To: ALL PFFM Members
From: The Office of the President
Date: June 23, 2015
RE: CHARGE OF PROHIBITED PRACTICE FILED AGAINST TOWN OF FRANKLIN
Brothers & Sisters:
The Town of Franklin, through the actions of their Town Administrator, Town Attorney and outside Labor Council, has violated their duty to bargain in good faith, its duty to participate in mediation/arbitration in good faith, and its duty to unconditionally support the unanimous decision of the arbitration panel appointed by the Joint Labor Management Committee in regards to award issued on or about May 31, of this year.
In simple terms, the Franklin Town Administrator Jeff Nutting has violated his duty under the law to unequivocally and vigorously support a request to fund a JLMC award.
Mr. Nutting further violated the law by lobbying the Town Council in an obvious attempt to influence the Council members to reject the lawful award of the JLMC.
The Prohibited Practice Charge further suggests that Mr. Nutting has solicited support from outside Council to guide the members of the Franklin Town Council through the steps necessary to deny the funding to the arbitration award.
As firefighters, the Joint Management Labor Committee is our only avenue to settle contracts when a collectively bargained contract can not be reached.
The actions of Mr. Nutting clearly demonstrate his unwillingness to respect the process that both the Town and Firefighters agreed to, regardless of the possible outcome.
We will not stand for this. We are calling on all PFFM Members, family members, and friend in Labor, to call Mr. Nutting and voice your displeasure with his disrespect for collective bargaining and the arbitration process.
The Town Council will vote at 5PM tomorrow night, until then please spread the word, and make the call! #WeFightWeWin
Franklin Town Administrator
Edward A. Kelly
Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts