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Temple grad students ratify new contract to end 6-week strike

After a six-week strike that attracted the support of political and labor leaders on a national scale, Temple graduate students are going back to work.

  • Union members overwhelmingly ratified the latest proposal from the administration. The university had already backtracked and restored the health care it attempted to withhold during the work stoppage.

In effect immediately, per TUGSA, the new contract offers better pay, benefits, and improved grievance procedures, Ben Seal reports for Billy Penn.→ What the union won

Striking Temple University graduate students rally around the Bell Tower on Temple’s Philadelphia campus on Feb. 22, 2023. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Secret Philly: The 18th century mayor who ran away from the job

Mayoral elections in 18th century Philadelphia weren’t decided by popular vote, but by members of City Council, who usually selected one of their own

  • The first time Anthony Morris was tapped, in 1738, he dutifully served the year term. A brewer whose operation was considered one of Philly’s first businesses, he apparently didn’t love the leadership side gig. 

Council didn’t get the hint. When Morris was again selected to be mayor a decade later, Sam Searles reports, he fled the city.

→ Not so quiet quitting

18th century view of Arch Street with the Second Presbyterian Church, published in 1800 in “Birch’s Views of Philadelphia.” (Wikimedia Commons)

RECAP: What else happened?

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Mayor Kenney welcomes students to City Hall for the annual PAL Day coordinated by the Police Athletic League, where highschoolers spend a day shadowing city employees (10 a.m.).


🌮 BP Quizzo: Join Billy Penn for a night of local trivia with Taco Tuesday deals! We’ll be at Pistolas Del Sur on East Passyunk, handing out prizes for high scores and best team name. Free with RSVP. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21)

🤹🏾 Parents of acrobatic West Philly kids: Cobbs Creek Library hosts the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts for a free afternoon of juggling, lasso-spinning, and feather-balancing. (4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15)

🍹 A forthcoming East Kensington cocktail bar called Post Haste hosts a preview pop-up at Philadelphia Distilling, with a DJ and pay-as-you-go drinks and snacks. (5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, March 16)

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