Philly’s Anti-Trump Firefighters Sue Union Over Trump Endorsement


A group of Black Philadelphia firefighters have sued their union, International Association of Firefighters Union Local 22, over what they call an illegal endorsement of President Trump for reelection.

Club Valiants, which represents Philly’s Black firefighters, accuses IAFF 22 brass of violating union bylaws by making the unprecedented decision to endorse a presidential candidate without a full, in-person headcount of union members. Valiants members claim this is necessary as part of the union’s PAC bylaws.

Following backlash and numerous protests of the endorsement, Local 22 brass opted to cancel regularly scheduled union meetings and spend about $14,000 conducting a mail-in vote count, angering many within union ranks who feel their union dues could’ve been spent more constructively.


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