Rhode Island Mayor Seeks $386,000 ‘Reimbursement’ Of Sick Pay From Firefighters

WARWICK – Mayor Frank J. Picozzi and the city’s firefighters may have a dispute on their hands. 

Picozzi has decided to pursue reimbursement of what one accounting firm reckons was $386,000 improperly paid firefighters when they cashed out sick time that, under their contract, they had already exhausted.

Their method was based on the terms of a 2013 “side agreement” reached with the fire chief but never approved by the City Council.                                               

The late Mayor Joseph Solomon ended the practice in 2018, calling the practice “improper” and starting a conflict with the union. After that, an arbitration process, a legal settlement and new contract language resolved the disagreement over the practice itself, according to the union.

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