AFSCME sues over city furlough policies

Posted: January 29, 2013

A union affiliated with more than 800 municipal supervisors is suing the City of Philadelphia, saying it asserted an unrestricted ability to furlough those employees for any reason and length of time.

AFSCME District Council 47 filed the suit in federal court Friday. The furlough provisions were recently enacted by the Civil Service Commission, appointed by Mayor Nutter.

D.C. 47 filed the suit on behalf of AFSCME Local 2186, which is not covered by D.C. 47's contract. The furlough changes, which the suit says are unconstitutional, affect about 5,500 city workers. - Robert Moran

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