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P. O. Box 31425• Philadelphia, PA 19147 (215)-336-1108 (215)-336-1149 (fax) Executive Board- President: Daniel Olivieri Treasurer: Jackie Fitzpatrick

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Yo! Rocky, Look What We Did At Hawthorne Park

Rocky enthusiasts Travis Durham, Anna Madi, Travis Durham, and Brian Rush can’t wait to view their favorite movie. Photos/Maria Merlino by Maria Merlino complishment, from hardHawthorne Park has come scrabble to triumph was not along way in one year. The lost on those who attended. 12th and Catherine Street site, Ray Nasser, President of the a three quarters of an acre Hawthorne Empowerment oasis, is a single-site open Coalition, the civic group of space that the neighborhood the community said that has embraced with enthusi- “Rocky is very relatable to asm. Located where a public both parents and kids. When housing high-rise once stood, Rocky came out in the late the $2 million dollar transfor- 70’s, it was the parents time. mation is a milestone in the Now they want to share the sustainability sketch by memory with their children.” Philadelphia’s GreenPlan. Dr. George Lynch DMD, a Last Friday night, the pediatric dentist who was an movie Rocky was screened to event sponsor, was out there the delight of the neighbor- giving fun oral hygiene lessons hood. The symbolism of ac- with his giant toothbrush and

oversized molar. “I live in the neighborhood and my office is within the neighborhood. Rocky is very iconic to Philadelphia and speaks wonders to the underdog. He worked hard to get to his success.” Representing the 9th Street Visitors Center, Alicia DeLuca came with an oversized box of fruit and a huge bowl of popcorn to sate the hunger of the viewers. “Tim (Hitchens) contacted us about the summer series the civic association was doing and naturally we wanted to be part of it. Now, I was only 4 or 5 when Rocky came running across the Italian Market, but I’ve seen the movie many more times since then.” Putting a global spin on it, Greg Seany, the entertainment committee person said, “Back when it came out, Rocky was an inspirational movie that could be accessed from any demographic. Now Rocky is known throughout the world. Tourists run up and down the Art Museum steps and they want to find the sculpture to pose in front of it. Whenever I travel, if I men-

tion Philadelphia, people lift their arms in triumph and shout Rocky!” Board member Tim Hitchens is a movie buff. “ Parts of it are ingrained in my mind, like a battle of the titans, “ he said. “The part where he is running past the burning cans of fire always gives me a thrill. When I saw the statue unveiled, it was so cool.” Anna Madi can’t get enough of Rocky. “ When I was a little

Ray Nasser, President of the Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition and Alicia DeLuca of the 9th Street Visitors Center, distribute peaches, nectarines and popcorn to the movie crowd.

kid, I remember my mom saying he was Italian. I kept watching the movie. Rocky Balboa was a classic underdog—-don’t give up, go the distance. I never tire of it. Every time I see it, I get another message. To me it’s a holiday movie too because there is a Thanksgiving scene in it. It’s part of my consciousness.”

Dr. George Thomas Lynch D.M.D, of Cobblestone Kids, “Dr. George” to his pediatric patients, has a teachable moment with Jaime Alexander Jr., 3, while his dad, Jaime Alexander Sr. gives him the thumbs up sign.

Peace March, Protest & Vandalism In Pt. Breeze

DEVELOPER ORI Feibush stands inside OFC REALTY Coffee House on Saturday, hours after some MEMBERS OF Point Breeze Organizing Committee and body vandalized the property early Saturday morning. People First Development march along Pt. Breeze Avenue to Feibush believes the person responsible for the shatprotest for Affordable Housing, Public Education, Jobs and tered windows has ties to the Point Breeze Organizing Freedom. Protest also commemorated 50th anniversary of Committee. Members of Point Breeze Organizing Comthe March on Washington. Photos/Rory McGlasson mittee deny these claims.

ACTIVIST Gary Broderick rallies crowd at 20th and Federal St. march against OCF Realty last weekend in Point Breeze.

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Labor Day Still Celebration Of Working People From Pat Eiding, President Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO Labor Day has been an institution in the United States of America since Congress first recognized it as a Federal Holiday in 1894. It represents a time for socializing at barbeques and family picnics. For many of us it marks the end of the summer and the return to

our regular routines. For retailers, Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest times of the year, second only to the day after Thanksgiving. Labor Day has changed over the last 120 years, but one thing has remained the same: it’s still a celebration of America’s working people. And we need to celebrate and honor America’s workers now more than ever, because we’re

staring down some of the toughest challenges we’ve ever faced. In some ways, things look very good. American corporations are incredibly profitable. And American workers are incredibly productive. But generations of American workers haven’t been getting their fair share of what we’ve produced: according to a 2011 Economic Policy Institute re-

port [http://www.epi.org/publication/the_sad_but_true_stor y_of_wages_in_america/], between 1979 and 2009, American productivity increased by 80%, while wages went up only 10.1%. A recent story in the Philadelphia Daily News [http://articles.philly.com/201308-22/news/41437651_1_laborforce-job-market-job-seekers] offered more sobering facts at a

local level: along with 67,300 Philadelphians who are considered officially “unemployed”, there are another 57,700 Philadelphians who have been out of work for so long that they’ve fallen off the rolls. Add together the officially-unemployed and the long-term (Cont. Page 16)

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Our Opinion Why Organized Labor Means Growth

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Aug. 31-Sep. 2- 48th annual Polish American Festival at National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Ferry Rd., Doylestown, Pa., 12-8 p.m. each day. $10 admission includes all events and rides. Polish dance groups, etc. For info (215) 345-0600. Sep. 2- Phila. Council AFL-CIO holds Tri State Labor Day Parade & Family Celebration starting from Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 Ha., 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., 8:30 a.m., with rally to follow; parade to Penn’s Landing, 10 a.m.;. Family Celebration at Penn’s Landing at 11 a.m., featuring food, make-and-take crafts, live music, games, kids activities, and more! Sep. 7- Birthday Bash for Sheriff Jewell Williams at Sheraton Downtown in Horizon Roof Top Ballroom, 201 N. 17th St., 9-11:30 p.m.

$125-$1,000. Checks payable to Citizens for Jewell Williams, P.O. Box 22341, Phila., PA 19110. For info (267) 702-0450. RSVP before Aug. 30. Sep. 9- Veterans Golf Outing at Indian Valley C.C., Telford, Pa. to benefit Phila. Veterans Multi Service & Education Ctr., Registration 11 a.m. Registration $125. For info (267) 255-5851. Sep. 9- Fundraiser for Sharon Giamporcaro for Common Pleas at home of Susan Satkowski, 1907 Spruce St., 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets $100. RSVP Denise Furey (215) 266-4121 or Denise.Furey@Wolfe.Org. Sep. 13- Al Stewart hosts 11th Ward Fish Fry at Lou & Choo’s, 21st & Hunting Park Ave., 5-9 p.m. Tickets $10. For info V. Tutie Edwards (215) 228-3134. Sep. 16- Zarwin Baum Law Office hosts Council, State elected officials from 6 to 8 pm, 1818 Market St. RSVP 215-569-2800. Sep. 19- Watching Eagles

With Rep. John Taylor, 8 pm at Romano’s Catering, 1523 E. Wingohocking St., $35 ticket includes best in door tailget buffet and refreshments. 215-545-2244. Sep. 19- Fall fundraiser for Councilman At Large David Oh, 5:30 to 8 pm, at Zarwin Baum, 1818 Market St., 13th floor. Individual Contributions $100 to $2,500, PACs $1,000 to $5,000. Checks to Citizens for David Oh, 5813 Thomas Av., Philadelphia, PA. 19143. Sep. 29- Dr. Gerard Vernose hosts Vendemmia Italian Harvest Festival at Girard Pk., 21st & Porter Sts., 2-6 p.m. Tickets $45 in advance, at gate $55. For info (215) 551-3859 or www.vendemmiafestival.com. Oct. 3&5- King of Prussia Beerfest Royale held outdoors at The Plaza at King of Prussia Mall, parking lot adjacent to Mall Blvd. Thursday Donnerstag: Happy Hour. Live music by The Hoppin’ John Orchestra. Get tickets from KOP Beerfest

Royale website: http://kopbeerfest.com. Oct. 4- State Sen. Mike Stack hosts Senior Expo at Nat’l Guard Armory, 2700 Southampton Rd., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Refreshments served. Oct. 5- Fishtown Neighbors Association hosts River City Festival at Penn Treaty Pk., 12-5 p.m. Kicks off with 5K Run. Free admission. Oct. 17- Official drawing for Mark Green’s 38th Ward raffle for flat-screen TV, digital camera, or Shoprite $100 card at Brown’s Family ShopRite, Fox St. & Hunting Park Ave. Tickets $5. For info (267) 977.4842 or (215) 844.1049. Oct. 25- United Republican Club hosts Crab Night a its headquarters 3156 Frankford Av. From 7 to 11 p.m. Ticket $35 available at door. Oct. 26- 10th Anniversary of Irish Memorial at Front & Chestnut Sts., 4.p.m. Dinner & Irish Music at Hyatt Regency Hotel, 201 S. Columbus Blvd., 6-11 p.m. Tickets $150.

