Talks at the bargaining table between the city of Brockton and its public safety unions are moving closer to an agreement. The city’s negotiating team has been meeting with the firefighter’s union and is in the final stages of brokering a deal. Meanwhile talks have started to heat up between the police union and the city.
Mayor Linda Balzotti says it’s important to bargain in good faith and not let negotiations hinder the performance of any department. The ongoing bargaining sessions are four years in the making since the city council passed a historic health insurance package last year. Balzotti is hoping to have both unions inked to new three year contracts by the end of the year.
Once those deals are completed, city officials can the start negotiating with a number of other Brockton unions whose contracts are set to expire.