PETE MATTHEWS, president of the city's largest blue-collar union workforce, was afforded some mic time before City Council yesterday, making another attempt to get contracts for his members.
Minutes before Council convened its second-to-last meeting of the session, Matthews addressed all 16 Council members (excluding Ed Neilson - yet to be sworn in) in caucus.
"Hold up this budget," he said.
"I'm here to ask City Council today . . . If you remember, the biggest issue out there was health and welfare costs. That's all [the mayor] talked about. In five years, we haven't gotten a dime in health and welfare."