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 – 10861). 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

Tyngsboro police union sues town for Quinn Bill money

THE LOWELL SUN,  By John Collins

January 25, 2011

TYNGSBORO — The Tyngsboro Police Officers Association is suing the town for more than $90,000 in wages for college-educated officers, also known as Quinn Bill money, that the town was contractually obligated to pay last year but did not, the union’s lawyer has informed the town.

In a letter from the police officers’ attorney, Gary Nolan, on Jan. 7 that was made public at last night’s selectmen’s meeting, Nolan notified Town Administrator Michael Gilleberto that the state’s decision to stop funding 50 percent of all Quinn Bill payments to local police does not let the town off the hook for paying the contractually agreed-upon total of $181,200 for fiscal 2010, which ended last June. Continue reading

Police Union Attorneys Explain Complaint Against City

GateHouse News Service, By Kathie Ragsdale

Posted Aug 27, 2010 @ 04:40 PM

Woburn, MA —Explaining a complaint they filed with the state, attorneys for Woburn’s patrolmen’s and superior officers’ union are arguing that the city is obligated to pay for all of the officers’ educational benefits previously paid by the state and city jointly. The two unions, Local 56 and 57 of the New England Police Benevolent Association (NEPBA), have complained to the Fair Labor Division of the Attorney General’s office, calling on that agency to rule that the city has violated the fair wage act and asking it to order payment of triple damages and attorney fees. Continue reading

Massachusetts SJC to hear Quinn Bill case on November 8, 2011

The SJC will hear oral arguments on two pending Quinn Bill cases on November 8th. The cases, brought by police bargaining units in Boston and Falmouth, are expected to decide whether municipalities may contract out of paying less than 100% of the Quinn Bill benefit to qualifying officers. Obviously many unions, cities and towns have been watching these cases, as the Court’s decision is expected to clarify this issue that has created a storm of wage disparity across the Commonwealth.  Continue reading