Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Nutter Gets Trashed at Endorsement

Mayor Nutter’s endorsement today by the Guardian Civic League got a little dirty.

Nutter Gets Trashed at Endorsement

Mayor Nutter’s endorsement today by the Guardian Civic League got a little dirty.

The group – which represents 2,500 active and retired African-American police officers – gave their backing to Nutter on Girard Avenue, near 15th. It happened to be trash day on that block. And the sanitation workers out there were not fans of the mayor.

The workers kept running their trash compactor during the event and one worker kept yelling: “We want a contract, we want a contract, we want a contract.”

The loudmouth was Doren Carter, a 13-year veteran of the streets department, is a member of AFSCME District Council 33, which has been without a contract since July 2009.

Eventually, Nutter shot back, saying: "I'd love to have one," in reference to the contract.

UPDATE, 4:35 pm:  Nutter later said Carter was entitled to his say on the contract issue.  Nutter said he too is eager to resolve the contract issue. "I'm ready to go," he said. "We just need terms that are fair to the employees and to the citizens who have to pay for it."

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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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