The Nutter administration has struck a new, seven-year deal with the city’s largest municipal workers’ union, District Council 33, in a contract dispute that has dragged on since 2009.
Although all of the defendants originally entered not guilty pleas, change-of-plea hearings have been scheduled for five of them, including Edward Sweeney, who was one of Ironworkers Union Local 401’s business agents.
With the governor and the School Reform Commission calling on teachers to make concessions, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers’ president Jerry Jordan was hearing directly from members about their working conditions.
The head of the Philadelphia chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, John McNesby, says he’s likely to run for the state senate. And a new court ruling could boost the size of his campaign warchest.
“We still have to develop policy around retention (of video), and when it would be on, when it would be OK to turn it off, all those kinds of things,” Commissioner Ramsey said. “But I think it is the way to go.”
Neilson said he waited three months to be sworn in, in order to remain in the state House should his vote be needed on school funding.
Regional Rail employees represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen walked off the job in June, but were forced back one day later, after a presidential emergency board was convened.
Kevin McClain, the brother of murdered jogger Constance McClain-Murray, is a longtime employee of the Parking Authority.
Schools superintendent William Hite, standing next to the governor for the announcement, stressed that this early disbursement does not resolve the $81-million funding gap the school district needs to close to avoid layoffs and other serious cuts.
The National Mediation Board held a hearing with Septa and the two unions representing about 400 engineers and electrical workers on the Regional Rail lines.
Principals’ union president Rob McGrogan says his members have been working straight through the summer despite contract concessions last March that cut their pay from 12 months to ten months per year.
Commissioner Ramsey has long wanted the ability to rotate officers out of the department’s narcotics and Internal Affairs units, but such moves had been prohibited by the city’s contract with the police union.
About 8,000 members of the National Association of Letter Carriers are in Philadelphia, many with family members.
The head of the PICA board told the mayor’s finance director that he’d like to see the city do more belt-tightening in order to start a rainy day fund.
“This is another attempt to circumvent the collective bargaining process by the mayor,” says District Council 33 president Pete Matthews. “It’s not up to the courts to resolve a collective bargaining agreement. It’s up to the mayor to sit down and work this out fairly.”