RACINE — A city union has appealed the city’s initial denial of its grievance for hiring outside contractors for the February blizzard’s aftermath.
American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Local 67 claims the city violated their collective bargaining agreement when it hired private contractors to help with the post-blizzard snow removal between Feb. 2 and Feb. 11, according to a grievance filed Feb. 18.
A supervisor denied the grievance on March 2 and as per the grievance procedure outlined in their collective bargaining agreement, the union moved forward to the second step, filing an appeal on March 3, according to documents.
The grievance cites a provision in the 2009-2010 contract they had been working under in February, which states: The city has management rights “to contract out for goods or services, however there shall be no layoffs or reduction in hours due to any contracting out of work.”
Deputy City Attorney Scott Letteney, lead union labor negotiator for city, said the city did not lay off Local 67 members or reduce their hours, as many of them filed for overtime. He also pointed to a provision in the contract that allows the city “to take whatever action” necessary in an emergency.
If the appeal is denied by city managers, the issue could go to mediation and if that doesn’t work, arbitration.
Local 67 represents about 210 members of three unions that include public works and parks employees, City Hall clerical and Police Department clerical employees.
Scott Sharp, president of Local 67, did not return a call for comment Tuesday.