Pew Report Shows Strapped Cities Sought Union Concessions

Publication: Philadelphia Inquirer

Author: Marcia Gelbart

09/23/2009 - Rescued by Harrisburg from having to make deep budget cuts, the Nutter administration must now decide how much it will push for further reductions by slashing labor costs with its four municipal unions.

City officials so far have offered no new specifics since last week's deal by state lawmakers to allow Philadelphia to temporarily raise its sales tax and defer pension payments.

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A new report offers at least a glimpse of what may be in store for Philadelphia by examining actions taken by leaders in other budget-stricken cities nationwide. It was titled "Layoffs, Furloughs, and Union Concessions: The Prolonged and Painful Process of Balancing City Budgets."

Released yesterday by the Pew Charitable Trusts' Philadelphia Research Initiative, the report notes that other big-city mayors have publicized a need for massive layoffs - and then said the only way to avoid them is through across-the-board, largely temporary concessions.

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