Philadelphia Firefighters Union
EXCLUSIVE: Firefighter’s Widow, Union Ask DA To Reconsider Decision To Not Criminally Charge Building Owners In Deadly Warehouse Blaze
Diane Neary, widow of Philadelphia Fire Lieutenant Robert Neary, expressed her concern about a decision announced Monday by District Attorney Seth Williams, not to file criminal charges against the owners of a vacant, dilapidated Kensington warehouse that burned and collapsed killing Neary and fellow firefighter Daniel Sweeney.
Philadelphia Firefighters Union President Joe Schulle says pictures from several firehouses around the city show firefighters and medics are facing health risks from deteriorating conditions.
Firefighters’ Union Official: Closed Engine Company Could Have Made Difference In Battling Firehouse Blaze
Firefighters Union Local 22 President Joe Schulle says if Engine 8 were still housed at 4th and Arch, crews would have had faster access to water to extinguish the fire in Medic Unit 44. Engine 8 was deactivated in 2009 in a cost-saving move.
The fourteen firefighters were promoted this past spring, under an order from Common Pleas Court judge Leon Tucker, but last week a Commonwealth court tossed out that ruling and ordered Tucker to dismiss the case.
The lawmakers overrode a Nutter veto and ordered millions of dollars set aside to pay for the contract.
The Philadelphia firefighters union heads to court Friday asking a judge to stop the Nutter Administration from imposing transfers of senior firefighters in the new year.
Common Pleas Court judge Idee Fox heard nearly two hours of arguments on Monday from the city and the union over the arbitration award, which the city says it can’t afford.
Firefighters Local 22 is asking the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board to force the Nutter administration to turn over internal documents about last April’s fatal fire in Kensington.
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.
“We’re just grieving, looking for answers that are going to take time to get,” said Local 22 president Bill Gault.
Philadelphia firefighters claim they are being punished by the department for being injured on the job.
“Anything you could do, we would greatly appreciate,” said Bill Gault, head of Firefighters Local 22, in a personal plea to City Council members.
KYW Newsradio has learned mass transfers of Philadelphia Fire Department Paramedics are currently scheduled to take effect in January. But, the president of the Philadelphia Firefighters’ Union vows to fight it and has filed a grievance to stop it.
“It’s a thank you to them for being part of our extended family. They’re not forgotten.”
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.