Mayor Nutter apparently didn't respond to an invitation to speak Monday to the International Association of Fire Fighters at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. So on Thursday, the 3,500 union members in town for their annual convention will come to him.
Bill Gault, president of Local 22, says the conventioneers will march down Broad Street Thursday around lunch-time to City Hall, where they will protest Nutter's lack of action so far on a July 2 ruling by a binding arbitration panel that largely upheld terms of a 2010 ruling and giving them retroactive pay raises, more money for health care and protection from furloughs.
Nutter has until Aug. 2 to appeal or accept the terms of that ruling. His spokesman, Mark McDonald, this morning said he had not heard about the firefighter march. McDonald said the Nutter administration doesn't have a response yet on the arbitration ruling.
Jeff Zack, a spokesman for the IAFF in Washington D.C., confirmed Thursday's march. "We're well aware of what's happening here," Zack said of the contract dispute. "I imagine they'll be pretty loud."