Court hears Motion for Injunction in P.O.S.T. Questionnaire Litigation
(June 17, 2022)
This morning, Attorneys Peter Perroni and Gary Nolan appeared before a Suffolk Superior Court judge in Boston where they asked that the court enjoin the POST Commission’s use of the current recertification questionnaire. The NEPBA case, originally filed in Worcester, was consolidated with lawsuits filed by MassCop and two Boston Police groups, and the parties today argued cooperatively in favor of the injunction. The hearing was well attended and the Court was clearly prepared to examine the important constitutional issues raised by the unions. The hearing lasted more than 2-hours. The Court took the matter under advisement and told the parties that this case is a top priority. All indications are that the court will issue a decision sometime next week. We will continue to keep parties posted when further information becomes available.
(Boston) The Massachusetts Division of Labor conducted an election for the exclusive bargaining representative of the Westborough Police Officer’s Union in a four-way bid to represent the nearly 30 members of the union. The NEPBA won the election by a vote of 20-3 with IBPO & NO UNION receiving ZERO VOTES, while MASSCOP received a poultry 3 votes.
New England PBA won a clear and decisive victory over IBPO, the former Heavyweight Champion of labor, in much the same way George Forman knocked out Joe Frazier. . . “DOWN GOES FRAZIER” said NEPBA Executive Vice President Tom Daly who was the New England PBA representative present as IBPO scored ZERO votes. The embarrassing loss by IBPO to NEW ENGLAND PBA was the 3rd law enforcement labor organization to dump IBPO in the last two weeks, with several others on the horizon.
In a desperate attempt to intervene in the process, MASSCOP attempted to garner support by begging members to sign cards to get on the ballot and in the end got less votes than the original 4 cards (10%) they submitted to be on the ballot. NEPBA Secretary-Treasurer Sean McArdle, stated “MASSCOP apparently thinks their yearly BOOZE PARTY is what representation is all about, NEPBA knowns differently!”
Executive Director Jerry Flynn, called IBPO an embarrassment to the law enforcement community and called their parent organization NAGE/SEIU, “the lefty liberals who are using the dues of hard working and dedicated police officers to bail out criminals and endorse political whack-jobs with their anti-police radical agenda.”
Flynn further states, a “fish rots from the head down and in this case the IBPO is the biggest fish in the pond of social injustice and anti-police rhetoric.
NEPBA President Chris Ryan stated, “the NEPBA is proud to represent the dedicated and hardworking women and men of the Westborough Police Union and we will give them the representation they deserve – but have never received under the IBPO.” President Ryan reiterated, “NEPBA and its Executive Committee & Executive Board represent our organization – NOT a law firm!”
Massachusetts Port Authority Police Officer’s bravery and quick instinct leads to saving the life of young woman in distress
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 26, 2022) – The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum (NLEMM) today announced Officer Matthew J.T. Flynn, of the Massachusetts Port Authority Police Department as the Officer of the Month for April 2022. Flynn was selected for this honor after a courageous rescue of a woman who jumped into frigid waters after experiencing emotional distress.
On March 26, 2022, just after 9:00 p.m., Officer Flynn was on foot patrol inside Piers Park in East Boston. While walking near the Boston Harbor, he encountered a woman near the water who was visibly upset and standing outside the railing. As Officer Flynn approached, she threatened to jump. Flynn immediately engaged the woman in conversation and attempted to persuade her to come back over the railing, however, despite this attempt, the woman jumped into the Boston Harbor.
With the woman screaming that she could not swim, Officer Flynn radioed in a request for help and without hesitation, jumped into the 40-degree water to assist the distressed woman. Officer Flynn was able to successfully grab the woman and then swam with her to a nearby sea wall where he was able to keep himself and the woman afloat for 15 minutes until the Massachusetts State Police Marine Unit arrived to pull them both onboard a rescue boat.
“Officer Flynn showed remarkable bravery that night in Boston, jumping into freezing waters, putting his life on the line while helping this woman in distress,” said Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund celebrates his heroism and his dedication to the citizens of Massachusetts. His willingness to put others first serves as an inspiration to us all and we are grateful to highlight his story.”
The Officer of the Month Award Program is sponsored by the Police Unity Tour and recognizes federal, state, and local officers who distinguish themselves through exemplary law enforcement service and devotion to duty.
About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the fallen, telling the story of American law enforcement, and making it safer for those who serve. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., which honors the names of all of the 23,229 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building is committed to preserving the history of American law enforcement and sharing the experiences of service and sacrifice for generations to come.