I’m glad JKW brought up the legal opinion from the City Attorney that was made public last week because it explains a lot about the portion of the public safety MOUs that is open to critique by folks, the education incentive portion.
For those not interested in slogging through it — it’s pretty short though — it essentially says that the firefighters filed a grievance in 2009 saying that the “me too” clause that was in their contract made them eligible for certain benefits that were codified within the police contract but not explicit in their contract. That grievance was denied by the City Manager at the time — Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant — and the Fire Chief at that time, David Kapler.
Here’s the relevant part of the analysis and why the City’s legal team thought it was better to go the route of the incentive pay rather than try to fight the firefighters’ grievance:
And here is how the costs all shake down if the City were to go the route of insisting that the “me too” clause was unenforceable and if the City lost their case against the Firefighters: