Goldwater Institute takes on union “release time”

The Goldwater Institute is asking for a judge to stop allowing Phoenix police officers to work as union representatives as their full time assignment.

The Phoenix Law Enforcement Association has six full time officers who receive full city pay and benefits for working for the union.

The contract between the city and PLEA includes provisions for these positions.

“We have a police department to maintain law and order not to do union work,” said Clint Bolick, an attorney with the Institute who will argue its position in court on Friday.

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