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5-year plan could be town's first step back

February 20, 2014

WEST WARWICK — After endless meetings and negotiations among union leaders, town council members and the town manager, the Memorandums of Understanding (MOU’s) have been given to the town council for their approval.

According to West Warwick Town Manager Fred Presley, Council 94, and the police unions have voted on and approved their MOU while the fire union is waiting for clarification on some points before they meet and the town is still in talks with the retirees.

“Getting detailed data from Blue Cross Blue Shield regarding some of the member’s claims has been the issue there,” Presley said.

Presley said as far as the actual contract goes, each bargaining unit is reviewing their final draft and fine tuning it before that too, is submitted to the town council.

He’s also anxiously awaiting to learn if the general assembly approves a new five-year budget plan, which has been submitted to the Senate and is now in the hands of the committee and will be introduced on the House side next week.

“While we’re waiting to hear about that legislation, we’re working off the current collective bargaining agreements but as soon the new ones are approved, we’ll be using those and hopefully that will be enough to get us over the hump,” he said.

Presley explained the five-year plan takes everything into account.

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