Councilman David Yates and President James issue statements regarding FOP Contract Advisory from the Jefferson County Attorney

October 29, 2020

Louisville – The Jefferson County Attorney’s Office has issued an advisory opinion stating the Metro Council does have approval power over the final collective bargaining agreement between Metro Government and the River City FOP.

Councilman David Yates (D-25), chair of the Labor and Economic Development Committee and President David James (D-6) have issued the following statements about the JCAO advisory:

Councilman David Yates' statement on FOP CBA:

"The Labor & Economic Development Committee agrees with the advice of our counsel; Metro Council's review and approval is necessary for ratification of all Metro collective bargaining agreements including the current Fraternal Order of Police's CBA. As a committee, we will move forward with our review and want to hear from the public. We will host a two-hour public comment period prior to Monday's Special Labor Committee to give the public an opportunity to weigh in."

President David James' statement:

"I applaud the Labor & Economic Development Committee for their attention to this timely and important discussion. As an equal branch of government, the Metro Council is vested with the responsibility of oversight."

To see a copy of the JCAO Advisory, click here.

The Labor and Economic Development Committee will hold a special meeting to discuss and act on this contract on Monday, November 2nd from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to see the agenda for the meeting.

The Metro Council is planning an open mic discussion for the public prior to the committee meeting at 1:00pm on Monday, November 2nd. Details will be announced later this afternoon.



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