Archive: October, 2010
Here's the release:
Friday, October 15, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAYOR NUTTER, MAYOR NEWSOM MAKE NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES BET
Catherine Lucey & Chris Brennan
Local 22 of the International Association of Fire Fighters has been awarded a new four-year contract in arbitration that starts with a one-year wage freeze, retroactively from June 30, 2009 [when the last contract expired], a 3 percent pay increase retroactive to July 1, 2010 and then 3 percent increases in July 2011 and July 2012.
Mayor Nutter announced today that the city plans to appeal the entire contract -- with the exception of some changes to the pension and vacation plans. He said the award, estimated to cost an additional $146 million over five years, is too expensive.
"This award is bad in the short term and worse in the long term," Nutter said. "We cannot afford this."
We guess it was only a matter of time in Pennsylvania's contentious race for the U.S. Senate. Former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey, the Republican nominee, declared that the latest campaign ad from his Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, "is full of poop."
Toomey does have a point, since the ad features clips of Sestak cleaning up after his family's fluffy white dog, Belle, and comparing the plastic bags of Belle's backyard business to the clean-up he said was necessary after the economic policies of President Bush and Toomey's time in Congress. Sestak also compares Toomey's campaign ads about his votes for bank bail-outs to a bag of dog poop. Here's what Sestak says in the ad:
"My family loves Belle but she can make a mess and we have to clean it up. I think about Belle when see Congressman Toomey's ads attacking me. It made me sick to bail out the banks. But I had to clean up the mess left behind by these guys [Sestak gestures here to side-by-side pictures of Bush and Toomey]. They let Wall Street run wild. Now Pat Toomey is attacking me for cleaning up his mess [Sestak holds up a bag of Belle's business here].
This just dropped in our inbox:
MAYOR NUTTER TO DISCUSS RECENT DEVELOPMENTS WITH UNION NEGOTIATIONS
A Columbia prof accuses decorated Philly cop of getting rough during a traffic stop.
The Delaware Senate race is getting more national interest than the Pennsylvania battle.Will Bunch looks at why. \
Former City Councilman Rick Mariano is plugged in for a job when he gets out of prison.
A hearing scheduled for today to settle the dispute over whether paramedics belong in firefighter union was postponed as both sides try to reach a resolution.
The paramedics sued the city after they were removed from the fire union based on a state Labor Relations Board ruling that they are not firefighters. The medics argue that the city has moved too quickly to change their status and has not given them time to find representation.
This dispute dates back to 2003 when a group of paramedics sued the city for unpaid overtime on the grounds that they shouldn’t be held to the same rules as those working in “fire suppression.” They won the suit in 2008. Based on that ruling, the Nutter administration has sought to remove them from the union.
Former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey says U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak is partially to blame for the housing bubble that nearly collapsed the nation's economy, which is strange because Sestak says Toomey is the blame.
Polls show a tight race for the 7th Congressional District between Republican Pat Meehan and Democrat Bryan Lentz.
What's more lame than a guy disrupting a presidential speech by streaking? How about a rich guy who offered $1 million for the stunt but then changes the rules after it happens.