In the last few days there has been a wave of confusion. Maricopa County Superior Court ruled, “Release time for Unions is illegal”. Well that is a shock and truly not correct, but you have to listen to the decision. Immediately after this was released the City of Phoenix decided to act and order all Union and Association officials back to work to their original jobs. The heat of this situation got blazing, everyone immediately went into response mode and the legal troops were called in. What makes this strange is:
1- None of the groups outside of PLEA (Police officers Association) were named or made a part of the claim.
2- We were never given due process in the issue nor were we requested to provide evidence to this claim.
3- This decision to enjoin us is over reaching and any legal person knows this has consequences.
4- Causes economic harm and damages to all involved.
5- With this action there is Breach of Contract, which is illegal.
So, what happens? Well as many have read the decision ordering us back has been temporarily put on hold. Lawyers on both sides have been communicating with the City to arrive at some sort of agreement to comply with this court decision and provide our services to employees.
In the next few weeks our recommendations for addressing this issue will be presented.
I ask all members to remain calm and not to panic, I will keep you posted at our next general membership meeting and will release updates as we know them. Thank you for your understanding and support.