Late this afternoon, a Multnomah County Circuit Court heard oral argument on the City’s attempt to dictate the composition of the PPA’s bargaining team. Fearing the PPA’s advocacy at the bargaining table, the City manufactured a baseless legal argument calling for PPA consultant Anna Kanwit’s removal from the PPA’s bargaining team. The City lost. The judge denied the City’s request for a temporary restraining order. Ms. Kanwit will remain on the PPA’s team.
The City’s attacks against Ms. Kanwit were personal and vindictive. With the judge’s order in favor of her and the PPA, it’s time for the City to focus on what’s important—the concerns of the community, the Police Bureau, and the rank and file officers who protect and serve Portland. It’s time for the City to drop its act and bargain in good faith with the PPA.
Daryl Turner, President
Portland Police Association