Councilmembers questioned the city’s fleet manager, Christopher Cocci, concerning the September blaze that heavily damaged a firehouse at 4th and Arch Streets.
At issue is whether the fire commissioner is required to fill budgeted vacancies with firefighters who pass the promotion exam, as the union contends, or whether he can pick and choose.
Philadelphia’s Fire Fighters’ and Paramedics’ Union held its annual firefighter appreciation day Sunday at the Local 22 Union Hall.
At a City Hall news conference, the mayor said increased tax revenues now give the city a greater ability to afford the contract award, so his administration has dropped its appeal in Commonwealth Court.
A judge has ordered the City of Philadelphia to pay more money into the health and welfare fund for Firefighters’ Local 22. The union had sought the emergency arbitration hearing, saying the fund was running out of money.