The city of Portland has filed a petition with the state Employment Relations Board. It’s a potential first step toward decertifying the union representing Portland’s police commanders.
The petition asks about the status of the Portland Police Commanding Officers Association. Mayor Charlie Hales’ filing questions whether supervisors meet a state definition of “public employees”. Dana Haynes is the mayor’s spokesman.
“People who supervise folks probably ought not be unionized. Most placed they aren’t. No other police department or sheriff’s department that we can find in Oregon does it that way,” Haynes said.
Attorneys for the union could not be reached for immediate comment.
The Commanding Officers Association represents several dozen commanders. The Portland Police Association represents nearly a thousand officers.
Contract talks between the city and the PPA are ongoing.