Providence police union blasts Chafee municipal-relief packageMarch 19th, 2012 at 9:48 am by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
The capital city’s police union is rallying its members in opposition to the far-reaching overhaul of municipal budgeting rules proposed last week by Governor Chafee with the support of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and other local leaders.
The bill “puts us at even greater jeopardy of losing our hard fought benefits,” Taft Manzotti, president of the Providence Fraternal Order of Police, wrote his members Thursday. “While this proposal flies in the face of well established principles of contract law, it is being cheered on by mayors and municipal leaders across the state.”
“City and town leaders are clearly not backing down in their unscrupulous effort to rob us of what is rightfully ours, and we cannot remain silent while they do so,” Manzotti said.
The package of seven bills unveiled by Chafee last week proposes a host of changes such as relaxing collective bargaining rules and suspending expired police and fire contracts; capping pension benefits and making some tax-free accidental disability pensions less generous; and reducing health insurance benefits.
Manzotti asked his members to call their representatives and senators “and tell them to vote ‘NO’ to Governor Chafee’s package of bills. We must make sure that the voices of Providence FOP #3 are heard as loudly and as clearly as those officials that support this legislation. The future welfare of this Membership depends on it.”
Tim White contributed to this report.
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