Northeast Times

Firefighters’ union chief Gault loses bid for re-election

Bat­talion Chief Joe Schulle, a North­east res­id­ent and fire­fight­er since 1992, de­feated Gault.

Phil­adelphia fire­fight­ers have a new uni­on lead­er.

Bill Gault, who had led the In­ter­na­tion­al As­so­ci­ation of Fire­fight­ers Loc­al 22 since 2009, has lost his re-elec­tion bid .

            Bat­talion Chief Joe Schulle, a North­east res­id­ent and fire­fight­er since 1992, de­feated Gault 1,736 to 1,209, ac­cord­ing to Loc­al 22’s web­site. Vot­ing by act­ive and re­tired Phil­adelphia fire­fight­ers took place over the last month, and res­ults were an­nounced on May 15. It was the act­ive mem­bers who gave Schulle the vic­tory with 1,351 votes to 183 for Gault.

            Gault’s time as uni­on pres­id­ent had been marked by tu­mul­tu­ous re­la­tions with May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter’s ad­min­is­tra­tion. Nut­ter re­peatedly has de­clined to con­tract hon­or bind­ing ar­bit­ra­tion awards for fire­fight­ers, say­ing the city can’t af­ford them. The fire­fight­ers have been work­ing without a con­tract for four years. ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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