Union challenges Philadelphia’s full-time office return mandate for city workers

A Philadelphia city employee union has petitioned a judge to halt Mayor Cherelle Parker’s mandate requiring full-time office returns by July 15.

On Monday, Parker announced her intention to enhance government visibility and accessibility by ending the city’s remote work policy implemented in 2021, returning employees to pre-pandemic schedules.

“Employee presence at the workplace allows for more personal and productive interactions,” said Parker during an announcement held at City Hall.

“It facilitates communication. It promotes social connections as well as collaboration, innovation and inclusion.”

District Council 47 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees filed a lawsuit claiming that this mandate violates their contract and will negatively impact city workers.

Representing 6,000 administrative and supervisory employees, the union also filed an unfair-practices complaint with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board.

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