Thursday, February 13, 2014

In the News: goodbye civil service, MA governor candidates

Town Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution that will exempt future fire department hires from the Civil Service system despite the objection of the local firefighters’ union. 
President Bob Donovan said the union membership feels blindsided by the change, as it comes with the two sides already in state mediation to hash out a new contract, the final step before arbitration. 
Several firefighters attended the meeting as a show of support for the union’s position.

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In November, Massachusetts voters will elect a new governor for the first time in eight years in what promises to be a gubernatorial race filled with both mainstream candidates and outsiders from a variety of political persuasions. 
Nomination papers for legislative and statewide elections became available Tuesday from the Secretary of State office. So far, nine people want to be the next governor.

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