Saturday, September 5, 2015

Nutter to resume negotiations with city unions

Are non-uniformed city employees finally going to have a contract? That's a question prompted by testimony from yesterday's budget hearing in City Council. Joseph Tolan, the city's director of labor relations, testified that the union and the city are getting back to the bargaining table.

Nutter to resume negotiations with city unions

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Members of AFSCME District Council 33 (David Swanson / Staff Photographer)
Members of AFSCME District Council 33 (David Swanson / Staff Photographer)

Are non-uniformed city employees finally going to have a contract? That's a question prompted by testimony from yesterday's budget hearing in City Council. Joseph Tolan, the city's director of labor relations, testified that the union and the city are getting back to the bargaining table.

Nutter administration officials are scheduled Wednesday to hold the first formal bargaining session since 2009 with representatives of the city's white-collar union, District Council 47.

Administration officials broke a similarly long silence last week in a separate meeting with leaders of District Council 33, whose blue-collar members include about 9,400 city employees. It is Philadelphia's largest municipal union.

As the article notes, both unions have been working without a contract for more than three years. Both police officers and firefighters have received raises, but the lack of contracts has essentially meant a pay freeze for non-uniformed employees.

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