SANTA FE — The Santa Fe Police Officers Association has accused the city of failing to bargain in “good faith,” costing officers “fringe benefits, work benefits and seniority rights” by refusing to make adjustments on the city employee pay scale.

In a lawsuit filed against the city, the officers association is seeking unspecified damages and “proper placement” on a pay scale for employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the city and the police union.

The city and the association did not agree on a new contract for police employees by the time Santa Fe’s 2013-2014 budget was adopted. According to the lawsuit, city officials rejected the group’s efforts to continue negotiations.

A response by the city denies the lawsuit’s claims, and Mayor Ralph Stenzel said city officials had remained open to continued negotiations.

“Everyone is extremely disappointed,” Stenzel said.

League City attorney Gregory Cagle, who is representing the police association, did not return phone messages left this week.

The lawsuit contends that after a freeze on pay raises for Santa Fe employees was lifted in January 2013, police officers did not advance on a pay scale included in the collective bargaining agreement between the officers association and the city.

The officers association filed a grievance, but the process was “exhausted,” according to the lawsuit.

The city has requested a jury trial.


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(3) comments

ole dad

More Union BS. Failure to negotiate in good faith lies in the lap of any union organization. The police union like most, lag progressive 21st century logic to negotiate with any level of authenticity, They need to hire someone to negotiate for them, not litigate.

Ron Shelby

This story should have reported comparable pay scale levels as well as any differences in benefits including pensions. Otherwise the reader is still in the dark in regards to how to view the story. Also, what was the police unions initial demand. I suspect it may not have been reasonable and in good faith on the face of it.

Earl Mendenhall

The citizens of Santa Fe gave the Police bargaining rights. That is exactly what they want to do is bargain. The police give up something's to get others. This is negotiating. The city had a team and so does the Police. If both sides are acting in good faith, then a contact can be signed or after the expiration of the current contract they go to evergreen clause in which they work under the current contract for 3 years and are to continue trying to come to am agreement. If they can't agree, then they go back to working under civil service laws/rules. This is not tyical union stuff as the police can't strike.

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