Philadelphia Mayor Drops Fight Against Pay Raises

Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter today announced that he is calling off his administration’s lengthy battle with the firefighters’ union over a contract that was to have begun back in 2009, reports CBS Philadelphia.

The mayor said increased tax revenues now give the city a greater ability to afford the contract award, so his administration has dropped its appeal in Commonwealth Court.

“The reason for the appeals, and the reason for today’s decision, are consistent, and they are same,” Nutter said.  “We could not afford those awards at that time.  We now can.”

It was back in 2010 that an arbitration panel awarded the firefighters a contract covering a period that continued through June of this year.  But since that time Mayor Nutter has been in court, mounting appeals of the award — a battle that kept lawyers busy and provoked criticism of Nutter from rank-and-file firefighters and some on City Council.

The current head of the firefighters’ union Local 22, Joe Schulle, said the union is grateful that the appeal has been dropped.

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