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30th Annual All-Star Labor Classic on Sunday, April 9th at 10:30 am at Philadelphia University

From John J. Dougherty, Business Manager, IBEW Local #98

– Dear Friends,

I’m excited to invite you to attend the 30th Annual All-Star Labor Classic on Sunday, April 9th at 10:30 am at Philadelphia University (4100 Henry Avenue).

I’ll be playing in the game for the 30th consecutive year with other aging but game Philadelphia labor leaders. ‎This year, the All-Star Labor Classic is honored to be featuring 10 young basketball stars who each scored more than 1,000 points in their illustrious high school careers.

This event has raised nearly $2.5 million for United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia & Vicinity (UCP), a wonderful non-profit that makes life better for children with serious physical challenges and their families. ‎With your support of the event again this year, we can raise even more money for UCP and provide more help for these great kids.

For the 2017 Sponsorship Form, Go To –

If you’re interested in supporting this wonderful event, please respond early next week – the deadline has been extended to March 10th!!!
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday, April 9th at the 30th Annual All-Star Labor Classic!‎


John J. Dougherty
Business Manager
IBEW Local 98

PhillyLabor Honors Top Work Comp/PI Attorneys

PhillyLabor, an organization that provides programs, resources and services to the Philadelphia area union community, is honoring Philadelphia’s Top Injury attorneys as part of the PhillyLabor Injured Workers Advocacy initiative, a pro-labor initiative that serves the Philadelphia area union community and advocates on behalf of injury victims and injured workers

The PhillyLabor Who’s Who in Injury and Injured Workers Advocacy honor recognizes and honors top injured workers professionals and advocates who have dedicated their professional lives to serving and advocating on behalf of injury victims and injured workers with distinction.

NOMINATION/SELECTION PROCESS – Honorees are nominated and selected based on merit by a committee of industry professionals, labor advocates and representatives or may be written in by qualified industry professionals (See Below). (NOTE There are no sponsorship purchases or donations permitted as part of the nomination/selection process)

Honoree’s Recognition Includes The Following:

– Inclusion as part of the PhillyLabor “Who’s Who In Injury and Injured Workers Advocacy” List for 2017.

– Featured Radio Segment on The PhillyLabor Produced Talk radio show The “Pain and Wellness Hour” on WWDB 860 AM Spotlighting Honoree (Includes Podcast)

– Recognition Throughout The Philadelphia Area Union Community To Labor Leaders and Rank and File Union Members

– City Council Citation – Honorees Receive a Photo Op and City Council Citation from Who’s Who Committee Honorary Chairman and City Councilman David Oh saluting their achievements and contributions as a champion and advocate for injury victims and injured workers throughout the Philadelphia region.

* For Additional information on PhillyLabor and the PhillyLabor Injured Workers Initiative, Go to:, For More Info on the Who’s Who Honor Nomination Process, Contact PhillyLabor Executive Director, Joe Dougherty, at:

Major Announcement – Johnny Doc to Co-Host (w/long time co-host Pat Eiding & Co) Major PhillyLabor Radio Show on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT

Major Announcement – Johnny Doc to Co-Host (w/long-time co-hosts Pat Eiding, Joe Doc Jr and Joe Krause), Premier “Saturday Night Live w/PhillyLabor” Radio Show that will air every Saturday Night at 7pm on 1210 AM – WPHT

Jakib Media, Keel Communications and PhillyLaber are excited to announce that, one of Philadelphia’s most prominent labor leaders, John J. Dougherty, Business Manager, Philadelphia Building Trades has joined, as a co-host, the cast of PhillyLabor Radio including Pat Eiding, President of the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO, Joe Doc Jr, PhillyLabor and Joe Krause, Jakib Media, as they launch the highest profile labor talk radio show ever in Philadelphia, “Saturday Night Live w/PhillyLabor” starting this Saturday night from 7p-8p on Philadelphia’s legendary talk radio station Talk Radio 1210 WPHT.

The premier show of it’s kind since inception in 2014, “Saturday Night Live w/Philly Labor” (Formerly Today In PhillyLabor) provides an in depth, insiders look at “everything labor” throughout Philadelphia and vicinity while providing captivating up close and personal conversations with Philadelphia’s top labor, political, business and professional leaders on a weekly basis.

Tune in starting this Saturday Night 2/11 at 7pm to 1210AM WPHT – The Big Talker as history is made and listen to what all the talk is About!

Saturday Night Live w/PhillyLabor is Sponsored by Weinerman Pain and Wellness

The Meaning of The Martin Luther King Holiday by Coretta Scott King

– The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. We commemorate as well the timeless values he taught us through his example — the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership. On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit.

We commemorate Dr. King’s inspiring words, because his voice and his vision filled a great void in our nation, and answered our collective longing to become a country that truly lived by its noblest principles. Yet, Dr. King knew that it wasn’t enough just to talk the talk, that he had to walk the walk for his words to be credible. And so we commemorate on this holiday the man of action, who put his life on the line for freedom and justice every day, the man who braved threats and jail and beatings and who ultimately paid the highest price to make democracy a reality for all Americans.

