July 18, 2015 |
Police officers for the Delaware River Port Authority have a new labor contract, six years after the last one expired, but they are still waiting for most of their back pay. The new pact, awarded by an arbitrator after negotiations failed, provides for an average 1.77 percent annual pay increase over the life of the contract, from 2010 through 2017. The 131 patrol officers, sergeants, and corporals, whose last contract expired Dec. 31, 2009, had been seeking a 3.75 percent raise for each year.
April 21, 2015 |
A local money manager must pay $48 million in damages to an Ambler couple who said he placed their money in unsuitable, illiquid investments such as a Polish tobacco company and turbine-engine makers in Tunisia. James and Jane Sutow last week were awarded $17.4 million in actual damages, slightly more than $30 million in treble damages and almost $1 million in legal fees and costs by the American Arbitration Association. The Sutows were clients of Family Endowment Partners in Wayne and its money manager, Lee Dana Weiss, from 2010 to 2013.
January 12, 2015 |
COLD SNAP? What cold snap? The temperature inside City Hall yesterday was decidedly warm and fuzzy as Mayor Nutter and the firefighters' union embraced a new arbitration contract that awards yearly pay increases and allows firefighters the opportunity to live outside of Philadelphia. The handshake between the Nutter administration and the union that represents the city's roughly 2,200 firefighters and paramedics came in stark contrast to the bitter and contentious go-around of previous labor talks, which sparked a lengthy court battle.
August 1, 2014 |
MAYOR NUTTER and the city's police union announced yesterday that they are accepting a three-year contract arbitration award that includes a series of raises totaling 9.5 percent and has no cuts in pension or health-care benefits for the city's roughly 6,000 police officers. The award will cost the city $218 million in its five-year financial plan - about $97 million more than was anticipated. Nutter said the city has realized $29 million in savings from previous changes to police health-care benefits and so views the cost of the award to be less than $70 million over budget.
July 11, 2014 |
A COMMONWEALTH Court panel yesterday denied an appeal by the city prison guards union of a 2012 arbitration award that resulted in less generous pension benefits for new hires and lower wage increases than the union had sought. The union, Local 159 of AFSCME District Council 33, argued that the arbitration award was flawed because it took into account the city's financial condition. But Commonwealth Judge Bernard McGinley wrote in yesterday's decision that the city's ability to pay is applicable in deciding the award, siding with lawyers for Mayor Nutter's administration and the Common Pleas Court decision that was under appeal.
March 27, 2014 |
TRENTON New Jersey Democrats are pushing a proposal through the Legislature to extend a cap on pay raises for police and firefighter unions set to expire at the end of the month. But Republicans, who have championed the 2 percent cap as a key tool in slowing the growth of property taxes, say the bill includes provisions that would render the 2010 law useless. The cap applies to an increase in base salaries for police and firefighter unions that decide to enter arbitration. Gov. Christie has said property taxes grew an average of 1.7 percent last year, down from an average of 7 percent in the 10 years before he took office.
September 18, 2013 |
CITY CONTROLLER Alan Butkovitz urged the city's fiscal watchdog yesterday to reject Mayor Nutter's five-year financial plan because city coffers are projected to reach dangerous lows in future years. The Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority will meet today to vote on the plan. Butkovitz is concerned about the city's steadily declining fund balance, which is projected to reach only $8.5 million by 2017. "Any significant deviation because of unforeseen circumstances such as litigations, severe weather or future unexpected commitments to the School District of Philadelphia could drastically impact city operations," Butkovitz said, adding that the city's assumed revenue is unreasonable.
September 8, 2013 |
AFTER AN UGLY and unprecedented four-year battle with the city's firefighters' union, Mayor Nutter has raised the white flag. Nutter yesterday withdrew his appeal of an arbitration award that the administration had long contended it could not afford. "We made the appeal for the right reasons," Nutter said. "We couldn't afford it. Now we can. " The city will pay its firefighters and paramedics $47 million in retroactive wage increases - about $5,000 per employee, on average - and make a $28 million payment to union health-care funds.
September 8, 2013 |
Mayor Nutter ended one of his administration's most contentious labor disputes Friday, agreeing to drop an appeal of the city firefighters' arbitration award and pay them back raises and benefits. Each firefighter should see about $5,000 in back pay in the coming weeks, costing the city $47 million, officials said. Nutter's act resolved a five-year dispute with Local 22 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, the union for firefighters and paramedics, but the administration remained in a showdown with two of the city's four largest municipal workers unions.