WATERTOWN POLICE OFFICERS NEED YOUR HELP
The Watertown Police Association represents all police patrol officers and detectives in the Watertown Police Department. The Association and the Town have been unsuccessfully negotiating for a new contract over the last nine months. The Association is extremely disappointed at the lack of progress in these negotiations. We believe that the lack of progress is due to the following factors:
o Town management does not respect the dangerous nature of our jobs.
o Improving the low morale of its police officers is not a Town priority.
o Retaining excellent officers is not a goal of Town management.
o Town management does not take our concerns seriously.
o Town management is not committed to securing a fair contract.
When it comes to collective bargaining, Town management apparently believes that one size fits all. We strongly disagree. Although we respect and appreciate the dignity of the work that other municipal employees provide to the Town, we also believe that our jobs are different than other jobs and deserve to be treated differently in the bargaining process. We carry weapons, and are expected to use those weapons to protect the public. We enforce the law to keep Watertown safe. We have the power of arrest and we must make important decisions using good judgment in exercising that power. We never know when danger is headed our way. The Town refuses to recognize these differences when bargaining our contract and that refusal is frustrating to us.
Our police officers have maintained, and will continue to maintain, the public safety of the citizens of Watertown at the highest level possible. That is our promise to you regardless of the outcome of negotiations. Nonetheless, if you would like to see the negotiations come to a prompt and fair conclusion, you can help. Please call the Town Manager, Michael J. Driscoll (617-972-6464) or e-mail him (email@example.com) and urge him to make the police officers’ contract settlement an absolute priority.
The Men and Women of the Watertown Police Association