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Falls Police Union Says Village Violated Bargaining Agreement

The Falls police union is locked in a civil suit with the village regarding changes to its health care payments and provider.

Falls Police Union Says Village Violated Bargaining Agreement

The Menomonee Falls Police Association is locked in a civil suit with the village regarding changes to its members health care plan.

The MFPA Local 313 is the union that represents law enforcement personnel in the department. The union alleges the village violated the terms of its 2011-12 collective bargaining agreement when it switched health insurance providers to Humana as a cost saving measure.

The Village Board approved its 2013 budget Nov. 19. As part of the budget, the village switched MFPA member’s health care provider to Humana. The MFPA contends that change violated its agreement with the village.

According to the MFPA's 2011-12 collective bargaining agreement with the village, all union members must be given 60 days notice of health care changes. Additionally, the benefits and coverage levels must be greater than or equal to 2007-08 benefit levels. Furthermore, parameters in 2011-12 agreement would remain in place until a new agreement is reached.

The MFPA claims the village violated those terms of the agreement. In December, an attorney representing the union filed an injunction to prevent MFPA members from paying the higher rates for Humana. However, a judge declined that request.

Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald declined to comment about the MFPA’s civil suit. He withheld comment until the village officially files its response to the allegations with the Waukesha County Circuit Court.

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