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The human being, more often than not, looks to get the edge on his fellows whenever the opportunity presents itself. We all share this intrinsic fault. Over the generations, people learned how to correct the abuse this tendency had created in the world’s labor forces….they slowly understood they needed to do things in unity if they were to better their state of existence. That led to the formation of Unions, born of their membership who understood their unity often demanded of them sacrifices, including ther shedding of blood. That still happens here and around the world. Unionism, today, boasts a litany of victories alongside a list, almost as long, of defeats in the efforts to insure decent family sustaining wages for its members and for non-union workers as well. That battle never ends. It continues in this city in many ways. Today, Philadelphia is labeled derogatorily as a Union Town, with every operative seeking to make a buck here spewing venom when it comes to their reasons as to why it is difficult to do business in this town. Yet, stats show time and again, jobs using union labor come in under budget and finish up earlier than expected. This, often, is not the record of those attempting to use non labor contractors and their nonunion workers. There are many reasons why union labor is the best source. Foremost, the strength of the Union movement in this town has insured developers, contractors, manufacturers and institutional managers a solid dependable, trained work force. Gone are the wildcat strikes of yesteryear and with them the near sighted leaders who pushed and demanded concessions at every opportunity regardless of the damaging impact they would make. A look at today’s union leaders and of the Locals they lead in this city shows a shared commitment to insuring the success of every venture and every contract so both sides at the table walk away knowing they have agreed to mutual win-win decisions. A major factor are the Apprenticeship Schools, offering demanding, intensive training in whatever the trade to young men and women who understand they have been placed on career paths. Their alumni is sought after by those who understand the full benefits of hiring trained union members at the rates called for by their Trade agreements. Making Philadelphians proud of their union label is the way Unions in this city regularly go to help the less fortunate by donating their membership’s time and talent into helping charitable and needy groups complete necessary missions, from paving, to building, to equipping buildings, churches, and other non profit facilities. To the Unions, their Leaders, and to their hard working rank and file, we dedicate this issue.


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Rick Bloomingdale -Together We Are Better

Pres. Richard Bloomingdale State AFL-CIO

2013 Labor Day Message By Rick Bloomingdale, President, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO On this Labor Day Holiday thousands of workers across Pennsylvania, many of them proud members of labor unions, will draw attention to the contributions that all workers make to the economic and social fabric of our nation.

We have a lot to celebrate as we move closer toward the realization of health security for millions of uninsured workers. This will be an historic achievement in progress for our sons and daughters and future generations of workers. No longer will they be one serious illness away from bankruptcy. It’s an important step toward the com-

plete realization that health care is a basic human necessity and not a commodity. We will continue pushing strongly to convince Governor Corbett to pass Medicaid expansion for Pennsylvania. Both lives and jobs will be lost if he doesn’t act now. We applaud and fully support Wal-Mart workers and the workers employed by Mc-

Things are happening at the Port of Philadelphia and the ILA is proud to be part of it all! No one can miss all the great things going on at the Port right now: we’re deepening our shipping channel to 45 feet. We’re moving forward with Southport, the first major new marine terminal in decades. We’re aggressively attracting new cargoes while continuing our dedication to our existing business. And we here at ILA Local 1291 are proud to be at the center of everything, helping our many allies in the maritime industry to make this Port all it can be now and in the future! So, as we make continued progress, the ILA wants to take a moment to thank and salute those allies, because without everyone working together, all would be lost! So, we want to use this opportunity to acknowledge these fine individuals and organizations:

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The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority PRPA’s many fine terminal operators The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Our fellow unions and their hardworking memberships Governor Tom Corbett

US Senators Bob Casey and Patrick Toomey Congressman Bob Brady State Senators Mike Stack and Larry Farnese State Representatives Bill Keller and John Taylor Our many other allies in government

And, last but not least, the fine membership of ILA Local 1291, who safely, quickly, and expertly move the world’s cargoes every day!

Let’s all continue to move forward! Sincerely and In Unity,

Boise Butler III, President • Jack Hatty, Vice President • Martin Mascuilli, Secretary Treasurer Business Agents John Lafferty, Darryl Larke, and Sonny Howlett Trustees Michael Brennan and John Mulgrew • Sergeants-at-Arms John Powers and Keith Browning

Donalds, Burger King and other fast food companies, in their efforts to improve their wages and living standards. The majority of these workers are adults, trying to eke out a living on low wages. Many of them are working two or three jobs. They are employed by some of the largest and most profitable corporations on the planet which can afford to pay their employees decent wages and benefits. These workers are coming together to demand decent wages and dignity on the job. This proves that the way to better wages is to unionize. Our employment and labor laws should ensure that all workers earn enough to support themselves and their fam-

ilies. Working men and women should not have to rely on public assistance to pay for the necessities of life – food, clothing, shelter, transportation and health care. At one time in our nation’s history the jobs in the factories, mines and steel mills were low-wage, no- benefit, and unsafe jobs. It wasn’t until workers came together and organized unions that they were able to gain the bargaining strength they needed to create good jobs out of low-wage, no-benefit jobs. That is what is happening today around the country. People are coming together as they always have to help each other and to improve their (Cont. Page 14)

State Senator

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Rep. Rosita Youngblood Salutes All Our Union Members and Their Families

Happy Labor Day

ORGANIZING TO EMPOWER WORKING PEOPLE

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SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA AND GREATER PHILADELPHIA CHAPTER Honor America’s UNIONS and their MEMBERS FROM OUR OFFICERS, BOARD AND MEMBERS Gwendolyn R Johnson, President, Frederick Wright, Vice President Vanessa Smith­Doughty, Treasurer, Michelle N. Cooper, Secretary Executive Board: Ryan Boyer, Anna Brown, Kenneth Lee Kinsey Stephen Gibbs, Darlene Lawrence Coalition with organize labor and the community, to enhance and fight for a better today and future for our youth, retirees, working people and the poor.


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(Cont. From Page 8) working and living conditions. And we continue to promote and support this concept for all workers. All of us grew up being told that we need to get a good education in order to get a good job. But what we found out was that it takes more than a good education. It takes the economic and political strength of a union and collective bargaining to counter the greed of corporations and the shareholders. This is a lesson that should be taught in the schools and colleges. People should not have to learn this after they graduate from high school or college and start looking for a job. Workers both young and old are facing many challenges today. To meet the challenges will require regaining the bargaining strength that has been lost over many decades. The socalled experts talk around the real solution to the problem of growing income inequality between the richest and the rest of us. It took years to get to where

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we are now, in a deep hole, and it will take years to extricate ourselves and restore the bargaining strength that we need and deserve. And it’s important that our policy makers get it, otherwise the journey will take a little bit longer, perhaps the very next election cycle. Right now we are facing tough, but not insurmountable obstacles to improving jobs and job opportunities for all workers. Improving the pensions and retirement security for a large majority of working people employed in the private sector would free up tens of thousands of jobs each day. This year we’ve reached a new milestone. Each day, from here on until the year 2050, 10,000 workers will reach retirement age – 65 years old in the United States. Think about how many jobs would open up each day for younger workers if these retirement age workers could afford to retire. Unfortunately too many of them can’t because their pension plan doesn’t provide the savings needed to provide a decent retirement. So they will keep “punching the clock” and keep on working either full-time or part-

time. Some will work until they can’t. It didn’t use to be this way and it shouldn’t be today. That is why we are fighting to protect the good pensions and the retirement security of public sector workers – school teachers, police, firefighters, nurses, caregivers all of the people who provide those important public services to our families and communities. All over the country in cities like Detroit and here in Pennsylvania we have drawn the line in the sand. It’s not only about retirement security and keeping promises made to working people it’s about good jobs and job opportunities for younger workers. No matter how much the world changes and how rapid these changes occur in our lives in technology and innovation, greed will remain a constant challenge and threat to our quality of life and our democracy. The only way that working people can capture their fair share of the wealth and prosperity is by coming together, joining unions, and demanding their fair share. The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO represents over 800,000 union workers.


