Local 98 labor leader JOHN DOUGHERTY hosted an event near the Old Swedes Church at Christian Street & Columbus Boulevard before marching. COUNCILMAN BOB HENON, STATE REP. ED NEILSON, STATE SEN. MIKE STACK and COUNCIL PRESIDENT DARRELL CLARKE were all on hand. Also there was politically active attorney CHARLES GIBBS and State Senate candidate DAN SAVAGE.
The parade kicked off at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 union hall on Columbus Boulevard, and the enthusiasm was immense. AFL-CIO President PAT EIDING helped head the parade. Sheet Metal Workers President GARY MASINO helped lead the parade. AFSCME Local 1739 President FRED WRIGHT also marched vigorously. JOHN KANE, business manager of Plumbers Local 690, was in good spirits and led his membership through the stormy weather and to the Great Plaza for the Labor Day festivities. Kane is also the Democratic candidate for the 26th State Senate Seat in Delaware Co.
Many members of the firefighters circulated petitions designed to change the city charter. MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER continues his feud with the union by failing to accept two arbitration awards and a Common Pleas Judge ruling. The firefighters’ charter change will enable them to receive the support of City Council and fair treatment during contract disputes. The charter change will end limitless appeals by the Mayor which are designed to break the will of the union. City Hall Sam says it’s time for Mayor Nutter to do the right thing and fund the firefighters contract. By continuing to hold out, he is hurting his agenda and legacy, and losing support within City Council.