That doesn't mean, of course, that we aren't keeping our ear to the ground when it comes to labor issues in the news. Here are some pieces from today that we thought were interesting:
- Willie Brown of TWU Local 234 sat down with Plan Philly for an interview about SEPTA's stubborn unwillingness to cooperate with labor. Contrary to what Nutter and other city officials tried to tell us during the strike last fall, TWU is on the riders' side on most issues. Brown argues for increased safety standards, a more sensitive approach to customer service, and for finding sources of revenue other than fare hikes.
- The Chamber of Commerce celebrated the 19th Amendment this week by quoting a letter suggesting that women seeking equal pay are infected with "a Scrooge-like fetish for money." Classy stuff, CoC.
- Global youth unemployment has reached record levels. But hey, canvassing subcontractors are always prepared to hire desperate, unemployed kids. For a day or two, anyway.
- No surprise , but Glenn Beck is at it again, this time suggesting unemployed workers are irresolute pinkos who just need to suck it up and get a job at McDonald's. Beck seems to subscribe to the same delusional school of thought as Tom Corbett: he just can't get it through his head that there simply aren't enough jobs out there.
Sorry to be such a downer. Here's a video of penguins chasing a butterfly at the Philadelphia Zoo to make you feel better.
AFSCME Local 752 represents zoo workers, so it's totally relevant.