RACINE — When asked why city attorneys or other members of the administration did not speak with the City Council before deciding to appeal the union lawsuit decision, Deputy City Attorney Scott Letteney said they didn’t have to.
In an e-mail sent to a reporter on Friday, Letteney wrote that aldermen gave the City Attorney’s Office authority to appeal the decision when they voted to rescind the union contracts in July.
“The appeal in this case is a legal proceeding instituted to enforce the resolution of the Common Council,” he wrote.
Alderman Mike Shields, however, was troubled by the fact that the administration did not talk to the City Council or its Executive Committee about the decision.
“It’s surprising that whoever made that decision felt like they didn’t have to consult with the council,” Shields — one of only two aldermen voted against rescinding the contracts — said Friday.
Alderman Greg Helding, on the other hand, wasn’t troubled by the move, adding that he and others on the council expected the city to appeal.
“The appeal. . .I think was not only something we contemplated having to do when we decided on the initial course of action, but something many thought was inevitable,” Helding said. “I would expect the attorney’s office to do no less than vigorously argue our legal position in the courts.”