I think the big story here is that new employees will be moved into a 401k type plan which is very good for the city going forward. A 2.5% raise is not much at all and considering they now have to contribute more to health and retirement, probably means for many a pay decrease. The Unions need to get realistic at some point, I don't even understand why they would still want to be tied to a pension that just might not be there in the future.
"No one wanted to be mayor of Philadelphia. It was a thankless job, which for the first 56 years offered an annual salary of zero. In 1745, two men turned down the position and instead accepted large fines. In 1747, Anthony Morris fled to Bucks County to hide and thus avoid notification of his election. After Morris’s disappearance, a new election was held, and William Atwood was re-elected."