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City union calls Mayor Nutter a Grinch, will taunt with carols Thursday

We're not sure how the lyrics of "The 12 Days of Nutter" go but we're pretty sure the mayor won't enjoy them when AFSCME District Council 47 members sing the song outside of City Hall Thursday at noon. The union, which represents white-collar city workers, will also circulate a season's greeting of sorts -- a card that makes the mayor look like The Grinch of Dr. Seuss fame.

City union calls Mayor Nutter a Grinch, will taunt with carols Thursday

We're not sure how the lyrics of "The 12 Days of Nutter" go but we're pretty sure the mayor won't enjoy them when AFSCME District Council 47 members sing the song outside of City Hall Thursday at noon.  The union, which represents white-collar city workers, will also circulate a season's greeting of sorts -- a card that makes the mayor look like The Grinch of Dr. Seuss fame.

Nutter has been engaged in a long-running contract battle with DC47 and District Council 33, which represents the city's blue-collar workers.  The unions, which have been working without a new contract since July 2009, held a candlelight vigil and protest outside of Nutter's home in the Wynnefield neighborhood last month.

Nutter's administration wants the unions to accept changes to work rules and benefits.  The unions have said they will make no concessions in new contracts.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
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