O'Fallon, Mo. police suing city over bargaining agreement - KMOV.com

O'Fallon, Mo. police suing city over bargaining agreement

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By Elizabeth Eisele By Elizabeth Eisele

O'Fallon, Mo.-(KMOV.com) The O'Fallon, Mo. Police Officers Association has filed a lawsuit against the city of O'Fallon for violating the Missouri Constitution by refusing to collectively bargain in good faith with the representatives chosen by employees, according to a news release Monday.

The Eastern Missouri Coalition of Police and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 15 are also partaking as plaintiffs in the suit, which arose after the City of O'Fallon implemented changes during the collective bargaining process, refusing to bargain over certain terms and conditions of employment and allowing the city to change, amend or modify items during the term of the current contract. 

Greg Kloeppel, attorney for the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 15, said in the press release, "The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that cities must bargain in good faith with the bargaining representatives chosen by their employees. The City of O'Fallon's unilateral implementation of policy changes without collectively bargaining violates the rights of the men and women who protect and serve the people." 

According to the release, the lawsuit asks the city to immediately rescind the policies on wages, hours and terms and conditions of employment and begin to bargain, in good faith, the terms and conditions of employment affecting officers, sergeants and lieutenants. 

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