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Sam Staten, Jr: by Tony West Family is a great crucible of learning in which we all grow up. Quite often, this crucible also poses us a challenge: something we must strive to grow into. Sam Staten, Jr. is very much a creature of his family, and he is the first to admit it. “I am blessed to have role models,” he says. And what a family it is! The business manager of Laborers’ Union Local 332 is one of 14 brothers

and sisters – eight on his father’s side, six on his mother’s. His father, legendary labor leader Sam Staten, Sr., is one of 18 children himself. There are lots of Statens out there, and they are a close clan. Today, Sam Jr. is the head of two families – not just his own (he has seven daughters and one son), but a larger family – the 2,500 members of Local 332 and their families. “A good union is like a family,” Staten explains.

“You must work hard to make sure you have the income needed to survive. You must care for your dependents. You must take care of people’s health. You must provide for the education of the children. You must prepare a path for the young to follow, so they can make their own way in the world, and you must provide for older people when they retire.” Family feelings don’t stop at the boundaries of kinship or membership ei-

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as Philadelphia’s “Public Servant of the Year - 2011” In Honor of His Contributions to This City

Samuel Staten, Jr., Business Manager of Laborers’ Local 332 of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, started his career 37 years ago when he joined Laborers’ Local 332 as a laborer. The rest is now part of our rich labor history. Sam rose within the ranks as a servant leader. Today, he and his members are committed to making our communities better places to work and live. In May 2008 he was appointed Business Manager, making him the highest ranking officer in that local union. Samuel Staten, Jr., dedicated father of eight children, serves on many boards and commissions. These include Philadelphia Comprehensive Center for Fathers, Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustments, Dell East, Camp William Penn, Chairman of the Philadelphia Housing Authority Legal Fund, Chairman of the Laborers’ Plasterer Tenders Health & Welfare Fund, Delegate to the AFL-CIO, Delegate to the Laborers’ District Council of Philadelphia & Vicinity, Board Member of LECET, Board Member of the LDC Pension Fund, Delegate to the Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council, Auditor to the Laborers’ District Council of Philadelphia & Vicinity, Board Member of the African American Labor Leaders, Executive Board Member of Community Assistance for Prisoners (CAP), a non-profit organization which assists ex-offenders, Board Member of the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, an Honorary Board Member of the Philadelphia Department of Recreation Boxing Program, and a member of the Laborers’ District Council Political Action Committee Fund. The obvious commitment to his job as Business Manager of Laborers’ Local 332 follows from his love and concern for his members and their families with a special interest in helping youth. Whenever there is a call for help, the Laborers Union is often the first to be contacted for support. They follow the “labor to neighbor” mantra and help those who want to help themselves.

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ther. A strong family gives freely of its resources to the larger community around it. This practice too is one Staten and Local 332 have long devoted themselves to. It is with good reason, then, the Philadelphia Public Record has named Sam Staten, Jr. “Public Servant of the Year” for 2011. The family which made Staten the man he is today is union to the core. His grandfather Shedrick Staten was a founding member of the Laborers’ Union in the Philadelphia region and Sam, Jr. had the opportunity to work alongside him when he first entered the trade. “He was a hard worker and a pleasant man, highly respected,” Sam recalls. The eldest Staten was a rodsetter – he specialized in placing the steel bars which are the bones of reinforced concrete, which is the basic material for most large constructions. “His shoulder had a dip in it, from where those rods had lain all those years,” his grandson noted. Staten’s father Sam, Sr. followed Shedrick Staten into the Laborers’ Union. When Sam, Jr., joined the union in 1974, he became the third generation of his African American family to enter that trade. General construction labor is a complicated trade – and is perhaps the building trade least understood by the public at large. Most of us have some idea what a carpenter or ironworker or electrician does (or at least we think we do). Few people realize there is a support trade behind these more-fa-

“A lot of our results come from relationships. You’re always thinking of other people – your union family, your own family.”

miliar ones, which makes all the rest work. Laborers are to construction jobs kind of what nurses are to hospitals. “It’s really a lot of different things that they do,” Staten explains. “We could be handling or preparing materials. We could be jack-hammering. We could be laying bricks or blacktop.” A union laborer must be a jack of all trades, calling on a diverse skill set which is tapped in different ways at different points during a large building project. Some building projects are exclusive to laborers – hazardous-waste removal, for example. Most of the time, though, laborers are working hand in hand with many allied building trades on complex projects. They handle a wide range of equipment and have many different ways of making money by building things. Nevertheless, when the Laborers Union was founded in the Philadelphia area in 1929, it was the least-prestigious of the building trades and paid the lowest wages. For that reason, it was the only (Cont. Page 5)

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geration to say he transformed the trade and its union. Although the elder Staten retired from his day job in 2008, he remains an intimate with the city’s political, business and nonprofit leaders. So Sam, Jr. has grown up under a long shadow. In Staten’s earlier days, though, his dad was still a journeyman laborer who came home dirty every night. “Ours was a large family, but it was ruled with firmness,” Staten recounts. His father was a disciplinarian. “No disrespect was tolerated. I don’t care who you were or who they were; if they were older than you, you had to listen. That helped us a lot.” But not even a strong and loving family can spare all its members from society’s woes. And Staten speaks from experience, from the receiving end. He was not, in fact, one of the lucky ones.

Growing up in Germantown in the late 1960s wasn’t easy for young Black males. Trouble, however, was very easy – and young Sam got into it. “I would be going around wearing sunglasses,” Staten says, “because I had two black eyes.” “I had a hard head,” Staten admits. As a teenager, he clashed with

his father and also with his teachers. He had a hard time staying in school. One day, he crossed one line too many – and wound up sentenced to two years at a juvenile-detention facility in Camp Hill, Pa. The day he was sentenced was the worst day of his life – and the day that turned his life around. In court, he says, “I

toughed it out in front of everyone. But when I went home, I cried like a baby.” It was then Staten discovered he didn’t have what it takes to be a real punk. He was crushed with shame for how he had disappointed his family. But he did his time – “Unions are the ones who two years in the juvenile created sick benefits, penwing of a prison. Too sions, the eight-hour day.” (Cont. Page 6)

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(Cont. From Page 2) building trade which welcomed African Americans in those years, and it has long been a bastion of African American leadership in the labor movement. “We were hod carriers, we were digging holes with shovels,” a senior Laborer relates. “A laborer would carry heavy material upstairs – but if it was two stories or less, he was expected to jump out of the window into a sandpile and get back to work as fast as possible. It made no sense to file a complaint; you were facing a no-win situation. It was tough for us in those days.” But it was skill fathers could pass on to their sons, laying the basis for stable working-class families. Sam, Sr. turned out to have an aptitude for labor organizing. He spent an illustrious career in the Philadelphia Laborers, during which it’s no exag-

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Learning Unionism From The Ground Up (Cont. From Page 5) many inmates come to take the sick social code of prison for granted, and learn a life of crime from it. Not Staten. From the first night he was there, he knew he must never return, never behave again so as to earn such a punishment. “I was given an opportunity to look myself over,” he says today, drily. Barely 18, Staten found he was now a legal adult who didn’t want to be a prisoner – but that was about all he’d figured out about himself. He came home to Philadelphia, to a stern but loyal family, which saw to it he would eat, while hammering him to work. Some people seem born with a work ethic, but most of us need to have it pounded into us a little.

Staten was no different. His father gave him some practice, then lined up a few jobs for his son. But as a loose young fellow, he didn’t immediately see the point of showing up for work after payday. He’d go to work two days, get paid, then not show up again until he ran out of money. You don’t get great references this way. Job after job petered out for young Staten. Finally, his father (who was his main reference, after all) got wind of what his son was doing and jacked him up. “Dad got wise. I had to ’fess up,” he says matter-of-factly. Staten was just old enough now to start to understand the value of reputation in a man’s life. Can other people trust you? So much of life boils down to that. For the first time, he

“I begged and pleaded, ‘Give me one more chance!’ My father looked at me and said, ‘All right, I’ll give you another job; but you’ve got to keep it.’

saw, like a grownup, how he had harmed his father’s reputation; and how wrong that was – not just unpleasant, or inconvenient, but wrong. “I felt bad. I begged and pleaded,” Staten tells it. “‘Give me one more chance!’ My father looked at me and said, ‘All right, I’ll give you another job; but you’ve got to keep it.’ It was a job on the Courthouse at 7th & Market. I

took that second chance. I did that job well. And I never looked back.” After five years on construction sites, Staten had steadied down enough that his dad dared to try him out in the office. Sam, Sr. was adept at union administration by then, and he was playing a key role in the regional activities of this international union, which boasts 500,000 members in North Amer-

ica. He got the union to try out his son as a Field Representative in 1979. This time, it took. Staten entered labor administration at a crucial moment. Four trends were in the process of upending the kind of union that his grandfather had fought for first, back in the teeth of the Crash of 1929. One was the end of an era of effortless growth for organized labor that had begun in the 1930s. By the ’70s, this growth was over. Ever since then, even the best labor leaders have been playing a lot of defense. Union leadership is a strange task: half business, half politicking by nature. Smart union leaders in the 1970s responded to the end of easy growth by pumping up their political clout in public elections. In busi-

ness, management has long enjoyed ways to outpunch labor in campaign contributions measured by sheer spending. Politics – strength in numbers – is labor’s obvious retort, and maybe its only effective one. That was the direction Staten’s father, among others, was steering the Laborers in at that time. The young organizer arrived on the scene in time to watch his union metamorphose into a mighty smiter on Election Day. It helped that the Laborers’ demographic base among Blacks was growing in the city, to the point where it would soon take control of City government. When Staten arrived on the scene, inter-union rivalry was a common feature of the building trades. (Cont Page 7)

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result, they were able to bargain for higher wages across the board. “Our name is on our back,” notes Staten, with a nod to his union’s familiar orange jackets. “So we have to leave a good flavor behind us when we leave the workplace.” This leader of 58 years has absorbed the lesson his father

began to teach him many decades ago. In 1994, the Laborers instituted the formal practice of apprenticeship. Although this is a thousand-year-old custom in other trades, it was new to general construction labor. Today, in a typical “Our name is on our back. So we have to leave a good flavor contract, a contractor must behind us when we leave the workplace.” (Cont, Page 8)

the future of these skilled workers. Managing this vital task is not just business, it’s big business. “I was one of the guys that didn’t want the pension at first,” says Staten. A 20-something doesn’t always grasp what the 50somethings keep fussing about. Training also was mattering more and more to this craft. Mechanization was spreading throughout the workplace. Where once 10 laborers might dig a trench with hand shovels, now one laborer was called to dig it with a backhoe. That meant an inevitable reduction in the workforce, driven by technology. But it also enabled Laborers to move up the hierarchy by aggressively adopting new technology, so as to make their members more valuable and enable them to ooze into new sectors of building projects.Long before other jurisdictions, the Laborers of Southeastern Pennsylvania moved to take advantage of advanced training. The Laborers District Council of Philadelphia & Vicinity, which is comprised of Local 332 together with four sister unions, established a training center in Chester Co., the Laborers Educational Council & Training Fund. This lavish, well-equipped suburban facility was developed in 1985. It enables apprentices to acquire a mastery of the sophisticated tools and techniques which empower modern construction. By investing in this facility, the Laborers were investing in their young, in the next generation. Foresightedly, they pushed up the skill level of their entry-level craftsmen. As a

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(Cont. From Page 6) This is built into the tension of a union workplace and never goes entirely away. But all observers agree Philadelphia’s building trades were often at loggerheads in the 1970s. Fistfights weren’t uncommon on worksites in the old days. Inter-union rivalry, rather than transunion loyalty, was a luxury many unionists thought they could still afford. But the elder Staten’s political skills were helping to wield a newfound solidarity among the Philadelphia Building Trades. This persists until today. The Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council is a little-appreciated but potent force which has, for better or for worse, left a deep imprint on the construction industry of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Two familiar problems were also starting to kick off sparks for unionists in the 1980s: the old and the young. Pensions were becoming a way of life. Before World War II, quite frankly, most guys who worked construction planned either to die while doing it, or hope their children would feed them if they became too weak or injured to work. There was no such thing as “retirement” for the working class. That began to change in the ’60s. The building trades are an inherently unstable industry. Work comes, work goes, for employers as for employees. So it’s always been hard for construction workers to plan for their private futures by forming allegiances with private companies. Unions started to do the job of saving for

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Finding Good Candidates (Cont. From Page 7) hire one apprentice for every four journeymen. This ensures the Laborers a minimum steady flow of work for entry-level tradesmen, even in rough times like today. Staten was closely involved in development of this training center. In fact, his career has closely tracked every other major development in his union since 1979. In 1986 he became the Recording Secretary, in 1988 he became the Secretary-Treasurer, in 1996 he was appointed Assistant Business Manager, in 2000 he became President, and in May 2008 he was appointed Business Manager, making him the highest ranking officer in Local. “I am the only officer in this union, I believe, who has held every office in this union,” Staten avers. “This does help me cope. Whatever any other officer tells me, about any other aspect of the business – I’ve been there, and that always means something.” Staten’s father was beginning to hone his political skills, both inside and outside the Laborers, and the son was right beside him watching and learning. For a good union leader, politics begins in his local. His father “had to have the full support of the members,” relates Staten, “and he had to earn it. In turn, you went out and worked hard, finding jobs.” Laborers can find jobs on their own. But assignments from the union hall are welcome too, and are a major advantage of membership. The Statens, father and son, worked hard to scout out new jobs for their members and their work paid off. “Being a union official can be

