PHILADELPHIA — The city has narrowly avoided a strike that could have left streets lined with garbage and social services crippled during next week's Republican National Convention.
The city's office, library and social service workers reached a tentative labor agreement Tuesday night after criticizing a larger blue-collar union for agreeing to a similar pact 12 hours earlier. Both contracts must be ratified by union members.
"We're supposed to work together, we're part of the same international, we had these hands raised in solidarity," said Thomas Paine Cronin, president of the 3,200-member District Council 47. "We were treated like dirt."