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Labor Rallies For Schools UNION SOLIDARITY was much in evidence behind Philadelphia Federation of Teachers as protests by teachers, students, and unions included Labor leaders PFT President Jerry Jordan, AFL-CIO President Pat Eding and George Ricchezza, District Leader, SEIU 32BJ District 1201. Photo by LuzSelenia Salas.

Message From Pat Eiding

(Cont. From Page ) unemployed, and you get a figure of 125,000 Philadelphians — 19% of our potential workers being out of work. One thing I haven’t mentioned about Labor Day – it’s traditionally the start of the political campaign season. But the failure of our political leaders is one of the reasons for the mess we’re in today. I think we need leaders who value and honor working people, every day of the year, and

not just on Labor Day. And they need to honor workers not just with handshakes and soundbites, but with their effort and the policies they fight for: more investment in our schools and essential public services, expanding access to healthcare, reforming our nation’s immigration laws. The man who was the head of the American Federation of Labor back on the first Labor Day was Samuel Gompers, a cigar-maker who’d immi-

grated to New York City from England when he was a boy. In 1915, he summed up labor’s goals this way: “What does labor want? We want more schoolhouses and less jails; more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures.” Here in 2013, our aims are basically the same. Across the

country, in fast-food restaurants and at Walmarts, workers are standing up and demanding fair treatment and a fair day’s pay for the work they do. Here in Philadelphia, teachers and students and parents have stood together, demanding investment in our schools and fair treatment for public school employees. That kind of courage is what makes progress. And it’s what gives me hope for America’s workers as we celebrate another Labor Day.


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The United Food and Commercial Workers Union is bringing unity back to the AFL-CIO. It is re-affiliating with the National AFL-CIO. The move adds 1.3 million unionized retail workers to the AFL-CIO’s ranks, giving the labor organization more political resources in money and manpower. This is welcoming news to the UCFW locals in Pennsylvania, which have always remained with the AFL-CIO after the national UFCW disaffiliated in 2005, Wendell Young IV, head of the UFCW Local 1776, said “ We were allowed to choose when that happened and we immediately chose to stay with the AFL-CIO. ” Young is a member of a na-

tional board which voted Thursday in favor of rejoining the AFL-CIO. His union represents about 3,500 liquor store clerks and thousands of other retail workers in private industry. He has been the key opponent to Gov. Tom Corbett’s attempt to privatize the State Liquor Stores. “Regardless of a union's affiliation, when we are faced with attacks on the core issues of our membership, we will always stand side by side with workers,” said Frank Snyder, treasurer-secretary of the PA AFL-CIO. “Privatization of any kind is just one of those issues we will oppose.”

TWU Local 234 Begins Bargaining With SEPTA The Transport Workers Union Local 234 started negotiations with SEPTA yesterday at the TWU Hall 500 N. 2nd St., seven months ahead of the March 14, 2014 expiration date

Declaring War On Fuel Mandate

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey discusses ethanol problem with Jim Gallagher, Business Agent Steamfitters Local 420 at Monroe Energy Refinery in Marcus Hook in photo at left. Congressman Pat Toomey looks on in photo at left. Photos courtesy, Julia Wilkinson, Daily Times.

US Senator Pat Toomey and Congressman Pat Meehan advised workers at Monroe Energy's Trainer refinery in Delaware County they are committed to ending ethanol mandates which are crippling this refinery and others. Their concerns came across loud and clear:

ethanol mandates have got to go. The government's Renewable Fuel Standard mandate requires fuel suppliers like those in Trainer and Philadelphia to blend millions of gallons of biofuels - notably corn ethanol - into the nation's gasoline supplies. Toomey noted

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of the City Transit Division contract with SEPTA. The negotiations will also address the contracts for the Suburban and Frontier Transit Divisions. These contract negotiations affect over 5,000 TWU Local 234 members employed by SEPTA. Local 234’s goal, said President John Johnson, Jr., is to secure a contract with SEPTA on time. “Our collective bargaining is not just for Local 234 members but for the riders of the five counties served by SEPTA”. TWU is starting negotiations on non-economic items such as safety, training, and work rules to improve public transportation. Johnson added “Too often, non-economic issues are not addressed because wages and benefits become the priority and there is not enough time. By starting early, TWU and SEPTA can start work on new agreement on time.” For more information, please contact Stuart Bass at (215) 284-4218 or sbass@twu234.org

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“This corporate welfare for the ethanol industry harms the viability of good paying jobs, drives up gas prices, increases food costs, and harms the environment”. Toomey has cosponsored bipartisan legislation to repeal such requirements.

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Saluting The Men & Women Of Organized Labor Enjoy Your Day - You Earned It ! About: Druding’s Boxing Club is located in the Harrowgate section of Philadelphia and operated by Fred Druding, Jr. Fred grew up in the “Two Street” neighborhood of South Philadelphia where he began boxing as a youth at the EOM Athletic Association. As the casual after school activity turned more serious, Fred started training at gyms such as Mickey Rosati’s Boxing Club, Augie’s Gym, and the Philadelphia Boxing Club.

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These experiences would lead Fred to Lock Haven University, where he trained under iconic Collegiate Boxing Coach Dr. Ken Cox. Under Dr. Cox, Fred won the Northeastern Collegiate Boxing Championship, a Silver Medal at the National Championships, and was named an “All American”. After Lock Haven, Fred returned to Philadelphia and embarked on a professional career at Kensington’s famed Front Street Gym under the tutelage of the late legendary Philly boxing trainer Wesley Mouzon. Upon retirement from the ring, Fred became involved with the Pennsylvania Veteran Boxers Association and was later elected to the organizations Board of Directors and was honored as their 2009 “Person of the Year”. Today, Fred is a USA Boxing Certified Coach who recently opened his own gym with the hopes of giving back to a sport that has giving to him, by sharing his year’s of experience with a new generation of Philadelphia boxers.

US Census Bureau Profiles Labor 2013 The first observance of Labor Day was likely on Sept. 5, 1882, when some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City for a parade. That celebration inspired similar events across the country, and by 1894 more than half the states were observing a “workingmen’s holiday” on one day or another. Later that year, with Congress passing legislation and President Grover Cleveland signing the bill on June 29, the first Monday in September was designated “Labor Day.” This national holiday is a creation of the labor movement in the late 19th century — and pays tribute to the social and economic achievements of American workers. In this country’s labor force are 155.7 million of us eligible to work, working, and over 16. We work at a variety of occupations: For instance, the largest number of us work as retail

sales people, over 4,340,000. Following that category are 3,314,010 working as cashiers. Moving up as third largest occupation are combined food preparation, serving and fast foodworkers, totaling 2,943,8 10. Close behind in 5th place are Office clerks, general with 2,808,100. Would you believe Registered nurses with 2,633,980 outnumber Waiters and waitresses at 2,332,020. Customer service representatives follow, numbering 2,299,750; then follow Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand,2,143,940; Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners, number 2,097,380; Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive, round out the top list with 2,085,680. The Largest Occupations by number of employees are: Farmers (owners and ten-

ants), 6,132,000; Farm laborers, wageworkers 2,832,000; Farm laborers, unpaid family workers 2,514,000; Operatives and kindred workers, manufacturing 2,318,000; Laborers, nonmanufacturing industries 2,210,000; Laborers, manufacturing 1,487,000; Salesmen and sales clerks, retail trade 1,454,000; Housekeepers, private household – living out 1,338,000; Managers, officials, and proprietors, retail trade 1,119,000; Mine operatives and laborers, crude petroleum and natural gas extraction and 907,000 The number of paid employees (for pay period including March 12) who worked for a gasoline station in the U.S. in 2011 numbered 847,516. Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a holiday in February 1887. Oregon (9,634 paid gasoline station employees), along with New Jersey (Cont. Page 27)

The Committe To Elect

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Salutes The American Laborer! Enjoy this

Labor Day Paid for by Committee to Elect Anne Marie Coyle


Happy Labor Day To Our Union Members And Their Families

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LEADERS meet at MLK Memorial last weekend. From left are NAACP president Jerry Mondeshire, Mayor Wilson Goode, DC33 chief Pete Matthews, and Congressman Bob Brady aide Ducky Birts.

