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Vol. III No. 59 (427)

Keeping You Posted With The Politics Of Philadelphia

April 2, 2012

Philadelphia Daily Record

Smith Comes To Philly

SENATORIAL CANDIDATE Tom Smith stops at SmokeEaters Pub in Mayfair where he receives a Mummers welcome from Trilby String Band members Steve Mulzet and Joe Kaminski. Smith, a Republican, also received endorsement from local Independence Hall Tea Party. Photo: McGlasson Media


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Apr. 5State Sen. Larry Farnese hosts Senior Expo at S. Phila. HS, Broad & Snyder Ave., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Seating limited. RSVP (215) 952-3121. Apr. 5Meet and Greet Dan Collins, Democrat challenger to State Rep. Kevin Boyle, at St. Stephen’s Green, 1701 Green St., 5:30-8 p.m. hosted by John Sabatina, Sr. and Joe Ashdale, DC 21. Donation $100(ticket), $250(friend), $500(patron), includes open bar and food. Apr. 5Pre-Primary Evening Reception for State Sen. Shirley M. Kitchen at Ms. Tootsie’s Restaurant, 1314 South St., 6-7:30 pm. $250, $500, Host $1,000. RSVP (215) 848-1283 or send checks payable to Committee to ReElect Shirley M. Kitchen, POB 50606, Phila., PA 19132. Apr. 7-8 Black History & Culture Showcase at Pennsylvania Convention Ctr., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free, open to public. Apr. 7Easter Egg Hunt hosted by State Rep. Vanessa Brown at Horticulture Ctr. in Fairmount Pk., 12-2 p.m. Children 3-12 invited to egg hunt. For parents, on-

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hand info from local and state health agencies and medical providers. Apr. 95th Ward Republican Party Fundraiser and Candidates Night at Paddy Whacks, 150 South St., 6-9 p.m. Tickets $30 at door, include wine, beer and food. RSVP required for headcount: mcibik@gop5thward.com or (215) 735-1060. Apr. 10Fundraiser for Congressman Bob Brady at IATSE Ballroom, 2401 S. Swanson St., 6-8 p.m. Jerry Blavat entertains. Contributions $150, $250, $500. RSVP by Apr. 5 Linda August (610) 659-5878. Apr. 11Phila. Republican Leadership Council at Racquet Club, 215 S. 16th St. VIP reception 5:30 p.m. costs$250.Reception 6 p.m., $100 or $75 for elected Committeemen. State Rep. Mike Vereb will speak. Apr. 12GLBMA Rooftop Business Breakfast. Speakers Mayor Michael Nutter, Michael Kelly and Emilio Cooper at Warnock Village, 2862 Germantown Ave., 8-10 a.m. RSVP, seating limited (267) 385-1939.


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Casey: Big Credit-Card Breach Needs Answers US Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) called on Global Payments, Inc. to be more forthcoming with consumers in the wake of a massive data breach that has left 1.5 million credit-card users exposed to hackers. After first revealing the breach to consumers last Friday, reports have indicated the company first knew about the problem in early March yet waited weeks to notify cardholders. In a letter to the Chairman and CEO of Global Payments, the Senator called on the company to immediately provide more information to exposed consumers and aid consumers in efforts to protect their private financial information. “Identity theft can do incredible damage to a family’s finances, so Global Payments must do all it can to ensure that exposed consumers are protected,” Casey said. “The fact Global Payments knew about the problem in early March and waited weeks to tell consumers is completely unacceptable. The company needs to take immediate steps to be more forthcoming with consumers and explain why it took so long to let Americans know that their personal financial information was compromised.” Global Payments is a Marylandbased company that provides payment-processing services to MasterCard and Visa cardholders, among others. Friday, the company revealed 50,000 consumers may have had their private financial in-

formation compromised by hackers. Estimates of those impacted have gone up, and now the company estimates as many as 1.5 million consumers could be impacted. In a letter, Casey called on the company to be more forthcoming and immediately aid any consumers whose identity was stolen.

In his letter, Casey wrote, “Unfortunately, in this case it appears a significant time period elapsed between the discovery of the theft and a public announcement. I request that you provide me with an explanation of this delay and the steps Global Payments has taken since discovering the breach.”

County Prisons Must Pay For Sex Discrimination The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission ordered the City of Philadelphia Prison System to pay Jill Toomer of Philadelphia $31,256 in back pay, plus interest, for discriminating against her based on her sex. The order took effect Mar. 27. “Employment decisions like promotions and hiring must be based on qualifications,” Commission Executive Director JoAnn Edwards said. “Basing such decisions on someone’s sex is illegal discrimination and subjects employers to legal penalties.”

City agreed to have both complaints considered in one public hearing. After full consideration of the hearing record in both matters, the commission dismissed Johnson’s complaint and held the prison system liable for sex discrimination in failing to promote Toomer. Race discrimination against Toomer was not established. The commission ordered the prison system to cease discriminating against employees based on their sex and to provide non-discrimination training for its staff.

Toomer’s complaint against the prison system alleged that she was denied a promotion based on her sex and race. Renee Johnson, also of Philadelphia, filed a similar complaint around the same time.

Toomer’s award of back pay of $31,256 includes 6% interest per annum from January 2003 until payment is made. To date, her total award comes to more than $48,600.

Investigations found probable cause to support both women’s claims. After the parties failed to settle, the

The City has 30 days to report to the commission on how it will comply with the order.

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Willig, Williams Gets Silver Gavel Award

DEBORAH WILLIG, ESQ. receives Silver Gavel Award for her firm’s pro bono work.

Each year, the Silver Gavel Award is given to law firms (one small, one mid-sized and one large firm) and individuals accepting a significant number of referrals and providing extraordinary service to VIP and its clients. Willig, Williams & Davidson is the mid-sized law-firm recipient of the award for the year 2011. “As attorneys committed to protecting the rights of working people, our lawyers recognize the importance of aiding the less-fortunate

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members of our community,” said Managing Partner Deborah R. Willig, Esq. “We are particularly proud of our longstanding tradition of providing pro bono legal services to Philadelphia VIP, which offers crucial assistance to those who cannot afford an attorney. We look forward to many more years of affiliation with this outstanding organization.” Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono in Philadelphia, was founded in 1981 by the Philadelphia Bar As-

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sociation and Community Legal Services to meet the legal needs of low-income Philadelphians by recruiting and training attorneys to provide pro bono legal services. Today, VIP’s diverse volunteers serve more than 3,000 clients annually with legal issues that affect basic human needs. Willig, Williams & Davidson (www.wwdlaw.com) is one of the largest and most-respected unionside labor law firms in the United States. Founded in 1979, the firm


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focuses on representing labor unions, employee benefit funds, individual working people and their families on a variety of legal fronts, including national, regional and local contract negotiations; dispute resolution through mediation, arbitration and litigation; tax and benefit law compliance issues; discrimination and other employ-

ment matters; prepaid legal services for union members; and workers’ compensation matters in Pennsylvania and beyond. Photo Caption - Philadelphia VIP honored Willig, Williams & Davidson with its Silver Gavel Award in recognition of the firm’s outstanding level of commitment to the provision of pro bono legal services.

Captured here (from left to right) are Willig, Williams & Davidson’s Amy L. Rosenberger, Kristine A. Phillips and Deborah R. Willig with Philadelphia VIP’s Executive Committee President-Elect Matthew D. Lee.

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