Saturday, December 27, 2014

City Talks With DC 47, No Progress Reported

City negotiators met this morning with AFSCME DC 47, the union that represents the city's 3,000 white collar workers. But much like the Monday sesssion with blue collar union DC 33, little progress was reported after the several hour meeting.

City Talks With DC 47, No Progress Reported

City negotiators met this morning with AFSCME DC 47, the union that represents the city's 3,000 white collar workers. But much like the Monday sesssion with blue collar union DC 33, little progress was reported after the several hour meeting.

Contracts for the four municipal unions expire June 30. The city's opening offers to the nonuniformed workers included a four-year wage freeze and major concessions in pension contributions and work rules, as well as a major restructuring of health-benefit plans.

Mayor Nutter has said such changes to employee contracts are necessary due to the city's dire fiscal situation. As part of his budget, which is dealing with a $1.4 billion five-year shortfall, Nutter eliminated money set aside for raises and is counting on getting $125 million in contract savings over the next five years.

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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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