Firefighter Raises Won’t Break Philadelphia, Judge Says

Law360, Philadelphia (March 4, 2013, 4:27 PM EST) -- A Philadelphia County judge urged the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Friday to uphold her November decision affirming an arbitration award giving a 3 percent raise to the city’s unionized firefighters, saying attorneys for the city had not proven the additional salary expenses would cause undue financial hardship.

Judge Idee Fox’s opinion concluded that the arbitration panel that awarded the raise in July gave due consideration to a five-year financial plan the city is required to adhere to under the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Act of 1991 — a...
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