UPDATE: Mayor, Public Union Have Deal

After years of angry negotiations, labor peace may be at hand.

[Update 11:17 a.m.] City Hall is confirming, via Facebook:


[Original] Newsworks is reporting that Mayor Nutter and DC 33, the city’s blue-collar labor union, may have a deal.

District Council 33 has been working under expired contract terms since 2009.

Documents obtained by NewsWorks show the workers will receive a $2,800 signing bonus, as well as a 3.5 percent raise next month and a 2.5 percent raise in July 2015. The deal goes through June 2016.

And of course, this sudden movement after five years comes just days after it became clear that the price of Philly hosting the Democratic National Convention in 2016 is the resolution of several labor conflicts in the city. The dispute between the Carpenters union the Pennsylvania Convention Center was prominent on that list, but Mayor Nutter’s failure to get a deal with DC 33 was also seen as a potential stumbling block. Now? Maybe not so much.