RACINE — The City Council may have rescinded its 2013-2014 union contract but, unlike three other unions that had contracts tossed, the Racine Police Department Staff Officers Association has no plans to sue the city, President Sgt. Martin Pavilonis said Friday.
On Tuesday, the City Council voted 11-2 to rescind prospective contracts affecting 524 of the city’s 670 employees. City staff have told the council that wage and benefits provisions in those contracts will create a $2 million deficit in the 2013 budget, and the city can’t raise taxes to pay for the provisions because of property taxing restrictions imposed by the Legislature last year.
On Thursday, AFSCME Local 67, the Racine Police Association and Racine Firefighter Local 321 of the International Association of Firefighters filed suit in Racine County Circuit Court, asking the court to uphold the contracts.
While a lawsuit is something the staff officers association will “have to look at,” Pavilonis said the group, which represents 33 sergeants and lieutenants, has no plans “at this point” to take legal action.