Judge: Phoenix Can't Pay Officers For Union Work

January 30, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has permanently blocked Phoenix from paying police officers who do union work, finding that the practice violates the state constitution because it does not benefit the public.

The ruling issued Wednesday by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper also applies to any other contracts the city has with its unions. The suit was filed by the Goldwater Institute, which renewed its challenge after a new contract continued a practice Cooper had previously ruled was illegal. Cooper blocked the provisions of the new contract in April and held a trial in November. Wednesday's ruling makes that earlier injunction permanent.

Phoenix was paying six full-time officers to handle union work, providing more than 1,800 additional hours of pay and two more officers to respond to major incidents.