Philly Unions Collect Supplies for Harvey Relief

(AP Photo/Kristen De Groot)

It’s been more than a week since Hurricane Harvey first made landfall and Houston is still under water. As relief efforts across the country continue to gather supplies to help those affected by the storm – which has reportedly claimed the lives of at least 60 peopleMayor Sylvester Turner said over the weekend that flooding in some areas won’t recede any time soon.

Here in Philadelphia, two powerful local labor unions joined forces to collect a truckload of goods, ranging from bottled water and nonperishable foods to clothes and diapers, at Monday’s Labor Day Parade. The relief drive was organized by union boss John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty, the Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council’s business manager, in partnership with the AFL-CIO Philadelphia Council and the Teamsters Union. Read more »

Oops! Penn’s Anti-Union Graduate Student Group Hired, Then Immediately Fired This Far-Right Attorney

Right: No Penn Union’s logo. Left: Attorney Wally Zimolong. Photos via Twitter.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) hearings that could grant the University of Pennsylvania’s graduate students the chance to vote on unionization are ongoing, but Penn’s anti-union organization has already lost big-time this week.

The aptly titled No Penn Union has terminated a week-long partnership with right-wing real estate and development attorney Wally Zimolong amid accusations of xenophobic, classist, and otherwise offensive tweets that Zimolong had previously posted to his account, reports Philly.com.

No Penn Union first announced their partnership with Zimolong in a June 19th post on their website, explaining that they had sought out legal representation after continued harassment that they claim to have faced from Penn’s pro-union group GET-UP. Following No Penn Union’s announcement, it didn’t take long for their pro-union opposition to do the background research on Zimolong that they’d apparently neglected. Read more »

Penn Grad Students Race to Unionize

GET-UP members rally on Penn’s campus on May 9th. Photo courtesy of GET-UP

Graduate teaching and research assistants attempting to organize a labor union at the University of Pennsylvania filed a petition for a recognition election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on May 30th, hoping that the vote can be completed and certified before President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans can reverse a less-than-a-year-old ruling that granted them the right to do so. Read more »

Labor Unions Endorse Jack O’Neill for Philly DA

Jack O'Neill | Photo courtesy of O'Neill's campaign

Jack O’Neill | Photo courtesy of O’Neill’s campaign

Eight labor unions have endorsed Jack O’Neill in the race for district attorney of Philadelphia.

O’Neill, a 35-year-old Democrat, joined the race last month at the last possible moment. He’s a Philly native who worked for 10 years as an assistant district attorney under former District Attorney Lynne AbrahamRead more »

Restaurant Owner Says Union Protest Has Been Good for Business

Left: The flier being distributed outside Plenty Cafe in Queen Village. Right: Protest signs outside the restaurant. (Photos by Sarah Doran)

Left: The flier being distributed outside Plenty Cafe in Queen Village. Right: Protest signs outside the restaurant. | Photos by Sarah Doran

You can say a lot of things about the unions in Philadelphia. But you cannot say that they’re not persistent. This is something that Philadelphia restaurateur Anthony Mascieri knows firtshand. Read more »

1,000 Trump Taj Mahal Workers Go on Strike

Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City

Photo | Dan McQuade

Trump Taj Mahal workers walked out at 6 a.m. this morning, striking before the busy holiday weekend after their union was not able to reach a contract agreement.

Workers with UNITE HERE Local 54, who threatened to strike at five casinos earlier this week, reached agreements with Caesars Entertainment (Caesars, Bally’s and Harrah’s) and the Tropicana yesterday. They were not able to come to an agreement with the Taj, and announced a strike early this morning.

“For 20 months, 1,000 loyal Taj Mahal employees have been fighting to restore the middle class jobs that were destroyed in the bankruptcy,” said Fabia Sespedes, a housekeeper at the Taj Mahal for the last nine years. “Today, we said enough is enough, and went on strike for a restoration of health benefits and fair wages and working conditions.” Read more »

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 »

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