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.
September 27, 2012 |
Sending a still-combative message to city union leaders after a three-year no-contract standoff, Mayor Nutter announced Wednesday that he would give salary increases to about 5,500 nonunion and supervisory employees while imposing benefit concessions he has been unable to win at the bargaining table. The leaders of the city's two nonuniformed unions, Herman J. "Pete" Matthews of AFSCME District Council 33 and Cathy Scott of District Council 47, immediately denounced the compensation package as a poorly disguised pay cut. They said it strengthened their resolve to fight the mayor's proposals on pensions, health care, and furlough authority for their 12,400 members.
June 14, 2012 |
Health care workers from AFSCME 1199 voted unanimously Wednesday to authorize union leaders to call a strike if a contract settlement can't be reached by July 1. Members met and rallied at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Wednesday before demonstrating outside Thomas Jefferson University Hospital on 11th Street between Chestnut and Walnut. The union, which represents nurses aides, food service workers and custodians among others, is engaged in contract negotiations with hospitals including Jefferson, Hahnemann Hospital, Temple, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
October 25, 2011
By Matt Zencey Before moving back to Phillies land last year, I had spent 30 years in Alaska, where I could drive along that wilderness state's sparse collection of highways and roads, totally distracted by beautiful scenery, ignorant of important commercial messages and urgent social causes. Now that I'm back here in civilization, in Pennsylvania, driving in blissful ignorance is not a problem because, unlike Alaska, Pennsylvania has billboards. On a recent trip along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I was able to further my education considerably, both as a citizen and a consumer.
September 30, 2011
WITH FIVE Republicans seeking two open City Council at-large seats in the Nov. 8 general election, we're not surprised to hear that voters were receiving calls in a push poll this week. We were surprised to hear that one of the candidates criticized in the push poll is paying for it. The pollster, using the bogus business name Atlantic Opinion Response, asks voters what they think of the candidates: state Rep. Denny O'Brien , lawyer David Oh , Northeast Chamber of Commerce head Al Taubenberger , financial consultant Joe McColgan and lawyer Michael Untermeyer . Then the pollster pushes negative questions about three candidates: Oh misled voters about his military service; O'Brien will be eligible for two government pensions if elected; and Taubenberger cares more about business than neighborhoods.
June 24, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - Two tentative contract agreements for Pennsylvania state employees were announced Thursday. Kathy Jellison, president of Local 668 of the Service Employees International Union, said a deal was struck Thursday night after four straight days of negotiations. Local 668 represents 10,000 state workers. Jellison did not provide details of the agreement with Gov. Corbett's administration but said it protected both union members and taxpayers. Earlier, the administration and Pennsylvania's largest state government union reached a tentative contract accord for about 45,000 state employees that officials said Thursday would combine a wage freeze with subsequent pay raises over four years.
April 27, 2011 |
Already boasting the support of two city labor unions, mayoral candidate T. Milton Street Sr. sought the backing Tuesday evening of a third, but failed. Delegates from District Council 47 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, which represents Philadelphia's white-collar government workers, voted at their Walnut Street headquarters not to endorse either Street or Mayor Nutter in the May 17 Democratic primary. Nutter was not invited to the meeting.
February 22, 2011 |
Angry union workers marching and chanting in the streets. Democratic lawmakers fleeing the Capitol to block the legislative process. A Republican governor standing his ground against collective bargaining. If it could happen in Wisconsin, the birthplace of collective bargaining with government, might a similar drama await Pennsylvania, with its equally rich if sometimes turbulent labor history? Or New Jersey? Unlikely, say officials and union leaders on both sides of the Delaware.
October 27, 2010 |
It was no accident that Pennsylvania's top two Democratic statewide candidates reserved an hour of their insane schedules Tuesday for lunch with 200 to 300 retirees of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Organized labor - with cash and the shoe-leather equity of thousands of volunteers - will help determine whether Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak and gubernatorial nominee Dan Onorato can win next week's midterm election. "There's a tide moving across America - it's not a blue tide, it's a red tide, and all we've got to do is stop it," AFSCME international president Gerald McEntee told the crowd at the lunch.