Philadelphia Firefighters Local 22
“Operation Warm,” a partnership with Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, raises money for coats for Philadelphia children who need them.
Firefighters Local 22 went to court seeking to keep the 14 from losing their new ranks. Among those taking the witness stand, Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers.
The Nutter Administration has decided not to fight last week’s order from a city judge for increased payments to the firefighter’s union health care fund.
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.
The Council hearing came one day after the administration decided to continue the legal battle and appeal the arbitration award in Commonwealth Court.
Bill Gault, the head of firefighters’ union Local 22, called Nutter “arrogant,” and a member of the state board that oversees city finances called the decision “a red flag.”
Firefighters’ Union Local 22 contends that Ayers and his two top deputies were guilty of incompetence and indifference, and should resign or be suspended.
The CBS 3 I-Team has confirmed federal investigators are now heading to Philadelphia to help local investigators search for answers in the deaths of Philadelphia Fire Department Lieutenant Bob Neary and fellow firefighter Daniel Sweeney.