REPRESENTING City Commissioners and Congressman Bob Brady were Dep. Commissioner Tracey Gordon and Congressional Aide DUCKY Birts at 50th reunion of Dr. M.L. King’s famous ‘I have a dream’ speech.

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With Marchers Honoring Dr. King

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING statue was awesome and drew marchers to it for picture taking mementoes. Photos by Tracey Gordon.

Council President Wishes Happy

LABOR DAY To All Union Members And to All Philadelphians

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Purchase American Made School Supplies Why Labor Day Weekend….

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by Michael Blichasz

American Workers’ Advocate

School supplies are big business and need to be made in the U.S.A. With tens of millions of Americans shopping for school supplies, it’s important that consumers look at the labels on everything they need to purchase so American made products get top priority. In recent years as the American people have spoken up

about too many foreign made products, there has been some improvement in what is being sold in America’s stores. However, change is often slow to happen and with long term contracts in place with foreign providers, it’s up to us to seek out the products made by companies that remained in America and are keeping Americans employed. A big problem with school supplies is that over the past 20

years, many former U.S. manufacturers closed or downsized, and now the production of school bags, uniforms, shoes, dorm room supplies and many other items are made overseas. Restoring U.S. production of school-related products requires the commitment of both private sector businesses as well as America’s consumers. We simply have to change our purchasing habits and show we mean busi-

ness by spending our American made dollars on American made products FIRST. As we continue our efforts to restore industries and jobs I urge you to voice your concerns to store personnel before you reach the cash register, so everyone gets the same message: America can’t continue to be the sales point for foreign manufacturers while so many Americans remain jobless.

by Rebecca Greenberg Most of us are familiar with the popular bumper sticker, “Labor Unions – The folks who brought you the weekend.” And yes, unions did play a pivotal role in the creation of the five-day work week. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Over the last 170 years, labor unions have done a whole lot more than just establishing the weekend. We’ve effectively served as the first line of defense against the corporations and politicians that seek to exploit working-class families. We’ve fought tirelessly for better treatment for workers from all walks of life. And we’ve won some major victories along the way on issues that affect working families every day. From improved wages to safer working conditions to fairness and equality in the workplace, the policies championed by labor unions benefit all working families, regardless of whether they them-

selves belong to a union. Most of labor’s major accomplishments have become so engrained in our daily lives that it’s hard to imagine a time without them. Here are just a few of the hard-fought victories of the labor movement that we often take for granted: Child-labor laws. Nowadays, the idea of young children working in dangerous and hazardous conditions is uniformly appalling, but as recently as the early 20th century, child labor was all too commonplace. In 1881, the very first American Federation of Labor national convention passed a resolution calling on states to ban children under 14 from all gainful employment, which motivated states to take action and pass child labor policies, and that led up to the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act – the first federal law in the nation to prohibit child labor. Occupational health and safety. Prior to 1970, firefighters, mineworkers, those who (Cont. Page 25)

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Philadelphia International Airport workers have filed allegations against US Airways, United, Southwest and passenger-service subcontractor PrimeFlight with the Dept. of Transportation and Occupational Safety & Health Administration. The claim is workers have been exposed to bodily fluids and faulty wheelchairs. “Many of the wheelchairs that we use have broken foot rests, bad brakes and handle grips that fall off and can cause you to lose control of the chair,” said PrimeFlight wheelchair attendant Izzy Fernandez. “I am always scared I will hurt someone or lose my job because of an accident.” Airport workers are complaining they do not receive certain training required by the Air Carrier Access Act, including training on communi-

cating with passengers with sensory disabilities, and that they are not provided with equipment in good working order. The airport workers are asking the Dept. of Transportation to order the airlines to force their subcontractors to correct these problems and to assess appropriate fines. “It shouldn’t come as a shock that workers who are paid poverty wages at the airport also aren’t provided with functioning wheelchairs or the proper training to deal with bodily fluids and blood,” said Wayne MacManiman, Director of 32BJ SEIU, Mid-Atlantic District. “These are all symptoms of the underlying problem: the low-bid contracting system at the airport is a hazard for workers and for passengers. It’s a hazard for the city as a whole.”


Days legislation, which would allow all Californians to accrue guaranteed sick leave. Higher wages. Unions raise the minimum wage standard for all workers, and nonunion employers are compelled to offer comparable wages and benefits in order to attract the best and brightest. In fact, at the time when most Americans belonged to a union — a period of time between the 1940s and 1950s — income inequality in the US was at its lowest point in the

history of the country. To this day, the labor movement continues to fight to raise the minimum wage so it keeps up with the rate of inflation, which helps union and non-union workers alike. When unions are strong, it forces other employers to match wages. So, they actually increase the pay and improve benefits for non-union workers too. In that way, unions help everyone ... blue collar, white collar, union and non-union.

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covered under employer-provided health care, and we’re a healthier nation because of it. But the fight against greedy insurance companies is far from over. Unions are constantly advocating for more affordable and accessible health care for all, and were instrumental in the passage of the Affordable Care Act of 2009. Minimum wage. Gone are the days of working for nothing. The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 established a minimum wage (back then it was 25 cents an hour), and unions have fought year after year to raise that minimum wage to a living wage that keeps workers out of poverty. Labor is still fighting to reform the minimum wage so that it increases at the rate of inflation. In California, labor lobbied for and succeeded in passing a two-step minimum wage increase, which bumped California’s minimum wage up to $8/hour — $1.50 higher than the federal minimum wage. Workplace equality. Unions played a major role in the passage of the Civil Rights Act and Title VII, which prohibits discrimination by employers or unions on the basis of race, national origin, color, religion or gender. Fairness and equality in the workplace continues to be a focal issue for unions in California and around the country, who continually fight for workplace fairness and equal opportunities for minorities, immigrants, the disabled, members of the LGBT community and others who are disenfranchised and discriminated against in the workplace. Unemployment Insurance, Social Security and the Safety Net. As early as the 1830s, unions – not the government — first began the practice of providing unemployment assistance to jobless workers. In the early 20th century, UI legislation started cropping up in dozens of states, and served as the impetus for the Social Security Act of 1935, which established a uniform system of

workplace policies. In 1993, we passed the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, allowing parents to take time off to care for a new baby without risking losing their jobs. Here in California, we took the notion once step further and in 2005, we became the first state in the nation to pass a Paid Family Leave law, which allows workers to take that time off without losing all of their income. Never ones to rest on our laurels, we continue to fight to pass Paid Sick

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(Cont. From Page 24) work around dangerous chemicals and just about everyone else had absolutely no health and safety protections at work. But all that changed when labor unions successfully urged President Nixon — a conservative Republican — to sign the Occupational Health & Safety Act, the first comprehensive federal legislation that regulates safety in the workplace. OSHA has provided the basis for more reforms in occupational health, including mine safety laws and standards for workers who are exposed to toxic chemicals. Unions continue to work daily to enforce OSHA’s regulations, and also to expand and refine safe protections for all workers. The eight-hour day. During the industrial revolution of the late 1800s, workers often toiled for 14 or 16 hours at a stretch with no overtime pay. In May of 1886, a labor strike for the eight-hour day led to the now infamous Haymarket Square riot, where striking workers lost their lives standing up for the core labor ideal of “eight hours for work, eight hours for rest, and eight hours for what we will.” Workers and unions fought for decades for this basic right, and the eight-hour day finally became reality for all workers in 1938 with the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Health care. Up until the mid-20th century, employerprovided health care was incredibly rare, but all that changed thanks to the labor movement. In 1943, the National War Labor Board (a coalition of unions) declared employer contributions for health insurance to be tax-free, which encourages companies to offer health-insurance packages to attract workers. By 1950, “half of all companies with fewer than 250 workers and two-thirds of all companies with more than 250 workers offered health insurance of one kind or another.” Today, most workers are

unemployment insurance, and also provides aid to dependent children and rehabilitation for the physically disabled. Labor is still on the front lines every day, defending Social Security and the safety net from rightwing attacks. Family and Medical Leave. Balancing work and family has never been easy, and as more women enter the workforce, that balancing act becomes even tougher – which is why labor staunchly advocates for new family-friendly

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our pleasure to carry live on WURD this year’s annual Labor Day Parade.” “On behalf of the Philadelphia AFL-CIO, I commend the Laborers’ District Council for taking on this unique project which will only enhance our annual Labor Day Parade,” said Patrick Eiding, President of Philadelphia AFL-CIO.”

