Grievance by Quincy Police

The city is in a money crunch and was hoping to fix its problem before buying back the holiday time, but some employees say no one told them about the city's problems before it was too late.

Quincy is the all American city, but some employees say city officials are being unpatriotic by putting them in a financial rut this past holiday season.

Police officers say every year the city buys back unused holiday time, but this year that didn't happen.

David Talley, the PBA rep. for Quincy, says, "Right before when we were expected to get this money, without warning, we didn't get it. We had to fill out our paperwork and make sure it was in on time. The assumption was we were going to get our money and when it came time for the money to be there, it just wasn't there."

Quincy city manger Earl Banks says during a commission meeting he warned employees that they may not get money for unused holiday pay, but promised to find funds to buy back some unused holiday time.

Earl Banks says, "When we got ready to do something for them, they filed a grievance against the city and I decided we had to go through the grievance process before we can do anything."

But that brings little consolation to employees who are now having to cut corners to make ends meet.

"We all try to be team players and we understand now we're in a cash crunch. People we owe money to, we have to say, 'give me some time.’ If they had done that to us in the beginning we could've budgeted our money better."

Firefighters had also filed a grievance, but have since dropped their case.

The city manager hopes to have the funds by February, and then they'll be able to buy back some if not all of that holiday time.