White collar city workers reach tentative contract with City of Philadelphia

Pat Loeb
June 13, 2018 - 5:23 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia officials have reached a contract agreement with District Council 47, which represents white collar city workers. 

This is the final city labor contract to settle and represents a victory for the city because they now have secured pension reform from every union, which should keep the pension solvent.

If union members approve it next week, the city will have resolved all its outstanding labor contracts.

DC 47 members will get 3 percent raises the first year, 2 1/2 percent the second year, and 3 percent the third year. Another bonus from the city's perspective is that all the unions are now on the same bargaining schedule. 

As with police, fire and blue collar workers, the contract expires in July 2021.

DC 47 President Fred Wright declined to comment until his members vote on the pact next week.

Just after the agreement was reached, a City Council committee approved a bill to apply the same pension provisions to elected officials and employees not represented by a union. 

City officials say that will help the pension system reach a funding level of 80 percent by 2030.