State Will Not Get Involved in Groton Fire Dispute

The state will not get involved in a heated labor and financial dispute going on in the Groton Fire District. 

The state board of labor relations ordered the fire district to honor a 10-year contract with firefighters, which includes a 3 percent annual raise and other benefits, according to the Day of New London.

As the district comes near the end of an imposed 30-day waiting period, the board chairman has reached out to the state Office of Policy and Management as well at the attorney general, saying the district is having a fiscal crisis and needs assistance, according to the Day.

A spokesman for the office of policy and management said the state would not get involved in the labor dispute.

Fire district officials were told they'd need approval from Gov. Dannel Malloy to claim bankruptcy and no governor has given permission since 1993, when the current law was enacted.

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