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.