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 benefits. 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 Departments.
SOURCE AFSCME District Council 33