The City of Springfield and the Police Supervisors’ Union are going to arbitration to resolve their contract.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno issued a statement to 22News Thursday night saying the city put a fair and reasonable contract offer on the table. But he said they’d have to go to arbitration because of the Police Supervisors’ “unsustainable financial demands.”
Full statement below:
My administration has been very supportive of our ‘men and women in blue,” Mayor Sarno stated. “We have put a very fair and reasonable contract offer on the table for both our Police Supervisors and our taxpayers. Unfortunately, due to their unsustainable financial demands and in respect to our taxpayers, we will now have to go to arbitration. One only needs to look recently at the City of Methuen police contract situation or a look back to 2003, when our City had massive layoffs to our Police and Fire Departments. My administration has prided itself on strong fiscal management and never having to lay off any sworn police officers or firefighters; we’ve actually added to our ranks through continued academies. This is one of the last City contracts not to be settled. I remain ever hopeful that this can be resolved fairly for our taxpayers as we continue to move our Springfield forward.”
Supervisors Association President, Captain Brian Keenan told 22News that the union has been negotiating in good faith, and he believed they were very close to coming to terms on a fair contract.
Capt. Keenan explained that members of the Supervisor’s Association have worked without a contract for three years, longer than any labor union in Springfield.
“We have negotiated in good faith with the city and believe we are very close to coming to terms on a fair contract,” Capt. Keenan said in a statement to 22News. “We look forward to the resolution of this long process. Our members want only to serve their community and then return home to their families. We and our families deserve fair and equitable terms of employment.”