Tyngsborough police union latest to sue for Quinn benefits

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.

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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