Posts Tagged ‘Philadelphia’

Oct
2016
14

Philadelphia City Council Expands Prevailing Wage to Service Workers in Public Buildings

Philadelphia City Council Expands Prevailing Wage to Service Workers in Public Buildings
  The Philadelphia City Council voted last week to expand its prevailing wage ordinance. The updated rules will set fair wage and benefits standards for service workers in publicly subsidized buildings. Previously, the law only applied to those working in large residential and commercial buildings: The existing law guarantees prevailing wage...
Jan
2016
19

New Philly Mayor Sets Goal of 45% Minority Workforce Participation on City-funded Projects

New Philly Mayor Sets Goal of 45% Minority Workforce Participation on City-funded Projects
  Last week during a WURD 900 radio interview with Solomon Jones, newly elected Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said he hopes to set a goal of 45 percent minority workforce participation on city-funded construction projects.  Kenney stopped short of setting a timeline for the goal.  Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data show the construction...
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Nov
2015
10

Temple Univ. Report: 90,000 Incidents of Wage Theft in Philly EACH WEEK

Temple Univ. Report: 90,000 Incidents of Wage Theft in Philly EACH WEEK
  A recent study from Temple University estimates that roughly 90,000 incidents of wage theft occur in Philadelphia each week, costing the average victim between $51 and $87.  Shortchanged: How Wage Theft Harms Pennsylvania’s Workers and Economy was prepared and written by the Social Justice Lawyering Clinic at the Stephen and Sandra...
Apr
2015
24

Captive Audience Union-Busting Meetings Cutting Into Class Time at Philly Charter School

Captive Audience Union-Busting Meetings Cutting Into Class Time at Philly Charter School
  Parents and teachers of students at the Olney Charter High School in Philadelphia are angered that mandatory captive audience meetings are being scheduled during class hours at a pivotal point in the school year.  As students prepare for Keystone and AP exams, 6 hours of their school day will be canceled while teachers hear [&hellip...
Jan
2015
16

Hustle & Flu: PA Senators Try to Ban Local Paid Sick Leave Laws Before Philly Passes One

Hustle & Flu: PA Senators Try to Ban Local Paid Sick Leave Laws Before Philly Passes One
  You know what workers need in 2015? More enemies! A pair of Pennsylvania state senators — Republican John Eichelberger and Democrat Lisa Boscola — are introducing a bill which would prohibit municipalities from enacting paid sick leave protections.  It comes as a direct response to Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s...
May
2014
30

Union Workers Being Wrongly Blamed for Insane Cost Markups on Philly Convention Center Job

  In Philadelphia, union workers at the Pennsylvania Convention Center are becoming scapegoats as large global companies mark up labor costs using what they call a “standard industry practice.” Philly.com reports that union riggers setting up last week’s National Homeland Security Conference earned $152.25 a piece when in reality they...
Aug
2013
26

Philly School District Commissions PLA Study Ahead of $150M School Construction Boom

  The Bristol Township School District in northeast Philadelphia has solicited a month-long study about the effects of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) as they enter the planning stages of a $152 million new schools and renovations project.   The school district has hired...
Jun
2013
28

COUNCILMAN: Contractors on Fatal Philly Demolition Were Working Off the Books

COUNCILMAN: Contractors on Fatal Philly Demolition Were Working Off the Books
The infuriating story of the Philadelphia building collapse that union officials say could have been prevented got more infuriating yesterday when it came to light that the low-road contractor hired to do the demolition did not even have city wage tax accounts: The two demolition contractors involved in a fatal building collapse did not have...
Jun
2013
25

GROSS: Pollsters Suggest Gov. Corbett Use Philly’s Teachers Unions as “Wedge” to Get Re-Elected

GROSS: Pollsters Suggest Gov. Corbett Use Philly's Teachers Unions as
  As Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is struggling in the infancy of his re-election bid, a new poll taken by Public Opinion Strategies suggests that he should attack Philadelphia teachers unions in order to bolster his approval rating. Considering major education cuts have been a driver of a low approval rating thus far, the recommendation...
Jun
2013
6

Philadelphia Building Trades Union Alerted Inspections Office to Center City’s Dangers

Philadelphia Building Trades Union Alerted Inspections Office to Center City's Dangers
  When the awful story of yesterday’s fatal Philadelphia building collapse broke, our first inclination was to find out who the contractor was and how they could be so careless. Video subsequently surfaced of the company, Griffin- Campbell, doing a less than bang up job at a previous demolition last weekend adding fuel to the [&hellip...