District Council 47
The largest city workers union — which has been without a contract for five years — is asking City Council to delay passage of the budget until the union works out a deal with the Mayor Michael Nutter.
According to a budget overview obtained by KYW Newsradio, additional money for inspectors will “strengthen demolition controls to ensure safe public and private demolitions.”
Both District Councils 33, the blue collar union, and DC 47, the white collar union, had been without contracts since 2009. But now 47 has a deal, pending ratification, and that may give some impetus to speeding up a settlement between the city and 33.
These were the first face-to-face negotiations between the Nutter Administration and District Council 33, the 10,000 member blue collar city workers union, in about a year.
DC 33 chief Pete Matthews called for face-to-face negotiations — the first since January 2013 — and vowed to work around the clock to get a deal done. For his part, Mayor Nutter said he welcomes the resumption of talks.
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The city’s two non-uniformed unions, District Councils 33 and 47, will be there in full force at the budget speech Thursday to voice their displeasure with the long-stalled contract talks.
It was standing room only as the newly formed Pennsylvania United for Immigration Reform made a collective statement on the type of comprehensive legislation they would like to see.
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.
When Mayor Nutter last year announced pay raises and work rule changes — including the right to furlough — on nonunionized workers, he included the members of Local 2186.
They even devised a song for the occasion.
The mayor is imposing a sweeping package of changes on non-unionized workers, including a 2½-percent pay raise, changes to overtime, and the possibility of furloughs.
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.
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.