City of Bridgeport and NAGE, Local RI-200
A board of education police officer may not be entitled to overtime work offered by the city, even if the police officer's job qualifications are similar to those of the city's patrol police officers. Michael Bouchard, who works as a special police officer for the Board of Education of the City of Bridgeport, alleged that he was not offered overtime work assignments for the city's Parks Department at Seaside Park in 2010. Bouchard argued that previously, when he worked for the Parks Department, he was allowed to work overtime at events for the Board of Education. The city objected that the collective bargaining contract provides that "overtime assignments for Special Officers shall be handled by a rotating list within the department; then Special Officers in other departments." The city argued that Bouchard was not entitled to overtime work assignments for the Parks Department, because Bouchard worked for a separate department, the Board of Education. Arbitrators agreed with the city's argument that the Board of Education is a separate department than the city. "The plain language of the CBA," wrote arbitrators, "limits Board [of Education] Officers to overtime work within their department, i.e. Board of Education." Arbitrators concluded that Bouchard lacked standing, and that the grievance was not arbitrable. Michel Bayonne and William Ruggiero represented the city. Elizabeth Ditman represented the union.