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Campus Police settlement "working"

By Neil J. Ross and

Katherine Shim

An agreement reached last December, ending the six month labor dispute between the MIT Police Association and the Institute, is working well, according to Campus Police Chief Anne P. Glavin.

The five-page settlement allows the police department to fulfill its managerial responsibilities, while respecting officers' demands for a revised work schedule, Glavin said.

Negotiations were conducted between Glavin and both James J. Fandel and Michael J. Parr of the labor relations section of the Personnel Office. The settlement will expire in two years.

The labor dispute had been prompted by the expiration of the original union contract on June 30, 1989. A major issue of the dispute had centered on the changing of police shift hours in response to the growing threat of increased urban crime to the MIT community.

Another issue addressed union demands for a "4-2 work schedule," which gives officers two days off for every four days of work -- a schedule that would be comparable to the work schedules of both the Boston and Cambridge police departments. The police union had also protested against a reduction in health benefits that would have resulted had the Institute cut back on its funding of health care.

The MIT Police Association took the dispute public in October, distributing flyers and speaking with MIT community members in front of Building 7.