A rally for a people's budget takes over the Capitol Rotunda

A rally for a people's budget takes over the Capitol Rotunda

On Wednesday morning people from all across the commonwealth joined in the main Rotunda to rally for equity, freedom and a better budget. The PLS Reporter spoke with two advocates from the rally and they want the legislators to know that if they don't make changes they want them out of their seats.
Thursday, June 28, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
While Republicans celebrate free speech, labor allies push new legislation post-Janus

While Republicans celebrate free speech, labor allies push new legislation post-Janus

In a decision that could have implications for years going forward, the US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that public employees do not have to pay agency fees to their workplace’s union.

The case, brought by Illinois state employee Mark Janus against the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees local, overturned an earlier SCOTUS ruling that said public workplace unions could mandate employees pay into the union to cover collective bargaining and other workplace related expenses.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh City Council passes ordinance to support diversifying the construction force

Pittsburgh City Council passes ordinance to support diversifying the construction force

At the end of May, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced two executive orders intended to diversify the city’s construction workforce. The orders created a project labor agreement requiring thatcity-managed projects that cost $500,000 or more have minority employees make up 12 percent of their workforce, and also established aa Workforce Development Fund. City Council Tuesday passed legislation that seeks to ensure the push to gain more minority workers lasts beyond Peduto’s time as mayor.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
State's school safety task force releases preliminary report

State's school safety task force releases preliminary report

After a string of six roundtable meetings across the commonwealth, Gov. Tom Wolf and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released a preliminary report from their school safety task force this week.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Philadelphia lawmakers call "preemption" on Stephens workplace violence bill

Philadelphia lawmakers call "preemption" on Stephens workplace violence bill

House Bill 2071, known as the Workplace Violence Prevention Act, aims to allow employers to implement safeguards that they deem necessary in their business by preventing local jurisdictions from enacting measures that would stop them from doing so. Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery), the bill’s prime sponsor, says employers have a right to protect themselves.

However opponents contend the bill is aimed squarely against Philadelphia’s efforts to ban bulletproof barriers in certain businesses – namely “stop-and-gos”.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: Philadelphia
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