UAW Workers At Johnson Controls On Strike

By Teresa Boeckel, York Daily Record. -

Dozens of union workers at the Johnson Controls facility in Hopewell Township have been on strike since late September, seeking an increase in pay and flexibility with using vacation time. On [...]

Victory: East Pittsburgh Community Stops Fracking Well

By Food and Water Watch. -

The East Pittsburgh Zoning and Hearing Board announced this evening that it was rejecting a permit appeal from Merrion Oil & Gas, the company seeking to drill a fracking well at the US Steel [...]

Google Contractor Moving Work From Pittsburgh To Poland To Bust Union

By Mike Elk, Payday Report. -

Pittsburgh, PA -Today the NLRB charged Google Contractor HCL with moving work from Pittsburgh to Poland, citing that the move was a way to bust the newly formed Pittsburgh Association of Tech [...]

Natural Gas Fracking Under Fire In Pennsylvania

By Ad Crable, Bay Journal. -

In a blistering report on Pennsylvania’s 12-year experience with hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, a special statewide grand jury said public health and the environment have suffered and the [...]

How Pennsylvania State Troopers Conduct Illegal Traffic Searches

By Joseph Darius Jaafari and Joshua Vaughn, Spotlight PA. -

To justify their searches, state police often claimed that a driver was nervous, sweating, or eating. One officer went so far as to say a dollar-sign tattoo on a man’s neck was an indicator of [...]

Activists Blockade Entrance To Chemical Weapons Maker

By War Resisters League. -

Jamestown, PA - Five activists blockaded the entrance of Combined Systems Inc. on Monday with giant tear gas cans and gas masks, refusing to move. These five are with a group of 40 activists [...]

Pennsylvania Initiative To Convert Lawns Into Meadows, Forests

By Ad Crable, Bay Journal. -

Well-shorn lawns are still the norm on the grounds of parks, schools, churches, hospitals, business parks and neighborhoods. While better than exposed bare earth, such swaths of green are still [...]

Rights Of Nature Law Forces Revocation Of Fracking Permit

Grant Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania - In an extraordinary reversal, last week, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) revoked a permit for a frack waste injection [...]

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Smacks Abu-Jamal Again 

By Linn Washington Jr, Blackagendareport.com -

Recently the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania again underscored its willingness to impede justice in the contentious case of imprisoned journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal through issuance of an unusual [...]

FBI Investigating Approval Of Pennsylvania Pipeline

By Marc Levy, Apnews.com -

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The FBI has begun a corruption investigation into how Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration came to issue permits for construction on a multibillion-dollar pipeline project to [...]

Pipeline Permit Scandal Highlights Confusion Amid Push To Build Plastics Plants

By Sharon Kelly, Desmogblog.com -

For the past 42 years, the Beaver County Conservation District in western Pennsylvania has hosted their Maple Syrup Festival, an annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast featuring syrup made from [...]

Pennsylvania’s Public Banking Movement Draws More Support

By The Public Banking Institute. -

Black Business Review’s Marilyn Kai Jewett writes favorably of Pennsylvania’s public bank movement at both the state and municipal levels. A strong municipal public bank coalition has also [...]

How A Mother Learned To Speak For The Voiceless Behind Prison Walls

By Shandre Delaney, Lawatthemargins.com -

In my opinion, they use black and brown bodies of our family members to create jobs for white men who would otherwise be poor like those that filled the prisons. The urban cities provide a [...]

Lancaster Shows How To Say No To Geo Group

By Negin Owliaei, Inequality.org -

What’s the best way to push profit-seeking corporations out of the public sphere? Don’t let them take over in the first place. Residents of Lancaster County, Penn. were thrilled to learn this [...]

Fracking Boom Takes Toll On Pennsylvania’s Communities Of Color And Lower-Income Areas

By Mark Hand, Thinkprogress.org -

The construction of new natural gas-fired power plants in Pennsylvania is disproportionately harming lower-income populations in rural parts of the state, while communities of color are [...]