Phoenix police union challenges City Council on concessions, wants budget woes put to vote

Phoenix police wants to ask voters to turn down the City's decision to cut concessions for the department.

Phoenix City Clerk said it is a long process.

First, PLEA, the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, must collect 16,987 valid signatures within 30 days to get the issue on a ballot.

Even then, the issue isn't approved.

Officials say the City's counsel will have to decide if the referendum is legal. It could be considered an administrative action, which means the issue can't be put to a public vote.

In the meantime, the 1.6 percent cuts the Phoenix City council approved on Wednesday will be frozen.

Phoenix Police officers said they're frustrated with the city not willing to meet them at all in this negotiating process.

All five of the city's unions have contracts that include a "me too" clause that states every union must receive the same cuts or raises.

It's not clear how, or if the other unions would be impacted, if Phoenix Police officers don't have to take a cut.

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