Around 200 AFSCME supporters protested Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s austerity measures outside a downtown Washington, D.C., hotel today at noon.
As Nutter participated in the first day of the 79th winter meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors, people in the block-long picket line that formed in front of the hotel chanted things like “No more cuts! Nutter’s nuts!” and “Take a hike! Corporate Mike!,” alluding to his administration’s record of reducing community health services and closing down libraries, schools and fire stations and his support for tax breaks for the wealthiest.
“Michael Nutter ran for office on a worker’s agenda,” an AFSCME flyer proclaimed. “Yet time and time again, when the decision has to be made to do what is right, he sides with the 1%.”
AFSCME supporters plan to continue protesting Nutter’s policies outside his various engagements around the capital in the days to follow, AFSCME spokesperson Chris Fleming said.