Citizens For A Better Norwood

Friday, October 05, 2007

Retirees’ lawsuit: Norwood is violating trust fund for benefits

Today’s Enquirer is reporting that attorney Mike Allen has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court on behalf of 200 retired City employees. The suit claims the city has been illegally refusing to reimburse uninsured medical expenses and is, thereby, violating the terms of a 1971 trust fund. Referring to Norwood‘s recent financial crisis, Allen said, "We're not unsympathetic to their financial plight. We're still willing to work with the city if they're willing to negotiate. But to date, that has not happened."

On 6/18/07, Channel 5 filed this report about the delinquent reimbursements that stated, “Retirees claim the city placed a cap on health care funding without their knowledge and that the cap means many of them will be out of medical coverage by the end of June.”