District Council 33 Members Ratify One-Year Contract With City of Philadelphia

Aug 08, 2008, 01:00 ET from AFSCME District Council 33

    PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The members of AFSCME
 District Council 33, the largest union of City workers in Philadelphia,
 have ratified the one-year contract that was reached in the negotiations
 with the City two weeks ago.
     The contract calls for a cash bonus for District Council 33 members,
 other contract enhancements including tool and uniform allowances,
 comparable worth increases, and no reductions in health or pension
     The Executive Board of District Council 33 recommended that the
 contract be ratified by the membership and the members responded by voting
 to approve the agreement by a wide margin in a mail ballot process run by
 the American Arbitration Association.
     District Council 33 President Pete Matthews said the ratification vote
 "accurately reflects the wishes of the membership" and that the District
 Council would be immediately starting negotiations on a multi-year deal
 with the City.
     "I am gratified that the membership went along with my recommendation
 and the vote of our Executive Board and ratified this agreement," said
 Matthews. "This contract contains absolutely no give backs on health care
 and pensions, does not have any other concessions, and gives District
 Council 33 members a bonus and other contract enhancements. Now we will be
 getting started right away on negotiations for a new, multi-year contract
 that has percentage wage increases and addresses the other contract
 proposals we made to the City that were not settled with this agreement."
     District Council 33 represents over 10,000 City workers in most City

SOURCE AFSCME District Council 33