Labor Unions


Why Do Teachers Get Snow Days?

UPDATE: Philadelphia school teacher Steve Clark has written a response to this column.  Hey school teachers, I have an idea. Instead of fighting the School […]


Convention Center Got Restraining Order Against Carpenters Union

Members of Philadelphia’s carpenter’s union have been protesting outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center for months. On Saturday, the laborers took their message inside the center […]


Teamsters, Carpenters Lose Latest Bid to Return to Convention Center

The Teamsters and Carpenters unions have reportedly lost their latest bid to return to work at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The two unions had filed […]


State Examiner: City Can’t Just Change DROP

Two initial decisions by a state hearing examiner have found that the city of Philadelphia violated the law when it made changes to the Deferred Retirement Option Plan three […]


This Is How Public Unions Should Respond When Their Members Screw Up

Joe Schulle, the president of the Philadelphia Association of Fire Fighters – Local 22, seems like a good guy. He’s a fierce advocate for his […]


Is Yuengling Banned From Wolf’s Inauguration?

He hasn’t been inaugurated yet, but incoming Gov. Tom Wolf already has a scandal on his hands. State Rep. Mike Vereb on Thursday appeared on […]


Why John Dougherty Won’t Get to Pick Our Next Mayor

A year ago, it looked like labor unions might just pick Philadelphia’s next mayor. Led by influential electricians union chief John Dougherty, labor leaders across […]


Labor Leader Asks Butkovitz to Reconsider Running for Mayor

The head of Philadelphia’s correctional officers union is urging City Controller Alan Butkovitz to reconsider his decision to not run for mayor this year. Lorenzo North, president of Local […]


Ironworkers’ Dougherty Goes on Trial

Joseph Dougherty, former head of the Philadelphia chapter of the Ironworkers union, went on trial in federal court Monday on racketeering charges alleging the union […]


Meet the New Doc. Same as the Old Doc?

I’m searching for the good Johnny Doc, the one he wants me to find. The new one. And here he is, in plain sight, on […]

Philadelphia School District Building

Could Caucus of Working Educators Oust PFT Leadership?

City Paper’s Daniel Denvir has a lengthy article today about the Caucus of Working Educators, a 141-member group founded in March that just held its […]


Baggage Handlers Picket at PHL Airport

#picketline #PHLstrike #hyperlapse #PHL #Philly #Philadelphia #povertydoesntfly #goodairports #1u #PrimeFlight A video posted by 32BJ SEIU (@32bjseiu) on Nov 11, 2014 at 9:32am PST A […]


Bill Would Require “Labor Peace” at City-Subsidized Hotels

Philadelphia’s hotel workers might decide to go on strike someday, but they won’t do it on the taxpayer dime if Councilman Wilson Goode Jr. has […]


Labor Leaders Contemplated Citywide Strike to Protest SRC

The School Reform Commission’s decision to unilaterally end its contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers nearly caused a shutdown of the entire city, the […]

Septa regional rail train

Uniforms Shouldn’t Trigger SEPTA Strike

When I heard last week the reason SEPTA might shut down due to strike this winter — leaving tens of thousands of commuters stuck in […]