4 Takeaways from Bernie Sanders’ Speech at AFL-CIO Convention

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign stop, Thursday, April 7, 2016, at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention in Philadelphia.

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign stop, Thursday, April 7th, at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention in Philadelphia.

After a heavy night of campaigning through the city on Wednesday, first appearing at the Tindley Temple United Methodist Church in South Philly for a discussion, and later hosting a rally at Temple University, Presidential-hopeful Bernie Sanders took the stage this morning at the AFL-CIO labor convention with the hope of securing the votes Philly’s unions as the April 26th primary approaches.

Sanders delivered a numbers-driven speech that highlighted his record of supporting unions and detailed his plan to boost the American middle class if elected. Here are a few key takeaways from his address: Read more »

Six Points From Hillary Clinton’s Speech to AFL-CIO Convention in Philly Today

Hillary Clinton speaks Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention in Philadelphia. Photo | Matt Rourke, AP

Hillary Clinton speaks Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention in Philadelphia. Photo | Matt Rourke, AP

There was no shortage of applause during Hillary Clinton‘s speech to the AFL-CIO labor convention this afternoon at the Sheraton in downtown Philly. She spoke in brash support of the union members in attendance, and argued that she — not Bernie Sanders nor any of the Republican candidates — is the best candidate for the middle class and working families. Here are some key moments from her 30-minute address: Read more »

Temple Adjuncts Join Full-Time Faculty Union

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The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board has tallied secret ballots cast by adjunct faculty at Temple in an election earlier this fall, and those faculty are now represented by the Temple Association of University Professionals, the union that previously represented only full-time faculty. Many adjuncts had protested in favor of such unionization at rallies on the school’s North Broad Street main campus and at City Hall.

The merger between the TAUP and adjuncts, who teach part-time and are not tenured, will add some 1,400 professors to the faculty union. The final count, according to the PLRB, was 609 votes in favor of the merger and 266 votes not to unionize, with 32 ballots disqualified. All schools except for law, dentistry, medicine and podiatric medicine are affected by the change, which will allow TAUP to represent both full- and part-time faculty in negotiations with the university over pay, benefits and work rules. Read more »

Legislation to Counter Union Tactics Goes to Gov. Tom Wolf for Signature

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a bill this week that, if signed by Gov. Tom Wolf, will likely have an impact on organized labor in Philadelphia. House Bill 874 (see below), introduced by Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin County), would amend the state’s Crimes Code, which immunizes union members against prosecution for certain criminal actions taken during a labor dispute. In theory, this ensures the rights of workers to protest unfair labor practices. But what happens if those workers go too far? In a House Memoranda, Marsico pointed to the example of Philadelphia’s Ironworkers, a number of whom were indicted for arson, assault and racketeering. “In each case,” Marsico wrote, “the grand jury found evidence of intimidation and threats toward the property owners and non-union workers which preceded the later acts of violence, all protected by these loopholes in the Crimes Code.”

Currently, the Crimes Code sections on stalking, harassment and threat to use weapons of mass destruction do not apply “to conduct by a party to a labor dispute.” The definition of a “labor dispute” is laid out in Pennsylvania’s Labor Anti-Injunction Act: Read more »

Al Roker Meets Johnny Doc’s Union on the Today Show

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Last week, we told you about a letter that Johnny Doc’s Local 98 union sent to the Department of Homeland Security, alleging that NBC 10 committed a “serious security breach” by having its fill-in cameramen fraudulently gain access to papal events. (The cameramen and other technicians are on strike; NBC10 denied the union’s claim). And on Wednesday, Local 98 continued to do that thing that it does, sending protestors to the set of the Today show on NBC. Read more »

Local 98 Picketer Charged in Incident at NBC10 Studio

The scene outside NBC10's studio in Bala Cynwyd after a Local 98 picketer was allegedly struck by a car being driven by an NBC10 employee.

The scene outside NBC10’s studio in Bala Cynwyd after a Local 98 picketer was allegedly struck by a car being driven by an NBC10 employee.

Last week, Local 98 union head John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty told Philadelphia magazine that two union members were “assaulted” by cars on the picket line outside NBC 10’s studio along City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd. And now the Lower Merion Police Department says that no charges have been filed against either of the accused drivers, but a picketer has been charged in one of the incidents. Read more »

WATCH: Ratmobile Invokes Pope Francis Outside Comcast Center

Last Thursday, NBC 10’s technicians and photographers went on strike. On Friday, IBEW Local 98 leader John Dougherty said two union members picketing were hit by cars driven by NBC 10 employees. Later that night, the Giant Inflatable Union Rat was spotted outside the Comcast Center.

Today, it’s back. And along with it, an appearance of the Union Ratmobile, an actual car tricked out to make it look like a rat. And they have a message for Comcast. Read more »

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