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Walsh’s push for binding arbitration draws criticism

State Representative Martin J. Walsh has asserted that an arbitration bill he has been pushing for a decade on Beacon Hill would install more financial safeguards for cities and towns during labor disputes. But government watchdogs argue that Walsh’s proposal would actually do the opposite, by eliminating the requirement that the city council approve arbitration awards for police and firefighters.

The ruling of an arbitrator would be final and binding under the bill from Walsh, who is a finalist in the race for mayor of Boston. In an interview this week about the proposed legislation, Walsh said that “the biggest piece is the fiscal piece, which is not in the current structure.”

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