Just because Mayor Nutter has made the deal doesn’t mean the City Council will ratify his $1.86 billion sale of Philadelphia Gas Works to a Connecticut company.
6ABC reports Mayor Nutter has reached a contract with the union that represents City Hall’s white-collar workers.
It was a historic moment. 3,500 union member of District Council 47 had been without a contract since 2009. There had been some contentious and heated issues which centered on furloughs, healthcare and pension reform.
Back in September, the union ousted its president, Cathy Scott and put Fred Wright in charge and everything changed.
“Fred Wright is a man of integrity, he is a man of his word, he is a hard working serious focused individual who I have come to enjoy working with,” said Mayor Michael Nutter.
Nicole Kligerman is a community organizer for the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, a coalition of faith-based organizations that welcome and work with immigrants to the community—including undocumented immigrants. This week, it appeared the coalition was nearing a long-standing goal when the Inquirer reported Mayor Nutter will soon order an end to the city’s practice of reporting its arrests of undocumented immigrants to federal authorities, and holding those individuals for federal deportation. (Arrestees charged with severe crimes of violence would still be reported to immigration authorities.)
Kligerman talked to Philly Mag about why the old policy is harmful and the opacity of City Hall on immigration issues.
The Daily News reports: “City Council overrode a veto from Mayor Nutter yesterday that clears the way for an elected official to seek another public office without resigning from his existing one. … As it stands, anyone holding elected office in city government must resign before seeking a different office at the city, state or federal level. Council unanimously reversed the mayor’s veto and the decision now goes before the voters on the May 20 ballot.”
Mayor Nutter is holding a press conference at this hour, announcing the beginning of a snow emergency at 8 p.m. tonight. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has declared its schools will close Thursday. Late in the press conference, he said the School District of Philadelphia had also announced it will close schools on Thursday.
“The Streets Department and Philadelphia Parking Authority are prepping their plows as we speak,” Nutter said.