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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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Tacoma police union president: We’re OK with outside Zina probe

I just spoke with Det. Terry Krause, president of Tacoma Police Union Local 6, who says leaders for the police union and city labor officials will be meeting today to discuss a planned outside investigation of the Zina Linnik case.

As we wrote about here last night, the union has taken issue with the city’s plans to hire a third-party investigator to conduct a review of Tacoma Police Department’s handling of the Zina case.

Krause said today the issue from the union’s standpoint is strictly one of bargaining — Local 6 has no problem with the city conducting the third-party probe, he said.

“We’re not trying to be obstructionist about it,” Krause said. “There’s procedure that needs to be followed.  If they had talked about it with the union first, as they should have, it wouldn’t be an issue.”

At tonight’s council meeting,  the City Council is set to consider spending up to $50,000 from the council’s contingency fund to pay for the outside probe. Mayor Marilyn Strickland announced last month that Mark S. Simpson, a former Arlington, Texas cop-turned-consultant who specializes in child abduction cases, will lead the review.

Though union officials will discuss the issue with city labor negotiators today, those discussions should have no bearing on tonight’s City Council action, Krause said.

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