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Tacoma: State commission rules city committed unfair labor practice when ordering police officers to reimburse pay earned during charity basketball games

A state commission has affirmed its ruling that the City of Tacoma violated collective bargaining rules with Tacoma’s police union when it ordered a dozen officers to repay wages they earned while playing in on-duty basketball games for charity in 2005, 2008 and 2009.

Washington’s Public Employees Relations Commission found the city committed an unfair labor practice because it “sought to negotiate repayment plans directly with employees to repay salary earned while playing the game…”

Such “direct dealing” – when an employer negotiates an action with a represented employee without the union’s knowledge – violates mandatory collective bargaining provisions, the

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