Once again the Boston dailies have very different front-page approaches to the knee-buckling pay hike an arbitrator awarded Boston police patrolmen.
But wait! There’s more!
Today Rep. Marty Walsh issued this statement:
FOLLOW-UP: STATEMENT OF STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND MAYORAL CANDIDATE MARTY WALSH ON BOSTON POLICE ARBITRATOR AWARD
Many working families across the city have seen no raises, or have even seen drops in their family income over the past few years. I believe the raises awarded by the arbitrator are clearly out of line with the current economic environment and unsustainable for the City of Boston. Because Mayor Menino has chosen to pursue irresponsible negotiating tactics, he has put the City in the untenable position of choosing between an exorbitant arbitration award or reneging on the basic tenets of collective bargaining.
For that reason, I am calling today on Mayor Menino and the BPPA to come back to the bargaining table and jointly negotiate a deal that would better protect the taxpayers while addressing the concerns of our hardworking police officers who have gone years without a contract. As Mayor, the buck would stop with me and I would not leave the future of city’s fiscal health to an arbitrator’s decision. We need a resolution of this issue that protects taxpayers first, and the only way to do that is for the Mayor and the BPPA to return immediately to the bargaining table.
Councilor John Connolly, as far as we can tell, is still ducking and covering.