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CCFD Firefighters Appeal Liquidation Order

President of the firefighters union, David Gorman, said that the appeal is necessary for several reasons.

In an effort to stop the liquidation and closure of Rhode Island’s largest Fire District, the Coventry Fire Fighters Union has filed an appeal with the State Supreme Court.

President of the firefighters union, David Gorman, said that the appeal is necessary for several reasons. 

 “First and foremost, as of today, there is not a plan in place that would provide emergency services or fire protection to the community, secondly the liquidation is not necessary, the district has plenty of money, there is nearly two million dollars in the bank, cash on hand and an approved budget," Gorman said in a release. "If someone was willing to sit down with the firefighters and negotiate with us, we know that it can work, but no one is willing to do that, no one will give us the opportunity.  Lastly, there is no need to saddle the ratepayers with a liquidation assessment of nearly twenty million dollars when this can be resolved”. 

Gorman stated that the union filed the appeal on Friday but that the union did not request an injunction or a stay from the liquidation order. 

“If we need to request a stay we will do so, but we are hopeful that we can resolve this without any further legal action, as long as we are given the opportunity”. 

The Fire District is set to close on May 16th at 11:59 p.m.

 

coventry taxpayer 2 March 19, 2014 at 09:26 AM
Randy, Why is your buddy mary off limits? That little slap of reality about her and the hubby hit home? Sucks they are bailing after doing all this damage. We should drop flyers in her new"hood" about her stance on unions, My cousin live's on the same street and works for the city of Warwick he can't believe her husband is in a union and she is anti-union!
Mary March 22, 2014 at 03:04 PM
Just pulled the latest propaganda from the task-force out of my front door. It actually says we have voted 5 times for a new fire organization?? I thought we had budget votes no?
Gem101 March 22, 2014 at 05:24 PM
This is so out of control no wonder everyone is sick to their stomachs. May 16 is right around the corner and we'll see who was telling the truth to the taxpayers. I know that come election time I will support anyone that has never been in politics before can't get worse.
Cadre March 23, 2014 at 09:53 PM
This taskforce should be headlining the Onion newspaper.
Leave RI March 24, 2014 at 03:53 PM
^^ clever

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