Philly Mayor Michael “Squidward” Nutter apparently fancies himself a dictator. His Worshipfulness is now suing to force a contract on 6,800 city workers.
But remember, Big Union; Democrats are your friends.
The Nutter administration filed suit Friday seeking permission from Philadelphia Common Pleas Court to impose new contract terms – including modest raises, potential furloughs, reduced overtime, and a new pension model for future employees – on about 6,800 workers represented by AFSCME District Council 33.
Announcing the lawsuit, a new tack in the city’s four-year labor standoff, Nutter accused union leaders of holding their members “hostage.”
The city’s latest offer includes a 2.5 percent raise, beginning a month after a contract is signed; 2 percent more on Jan. 1, 2014; but nothing for the last 3 1/2 years in which the unions have been working without a contract.
Now, before you think I went off the deep end, I am not a fan of public sector unions. Hell, I don’t even like my local FOP. However, I find it amusing that this it the hill Nutter wants to die upon. The mayor presides over a town with skyrocketing taxes, compounded by thousands of tax delinquents.
If this jackass cut taxes and collected back taxes on the deadbeats, he could probably afford better contracts for his municipal employees.
But we can’t do that; it goes against the Democrat playbook.