In addition to broadcasting on WURD Radio 900AM, the broadcast will be streaming live as well. Be a part of the parade by using hashtag #LaborDayPhilly on Twitter. The cost is $10 for admission to the festivities (food and beverage sold separately). The public is invited.

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stores for back-to-school shopping in 2011 number 25,448. Other choices of retail establishments abound: there were 28,128 family clothing stores, 7,093 children and infants clothing stores, 8,144 office supply and stationery stores, 8,407 bookstores and 8,625 department stores. The number of sporting goods stores nationwide in 2011 waiting for fans come to 21,227.. In U.S. sports, college football teams usually play their first games the week before Labor Day, with the NFL traditionally playing their first game the Thursday following Labor Day. The number of travel agents employed full time, year-round in 201 come to 48,548. In addition, there were 15,067 tour and travel guides employed full time, year-round nationwide, according to the 2011 American Community Survey. On a weekend intended to give U.S. workers a day of rest, many climb into their drivers’ seats or board an airplane for a quick end of the summer getaway. The Commute to Work Number of commuters who left for work between midnight and 4:59 a.m. in 2011 were 5.7 million. They represented 4.3 percent of all commuters. Only 4.3% of workers 16 and over worked from home in 2011. The majority of workers 16 and over who drove alone to work in 2011 numbered 76.4%. Another 9.7 percent carpooled and 2.8 percent walked from home. > The average time it took workers in the U.S. to commute to work in 2011 was 25.5 minutes. . Maryland and New York had the most timeconsuming commutes, averaging 32.2 and 31.5 minutes, respectively.

Union Local 19 Union Hall at Columbus Blvd. and Washington Ave. The parade travels north to the Penns Landing Great Plaza, where the festival will take place. “Labor Day is the day America honors and salutes the working class people of this great country,” says Ms. Sara Lomax-Reese, President of WURD Radio, LLC. “It is

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(Cont. From Page 22) (15,734 paid gasoline station employees), are the only states without self-service gasoline stations. The number of wage and salary workers age 16 and over represented by a union in 2012 comes to 15.9 million. This group includes both union members (14.4 million) and workers who report no union affiliation but whose jobs are covered by a union contract (1.6 million). There are over 14.5 million female workers 16 and over in service occupations in 2011. Among male workers 16 and over, 11.2 million were employed in service-related occupations. Percentage increase in employment in the U.S. between December 2011 and December 2012 rose to a paltry 1.9%. Employment increased in 287 of the 328 largest counties (large counties are defined as having employment levels of 75,000 or more). Another Day, Another Dollar The 2011 real median earnings for male and female full-time, year-round workers, respectively was $48,202 and $37,118. The fastest growing jobs from 2010 to 2020 was in the number of personal care aides (607,000). Analysts expect this occupation to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. Meanwhile, the occupation expected to add more positions over this period than any other is registered nurses (711,900). Over 84.7% of full-time workers 18 to 64 were covered by health insurance during all or part of 2011. Say Goodbye to Summer: Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer and the start of the back-to-school season. The number of shoe

The Laborers’ District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and Vicinity will broadcast live on WURD Radio 900 AM from the Annual Philadelphia AFL-CIO Labor Day Parade on Monday, September 2, 2013 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Parade will start at the Sheet Metal Workers’

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City Offices Closed For Labor Day

All City of Philadelphia offices will be closed and City services curtailed on Labor Day, Monday, September 2 — a legal holiday. Trash and recyclables will not be collected on Monday. Acting Streets Commissioner David J. Perri urges residents, whose normal collection is on Monday, to set out their rubbish and recycling for

collection on Tuesday, September 3. Trash and recycling collections will be one day behind for the remainder of the week. All City District Health Centers are closed on Labor Day, as are all branch offices of the Department of Licenses and Inspections; the North and Northeast Municipal Service Centers; the Marriage License Bureau; all

Department of Recreation facilities; the Free Library of Philadelphia and all of its branches and the executive offices of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, as well as its Violations branch, at 9th and Filbert streets. Municipal Court’s Arraignment Court at the Criminal Justice Center, 1301 Filbert St., will be open.

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On Behalf of the 800,000 hard-working Women and Men, who make up the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, we wish you all a Safe and Happy Labor Day.

done with skill, safety, and pride – IT’S DONE UNION!

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Saluting the Port of Philadelphia’s hard-working labor force, who daily make this port the most efficient, capable maritime operation in the country.

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“A LABOR DAY SALUTE IN THE PHILADELPHIA BUILDING TRADES COUNCIL”

ASSOCIATION OF BRIDGE, STRUCTURAL, ORNAMENTAL AND REINFORCING IRONWORKERS LOCAL UNION NO. 401 PROUDLY ACKNOWLEDGES

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OUR MEMBERSHIP, STAFF AND THE PHILADELPHIA STEEL ERECTORS ASSOCIATION FOR WORKING TOGETHER TO BUILD THE SKYLINE OF THE GREAT CITY OF PHILADELPHIA Labor is the heart of productivity, the cause of growth and prosperity in our nation and ultimately, the reason for our success. Our labor has earned us much to be proud of- and many accomplishments are more responsible for our achievements than the rank and file membership of our Union. They are Labor… and this is their Holiday! Congratulations!!! Joseph “Doc” Dougherty Business Manager Ironworkers’ Local Union No. 401

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Commercial Advertisers Try Conning Union Workers by David Sirota Big agribusiness pretends to go organic. PC behemoths mimic Apple products. Barack Obama goes to the right of the Republicans on civil liberties. Mitt Romney suddenly portrays himself as a left-leaning moderate on immigration. It seems no matter the arena, the most clichéd move in corporate and political combat is to coopt an opponent’s message, expecting nobody to notice or care. But as inured as we are to this banality, it’s still shocking to see Corporate America transform the message of Organized Labor into a sales pitch for … Corporate America. Yes, according to the New York Times, that’s what’s happening, as new ads are “tapping into a sense of frustration among workers to sell products.” One spot for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (read: the casinos) shows a woman climbing onto her desk to demand a vacation. Another for McDonald’s implores us to fight back against employers and “overthrow the working lunch.” Still another for a Coca-Cola subsidiary seizes on the stress of harsh working conditions to create buzz for a branded “Take the Year Off” contest. “Marketers are adopting the theme of workers’ rights at a time when unions themselves are confronting declines in membership and influence,” notes the Times. “In effect, some labor experts say, they are

turning a pro-worker theme on its head to serve the corporate interest.” In one sense, this is good news for organized labor – at a moment when unions are under assault, the ads reflect polls showing persistent mass support for both the concept of worker solidarity and the economic outrage voiced by worker protests. Indeed, companies wouldn’t be echoing such themes if they didn’t know they were wildly popular. And yet, that’s also why organized labor can’t take too much solace. Imagewise, the ad campaign undermines unions by effectively severing the popular pro-worker message from the labor-movement brand. Preposterously, the spots insinuate workers can get better treatment – and wield real power in the employeremployee relationship – wholly without unions. It’s a fantasy, of course. Not coincidentally, as union density in America has declined, so too have workers’ wages, benefits, workplace protections and negotiating power. Additionally, as the Economic Policy Institute documents, unions not only help their own members, they set industry-wide standards. So when unions lose ground, all workers lose out. The ads imply the opposite, by suggesting individual workers don’t need solidarity (i.e., collective bargaining, unions) to get ahead. And what’s particularly galling is this message comes from interests that

