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City Council Urges Nutter To Settle With Philadelphia's Non-Uniformed City Workers

By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Members of Philadelphia's two non-uniformed city workers' unions packed into City Council chambers today and got a vote of support from the lawmakers in their effort to get a new contract.

"The ayes are 17 (cheering), the nays are zero," said Council president Darrell Clarke as he announced the passage of a resolution declaring City Council's support for the blue- and white-collar city worker unions.

Members of the unions -- District Councils 33 and 47 -- say they are frustrated over having been without new contracts since 2009.

DC 33 chief Pete Matthews (in center of photo) had this message for the mayor:

"We're sick of this.  We bailed the city out.  Stop trying to make a legacy on the backs of city workers."

The mayor says negotiations have been continuing and that he wants contracts that are fair to taxpayers as well as to the workers.

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