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Judge denies union prez request to stop pay raises, givebacks

A common pleas court judge denied a union president's request Friday to stop a deal imposed by the Nutter administration that included pay raises and givebacks.

Michael Walsh, head of the Local 2186 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, requested that a plan which included pay raises, furloughs and significant givebacks for pension and healthcare costs be halted because the administration failed to hold a public hearing before implementing the changes in October.

Judge Idee C. Fox denied the request for an injunction. An opinion has not yet been issued.

Walsh and roughly 5,500 other nonunion and exempt city workers are subject to the new deal. Walsh's union includes supervisors at several city agencies like the Department of Human Services.

The city's blue-and-white collar unions –who have been without a contract since 2009, were offered a similar deal but rejected it and for now negotiations are at a standstill.