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 »

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 »

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