SAMUEL STATEN, JR., business manager of Laborers International Union Local 332, was honored with 2008 Irv Sannit Labor Award; his father Sam Staten, Sr. congratulates him.

rough,” Staten cautions. You’re dealing with people’s jobs and there are always people who feel they’re not getting a fair shake. But most of those people really loved my father, because they could see how hard he was working for them.” During the 1980s, the Statens were polishing the art of external negotiations. The elder Staten was a key figure in the assembling the united front that became the Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council. As the different unions learned to divvy up jobs and settle disputes behind closed doors, their ability to corner work negotiate good rates for all their members increased. It is an important reason why the construction trades are so heavily unionized in the Delaware Valley today. “There is strength in numbers,” Staten notes. All trade contracts routinely carry a “me too” clause: Concessions won by one union must be extended to all others. Strength in numbers doesn’t just matter to labor leaders. Elected public officials also appreciate the value of a good turnout. Flush with funds, Laborers Local 332 was able to plunk down sweet support for politicians who favored

union causes. Just as important, they could deliver hundreds of disciplined street workers at crucial moments of a campaign. A nod from the Laborers became every Philadelphia politician’s dream. By the ’90s, father and son had become a smoothly functioning team. Staten had found his way back to his family heritage, and had added his own gifts to it. “Working with my father has been a partnership like no other,” he says. “I have been blessed.” When his father retired as business manager in 2008, Staten stepped into the last of many pairs of his shoes. He has worn them well ever since. National politics is on the front burner for Staten today. The shock sent by the actions of Republican governors and legislatures in Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio to disenfranchise public-employee unions has galvanized all labor leaders, including Staten. “Wisconsin was a direct slap in the face,” he says. “They are trying to take things back to the 1920s. It’s not just union workers; non-union people will be hurt too. Unions are the ones who created sick benefits, pensions, the eighthour day. I hope people will understand what (Cont. Page 9)

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SAM STATEN, JR. is humbled and left smiling candidly as his father introduces him at Golf Classic awards gala.

Thanking The Creator Every Day (Cont. From Page 8) they’ve got to lose.” Staten is a servant leader and both he and his members are committed to making the community a better place to work and live. He serves on many boards and commissions. He is currently an active board member and cheerleader for Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustments, legislative member of the family of the Dell East, chairman of the Philadelphia Housing Authority Legal Fund, chairman of the Laborers’ Plasterer Tenders Health & Welfare Fund, delegate to the AFLCIO, delegate to the Laborers’ District Council of Philadelphia & Vicinity, Board member of LECET, Board member of the LDC Pension Fund, delegate to the Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council, auditor to the Laborers’ District Council of Philadelphia & Vicinity, Board member of the

African American Labor Leaders, Board member of the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, and a member of the Laborers’ District Council Political Action Committee Fund. Whenever there is a call for help, the Laborers’ Union is often the first to be contacted for support. They follow the “labor to neighbor” mantra and help those who want to help themselves. Staten has a big soft spot for children – he has eight of them, along with eight

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AMBASSADOR of Liberia, center, and Nigerian State Governor visited Laborers Training School last year and were greeted by Phila. labor leaders for a tour of facility in Exton, Pa.

grandchildren. (Three of his offspring – Latifah, Malik and Zakiyyah – are now Laborers themselves.) That’s why he involves himself with many organizations to help needy youngsters. He is a Board member of Camp William Penn and an honorary Board member of the Philadelphia Dept. of Recreation Boxing Program. Dear to Staten’s heart is the Philadelphia Comprehensive Center for Fathers, of which he is an Executive (Cont. Page 24)

Honoring Dad

SAM STATEN, JR. welcomes new class of Apprentices during Laborers’ Local Union 332 Orientation in 2009.

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Our Opinion ... Union Leaders: Amazing! Among our selections over the years, of individuals who have contributed so much above and beyond their spheres of influence, we have periodically named an outstanding Labor Leader as the “Public Servant of the Year”. This year, 2011, it is LDC’s Sam Staten, Jr. In previous years, we were fortunate to be able to honor several of his peers. What has fascinated us is each honoree has gone above and beyond his sphere of influence to make sure the families of their rank and file and the communities in which they live were among their primary concerns. Such is the case with Sam Staten, Jr. It is obvious, as we examine the hallmarks in his career, why he was the right choice. His concerns are union, family members, and the communities in which they live and toil. Staten joined Laborers’ Local 332 in 1972 and worked seven years in the field as a laborer. In 1979, Staten became Field Representative. In 1986, he became the Local’s Recording Secretary. In 1988, he became Secretary-Treasurer. In 1996 he became the Assistant Business Manager and in 2000 he became the President; he still holds both positions. Staten is a former Secretary and is now a current member of the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment and the former President of the Happy Hollow Recreation Center Advisory Council, a non-profit organization which provides social services to youth and senior citizens. Staten is Legislative member of the family of the Dell East, Board Member of Camp William Penn, Chairman of the Philadelphia Housing Authority Legal Fund, Chairman of the Laborers’ Plasterer Tenders Health & Welfare Fund, Delegate to the AFL-CIO Delegate to the Laborers’ District Council of Philadelphia & Vicinity, Delegate to the Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council, Auditor to the Laborers’ District Council of Philadelphia & Vicinity, Board Member of the African American Labor Leaders andBoard Member of the Workforce Investment Board. Staten is known for his wise and compassionate contributions on the Executive Board Member of Community Assistance for Prisoners, a nonprofit organization which assists ex-offenders through educational opportunities, job training, and conducting voter-registration drives within the prison system. What more can we say but, “Congratulations to you, Sam Staten, Jr.”?

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Mar. 17- AOH Charity Breakfast at Fadó, 1500 Locust St., 7 a.m. Followed by Memorial celebration at Irish Memorial, Front & Chestnut Sts. For info Tom McCourt, AOH Division 1, Commodore John Barry Div. (215) 939-0951. Mar. 17- Judge Jimmy Lynn’s Salute to St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast at Plough & Stars, 2nd & Chestnut, 7:3011 a.m. Tickets at door $25. Mar. 17- State Rep. Louise Williams Bishop hosts energy workshop at Anderson Cultural Ctr., 5301 Overbrook Ave., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For info (215) 879-6625. Mar. 17- Keating Group and Tír Na Nóg Irish Pub Team, 1600 Arch St., join Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 to raise money for its Survivors’ Fund, from 4 p.m. Mar. 17- Public Record invites all to join as it marks its 12th year in existence and its selection of Samuel Staten, Jr., as “Public Servant of the Year 2011” at Galdo’s Catering, 20th & Moyamensing Ave., 69 p.m. Expect a merry good time! Open bar, international

buffet. Tickets $50. For info John David (215) 755-2000 or (267) 259-6654. Mar. 18- Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown hosts Celebration of Moxie Women at Hyatt Regency Hotel, 201 S. Columbus Blvd., 7:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Mar. 18- Fish & Chicken Fry for Council candidate Ralph Blakney at Lou & Choo’s, 2101 W. Hunting Pk. Ave., 6-10 p.m. Mar. 18- Democratic 57th Ward St. Patrick’s Day Beef & Beer at Paddy Whack’s, 9241 Roosevelt Blvd., 7-11 p.m. Tickets $35. Checks payable to Friends of the 57th Ward, 3810 Dartmouth Pl., Phila., PA 19136. For info (267) 773-3251. Mar. 19- State Rep. State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown hosts energy seminar at HS of the Future, 4021 Parkside Ave., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Focus on removal of electric rate caps and opportunity to choose electric supplier. For info (215) 879-6615. Mar. 19- 45th Ward St. Patrick’s Day Party at Cannon Ball Tavern, Kennedy & James Sts., 6-10 p.m. Tickets $40. Music, food, 50/50. RSVP by Mar. 12 (215) 743-4703. Mar. 19 Congreso’s 5th Gala Latina Chillin in Chile at Hyatt at Bellevue, 200 S. Broad St.,

6:30-10 p.m. For info Mar. 21- Congressman Chaka Fattah hosts Paying For College Tax Credit Workshop, at Temple University, Ritter Ha., Kiva Auditorium, 13th & Cecil B. Moore Ave. For info and to register (215) 848-9386. Mar. 21- Liberty City Candidates for Judge, Sheriff and City Commissioner at 1315 Spruce St., 6 p.m. Mar. 22- Fundraiser for judicial candidate Angelo Foglietta at Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., 57th fl., 5:307:30 p.m. For info Joe Martin (856) 952-8683. Mar. 24- Fundraiser for Marnie Aument Loughrey at Law Offices of Daniel McCaffery, 2 Penn Center, Suite 1030, 5:30-7:30 p.m. For info (215) 427-1645. Mar. 24- Reception honoring Marty Bednarek, Democrat candidate for City Council, 6th Dist., at Historic Glen Foerd on Delaware, 5001 Grant Ave. 7-9 p.m. RSVP by Mar. 20. For info (215) 624-1700. Mar. 24- State Sen. Anthony Williams promotes School Choice forum hosted by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Bright Hope Baptist Ch.’s Sr. Pastor Kevin Johnson, at Bright Hope Youth Center,

12th & Cecil B. Moore Ave., 7-9 p.m. Mar. 25- State Rep. Michelle Brownlee hosts Open House for constituent feedback at office, 2839 W. Girard St., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; free breakfast 9-10:30 a.m. For info (215) 684-3738. Mar. 25- Spring Fundraiser for Victim/Witness Services of S. Phila. at Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catherine St., 6-9 p.m. Tickets $50. Light fare, wine, beer and music. Mar. 25- Gov. Tom Corbett addresses 82nd Airborne Phila. Chapter All American Dinner & Awards Ceremony at Iron Workers Union Hall, 11600 Norcom Rd., 7-11 p.m. Tickets $35. For tickets Eunice Lee at elee@zarwin/com or (215) 569-2800, ext. 1179, or David Oh, chairman, ext. 1157. Mar. 25- Springtime Cabaret fundraiser for State Rep. Rosita Youngblood and 13th Ward Democrats at 5551 Germantown Ave., 8 p.m.-1 a.m. BYOB. Tickets $20. For info Shiela (267) 581-0025 or Dayne (267) 593-9156. Mar. 26- 10th Ward Democrats hold Recognition Banquet and Silent Auction at Imhotep HS, 6201 N. 21st St., 4-7 p.m. Donation $25. For info Fannie Blakely, (215) 4241191.

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Sam Staten, Jr.

The Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust (formerly the Laborers’ District Council Charity Fund), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, will hold its 12TH Annual Charity Golf Classic on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at Spring Mill Country Club in Ivyland, PA. Samuel Staten, Jr., Business Manager of Laborers’ Local 332, will present honorees Daniel Woodall, Jr., Business Manager of Laborers’ Local 135; Walter Higgins, Business Manager of Laborers’ Local 57; Ryan Boyer, Business Manager of Laborers’ District Council; and James Harper, Sr., Business Manager of Laborers’ Local 413 with the Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust’s “Making A Difference Award” for their longtanding commitment and dedication to working families. The mission of The Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust is to provide a variety of services to the needy and otherwise un-

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banner, flag stick, tee sign, Full Page Ad in Q’aid Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund Ad Book & 8 golfers Friends of the Council, $3,000 - Includes tee sign, Half Page Ad in Q’aid Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund Ad Book, & 4 golfers Classic Sponsor, $2,000 Includes tee sign, listing in Q’aid Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund Ad Book, & 2 golfers Flag Stick Sponsor, $1,000 - Only 18 available, listing in Q’aid Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund Ad Book, Framed flag awarded to sponsor after tournament Tee Sponsor, $750 - Includes Tee Sign Q’aid Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund Ad Book, Full Page Ad, $500 Q’aid Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund Ad Book, Half Page Ad, $250

• Single Golfer, $250 • Dinner Participation Only, $150 Please make checks payable to the Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust and send to c/o Blackman Brady Communications, 506 Corporate Drive West, Langhorne, PA 19047. All donations to the Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. To become a sponsor, participate or learn more visit or contact Dana Brady at (267) 7570726 or The Samuel Staten, Sr. Charitable Trust recently launched their website, Students can apply for a scholarship from the Q’aid Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund by filling out the online application.

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(Cont. From Page 16) his time as Business Manager of Laborers’ Local 332 and Secretary Treasurer of the Laborers’ District Council of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area and Vicinity. Now retired, Staten, Sr. continues to work with the charity’s Board of Directors to raise funds to assist a wide range of charitable organizations. Proceeds from the Charity Golf Classic will benefit the American Diabetes Association, Jenkintown Day Nursery, Fox Chase Mesothelioma Fund, the Q’aid Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund and more! Sponsors of the 12th annual Charity Golf Classic will receive great exposure before, during and after the tournament, on the course, in the ad book, in the media, and during the day’s events. Sponsorship opportunities are as follows: • Corporate Sponsor, $5,000 - Includes display

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Congratulations To

Sam Staten, Jr. Public Servant of The Year - 2011

Democrats of Oak Lane Team and Working Families, PAC

1961. Originally, some members were against the pension, because they didn’t recognize its value. The vacation plan was in place from 1974 until 1985. The annuity plan was established May 1, 1992. In 1980, 25 cents per hour was taken out of the members’ checks to fund a training school. In 1984, construction of the school began. Work was performed by Frank Wilson, now known as TN Ward.

