Frederick Wright will remain as the president of AFSCME District Council 47, delegates of the municipal union decided earlier this evening.
Wright unseated Cathy Scott in a close election in September. But Scott contested the results and the AFSCME governing body held a rerun of the election tonight.
The delegates for the locals of DC 47, which represents the city’s white-collar workers, chose Wright Tuesday night by an even larger margin than the first go-around vote, Wright said.
“I’ve settled four contracts in three months,” Wright said when reached by phone Tuesday after the election. “I’ve been working constantly.”
But the most important contract – the one with the city -- is still not done.
The municipal employees of District Council 47, which represents the city’s white-collar workers, have been working without a contract since 2009. The same goes for District Council 33, which represents the city's blue-collar workers.
But Wright said progress is being made. Just last month, Mayor Nutter agreed to advance $2.5 million to the depleted health-care fund of AFSCME District Council 47 and noted that talks to end a long struggle with the city's white-collar workers' union had been heating up.
“That’s my number one priority,” Wright said Tuesday. “My goal is to have a contract before the budget address.”
The budget address is in March.