Labor Briefing

By BILL ONASCH • “Without Their Brain and Muscle Not a Single Wheel Can Turn”—For six days, beginning on Nov. 1, over 4700 Philadelphia transit workers, members of Transport Workers Union Local 234, shut down bus, trolley, and subway lines normally carrying more than 900,000 passengers daily. While more than a dozen items remained unresolved…

Amtrak sacrificed safety at crash site

By MICHAEL SCHREIBER — PHILADELPHIA — As we go to press, the causes of the deadly May 12 Amtrak derailment are still unclear. Authorities are investigating the possibility that the train was hit by some sort of projectile moments before it entered the dangerous curve at Frankford Junction, in Philadelphia’s Port Richmond neighborhood. Unfortunately, while…

Who killed Brandon Tate-Brown?

By MICHAEL SCHREIBER  Why did Philadelphia cops kill Brandon Tate-Brown? Why did police pull over his car, since he had committed no crime? And what were the names of the officers who shot the young Black man? His mother, Tanya Brown-Dickerson, has been searching for answers. “Brandon was a beautiful and spirited young man,” Brown…