Union contracts expire today

Contracts for the city's four municipal unions expire tonight at midnight, but Mayor Nutter says the city will remain in business.

“I expect everyone will be at work tomorrow because talks are ongoing," Nutter said this morning.

Nutter has stayed mum on the status of talks with blue-collar District Council 33, the white collar District Council 47, Local 22 of the International Association of Fire Fighters and Lodge 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Both DC 47 and DC 33 are meeting with the city today. Statements from each union are expected later this afternoon.

DC 47 is also planning to hold a strike authorization vote tomorrow.

Contracts for police and firefighters are usually decided by an arbitration. Police arbitration hearings have begun, but fire is not expected to start until later this summer.