DC33 Prez borrows Council's ear

MICHAEL BRYANT / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Blue-collar union boss Pete Matthews took his concerns to City Council.
MICHAEL BRYANT / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Blue-collar union boss Pete Matthews took his concerns to City Council.
Posted: June 13, 2014

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."

District Council 33 has gone five years without a contract with the city. Matthews blames Mayor Nutter for the holdup.

"Well, it's very interesting, given the fact that we actually tried recently to set up a time to meet with Mr. Matthews and his team and they canceled the meeting," said Nutter. "So, it's really hard to talk with folks about a contract when they don't want to talk."

Council President Darrell Clarke said that, although he sympathized with Williams' frustrations, the matter of the budget will be addressed next week at Council's final session.


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