Judge expected to rule in East Greenwich firefighters case

  • Source: WJAR-TV NBC 10 Providence
  • Published: 05/14/2018 05:42 AM

A judge is expected to rule Monday on whether the East Greenwich Town Council can break its contract with the firefighters' union. The East Greenwich Town Council voted 4-1 last month to restructure the fire department by changing firefighter schedules to a 56-hour work week and eliminating six positions. Union President William Perry said eliminating positions would be a danger to firefighters and the public. Perry said it’s simply a choice between paying overtime to firefighters or hiring the appropriate staff the department needs. Perry said some of the 36 firefighters are already working 60 to 70 hours a week because some are off or injured.


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