Arizona constitution prohibits cities from forcing taxpayers to pay the salaries of union employees

August 14, 2015 | By DEBORAH LA FETRA

The City of Phoenix and the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA), the police officers’ union, negotiated a contract whereby the city pays full salary and overtime for six full-time and 35 part-time employees who report to the union, and do the union’s work, including lobbying.  The union received $1.7 million, and the city receiv ...