Quinn Bill Update

Sixty Woburn police officers have filed a complaint with the Fair Labor Division of the Attorney General’s office alleging that the city violated their contracts and the Quinn Bill when Woburn failed to fund the entire cost of the education incentive.

The officers, 41 patrolmen and 19 superior officers, filed their complaints individually with the union’s backing. The Woburn patrol officers’ union, Local 56 of the New England Police Benevolent Association (NEPBA), filed a complaint with the state’s Division of Labor Relations alleging the same charges.

According to an article that appeared on Boston.com, “[t]he attorney general’s office gave the Woburn officers permission to pursue their complaints privately with their own attorneys, according to Harry Pierre, a spokesman for the AG’s office. He said that was “standard practice for these types of cases.’’

“In an Aug. 23 letter, the agency said it was giving the city and the union 30 days to show why it should not refer the case to arbitration.”

Woburn joins Boston, Scituate, Mashpee, and Wrentham in the fight to regain the educational incentives bargained for by the unions.

For more information go to Boston.com

About Attorney John J. MacLaughlan

John MacLaughlan is Massachusetts licensed attorney as well as a Boston police officer. John is currently assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force (Gang Unit). He is a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Law with a concentration in Labor Law. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell as well as a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. John has taught Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Use of Force, Applied Patrol Procedures, and Police Response to Active Shooters to sworn police officers and police academy recruits. Prior to becoming a Boston Police Officer, John served for 9 years as a police officer in Lowell, where he was a member of the Police Dive Team and Patrol Rifle Team.
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