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.