Mazzoni Center’s Washington Square West location | Courtesy of Mazzoni Center
After several months of controversy over management woes and staff protests, LGBT healthcare provider Mazzoni Center is now under more scrutiny following the recent hiring and abrupt firing of an alt-right-leaning consulting firm called Creative Solutions & Visions, LLC.
When Mazzoni workers officially announced on August 10th that they were considering joining the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Mazzoni hired Creative Solutions & Visions to help “educate” the staff on the ramifications of such a step. (An authorizing vote is scheduled for Wednesday, September 13th.) However, according to several front-line and middle-tier staff members who requested anonymity to speak openly, Mazzoni’s engagement of the firm has felt like “a form of intimidation.” Read more »
(Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia International Airport.)
Workers at the Philadelphia International Airport have reportedly voted to strike during the Democratic National Convention this month.
The employees, who work for contractors hired by multiple airlines, voted 461-5 last night to walk off their jobs during the DNC, according to the Inquirer. Out of 1,000 workers, 500 participated.
SEIU 32BJ, a union of property service workers, has long been trying to unionize baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants and other airport workers who have expressed interest in unionizing, the newspaper reports. Workers have sought more efficient scheduling, disciplinary and sick pay systems.
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Piotr Nowak leads the Philadelphia Union on the field to face the FC Dallas at FC Dallas Stadium on May 19, 2012, in Frisco, Texas.
The Philadelphia Union’s first-ever coach has lost his wrongful termination suit against the soccer club.
Piotr Nowak led the Union from 2010 to 2012 — he took the club to its only playoff spot in its second season — before being fired in June 2012, after which stories emerged that he had allegedly mistreated players, hazed them and withheld water from them even during activities on hot days, and that he had broken other team rules. The club used that evidence to say Nowak was fired “for cause,” and thus not owed any compensation under his contract, which otherwise ran to 2015.
An arbitrator in the case, Margaret Brogan, had already ruled in the club’s favor. A federal district court last month affirmed the decision. Read more »
The Philadelphia Union have only been in existence for six years, and already they are about as Philadelphia as a Philadelphia sports team gets. (Even if they play in Chester.) Read more »
Apr 5, 2015; Kansas City, KS, USA; Confetti falls as Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi (92) reacts after allowing the game winning goal to Sporting KC forward Krisztian Nemeth (not pictured) during the second half at Sporting Park. Sporting KC defeats Philadelphia Union 3-2
Last summer, the Philadelphia Union made a big deal for a goalkeeper: The team spent $400,000 in transfer fees to sign Raïs M’Bolhi, a goalie who made a big splash at the 2014 World Cup. Thanks to M’Bolhi’s efforts, eventual champions Germany needed extra time to beat Algeria.
The Union signed M’Bolhi to a three-year deal. Now, having played just nine games for the Union, M’Bolhi has been benched. Coach Jim Curtin wouldn’t say if M’Bolhi would ever return to the club, but it didn’t sound like it from his comments at the press conference today. John McCarthy will be the Union’s new starter in net. Read more »
A union rat outside of the future Boxers on Walnut Street.
It’s not the iconic mutt you’d expect to see outside Philly’s newest gay bar, Boxers, but a giant, inflated Union rat that’s inhabited the sidewalk on Walnut Street over the last two days. Members of Local 19, the Sheet Metal Workers’ Union, have picketed the home of the future bar, claiming that the owners have used non-union contractors on the construction of the site.
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The Philadelphia Union today fired manager John Hackworth. Philadelphia/Chester’s soccer team, which has only been to the playoffs once in its five seasons, is 3-7-6 this year. The Union average 0.94 points per game, third-worst in all of MLS.
Assistant Jim Curtin will take over for Hackworth. He’s a native of the Philly suburbs, having grown up in Oreland, and played for the Chicago Fire in the early 2000s. He also played soccer for Villanova. He won two MLS Cups as a player.
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Can you believe the mayor of Philadelphia went to the Vatican and gave the Pope a freaking football jersey?
Pope Francis actually got jerseys of six Philadelphia sports teams: The four major sports, a Union jersey — which is at least a sport that’s popular in both Italy and the former Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s native Argentina — and the St. Joe’s Prep football jersey above. Yes, the Pope now owns a Phillies jersey; he can dress like Macklemore.
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The inflatable union rat has reared its ugly head again. This time, the rat is standing (well wobbling, really) at the corner of Broad and Lombard streets in front of Suzanne Roberts Theatre, home to Philadelphia Theatre Company, which was supposed to sneak preview its new Martin Luther King-based show The Mountaintop tonight. Except that’s not going to happen. (Note that tickets to the official opening next Wednesday are priced at $59.) Read more »