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Watertown Police Officers Need Your Help!

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 (townmgr@watertown-ma.gov) and urge him to make the police officers’ contract settlement an absolute priority. 

Sincerely,

The Men and Women of the Watertown Police Association

Westport Police Arbitration Documents
The Police Officers of Westport Alliance just won a whopping arbitration decision!  Some of the documents they used in support of their position have been added to the Downloads area. Read More...
Other Post Employment Benefit Reform

In the Downloads section you will find a PDF regarding an overview of the OPEB proposed changes (here).  You can also find it attached to this post.


Download: 2013-09-26 - OPEB Reform.pdf
Upcoming Local Fundraising

Plan September 7th!!

 

Come out to Marlborough to partake in the 10th MPPOA Sgt Kirby Memorial Road Race with the proceeds going towards the newly created canine!  Starting at the Moose Lodge on Fitchburg St starting at 11am.  $20/pp gets you race, lunch, and a t-shirt!

 

Once you burn some calories doing a 5k, head on down to the Beachcomber (797 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy) on Sept 7 to help out the fundraising efforts by the QPPOA for the Old Colony Young Marines from 8opm to midnight! Tickets are $10!!  (flyer attached)


Download: 2013 - Quincy Marine Fundraiser.pdf
Somerville Labor Coalition

Feel free to check out this press release from the newly formed Somerville Labor Coalition.  Any questions you can use the contact information at the footer of the flyer! It's outstanding that all the various labor organizations actually working together to make progress on similar issues they are all facing!


Download: 2013 - SLC Announcment.pdf
Issue # 2 of the MMPC Newsletter

Issue #2 is out and waiting for you to check out in the downloads!

 
 
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