The Nutter administration's recent labor contract with AFSCME District Council 47 includes a previously undisclosed side letter committing the city to improving the package if the city provides a better deal to the union's bigger counterpart, AFSCME District Council 33.
The brief letter was written by the city's chief negotiator, lawyer Shannon D. Farmer, to Frederick Wright, the D.C. 47 president, on March 5, the day that the white-collar union ratified the agreement by an overwhelming voice vote.
It states: "The city agrees that if . . . the city negotiates more favorable terms concerning wages, ratification lump sum bonuses, overtime or pensions with any other union (not including any awards issued through interest arbitration) such terms will be applicable to the employees represented by District Council 47. . . ."