HERE'S A NEW ONE: A union president is suing the Nutter administration - because he got a raise.
Michael Walsh, president of Local 2186 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, has asked a judge to halt pay raises given to him and about 5,500 other workers in October because the city bypassed laws requiring public input before changing pay levels.
"You have a union president in essence trying to take money out of his members pockets, and I find that to be a little disingenuous," Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison said.
Of course, it's not that simple. The raises came with employee givebacks on pensions and health-care costs, as well as possible furloughs.
The city is in a stalemate with its blue- and white-color unions, including Walsh's, over contracts, so most of those who received the new deal were nonunion workers. But Walsh's union, which represents supervisors at several city agencies, has a special status that allows the administration to manage its pay without a new contract.
The suit argues that the raises should not have gone into effect before the public could comment at a hearing next month on an appeal of the raises filed by Walsh.
"The mayor thinks he's above the law," said Ralph Teti, Walsh's attorney.