Columbus FOP Files Unfair Labor Practice Against Mayor Coleman

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Last week Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman asked the city’s union workers to forgo pay raises as the city learned it needed to cut an additional $13 million from its budgets. The local Fraternal Order of Police filed a complaint Thursday afternoon with the State’s Employment Relations Board accusing the mayor of unfair labor practices.

FOP president Jim Gilbert said the FOP was already in contract negotiations with the city and the mayor broke its collective bargaining contract.

Coleman declined an interview, but he released a statement that said, “this is an unfortunate attempt to change the subject from the reasonable request I made to all city unions last week. I do not believe it amounts to an unfair labor practice.”

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