Pontiac Emergency Manager works to squash contract with police dispatchers
Pontiac Emergency Manager Michael Stampfler has asked the state Treasury Dept. to approve plans to void the city’s contract with the police dispatchers union.
The Oakland Press reports that an ongoing labor dispute with the police dispatchers is an impediment to Stampfler’s plan to transfer the Pontiac police to Oakland County Sheriff’s Dept. by July 1.
A 60-day negotiation period is part of the law overseeing emergency managers and is used as a good-faith period in an attempt to forge a deal with unions.
The period for negotiations with the Pontiac dispatchers’ union ended May 16.
The Pontiac Police Department has 11 dispatchers and Stampfler said the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office would have 10 open slots they could apply for.
Voiding union contracts is one of the controversial parts of the emergency manager law, which is the target of a referendum to have it repealed.
On Thursday the Pontiac City Council passed a resolution supporting the repeal of the of law that gives appointees like Stampfler virtually complete power over local governments.