have been hostile to the labor movement. For example, the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority may ostensibly speak for a city with a comparatively high union density – but that’s not because that city’s key tourism industry is friendly to labor. On the contrary, the casino industry has often led vicious fights against unions. McDonald’s and CocaCola are even worse. While the former touts the virtues of lunch breaks – workplace benefits standardized through labor-movement activism – journalist Eric Schlosser has documented the fast-food company’s aggressive union-busting. Meanwhile, the beverage conglomerate advertising the need for more worker vacations – again, benefits originally secured through labor organizing – has fought organizing drives in the United States and has faced international outrage over alleged anti-union violence abroad. Put it all together, and you see the sleight of hand: In the same way oil companies try to greenwash their brands to align them with environmental sentiment, the particular industries and companies airing these ads are subtly “workerwashing” their brands in an attempt to equate themselves with populist economic outrage. That they can accomplish this with so few noticing proves that in the age of truthiness, anything can be corporatized–even the anticorporate zeitgeist.


How About Giving Credit When Due? million from the state - over last year’s appropriation”. Taylor added the Legislature restructured the sales-tax legislation to help Philadelphia schools and allow them to borrow an additional $50 million against future anticipated revenues. He continued “In the hope of clarity and setting the record straight, let’s do the math: an additional $32 million in the budget, $45 million in the fiscal code and $50 million as a result of the sales-tax bill. That’s $127 million additional dollars in this year’s budget. Additional! Making the total - did I say this before? - $1.3 billion!” Taylor, in the meantime, has notified Kintock, an operator of half way houses, he is opposed tro their expansion of a halfway house on Wheatsheaf Lane. It goes contrary to an agreement he made with them when he approved the facility that now operates on East Erie Avenue. The agreement was no other half way house was to be considered for his district.

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Lone Republican member of the Philadelphia caucus in the State House, Rep. John Taylor, states city schools will receive an additional $45 million that was found by Gov. Corbett, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady and others working together on the fiscal code. He noted “This money went only to Philadelphia schools, which is quite miraculous considering that all Pennsylvania school districts are hurting financially. While there are strings attached, this additional $45 million is real money! It’s troubling in all the news coverage on Philadelphia’s school-funding crisis, local media failed to mention the state appropriation to city schools will exceed $1.3 BILLION for the current school year. That’s billion, with a ‘B’.” He added “It’s sad that the old adage ‘the truth matters’ seems to have been lost on reporters and local editorial boards - all of whom failed to correctly report that this year city schools will receive an additional $32

WURD-AM (900 AM) "Breakfast with Brady" monthly radio talk show was again hosted by Cody Anderson, front left. Congressman Bob Brady focused on medical care for labor union members and seniors. Joining in was State Senator Leanna Washington, bottom right., and Glenn Ellis. Dug-Out Diner in Kensington next month’s location. Photo by Joe Stivala.

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IBEW LOCAL 98 Business Manager John J. Dougherty speaks to crowd at fundraiser he hosted at Doc’s Union Pub in South Philadelphia for Congressman Bob Brady. Big crowd packed inside tavern on two street in South Philadelphia to welcome Democratic Party Chairman.

CONGRESSMAN Bob Brady, chair of Democrat City Committee, talks of “old days” with long time committeeman and supporter Bill Price, of 2nd Ward.. Two met up at Fundraiser for Congressman at Union Pub.

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“I Am A Man”… That was the sign that trash haulers in Memphis carried as they took to the streets for a march designed to try and bring their pay and workplace issues to the forefront of a community predisposed to ignore them. Theirs was the last movement that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King participated in before he was assassinated while standing on the balcony of the city’s Lorraine Motel. He was there to support the mostly African American workers as they strove for equitable treatment. As we approach Labor Day 2013, there are a whole lot of folks who could be walking the streets of Philadelphia carrying signs similar to “I Am A Man” due to the treatment they’ve received as members of the city’s labor movement. City workers that are members of District Councils 33 and 47 haven’t had a new contract since the beginning of Mayor Michael Nutter’s administration and it’s not looking like that reality is going to change any time soon. The money that Mayor Nutter has spent fighting the arbitrator’s ruling on the Fire Department’s contract could have paid for the disputed benefits by now. And we won’t even talk about the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. Imagine being told by the entity that technically owns your school district that the only way your school district will get the funds it needs to function is if you take a 26 percent cut…and none of the funds the district gets will stop you from having to go to Staples and stock up on everything (Cont. Page 53)

Organized labor has helped our nation and economy grow and thrive. They have also helped build a thriving middle class through their advocacy, negotiations, and help passing laws that ensure fair compensation and fair work rules. These laws include the minimum wage, 40 hour work weeks, and prevailing wage. Labor continues to be a powerful force in Philadelphia. While the influence of labor unions has diminished in other states such as Wisconsin and Ohio, here in Pennsylvania they are still strong. Particularly powerful are the Philadelphia labor unions. And the relationship between public officials and labor unions has never been more intimate. Take for the example last week’s successful fundraiser sponsored by Local 98 leader John Dougherty in support of City Chairman Bob Brady. The event was held at Doc’s Union Pub and consisted of an overflow crowd of union members leaders and elected officials. Among them were District Attorney Seth Williams, City Councilman Jim Kenney, State Rep. Brendan Boyle, Councilman Bobby Henon, State Rep. Ed Neilson, Register of Wills Ron Donatucci and State Sen. Mike Stack to name just a few. The new president of the firefighters union Joe Schulle also attended. He seems to have forged a very close bond with John Dougherty. Also on hand was Mike McAllister, a former jury commissioner and now President of PFCU who successfully underwent surgery. He is recovering well and looked fit and healthy. Several future judges were also on hand including Joe Fernandes and Dawn Tancredi. Judge Gene Maier and his lovely wife Lana hosted their annual beach party in Brigantine. Phil Restreppo the soon to be Federal Judge attended. Good thing because he’s Judge Maier’s son in law. Also there were Judges Alan Tereshko, Bill Manfredi, Sandy Moss, and Fay Stack and her daughter in law Beth Stack. Register of Wills Ron Donatucci was guest of honor at the Independence Seaport Museum. Labor icon Joe Ashdale was there to show support. Representing Local 98 were Marita Crawford and Kenny Adams. Also on hand was former District Attorney Lynn Abraham, Councilmen Jim Kenney and Mark Squilla. The strength of labor unions and their positive relationships with political leaders has led to job security to untold thousands and CHS is thankful for their contributions as we all observe Labor Day

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Yo! Here we go again and look at the calendar - summer is almost over. Well that is only by the calendar, there is still plenty of summer left - more that some of us would enjoy to be sure. There is more hot, humid, and unpleasant temps in September. Now look at the near future - cold, damp, windy, snowy weather that makes us learn the meaning of the phrase "a two dog night." As you might guess, I hate winter weather. To me the outdoors is to be enjoyed in the outdoors, not looked out through a frosted up window. So where did we get the notion that Labor Day is the end of summer? The real meaning of Labor Day is slowly getting lost in the "nowism" of today's hectic life style. While it is a general holiday in the United States, its roots in the working class remain clearer in European countries. It has come to be recognized in the U.S. not only as a celebration of the working class, but as the unofficial end of the summer season. Samuel Gompers hailed this day as a day for the toilers - a day for them to lay down the tools for a well-deserved holiday. That they remain solidly united in the knowledge of their contributions to the United States of America. All Americans should appreciate this. But do we? I certainly hope so for like it or not, this great country of ours was built by and to this day remains great by labor. The sweat of our collective brows has made us what we are today and our collective labor will keep us strong in the future. God bless America. But on the lighter note let's see if we can understand the state of personal responsibility in America in the last 20 years. For example; if a woman burns her thighs with the hot coffee she was holding in her lap while driving, she blames the restaurant. -- If your teenage son kills himself, you blame the rock 'n' roll musician he liked. -- If you smoke three packs a day for 40 years and die of lung cancer your family blames the tobacco company. -- If your daughter gets pregnant by the football captain you blame the school for poor sex education. -- If your neighbor crashes into a tree while driving home drunk, you blame the bartender. - If your cousin gets AIDS because the needle he used to shoot heroin was dirty, you blame the government for not providing clean ones. And if the government gives him clean needles (Cont. Page 46)

