Labor negotiations between the City of Boise and its police department have bogged down over some health benefit issues, but a letter sent to the individual cops has caused allegations of union busting attempts by the City at worst and bad faith bargaining at best.
It all stems from a Friday the 13th eight page letter signed by the mayor and council which was sent to the home address of all the cops. The carefully worded communication is under the guise of providing the rank and file membership with “information” regarding the financial basis and philosophy of offers made during negotiations.
The implication in the city letter is that union leadership hasn’t presented the latest offers to membership. Based on contact the GUARDIAN has with the cops it would appear the move on the part of the city may have backfired. We are told the union solidarity is even more intense following the letter.
Police Union President Kip Wills offered this statement to the GUARDIAN, “we requested to be put on the city council agenda in the coming weeks so that we could talk to the council members about the issues that are sticking the contract. After much backdoor discussion we have been told by Mayors staff that we will not be on the public council agenda. I personally have a very strong opinion regarding open
government. By conducting meetings behind closed doors or discussing non-
discipline personnel issues only in private I feel that the council and staff
continue to show their true colors to the citizens of Boise. These same
citizens put them in office.”
So both sides can get an idea of how the public feels about the benefits afforded to the cops as well as the city’s position, The GUARDIAN is taking the unusual–but open– step of providing a copy of the actual letter. You pay the bills, you deserve a look.
BOISE CITY LETTER TO COPS pdf format. Download file
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