LOCKPORT, NY - Retired police officers and firefighters in the city of Lockport say they want the city to honor contracts. A total of 71 retired first responders are listed in a lawsuit against the city over health benefits.
When they retired, there was a collective bargaining agreement that promised "lifetime medical benefits" and the city was "obligated to pay full costs, subject only to varying but minimal co-payments on prescription drugs, if any," according to the lawsuit.
Paul Beakman, a retired police officer is one of the plaintiffs. He told 2 On Your Side's Claudine Ewing, "The city broke its promise in 2009 when it unilaterally changed retirement benefits. Our objections have fallen on deaf ears leaving us with no choice but to take the city to court."