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39 arrested at PHL in nationwide airline catering worker protest against American Airlines

The protests, timed to the holiday travel season and happening at 17 U.S. airports, were the latest in a series of public actions by service workers union UNITE HERE to try to get more affordable healthcare and higher wages for 20,000 American Airlines subcontractors.

39 arrested at PHL in nationwide airline catering worker protest against American Airlines

The protests, timed to the holiday travel season and happening at 17 U.S. airports, were the latest in a series of public actions by service workers union UNITE HERE to try to get more affordable healthcare and higher wages for 20,000 American Airlines subcontractors.

Philly Council passes Right to Counsel, giving free legal representation to tenants who are evicted

The legislation supplies legal representation to tenants whose annual gross income does not exceed $24,980 for a single person. Mayor Jim Kenney is expected to sign the bill into law.

Philly Council passes Right to Counsel, giving free legal representation to tenants who are evicted

The legislation supplies legal representation to tenants whose annual gross income does not exceed $24,980 for a single person. Mayor Jim Kenney is expected to sign the bill into law.

A new power bloc is rising in Philly’s labor movement. Kendra Brooks’ victory is proof.

These days, building trades leader John J. “Johnny Doc” Dougherty "isn’t the only person who’s in Council every week saying, ‘We need to do this’ — and isn’t the only one with money.”

A new power bloc is rising in Philly’s labor movement. Kendra Brooks’ victory is proof.

These days, building trades leader John J. “Johnny Doc” Dougherty "isn’t the only person who’s in Council every week saying, ‘We need to do this’ — and isn’t the only one with money.”
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Paid time off for Uber drivers? How a Philly plan could be a model for millions of gig workers.

Philadelphia is on the verge of launching a system that would allow nannies and house cleaners to get paid time off even if they work for multiple employers. Experts say the rest of the country will be watching.

Philly bill moves forward to provide free legal counsel for low-income tenants facing eviction

The bill, proposed by Councilmember Helen Gym, would give free legal representation to tenants whose annual gross income does not exceed 200% of the federal poverty guideline, or $24,980 for a single person.

Why these workers are bypassing employers and protesting bigger targets: American Airlines and Ross

It's a strategy that's been used successfully for decades in the labor movement and has only increased as subcontracting has become more common: to target the “lead business,” instead of the direct employer and contractor.

Philadelphia’s job growth has largely been low-wage, report finds

That makes Philadelphia an outlier among the 25 biggest cities in the U.S., which have added a larger share of “family-sustaining jobs,” those paying between $35,000 and $100,000, the report says.

I’m a Philadelphia pediatrician. Here’s the one thing that would help my patients most. l Opinion

It's not curing cancer or even the common cold. But it's something we know how to do.

Workers who clean Philadelphia’s business towers reach new contract with management

Through their union, the workers have been able to transform these jobs into what’s become a rarity: the service job you want to hold on to. They now fear that their employer's recent proposals would chip away at the progress they've made.

‘Their win is our win’: Why some Philly-area workers see the GM strike as their own

As General Motors workers approach one month on strike, the picket line in Langhorne, Pa., turned into a bustling dinner party, full of public supporters who saw their own struggles reflected in the workers.

Philly DA’s Office launches a unit to prosecute employers for crimes against workers

Philly is the latest in a series of state and local prosecutors’ offices that have prioritized going after scofflaw employers.

Philadelphia’s poverty rate drops below 25% for the first time in more than a decade

Economists, city officials, and some advocates were gratified to see some positive fluctuation in poverty, as well as in income.

Philly airport workers are being forced to sign away their rights to take their employer to court

More than half of private sector employees in the U.S. who are not represented by a union have signed arbitration agreements -- but there's a movement to end the practice.

California bill could pave the way for labor rights for Uber drivers in Philly

The passing of the bill, which is expected to be signed into law, was an act that highlighted how prominent the labor struggles of gig workers has become.

America’s poverty rate falls while household incomes remain the same

The Trump administration found much to praise in the Census reports, while poverty experts saw cracks and caveats among the flood of good-news statistics.

Labor official’s goof shows Philly’s pro-worker growing pains

In a Time magazine story exploring what it's like to be a low-wage waitress at a South Philadelphia diner, a city labor official suggests that some tipped workers might just be bad at their jobs.