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Union, two Philly airport contractors reach deal to negotiate labor pact

By Tom MacDonald

– A new agreement aims to prevent future labor strife at Philadelphia International Airport. It’s also designed to bring about a first-of-its-kind contract with hundreds of workers from wheelchair attendants to baggage handlers.

The deal establishes a process for two airport contractors and the Service Employees International Union to work out a labor accord, said Michael Minerva, a vice president at American Airlines.

“Under the law that will apply here, it will put an end to the threat of labor disruptions among these groups,” he said Tuesday of the previously unrepresented workers.

The agreement is a big step toward ensuring living wages for the men and women who work for the airport contractors, said Gabe Morgan of the SEIU.

“Now they finally have a process where they know their rights are going to be respected, their union is going to be recognized, and they will have the contract they have been fighting for for a long time,” Morgan said.

Airport worker Alfred Williams said he’s proud of the work he and others do, and he wants to be paid a fair wage.

“It will help a lot of people who are struggling to not struggle anymore,” he said after the agreement was announced. “The pathway to middle class starts here and it starts now.”

Workers have gone out on strike many times over the years, trying to win representation and a contract.

The agreement allows for six months of negotiations before both sides will be forced into an arbitration process.

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A Few Thoughts About Statues We Pass By Everyday!!!!!

– If You identify with what a statue stands for then admire it, If you oppose what a statue stands for, then let it serve as a reminder of a part of history you choose not repeat!

Let’s not let differences over statues define us as people and divide us as Americans!

We’re Bigger Then That!!

Joe Dougherty

8/26 Mayweather/McGregor @ Bricklayers Local-1 Union Hall For Union Solidarity Night in Conjunction w/Saturday Night Live w/PhillyLabor Radio Presents:

*******A Union Solidarity Night – Featuring Mayweather V. McGregor *******

“All Philadelphia Area Union Brothers, Sisters & Friends Of Labor Welcome”

  • Date – Saturday, August 26, 2017
  • Doors Open at 8pm
  • Tickets – $35.00 – Available At the Door Or In Advance At:
  • Includes a 4 Hr Select Beer Open Bar
  • Location – Bricklayers Local 1 Union Hall In The Black Lake Room at: 2706 Black Lake Place, Philadelphia, Pa. 19154 (1 Block North of Southampton Rd. and McNulty Rd.)

* Proceeds To Benefit The Joseph J. Dougherty Legal Defense Fund

For Additional Information, See Flier at

6/17 – Sat Night Live w/PhillyLabor Radio Featuring Plumbers Local 690 Business Manager, John Kane, Philadelphia Deputy Mayor For Labor, Rich Lazer and Atty. Sam Pond

6/17 – Tonight At 7pm On TALK RADIO 1210 WPHT, Saturday Night Live w/PhillyLabor Radio Features Plumbers Local 690 Business Manager, John Kane, Philadelphia Deputy Mayor For Labor, Rich Lazer and Atty. Sam Pond

Produced by Jakib Media, Sponsored By Weinerman Pain and Wellness

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What is House Bill 18? (And why is it devastating to workers?)

By the PA. AFL-CIO

– House Bill 18 is sponsored by Representative Ryan Mackenzie (R-134) and institutes a drug “formulary” for injured workers in the workers’ compensation system.  This means that injured workers would only have access to a limited set of prescription medications and treatments when receiving workers’ compensation.  The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO opposes House Bill 18 because it limits injured workers’ right to healthcare and treatment.

Workers compensation laws guarantee that if you are hurt on the job, you will receive payment for lost wages and medical expenses.  Already Pennsylvania workers receiving workers’ compensation need to see a healthcare professional of their employer’s insurance company’s approval for 90 days before they can choose treatment by their own doctor.  Under House Bill 18, even after the initial 90 days, injured workers would only be allowed to receive pre-approved treatments from the drug formulary.  This would prevent doctors from making decisions based on the best interest of their patients and tie them to an unaccountable drug “formulary”.  House Bill 18 is an unnecessary government intrusion into the relationship between patients and their doctor. 

Rep. Mackenzie says that this bill is a solution to the opioid epidemic, however, the word “opioid” does not appear even once in the bill.  This bill would limit the entire range of medications available to injured workers solely because they were injured on the job.  This bill is not about solving the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania, House Bill 18 is just another step in dismantling injured workers’ rights.  

Pennsylvanians across the Commonwealth understand that our communities are facing an epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction.  Threatening the healthcare of injured workers is not a solution to this problem.  For real information on opioid addiction, visit the Department of Human Services’ Centers of Excellence, call their opioid abuse hotline at 1-800-662-4357, or learn more about the other resources and tools available to you and your community. 

Injured Workers Deserve Healthcare, not a Drug Formulary.  Don’t be fooled by House Bill 18.

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