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Last updated 3:06PM ET
August 14, 2018
WFCR Local News
WFCR Local News
North Adams Police Union Opposes Overtime Elimination
(wfcr) - The decision by the mayor of North Adams, Massachusetts, to eliminate all overtime in the police department -- reducing the number of officers on patrol -- has been met with union opposition. The decision follows two years of failed negotiations between the city and the police union to produce a contract. Officer Brian Kelly -- president of the local union -- says the mayor is using the cuts as a strong-arm tactic, to force the union to accept more concessions.

But North Adams Mayor John Barrett says the third patrol officer is unnecessary because a supervisor could fill in if needed. Barrett maintains eliminating the use of overtime to pay for patrol officers is simply a budgetary move. Contract negotiations between North Adams and the police union are expected to continue with the help of state mediators.

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