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.
The union that represents city firefighters — which has battled Mayor Nutter on contract issues and station brownouts — is now endorsing Nutter’s sole Democratic challenger: Milton Street.