Mayor Nutter Tries To Take The Ongoing Deadlock With AFSCME To The State Supreme Court

afscmeWell, technically: The City of Philadelphia has filed a petition with the PA Supreme Court “asking it to use its King’s Bench [Ed. note: Oh fancy] powers to take immediate jurisdiction over the City’s lawsuit to break the deadlock in labor negotiations with AFSCME District Council 33.” The city has been in a years-long stalemate with the union which represents city workers.

Nutter was quoted in a press release as saying:

The City filed an important action seeking a declaratory judgment in connection with our belief that after almost four years of collective bargaining we are at impasse with AFSCME District Council 33 and should have the right to break that deadlock. We filed this case in Common Pleas Court and I’m certain that any decision there will ultimately be appealed to the state Supreme Court. Since this matter is of such pressing public consequence to city employees and taxpayers locally, as well as public employers throughout the Commonwealth, we are asking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in today’s filing to assume jurisdiction immediately over this matter.”

The contract currently proposed by the city includes a 2.5 percent raise 30 days after the contract kicks in, in additon to another raise of 2 percent on the first day of 2014. In response, AFSCME District Council 33 President Pete Matthews will be holding a press conference today, and you can read his anti-Nutter OpEd here.