The Laborers worked for this contractor to help build the school. In 1985, the LDC Training School in Exton was officially opened. Haywood Turrentine was its first Administrator. On Oct. 3, 1987, the first annual Friends of Labor Banquet was held. Now in its 25th year, it has raised over $1 million, which has “HARRY MURRAY MEMORIAL” Park located adjacent been distributed to local char- to Local 332 headquarters on 1300 Wallace pays homage to its earliest leader. Current members and leaders of 332 enities. joyed Election Victory party in the park for Sam Staten, Jr.

18 months. On Nov. 7, 1968, LIUNA put Local 332 under trusteeship, which ended Jun. 9, 1970. During that time, LIUNA appointed a new business manager, Kenneth Odom, from 1968 to 1969. Odom resigned in 1969. Leroy Burroughs was business manager during 19691972. Burroughs won his election in 1972; however, he left to become the business manager of the LDC. Harry Williams was the business manager from 1972 until 1978. In 1972, he appointed Samuel Staten, Sr., as assistant business manager. When Williams retired on Aug. 1, 1978, Staten, Sr. was appointed business manager. In May 1979, Staten won his first election. In May 1988, Staten, Sr. won his first uncontested election. Staten, Sr. remained the business manager until May 2008. Woodrow Parham was appointed Secretary-Treasurer on Apr. 10, 1975; he assumed this position due to the resignation of Ernest Glover, who resigned as Local 332’s Secretary-Treasurer position to become the administrator of the pension fund. In 1980, Local 332 purchased a building at 1310 Wallace Street, which was originally Linton’s Bakery. On May 4, 1967, Plasterers 376 merged with Local 332, due to the Plasterers having a declining membership. Local 332 is the original local, being chartered on Nov. 1, 1932. Local 413 was chartered on Nov. 2, 1936 Local 135 was chartered on Mar. 26, 1937; Local 420 was chartered on Sep. 16, 1937; and Local 57 was chartered on Jul. 26, 1939. In 2002, Leonard Chunn, Local 332’s oldest member and former assistant business representative, passed away. Chunn had worked with Murray back when members had books that were stamped as they paid their dues to show membership. However, today members carry union cards. The pension plan started in 1963, although it was voted on and passed in

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When Sam Staten. Jr. was installed as business manager three years ago, he knew that with great power came even greater responsibility. In May 2008, Staten, became the business manager of Laborers Local 332, replacing a living legend in the Philadelphia labor movement, his father Sam, Sr. However, before the Statens – and before what we know as the powerful Local Laborers Union today – is the fabric of a 90-year historical foundation that started with its first charter in 1916; and, led by its first founding business manager, Harry Murray, grew to what we know today. The original number 332 was given to the Cement Laborers in Redwood, Cal. They received their charter on Dec. 1, 1916, and went out of business in March 1919. Next the number 332 was given to the General Laborers in Wichita, Kans.; it received its charter on Dec. 27, 1920, and later went out of business in March 1922. Harry Murray was the founder and first business manager of Local 332 from 1929 until 1961. Local 332 was originally called the Hod Carriers Builders & Common Laborers Union 332. Harry Murray was a courageous and fearless leader. He was able to organize Local 332 in the 1930’s during the heart of the Depression and during a time when jobs for Black people did not exist. The locals originally governed themselves, until the Laborers’ District Council was established. The LDC received its charter on Apr. 16, 1937. The LDC established the five county territories. In 1950, Murray had the union hall built at 1350 Ridge Avenue. Due to failing health, Murray resigned in 1961. During his tenure, Murray appointed William Foster, a business agent, who later became business manager when Murray resigned. William Foster was business manager from 1961 until 1967; he lost his election to Reginald Lopes. Lopes was business manager from 1967 until 1968 for approximately

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History Of Local 332

From Murray To Staten, Always In Safe Hands

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Staten: A Team Member (Cont. From Page 09) Board member. CAP is a nonprofit organization which assists ex-offenders through educational opportunities, job training, and conducting voter registration drives within the prison system. “It also is just a place where men can come and talk,” says Staten. “They have been incarcerated; many come from broken homes. They need healing and we can help them.” Staten is also busily promoting United Community Action Network now. UCAN is a program which enables long-term prisoners to reach out to youths, through forums at Community College and elsewhere, to get involved and steer kids away from criminal paths. It’s clear Staten has never forgotten the scared, lost 16year-old boy he once was. Now he is reaching out to help others, like the father he has become. Homey pleasures matter

most to this big, calm, quiet man. (He used to be bigger, until he got a personal trainer and began lifting weights.) He enjoys basketball, horseback riding and playing a game of billiards. Staten learned cooking from his grandmother and is proud of his skills in the kitchen: “Pies, cakes, chicken, I can do it all.”

Teamwork comes naturally to Staten and is the basis of his success. “We Laborers work as a team,” he says. “A lot of our results come from relationships. You’re always thinking of other people – your union family, your own family. “I am thanking the Creator every day that I continue to serve.”

Why Workers Need Unions The average wage for a union-represented construction worker is $20.60 an hour – more than 50% more than the $13.30 an hour in wages a non-union construction worker gets. It can be even better – a typical LIUNA heavy construction or highway worker averages $25.47 an hour – compared to $13.72 for a heavy construction or highway worker without a union. By joining a union, discrimination is neutralized. For example, Hispanics with a

union make 64% more than Hispanics without a union. Other minorities make 42% more than minorities without a union. When it comes to health care, union workers have the advantage – 82% of union construction workers have health insurance, compared with only 46% of non-union construction workers. While only 35% of non-union construction workers have a pension plan, 77% of union construction workers have a pension.

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SAM STATEN, JR. makes sure one of the bikes, donated by members at Local 332, is put on Santa’s Christmas list during Toys for Tots drive last year.

Local 332 Play Santa Every Year The members of LIUNA Laborers’ Local 332 donate money from their hardearned paychecks each year to provide holiday gifts to needy children in the Philadelphia area. It’s become a fun ritual for Laborers' Local 332 to hold its Toys for Tots event at its union hall late Decem-

ber each year. “The event has been renamed the Richard Legree Toys for Tots event in his memory. When he was alive and served as LECET's Administrator, the Toys for Tots event was truly his baby. Prodigy Day Care Center, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and a local shelter will received this

year’s toy donation,” says Samuel Staten, Jr., Business Manager of Laborers’ Local 332. Area toy stores, such as A.J. Wright , which is located at 700 E. Hunting Park Avenue, volunteer their personal vehicles to deliver the toys to the excited children waiting at the union hall.



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kindness ignited an aptitude that would afford a lifetime of legacy. He credits his mother for his commitment to humanity, learning that sharing and being kind are key ingredients to a recipe of success. At the age of two, he and his mother relocated from his birth town, Callahan, Fla, to Philadelphia, Pa. They were the first in their family to move north. As time passed, additional family members made their way to Philadelphia and lived in their home. His mother nurtured and took care of each and every family member, encouraging them until they were able to go their own way. She instilled in him the adage of charity beginning at home in his early years and it wasn’t long before Samuel Staten knew

that he could be successful by first, being kind. “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is older, he will not depart from it” – an old proverb that has been proven true for Philadelphia’s longtime labor leader. Samuel Staten, Sr. began his career in the building industry at Kelly Brick Co. He enjoyed construction and was proud to be a union member. He received his training in the field by “old-timers” and excelled in his loyalty to his craft. In the ’60s, such loyalty was proven when he worked on a Philadelphia project at 4th & Washington Streets, building three high-rises. The Operating Engineers went on strike, leaving the laborers to dig the basement by hand. It was “hard

work,” recalls Sam Staten with hilarity. “We had to be diligent.” After 10 years as a laborer, Staten worked his way through the ranks and in 1970, became a field representative of Laborers Local 332. In 1973, Staten became Local 332’s assistant business manager. Because of the then-divided membership of Local 332, he creatively sought after potential opportunities that would bring the members together, making the organization great. He began a vigorous marketing campaign to empower and unite the members of Local 332 which included 332 jackets, t-shirts and other membership paraphernalia. His ambitions promoted harmony and the members became increasingly proud to be a part of the union.

Staten’s leadership and business acumen led him to be elected as Local 332’s business manager in 1978. His vision for the members began to take shape and come to fruition. Just two years after becoming business manager, the Local 332 offices relocated to a new location at 13th & Wallace in Philadelphia – its current home. The new location became an active communal space for its members, the community and political action. In 1983, Staten and Local 332 heavily supported the mayoral campaign of W. Wilson Goode, Sr. through endorsements, motorcades, hanging posters and other street work during the primary and elections. From this, a Political Action Committee was developed to respond to the

demands of political support for potential candidates. In 1987, Staten was honored for his leadership by the Friends of Labor Committee. The members shared their appreciation for Staten through a $25,000 gift, which Staten then donated to several charities. This was the beginning of the Annual Friends of Labor Charity Dinner, which has since raised and awarded over $1 million towards many Philadelphia charitable organizations. His community service and charitable involvement has extended in providing food for those in need, housing for homeless and low-income families, toys for children and educational opportunities for Philadelphia youth. In (Cont, Page 37)

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by Angel M. Davis-Taylor Construction Today To know the son, one needs to know the father. In the case of the Sam Statens, Sr., and Jr., the transfer of power in the Laborers’ Unions has been seamless. For what Sam, Sr., learned, be taught his son, Jr., who learned extremely well. Samuel Staten, Sr. knew as a child that he wanted to go into business for himself. His instinctive compassion and entrepreneurial spirit lent him the opportunity to land his first job at just five years old, carrying groceries for neighbors. He began by simply assisting a woman with her bags and in return, she paid him a nickel. What began as an act of

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Congratulations To

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Staten Hosted Ambassador

Today, being March 17th, I have to start by wishing my fellow Hibernians and all Irish Philadelphian’s a Happy

Saint Patrick’s Day Second, I would like to congratulate

Sam Staten, Jr. on being named Public Servant of the Year. Every neighborhood in our great city has benefited from the many contributions and charitable deeds of Laborers Local 332. Finally, let me close by saluting

Jimmy Tayoun and the professional staff of the Philadelphia Public Record on celebrating their 12th Anniversary.

. Fred Druding, Jr.

Sam Staten, Jr. led a group of labor leaders to host the Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, when they were in town to be presented on one of highest honors of the City. The two dignitaries were presented with certificates of honor in addition to having their citations read at the ceremony attended by the cream of the city while the leadership of the Nigerian Community in North America was also present. Gov. Oyinlola was in the United States to attend a meeting of the American Board of the Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding as well as attend the Odunde Festival which celebrates the cultural essence of the Black race. Presenting the award to Gov. Oyinlola on behalf of the Council of the City of Philadelphia at the City Hall, Hon. Jannie Blackwell described the activities of Oyinlola as Governor in Nigeria as inspiring, adding the totality of what he had been as a leader recommended him for the award.

SAM STATEN Jr. presents Ooni of Ife of Nigeria, Oba Okunade Sijuwade special presentation on his visit to the Laborers Training Facility last year. She described the Ooni of borers International Union of Ife, who was present with his North America on a train-the wife Morisola, as a symbol trainers program which will of African royalty, stressing tackle the problem of unemthe Council was pleased to ployment among in Osun. give his citation as well as Gov. Oyinlola and the Secrecelebrate him as a leader and tary to the State Government, father. Alhaji Kazeem Adio, signed In response, Gov. Oyin- on behalf of the Osun State lola described the honors as a whileSam Staten, Jr. signed further demonstration of the on behalf of the union. filial bond between the City Oyinlola had, at a meeting of Philadelphia, the people of with officials of the Union in Osun State and, indeed, the Philadelphia, described the Black race, noting the gesture initiative as being in line with would spur him and the Ooni his government's vision, to do more for their people's which has seen it reconstructprogress. ing both the curricula and the Also at the event, a Mem- physical structures of the nine orandum of Understanding technical colleges in the state. was signed between the Osun He described vocational State government and the La- training as a sure way out of the societal problems of breeding unskilled and unemployable youths, adding that acquiring skills would provide the necessary opportumanager Laborers’ Local nity for the youths to achieve 332; Walter Higgins,business self-actualization. Staten led the American manager Laborers’ Local 57; Ryan Boyer, business man- officials. He said the vocaager Laborers’ District Coun- tional-skills program would cil; James Harper, Sr., be in the areas of infrastrucbusiness manager Laborers’ ture construction and agriculLocal 413; Juan Ramos, tural development. The training program will LECET administrator; Alan Parham, Benefit Funds ad- be vital in helping to advance ministrator; Perry N. Black- the growth of the agriculman, CPA, Laborers’ tural, cultural and tourism District Council Charity Fund sectors while advancing the trustee; Lisa Perfidio, direc- construction industry too. tor of Corporate & Founda- Skills training will also help tion Relations at Fox Chase decrease general unemployCancer Center; and Robert ment. A prepared, employWilkens, senior VP and chief able labor force will by development officer at Fox design also contribute to the country’s economic growth Chase Cancer Center. The Laborers’ District through increased earnings Council Charity Fund raises and spending. funds to assist charitable organizations that pro(Cont. Page 29)

Laborers Donate $30,000 To Fox Chase Cancer Ctr. The Sam Staten, Sr. Memorial Fund, formerly known as Laborers’ District Council Charity, donated $30,000 to Fox Chase Cancer Center to be used for mesothelioma research in 2010. The funds are part of the $130,000 that was raised at the Laborers’ District Council Charity Fund’s 11th Annual Charity Golf Classic on Jun. 1, 2010. The check was presented by Laborers’ District Council Charity Fund Trustee Samuel Staten, Sr., retired business manager Laborers Local 332, and Laborers’ District Council to Dr. Joseph R. Testa, PhD, researcher at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Also in attendance were Public Servant of the Year, Samuel Staten, Jr., business

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LABORERS DISTRICT COUNCIL members present Fox Tesat a $30,000 check last November for cancer research. families and the community (Cont. From page 28) vide services to the needy in enjoy a better standard of livthe five-county area of ing by providing jobs and Philadelphia. The Laborers’ benefits since their charter in District Council of the Met- 1937. LDC believes in the ropolitan area of Philadel- principles that unionism was phia & Vicinity has been founded on: a fair day's pay helping members and their for a fair day's work, and

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Chase Cancer Center’s Dr. workers’ rights. LDC also believes that next-generation unionism must vigorouslypursue workers’ rights, based on management and union cooperation and the advancement of member education.

