AFSCME union chief has little to say on counterpart's contract

Pete Matthews, the president of AFSCME District Council 33, got on the phone with a reporter Wednesday but declined to say anything pro or con about the city's tentative pact with the smaller AFSCME bargaining unit, District Council 47.

“This is all I’m gonna say about that:  all contract negotiations are different.  Police is different from Fire, DC 33 is different from DC 47,” Matthews said.  “We’re going back into negotiations Friday.”

Matthews and other DC 33 leaders met for several hours last Friday with the city’s negotiating team, for the first time in a year.  He reported “some movement” between the two sides, but nothing significant.

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