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WORCESTER HOUSE SUPERINTENDENT DAVID TUTTLE TRIES USING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AS A BARGAINGING CHIP!!!

In what the NEPBA’s Leadership is calling one of the most appalling abuses of power the Union has ever encountered, Worcester House Superintendent David Tuttle has demanded the Union drop or settles grievances before he will approve the reimbursement of Local 550 Officers who were ordered by Tuttle to stay home due to the Covid -19 pandemic.

NEPBA Local 550 President Kevin Carlo said – “I advised Superintendent Tuttle that his demand to negotiate is completely inappropriate and we will not bargain over our member’s health and well-being”.

Soon after the Union repudiated Tuttle’s shameful demand he initiated a reprisal campaign against the local president and members. Tuttle ordered a change in the way union release time is awarded in an attempt to make it difficult for the local’s e-board to represent its members. He ordered that negotiated time off agreements be ignored in a failed attempt to turn loyal Union supporters against their local e-board.

NEPBA Executive Director Jerry Flynn stated – We’ve seen this act from the Worcester administration before, they attempt to interfere with our local’s ability to represent our members in a bid to pressure our local officials to yield. However, Tuttle’s feeble attempts have only rallied our member’s behind their e-board members which has strengthened their resolve.”

Executive Secretary Bill Ryan states– in order to give our members the absolute best possible legal representation NEPBA has added a third Law firm of Eden/Rafferty from Worcester Ma. We have asked Attorney Rafferty to explore the possibility of legal action against Tuttle because of his wanton and flagrant retaliation against our local official’s.

A Massachusetts Appeals Court has recently upheld an $885,000 jury award against the Worcester County Sheriff’s administration as a result of retaliation against a former employee. We call on Sheriff Evangelidis to remember the lessons of the past and remove Tuttle from any position where he is free to continue his retaliation against NEPBA local officials which may ultimately prove costly to the hard working tax payers of Massachusetts.

NEW HAMPSHIRE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Steve Arnold, New Hampshire Legislative Director

NEW HAMPSHIRE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: As the New Hampshire Legislature, the House and Senate, has reach crossover (House Bill to Senate; Senate Bills to House) the following actions have taken place that is of concern to the NH Legislative Delegation, as we continue to Lobby, testify, and watch.  Since our March 9th report, the following actions have happened at the Executive Counsel, the Supreme Court and in the House and Senate.

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ARBITRATOR RULES TOWN MUST MAKE GOOD FAITH EFFORT TO FILL OFFICER VACANCIES IN BELLOWS FALLS, VERMONT.

From the desk of Executive Secretary Bill Ryan

This was a contractual issue regarding staffing levels and whether the CBA at issue required the Employer to maintain two officer coverage on all shifts. Typically, minimum manning provisions in contracts are not enforceable past one year, however, this was not a minimum manning issue as much as it was a hiring issue.

The arbitrator essentially held that the employer was obligated to make a good faith effort to fill officer vacancies per the contract language and that they failed to do so. The decision goes on to further order the employer to provide the union with monthly updates outlining their specific recruitment efforts for obtaining additional staffing. This is significant, especially given the pandemic and the impact such has had on staffing levels across the Board.

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