STATEMENT FROM MAYOR NUTTER REGARDING FIREFIGHTER ARBITRATION AWARD
Philadelphia, July 27, 2012 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter has released the following statement regarding the IAFF Local 22 arbitration award:
“Again, the City is facing an award that burdens taxpayers with more than $200 million in new expenses, and offers the City little flexibility to manage rising costs. The award is still not consistent with PICA requirements, and we will not agree to an award that could jeopardize the City’s financial position.
“This contract continues to ignore the City’s ability to pay for these benefits and perpetuates the same conditions that created the financial challenges the City has weathered over the past few years. It is unfair to taxpayers to continue down the same path. While we value the work of our firefighters, we have no choice but to appeal an award that imposes exorbitant costs and no methods to manage the impact of these costs.”