By Mike Dunn
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A city judge has rejected a request by the firefighters’ union to halt the Nutter Administration’s plan to forcibly transfer dozens of senior firefighters to new stations.READ MORE: Free Health Initiative Begins At Sanctuary Farms In North Philadelphia Tuesday
The union had wanted a temporary injunction on the transfers, which are expected next month, while they file an arbitration grievance over the plan.
During a daylong hearing, senior firefighters testified that the plan would destroy morale in the department. Deputy Chief James Bonner called the plan ‘horrendous’ and said it could impact public safety.READ MORE: At Least 2 Buildings Evacuated Due To Gas Smell During Barricade Situation In West Oak Lane: Police
But the Fire Commissioner, Lloyd Ayers, took the stand and defended the plan as necessary to bring new hires into all parts of the city. After more than five hours of testimony, Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker turned down the union.
He said while the transfers would undoubtedly be painful for some, the city is “within its managerial rights to make these transfers.”MORE NEWS: Woman In Critical Condition After Struck By Police Vehicle In South Philadelphia