The Tyngsborough Police Officers Association has notified the town of its intent to sue for full payment of Quinn benefits.
Joining several police unions around the state, the union is demanding that the town of Tyngsborough fulfill their contract obligations and pay the officers $90,000.
“Failing to receive prompt notice that you will make this payment, the union, on behalf of the officers, will file a class action non-payment of wages claim, first with the Office of the Attorney General, and then in Superior Court seeking all damages available under the Wage Act, including the mandatory award of treble damages, as well as attorneys fees and costs,” stated the union’s letter.
Union attorney Gary Nolan pointed out in the letter that other towns that have refused to cover the state’s portion of the Quinn Bill, including North Reading, have lost in court.
“Contractual language identical to the Tyngsboro Quinn bill language was analyzed by the Court and Court ruled in favor of the (police) union,” Nolan wrote. The North Reading case was decided in Superior Court.
According to Selectman Rick Reault, whether the town is contractually obligated to pay the Tyngsboro officers the $90,000 remains an open legal question.
Tyngsborough Selectmen voted to “accept [the letter] as correspondence.”
A suit brought by the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association is currently awaiting arguments before the Supreme Judicial Court this spring.