Arbitrator rules for Worcester jail guards
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — An arbitrator has ruled that the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office must continue paying guards for days they spend on weekend military duty.
Guards’ union officials lauded the ruling, but sheriff’s officials said a consequence of the ruling has already cost two corrections officers money.
The union contract guarantees those in the military reserve up to 17 days of paid time off each year for annual training. That training usually takes the form of two weeks of training in the summer.
Union officials say for decades the department had also given paid time off to correction officers in the Reserves when they went to their weekend military drills even though it was not in the contract.
Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis put a stop to it when he took office in 2011.