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Philadelphia City Council Votes To Keep DROP, With Modifications

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia City Council today voted to tweak the controversial lump-sum pension perk known as “DROP,”  turning its back on the mayor’s call to abolish the program.

Today’s hearing drew both opponents and supporters of DROP, including politicians, activists, and average citizens.

Zack Stalberg, of the watchdog group Committee of Seventy, called for the elimination of DROP.

“The public hates the DROP program.  It has become the symbol for arrogance and entitlement,” he said.

But leaders of the city’s four municipal workers’ unions said DROP should survive, and accused the news media of fueling the DROP controversy.

“Our daily newspapers are now revealing their true anti-worker goals,” said Cathy Scott of District Council 47, which represents the city’s white-collar workers.

And Pete Matthews, of District Council 33, the larger union that represents blue-collar workers, hinted at legal action.

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“Changes that the city implements outside of the collective bargaining process will have legal consequences,” he told KYW Newsradio.

The vote was 15-2 as Council opted to revise DROP rather than abolish it outright, as the mayor wants (see related story).  Nutter is expected to veto the bill, but 15 votes is sufficient for a veto override.

Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • state engineer

    this city has been done a long time ago…with goode then street and a nutter…and a nutter and a nutter………

  • Guess Who

    And the taxpayers get raped yet again. Philly is hopeless.

  • Francis Graff

    Whay rush this jugment? wait until new council people arrive. You have disgraced the electorial process.

  • Tom

    DROP IS THE BIGGEST RIPOFF TO THE TAX PAYERS.Thats why families and bussiness are moveing out of the city because of the high taxes to support these drones

  • RSR

    The biggest abuse with the DROP program is the council members who ‘retire’ for a day, collect and go back to work. The law needs to be changed so that if you participate and collect, you can not work for the city again.

  • Hater

    Vote Republican. Duck Femocrats.

    • Raisenette

      I agree with you HATER, and you can bet that “OLD PRUNE HEAD” Anna Verna voted “FOR” it………..

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