By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Thousands of municipal workers in Philadelphia are threatening to go on strike. Members of District Council 33 authorized a strike vote at a meeting Monday night.

The union represents blue-collar municipal workers, including city sanitation employees, and they’ve been working throughout the pandemic.

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The vote does not mean a strike is imminent, but it’s a sign the union is concerned about upcoming negotiations with the city.

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“I’m hoping that the city, they honor their commitment to the essential workers that’s been working through this pandemic and give us a fair and just contract,” AFSCME District Council 33 President Ernest Garrett said.

The contract expires Wednesday and the union says talks are scheduled to resume shortly.

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Mayor Jim Kenney says he hopes to resolve the contract situation soon.