In an unprecedented step that is likely to increase tensions between the city and its labor unions, the Nutter administration today put an indefinite freeze on two classes of civil service raises that compensate employees for their time served. For many workers, the effect of the ruling could be short-lived, as new labor contracts could well re-impose the increases. But for now, at least, city employees will not be getting routine raises for time served. Over a period of years, the effect on salaries could be dramatic, cutting pay by thousands. The savings to the city would be significant as well, on the order of $13 million a year. The Nutter administration says it notified union leaders of the move ahead of time. More to come once we've heard from them.
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