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Calling it a “major victory for all of this state’s bargaining agents,” Herman “Pete” Matthews welcomed the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s ruling late last week that upheld the collective bargaining rights of DC 33 and DC 47, which together represent the bulk of the city’s municipal workers. “Now let’s get back to the bargaining table,” Matthews […]

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A new Temple University study has found city workers in Philadelphia are twice as likely today as they were in 2007 to have incomes that fall below the poverty guideline for a family of four when wages are adjusted for the local cost of living. The author of the study, Associate Professor of Economics Michael […]

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BY PETE MATTHEWS,  President, AFSCME District Council 33/ Mayor Michael Nutter’s stubborn and vindictive refusal to settle fair contracts with AFSCME District Councils 33 and 47 is driving city workers ever deeper into poverty and negatively impacting the City’s ability to deliver vital services. Many Philadelphia neighborhoods are facing cuts in City services due to […]

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Bill Gault, President, IAFF Local 22, has lauded another court action favoring their contract efforts. He writes: “Philadelphia’s 4,000 active and retired firefighters appreciate Common Pleas Court Judge Idee Fox’s recently issued Opinion in support of her Nov. 19, 2012 Order denying the Nutter administration’s petition to vacate our most recent Act 111 award. “Judge […]

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PENSIONS: Nutter Appeal To Ct. Could Trigger Labor War

AFSCME District Council 33 President Pete Matthews responded to a lawsuit filed by Mayor Michael Nutter in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court at a press conference last night. Mayor Nutter is seeking a ruling allowing him to impose the City’s last contract proposal on AFSCME District Council 33, the city’s largest union. President Pete Matthews and […]

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AFSCME Locals Sue Nutter: Furloughs ‘Unconstitutional’

  Long stung by Mayor Michael Nutter’s cost-saving measures, city workers have decided to sting back in court. The Center City law firm Willig, Williams & Davidson, representing AFSCME Local Union 2186 and AFSCME District Council 47, has filed suit with the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania seeking relief from the […]

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Stagehands Strike Phila. Theatre Co.

Stagehands Union IATSE Local 8 has taken its case to the Board Members of the Philadelphia Theatre Co. as it continues on strike despite many hours of  failed face-to-face negotiations. “The employer will not agree to back off its demand to have the unrestricted right to hire as many non-union workers as they decide to […]

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Port May Shut Down Dec. 30

The Port of Philadelphia may be crippled through no fault of International Longshoreman Association, Local 1291, if the ILA and United States Maritime Alliance, Ltd., do not settle their differences by Dec. 30. If the Port of Philadelphia shuts down (the last East and Gulf Coast port strike was 1977), it would negatively impact every […]

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Mayor Michael A. Nutter finally reacted to pressure brought on him by the City unions, but in a way not to their liking. His suggested compensation/benefits package for approximately 5,500 City employees falls far short of what the leadership of those unions have in mind and for what they have been waiting for over three […]

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BY REBECCA GREENBERG, California Labor Federation Communications  Organizer/ Most of us are familiar with the popular bumper sticker, “Labor Unions – The folks who brought you the weekend.” And yes, unions did play a pivotal role in the creation of the five-day work week. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Over the last 170 […]

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