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The Legal Intelligencer Quotes Labor Attorney Ralph Teti in Fire Service Paramedics Collective Bargaining Dispute Article

January 23, 2012

A story in The Legal Intelligencer quoted Ralph J. Teti, of Philadelphia union-side labor firm Willig Williams & Davidson, on the Commonwealth Court's decision to side with paramedics in a collective bargaining dispute. 

About 200 paramedics who work for the Philadelphia Fire Department may continue as part of the collective bargaining unit for uniformed department employees, the Commonwealth Court has ruled, deciding the "Fire Service Paramedics" were still firefighters under Pennsylvania's Act 111.

The majority of a three-judge panel ruled that the FSPs should continue to be included in Local 22 — the bargaining representative for all uniformed fire personnel of the PFD — deciding that the definition of firefighter should not be limited to directing water to flame. One judge dissented.

Teti, who represented Local 22, said in a press release that the FSPs should have never lost their right to be included in the collective bargaining unit to begin with.

"Fire Service Paramedics have played an integral role in firefighting since the beginning of organized service," Teti said. "When you look at it in the context of what the Philadelphia Fire Department does, they've always been in the business of responding to health needs," Teti said. "This all stems from the city's decision to go before the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board to exclude FSP from Act 111 claiming they were not firefighters."

Click here to read the full story from The Legal Intelligencer.

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