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Department of Labor

Resolving labor disputes, enforcing labor laws, and managing the relationship between the City administration and City employee unions.

Department of Labor

What we do

The Department of Labor builds partnerships between management and the labor organizations representing City employees. The department also oversees matters related to the City’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and workplace anti-harassment policies, FMLA, ADA, and other EEO areas. As the City’s main point of contact for the labor community, we:

  • Handle negotiations between City unions and City management.
  • Respond to unfair labor practice charges filed against the City.
  • Investigate complaints of sexual harassment and discrimination from any City employees, applicants, former employees, or members of the public.
  • Represent the City in union disputes.
  • Make sure employers with City contracts pay prevailing wages.
  • Resolve minimum-wage waiver requests.
  • Administer and enforce the City’s worker protection laws.

The Department of Labor includes the Office of Employee Relations, the Office of Labor Relations, the Office of Worker Protections, the Office of Labor Standards, and the Living Wage Working Group.


City Hall
Room 205
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 686-0802 for questions on Philadelphia worker protection laws

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Basil Merenda
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Name Job title Phone #
Candace Chewning Director, Office of Worker Protections
Manny Citron Chief of Staff
Perritti DiVirgilio Director, Office of Labor Standards
Monica Marchetti-Brock Director, Office of Labor Relations
Eric Schulz Director of Outreach and Communications, Office of Worker Protections
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