Saturday, December 20, 2014

What's Next With Union Contracts?

So what does today’s police award mean as Mayor Nutter tries to get contracts settled with the other three city unions?

What's Next With Union Contracts?

So what does today’s police award mean as Mayor Nutter tries to get contracts settled with the other three city unions?

Like police, firefighters negotiate through arbitration, which means a three-person panel decides the contract. But the city’s blue and white collar workers – represented by AFSCME District Council 33 and District Council 47 – engage in traditional negotiations.

Dave Davies this week had a good story about one key problem for the city as they approach contracts for DC 33 and DC 47. In it, he notes that Pennsylvania's labor laws have been interpreted to prohibit a public employer like the city from implementing new contract terms when it reaches an impasse with a union.

So as long as those workers stay on the job, Nutter cannot impose a “last best offer” and they can keep their current contract terms. We predict that it takes a looong time to get deals done – and that the process may get ugly.
 

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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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