Peggy Browning Fund Prepares Legal Interns Many unions, including Local 332, prep future labor legal scholars who take part in the popular Peggy Browning Intern program. At its core, The Peggy Browning Fund mission is to provide law students with di-

verse, challenging work and educational experiences in the area of workers’ rights. At Local 332, The Peggy Browning Fund summer intern's assignments include research and writing, counseling and interacting with Local 332

IVY STATEN, center, announced her candidacy for City Commissioner at Laborers Union Hall in N. Phila. Seen with her are, from left, State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson, Marion Wimbush, Mannwell Glenn, State Rep. Jewell Williams, Walter Bennett, Laborers District Council Business Mgr. Ryan Boyer, State Sen. Anthony Williams, Sam Staten, Sr. with grandchild, Building Trades leader Pat Gillespie, Michelle Brownlee and Laborers Local 332 leader Sam Staten, Jr. with child.


Barbara Deeley And Staff Salute

Sam Staten, Jr. On His Selection As

“Public Servant Of The Year 2011”

SAM STATEN, JR. with judicial candidate Kevin Pollock and labor leader Dan “Tiger” Woodall.

union members about legal issues. Local 332 provide interns with unique and positive opportunities to increase students’ understanding of workers’ needs as well as promote their entry into the practice of public interest labor law. Specifically, a summer intern will help in a variety of tasks including brief and memo writing, witness and case preparation for cases before the NLRB, federal courts and arbitrations, and assisting the local union in negotiating collective bargaining agreements. The intern will attend legal proceedings, grievance meetings, local union bargaining unit meetings, and collective bargaining negotiations and will participate in any organizing campaigns. During the course of assignments, interns will have direct contact with Local Union staff representatives and officers. Counsel for Local 332 will supervise the intern. The nonprofit corporation was established in memory of Margaret A. Browning, a prominent labor attorney and member of the National Labor Relations Board. President Clinton appointed Peggy to the NLRB in 1994, and she served in that position until her death in February 1997.

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Congratulations to

Sam Staten, Jr. for his dedication and leadership

Lynette M. Brown-Sow, Chairperson Board of Directors Hardy Williams Education Fund PO Box 25200, Philadelphia, PA 19119 215-843-2027

Staten Appointed To Zoning Board

Capitol Hill and lobby in every statehouse and Governor’s office, and in the provincial and federal offices in Canada. LIUNA has long stressed activism. LIUNA needs every member to carry on the legacy of those Laborers who came before us, who fought and struggled and sacrificed to make life better for themselves, their families, and for the Laborers of today. “We owe it to our forefathers and to those who follow in our footsteps to leave this union better than we found it, and I know with our army of strong, proud and united brothers and sisters of the Laborers’ International Union, there is nothing we can’t achieve,” said LIUNA General President Terence M. O’Sullivan. For organized labor, there have always been challenges – unscrupulous employers, abusive work rules, anti-worker legislation, anti-union politicians, unfair labor practices, and worker discrimination. The list goes on and on. But the Laborers’ International Union of North America has never lost sight of its ultimate goal, its basic reason for existence: to make today better than yesterday, and tomorrow better than today for the men and women it represents. Being a Laborer is a twoway street,” says LIUNA Secretary-Treasurer Armand E. Sabitoni. “As a member, you have responsibilities as well as benefits and privileges. In order to grow and prosper, our Union depends on your (Cont. Page 33)

THESE AFSCME DC 33 members were part of large crowd of union workers and retirees who turned out in front of City Hall yesterday to protest effort in Wisconsin to strip public employees of their right to collective bargaining. From left are Local 403’s Stan Shelton, Local 394’s Joseph Jones, 10th District Council Democrat candidate Bill Rubin, and DC33 staffer Al Johnson. Photo by Adam Taxin

Congratulation to Public Servant of the Year 2011

Sam Staten, Jr.

It is an immense honor, and a tremendous privilege, to be a member of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, the strongest international union in the labor movement today. They are on the forefront of change, and have a progressive agenda to grow and strengthen our union and to better the lives of the men and women who are proud to call themselves Laborers. With its members’ active participation, this union’s future is limitless. The union is 500,000 members strong. They are dedicated men and women who work in the construction industry, in hazardous-waste removal, in health care, in the public sector, as federal employees, on service contracts, in the postal service, as industrial workers, and many more. LIUNA continues to evolve as a leader in the labor movement because of its innovative and proactive choices. The 2006 LIUNA Convention renewed a commitment to grow and strengthen the union by mandating $0.25 for each hour worked be dedicated to organizing. This unprecedented commitment generates over $100 million per year and allows the union to continue to increase membership and market share. From its Local Unions, District Councils and Regional Offices to International Headquarters in Washington, D.C., its primary mission is to protect workers’ rights, ensure a decent and fair wage, and help achieve a better quality of life for workers and their families. We voice concerns on issues of importance to Laborers on

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additional expertise to the Zoning Code Commission,” said Mayor Nutter. “I am committed to reforming and modernizing Philadelphia’s outdated zoning code. “Sam Staten, Jr. brings a wealth of talent, experience and perspective to the complex re-zoning process. Mr. Staten has the skills and the vision to help guide Philadelphia’s growth,” said the Mayor.

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Late last year, Mayor Michael Nutter made a smart decision when he appointed Sam Staten, Jr. to the Zoning Code Commission. Staten joined the board charged by the voters with developing a new zoning code. The Zoning Code Commission is composed of MAYOR MICHAEL Nutter, left, appointed Sam Staten, Jr. 31 members, five of which to the Zoning Board Commission in 2010. are appointed by the Mayor.“I am pleased to have the opportunity to add

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Laborers Make Opportunities With Unique PREP And DAP The Philadelphia Revitalization & Education Program, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation created in 1995 by the Laborers International Union of North America, Laborers Local 332 and the Housing Association of Delaware Valley. PREP is a unique partnership that brought together labor, business and neighborhood organizations for the purpose of creating economic SAM STATEN, JR., business manager Laborers Local 332, opportunities and increased speaks to 2010 graduates of Diversity Apprenticeship Pro- affordable housing for residents of low-income commugram.

nities. Over the years, PREP has developed a successful track record in the operation of construction training programs and in creating union careers and/or employment opportunities for minority adults. Moreover, PREP has demonstrated expertise in empowering minority groups to develop construction oriented economic-development projects, which have provided long term careers and/or employment for their

constituencies. Highlights of this success include: PREP joint ventured with the Tasker Homes Residents Council in the late 1990s to create a construction company that subsequently secured a $1,000,000 asbestos-removal contract in which residents were employed to implement the contract. The contract was successfully completed. It also came in under budget and the company made a profit. PREP joint ventured with the Lamokin Village Residents Council of the Chester Housing Project in the late 1990s to create a construction company that was awarded a demolition contract. Twenty residents were hired to implement the contract and over $400,000 of the $1,200,000 contract was paid to residents in salaries. Eighteen of the 20 residents joined the Laborers Union or the Operating Engineers Union as full-time employees. PREP collaborated with the Philadelphia Housing Authority, with a demonstration grant from the US Dept. of Housing & Urban Development, to prepare PHA residents for entrance into the building trades. Participants were provided with intensive self-esteem building training, case management and life skills development. Upon completion of training, 41 PHA residents were placed into the Laborers International Union of North America, Laborers Local 332. The Diversity Apprenticeship Program, a program of PREP, is a pre-apprenticeship program designed to move Philadelphia minority residents into the construction building trades. DAP accomplishes this by providing specialized employment and training services in an industry – building trades – with documented future growth. Concurrently, there is strong commitment and support from the Philadelphia Building Trade Council and its member unions to provide apprenticeships for successful DAP participants; In fact, the building trades have been involved in project since 1998. The building trades business managers, State and local

elected representatives, and others designed DAP. This same group, with additions, has served as its Advisory Board to assist in the success of moving minorities into construction projects as apprentices. The project has proven to not only be the most successful tool in the city to move minorities into the trades, but has also brought together groups thought not to be able to work together, namely the building trades and African American elected officials. The programs role is to bridge the gap between the lack of training and the preparation needed to successfully transition into the trades. The DAP process includes: a battery of assessment exams and one-on-one interviews to identify promising candidates; identification of potential barriers, designing of an individual development plan; life-skills training and academic instruction; trade orientation sessions; employment support; and ongoing case management. Key instructional components include Academic Enhancement, designed to address functional skills gaps, particularly in math and literacy skills; and Life Skills training, which constitutes knowledge and a set of aptitudes necessary for a person to function independently and successfully in the workplace. Typical areas of life-skills training include self esteem building, workplace and personal etiquettes, money management and employability. It has become clear that life skills are as important as job skills; without the resources of life skills, further job-skills training could be a wasted effort. Diversity Apprenticeship Program, has graduated more than 1000 participants, with 44% of them attaining apprenticeships in skilled labor unions and 56% in other employment. Samuel Staten, Jr. is Chairperson of this body. Imma Lopez-Slater is Vice-Chairperson. Juan Ramos is Treasurer. Nellie Reynolds is Secretary. Board Members are Jihad Ali, Ryan Boyer, Alton El, John McDaniel, Samuel Staten, Sr. and Stanley Straughter.

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(Cont. From Page 31) active participation as a member. Whether it’s helping out with job-site leafleting, or joining in organizing campaigns, LIUNA is what you make it. With active participation, you can make a difference.” On Apr. 13, 1903, 25 delegates from 17 cities representing more than 8,000 Laborers met in Washington, D.C. to form the International Hod Carriers’ & Building Laborers’ Union of America. Laborers previously shunned by other craft unions became major players in the tradeunion movement. In the 1920s, through aggressive organizing, affiliations and protecting its jurisdiction, the union’s membership increased to over 100,000, even when faced with strong anti-union tactics of the time. The Depression took its toll on the Union’s membership in the 1930s. However, hope was in sight with passage of the DavisBacon Act prevailing-wage law, public works-projects of the New Deal, and a national labor law to ensure privatesector workers the right to representation. In the 1940s, while a strike wave involving 4.6 million workers rolled across the country, Laborers opted to open discussions with employers on cooperating to increase the market share of union contractors. In 1955, the International began organizing non-construction workers. In 1965, the union changed its name to the Laborers’ International Union of North America, reflecting its expansion beyond the construction industry. In 1968, the National Postal Mail Handlers Union joined LIUNA. In 1969, LIUNA established the Laborers-Associated General Contractors Education & Training Fund to promote training opportunities. In 1972, the Service Contract Act, requiring federal contract workers to be paid prevailing wages in their communities, was amended to rec-

make to their union – and it is taken very seriously. “I do hereby solemnly pledge that, as a member of the Laborers’ International Union of North America and of this Local Union, I will be active in its affairs, loyal to its cause and interests, and obedient to my constitutional obligations and responsibilities. In the fulfillment of this commitment I will regularly attend Union meetings and volunteer my time as a VOICE organizer, on picket lines, in get-out-the-vote efforts and in local charities or community activities on the Union’s behalf. I will be true to my responsibilities as a citizen of the United States or Canada. So help me God.” The union acts through its membership at regular monthly meetings. All members have the right of voice and vote at those meetings. Attendance at membership meetings is one of the commitments members make in accepting membership. A member is represented on the job by his Local Union. The Local Business Manager shoulders this responsibility, in many cases with the assistance of one or more field representatives. In addition, a Business Manager (Cont. Page 34)

