- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providence’s firefighters union is planning a “listening tour” of weekly public meetings to discuss its dispute with the city over work schedules.

Firefighters Local 799 president Paul Doughty tells The Providence Journal (https://bit.ly/1iKBUau ) no times or places for the sessions have been set. But the plan is to see if any groups want to host one.

The union and the city have been at odds since Aug. 2 when Mayor Jorge Elorza changed the department’s workweek system from a four-platoon, eight-day workweek system to a three-platoon, six-day system.

A judge ruled that the changes in firefighters’ work hours are subject to bargaining and possible arbitration. If the union wins the arbitration, then the award would be retroactive to Aug. 2, which could cause a significant financial loss to the city.


Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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