Nutter, unions begin sparring over contracts

June 18, 2009 5:27:54 AM PDT
Four sets of contracts for Philadelphia city workers expire at the end of June, and members of the largest city employees union plan to rally to press their cause. They are upset about a proposal by Mayor Michael Nutter's administration to restructure the pension plan for all new city workers. Nutter will send the proposal to City Council on Thursday.

Finance Director Rob Dubow says the plan would save the city $500 million over 30 years.

AFSCME District Council 33 chief Pete Matthews has rejected the proposal.

District Council 47 and DC 33 plan to rally Thursday at "Love Park" in JFK Plaza, across from City Hall. City Managing Director Camille Barnett has drawn up contingency plans in case the unions call a strike.

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