Working & The Economy

Philly Council passes bill to extend labor protections for domestic workers

BY: - November 2, 2019

The domestic workers — many of whom are undocumented women of color earning an average annual wage of $10,000 — have been fighting for a bill of rights for more than a year.

COMMENTARY

Website privacy options aren’t much of a choice since they’re hard to find and use | Analysis

BY: - November 1, 2019

Opting out of targeted advertisements isn't easy. Simplifying and standardizing opt-outs would help improve privacy on the web.

Philly budget team: Coming economic downturn is ‘really front and center in our minds’

BY: - October 29, 2019

A decade later, Pennsylvania's largest city is still clawing its way out of the Great Recession of 2008. Here's how they're preparing

Philadelphia’s new job growth concentrated in low wage sectors, new report shows

BY: - October 27, 2019

Philadelphia has grown a disproportionately larger share of lower wage jobs than the nation and the 25 largest American cities.

Trump slams Dems, pitches nat gas future during Pittsburgh visit 

BY: - October 23, 2019

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — President Donald Trump and his allies pitched a natural gas-fueled future for Pennsylvania and the nation Wednesday. Trump’s speech at a convention center in downtown Pittsburgh comes in the midst of both the warm-up to his 2020 reelection campaign and a mounting impeachment effort in the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives. Speaking […]

Wolf wants to expand overtime to 143K Pa. residents. But a commission you’ve never heard of gets the final say

BY: - October 18, 2019

The change could potentially raise workers' wages or ensure that they only work 40 hours a week.

‘There is irreparable harm’: Pa. Supreme Court considers temporarily restoring cash assistance for poor Pennsylvanians

BY: - October 16, 2019

The program, known as General Assistance, ended on Aug. 1 after the General Assembly voted to eliminate it as part of the summer budget process.

The number of disabled people who live at state-run centers has dwindled. That doesn’t mean closing them isn’t controversial

BY: - October 15, 2019

Why is closing state centers for the disabled controversial? Funding is tight, change is scary, and many are not happy with the process.

Wolf will allow bill that expands federal immigration work checks to become law

BY: - October 4, 2019

The Democratic governor called it a "a legitimate attempt to protect the legitimate rights of workers."

Pennsylvanians with minor cannabis convictions can apply for an expedited pardon

BY: - October 2, 2019

The announcement comes less than a week after Wolf said for the first time he backs legalizing cannabis for recreational adult use.

Tanqueray and chronic? Pa. House Democrat wants to sell legal cannabis in state liquor stores

BY: - October 2, 2019

At a Capitol news conference Wednesday, the lawmaker suggested property tax relief, school funding, or social justice causes as possible beneficiaries of the roughly $581 million expected windfall.

Week-long celebration offers resources for minority-owned businesses

BY: - October 2, 2019

MED Week, which runs Oct. 7-11, will feature more than 35 events around Philadelphia, including educational workshops, panel discussions and coaching.