NBC10 Philadelphia - Monique Braxton
Union members say they have been without a city contract and wage increases for four years. They plan to protest by walking to Mayor Michael Nutter's house to pray and hold a candlelight vigil. NBC10's Monique Braxton reports.
About one thousand union members marched towards Mayor Michael Nutter’s home Wednesday night in what organizers say is a fight for a fair contract for city workers.
The event was organized by American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Councils 33 and 47. The two unions represent both blue collar and white collar workers in the city. They stated the following in a press release:
On Election Day last week voters all over the Nation rejected politicians supporting the conservative 1 percent who want to deny fair contracts for America’s working families. Following up on last week’s elections, AFSCME District Councils 33 and 47, representing thousands of city workers, will be holding a Candlelight Vigil for a Fair Budget at 6:30 pm. today at the home of Philadelphia’s own 1 percent Mayor Michael Nutter.
The union members say they haven't had a contract or a wage increase in years. They also claim that Nutter wants the power to furlough workers, a plan that they are against.
The organizers gathered around 50th and Bryn Mawr at 6 p.m. They then passed out candles and lit them before walking about a block down the street to the Mayor’s home on Woodbine and 50th. They planned to pray and hold a candlelight vigil outside of his house.