CCP, staff ratifies new contracts

CCP, staff ratifies new contracts

The Community College of Philadelphia approved three contracts with staffers Friday, ending the months’ long standoff that led to a strike approval and threatened schedules for thousands of students.

The three affected unions, who had been working without contracts since 2016, ratified the contracts Thursday night. After authorizing a strike in March, the unions and school engaged in negotiations for three long days, ending with a deal struck late April 3rd.

Monday, April 15, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Tags: CCP
Philly Council hearing on medical marijuana dispensaries highlights needs for community involvement

Philly Council hearing on medical marijuana dispensaries highlights needs for community involvement

Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Rules Friday hurried through a meeting to pass through two bills, including one to restrict the spread of marijuana dispensaries in one neighborhood near the county border.

Currently there are six dispensaries operating in the city. The state mandates they open in commercial corridors, like the Beyond/Hello location that recently opened in the shopping district of Center City.

Friday, April 12, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Council passes resolution supporting Marsy’s Law

Council passes resolution supporting Marsy’s Law

Philadelphia City Council Thursday passed a resolution supporting the efforts from Harrisburg to pass Marsy’s Law, a change to state code that offers more protection to victims of crime.

The bill passed through the state’s House of Representatives with a wide, bipartisan vote on Monday. Sen. John Sabatina (D-Philadelphia) has sponsored the Senate’s version, which if passed would go before voters on the November general election ballot.

Thursday, April 11, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Council hearings highlight path to raising wages in Philadelphia

Council hearings highlight path to raising wages in Philadelphia

A Philadelphia City Council committee hearing Monday morning brought to light the poor conditions and wages workers endure in parking lots and domestic service jobs in the city. It also brought to light how the city’s leadership has found a way around the minimum wage impasse in Harrisburg to boost pay for their constituents.

City Council has taken up more efforts to raise wages and improve working conditions for residents in various sectors over the past few months. Most of the sitting councilmembers, along with Mayor Jim Kenney (D), face re-election this year.

Monday, April 8, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Legislators discuss ERPO bills in Delaware County

Legislators discuss ERPO bills in Delaware County

Delaware County officials and advocates joined the sponsors of two bills introduced in Harrisburg aiming to reduce gun violence Friday. Extreme risk protection orders, or ERPOs, serve as ways families and others can have firearms removed from the possession of those considered a threat to themselves or others.

ERPO laws exist in 14 states currently, including four that border Pennsylvania. Across the state, there have been more concerted efforts for protective laws, notably following the horrific shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh last October.
Friday, April 5, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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