The Massachusetts transportation authority and the city of Boston are pitted against each other in a court battle about whose officers should be given lucrative overtime shifts patrolling T construction sites, reports the Boston Globe. The dispute began last fall when the city issued a cease-and-desist order to stop the MBTA from using its own officers to patrol the Huntington Avenue construction site on the Green Line. Yesterday, lawyers from both sides gathered in Suffolk Superior Court for their latest battle.
The city says it wants to ensure that officers who know the streets can ensure public safety. The MBTA says the city just wants to increase compensation for its own officers. Unions for the MBTA Transit Police and Boston police have joined the court fight on opposing sides. “The only thing that’s going on here is money,” said Herbert Holtz, a private lawyer representing the MBTA. Boston police officers earned a base pay of about $46,000 in 2005. With overtime and detail work, some officers that year earned more than $100,000. Officers make $37 per hour for details.