Goldwater again challenges contract between Phoenix and PLEA
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
The Goldwater Institute has filed another lawsuit aimed at stopping provisions of the City of Phoenix's contract with the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association.
The institute is asking a judge to grant a preliminary injunction halting the city's contract with PLEA that grants PLEA about $1 million release time dedicated to union business, which includes allowing six police officers to perform exclusively union work and collect automatic overtime.
The lawsuit comes after a new contract between the City of Phoenix and PLEA took effect July 1.
In June, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper ruled in favor of the Goldwater Institute's claim that making taxpayers pay for police officers to do union work on police time was unconstitutional. That injunction expired June 30 when the city's previous contract with PLEA expired.
After the decision the Phoenix City Council declined to modify the new contract, which had essentially the same release time provisions, prompting the amended lawsuit.
In her June ruling granting the Institute's initial motion for preliminary injunction, Cooper affirmed that release time constitutes a subsidy because the contract "does not obligate PLEA to perform any specific service or give anything in return for the receipt of $1 million for release time."
Goldwater Institute Vice President of Litigation Clint Bolick said the lawsuit, "Is the next step in ridding Arizona of the awful practice of release time and returning police officers to the important jobs for which they were hired."
PLEA Board President Joe Clure said the Goldwater Institute's lawsuit has cost taxpayers a great deal of money and weakened protections for police officers.
"The Institute is attempting to build a national forum on the backs of Phoenix taxpayers," Clure said. "They pushed 58 bills from their extreme agenda this year and the Arizona Legislature wisely rejected all of them. The Institute is now seeking to achieve their goals by suing their way to victory. Be assured that this legal battle has only begun and this attack on Phoenix police officers will ultimately be decided in the higher Courts."
The Institute is representing two Phoenix taxpayers, William Cheatham and Marcus Huey, who object to the supposedly unconstitutional use of their tax money.
Copyright 2012 CBS 5 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:58 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:58:02 GMT
Shooting in Home Depot parking lot
One man is dead after an online deal went bad in the parking lot of an Arizona Home Depot, police said. The man approached a vehicle around 3 p.m. occupied by two men who were selling items they had postedMore >
The victim approached a vehicle around 3 p.m. occupied by two men who were selling items they had posted online, according to Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump.More >
Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:19 PM EDT2013-06-19 02:19:23 GMT
Arizona State University says it is no longer recognizing the Sigma Alpha Epsilon as a fraternity chapter on its campus. The move comes in the wake of a series of well-publicized incidents where one member,More >
Arizona State University says it is no longer recognizing the Sigma Alpha Epsilon as a fraternity chapter on its campus.More >
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:23:30 GMT
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her. Jayden Sink raised nearly $200 on Friday while she sold lemonadeMore >
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her.More >
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:55 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:55:16 GMT
Tempe police need help identifying the woman in the sketch. (Source: Tempe Police)
Authorities in Tempe say the battered, nude body of a woman was discovered in a Tempe neighborhood street early Saturday morning.Tempe Police spokesman Sgt. Mike Pooley said the body was discovered nearMore >
Tempe police said the battered, nude body of a woman was discovered on a neighborhood street early Saturday morning.More >
Monday, June 17 2013 9:21 PM EDT2013-06-18 01:21:07 GMT
An Arizona prison inmate is dead from an apparent homicide, state Department of Corrections officials said. John Jones, 63, died Monday at the Lewis complex in Buckeye. DOC officials stopped short ofMore >
John Jones, 63, died Monday at the Lewis complex in Buckeye.More >