Thursday, August 27, 2015

Frederick Wright to remain president of DC 47

Delegates for the city's white-collar union decided to keep their newly elected president in a re-run election Tuesday night.

Frederick Wright to remain president of DC 47

0 comments

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.

0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Chris Hepp, Tricia Nadolny, Julia Terruso, and Claudia Vargas take you inside Philadelphia's City Hall.

Inquirer City Hall Staff
Also on Philly.com
letter icon Newsletter