Where the unions stand
HERE'S A LOOK at where things stand on Mayor Nutter's contract talks with the four big municipal unions:
* The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 is the only big union to reach a long-term contract with Nutter, and it will expire this summer. Along with wage increases, it contained incremental savings in pension costs and a restructuring of health benefits. The two sides will likely decide the next deal through arbitration.
* Nutter fought and eventually conceded a long legal battle over a 2009-13 arbitration award for the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 22 that the mayor said the city cannot afford. The two sides are now in arbitration over the current contract period, which began in July.
* The city's largest union, blue-collar District Council 33 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, has been working without contracts or raises since summer 2009 - an unprecedented chapter in the city's history. Nutter refuses to reach deals that don't include the benefit and work-rule changes he's seeking, and union president Pete Matthews has consistently rejected those proposals. To break the deadlock, Nutter is asking the courts to let him impose contract terms, a controversial move that is opposed by unions across the state. The case could take years.
* White-collar District Council 47 has also been without contracts and wages since 2009. But the union recently installed a new president, Fred Wright, who is negotiating with the Nutter administration and is optimistic that a deal can be reached soon.
- Sean Collins Walsh