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On January 1, 1935, the Carl Mackley Houses opened in Philadelphia. Built in conjunction with the Hosiery Workers Union, this project represents one of several attempts during the New Deal era to create workers’ housing complexes that combined ideas of solidarity with modern architecture and a futuristic idea about where the working class was headed. […]

SEPTA Strike Ends

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On November 7, 2016

Everyone who thought that the Philadelphia transit workers union should not use the opportunity to use its leverage to win its contract dispute can now relax. SEPTA settled its dispute with Philadelph

A General Strike in Philadelphia?

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On October 15, 2014
One story I was unable to talk about after my computer theft earlier this month was the Philadelphia School Reform Commission cancelling the contract with the city’s teachers unilaterally. It was a classic move by the anti-union appointees of Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett and part of the reason he is on the way out. What’s […]

Seniority

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On August 15, 2013

The Philadelphia school system has decided to use a classic union-busting tactic: destroy seniority provisions: There’s something about seniority that really rubs a lot of people the wrong way.

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