Boston City Council will likely steel itself against the city’s firefighter’s union. The firefighters have requested, after near year-long negotiations with city, that they receive a 2.5% raise for coming to work “clean and sober.”
Part of the union’s compensation negotiations included mandatory drug testing for all firefighters in the city of Boston. Now they are requesting pay raises for essentially being sober at work. The firefighters might argue that police and emergency medical technicians of Boston receive benefits for being clean and sober, but those unions would disagree.
Citizens of Boston are agreeing – no public employees should receive extra pay for submitting to random drug and alcohol testing as a condition of employment or to remain on the job.