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Unions Rally In Support Of Unionization For Philly Paramedics

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Labor union members and leaders from across the city gathered on Thursday with the firefighters’ union for a rally outside City Hall to protest the mayor’s treatment of paramedics.

schaitberger harold mabrams Unions Rally In Support Of Unionization For Philly ParamedicsDozens of union members gathered in solidarity to support the city’s 200+ paramedics who are seeking to stay in the firefighters’ union despite a state labor board ruling saying the city can exclude them (see related stories).

Harold Schaitberger (right), president of the International Association of Firefighters, took aim at Mayor Michael Nutter for leading the charge against the paramedics:

“We simply have a mayor who, through vengeance, wants to take it out on them by taking away their bargaining unit and their ability to be part of this incredible local of ours, Local 22.”

Bill Gault, president of Local 22, says Nutter is courting disaster:

“The city’s current course of action has opened the door for the possibility of a paramedic strike. Think about that.”

Earlier in the day, a city judge postponed a hearing on the dispute until November to give both sides an opportunity to resolve the dispute out of the courts.
Reported by Mark Abrams, KYW Newsradio.
Photos by Mark Abrams

  • Bonita Jones

    The Medics WILL strike if forced to and the Firefighters will NOT cross the picket lines

  • Bonita Jones

    Dont bet on that medic steve

  • Medic Steve

    Philadelphia’s paramedics are highly dedicated and passionate professionals who care about their work. The thought of neglecting or harming a fellow citizen by implementing a strike is unthinkable, and would never be considered an option.

  • Hugh

    typically it is, but if mayor Nutter insists on revoking the medics right to binding arbitration with the union they are no longer bound to their end of the deal either, leaving them with no recourse but to strike. mayor Nutter has not been good the emergency services of Philadelphia and therefore not the people of Philadelphia

  • joel

    it should be illegal for emergency workers to strike,

    • rico

      it is until they kick them out of the union and void that agreement

  • Alec Berg

    I think ultimately this will be a mistake for the paramedics. “Whenever you sacrifce freedom for security you wind up with neither.” – B Franklin.

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