Omaha Police Union Files Second Petition Against Mayor

OMAHA, NE – The union representing Omaha police officers has filed another petition with the Nebraska Commission of Industrial Relations.

The Omaha Police Officers Association filed a second petition asking the court to issue a temporary order banning Mayor Jean Stothert from soliciting members until it rules on the first petition, which accuses Stothert of bargaining in bad faith.

The OPOA’s initial petition challenges Stothert’s legal right to communicate with union members. Recently Stothert emailed union members outlining what the city calls it’s last, best and final contract offer. In a statement, Stothert says: “My primary purpose in communicating with the officers directly was to give them the verifiable facts regarding the City’s offer. As the employer, I have the legal right to communicate with our employees and provide accurate information about our proposal. The OPOA does not dispute that. Asking the court to prohibit factual communication is frivolous and without merit.”

The city filed it’s own petition with the Commission asking the court to step into the contract dispute and establish wages and benefits for the contract year of December 2014 through December 2015. The city’s standing offer includes an 8 percent pay raise over 4 years, city contributions to a health savings account for each officer, and pension reforms identical to the firefighters.

From KMTV News