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Bethlehem Firefighters Union leader states Mayor Callahan fair to his members

11.25.09

December 2009, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Bethlehem Firefighters Union leader states Mayor Callahan fair to his members

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, November 7th- Democratic Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan will challenge incumbent United States House of Representative (Republican-15th Legislative District) Charlie Dent in 2010 and he will need the support of organized labor.

Mr. Callahan, who just won re-election as Bethlehem Mayor, has for months reached-out to members of the labor community throughout the Lehigh Valley requesting their financial support and conducting strategy sessions.

According to one labor leader that represents workers employed by Bethlehem, Mr. Callahan is fair to his members. “He comes out and participates with our events just to show support for our guys,” said David Saltzer, President of the the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Union Local 735, which represents 111 members of the Bethlehem fire department.

Mr. Saltzer told the newspaper Mr. Callahan has been a good employer since becoming Mayor of Bethlehem. Currently, Local 735 has a four-year contract agreement with the city which will expire on December 31st, 2010. “We have negotiated one contract with him but things went well. He was fair to the members,” said Mr. Saltzer.

Mr. Saltzer has been on the Bethlehem Fire Department for eight years and has served as President for one. “I was the Secretary of the union before becoming the President,” Mr. Saltzer said.

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