Hundreds Blast Nutter In Rally Outside City Hall - MyFoxAustin.com | KTBC Fox 7 | News, Weather, Sports

Hundreds Blast Nutter In Rally Outside City Hall

Posted: Updated:
Several hundred held up signs and chanted during a rally outside of Philadelphia City Hall Wednesday. Several hundred held up signs and chanted during a rally outside of Philadelphia City Hall Wednesday.
PHILADELPHIA -

Another day, another protest. But is anybody listening?

Several hundred unionized city workers rallied outside Philadelphia City Hall Wednesday, blasting the Nutter administration for its handling of their long overdue contracts. 

"The mayor's a liar!!" yelled Bill Gault, the head of the firefighters' union, as the crowd cheered.

"He's not a negotiator. He's not a leader. He's a dictator!" added Pete Matthews, president of the white collar municipal workers' union.

But as it all played out, you couldn't help but notice the crowds of regular folks passing by- barely interested.

Many of them seem supportive of the union cause, but only in the most vague, philosophical way.

"I feel bad for them, but a lot of people are unemployed, period," said one man who told FOX 29's Bruce Gordon that he lives and works in the city.

So far, Mayor Nutter does not appear to have been moved by the protests, and there are several reasons why:

Nutter won election-- and re-election-- with little or no support from city worker unions.

So he owes them no favors.

And he's term-limited so there's no chance for unions to impact his stay in office.

Nutter's fight with firefighters and blue- and white-collar workers, is mostly about benefits.

Analysts say for the mayor, that is a winning hand.

"The vast majority of voters in the city of Philadelphia have co-pays on their health insurance and have a 401k if they're lucky," says political analyst Larry Ceisler. "So it is very hard for the average citizen to relate to the demands of the municipal unions, because they don't have these types of benefits themselves."

Union leaders call that argument a race to the bottom.

"The tragedy in this country right now," says Pat Eiding, who heads the Philadelphia AFL-CIO, "is that while people are taking away pensions that were promised, there's a lot of people out there saying, 'gee, they have a pension. I don't have a pension- why should they have it?' Instead of saying, 'we should all have a pension. We should all have some health care.'"

A spokesman for Mayor Nutter says the unions are to blame for a stalemate now approaching five years.

Mark McDonald says the city workers have been unwilling to address benefit reforms that are vital to righting the city's financial ship.

The mayor goes before city council Thursday to present his 2013-2014 budget.

Expect a loud, rowdy crowd of union members, serenading the mayor with boos.

But don't expect a groundswell of tangible public support for labor's position.

  • Bruce Gordon ReportsMore>>

  • Baby That Needs Specialized Formula Receives Overwhelming Support

    Baby That Needs Specialized Formula Receives Overwhelming Support

    Thursday, August 14 2014 9:59 PM EDT2014-08-15 01:59:13 GMT
    Insurance policies have rules governing what's covered and what's not. Generally, they make sense. The rules are designed to prevent unreasonable costs from being passed along to the insurer, and by extension to other insurance customers. But listen to Sheree Kober's story. 
    Insurance policies have rules governing what's covered and what's not. Generally, they make sense. The rules are designed to prevent unreasonable costs from being passed along to the insurer, and by extension to other insurance customers. But listen to Sheree Kober's story. 

  • Getting Results: Resident Fed Up With Living Next To Vacant Home

    Getting Results: Resident Fed Up With Living Next To Vacant Home

    Wednesday, June 11 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-06-12 02:24:23 GMT
    Fox 29 is working to get results for one local woman who fears for her safety.In a region filled with rowhomes, a homeowners’ worst nightmare is the home next door becoming vacant, and slowly disintegrating.Sharon Redwood says she's owned her home on West 6th Street in Chester, Delaware County, for most of her adult life.She says the place next door has been vacant for years.It’s become an eyesore, and a dangerous one at that."The roof has fallen from the third floor, down to the basement. (F...
    Fox 29 is working to get results for one local woman who fears for her safety.In a region filled with rowhomes, a homeowners’ worst nightmare is the home next door becoming vacant, and slowly disintegrating.Sharon Redwood says she's owned her home on West 6th Street in Chester, Delaware County, for most of her adult life.She says the place next door has been vacant for years.It’s become an eyesore, and a dangerous one at that."The roof has fallen from the third floor, down to the basement. (F...
  • Philadelphia Police Says #NoSavesies To Public Parking

    Philadelphia Police Says #NoSavesies To Public Parking

    Wednesday, January 29 2014 7:10 PM EST2014-01-30 00:10:03 GMT
    It follows major snowstorms like day follows night, the practice of using old junk to save the parking space you just dug out!
    It follows major snowstorms like day follows night, the practice of using old junk to save the parking space you just dug out!
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • 1 Person Killed in Bethel Township Accident

    1 Person Killed in Bethel Township Accident

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:03 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:03:33 GMT
    1 person was killed in an accident in Bethel Township, Delaware County on Monday evening.Initial reports indicate that a vehicle may have hit a tree and overturned. It happened on the 3300 block of Foulk Road around 8:30pm.Foulk Road was closed for several hours while police investigated the crash scene.Stay with Fox 29 News for updates.
    1 person was killed in an accident in Bethel Township, Delaware County on Monday evening.Initial reports indicate that a vehicle may have hit a tree and overturned. It happened on the 3300 block of Foulk Road around 8:30pm.Foulk Road was closed for several hours while police investigated the crash scene.Stay with Fox 29 News for updates.
  • Council Rock South Mourns The Loss Of Three Classmates

    Council Rock South Mourns The Loss Of Three Classmates

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:23:09 GMT
    Three boys from Council Rock South High School died over the weekend when their SUV overturned.
    Three boys from Council Rock South High School died over the weekend when their SUV overturned.
  • Hamels, 3 Phillies relievers no-hit Braves

    Hamels, 3 Phillies relievers no-hit Braves

    Monday, September 1 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-09-01 20:42:38 GMT
    Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter Monday, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0.
    Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter Monday, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0.
Powered by WorldNow

KTBC FOX 7
119 East 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (512) 476-7777
Fax: (512) 495-7001

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices