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DC33 President Pete Matthews told MyFoxPhilly this morning that the city's unions may strike, depending on the outcome of a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that could let Mayor Nutter impose new contract terms on municipal workers.Is it time to strike? "Quite possibly," Matthews answered. "Let's see what happens in the Supreme Court case."As for whether the unions' tone, including portrayals of Nutter as "Bozo the Clown" and screaming at people, and whether the public will still back them, Matthews said he has respect for city council, its president and even the mayor's office."But we have no respect for the mayor,"
The Inquirer reports:In response, the city's municipal unions offered the following statement:
After performing the gubernatorial role of ribbon-cutter-in-chief at a science conference in Philadelphia Monday morning, Gov. Corbett told reporters he found it "disappointing" that Mayor Nutter's budget address last week was drowned out by municipal union members' loud protests in City Hall.
"It's disappointing when individuals will not allow a mayor or an official to give an address that he's supposed to give," Corbett said. "Individuals certainly have their opportunity to be heard, but it was certainly disappointing that he did not get to deliver his budget address."
Michael Nutter was literally screaming his budget address today in City Hall, trying to drown out the whistles, boos, and chants emanating from a spectator gallery filled with raucous union workers. Simultaneously protesting Nutter's opposition to a paid sick leave bill, and the ongoing public sector dispute over contracts (or lack thereof) they eventually forced Nutter to capitulate, and give up his speech, around 12:30 p.m.The sick leave bill passed 11-6, one vote short of the veto-proof majority it needs to withstand Nutter's opposition. More on what was actually in the budget here. WHYY reports that around 1:20, the mayor
One of Philadelphia's most watched civic dramas could be coming to a close and escalating, all at once. Developers Matt and Mike Pestronk are opening the Goldtex apartment building on Wood Street on May 1st, and they will begin taking leasing applications on Friday.
Berks county officials are looking into donations made to Bill Rubin and Bill Green when both were Philadelphia City Council candidates.To prove a violation of state law, the Board would have to demonstrate that Local 98 told Spencer to spend the money on the City Council races. [Newsworks]
The Berks County Board of Elections is investigating two $10,000 contributions that Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer made to Philadelphia City Council candidates in 2011 -- the day after Spencer received a $30,000 contribution from the political committee of the powerful electricians' union in Philadelphia.
It was just weeks ago when a Philadelphia stagehands union strike caused big problems for Philadelphia Theatre Company and its production of The Mountaintop at Suzanne Roberts Theatre, forcing the company to stage the performance there without much of the crew. Now that the Philadelphia Theatre Company strike has been resolved, the stagehands have moved on to their newest target: legendary Philadelphia concert venue The Electric Factory.On February 20th, IATSE Local 8 (the stagehands) posted the following message on the union's Facebook page:It's time to organize some Factory Workers. Stagehands at the Electric Factory in Philly have worked for [l]ow
Okay, storm was a little strong. And technically, they don't work for Wawa (farm country is Sheetz country anyways). Nor are they actually protesting Wawa's labor practices. Rather, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, which claims 10,000 members, is asking Wawa to use its considerable clout to ask Reynolds Tobacco to increase wages and improve workers' conditions down in their North Carolina fields. Wawa is a major purchaser of Reynolds' products, which include Camel cigarettes and various chewing tobaccos. The FLOC delegation showed up at Wawa's Delco HQ, where they met with an executive. [Philly.com]
National Review is a conservative publication that's never had much use for unions. Still, the magazine's new story about the "intimidation, harassment, vandalism, violence—and impunity" of Philadelphia unions probably won't help our fair city attract new construction or other kinds of employment. It's titled "Goon City" and goes downhill from there:A study by the National Right to Work Committee examined news reports and found that, from 1975 to 2009, there were 143 incidents of union violence in the city of Philadelphia reported in the press. It’s a grim roster that includes an unsuccessful murder attempt; a janitor’s losing an eye
This is sure to help contract negotiations. A source leaked to the Huffington Post that national AFSCME President Lee Saunders slammed Michael Nutter (along with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn) for being a FOLINO (it's a term I just coined that means 'Friend of Labor in Name Only'). Point Saunders for good metaphors.I am sick and tired of the fair-weather Democrats. They date us, take us to the prom, marry us, and then divorce us right after the honeymoon. I am sick and tired of the so-called friends who commend us when they’re running for election, but condemn us after they’ve