Below is the documentation of the lawsuit filed by the Warwick Firefighters union (retirees) against the city of Warwick.
Back in 2015, when the 3 year Warwick Fire contracts were renewed (they expire the end of this fiscal year), the active firefighters working for the city of Warwick received, five 1.5-percent raises (every six months except January 2016) over three years. They also got a 50% increase in their unused sick time pay -THAT THEY BANK for payout- and they also received a 25% increase in their holiday pay.
NOTE: The Fire 1 retiree pension plan is currently underfunded by $311 MILLION but they're suing the City for COLA increases. Total unfunded pension and healthcare liabilities for the City are just over $1 BILLION.
Warwick Watch covered this situation in more detail back in February, read more about that: here.
After the city council made cuts to the firefighter's OT budget this past May as they were working to balance a new budget that would NOT increases taxes, Chief McLaughlin with his full 220 compliment and then some, looks at the city council finance committee this week and states that the cuts just aren't going to be enough to cover OT in the fire department.
The fire department has already blown through 52% of their OT budget just 2 1/2 months into the new fiscal year, and their change of shifts are out of control.
The firefighter unused sick time banking scam was also revealed at the Warwick City council budget hearings in May. Here is the video:
Why isn't this sick time banking scam being investigated by federal authorities?
The Mayor is fully aware of the sick time scam and is doing nothing about it.
Mayor Avedisian, it's time for you to find your SPINAL CHORD again and officially investigate the illegal activity you know is taking place.