LABOR’S DAY: “These are times that try men’s (women too) souls.” So said Thomas Paine during the American Revolution. And so it is such a time today for organized labor in America. In tough economic years, labor is asked to GIVE BACK and to SACRIFICE. Some states try to impose “right to work laws” or discourage workers from voting to join a union. But Labor will always respond to genuine requests. And the USA economy is coming back SLOWLY because we are a DEVELOPED country, and there are few great infrastructure needs that we have not built. And 30 years of free trade agreements have sapped our manufacturing base. A block of older workers, too young for retirement, are twisting in the wind seeking a job. And many young with no job prospects since the employers won’t train them join them. And it is not just in the USA. Hundreds of daily work stoppages have occurred in China, and successfully driven up wages to a point where manufacturers are moving to non-worker organized Vietnam. Thereare more unemployed youth in the world than the entire USA POPULATION! Declining imports from Asia due to rising costs of a 6,000-mile sea voyage has returned some manufacturing to the USA. Assembly of overseas-made parts in the U.S.is also happening. Copier-digital manufacturing, custom designed from an office, is coming. New wave style union locals are forming, as are associations with workers in Asian-owned USA companies. Labor has lost some ground, and the slog (Cont. Page 53)

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Last Sunday Republican City Committee (RCC) held its annual Billy Meehan Clambake at Canstatters. The four hundred plus crowd dined on clams, oysters, Italian roast pork, chicken and German potato salad. This was the first RCC clambake since the detente in the party which appears to have contributed to turnout. Attendees were entertained by a German styled band which was followed by a rock group that included Republican ward leader Gary Grisafi. City Commissioner, Al Schmidt, was the chairman of the clambake. RCC chairman, John Taylor joined Schmidt on the stage and introduced the various candidates and elected officials who were there to address the crowd. Most of the presentation time was allotted to the candidates, Kenneth Powell for Common Pleas, Dan Alvarez for District Attorney and Terry Tracy for City Controller. Powell who is currently a Common Pleas Judge briefly mentioned his credentials which are outstanding. He has been appointed to open judicial positions in Philadelphia twice owing to mid-term retirements of elected judges by both Democrat Governor Ed Rendell and Republican Tom Corbett. He is reputed to be one of the best judges on Common Pleas, but unfortunately will probably not be elected as the predominantly Democrat electorate in Philadelphia will just pull the lever for the Democrats. Most of the voters have little interest in judicial races and thus have no clue as to the suitability and/or qualifications of the candidates. The other Republican candidate for Common Pleas, Anne Marie Coyle, who was not able to attend the clambake, was lucky and pulled top ballot position in the Democratic Primary and unlike Powell is on both tickets and will probably be elected. Ken Powell is the poster child for why we should have a process through which judges are appointed as in New York State and at the federal level.


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Tartaglione Supports Teachers Union Senator Christine M. Tartaglione, Democratic Chair of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, has thrown her support to the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools advocating for Full, Fair Funding for our Schools: She said “It has been said that ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ I truly believe that. Our village is our parents, our community and most importantly the teachers in our schools. Children deserve the best teachers we can give them, and an

equal opportunity at a bright future It is unfair to children, parents and teachers to balance the School budget on the backs of the teachers. “These teachers are the ones that have the most daily contact with our children - we should want to offer the most competitive salaries and benefits, in order to attract the most talented teachers. We should want the smartest, brightest, and best teachers to stay in Philadelphia. Funding education properly now will create a stronger city and Commonwealth, and will save our commu-

PhillyLabor Offers Financial Aid To Injured Workers Workers injured on the job often face significant hardships at the time of their injury. In an effort to help workers deal with the initial financial stress of the situation, PhillyLabor.com, the comprehensive local Labor services web site, is introducing the ground-breaking Gap (Financial) Assistance Benefit for injured workers. Joe Dougherty, of PhillyLabor.com, noted “part of our mission is promoting advocacy and making a positive difference in the lives of working men, woman and families both while on the job and in case of injury”. “As part of the Injured Workers Advocacy Program (IWAP), a comprehensive 501c3 program created by PhillyLabor.com to cover all phases of the injured worker’s experience, I am proud to announce the ground breaking “Gap Assistance Benefit”, which offers injured workers a financial benefit and assistance from the time they are injured on the job to the time they receive their workers compensation benefits determination of coverage decision,” said Dougherty. “This new benefit helps to lessen the initial financial strain when a worker is injured on the job!” The Injured Workers Advocacy Program (IWAP), a FREE program benefiting injured workers, also offers educational services, grants and scholarships for the purpose of career retraining to injured workers who are unable to return to work. To learn more about the ground breaking GAP Assistance Program, the IWAP educational services program as well as the many additional resources IWAP offers to assist injured workers, including how to pre-register and qualify for the program, go to: www.iwapusa.org, and for more information on the programs and services offered to union members through PhillyLabor.com, go to www.phillylabor.com and contact: Joe Dougherty at 267-250-1375.

nity money in the future. “Our funding system is broken and in need of serious repair. Concessions from employees will not fix this, finding various things to tax at various times will not fix this. It needs a major overhaul and that is where the attention and effort needs to be focused. These children are our job

creators for our future. “They will start businesses, dream up new ideas, cure our illnesses when we are old and aging, and move us toward reaching our full potential as a community. We sabotage our own futures if we do not provide proper education for our children now.”

Firefighters Lose Battle The Philadelphia Fire Department won the 27th Annual Weight Watchers® Battle of the Badges™ defeating the Philadelphia Police Department in the country’s longest running weight-loss competition. With that victory, the firefighters move ahead in the overall competition 14 to 13. For winning, the Fire Department will receive the Battle of the Badges trophy and the championship banner which they will keep for one year. In

addition, Weight Watchers will contribute $10,000 to the Hero Thrill Show, Inc. in the name of the Fire Department for their victory. Including this year, Weight Watchers will have contributed $227,500 for college scholarships for children of police officers and firefighters killed or seriously injured in the line of duty. This year, there were 908 participants in both departments who lost a total of 5,566 pounds.


know, polls don’t vote and send out confusing signals this early. McGinty was Gov. Rendell’s Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection from 2003 to 2008. In the race are Sen. Mike Stack, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, State Treasurer Rob McCord, former DEP Secretary John Hanger, and former Secretary of the Department of Revenue Tom Wolf. Tom Wolf is already spending big dollars for a glossy booklet on why he should be elected Governor, sending it to 2,000 elected and state committee members. In it, he agrees with our assessment. He says “The Democratic Primary for Governor is Pennsylvanians normally voting for the opposition party candidate to the party of the President in office. The state has voted against the party of the sitting president in 18 of State Rep.

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Sen. Erickson Won’t Seek Re-Election Sen. Edwin “Ted” Erickson (R-Delaware) has announced he will not seek reelection, leaving open a key southeast district seat Democrats may take in 2014. Erickson, who is majority policy chairman, said in a statement it had been “an honor and privilege to serve” but offered no reason for his decision.

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by Joe Shaheeli Katie McGinty, among those contending for the Democrat primary for Governor next year, has the personal endorsement of Pat Gillespie, Business Manager of the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council. The Council has not endorsed a candidate. That won’t happen until all the ducks are in the pond. Odds are it may not be McGinty, though Pat Gillespie doesn’t jump out for anyone without some forethought. With a field likely to produce a plurality candidate, if all who announced are in the primary, a few well-placed vote getters could just do that for her. Gillespie considers her to be the strongest of candidates, though, as of now, polls keep showing Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, way out in front, and a strong opponent to Gov. Corbett. But as we

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(Cont. From Page 43) Christopher A. Lins, Esq., Danny Mulvenna and Brian Caputo were re-appointed to the positions of Legal Counsel. At-Large Executive Board Over the next two years, and beyond, the group looks forward to continue our efforts to help brow the Republican Party in Philadelphia.

