The Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City. | Photo: Dan McQuade
Elaine Malloy has been a cocktail server at Bally’s for almost 26 years. She makes $8.99 an hour.
“It’s a disgrace to work at $8.99 an hour,” Malloy says, “and try to pay a mortgage, utility bills, clothing, college expenses. Everything in the economy goes up, but unfortunately my wage hasn’t.”
Malloy is a tipped employee, and she says she’s been able to survive on the “generosity of my customers.” But she says it’s hard to make a decent tip rate working at Bally’s because you’re always doing things that aren’t, officially, part of the job, like giving directions to attractions in the casino and the city.
“It’s a disgrace that, when over the years the casinos needed help,” Malloy says, “we the workers decided to give back over $1,500 to help them get out of the rut that they put themselves in. Now they need to help their workers.” Read more »
A union representing faculty at 14 state-owned universities in Pennsylvania is discussing the possibility of a strike.
The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties union said new contract negotiations with the Pennsylvania State Higher System of Education have been “stagnant.”
The faculty contract expired nearly a year ago.
On August 25th, if the majority of delegates from each of its 14 campuses approve, the APSCUF will decide on whether or not to vote on holding a strike.
The union previously postponed a strike-authorization vote set for April “out of concern for students,” according to a press release.
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Striking Verizon workers picket outside a Verizon office on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Albany, N.Y.
At 6:00 a.m. this morning, 39,000 Verizon workers throughout the Northeastern U.S. from two unions went on strike after their self-stated deadline for a new contract passed.
The strike is in response to the workers’ opposition to proposed measures in their new contracts that could cut pension benefits and make outsourcing work easier. Their previous contracts expired around eight months ago, and talks between the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the two unions, and Verizon have broken down. Read more »
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.
For the third time in the past month, a large group of nurses voted to join the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP) union — and said safety concerns at hospitals were a big reason why.
This time it was 500 nurses at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. They join more than 1,200 others from Hahnemann University Hospital and Delaware County Memorial Hospital who voted to unionize in January.
At St. Christopher’s — which is owned by Tenet Healthcare, the same company that owns Hahnemann — nurses say patient care is deteriorating and expressed concerns over staffing, equipment and protocols. Read more »
Nurses at two local hospitals say they’re fed up with poor working conditions, subpar equipment, ineffective scheduling and inadequate staffing. The environment is simply unsafe for patients, they say — and last week nearly 1,200 of them voted to unionize.
More than 330 registered nurses at Delaware County Memorial Hospital voted to join the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP) union last weekend. Just days later, 850 nurses at Hahnemann University Hospital did the same. Read more »
For the second time in the past week, hundreds of nurses at a Philadelphia-area hospital have voted to unionize.
This time it was 850 nurses at Hahnemann University Hosptial who voted to join the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP.) Nurses complained of poor working conditions, subpar equipment, ineffective scheduling and inadequate staffing, the union said. Now they’ll work with management on a contract.
“We wanted to get back to the foundations of nursing,” said Mike Winn, a registered nurse in the emergency department. “It should be about patients, not profits or shareholders. We were tired of having management’s decisions limit our ability to give the best care.” Read more »
This past weekend, more than 330 registered nurses at Delaware County Memorial Hospital voted to join the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals union. The vote, done in a secret ballot election conducted by the NLRB, came to a final tally of 164 to 130 in favor of joining PASNAP.
“DCMH and Crozer managers weren’t listening to us regarding our concerns about staffing and other working conditions. When they decided to sell the health system to a for-profit company, we became very concerned that we would have no voice in the process,” said Angela Neopolitano, a 34-year veteran of Delware County Memorial. Read more »
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday heard a case that could undermine the power of Philadephia’s powerful municipal unions.
The case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, doesn’t directly involve Philadelphia. But the issue it decides — whether civic unions that serve the School District of Philadelphia, City Hall and other public institutions can force non-members to pay union dues as a “fair share” of the benefits they receive from union activity — could have a big impact here.
“All of the unions in the city of Philadelphia, certainly the school district, and the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, have negotiated fair share agreements. So if the court were to overrule that decision, it would have very serious consequences for all local unions, including the uniformed services,” attorney Elaine Williams told KYW. Read more »
Suburban office cleaners protest for better wages before reaching a new contract agreement on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of 32BJ SEIU)
With 1,400 suburban office cleaners threatening to strike at midnight on Wednesday, the 32BJ SEIU union agreed to a four-year agreement with the Building Operators Labor Relations (BOLR). Now the janitors will continue cleaning 170 office buildings without interruption.
The cleaners make $12.35 an hour but will see wage raises of nearly $2 an hour over the life of the contract. Benefits will remain at their current level.(More details will be available after a union ratification vote this weekend.)
The workers clean the offices of companies throughout Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, and Delaware counties at businesses like Johnson & Johnson, Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, Brandywine Realty Trust and Vanguard. Read more »
Promotional photos from the press kits of Uber (left) and Lyft
Seattle has become the first American city to pass an ordinance allowing Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize.
As is the standard in the sharing or gig economy, Uber and Lyft drivers work as independent contractors — giving them flexible schedules but not company-paid health care or retirement benefits. If they were in unions, they can presumably negotiate wages and benefits with their respective companies.
“We’ve heard from Seattle drivers making sub-minimum wage, and companies like Uber have turned a deaf ear to their concerns. This bill was only introduced out of necessity after witnessing how little power drivers themselves had in working for a living wage,” said Councilmember Mike O’Brien, in a statement. Read more »