City and DC 47 Contract Negotiations Update

City and DC 47 Contract Negotiations Update

Brothers and Sisters,

Negotiations between the City and District Council 47 are continuing.
On Tuesday of last week, DC 47 VP Ethelind Baylor and myself met with Mayor Jim Kenney.
We talked to him about the lack of movement to resolve the differences between DC 47’s position and that of the City. We expressed our concerns about the frustration brothers and sisters have expressed about this slow moving process. We told the Mayor that we believe he should get more involved in the negotiation process.
Mayor Kenney expressed to us the need for a hybrid pension plan agreement, like the one reached with District Council 33. We said to him like we have said to his negotiators that this is not acceptable. 
We met with City negotiators last Thursday and there was some movement on the pension plan differences on both sides. We are working to keep this movement going. We are scheduled to meet with the City again this week. 
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Awards Pres. Wright

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Awards Pres. Wright

The Philadelphia Coalition of Black Trade Unionists presented Trailblazer Awards to DC 47 Pres. Fred Wright and Councilwoman Cherelle Parker. CBTU Pres. Ryan Boyer (3rd from left) presented the awards. State Sen. Sharif Street (3rd from right) was also on hand. State Rep. Stephen Kinsey (standing next to Pres. Wright in photo below)  congratulated Pres. Wright on receiving the award.

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Hospitality Workers and Supporters Fast at Northeast Corner of City Hall. Hospitality Worker Speak out with words, song and prayer. Livestream from Memphis, Tennessee 50th anniversary commemoration. Playing of Martin Luther King Jr. Speeches. Hotel Bed making demonstration
12:00 PM – Bible study and prayer with Reverend Alyn Waller of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church | Arch St. United Methodist Church (55 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107)
 
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Hospitality Workers and Supporters Fast at Northeast Corner of City Hall. Hospitality Worker Speak out with words, song and prayer. Livestream from Memphis, Tennessee 50th anniversary commemoration. Playing of Martin Luther King Jr. Speeches. Hotel Bed making demonstration
5:00 PM – Mass prayer vigil with all faith, community, and labor supporters | NE corner of City Hall (1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19102)
 
6:01 PM – Moment of Silence and Playing of “To the Mountaintop” Speech
7:00 PM – Break the fast at Arch St. United Methodist Church (55 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107)
 
City Contract Negotiation Update

City Contract Negotiation Update

The negotiations between District Council 47 and the City of Philadelphia are moving very slowly. The City’s negotiation team has postponed the last three (3) scheduled negotiating sessions. The City is clearly dragging its feet and it is not clear when they really plan to bargain in good faith.
As you know, Mayor Jim Kenney has submitted a budget proposal to City Council and budget hearings are scheduled to begin next week. City Council is also reviewing legislation that would change the pension plan for non-represented employees of the City of Philadelphia. We expect that change would be similar to the same pension plan that the City reached with District Council 33. One main stumbling block in our negotiations is that issue, and the difference between the cap given to DC 33 members and the one that we need for District Council 47.
Our salaries are on average higher than that of DC33 and therefore we need a different deal than the one they obtained from the City.
Once again, I am asking for your continued support to help move this process forward. Your calls to Mayor Kenney and your City Council member helps our cause and lets them know we have a sense of urgency to get us a fair contract. I have been reaching out to City Council to press our case. I am also contacting local media, to let the public know we need a contract!

Philadelphia Government Snowstorm Update for Thursday

Philadelphia Government Snowstorm Update for Thursday

Managing Director DiBerardinis will lift the City’s Snow Emergency at 6:00AM on Thursday, March 22, in time for the morning commute.

All City of Philadelphia municipal government offices will open during normal business hours on Thursday, March 22. Supervisors are urged to give workers flexibility in their arrival time. The Courts of the First Judicial District will also be opened on a two-hour delay. Jurors should report for Jury Service at 10:15 AM.

SEPTA
SETPA plans to resume normal weekday service on all modes starting Thursday, March 22. Expect some delays, bus route detours, suspensions and rail trip cancellations. Customers are urged to check for updates before starting their commutes. The latest service details can be found at www.septa.org.

The Philly 311 Call Center will reopen at 8:00 AM. For all non-emergency tree calls and for updates regarding snowplowing and salting operations, citizens should call 311, not 911. Non-emergency calls to 911 hamper the dispatchers’ ability to focus on immediate life-threatening emergencies.

Closures and Cancellations
Wednesday’s trash collections were suspended. No decision has been made on Thursday’s collection due to the entire Streets Sanitation supporting overnight snow removal operations.

School District of Philadelphia schools and Philadelphia Archdiocese Schools will open tomorrow, Thursday, March 22 on a two-hour delay.

Philadelphia International Airport plans to resume normal operations Thursday, March 22. However, there are numerous delays and cancelations, so travelers should check with their airline, or go to PHL.org, or call 1-800-PHL-GATE.