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Mayor Michael Nutter is asking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to take up the question of whether he can impose a new contract on the city’s blue-collar workers’ union.
The mayor announced he’s going to court to get a judge’s permission to impose the terms of his “final” contract offer. The union says it still wants to negotiate.
The two sides met for about an hour and a half and broke close to 10:30 p.m. at the downtown Sheraton. Still no deal, and the deadline the mayor set two weeks ago passed.
Wednesday was the deadline set by Mayor Nutter for the blue-collar city workers’ union to respond to what he calls his “final offer” in the long-running contract talks.
With Nutter inside the Capitol Hilton, serving as president of the US Conference of Mayors, AFSCME International had a little anti-Nutter protest outside.
They even devised a song for the occasion.
The mayor’s aides deny the move is meant to ratchet up pressure on the two municipal unions that have been without a contract since 2009.
Members of Philadelphia’s two non-uniformed city workers’ unions packed into City Council chambers on Thursday and got a vote of support from the lawmakers in their effort to get a new contract.
The union representing blue-collar municipal workers in Philadelphia says, after three years with no new contract, it’s time the mayor gets serious about their negotiations.
The largest of Philadelphia’s four city worker unions is turning up the heat on Mayor in long-stalled contract negotiations. They’re running anti-Nutter ads, including one to air during Saturday’s TV broadcast of the Phillies spring training game.
City Council two weeks ago overrode a veto by the mayor and gave final approval to a series of changes to DROP. The union representing city blue-collar workers says changes must be negotiated.
Philadelphia City Council has voted to tweak the controversial lump-sum pension perk known as “DROP,” turning its back on the mayor’s call to abolish the program.