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POLS ON THE STREET: Assessing The Fallout From Fattah’s Woes

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ It’s been a cruel summer for Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Phila.). The Congressman’s son was indicted earlier this month for defrauding the IRS and stealing from Philadelphia schools. Now, his former Chief of Staff Gregory Naylor has pleaded guilty to several counts of campaign-finance fraud. Based on news reports following Naylor’s guilty plea, […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: State Regulators Aren’t Protecting Workers

BY STATE SEN. MIKE STACK (D-PHILA.)/ It has become increasingly clear over the past two years that the ongoing and painstaking recovery from the Great Recession is resulting in an ever-widening disparity between Wall Street and Main Street. While corporate profits and the Dow Jones have reached record highs, wages and security for workers are […]

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LETTER FROM JIM BURN: State Democrats Plan Big Dinner In Philadelphia

BY JIM BURN, State Democratic Committee/ Dear Friend of the Democratic Party, Please know the Pennsylvania Democratic Committee is looking forward to holding its fall meeting in the great City of Philadelphia on Friday, Sep. 12 and Saturday, Sep. 13 at the Sheraton Hotel, Downtown. Our Jefferson Jackson Dinner this year is also going to […]

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CITY HALL SAM: Taney Dragons Bring Joyous End To Philly’s Summer

The Boys of Summer on Broad Street may be struggling to reach .500, but the Boys and Girls of Summer known as the Taney Dragons riveted our city and our nation without outstanding baseball games. The Taney Dragons are the feel-good story of the summer and were honored at a ceremony in Love Park on […]

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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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