Firefighter Recruits Lose Travel Time Claim

Firefighter recruits for the Town of Wakefield, Massachusetts receive training at the Massachusetts Fire Academy (MFA), located in Stow, Massachusetts. Under the collective bargaining agreement between the Wakefield firefighter’s union and the Town, new recruits with no prior firefighting experience “will be sent to the Fire Academy for training during the first year of employment, at the discretion of the Chief and subject to availability of funds.” The Town…

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Court Defers To Arbitrator’s Decision On Pay For Travel

On March 1, 2005, the Chief of Police of the New Jersey Transit Corporation issued orders temporarily assigning two police officers to each other’s regular assignments for a period of 28 calendar days. One officer was transferred from his position at Hoboken and assigned to the other officer’s position in Newark, and vice versa. The officers’ labor organization, Local 304 of the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association (PBA), filed a grievance…

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