North Adams Police Union Opposes Overtime Elimination
NORTH ADAMS, MA(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.