Councilman Denny O’Brien Supports Teachers Over Guv Republican Councilman Denny O’Brien knows the city’s Public Schools continue to be the Cinderella of this state’s School Districts. He reveals nearly 40 percent of Pennsylvania’s 500 Representative

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GOP Ladies Take Tip From Dems Western PA business woman Christine Toretti, who co-chaired the Republican National Committee’s finance

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GOP DA Candidate Shields His Family Having studied the rise and fall of elected officials, Republican District Attorney candidate Jerry Alvarez wisely decided not to include his family in photos taken of him at the Meehan Clambake last Sunday. “It’s best we keep them out of the limelight and shield them from the ups and downs inflicted on families during campaigns”. We

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(Cont. From Page 41) Dan Alvarez spoke about the need to put people before politics in order to protect our families and prevent crime. Many times during his campaign he has discussed the failure of the District Attorney’s office to prosecute political corruption. We need a District Attorney who will go after all criminals including those who may be from the political party that helped him/her get elected. Terry Tracy said that if elected he will work to stabilize the district’s finances, for economic growth and for government accountability and transparency. Bad policies and

and be found disabled. If someone with vision problems does not meet a listing, SSA must still take visual impairments into account when evaluating a person’s ability to perform past work or other work that exists in the national economy. Someone who is completely blind in one eye but has 20/20 vision in the other eye will generally be unable to perform a job that requires depth perception. A person with 20/100 vision in both eyes after best correction may experience problems with jobs that require near acuity or attention to fine detail. If you experience vision problems, you will need to undergo visual testing and to consult your ophthalmologist or optometrist regarding any limits with regard to your ability to see. Objective visual testing is essential if you hope to convince a judge that your vision problems meet or equal a listing or render you unable to perform essential job duties. tries to kill the pilots at 35,000 feet, and the passengers kill him instead, then the mother of the deceased terrorist blames the airline. America, land of the free, home of the blame. Let’s get back to personal responsibility. We must accept the results of our actions - either good or bad as that of our own doing. God bless America. failing schools have chased taxpayers (revenues) from the city. At a Town Hall event this Tuesday Tracy said “If you stand on 76 west at 8 a.m. on a weekday, you will see a monument to 80 years of bad policy.” Tracy specifically mentioned the need to fix our schools. However in my opinion the answer is not continuing the “temporary” 1% sales tax (that is in addition to the 6% state sales tax and the 1% Philadelphia sales tax to pay for the PICA bonds) which was schedule to expire next year. Nor is the establishment of a $2 tax on packs of cigarettes. The schools are a priority and city should be forced to find funding from other areas. Also the school district should close more under utilized schools.


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2. GPTMC mouths a "With Love" ad campaign, but wastes millions of dollars and years of public support with empty words--and no love song to support the effort.

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3. GPTMC violates the principle stated by the great German actress, MARLENE DIETRICH: "I knew America by her songs." 4. GPTMC is hostile to spending public funds for a recognizable city song driving a "love message" about Philadelphia--known globally as "the city of brotherly love." 5. GPTMC made known this fact in a 1998 letter, stating: "We will not utilize a 'Philadelphia' theme song at this time." 6. GPTMC has dodged the search for a city song driving a Philadelphia "love message" since its beginning, 17 years ago. 7. GPTMC believes the theme of the 1929 song "THERE AIN'T NO LOVE AT ALL--WITHOUT A SONG" is a message anathema to the people of Philadelphia. (More reasons next week) “You’ve Got a Friend in Pennsylvania” —Nicola Argentina (c) 2013

(Cont. From Page 41) back will be a hard one. But they continue to march. Each time a union local helps a member or a community, it is a PATRIOTIC ACT. Raising the living standards of union members through hard-won benefits is an act of CARING. 24/7 Eternal Vigilance by American labor halts a long decline to the SWEATSHOP standard. And Labor will never allow the USA to become a PLUTOCRACY. . On this LABOR DAY weekend we again thank Labor. Thomas Paine said it: “Those

we read of record casino earnings!! Tip O’NEILL used to say that “IT DOES NOT MATTER WHO GETS CREDIT,” So the mayor should be in SUPPORT of these ideas. RIGHT? ....FEDERAL JUDGE RULINGS have been at the forefront in recent weeks (and will be so again in September). The jurist who tossed out a murder verdict was the latest. The WORST ways to TRAMPLE the rights of citizens on trial is Ineffective assistance of counsel, and failure by defense or law enforcement to investigate a matter. ...REP. STEPHEN KINSEY showed great courage in fighting to save Traffic Court. He was praised on WURD RADIO. Cody Anderson at WURD was not HAPPY with lawmakers.

PUBLIC NOTICE The Philadelphia Housing Authority will hold the PHA Pension Board Meeting on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., at The Philadelphia Housing Authority 12 S. 23rd Street Multi-purpose Room Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kelvin Jeremiah President & CEO

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1. GPTMC accepted $30,751,997 from the public via secret government sources between Years 2006 through 2010.

who bear it now deserve the love and thanks of man and woman.” I SALUTE labor leaders I have known, living and dead, whose lives were a defining experience to many: Howard McCall, Paul Lewis, Earl Stout, Sam Staten, Sr. and Jr., Ken Washington, Rev. Dennis J. Comey, Joe Dougherty, John Dougherty, Ed Coryell, Joe Rispo, Pat Eiding, Dan Grace, and Joe Ashdale. TO NAME A FEW. ...LABOR DAY: The state AFL-CIO did a video in tribute to Martin Luther KING. No big shots, just members in it. It was good to see Candido SILVA and also Ed HARKINS (Boilermaker’s) in it....The PFT Teacher’s ads caused the mayor to lose his cool. Teacher’s lose jobs, while fat jobs at the Board of Ed. are not touched(?)...Look for FAST FOOD workers, eager to organize to strike today. CHARTER SCHOOL teachers may be next. .....NOT AGAIN? the City will start a bike-share plan, so that you can pick up a bike at one end of town, and drop it off in another. WOW! Didn’t they research that bike-riders are a singledigit total of our population? Maybe the Mayor ought to appoint a CABINET OFFICER for Bikes? A Secretary of Cycling - with important announcements of new trails, orbike turn signals. BIKES, BIKES, BIKES. We hear of them OVER AND OVER. Hey, MAYOR, let’s hear about JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. ....How about the news that the CITY is tougher on delinquent property taxes. Let’s check the progress: Some 5K fewer accounts own money. Delinquency growth has slowed. Yet the AMOUNT OWED HAS RISEN by some $7 MILLION. Is that PROGRESS??? ....PROGRESS is Council President’s Darrell CLARKE’S plan to help our schools, and pension fund. The Rep. BOB BRADY idea to allocate casino earnings to schools and pension fund, as

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kind of dovetailed over the years. Both fought for a lot of the same things: dignity of work, equality, and opportunity. (Granted, it took a little time for labor to adhere to some of the things that the civil rights folks wanted them to, like, say, letting people of color into unions. And let’s be honest here, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for a person of color to get contracting work from some city unions, but hey…) So maybe it’s time that the Labor Movement and the Civil Rights Movement did something that they were at one time both really good at: Taking it to the streets… Maybe it’s time for folks on both sides to decide that they’re sick and tired of being sick and tired. Maybe it’s time for a new Labor Movement to start marching, educating the populace, and making folks understand exactly what’s at stake here….because what’s at stake is a way to live without having to live in a box. I mean, where do you think that the often name checked “middle class” came from? As someone who has been a member of a labor union once or twice, I know that unions are sometimes the only thing that stands between you and getting really screwed over. Maybe it’s time we were reminded of that…

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(Cont. From Page 41) from pens to chalk…on your own dime. Add this to the general scorn that the Conservatives in Harrisburg like to heap upon labor and the fact that they’ve managed to convince the gen-

eral public that all would be right with the world if you would just agree to knock down buildings for $6.50 an hour and yep, you could say that being a member of a labor union isn’t fun right now. It’s no accident that the Labor Movement and the Civil Rights Movement have


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