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Alleges city improperly tossed tent. agreement
Mon December 9, 2013
City Union Files Suit Against City of Rhinlander
A city of Rhinelander union has filed suit against the city, accusing it of rejecting what had been considered a tentative agreement.
The suit alleges the city illegally struck down the agreement that was reached in December, 2012.
City public works, parks, golf course, water and wastewater employees filed the suit last week. Madison attorney Aaron Halstead...representing the workers... alleges after the agreement was reached, the tentative agreement was rejected in closed session. He alleges a resolution which was not on the agenda was passed that said future policies were part of an employee manual....
"....at the closed session the council rejected the tentative agreement with union, not because they rejected the actual substance of the agreement, which was simply that a 1 percent increase would be given, but the city council in effect voted to reject having any agreement with the union at all..."
The matter is on the Rhinelander city council agenda Monday night in closed session. City Administrator Blaine Oborn said they hadn't reviewed the suit and couldn't comment.
The case has been assigned to Oneida County Circuit Judge Michael Bloom but no court date has been set according to court records.