TULSA - Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police Local 93 says the city has deliberately, and possibly illegally, decided not to bargain in good faith in determining the collective bargaining agreement for the next fiscal year.
FOP 93 President Clay Ballenger tells KRMG the city's actions are unprecedented in his 17 years on the force.
"We just want to be dealt with fairly, under the law, and we don't feel like that's what's happening right now," he told KRMG.
Thursday, they were supposed to meet with the city, Ballenger says, and negotiate over the FY 2015 contract.
"We were told by Jim Twombly, the City Manager, that they weren't going to accept our proposals. When we questioned why, he said that they they were in the wrong format."
Ballenger said the FOP had presented a preliminary list of proposals a few weeks back.
It was when the union went to present its detailed proposals Thursday that the city said it wouldn't negotiate, based on the first set of proposals.
That, despite the fact that weeks had passed since the city received those proposals, and no one had said anything to the FOP about them being uncacceptable.
"We immediately filed a complaint with the Oklahoma Public Employees Relations Board alleging that Mr. Twombly negotiated in bad faith," Ballenger said.
"There could be some consequences to that," he added. "An official of government can be removed from office or even charged with a crime if they find that in fact that happened."
He said the FOP still plans to negotiate, and is open to sitting down to try and present their positions.
However, he admitted that currently, no such meeting is scheduled.