Friday, May 22, 2015

Nutter Set To Veto Paramedic Legislation

Sources tell PhillyClout that Mayor Nutter plans to veto a recent Council bill that dictates that paramedics are firefighters, which would allow them to remain in the same bargaining unit.

Nutter Set To Veto Paramedic Legislation

Sources tell PhillyClout that Mayor Nutter plans to veto a recent Council bill that dictates that paramedics are firefighters, which would allow them to remain in the same bargaining unit.

The Nutter administration opposed the legislation, sponsored by Councilman Jim Kenney and unanimously passed by Council, arguing that because paramedics have different schedules and do different work from firefighters, they should be in a separate unit.

We called Kenney for comment, who said: “Although [Nutter’s] my friend and I like him very much, this will be his first override.”

The Nutter administration last year appealed to the state Labor Relations Board to have paramedics removed from Local 22 of the International Association of Firefighers. A recent ruling from the board backed the administration, although any action is on hold while the order is being appealed.

Local 22 has about 2,200 members, over 200 of them paramedics. We've asked the administration for comment and will update if we hear anything.

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