Archive: December, 2009
Here's the press release:
Managing Director to Declare Snow Emergency 9 A.M. Saturday, December 19, 2009
Streets Department Taking Action in Advance of the Storm
PHILADELPHIA – On Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. Managing Director Camille C. Barnett will declare a snow emergency. All vehicles parked on Snow Emergency Routes must be moved to an alternate parking location by 9:00 a.m. Any vehicle remaining on a Snow Emergency Route during the declared Snow Emergency will be ticketed and towed. If your car is towed, call 215-686-SNOW for its location. Do NOT call 911. A list of snow emergency routes can be found at www.phila.gov/streets and is attached to this press release.
From our pal Dave Davies:
After conducting a nationwide search for a new city Director of Aviation, Mayor Nutter says he found the right guy in his own back yard. Nutter is promoting acting chief Mark Gale, a 20-year veteran of the airport who's been running the joint on a temporary basis since aviation chief Charlie Isdell left 11 months ago.
Nutter is giving Gale the new title of CEO and a super-charged salary of $200,000. Nutter said when his team conducted its national search he found Philadelphia's $166,000 salary wasn't competitive, and that plenty of smaller airports like Memphis, Baltimore, Cincinnati that were paying their aviation chief more.
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.
Mayor Nutter this afternoon said the police arbitration award would help the city conquer some long term financial problems, but noted that paying for raises will be tough.
“There is no question that the economics of the award absolutely presents a fiscal challenge in an already fiscally challenged environment,” Nutter said.
Nutter put the price of the 7 percent raise, which officers will receive over the next three years, at $114 million. He said that number will be somewhat offset by savings in pension and health care costs, but said the contract will cost the city more than it saves.
An arbitration award was announced today for Philadelphia’s police union. The five-year contract grants raises to officers, but includes some changes to healthcare and benefit programs – long cited as a crippling expense for the city.
“I think it addressed the FOP concerns in areas and the city’s concerns in areas,” said FOP President John McNesby. The union, who must settle through arbitration becasue they cannot strike, had been without a contract since June 30. This is the first contract deal for one of the city's four municipal unions.
Full details of the award have not been released, but the contract includes a 7 percent raise over the next three years, with the option for further increases in the following two years, said McNesby.
The Fraternal Order of Police has put details of their new contract up on their website. Here's the link.
We'll update with further information shortly.
A new Quinnipiac poll shows newly Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter in a dead heat with Republican challenger Pat Toomey. Back in May, a Quinnipiac poll showed Specter leading Toomy 53-33.
Check out the survey here.
How Philly got Dad Vail back.
Former city records employee accused of accepting bribes to prepare bogus deeds.
Commonwealth Court rules that Fox Chase Cancer Center can't expand into Burholme Park.