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Nutter Vetoes Paid Sick Leave—Again

Mayor Michael Nutter vetoed the paid sick leave bill this morning, claiming it would hurt “the very workers this bill is intended to help” via job cuts from local businesses who can’t pay for it. The decision is not a surprise, but a disappointment for the Philadelphia Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces, a collective of community organizing groups...

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Nutter’s Paid Sick Leave Decision is Nigh

Mayor Nutter has until tomorrow to make a decision on earned paid sick leave for workers in Philadelphia. On March 14, City Council passed an earned sick leave bill by an 11-6 vote. The bill, introduced by Councilman Bill Greenlee, would allow workers without paid sick time to earn one hour for every 40 hours worked. It has a history of controversy amongst some...

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Paid Sick Leave Passes–But Will It Stick?

Hundreds of protesters showed up for Mayor Nutter’s budget speech this morning. Many of them, from unions like AFSCME DC 47, DC 33, were there to protest specifically against Nutter, being that three city unions are still working without contracts, and many blame the mayor for this. They chanted “Bozo sucks!” before the address began, holding signs of Nutter...

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Union Protesters Drown Out Mayor Nutter’s Budget Speech

As expected, Mayor Michael Nutter gave a speech to a packed hall of union protesters, angry at the administration for having worked several years without a new negotiated contract. Things had been a little nutty throughout the morning, as the City Council debated earned sick leave and a couple other issues. Protesters had shown up early with signs portraying...

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Paid Sick Days Passes Committee After Sparks Fly in City Hall

Paid Sick Days Passes Committee After Sparks Fly in City Hall

The fight for paid sick days has been long, and yesterday’s hearing before the Public Health and Human Services Committee began bright and early, with several advocates meeting media before the session began to tell their stories. “We have found that treating workers fairly is good for business,” said Janet Filante, owner of Childspace Daycare. “This...

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Q&A: Philly Guerrilla Artist Huggie on Mayor Nutter AVI Art

Q&A: Philly Guerrilla Artist Huggie on Mayor Nutter AVI Art

This spring, the city is expected to overhaul our property tax system. Instead of tax rates that are based on property assessments from 2004 and, in some cases, the 1980s, each city property has been re-assessed and likely taxed at around 1.25 percent (though the final number is still unknown). What that means, in layman’s terms: your taxes are probably...

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VP Biden Talks Gun Violence at Girard College

VP Biden Talks Gun Violence at Girard College

Commissioner Ramsey, Vice President Biden, Mayor Nutter (photo by Tara Murtha) Vice President Joe Biden was in town yesterday to meet with state and local leaders on the topic of gun violence. The working roundtable, hosted by Girard College, was private, but press was allowed statements at the end. “There is a sense of urgency in the United States of America,”...

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Virginia: the Latest State to Exploit Philadelphia’s Gosnell Abortion Tragedy

While Kermit Gosnell — if convicted, one of the nation’s only known serial baby-murderers — sits in a cell awaiting trial in March, his name has been everywhere. Ever since the grand jury presentment detailing his alleged crimes of infant murder, illegal late-term abortions, drug trafficking and associated offenses was published in January of 2011, anti-choice...

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2013: It’s Time To Talk About Mummers in Blackface

From the outside looking in, you’d think every Philadelphian was a proud supporter of the glittered and feathered pageant known as the New Year’s Day Mummer’s Parade. But you’d be wrong. Mummers in blackface has a complicated history in a racially complicated city within a racially complicated country. That said, today’s parade...

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New Nutterism: The NRA’s ‘Dumbass Idea’

New Nutterism: The NRA’s ‘Dumbass Idea’

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter went on MSNBC yesterday to discuss the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting, as well as NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre’s bizarre statements to the press last Friday. During the cable news appearance, the Philadelphia mayor brought out a new ‘Nutterism’ (that is, a slightly-awkward profane attack on people with...

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