More than 100 members of Springfield’s Police Union picketed on Main Street and in front of City Hall Wednesday night.
The picketers held signs saying “Sarno unfair to labor” and “come back to the table”.
The union is accusing Mayor Domenic Sarno of unfair labor practices for leaving the negotiating table.
According to the Springfield Patrolman’s Union, the protest comes after Sarno refused to negotiate their contracts.
The union also said they have filed an “Unfair Labor Practice” complaint against the mayor, with the department of labor relations after Mayor Sarno ended contract negotiations after comments made by a union member during a disciplinary hearing in front of the citizen police hearing board.
In a statement sent to 22News, Sarno said public safety has always been a number one priority of his administration. He added that the city would be “pleased to go back to the negotiation table” after “unprofessional behavior before our Community Police Hearing Board” is resolved.
Sarno’s full statement is below:
“Public safety has always been a number one priority of my administration. The vast majority of our officers do a wonderful job protecting our citizens, many a times, at personal risk. However, unprofessional behavior before our Community Police Hearing Board is unacceptable and must be resolved. Once resolved, we’d be pleased to go back to the negotiation table. We believe we have a very generous offer on the table.”
Springfield’s Patrolman Union President Joseph Gentile told 22News, “We have nobody to bargain with at this point. It’s not about a specific issue, we think we can work out our issues with the city, but we’re hoping they’ll come back to the table so we can do that.”
Mayor Sarno said public safety has always been a number one priority for his administration.
He said once the “unprofessional behavior” that occurred in front of the community police hearing board is resolved he would be happy to go back to the negotiating table.