By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The union representing white-collar municipal workers in Philadelphia has gone to federal court to stop Mayor Nutter from claiming the right to furlough members of one of its locals.

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One unit of AFSCME District Council 47 — Local 2186 — is composed of about 800 first-level supervisors throughout city government.  Unlike the rest of DC47, Local 2186 is considered only a “meet-and-discuss” local, meaning that members are not covered by the larger DC47 contract with the city.

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 (see related story).

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But attorney Ralph Teti says the union disputes the right to furlough and has now filed suit in federal court to stop Nutter’s move.

“It gives these open-ended opportunities to management, to basically deprive somebody of their pay, for an unlimited amount of time, without the right to a hearing,” Teti tells KYW Newsradio.

A spokesman for the mayor said they cannot comment on pending lawsuits.

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