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PHILADELPHIA LABOR DAY RALLY TO DRAW THOUSANDS AMID BIG CITY FISCAL PROBLEMS, CUTBACKS IN PUBLIC SERVICES AND CUTS FOR PUBLIC WORKERS

PHILADELPHIA LABOR DAY RALLY TO DRAW THOUSANDS AMID BIG CITY FISCAL

PROBLEMS, CUTBACKS IN PUBLIC SERVICES AND CUTS FOR PUBLIC WORKERS
 AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland and AFSCME International President Gerald W. McEntee lead the list of speakers at a rally and march expected to draw several thousand in Philadelphia on Labor Day in a demonstration of solidarity with some 35,000 city workers and teachers currently stalemated in bargaining new contracts with the city.
 The city of Philadelphia, under Mayor Ed Rendell's direction, is attempting to cut health care coverage while increasing cost to workers, cut retirement benefits, impose a three-year wage freeze, and win the right to contract out public services, AFSCME says. Rendell claims those and other cuts are necessary in view of city budget deficits. AFSCME, which represents 15,000 city workers, has proposed savings and revenue sources to address the deficit. AFSCME members have given their leaders in both city bargaining units authority to strike if the city fails to bargain a fair contract.
 The Labor Day rallies and march will begin at Philadelphia's JFK Plaza, 15th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard at 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 7. Speakers at that location include:
 Edward Toohey, president
 Philadelphia Labor Council of the AFL-CIO
 Lane Kirkland, president
 AFL-CIO
 Gerald W. McEntee, international president
 AFSCME, AFL-CIO
 Tom Cronin, president
 District Council 47, AFSCME
 James Sutton, president
 District Council 33, AFSCME
 Ted Kirsch, president
 Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT)
 Jim Moran
 Tri-State Labor Day Committee
 At approximately 11 a.m. marches will moves from the Plaza via the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Eakins Oval where more speakers, music and a picnic will follow.
 CONTACT: Dwight Kirk, 215-895-3300, or Bob Harman, 202-429-1130, both of AFSCME.
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