PROVIDENCE – On a fittingly balmy spring Monday, there were signs of a thaw in Woonsocket’s 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 union’s 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 commission’s five-year austerity plan.
“Generally, it’s a good thing I think,” he said. “We’d rather have three-percent raises, but we’re not pushing the issue. We’re just moving onto the next year. We’re hopeful we can iron out the details of a five-year plan that’s consistent with the commission’s plan and move the negotiations forward.”
--Read the full version of this story in Tuesday's newspaper.