T.H.U.G.S ‘R Us

The Ironworkers indicted for using violence and sabotage to secure jobs represent an extreme version of how local building trade unions handle those who dare to hire non-union workers. Tom Ferrick explains how it works.

Wilt Letter

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Dear Governor Corbett, Please accept by resignation as chair and member of the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission. At the age of 78, I no longer have the energy it takes to deal with any administration which cannot make decisions that are in the best interested of the industry. Neither do I have the patience to […]

The mattress wars

The unintended consequence of a new city program to stop the spread of bed bugs may be more bed bugs. Nathaniel Lee reports on how some residents in Southwest Philly are responding to the city’s mandate to wrap discarded mattresses in plastic bags.

Why we need to vote

Elections have consequences, and Philadelphia has one of the lowest voter participation rates in the state. Solomon Jones ties that low turnout to the lack of power the city has in Harrisburg.

Can someone help this man?

Will someone please step forward and help Jerry Jordan out of his misery? The head of the teachers union is in an impossible position when it comes to contract talks with the school district. The only way out is for the district to impose terms on his union. Tom Ferrick explains Jordan’s dilemma.