FOP President Says Take-Home Car Issue Isn't Over

by scrosby on January 21, 2009

The city’s police union was dealt a blow yesterday in its ongoing battle over Louisville’s take-home car program. Mayor Jerry Abramson wants to increase fees for people who use the city’s take-home cars.

But the FOP got an injunction, saying the decision couldn’t be made without collective bargaining.

An appellate court lifted the injunction yesterday, and FOP President John McGuire says the union probably won’t fight the battle in the courts any longer.

“We will be concentrating our efforts on unfair labor practice and believe we have not only a strong case, but that it’s very clear the city violated our contract and state law when they imposed these fees without sitting down and talking with us,” says McGuire.

A hearing on the matter will be heard by the state Labor Cabinet on February 10th and 11th.

McGuire says he hopes the city will wait for a ruling from that hearing before raising the fees. A decision could take up to sixty days.

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