QUINN BILL – BAD NEWS FOR MASSACHUSETTS POLICE

The Supreme Judicial Court today (March 7, 2012) issued its long awaited decision in the Quinn Bill case involving the CIty of Boston and its police officers (Adams v. City of Boston, SJC Р10861). The case at issue involved a collective bargaining agreement (CBA)  provision allowing the City to reduce Quinn Bill payments in the event that the Commonwealth reduced its reimbursement to the City.  Unfortunately, the decision is particularly bad and goes beyond the contractual issue presented in the case, and may cause even bigger problems than existed before this whole mess began.

Basically, the Court has held that the Quinn Bill (GL c. 41, Sec. 108L) requires that Cities and Towns only pay 50% of the benefit due, plus whatever amount the Commonwealth Continue reading