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City, DC33 Meet For First Time in Months

From our intrepid colleague Dave Davies:

Representatives for the city and it's largest employee union, AFSCME District Council 33 met for a little over an hour today at the Sheraton Hotel in center city.

It was the first bargaining session since July, but it appears little was accomplished.

DC 33 President Pete Matthews said the city called the session, but had no new proposals to present. Matthews said he told city reps the union had already saved the city money through staff reductions and the one-year contract last year they agreed to last year.

"It's clear we're not going to make any concessions," Matthews said after the sessin. "I think we've done a lot for the city. I told them, you know, you're not going to have our blood, but we're going to continue to work with you."

The white collar union, AFSCME District Council 47 meets with the city tomorrow.

Both unions are working under contracts that expired June 30.