- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and the firefighters union are turning up the volume in their dispute over the mayor’s effort to change firefighters’ work schedules.

Elorza told WJAR-TV (https://bit.ly/1LmLTgH ) that a lawsuit by the union against his efforts to change shifts is “just greed at this point.”

He says overtime has “been a gravy train for them for a very long time and we’re putting a stop to it.”

Union President Paul Doughty called Elorza a “flat-out liar.” He says overtime is justified because of reduced firefighting staff.

Elorza says changing work schedules could save up to $7 million a year.

A judge has ruled the city may move to three fire platoons from four, but compensation, hours and other terms of employment should be resolved through grievance procedures in the labor contract.

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