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.READ MORE: Philadelphia School District Superintendent Dr. William Hite Will Not Seek Contract Renewal After School Year
“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.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Chance For Strong To Severe Storms On Tuesday, Damaging Winds
DC 33 chief Pete Matthews (in center of photo) had this message for the mayor:
“We’re sick of this.Â We bailed the city out.Â Stop trying to make a legacy on the backs of city workers.”MORE NEWS: EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Large Group Of Noisy Dirt Bikes, ATVs Take Over Radnor Streets
The mayor says negotiations have been continuing and that he wants contracts that are fair to taxpayers as well as to the workers.