Philadelphia’s Fire Fighters’ and Paramedics’ Union held its annual firefighter appreciation day Sunday at the Local 22 Union Hall.
Philadelphia firefighters want to change the city charter, to require that city council approve appeals of labor contract arbitration awards.
The $6.7-million station replaces one that was shuttered a few years ago because of the expansion of Interstate 95.
The battle between the Nutter administration and Local 22, the city’s firefighter’s union, over a new contract looks like it will be heading to state court.
There’s a fire Philadelphia firefighters can’t seem to put out between the union and the Mayor’s office.
The Philadelphia firefighters’ union took advantage of the national firefighters’ convention here to bring reinforcements to their demand for a new contract.
The city, claiming the award was too expensive, appealed the original arbitration award nearly two years ago.
Firefighters’ Union Local 22 contends that Ayers and his two top deputies were guilty of incompetence and indifference, and should resign or be suspended.
Leaders of the firefighters’ union in Philadelphia are calling for the resignation of Philadelphia fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers and two of his top deputies following the death last month of two firemen in a Kensington warehouse fire.
A competition that began in September has ended with the announcement that a design by a Philadelphia-based architectural firm will be used to build the new memorial in Franklin Square.
“We’re just grieving, looking for answers that are going to take time to get,” said Local 22 president Bill Gault.
At issue was whether Philadelphia Fire Department paramedics should be allowed to stay in the union or, as the mayor wants, be forced to negotiate a separate deal.
A top-to-bottom assessment of the Philadelphia Fire Department says the department is wracked by low morale and racial strife. And response times are lower than national standards — particularly responses to medical emergencies.
“Anything you could do, we would greatly appreciate,” said Bill Gault, head of Firefighters Local 22, in a personal plea to City Council members.
Local 22 President Bill Gault says there is a well-qualified Employee Assistance Program in place, but firefighters are reluctant to use it for several reasons.