Members of Local 22 of the firefighters' union packed City Council this morning to denounce Mayor Nutter's plan to rotate as many as 300 senior firefighters from their longstanding posts to new areas of the city.
The administration says the moves are part of an effort to train and familiarize firefighters with new parts of the city, while the union sees the transfers as "vindictive" attempts to punish union members and force out senior firefighters.
Local 22 and the Nutter administration have been locked in complicated and litigious contract negotiations for four years, with no end in sight.
The ill-will was evident in the signs the firefighters carried into Council chambers, including one that read, "Rotate On This Mike Nutter." Other signs claimed the mass transfers would lead to "mass casualties" and make firefighters' jobs more difficult and dangerous.