DLR: Physical Fitness Equipement Removal Improper by City of Newton

The Division of Labor Relations recently ruled that the City of Newton acted improperly when they unilaterally removed excercise equipment.

Their decision In Re: City of Newton and Newton Fire Fighters Association, Local 863, IAFF 21-024-10 Division of Labor Relations stated “Where the city of Newton altered the workplace benefit of a physical fitness workout area for fire fighters by banning their use of certain free weight exercise equipment without first providing the appropriate union with notice and an opportunity to bargain to resolution or impasse over the use of such equipment, the city committed a labor law violation.

Accordingly, the city will be ordered: to rescind immediately the Dec. 8, 2008 ban on the fire fighters’ use of the free weight equipment in fire stations; and to bargain in good faith with the union, upon the union’s request, either to resolution or impasse over the fire fighters’ use of the subject equipment.”

Attorney Ronald A. Sellon

About Attorney Ronald A. Sellon

Ronald A. Sellon is a licensed Attorney in the state of Massachusetts and U.S. District Court, Massachusetts as well as a Sergeant with a Municipal Police Department and U.S. military Veteran. Additionally, he has taught Criminal Procedure at the Massachusetts State Police Academy in New Braintree and has written a text on Criminal Procedure for police field training officer programs. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, was a 2008 recipient of the Massachusetts Coalition of Police (Mass C.O.P.) Presidents award and holds a Bachelors Degree in Law Enforcement, a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, and a Juris Doctor Law Degree. Questions related to content material may be directed to RSellon@PoliceLegalPromotions.com
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