By Mike Dunn
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Members of Philadelphia’s two non-uniformed city workers’ unions packed into City Council chambers today and got a vote of support from the lawmakers in their effort to get a new contract.
“The ayes are 17 (cheering), the nays are zero,” said Council president Darrell Clarke as he announced the passage of a resolution declaring City Council’s support for the blue- and white-collar city worker unions.
Members of the unions — District Councils 33 and 47 — say they are frustrated over having been without new contracts since 2009.
DC 33 chief Pete Matthews (in center of photo) had this message for the mayor:
“We’re sick of this. We bailed the city out. Stop trying to make a legacy on the backs of city workers.”
The mayor says negotiations have been continuing and that he wants contracts that are fair to taxpayers as well as to the workers.