Unions Take Pay Cut on PHA Projects

Fourteen building-trades unions in Philadelphia have agreed to take a 20 percent pay cut on projects built by the Philadelphia Housing Authority. That will reduce costs on publicly funded affordable housing projects — and could spread back into the private sector.

The Inquirer reports:

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The Not-Quite SEPTA Strike: What They’re Saying

That didn’t last long. As we told you this weekendPresident Obama signed an executive order Saturday that forces striking SEPTA Regional Rail engineers and electrical workers back on the job for the next 240 days while an arbitration board attempts to craft a settlement. Which means you have no excuse to miss work this morning.

Workers struck Saturday, but were back on the job Sunday, the walkout so short-lived that most effects of the strike were muted. (Unless you wanted to go somewhere on Saturday.) 

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SEPTA May Want to Provoke Strike Now

SEPTA may be trying to provoke a strike by regional rail workers now, the Inquirer reports, in an attempt to avoid a work stoppage in colder (and higher-ridership) months.

That’s the apparent logic behind the agency’s Monday moves to impose its terms on those workers, which “could prompt a strike that would halt all commuter rail service at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.”

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Disaffected Teamsters Challenge Leadership Over Lost Convention Center Business

The Inquirer reports that the leadership of the Teamsters local is facing formal complaints — before the National Labor Relations Board — from members angry the union lost out on business at the Convention Center.  Michael Conway and Edwin Taylor have both filed complaints; Conway’s is all the more remarkable because he was until recently an ally of union head William Hamilton. 

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