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ognize union wages as a standard in federal contracts. The Union’s Canadian membership exceeded 50,000. In the late 1980s, two additional labor-management funds are founded: the Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund and the Laborers-Employers Cooperation & Education Trust. These funds, which focus on health and safety and job opportunities for contractors, joined the LaborersAGC Education and Training Fund to form the Tri-Funds. In the 1990s, LIUNA established an organizing department, launched a member-organizing program (VOICE) and established the Public Employee Dept. to expand its membership among government workers. The union’s 500,000 members in more than 415 locals work in a wide variety of fields, such as building and heavy and highway and other construction sectors, State, local and federal government service, health care, mail handling, custodial services, shipbuilding, food service, and hazardous-waste removal (including asbestos and lead), as well as the union’s traditional construction bases. The LIUNA Membership Oath is more than just words – it is a commitment, a sincere promise that members

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(Cont. From Page 33) may appoint stewards to provide day-to-day representation on the job site. Business Managers are selected by the union members, as are the other officers of the Local Union Executive Board. The Local protects members in many ways, such as: • Enforces rights under the collective bargaining agreement • Assists members in finding employment through its referral service or hiring hall. • Provides apprenticeship and training programs, offering members the opportunity to develop and improve skills needed to obtain – and to retain – employment in an ever more complex and demanding working environment. • Enforces legal rights, such as those extended to workers under the National Labor Relations Act. • Promotes jobsite safety as guaranteed under OSHA. • Protects against discrimination in employment by enforcing both contract rights and legal rights such as those found in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. LIUNA boasts over 500,000 members in 415 Local Unions. These in turn are grouped into 44 District Councils, nine Regional Offices and one Canadian SubRegional Office. District Councils are charged with many responsibilities, including: • Negotiating collective-

bargaining agreements for affiliated Local Unions. In some cases, the District Council delegates the initial bargaining back to the Local Union, subject to District Council review; the Local Union is always represented on the bargaining committee for work affecting its members. • Fostering harmony and united action between affiliated Local Unions. • Coordinating and supporting the programs of the Local Union. • Promoting unity of action in dealing with employers. • Organizing the unorganized. Each Local Union is entitled to two or more delegates to the District Council, the exact number depending upon the size of the Local Union’s membership. These delegates are elected once every three years, at the same time as the Local Union’s officers. A District Council meets monthly to conduct business and is led by its Business Manager and Executive Board. A District Council may appoint one or more Assistant Business Managers to provide representation in the field. Delegates to the District Council and its full-time officers have voice and vote at District Council meetings and are eligible to run for District Council office. Elections are held once every four years. LIUNA Members fall into the following categories: Construction 281,197; Public

Service 48,777; Mail Handlers 46,041; Industry/Plant 18,185; Service Contracts 7,999; Health Care 11,242; Other 18,181; Retired 64,056; Total 495,678. A great deal of the work of LIUNA is carried out through the International Union. Some of the International’s responsibilities are: • Collective bargaining with national contractors both in construction and in other industries is conducted by the International Union on behalf of all affiliates. • Representation of all Laborers in the AFL-CIO, the Building and Construction Trades Dept., the Heavy Highway Coalition, and throughout the Labor Movement. • Representation of the membership on Capitol Hill and in Parliament. • Overseeing and supporting organizing programs carried on at both local and regional levels. • Working with our TriFunds to see that Laborers receive the best in training, the most-vigilant protection of members’ health and safety, and the most-aggressive pursuit of additional employment opportunities. The International Union and all affiliates operate under LIUNA’s Constitution, which is subject to amendment by delegates attending the International Union General Convention, held every five years. (Cont. Page 35)

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(Cont. From Page 34) The Union’s programs and agenda are set at the same General Convention through the consideration and adoption of resolutions submitted by Convention delegates and by the General Executive Board. Between Conventions, the work of LIUNA is carried out through its General Executive Board, which is comprised of the General President, the General Secretary-Treasurer and 14 Vice Presidents. The Constitution places a significant amount of the International’s day-to-day operating authority within the Office of the General President. LIUNA’s Tri-Funds bring labor and management together to expand market share, win projects and jobs, enhance health and safety, and train for the future. LIUNA’s Tri-Funds are critical tools in our efforts to expand market share. The LIUNA Training and Education Fund (LIUNA Training),the Laborers-Employers Cooperation & Education Trust (LECET), and the Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA) develop the training, marketing, and health and safety programs that give us a competitive edge in winning work. LECET works with Local Unions, District Councils and Regional Offices to ensure a steady stream of good work opportunities. LIUNA Training provides the training needed to perform that work. LHSFNA works to keep workers safe on the job, and to ensure the best health benefits in the industry. Each year, approximately 120,000 journey workers and apprentices are trained to work in building construction, heavy and highway construction, construction supervision, environmental remediation, demolition and restoration projects. This training teaches or renews CCL skills and frequently leads to new career paths. The training employs the best practices of adult education

and your family live better lives. To achieve these goals, LIUNA and its signatory contractors established the LHSFNA in 1988. When requested by Local Unions and management, LHSFNA staff members conduct worksite visits to identify hazards, solve specific problems, assist in the establishment of site safety programs and committees and address OSHA compliance issues. The Fund’s Health Promotion Division identifies and devel(Cont. Page 38)

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and is presented through interactive classroom instruction and exercises, hands-on training, and simulated worksite activities to provide the learner with the best and most productive learning experience possible. Successful completion of many of LIUNA Training programs, offered at local training centers throughout North America, provides LIUNA members with the opportunity to receive college credits and industry certifications. LECET helps Laborers and signatory contractors win projects and jobs, not only to keep Laborers working, but to increase market share and make Laborers the first choice of contractors and owners. LECET provides many valuable services, tools, and resources that LIUNA Local Unions, District Councils, and Regional Offices can use to increase market share, projects and jobs. LECET representatives throughout North America work to build relationships with contractors, owners, developers, and users of construction services. They monitor upcoming projects and jobs, highlight the advantage of utilizing LIUNA members, work to ensure fair contracting, promote the use of “best value” contracting, and do whatever is necessary to help Laborers and their employers win work. LECET works closely with Local Unions and District Councils to measure the share of the local construction market they control, and to help them target their efforts to grow that market share. LECET tracks projects and jobs, gathers corporate intelligence, and alerts your Local Union to upcoming construction projects. LECET also works with industry trade groups to support vital market-related legislation. For LIUNA, ensuring safe job sites and the best health care possible have always been key concerns. Safe and healthy work sites reduce injuries and illness and prevent accidental deaths, benefiting both labor and management. Strong health programs help you

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Campaigning on South Street Commissioner Tartaglione Back On Duty After Surgery by Joe Shaheeli City Commission Chairwoman Margaret Tartaglione underwent open-heart surgery at Hahnemann Hospital and is already back on duty, having attended a Commissioners and Judges meeting five days later. The necessity for the operation was uncovered after her surgeon had recommended a cauterization procedure. A blockage near the main aorta was discovered, “which surprised me and my doctor.” she said. Chairwoman Tartaglione was back on duty with the first meeting involving a Judicial Overseer Group and the Commissioners, less than a week after the surgery. Known as the “Iron Lady” by admirers and detractors alike, Tartaglione is seeking her tenth term in that office. Her campaign committee submitted over 7,500 signatures, the most of all the over-100 candidates seeking to run for various offices in the May primary. Under her tenure, the City Commissioners have led their counterparts in other major cities with innovations. Her administration has been responsible for the adoption of

Collins Enters Race For Delco Council

Keith Collins ...will he be first? Keith Collins, teacher, author, public-safety officer and Army Lieutenant as well as an aide to State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas (D-N. Phila.), is seeking to be first Democrat County Council Member elected in Delaware Co. in 40 years. A Central HS Class 237 grad, he’s looking for support. He can be reached at (267) 251-0658.

THOUGH he has no opposition, Mayor Michael Nutter samples voter confidence as he campaigned NO CAMPAIGN is complete without a baby picture. outside Fresh Foods on South Street. Nope, this youngster did not tinkle on his Honor.

CITY COMMISSION CHAIR Margaret Tartaglione feels “great” and is already back to work following surgery. near-flawless electronic voting machines, doing away with the old, mechanically faulty machines which had long plagued voters. Today voters receive educational voting programs, and the media are able to report almost immediate results. Her administration has seen the creation of a staff which seamlessly continues to put into effect everchanging federal and state regulations. The public is able to visit on line and garner whatever information they need. Tartaglione said, “I surprised my colleagues by the vitality I am now showing as a result of the operation. I have the full approval of my doctors to return to my full duties.”

Rizzo Race Goes To Court Attorney J. Mathew Wolfe, a Republican ward leader, has petitioned the Court to hear his brief why Councilman at Large Frank Rizzo should be declared ineligible to run after voluntary entering the DROP Program. The suit will be heard Mar. 30 at 10 a.m. in Court room 426 at City Hall. Other nomination petition challenges heard by the courts are scheduled for Mar. 18, 21 and 22. Councilman Frank Rizzo has company. Despite a ruling by two City Solicitors elected officials can retire, collect their DROP, and assume office again, City Councilwoman Marian Tasco (D) and City Commission Chair Marge Tartaglione (D) face court challenges similar to Rizzo’s by petitioners seeking to force them to accept the DROP and quit. It’s a moot question, but the

Ethics Committee has ruled you can’t be candidate for City Council at Large and for District Council at the same time. That’s what Karen Brown had done. The City’s campaign-finance law proves a candidate for City elective office may have no more than one political committee and one checking account for the City office being sought. It doesn’t matter now. She’s running as a Republican candidate for Mayor along with John Featherman. No doubt she has filed a new party, superseding her old Council filing.

seen how a better relationship with the State can bring in tax dollars and I understand the duties of the Office. The Register of Wills is an important position that should stay and be an elected position. I have helped over 15,000 Philadelphia taxpayers; they know I can do the job. My experience makes me the most qualified candidate to take over the Office of the Register of Wills.”

Bateman Quits State To Run For Register Putting her money where her mouth is, Linda Bateman retired as a Pennsylvania State Revenue Inheritance Tax Supervisor in order to file her Republican Nomination Papers for Register of Wills. Bateman has been an active member of the Republican Party since 1980, when she ran the Congressional campaign of Bill Phillips. She has also run for State Representative in the 198th Dist. twice, in 1984 and in 1990, when the incumbent was House Speaker Bob O’Donnell. She is currently back as the 12th Ward Leader, and over the past years has helped many Republican Campaigns. She is a Life Member of the Germantown Republican Club. B a t e m a n noted, “Over the last 10 years, working in Inheritance Tax, I have worked well with the staff at the Register of SUPPORTERS swell Rec Center to Wills. I have boost candidacy of Mark Squilla.

Boyle Brothers Invited To White House Dinner The only elected brothers in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Kevin and Brendan Boyle (both D-Northeast), received an invitation to join President Barack Obama for St. Patrick’s Day dinner at the White House. The White House’s St. Patrick’s Day dinner is held annually to recognize the bond between Ireland and US. TRAFFIC COURT hopeful Fred Mari presents trophy to Police boxer at Armory in annual Police-Firefighters B o x i n g Show. 2,300 p a c k e d Northeast Armory for event.

Mark Squilla Gets Support KICKOFF RALLY added strength to Mark Squilla’s (3rd from left) campaign to replace retiring 1st Dist. Democrat incumbent Councilman Frank DiCicco. With him, from left, are Ward Leader Bill Dolbow, DiCicco, Mark and his wife Bridgit, Councilman at Large Jim Kenney and Ward Leader Matt Myers.

training bays and state-of-theart amenities including a gymnasium, swimming pool and dormitories. Currently, the Education & Training Facility is just one of two facilities in Pennsylvania to certify weatherization training. “Because of Sam, the Laborers Training School has become one the finest training facilities of its kind in the nation,” says Walter Palmer, Jr., past president of the General Building Contractors Association. Staten also established the Diversity Apprenticeship Program. DAP is a not for profit pre-apprenticeship training program that helps to prepare individuals to enter Philadelphia building-trade union apprenticeships and non-construction employment. In 1991, the Local 332 Retiree Council was also established to provide mentorship from retired laborers to current members in addition to fellowship opportunities between retired laborers. In addition, he developed an Emergency Relief Fund to fi-

nancially aid members in disastrous circumstances. A Sergeant of Arms Committee was also launched to grant members’ children with scholarships. “I’ve never met a man as outstanding as Staten,” says Glenda Collins, director of DAP. “He just wants to help. He’s the go-to guy.” His greatest accomplishment was keeping membership together and providing jobs for his work-

ers. He appreciates management for being dedicated to the workers and never giving up the fight against nonunion. His admirable relationship with management has been vital to the success of Local 332. Staten’s tremendous capability of being reasonable and kind always kept management willing to keep open lines of communication. Soft-spoken and full of hu-

mility, Staten was a quiet storm in Philadelphia construction. In all of his brilliance, he is never arrogant, never boastful. His modest pride came when he would take his young children on driving tours, proudly showing off the many projects he’d worked on throughout the city. He helped shape Philadelphia’s skyline. He helped build Philadelphia’s construction climate.

“When you go on a journey, you don’t go alone – you need help all the way. You don’t complete that journey without people pointing directions and moving obstacles out of the way,” says Staten. “I thank all of the associations that I’ve worked with over the years and all of my members who are so wonderful to me. I could not have made it without them.”

