The Fairhaven police department recently lost an arbitration appeal over the Quinn Bill.
The Fairhaven Police union was represented by the New England Police Benevolent Association, Local 64.
Arbitrator Craig E. Overton ruled in favor of the Town of Fairhaven, saying it did not violate its collective bargaining agreement with the police union by reducing pay to employees who receive educational incentives.
According to an article in Southcoasttoday.com, “[w]hen the town negotiated its agreement with the police union on funding the Quinn bill, it added the following language: “The town shall only be obligated to pay the proportionate share (50 percent) of the total entitlement. If the Commonwealth fails to pay its full share, the town’s obligation shall be reduced by the equivalent dollar amount in the following year.”
“Brian P. Fitzsimmons, who argued for the union, said this is “an unenforceable, illegal provision of the contract because the town agreed to the Quinn bill as passed.”
“Mr. Fitzsimmmons said the union was “unaware of the illegality of the language” when it reached an agreement with the town on the Quinn bill compensation.”
For entire decision, click here.