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To their establishments, servers are essential workers who fuel Philly’s food scene. But they aren’t getting compensated for their essential work during the pandemic. So, they’re organizing to fight for fairer pay. | From: Philadelphia Weekly (Read more.)

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‘Good jobs’ in exchange for lower taxes is Philly City Council’s plan to soothe parking industry

The plan involves creating a “Good Parking Jobs for Philadelphia Review Committee” composed of workers, industry, and Council that would assess the industry’s progress on developing good jobs. Exactly what that means is up to the committee, but parking workers, who are predominantly African American or immigrants from Africa, have said they’re forced to endure arbitrary firings, low wages, and unaffordable health care. | From: The Philadelphia Inquirer (Read more.)

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My employer has called me back to work. Do I have to return?

The Unemployment Compensation office reviews each case individually to determine whether there’s a permissible reason why an employee can’t go back to work. “Each case is different, and each case needs to be reviewed,” Jerry Oleksiak, the Pennsylvania secretary of labor and industry, told reporters this week. | From: The Philadelphia Inquirer (Read more.)