Posts Tagged ‘Pennsylvania’

Jul
2016
8

GOP Congressional Candidate: “Right-to-work laws have no place in Pennsylvania”

GOP Congressional Candidate:
  In a joint op-ed for Philly.com, Republican congressional candidate Bill Pounds and union organizer Hugh Giordano warn Pennsylvanians about the perils of a pending “Right-to-work” law in the state’s House of Representatives. The proposed legislation comes on the heels of West Virginia’s April decision to become the...
Jul
2015
29

REPORT: More Than 100,000 Philadelphia Workers Have Their Wages Stolen EVERY WEEK

REPORT: More Than 100,000 Philadelphia Workers Have Their Wages Stolen EVERY WEEK
  A report from Temple University’s Sheller Center for Social Justice titled  “Shortchanged: How Wage Theft Harms Pennsylvania’s Workers and Economy.” details rampant wage theft in Pennsylvania and decsribes how it affects workers, businesses, and the public.  The report estimates that employers steal $19 million to $32 million from...
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Apr
2015
16

Republicans Spar with PA Gov. Wolf Over Home Care Workers’ Rights, Despite Clear Legal Reality

Republicans Spar with PA Gov. Wolf Over Home Care Workers' Rights, Despite Clear Legal Reality
  A February 27th Executive Order (EO) by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf created the Advisory Group on Participant-Directed Home Care and set up a process for home care workers to elect a representative to discuss working conditions with state leaders.  Now, as the process moves forward amidst legal challenges, Pennsylvania Republicans are...
Apr
2015
8

À la Nevada: PA Republican Starts Slow Climb to Lowering Wages for School Construction

À la Nevada: PA Republican Starts Slow Climb to Lowering Wages for School Construction
  In Pennsylvania, a group of Republican lawmakers began an assault on the state’s prevailing wage laws, pushing for legislation which would exempt school districts from the mandate.  HB 707, being championed by State Rep. Jesse Topper, is similar to a move by the Nevada GOP.   Currently, school districts must pay the prevailing wage...
Aug
2014
11

IBEW Endorses Tom Wolf. Does He Have the PA Gov Race Locked Up?

IBEW Endorses Tom Wolf. Does He Have the PA Gov Race Locked Up?
  The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has endorsed Democratic challenger Tom Wolf in the race for Governor of Pennsylvania.   Citing a record of bringing good-paying, high-tech jobs to the state, the union which represents over 40,000 workers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania unanimously agreed to get behind Wolf....
Jun
2014
6

OMGodwin: PA State Senator Compares Unions to Hitler and Putin

OMGodwin: PA State Senator Compares Unions to Hitler and Putin
  While debating a bill, Pennsylvania State Senator Scott Wagner achieved a hyperbolic double whammy of oppressive proportions, comparing labor unions to both Adolf Hitler AND Vladimir Putin. Naturally, the verbal “flourish” sparked outrage from organized labor across the state. As if being under attack from one of the worst...
Jun
2014
5

Third Time’s the Harm: PA Budget Leaves School Construction In the Lurch Three Years Running

Third Time's the Harm: PA Budget Leaves School Construction In the Lurch Three Years Running
  As reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pennsylvania budget will contain a moratorium on construction spending by school districts for the third straight year, meaning schools in need of repair will have to find solutions without state aid. Corbett’s construction cuts began in 2012 when he cut funding to new applications, thus...
May
2014
19

Pennsylvania’s 2011 Employee Misclassification Law Hasn’t Resulted in a Single Prosecution

  Awareness about employee misclassification is growing and with it new laws have been enacted. But enacting a law and enforcing one are two different things, as evidence by the apparent ineffectiveness of Pennsylvania effort to combat the workers’ rights issue.   Act 72, which set standards for who can and cannot be labeled an...
Feb
2014
27

Unexpected PA Gov Candidate Leaps Ahead in Latest Poll

Unexpected PA Gov Candidate Leaps Ahead in Latest Poll
  The Pennsylvania Governor’s race took a turn this week when York businessman Tom Wolf became the frontrunner, in terms of polling at least, for the Democratic nomination.  A successful advertising buy in the Philadelphia region helped Wolf paint himself as the man who saved his family’s company to ensure the workers in his hometown...
Jan
2014
23

You Winz Some, You Yinz Some: Pittsburgh Gives TFA, Corporate Education Agenda the Boot

You Winz Some, You Yinz Some: Pittsburgh Gives TFA, Corporate Education Agenda the Boot
  The Pittsburgh Board of Education has voted in favor of rejecting a three-year, $750,000 contract with Teach for America (TFA), effectively giving the pro-corporate education group the boot from the city.   TFA’s business model relies on signing recent college graduates to two-year contracts and sending them to underserved school...
Dec
2013
16

Wages Already Gutted, Rep. Seeks to Abolish PA Construction Livelihood Altogether

Wages Already Gutted, Rep. Seeks to Abolish PA Construction Livelihood Altogether
  In Pennsylvania, State Rep. Stephen Bloom serves as Secretary of the House Subcommittee on Labor and Industry. Despite the GOP’s recent anti-worker victory which raised the threshold at which the prevailing wage is implemented — meaning fewer projects and workers will earn good wages — Bloom has proposed House Bill 1915 to...
Dec
2013
11

Ruby Tuesday to Pay Half Million Dollar Fine Stemming from Age Discrimination Suit

Ruby Tuesday to Pay Half Million Dollar Fine Stemming from Age Discrimination Suit
  Restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday will pay $575,000 to settle an age discrimination lawsuit filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  The lawsuit claimed that five locations in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio discriminated against potential applicants over the age of 40.   The company told the Columbus Dispatch that it...