PROVIDENCE â On a fittingly balmy spring Monday, there were signs of a thaw in Woonsocketâs relationship with its police union as the state-appointed Budget Commission retroactively approved a contract for fiscal 2013 with the International Brotherhood of Police Officers.
IBPO President Sgt. John Scully said later the police will not receive any raises or changes in benefits as a result of the accord. But it is expected to render moot a pending arbitration dispute over the contract, and temporarily set aside a Superior Court suit over the validity of the unionâs existing collective bargaining agreements.
Scully said the union resumed negotiating with the administration of Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt recently and hopes to reach a five-year pact that dovetails with the commissionâs five-year austerity plan.
âGenerally, itâs a good thing I think,â he said. âWeâd rather have three-percent raises, but weâre not pushing the issue. Weâre just moving onto the next year. Weâre hopeful we can iron out the details of a five-year plan thatâs consistent with the commissionâs plan and move the negotiations forward.â
--Read the full version of this story in Tuesday's newspaper.