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(Cont. From Page 27) 2003, Staten’s 17-year-old son Q’aid was sadly murdered during a holdup. Even in his most difficult moments, Staten found strength in establishing the Q’aid Staten Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of his son’s life. Staten also encouraged his members to become involved with community-service outreach programs, including providing in-kind labor services to needy nonprofit groups. Through Staten’s leadership, the Laborers’ District Council Education & Training Facility was established. He, along with Local 413’s business manager, James Harper, saw the need to improve the skills of their members. Together, they completed courses at Penn State University and traveled nationwide to research similar training programs – taking the best qualities of each and incorporating them into their own. “The school is the apple of my eye,” says Staten. Its Exton, Pa. location houses over 90 acres of land with

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LIUNA Tri-Funds Bring Labor, Managemnt Closer (Cont. From Page 35) ops prevention strategies for long-term health risks before

they become problems for LIUNA members and their families, and works with

health and welfare funds to improve health benefits and control health-care costs. The

Fund’s staff works with LIUNA Training to develop safety training programs covering a wide range of safety concerns. The Fund’s Research Division investigates the origins of occupational disease and works with industry partners to develop practical means to eliminate the risks. The Fund’s staff works on a variety of programs with federal agencies to develop and implement programs to advance the safety and health objectives of LIUNA and its signatory employers. LHSFNA produces over 100 health and safety publications on issues relative to Laborers. These

resources are available through the Fund’s website, Members of LIUNA are known for bringing more to the work site than their Union cards. Laborers built their Union by delivering experience in the field, skills for the job, pride in their work and a strong safety-conscious work ethic. To sustain these qualities in current and future members and for the benefit of its signatory contractors, LIUNA has adopted a Code of Performance for its members and officers. Member responsibilities under the Code include: • Developing skills

through apprenticeship and training programs • Being ready, willing and able to work on time • Knowing and following the Local Union’s job referral rules • Avoiding excessive absenteeism and tardiness • Following direction from supervisors • Giving a fair day’s work • Treating the tools and property of others with respect • Using established procedure to avoid disputes • Working safely; using safety equipment and following safe practices.

CBTU Honors Retiring Daniels

COALITION Of Black Trade Unionists honored Mike Daniels at Semiformal Night of Elegance. Former President of Phila. Chapter CBTU and Laborers Local 57 seen here being congratulated by his son Michael, Jr., wife Maxine and Business Mgr. Ryan Boyer of LDC.

ADDING their congratulations to Mike Daniels were judicial candidates Charles Ehrlich and Fran Shields as well as Peter Lyde, Vince Chandler, Vincent Johnson and Charles Branch.

LDC BUSINESS MGR. Ryan Boyer and President Daniel “Tiger” Woodall, of Local 135, meet up at CBTU gala in honor of Mike Daniels.

GRANDDAUGHTER Mykia Daniels gets special hug from her grandfather Mike Daniels at CBTU gala.

LOCAL 57 EXECS were there to honor retiring President Mike Daniels. From left are AMONG ATTENDEES were Richard Mike Carfagno, Walt Higgins and Stanley Wilmock, Charles Tavourn and Bernard J. Fisher. Sanders.

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City, Sheriff, Courts Agreement Reached Mayor Michael A. Nutter; President Judge Pamela Dembe, Court of Common Pleas, 1st Judicial Dist.; and Sheriff Barbara Deeley announced two Memoranda of Understanding designed to improve and streamline reporting and financial processes for the Office of the Sheriff. Effective immediately through an agreement with the City, the Sheriff’s Office will employ all financial and legal processes and rules of the City for the execution of Sheriff’s sales and other duties of the Of-

fice. The MOU states the City will supply to the Sheriff’s Office an attorney to serve as counsel who will jointly report to the City Solicitor and Chief Deputy Sheriff, an interim budget director who will jointly report to the Finance Director and Chief Deputy Sheriff, and staff from the Dept. of Technology to assess technology needs of the Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, a second MOU was signed between the City of Philadelphia and the 1st Judicial Dist. to create an Advisory Board

to propose rules to, process changes for, and oversee the technology assessment of the Sheriff’s Office. The nine-member Board will include representatives from many stakeholder groups including consumers, lenders, and the legal community. “By working together, the City, Sheriff’s Office, and 1st Judicial Dist. will continue the important work of this office while improving accountability of their provided services. I would like to thank Judge Dembe and Acting Sheriff Deeley for their cooperation and flexibility to move forward for the citizens of Philadelphia,” said the Mayor. “This announcement is another

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example of how, through historic collaborations, we are reforming government to make it more accountable to our citizens.” Judge Dembe added, “I look forward to working with the City to ensure uninterrupted services for citizens. We will assure that Judicial Orders are carried out.” Sheriff Deeley said, “The Office of the Sheriff will collaborate and cooperate with the City to improve our operations SHERIFF Barbara Deeley and President Judge Pam Dembe and accounting processes. This sign agreements on upgrading financial system for Sheriff’s agreement will allow the Of- sales which Mayor Michael Nutter has passed them. fice to move forward and eliminate the duplication of functions between agencies.” The term of these agreements will end on Dec. 31, 2011 with the option, by mutual agreement, to renew by no longer than one year at a time. The MOUs will better allow the Sheriff’s Office to cooperate and comply with the ongoing financial audit by the City Controller’s Office.

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State Reps. Louise Williams Bishop (D-W. Phila.) and Mike McGeehan (D-Northeast) have called on the House Judiciary Committee to convene a public hearing and vote on their two bills to abolish the statute of limitations in child sexualabuse cases and to suspend the statute of limitations for adult victims of childhood sex abuse. Their letter to Republican Chairman Ronald Marsico (RDauphin) and Democratic Chairman Tom Caltagirone (D-Berks) follows last week’s announcement by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia 21 priests have been placed on administrative leave after they were named in a grand-jury report on incidents of child abuse within the diocese. Bishop’s bill (HB 832) would abolish the statute of limitations on both criminal and civil lawsuits for child sexual abuse going forward. McGeehan’s bill (HB 878) would open a two-year window for adult victims of childhood abuse to access the civil-justice system. The burden of proof remains on the plaintiff.

City Council has released its hearing schedule for the FY 2012 Operating Budget, FY 12-16 Five-Year Plan, the FY 12 Capital Budget and Program, the City’s Revenue Adjustments and the FY 12 School District Budget and Tax Reauthorization. Hearings will commence at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Mar. 22 on the Administration’s Five-Year Plan and are scheduled to conclude with public testimony on the School District's tax reauthorization on Tuesday, May 10, 2011. (Times are approximations and may be subject to change as circumstances warrant.) Citizens are welcome and encouraged to participate in the budget process. Council has scheduled times specifically set aside for citizens to testify. Dates for public testimony are: Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2011, 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (on Five-Year Plan, Capital Program and Budget and General Fund); Wednesday, Apr. 27, 12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. and Tuesday, May 3, 2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (also

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email, or needing further information regarding the process, may call (215) 6863412. “I encourage all interested citizens to voice their opinions on the budget proposals by participating in this hearing process,” stated Council President Anna C. Verna.

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State Rep. Mike O’Brien (DKensington) has introduced legislation that would strengthen anti-bullying programs in schools and hold bullies accountable for their actions. O’Brien's first bill (HB 879) would address bullying in schools and is modeled after New Jersey’s new “AntiBullying Bill of Rights” law. It would require schools to amend existing bullying policies by January 2012 and adopt minimum standards that include representation of parents or guardians, school employees, volunteers, students, administrators and community representatives. O’Brien’s other bill (HB 271) would add bullying to Pennsylvania’s Crimes Code and set penalties for violators. Bullying would be defined as the intent to harass, annoy, alarm or intimidate another individual or group of individuals; or place another individual or group of individuals in fear of personal injury or property damage.

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City Councilwoman Joan L. Krajewski (D) is asking, “Where is the Civil Liberties Union now?” when Spencer Gifts is selling t-shirts and apparel aimed at poking fun at the Irish people and St. Patrick’s Day. For several years, local Irish groups such as the Ancient Order of Hibernians have asked Spencer Gifts to stop selling t-shirts and novelty apparel that are derogatory and make the Irish people and heritage look like they have no morals and are all drunkards. Some obscene and offensive t-shirts sold at Spencer Gifts mocking the Irish and St. Patrick’s Day read “Instant Irishman: Just Add Alcohol”, “Irish Today: Hung Over Tomorrow”, and a t-shirt showning a leprechaun urinating with his middle finger up saying, “Happy F*cking St. Patrick’s Day.” “Would any other nationality put up with this racism?” asked Krajewski, who is of Irish descent on her mother’s side (née McColgan). “Would we let these t-shirts be printed up if it mocked any minorities? This company would be bankrupt if they printed shirts making fun of all the other ethnic parades we have in this City, but they get away with attacking the Irish!” “We feel this merchandise is derogatory and offensive, it’s a nationality character assassination of the Irish people,” said Joe Fox, president of the Philadelphia County AOH Board.“We treat St. Patrick’s Day like the country celebrates Martin Luther King Day. It’s our day of service to remember our past and celebrate and be proud of our nationality.” Krajewski has introduced a resolution in City Council calling on Spencer Gifts to stop selling the offensive and racist merchandise and remarks about Irish people. She brought up the plight and oppression the Irish were met with when they came to the United States.

State Rep. Tony Payton (D-Kensington) has introduced legislation to consolidate the State’s emergency 911 call centers. Payton said the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency has publicly indicated the programs are inadequately funded, and added if the 911 centers were consolidated, they could save taxpayers as much as $100 million annually. “We have a massive budget deficit, and our new Governor has indicated he will not increase taxes, so we’re going to have to come up with new ways to balance Pennsylvania’s budget,” Payton explained. “My bill would have PEMA study how to effectively reduce the size of our emergency call-center footprint without diminishing public safety. Doing so would secure adequate funding for an improved 911 system, while providing revenue for other programs that will help grow our tax base.”

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Kal Joins Ben’s Fire Co. Commissioner Lloyd Ayers and the Philadelphia Fire Dept. will honor the

275th anniversary of its predecessor, the Union Fire Co., founded by Ben

PHILANTROPIST and humantarian Kal Rudman, second from left, was inducted as a first honorary member of Union Fire Company found by Ben Franklin in 1736. At ceremony were Deputy Commissioner John Devlin, KYW’s Michelle Durham and Fire Com. Lloyd Ayers.

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Franklin, by making philanthropist Kal Rudman the company’s first honorary member. The ceremony took place at 5pm on Tuesday at the Fireman’s Hall Museum, 147 N. 2nd Street. Joining the Commissioner were dignitaries from the Fire and Police Depts., as well as Ben Franklin himself. (Well, Ralph Archbold, but he really does look like Franklin.) The Union Fire Co., sometimes called Benjamin Franklin’s Bucket Brigade, was the city’s first volunteer fire department. The date also marks the 14oth anniversary of the Philadelphia Fire Dept. “Kal Rudman has been key in making Philadelphia a safer place to live and work,” Commissioner Ayers says. “He has, for many years, underwritten the cost of college tuition for both police and fire members at Holy Family College. He has for many years made possible many of our major fire-prevention initiatives through direct contribution of smoke alarms with lithium batteries, the underwriting of billboard campaigns and newspaper supplements, such as Newspapers In Education.”

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Public Servant of The Year For 2011 Making More Work For More People In 2010- Packer Terminal handled over 250,000 Twenty-Foot-Equivalent-Unit Containers. In 2010- Packer Terminal handled over 100,000 Tons of Steel. In 2010- September Thrugh December—Packer Terminal handled 50,000 automobiles. IN 2011- Packer Terminal is projected to handle 170,000 automobiles.

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CAROLYN H, NICHOLS ... a diverse view lic service, working for the public good, Nichols believes the skills she has honed and the understanding she has developed will serve her well as a judge. The experience is there. She is well known for her constant push for more diversity and inclusion, not only in government and business, but in communities throughout the city. This is critical, she feels, for a judge.“They come to the courts from different walks of life,” she says. “They all, regardless of their state, need to be treated with dignity and not bias.” Nichols has a reputation as a listener and feels she can

apply the correct law to the problems posed by both sides ... as a judge. Now, despite the fact she is campaigning full time, she still volunteers work with the NAACP and Sharon Baptist Church, presided over by Bishop Keith Reed, who has endorsed her to his congregation. Also vying for her time is a networking group she started under the auspices of the American Jewish Community which brings Jewish and African American professional women together.

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Carolyn H. Nichols, Esq. is one judicial candidate in the Democrat primary who could claim the most experience in City government. Now 54, the well-known attorney has had a busy career there. She started out in the City’s Law Dept., moved on to become a legislative Assistant to Councilwoman Gussie Clark, then over to the Parking Authority and PHDC, serving as Counsel. She then joined the administration of Mayor John Street, where she served as deputy finance director, director of Minority Business Enterprise Council, as well as Deputy Security of External Affairs. In 2008, she finally opened her own law practice, specializing in small-business development, litigation, civil rights and employment. She is a senior advisor to Econsult. Now she is turning her sights to the judiciary, seeking one of the Democrat seats now vacant in the Court of Common Pleas. It shouldn’t be much of an uphill battle for her. A West Philadelphia native, she is a committeewoman in the 3rd Democrat Ward led by State Sen. Anthony Williams (D-W. Phila). Her credentials are many, including a law degree from Temple University, and an MBA from Eastern University in Business. Notwithstanding having spent her entire career in pub-

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TEAM LUIGI: City Council at-Large aspirant Louis Borda joined campaign aides Pat Diamond and Christine Hoffman to play “Quizzo with Smartypants” at Veteran Boxers Association’s clubhouse.

