Standing on the apron of City Hall, Philadelphia firefighters union leader Joe Schulle on Friday accused Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers of lying under oath regarding the recent demotions of 14 union members.
Before joining the Philadelphia Fire Department, Joseph Pospiech served in combat with the U.S. military during the Vietnam War.
In the aftermath of an ambulance fire that caused significant damage to an Old City firehouse, the president of the Philadelphia firefighters and paramedics union is calling for safety inspections to all city fire department vehicles.
Five members of the Philadelphia Fire Department’s formerly segregated Engine 11 were among dozens of firefighters, paramedics and civilians honored during the annual Firefighter Recognition Day, presented by Local 22 of the International Association of Fire Fighters on Sept. 8.
Amid uncertainty among Philadelphia’s chief personnel executive and leaders of the city’s Fire Department, a judge on Friday refused to block the Nutter administration from revoking the recent promotions of 14 firefighters.
City Councilman James Kenney introduced legislation on Thursday to void the mayor’s unilateral powers to appeal contract arbitration outcomes involving the city’s firefighters, paramedics and police.
“This dispute was always and only about affordability. And we as a city are now in a place to provide pay increases as set out in that award.” — Mayor Michael Nutter
Local 22 President Joe Schulle is facing many challenges, including an all-time low in morale.
Even as City Hall and Philadelphia’s firefighters union embarked on new contract arbitration last week, Mayor Michael Nutter yielded ground in his administration’s prolonged legal war with firefighters over their recently expired 2009 contract.