Philly labor battle joined by forces statewide

By Dave Davies,

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s legal crusade to force pension and benefit changes on unionized city workers has been joined by thousands of interested parties on both sides.

AFSCME District Council 33, Philadelphia’s largest municipal union, has worked without a new contract for more than three years, and Nutter wants members to accept money-saving pension and health benefit changes.

But as I wrote¬†here¬†last month, a 1993 case makes Pennsylvania law unique in preventing a public employer from imposing new terms in a case where the parties can’t agree and workers keep working under the terms of the old agreement.

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