Providence Firefighters IAFF Local 799 filed suit yesterday to block Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s efforts to force an increase in the firefighter’s hours without additional compensation.
Earlier this month, Elorza announced he planned to eliminate an entire shift and require all line personnel to begin working 56 hour workweeks. He claims he has the right under a Rhode Island Supreme Court ruling issued earlier this year in the case of Town of North Kingstown v. IAFF Local 1651.
Under the collective bargaining agreement between Local 799 and the city, firefighters are schedule to work 42 hours per week. That contract is valid through June 30, of 2017. Elorza has reportedly offered the firefighters a flat $50 per week to compensate them for the additional 14 hours.
The suit was filed in Providence County Superior Court on Monday.
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Here is a copy of the complaint: Doughty v Elorza