PORTLAND, OR – The Portland Police Association has filed a grievance contending the police chief and several others violated labor agreements by working patrol shifts in May.
In the May 23 complaint, union President Daryl Turner said Police Chief Mike Reese, as well as unidentified lieutenants and the Central Precinct commander, worked shifts at least six days in May that could have gone to union members. The filing was first reported by Willamette Week.
Turner asked the city to stop using non-union command staff to perform the work of union members and to compensate any affected union officers with interest.
The Police Bureau declined to comment on the labor dispute, said Sgt. Pete Simpson, a police spokesman.
The bureau did say Reese took open patrol shifts May 21-23 to avoid scheduling off-duty officers at overtime pay. He took a lieutenant with him for each day-shift patrol.
Shifts were vacant that week because about 50 officers were training for the bureau’s new Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team.
The mayor’s office praised the move, which came after city officials suggested the bureau rein in overtime.
Reese usually fills patrol shifts for officers named employees of the month.