLS ON THE STREET: GOP Upswing In Philly

BY JOE SHAHEELI While national attention has focused on the Democratic Party’s weakness in declining rural areas, urban Philadelphia is showing clear signs of decay in the Dems’ brand as well. Philadelphia Republicans shaved 31,728 off their voter-registration deficit against their Democratic competitors in the past year. That’s one-third of the total statewide decline of […]

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OUR OPINION: City Must Be Vigilant Against Hate

Any equivocation vanished during President Donald Trump’s eye-popping press conference on Tuesday, when he essentially legitimized white supremacists by putting their actions on the same level as those of the counter-protestors last weekend and, Q.E.D., with their actions and philosophy. He did not just legitimize them in Charlottesville, Va.; he legitimized them in Philadelphia as […]

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Hallahan Teaches Leadership with New Programs

Hallahan High School, the oldest Catholic girls’ high school in the country, has made a point of staying in the forefront of secondary education for more than a century. Hallahan has stayed abreast of the latest opportunities in local college partnerships and online offerings, to make the most of its elite Center City location. In […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Street Scores a Hit on Gun Bill

BY JOE SHAHEELI Entering the General Assembly as a freshman, in the minority party, is a humbling experience. Ask any veteran lawmaker how much influence he had during the first six months of his career. It’s obvious the freshman’s main job is to keep his nose down and his ears open. Rarely does he get […]

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City Launches ‘Smart War’ on Gun Violence

BY TONY WEST After 50 years of excessive gun violence in its poor neighborhoods, Philadelphia has decided to study the problem. That’s good. Council President Darrell L. Clarke appointed Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (D-2nd), Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis and Darrell G. O’Connor, a career FTI expert, the co-chairs of the Special Committee on Gun Violence Prevention. […]

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