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Low-wage workers score win with bump in funding to enforce labor laws

The increase was small, but it will allow the Office of Labor Enforcement to hire two more staffers, bringing its total staff to five.

Low-wage workers score win with bump in funding to enforce labor laws

The increase was small, but it will allow the Office of Labor Enforcement to hire two more staffers, bringing its total staff to five.

Philly launched a program to put homeless people to work. Here’s what happened.

“It’s not that complicated. People want to work. It was really just figuring out the logistics to make that happen.”

Philly launched a program to put homeless people to work. Here’s what happened.

“It’s not that complicated. People want to work. It was really just figuring out the logistics to make that happen.”

As changes come to Pa. Medicaid transit program, counties fear bumps in road

After 35 years, a medical transportation service available to the state’s 2.8 million Medicaid subscribers and among the largest of its kind in the nation could change dramatically -- from a county-based model to a regional one.

As changes come to Pa. Medicaid transit program, counties fear bumps in road

After 35 years, a medical transportation service available to the state’s 2.8 million Medicaid subscribers and among the largest of its kind in the nation could change dramatically -- from a county-based model to a regional one.
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Among Philly kids, trauma and poverty are linked to mental illness, learning problems and more, Penn study finds

Forget the school of hard knocks. Trauma and poverty hurts kids, a Penn and CHOP study finds.

Could Pa. legislate ride-share drivers’ rights? Politicians are hosting a hearing

There's a growing momentum for worker-oriented ride-share legislation across the country, with New York City and California leading the way.

Anti-union groups are targeting home-care workers nationally, but labor in Pa. has already scored a win

The Trump administration issued a Department of Health and Human Services rule that bans union dues deduction from home-care workers’ Medicaid-funded paychecks.

Food program stepping up to save school lunches, food for low-income people

The public didn’t see, but hunger fighters know that a speeding bullet was just dodged.

These teenagers want to open their own convenience store. Here’s why.

“How is four bags of chips a dollar at the corner store, but a smoothie is $4? That doesn’t make sense,” said Tre’Cia Gibson, a member of the Rebel Ventures crew.

Philly voters supported a $15 minimum wage in Tuesday’s election. Now what?

Here's what would need to happen to raise wages in the poorest big city in the country.

City Council approves ‘just-cause,’ a cutting-edge worker protection law, for the parking industry

The bill, which was fiercely opposed by the parking industry, would focus on the roughly 1,000 parking workers in the city.

As Uber and Lyft drivers strike across the globe, Philly drivers join the protest

The rally, to protest pay cuts and working conditions, was unconventional: unpolished, racially and ethnically diverse, and completely organized and led by the workers themselves.

Why some in City Council are trying to regulate the parking industry

Driven by union 32BJ SEIU's campaign to unionize parking lot attendants and valets, Councilmember Cherelle Parker is trying to pass laws that will protect these workers, most them poor and black.

City Council and mayoral candidates: How will you address economic mobility in our city? | Opinion

How do candidates plan to combat our city’s epidemic of economic insecurity and lack of economic mobility? The Resolve Reporting Collaborative is trying to find out.

Now in high school, Philly girls revisit earlier kindness, donating tampons, other items

Drawing inspiration from a friend who took her own life, students overcame obstacles to help others.

7 groups chased Council members around City Hall to make a plea for more labor enforcement funding

Advocates have come together to push for more funding for the city's tiny and, so far, largely ineffective labor enforcement office.