By Michelle Durham, Anne-Marie Green

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – On the campaign trail, Vice President Joe Biden paid a visit to the Pennsylvania Convention Center to address the International Association of Fire Fighters who have endorsed the Obama/Biden ticket.

Joe Biden wanted to make it clear that he and the President understand and share their goals.

“I don’t think the other team understands you guys. You are not in this just to fight for your jobs. You’re in this fight because you care about the family next door. You see what happens when it takes 20 minutes instead of 10 to get to an accident or the scene of a fire,” said Biden.

Biden accused Republicans of consistently cutting or trying to cut public service monies. He discussed the importance of honoring collective bargaining but said nothing about the contentious arbitration negotiations with Philadelphia Fire Fighter’s contract. Local 22 President Bill Gault was disappointed.

“Everybody loves public safety but no one wants to take care of us.”

Mayor Nutter’s press secretary, Mark McDonald, says the city has until next week to make a decision whether to accept or appeal the arbitration award.

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