A state district judge on Monday extended until at least April 18 a temporary restraining order preventing the city of Santa Fe from implementing a shift change for the Police Department’s patrol division from four 10-hour shifts to five 8-hour shifts per week.
Judge Sarah Singleton set a preliminary hearing for April 18 to possibly then hear testimony on the injunction case brought by the Santa Fe Police Officers Association, the department’s union.
The union has filed for an injunction on the shift change announced last month by Chief Aric Wheeler, who says the change, which only applies to about 80 patrol officers, will save the department money. The union, and its attorney David Foster, point out the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the union and the City requires such shift changes to first have negotiations.
While the CBA spells out that the move is ultimately the decision of the chief, who lost a no-confidence vote from the union shortly after announcing the shift change last month, the union is asking for a stop to the move because they claim Wheeler violated the contract by not talking with them more about the move first.
You can check out the union’s fairly new website at sfpoa.us.
And here are two past union/administration fighting posts from this blog:
- Union votes “NO-CONFIDENCE” in police chief, two deputy chiefs
- S.F. police vote no confidence in City Manager, Asst. City Attorney