Macedonia police union files unfair labor practices charge against city

Councilman accused of "confronting" officers

by Jeff Saunders | Reporter Published:

Macedonia — The union representing city police patrol officers and dispatchers has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the city in connection with alleged actions by a City Council member.

According to the complaint, filed by the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association Feb. 13 with the State Employment Relations Board, “The City of Macedonia, by and through its agent Council Person Mike Miller, on at least two occasions in 2013 has confronted bargaining unit members to criticize their activity, improperly seek and coerce information and improperly threaten and interfere with the terms and conditions of their work.”

Miller did not immediately respond to a phone call and email requesting comment and an attorney representing the OPBA was not immediately available.

Mayor Don Kuchta said he was unsure of all the details, but believes the complaint is in connection with an accident in which a motorist — not Miller — was cited after driving off a road and striking a tree.

“As public safety director, I stand behind my people [police officers] 100 percent and it’s a shame it got to this point,” said Kuchta. “I will work to resolve this issue as amicably as I can.”

For more on this story, see the Feb. 27 edition.

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