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– Not to be confused with the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO or it’s affiliate unions or labor organizations, PhillyLabor (aka, LLC) is not a labor union or organization, it is an independent pro-labor media platform and service provider that provides media, resources and programs to the Philadelphia area union community with a ultimate goal of being a voice and an “Ambassador for Labor”.

PhillyLabor is Proud To Have A Role in Bringing Our Philadelphia Area Labor Community The Following:

– Saturday Night Live w/PhillyLabor Radio aka “Philadelphia’s On Air Voice of Labor” A weekly pro-labor radio show Hosted by John J. Dougherty (Bus. Mgr. Phila. Bldg Trades), Joe Doc Jr. (PhillyLabor) and Joe Krause (Jakib Media) airing every Saturday night at 7pm on TALK RADIO 1210 WPHT

– Website – – Online Hub For The Philadelphia Area Union Community.

– PhillyLabor Email Newsletter – Distributed via email every week featuring news and information pertaining to the Philadelphia area union community

– PhillyLabor Injured Workers Initiative – Programs that advocate and provide valuable services and resources for union workers suffering from job related injuries

– PhillyLabor Social Media Platforms (Facebook, Twitter) – Pro-Union News/Info Source

– PhillyLabor Retirees Services Program – Social Security Maximization Program that provides financial solutions that maximize a retired union worker’s ability to retire with dignity and financial stability.

PhillyLabor Thanks The Philadelphia Area Labor Community For Your Continued Trust and Support!

In Solidarity,
Joe Daugherty Jr.
Executive Director,

Inquirer, Daily News, and Guild members approve new contract

4/1 – Saturday Night Live w/PhillyLabor STARTS at 7PM Tonight on TALK RADIO 1210AM WPHT w/John Dougherty, Joe Doc Jr, Joe Krause and Guest Host, Pat Gillespie

Tonight’s Guests Ed Mooney, VP. CWA District 2-13, Al Schmidt, Phila. City Commissioner and Wayne miller, Business Manager, Sprinkler Fitter’s Local 692

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Butkovitz picks up AFL-CIO endorsement in controller’s race

By Tricia L. Nadolny

  • The Philadelphia Council of the AFL-CIO endorsed City Controller Alan Butkovitz Thursday in his reelection bid. Butkovitz is being challenged in the Democratic primary by Rebecca Rhynhart, who resigned as Mayor Kenney’s budget director in December.Pat Eiding, president of  labor unions council, called Butkovitz “a tireless advocate for Philadelphians,” according to a news release.

    “As city controller, Alan Butkovitz has worked hard to save taxpayer’s money,” Eiding continued. “Since taking office his work has saved Philadelphians over $800 million.”

    Butkovitz is seeking his fourth term. The primary is May 16.

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Pa. Senate approves $15 million for struggling unemployment system

By Karen Langley

HARRISBURG — The Senate on Wednesday took a step that proponents hope will restore jobs to the state’s unemployment compensation system and cut down on long waits for jobless workers seeking benefits.

By a 39-8 margin, the chamber passed a proposal to allow $15 million from employee contributions to the unemployment compensation system to be used to improve the delivery of services to people filing claims. The measure still needs to be approved by the House and Gov. Wolf.

“This is a temporary funding bill meant to alleviate the backlog and … put some people back to work that are there to help the folks who need that unemployment check,” said Sen. Kim Ward (R., Westmoreland), who sponsored the bill. “Chances are if you are applying for unemployment you don’t have two weeks’, maybe even one week, worth of income to buy your food, to pay your utility bills.”

The move follows a politically charged dispute last fall in which the Senate declined to approve a bill that would have allowed a larger sum to be used on the unemployment compensation system, leading the Wolf administration to close three unemployment call centers and lay off nearly 500 workers. In the weeks that followed, wait times for callers trying to reach the compensation centers stretched to two hours.

How quickly the House could act – and how the money could be spent – is unresolved. The chairman of the House Labor & Industry Committee, Rep. Rob Kauffman (R., Franklin), said in an email that the Senate concept is “on the right track” and that he expects committee action soon.

A spokesman for Wolf said the administration is continuing to evaluate what it would do with the money — including whether workers who were laid off would be rehired.

“The governor would prefer a long-term solution, but this is a good step toward that goal,” spokesman J.J. Abbott said.

In January, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced an audit of the fund at the center of the unemployment compensation dispute. A spokeswoman said the results are expected by the end of April.

The state’s unemployment compensation trust fund provides benefit payments for up to 26 weeks to people who have lost their job through no fault of their own.

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