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CM Heiner calls on Mayor to Start Settlement Discussions with FOP Regarding Take-Home Car Fees

Tuesday January 12, 2010

Louisville Metro Council
Media Advisory
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                  
MEDIA CONTACT: STEPHEN HAAG, JR.
574-1204 / 645-1752

Louisville, KY –Metro Council Minority Caucus Chairman Hal Heiner (District 19) will introduce a resolution calling on Metro Government to suspend its appeal of a Kentucky Labor Cabinet Ruling and immediately begin good-faith settlement negotiations with representatives of River City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 614 regarding the release of funds collected from police officers for the use of their police vehicles.

This policy, which was implemented over objections by officers, was put in place by the Mayor’s Office as an attempt to use the police force to make up for a budget shortfall. Since its implementation, the Kentucky Labor Cabinet has ruled that the Mayor’s actions violated collective-bargaining laws, and now the Mayor is seeking to appeal the ruling in Jefferson Circuit Court.

“Now is the time for the Mayor and his representatives to halt their appeal, and instead begin talks with representatives of our Police Officers to put this dispute to an end. Rather than adjudicate this for years, we need to put this matter behind us and find an acceptable answer for this contentious legal fight.” – Hal Heiner

The resolution (see attached document) will be filed for introduction at the January 28 meeting of the Metro Council. Councilman Hal Heiner will be joined by Kelly Downard (District 16) and Kevin Kramer (District 11) as primary sponsors of the resolution. For more information, please contact Stephen Haag at 645-1752 or steve.haag@louisvilleky.gov.

Sponsor:
Hal Heiner (R) 19