City Council amends lead safety bill

City Council amends lead safety bill

Philadelphia City Council approved amendments to a bill that will provide for lead paint inspections in residential units Thursday, setting up for a vote next week that’s been asked for by advocates and citizens for months.
 
The legislation, introduced by Councilmember Blondell Reynolds Brown (D-At Large), would now give property owners and landlords more time to prepare rental units for lead-safe certification and longer periods before requiring renewal. This will update existing laws passed in 2012.
Thursday, September 19, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Did seven Philly cops choose resignation over arbitration?

Did seven Philly cops choose resignation over arbitration?

Last month, Philadelphia Police Department Commissioner Richard Ross announced 13 of the 72 officers suspended for vitriolic and hate-filled social media posts would be fired. Last week, the department announced seven would resign.
 
The terminations and suspensions stem from an outside researcher that found 330 of the department’s 6,500 officers have posted racist, misogynist, or xenophobic content on social media platforms. With the terminations, Ross announced the other 56, who have been on desk duty, would receive discipline of varying degrees.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Did You Get The Memo? Licensure reform, terminal illnesses and political contributions

Did You Get The Memo? Licensure reform, terminal illnesses and political contributions

State lawmakers have found common ground in the past year, tackling issues such as ethics reform, drug addiction and workforce development. Legislators on both sides of the aisle have expressed an interest in even more collaborative efforts, including those that continue to address the ongoing opioid crisis, as well as occupational licensure reform. 

In the past week, a variety of proposals have been introduced in the General Assembly, touching on everything from occupational licensure to criminal justice reform. In this week’s feature, we look at some of the newest proposals introduced in Harrisburg and what they could mean for Pennsylvania citizens.
Friday, April 5, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
House Committee approves controversial response to SCOTUS' Janus decision

House Committee approves controversial response to SCOTUS' Janus decision

Public sector employees would receive more information about their rights pertaining to union membership following a landmark Supreme Court decision, under a controversial bill advanced by a House committee Monday.

The measure, authored by Rep. Kate Klunk (R-York), would require public sector employees be regularly notified that they are not compelled to pay union dues. 

Monday, March 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Democratic leaders introduce protection for labor unions

Democratic leaders introduce protection for labor unions

Surrounded by labor union organizers, in Allegheny County Courthouse, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) with Senators Lindsey Williams (D-Allegheny) and Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) announced legislation intended to help workers unionize with greater ease on Thursday.

According to the legislation’s sponsors what’s being called the Workplace Freedom Act protects Pennsylvania workers by strengthening bargaining. 
Friday, March 15, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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