Pa. labor leaders respond to workplace allegations at state AFL-CIO
Incoming president Frank Snyder has been accused by more than a dozen current and former employees of humiliating, bullying, and using degrading language against federation staffers, according to a published report.
Former health secretary Beam takes lobbying job with UPMC, raising concern and hope
Alison Beam, who was a top staffer for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf before taking over the state Health Department in January 2021, will be hired as the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s next vice president of government affairs, the healthcare giant announced last week.
From librarians to Uber drivers: This is the changing face of the Pa. labor movement
“I think we're starting to see more of an awareness that labor’s everybody, because everybody's a worker,” Penn State University labor relations lecturer Valerie Braman said.
Prison guards sue, other unions bargain over Wolf’s vaccine policy for state workers
(*This story was updated at 3:35 p.m. on Thursday, 8/12/21, with additional information about PSCOA and comment from Temple University epidemiologist Krys Johnson, and at 4:05 p.m. with additional comment from PSCOA) The unions representing state workers in Pennsylvania have faced a choice in dealing with Gov. Tom Wolf’s new policy ordering tens of thousands […]
Nursing home workers authorize strikes statewide; extra funding on Harrisburg priority list
Employees at 12 Pennsylvania nursing homes voted to authorize strikes this week, citing low pay and short staffing, as closed-door negotiations wear on in Harrisburg on how to spend $7.3 billion in federal COVID-19 aid. The more than 1,000 nurses and caregivers, from Lancaster and Wilkes-Barre to Oil City, are taking the strike votes after […]
New nursing home regs expected in fall, but staff say they can’t wait much longer
After a year of the pandemic, on top of years of regulatory inaction, Pennsylvania’s nursing home employees are fed up with their hectic workplaces that barely give them time to feed and bathe patients — let alone offer them the emotional support they need after a year in isolation. “This issue has been going on […]
As Republicans push business reopenings, workers wonder what’s in store for them
If the state lifts business closings, some Pennsylvanians believe going to work in such conditions would be a “death sentence.
As cases grow, human service workers say they can’t use COVID-19 leave offered to other state employees
“The rules apply to everyone except the [county assistance officers], that’s what I’m gathering,” a state official familiar with their situation said.
Philly caseworkers take leave, DHS closes offices after COVID-19 diagnoses
This story was updated at 1:26 pm with additional information on the Elmwood office and 2:52 pm with additional information. Workers at two state Department of Human Services offices in Philadelphia who were ordered to report to work by Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration left their posts unmanned after learning of at least four COVID-19 cases […]
Sent back to work, state human service workers say their offices aren’t prepared for the coronavirus
Workers sent back to work included employees working in four southeast counties that Wolf had previously shut down over coronavirus concerns, according to internal emails viewed by the Capital-Star.
SEIU announces $150M get out the vote push; Pa. is at the top of the list | Thursday Morning Coffee
Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers. One of the nation’s biggest unions says it’s launching a $150 million push to get out the vote across 40 states, with eight battleground states, including Pennsylvania, being targeted the most intensely. In a statement, the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, says the push is one of the largest and earliest […]
As debate rages, Wolf says he will veto attempts to stop Polk and White Haven shutdown
Gov. Tom Wolf has promised to veto a bill that would overturn his administration’s decision to shutter two state facilities that care for the intellectually disabled. Wolf first made the promise in a private Nov. 19 letter to the Philadelphia chapter of ADAPT, a disability rights group, and it was reiterated by a spokesperson Tuesday. […]