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(District Council 33 president Pete Matthews, second from right, confers with other union officials following this morning's hearing in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

City of Philadelphia Asks To Impose Contract Terms in Stalled Blue-Collar Talks

“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.”


(DC 33 chief Pete Matthews, in file photo. Credit: Mike Dunn/ KYW)

No Progress Reported After Brief Round Of Negotiations Between Nutter Administration, DC 33

The talks covered a three-hour span at the Sheraton hotel, but the amount of time both sides were in one room actually negotiating totaled only about ten minutes.


(Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter says he will ask a court to affirm his plan to impose the city's "final offer" on District Council 33, the blue-collar workers' union.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Nutter Will Ask for Court OK to Impose Work Rules on City 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 city's Civil Service Commission meets to approve Mayor Nutter's package that covers both non-unionized and some unionized workers.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Unionized Workers Don’t Want To Be In Nutter’s Nonunion Pay Package

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.


(Members of the Philadelphia firefighters' union, Local 22, at City Hall today for a hearing on the ongoing pay dispute between the city and the union.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

City Still Trying To Overturn Firefighters’ Arbitration; ‘Sour Grapes,’ Says Union

Common Pleas Court judge Idee Fox heard nearly two hours of arguments on Monday from the city and the union over the arbitration award, which the city says it can’t afford.