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Yo! Here we go again with this question – what is a paraprosdokian sentence? It is a sentence that consists of two parts, where the first is a figure of speech and the second an intriguing variation of the first. They are used typically for humorous or dramatic effect and I think they are good ones. While surfing the internet, I found these sentences to be thought provoking. Read them slowly and enjoy. You may know someone that fits into one or more of these images. Never argue with an idiot. They’ll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on the list. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong. We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public. Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box of matches to start a campfire? Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand at the edge of a pool and throw fish. I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you. Women will never be equal to men till they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut and still think they’re sexy. A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory. You don’t need a parachute to skydive, but you do need one to skydive – again. The voices in my head may be fake, but they have good ideas! Hospitality is making your guests feel like they’re at home, even if you wish they were. I scream the same way whether I’m about to be eaten by a shark or seaweed touches my foot. Some cause happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go. There’s a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can’t get away. I hope that you did enjoy these examples of paraprosdokian sentences. And always remember this: You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

This week includes the Ides of March, the day when JULIUS CAESAR met his fateful end. His friend MARC ANTONY sought revenge for the despicable act of the Senate in conspiring to kill Caesar. NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI is remembered for his quote, “Revenge is a dish best eaten cold.” And the Irish are remembered for their definition of Alzheimer’s: “Forget everything except the grudges.” All that is apropos of nothing. With the luck of the Irish, the day of the parade dawned with clear skies and warm temperatures. This year it was well attended and entertaining, particularly the students from the various dance schools, including BRIDGET TEMPLE of the McGinley Clan. JUDGE JIMMY LYNN arrived back from a vacation in Hawaii in time to take his place on the reviewing stand. He is a past president of the St. Patrick’s Day Observance Committee and of the Brehon Law Society. With him on the stand was PAM DEMBE, president judge of the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, and AUSTIN McGREAL. The Brehon Law Society had its usual trolley bus that allowed marchers to take a break without losing their place in their line of march. As in the past, some grandchildren, or in some cases children, were very active in and out of the bus. distributing candy to the spectators. Among the Brehon marchers were JUSTICE SEAMUS McCAFFERY; JOE KELLEY, President of the Brehon Society, with his son and granddaughter; JOHN O’MALLEY, the past president of the Brehon Law Society; JOE STANTON; BO KELLY; THERESA FLANAGAN-MURTAGH and her husband PAUL; Emeritus President of the Commonwealth Court TED DOYLE; GENE BONNER; Municipal Court JUDGE JOE WATERS, along with his daughter ERIN, and FAY STACK, along with her daughters EILEEN and BETH. (With an impressive entourage of grandchildren). DAVID DEMBE, husband of Judge Pam Dembe, marched the entire way without one trip onto the bus, despite some very windy gusts. After the Parade, the members adjourned to Flannery’s on 21st Street for the continuation of the festivities. While on the subject of the Brehons, they held their annual St. Patrick’s Party at McGillin’s Ale House on Drury Street, which included a large contingency from the Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court in Philadelphia, as well as many Brehons including local law students. CHIEF JUSTICE RON CASTILLE, a long-time and ever-faithful Brehon (Cont. Page 50)

In the clown car that is Philadelphia politics, the Republican Party doesn’t have a lot of seats. And they generally don’t fight too hard to take the incumbents out of the seats they’re currently sitting in. Don’t believe me? How else could Jack Kelly have stayed a City Councilman for as long as he did? This is a man who introduced a bill banning foie gras in the middle of a murder epidemic, for God’s sake! Because of a lack of funding and a 6-to-1 voting disadvantage, the last real competitor the Republicans were able to send after any Democratic incumbent was Sam Katz, who ran for Mayor twice against John Street. He lost both times. He has now also gone back to being a Democrat. For these reasons, the Republican Party here in Philly is kind of in disarray right now. On the one side, you have the City Committee, and on the other side, you have the Republican State Committee, which wants to bring their special brand of conservatism to our fair city. This battle has manifested itself in a variety of ways that include the State Party’s refusal to recognize City Committee Chair Vito Canuso and Counsel Mike Meehan. It has also manifested itself in a battle for the right to be the Party’s mayoral standard-bearer in the May 17 primary between John Featherman and Karen Brown, who until a few weeks ago was running as a Democrat for at least two City Council seats. Featherman has been running for the Republican nomination for Mayor since last June. He decided to make his move toward the City’s highest office because he feels Mayor Michael Nutter needs to be taken to the woodshed for not being a true leader at a time when the city could really use one. “He promised to eliminate the gross-receipts tax and he didn’t do it, which betrayed a lot of people,” Featherman said. “When we’ve needed [Nutter] to take the lead on an issue, he’s disappeared instead. He was a decent City Councilman, but he’s been a horrible Mayor. He shies away from fights. I won’t.” Sounds like the kind of thing that you want your mayoral candidate to say, right? Featherman didn’t get the City Party’s endorsement. Brown is the RCC’s chosen candidate in the Republican mayoral primary. Before she became the RCC’s standard-bearer, she was a Democratic committeewoman in South Philadelphia. (Cont. Page 51)

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SNOOPER’S HOLIDAY: Ah yes “laddie,” ’tis a holiday for sure, and don’t you be forgetting it. Today is a “special day” for all the IRISH, after all, ’tis ST. PADDY’S DAY. On Mar. 17, today, let me tell you ‘lad’, everyone is IRISH on this “special day”. Ah yes indeed, the GREEN BEER will be flowing and you’ll be seeing the “PRIDE OF THE IRISH” all over this City. Stop in at your favorite PUBS, and hoist a few for all our friends, and while you’re at it, hoist one for THE SNOOPER, after all, I am a little GREEN. To all our IRISH FRIENDS, let me just say this to you – ERIN GO BRAGH! We want all of you to enjoy yourself, be safe, and have a Happy St. Paddy’s Day! How about THE IRISH PARADE? It was truly amazing and well done too! SNOOPER’S CITY HALL BUREAU: Now that COUNCILMAN DiCICCO did “the honorable” thing and D.R.O.P.P.E.D out of the race, that leaves all of us TWO MORE who are also under pressure to D.R.O.P. out of the race. The City Solicitor merely gave an opinion that means “diddly” and even the most astute LAWYERS will tell you the same. Hey, we all have our opinions, and they’re just as good as his. COUNCILMAN RIZZO and COUNCILWOMAN TASCO will both be going in front of a JUDGE to defend their right to accept a D.R.O.P. payment and then seek reelection. Everyone who signed up for D.R.O.P. was absolutely told it was for FOUR YEARS, then you’re RETIRED. Yes, you could go back, but you must start at the bottom like a NEW EMPLOYEE. It’s not at all clear how this will play out in court. ONE THING we know for sure, though: Whatever the Judge decides will have a huge impact on this ELECTION and this CITY GOVERNMENT. SNOOPER’S “UPDATE”: I did an item on ARIA (Frankford Hospital) and I must apologize for leaving out another one of their great professionals named JASON. Yes, he too was an important part of the great team of MEN and WOMEN who work in THE I.C. U. of this great hospital. I did witness all these professionals in action, and I learned one thing for sure: Every one of these PROFESSIONALS really cares for their patients. So let me say THANK YOU to JASON and all his professionals. Great job! SNOOPER’S “SURPRISE” EMAIL DEPT: I never in my wild dreams ever, thought I would be getting an EMAIL from this young lady. I’ve been told by one of my close associates, she is a staunch CATHOLIC and a well-known protector of the Catholic Church, and (Cont. Page 51)

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Sampan sails loudly into culinary stratosphere

by Len Lear A food writer, Sherry Hughes, for a newspaper called the Sentinel in the town of Keene, N. H., told me in an email last week that in the fall she visited her sister in South Jersey. She subsequently

wrote an article stating the best meal of her life had previously been in Cape Breton Island. However, that “has now been eclipsed.” Sherry and her sister celebrated a belated birthday at Sampan, which has been at 124 S. 13th Street (in the area now called Midtown Village) since December 2009, and that

the dinner they enjoyed there “now goes in the books as my best meal ever … I thoroughly enjoyed everything I ate. It was divine.” I can’t say I was surprised. We first met Sampan’s owner/chef, Michael Schulson, now 37, about 10 years ago, after Stephen Starr brought him from Long Island to Philly to helm Pod, his then-new Asian fusion restaurant at 36th & Sansom Streets. After sampling his menu and

chatting with him, I wrote the handsome Schulson would “become a media superstar in the years to come,” and I hate to brag (not bloody likely), but subsequent events have proved my prediction to be prescient. In the past decade Schulson, who had cooked at the Tokyo Four Seasons Hotel in Japan and who speaks conversational Japanese, has starred on three TV cooking shows — Style Network’s “Pantry Raid,” TLC’s “Ultimate

Len Lear Cake-Off” and Discovery Channel’s “Go Ahead, Make My Dinner.” He has also been a guest on countless other TV shows, and he has been the executive chef at Buddakan in New York and Izakaya in the Borgata Hotel-Casino in Atlantic City. Sampan, the restaurant named for the modest Chinese riverboat that was the primary means of Asian water travel for centuries, is much more upscale than the humble boat. Its modernistic décor includes an open kitchen and two dining rooms with color-shifting wall panels. Foodwise, you really can’t go wrong with anything on the pan-Asian menu. I would strongly recommend the $40 prix fixe dinner, which includes seven small plates of your choosing. A Schulson signature dish, crispy rock shrimp with pickled radish and chili aioli, is so good it makes the naughty parts tingle; in some restaurants you wonder if they grilled the meat or just gave it the third degree, but at Sampan the Korean barbecued short ribs with kim chee and ginger are as fine-tuned as a Lang Lang performance of a Beethoven piano concerto. The panoply of scissor-sharp flavors and textures adds up to a circus in your mouth. And a

cocktail, Satsuma Martini (satsuma is a Japanese citrus fruit), was one of the best we ever had, well worth the $11 price tag. On the negative side, the quantity of wine in the winesby-the-glass is inadequate; the courses come out at lightning speed, one right after the other, and it is one of the loudest, noisiest restaurants we have ever been in. We were there on a Thursday, and we were first seated next to a table of six women whose voices could have melted iron. We asked to be moved into the other dining room, which was filled with large parties of 20and 30-somethings, some of whom must have felt they were at an Eagles game. Just a few yards from us, two men with cannons for mouths at a table of eight were screaming so loudly, they could have peeled paint off the wall. To be fair, however, there are probably very few diners like us in this city who are bothered by mega-decibel noise in restaurants or anywhere else. Young people grow up these days bombarded by so much noise that to them this noise is normal. No one in the dining room but us seemed to be disturbed in the least by the relentless ear-shattering din, and of all the comments about Sampan I’ve read on a few blogs, no one else has mentioned it. I would strongly recommend parking at Central Parking garage on the southeast corner of 12th & Sansom Streets, exactly one block from the restaurant. Ask for a parking voucher at Sampan, and you will pay only $5 at the garage. For more information, call (215) 732-3501 or visit

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Over 100 File For Ballot Positions; Withdrawals Expected Over 100 candidates picked ballot positions in Courtroom 676 under the supervision of a three-judge panel yesterday. The bottom result expected is at least 20 who drew poor ballot positions in crowded primaries are expected to withdraw by the weekend. Councilman at Large Bill

Greenlee must be doing something right. Four years ago, he drew the second ballot position and now, in this field of 20, he pulled the number-one position in the Democrat race for Council at Large. The Democrat at-Large Council candidates following Greenlee in order of their appearance on the ballot were

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Isaiah Thomas, Ralanda King, Michael Jones, Blondell Reynolds Brown, Sheree Cohen, Lawrence Clark, Humberto Perez, Alexander Wilson, Janis Mason, William Green, Denise Ripley, Ralph Blakney, James Kenney, Francis Graff, Jr., Andrew Toy, Edward Nesmith, Daryl LaFountain, Louis Borda and Wilson Goode, Jr. Republican at-Large candidates in order of their appearance on ballot: Michael Untermeyer, Malcolm Lazin, Joseph McColgan, David Oh, Denny O’Brien, Al Taubenberger, Frank Rizzo, John Giordano, Elmer Money and Stephen Odabashian. Mayor Michael Nutter may be successful in knocking off the petitions of Milton Street. If he doesn’t, he will place second on the ballot to

the former State Senator. John Featherman pulled number one and Karen Brown will place second on the Republican ballot. Joshua West will be unopposed as Sheriff on Republican ballot. In the Democrat ballot drawing, first position was John Kromer, followed by Jacque Whaumbush and Jewell Williams. Incumbent Ron Donatucci pulled one in the race for Register of Wills on the Democrat column, followed by Lamont Thomas and Benson Williams. Only Republican filing was Linda Bateman. For City Commissioners on the Democrat side, Warren Bloom pulled number one, followed by Michael Bell, Ivy Staten, Bernard Talmadge, Stephanie Singer, Anthony Clark and Chairlady Margaret Tartaglione. On the Republi-

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Joseph Grace, Mark Squilla and Jeff Hornstein. No Republican filed. 2nd Dist. Council: 6 Democrats-Tracey Gordon, Richard DeMarco, Barbara Capozzi, Damon Roberts, Vincent DeFino and Kenyatta Johnson. One Republican: Ivan Cohen. 3rd Dist. Council: 3 Democrats-Tony Ophax King, Alicia Burbage and Jannie Blackwell. No Republican filed. 4th Dist. Council: 1 Democrat, Curtis Jones. No Republican filed. 5th Dist. Council: Democ(Cont. Page 55)

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on Mar. 10. TRISHIA GLANCEY FERGUSON, daughter of the late Municipal Court PRESIDENT JUDGE JOSEPH GLANCEY and his wife MARY, suffered the loss of her husband SCOTT FERGUSON on Mar. 13. Trishia, a lawyer, worked at Crown Holdings for many years. Retired JUDGE JERRY ZALESKI’S wife EILEEN was born on St. Patrick’s Day. Her son PATRICK was born on St. Patrick’s Day. And one of her grandchildren, PATRICK, was born on St. Patrick’s Day. Needless to say, Eileen’s maiden name was DONNELLY, from Co. Mayo.