The King Holiday honors the life and contributions of America’s greatest champion of racial justice and equality, the leader who not only dreamed of a color-blind society, but who also lead a movement that achieved historic reforms to help make it a reality.

On this day we commemorate Dr. King’s great dream of a vibrant, multiracial nation united in justice, peace and reconciliation; a nation that has a place at the table for children of every race and room at the inn for every needy child. We are called on this holiday, not merely to honor, but to celebrate the values of equality, tolerance and interracial sister and brotherhood he so compellingly expressed in his great dream for America.

It is a day of interracial and intercultural cooperation and sharing. No other day of the year brings so many peoples from different cultural backgrounds together in such a vibrant spirit of brother and sisterhood. Whether you are African-American, Hispanic or Native American, whether you are Caucasian or Asian-American, you are part of the great dream Martin Luther King, Jr. had for America. This is not a black holiday; it is a peoples’ holiday. And it is the young people of all races and religions who hold the keys to the fulfillment of his dream.

We commemorate on this holiday the ecumenical leader and visionary who embraced the unity of all faiths in love and truth. And though we take patriotic pride that Dr. King was an American, on this holiday we must also commemorate the global leader who inspired nonviolent liberation movements around the world. Indeed, on this day, programs commemorating my husband’s birthday are being observed in more than 100 nations.

The King Holiday celebrates Dr. King’s global vision of the world house, a world whose people and nations had triumphed over poverty, racism, war and violence. The holiday celebrates his vision of ecumenical solidarity, his insistence that all faiths had something meaningful to contribute to building the beloved community.

The Holiday commemorates America’s pre-eminent advocate of nonviolence — the man who taught by his example that nonviolent action is the most powerful, revolutionary force for social change available to oppressed people in their struggles for liberation.

This holiday honors the courage of a man who endured harassment, threats and beatings, and even bombings. We commemorate the man who went to jail 29 times to achieve freedom for others, and who knew he would pay the ultimate price for his leadership, but kept on marching and protesting and organizing anyway.

Every King Holiday has been a national “teach-in” on the values of nonviolence, including unconditional love, tolerance, forgiveness and reconciliation, which are so desperately-needed to unify America. It is a day of intensive education and training in Martin’s philosophy and methods of nonviolent social change and conflict-reconciliation. The Holiday provides a unique opportunity to teach young people to fight evil, not people, to get in the habit of asking themselves, “what is the most loving way I can resolve this conflict?”

On the King Holiday, young people learn about the power of unconditional love even for one’s adversaries as a way to fight injustice and defuse violent disputes. It is a time to show them the power of forgiveness in the healing process at the interpersonal as well as international levels.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is not only for celebration and remembrance, education and tribute, but above all a day of service. All across America on the Holiday, his followers perform service in hospitals and shelters and prisons and wherever people need some help. It is a day of volunteering to feed the hungry, rehabilitate housing, tutoring those who can’t read, mentoring at-risk youngsters, consoling the broken-hearted and a thousand other projects for building the beloved community of his dream.

Dr. King once said that we all have to decide whether we “will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness. Life’s most persistent and nagging question, he said, is `what are you doing for others?’” he would quote Mark 9:35, the scripture in which Jesus of Nazareth tells James and John “…whosoever will be great among you shall be your servant; and whosoever among you will be the first shall be the servant of all.” And when Martin talked about the end of his mortal life in one of his last sermons, on February 4, 1968 in the pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church, even then he lifted up the value of service as the hallmark of a full life. “I’d like somebody to mention on that day Martin Luther King, Jr. tried to give his life serving others,” he said. “I want you to say on that day, that I did try in my life…to love and serve humanity.

We call you to commemorate this Holiday by making your personal commitment to serve humanity with the vibrant spirit of unconditional love that was his greatest strength, and which empowered all of the great victories of his leadership. And with our hearts open to this spirit of unconditional love, we can indeed achieve the Beloved Community of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream.

May we who follow Martin now pledge to serve humanity, promote his teachings and carry forward his legacy into the 21st Century.

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Protesters And Politicians Defend Affordable Care Act At North Philadelphia Rally

By Justin Udo

– Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney joined hundreds of protesters at Temple University Hospital to voice their outrage with President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican controlled Congress.

“Hospitals like Temple University will suffer as a result of its repeal, people will suffer as a result of its repeal,” mayor Kenney simply stated.

He said he understands if politicians in D.C. want to change the Affordable Care Act, but it would be irresponsible if they take it away without a healthy alternative.

“The government should continue this, they want to tweak it here of there that would be fine, but they really need to keep all the important parts in place.”

Pennsylvania Democratic Senator Bob Casey Jr also was at the rally.

He said his colleagues across the isle better have a replacement plan better than the ACA if they succeed in repealing the act.

“One thing they have not done is tell the American people if they repeal, what are you going to replace it with? Republicans in Washington had seven years to develop a replacement plan and never came up with one. I don’t know what they’ve been doing for seven years. But they weren’t doing a damn thing to get a replacement plan,” Senator Casey said.

Right now the Affordable Care Act provides more than 700 thousand Pennsylvanians with health insurance. Many other Pennsylvania politicians including Governor Tom Wolf said it would be catastrophic if taken away.

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