(Cont. From Page 47) member, was present along with Municipal Court JUDGE JOE O’NEILL and JUDGE JOE WATERS and Common Pleas Court JUDGE SANDE MOSS and her husband BILL. Seen at the Palm this week was STATE SEN. MIKE STACK having lunch with JOHN DOUGHERTY and BOBBY HENON, candidate for City Council. They were busy making the round of tables in the popular political eatery. The American Ireland Fund for Philadelphia’s young leaders celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at the Irish Pub

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(Cont. From Page 47) Before she decided to run for Mayor, Brown was running for the 1st Dist. Council seat and for City Council At Large … as a Democrat. But when the RCC came calling, she decided to make the move. “The Republicans have been very good to me, very welcoming,” she said. “They’ve made me feel very comfortable.” But what about being in the middle of a very public debate that has basically divided Republicans in a city where there aren’t that many of them in the first place? “The Democrats have just as many issues,” she said. When she was announced

as the RCC’s candidate, Featherman was taken by surprise, because the RCC had told him it wouldn’t be endorsing anyone. Since this is literally a

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(Cont. From Page 47) all its PRIESTS. She did an about-face and proceeded to “rip them up”, as far as the SEX SCANDAL involving 27 PRIESTS. She wanted to know how this SEX SCANDAL was allowed to go on this far, even though the Church hierarchy knew all about it, and what Priests were involved. She states in her EMAIL, even CARDINAL JUSTIN RIGALI may have been involved. She is deeply saddened by all of this and she hopes it will soon be over. Remember this: She said NO ONE has been found GUILTY and we must all wait and see how this whole SEX SCANDAL will play out. involved. Watch for it. SNOOPER’S F.Y.I. BUREAU: This information comes from C.F. of the great Northeast. Why don’t they use the GOVERNMENT TV STATION to show all those wanted CRIMINALS and also all those ‘deadbeats’ who owe this City plenty of monies? Another idea would be to show photos of all those lost

children from Philadelphia. I’ll bet it would do a lot of good, especially if it is responsible for finding ONE CHILD. Philadelphia should really utilize their PUBLIC ACCESS TELEVISION STATIONS; after all, people do watch it. We need to have our own “MOST WANTED”, especially here in our City! SNOOPER “SPECIAL UPDATE” BUREAU: To all of you who read the rumors concerning our great Police Commissioner HON. CHARLES RAMSEY. Please note: The Commissioner is NOT going anywhere, and that includes both the Cities of BOSTON and CHICAGO. I just spoke to a very reliable source and he told me THE BOSS is not going anywhere, in fact, he plans to stay right here in PHILADELPHIA.

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‘Ship Philly First’ To Market Port

More than a dozen companies involved in operating and servicing the Port of Philadelphia have joined together to form Ship Philly First, an organization created to exclusively promote the port and its service providers both domestically and internationally. Ship Philly First President Fred Sorbello said the organization’s mission is a simple one: promote the port, thereby increasing opportunities for everyone who does business along the Delaware River. “There are no dinners, no fundraisers, no golf outings,” said Sorbello, who is president of Mullica Hill Cold Storage. “It’s about getting down to business.” Sorbello said the idea for Ship First Philly developed

about 18 months ago, when he and representatives from Holt Logistics approached the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority about advertising the port in trade publications such as the Journal of Commerce. When they realized advertising dollars were scarce, the idea for a coalition was formed. “We need to look at the big picture,” Sorbello said, noting each company was only marketing itself individually. “We need to get the business here, and we need to work together to do it. After that, we can internally compete for it.” Ship Philly First formed in February with six members and quickly grew to 15, at which time new membership was temporarily halted. Each member contributed $2,500 to

get the organization off the ground. Since then, Ship First Philly has hired a marketing firm to develop a Web site (, advertising and trade show promotional items. An advertisement promoting the Port ran in the Feb. 21 issue of the Journal of Commerce. Thomas J. Holt Jr., president of Astro Holdings, Inc., which leases PAMT under a long-term concession with the PRPA, said the organization will tout as selling points the Port’s 300-year history, its status as one of the United States’ Strategic Military

Ports, the upcoming dredging of the Delaware River, efforts to acquire and develop the Southport Marine Terminal, and its status as having the largest refrigerated capacity in the nation – a major advantage in the competition for handling and repacking perishable products. Holt said the creation of Ship Philly First represents a major philosophical change for entities at the port. “It used to be every man ENJOYING 35th Anniversary Heritage gala of African for himself,” he said. “But American Museum are Mayor Michael and Lisa Nutter, City we’ve realized we’re all in Commission candidate Ivy Staten and Sam Staten, Jr. this together, and there are Photo by Donald Terry many similarities.

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Senior Deputy Executive Director

John F. Dempsey

Deputy Executive Director Port Administration Building: 3460 N. Delaware Ave. 2nd Fl., Phila., PA 19134 (215) 426-2600 • Fax (215) 426-6800

Airport’s Concessions Score Win Philadelphia International Airport’s award-winning concessions program added to its long list of industry recognition when it was named “Airport with the Best Concession Management Team” in the Large Airport Division in the 2011 Airport Revenue News (ARN) Best Airport & Concessions Awards. The Airport’s concessions are managed by Marketplace Philadelphia Management, LLC, a partnership of Marketplace Development, a Bostonbased retail development firm. Since taking over as developer and manager of the Airport’s concessions program in the mid-1990’s, Marketplace has partnered with the Airport to transform PHL’s retail, food and beverage program into one of the finest in the country; the Airport’s concessions have consistently.

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA Sealed proposals will be received by the School Reform Commission at the School Administration Building located at 440 North Broad St., 3rd Floor, Office of Capital Programs, Philadelphia, PA 19130-4015, until 2:00 P.M., on Tuesday, March 22, 2011. A non-refundable fee for each set of bid documents is as scheduled. The School District will only accept bids from companies that have been placed on its current Pre Qualified Contractors List as shown at All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications. BUDGET FEE B-071 (C) of 2009/10 General Contract James J. Sullivan ES $300,000.00 $ 100.00 Asbestos Abatement 5300 Ditman Street *A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at the project location, on March 10, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Specifications and/or plans and contract documents may be examined and copies thereof obtained from the School Reform Commission, 440 North Broad Street, 3rd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19130.

MRS. SAMUEL V. HAMILTON, affectionately known as “Dodo,” grand patroness of Phila. International Flower Show, stops in front of a floral peacock, created by her Valley Forge Florists.

CITY OF PHILADELPHIA Public Hearing Notice The Committee of the Whole of the Council of the City of Philadelphia will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at 11:00 AM, in Room 400, City Hall, to hear testimony on the following item: 110161

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA Sealed proposals will be received by the School Reform Commission at the School Administration Building located at 440 North Broad St., 3rd Floor, Office of Capital Programs, Philadelphia, PA 19130-4015, until 2:00 P.M., on Tuesday, April 29, 2011. A non-refundable fee for each set of bid documents is as scheduled. The School District will only accept bids from companies that have been placed on its current Pre Qualified Contractors List as shown at All School District Project require MBE/WBE participation as shown in the specifications. FEE BUDGET B-012 (C) of 2009/10 Mechanical Contract Paul Robeson HS $1,200,000.00 $200.00 Boiler Replacement 42nd & Ludlow Streets

Copies of the foregoing item are available in the Office of the Chief Clerk of the Council, Room 402, City Hall. Michael A. Decker Chief Clerk

Information as to contract documents, etc., may be obtained at the above address, or telephone 215-400-5225. Make checks payable to the School District of Philadelphia. The School Reform Commission reserves the right to reject any and all bids and make the awards to the best interests of the School District of Philadelphia.

CITY OF PHILADELPHIA Public Hearing Notice The Committee of the Whole of the Council of the City of Philadelphia will hold a Public Hearing Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at 11:00 AM, in Room 400, City Hall, to hear testimony on the following items: 110135

An Ordinance to adopt a Capital Program for the six Fiscal Years 2012-2017 inclusive.


An Ordinance to adopt a Fiscal 2012 Capital Budget.


An Ordinance adopting the Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2012.


An Ordinance amending Chapter 19-1500 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled “Wage and Net Profits Tax,” by revising certain tax rates and making technical changes, all under certain terms and conditions.

Immediately following the public hearing, a meeting of the Committee of the Whole, open to the public, will be held to consider the action to be taken on the above listed items. Copies of the foregoing items are available in the Office of the Chief Clerk of the Council, Room 402, City Hall. Michael A. Decker Chief Clerk

FEE BUDGET B-013 (C) of 2009/10 Electrical Contract Paul Robeson HS $110,000.00 $200.00 Boiler Replacement 42nd & Ludlow Streets Specifications and/or plans and contract documents may be examined and copies thereof obtained from the School Reform Commission, 440 North Broad Street, 3rd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19130.

Resolution providing for the approval by the Council of the City of Philadelphia of a Revised Five Year Financial Plan for the City of Philadelphia covering Fiscal Years 2012 through 2016, and incorporating proposed changes with respect to Fiscal Year 2011, which is to be submitted by the Mayor to the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (the “Authority”) pursuant to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement, authorized by an ordinance of this Council approved by the Mayor on January 3, 1992 (Bill No. 1563-A), by and between the City and the Authority.

Immediately following the public hearing, a meeting of the Committee of the Whole, open to the public, will be held to consider the action to be taken on the above listed item.

Information as to contract documents, etc., may be obtained at the above address, or telephone 215-400-5225. Make checks payable to the School District of Philadelphia. The School Reform Commission reserves the right to reject any and all bids and make the awards to the best interests of the School District of Philadelphia.

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ENJOYING FRENCH flavor of this year’s Flower Show are, from left, Bill Mills, CEO of PNC Bank, show’s lead sponsor; Pat Riley, MD; Michel Schaffhauser, Consul General at French Embassy; and Patti & Michael Scullin, Esq., Honorary ENTERING “Springtime in Paris” exhibit of Phila. Interna- French Consul for Phila. & tional Flower Show at Flower Show preview gala were, from Wilmington and Board left, Carl & Roberta Dranoff; Drew Becher, PHS CEO; member of Alliance Mayor Michael Nutter; and Renee & Joe Zuritsky. Française. All photos by Bonnie Squires

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HERETIC in MUSIC Part 17 of 25 re: “At the end of our daring century...the century that took...the tune out of music.” --The New York Times Magazine, January 24, 1999

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Ethno-centric culture Was the new shared power

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Africanize, Asianize, Europeanize, or Latinize Quincy's choice Ethnic pride made Team Jackson-Jones Overwhelmingly rejoice. A primitive class Poured it on Elegance of music became Obsolete, withdrawn. Noisicians become glamorized Fame, fortune and such Regarding money Promoters donned the Midas touch. Decline of the United States Owe lots to “The Two Jays” Every day since became “It's the sound, stupid” days.

— Nicola Argentina © 2011 EMail: AnnaMarieXOX3@AOL.COM


Jesse Jackson and Quince Paraded a non-music quest Spread African griot sounds world-wide North, South, East, and West

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(Cont. From Page 5) rat Suzanne Carn topped Darrell Clarke. No Republican filed. 6th Dist. Council: Democrat Bob Henon topped Marty Bednarek. Only Republican filed is Sandra Stewart. 7th Dist. Council: 3 Democrats-Daniel Savage, followed by Juan Rodriguez and Maria Quiñones-Sánchez. 8th Dist. Council: 10 Democrats-Greg Paulmier, Cindy Bass, Andrew Lofton, Robin Tasco, Howard Treatman, Fay Dawson, Verna Tyner, William Durham, Jordan Dillard and Donna Gentile O’Donnell. No Republican filed. 9th Dist. Council: 5 Democrats-Rahim Dawkins, Marian Tasco, Thomas Lamont, Sabriya Bilal and Bobby Curry. No Republican filed. 10th Dist. Council: One Democrat-Bill Rubin; one RepublicanBrian O’Neill. Court of Common Pleas: Sean Kennedy, Diana Anhalt, Jon Irvine, Vincent Johnson, Angelo

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