Another Oklahoma city sues over state law allowing city employees to unionize

Friday, December 17th 2004, 4:39 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The city of Moore is suing over a law that allows municipal employees to unionize.

Moore officials filed a lawsuit in Oklahoma County District Court Tuesday against the Public Employees Relations Board and American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Municipal Employees Collective Bargaining Act permits city employees in Oklahoma cities with more than 35-thousand residents to form a union.

It was approved by state legislators and signed into law by Governor Brad Henry in April.

Enid and Lawton officials have sued, claiming the law violates Oklahoma's constitution because it applies to a few cities and not all city workers across the state.

The City of Bartlesville and the Oklahoma City Zoo Trust have filed lawsuits but with different claims.

Moore officials hope their suit will be combined with those of Enid and Lawton and decided when the judge rules on January 7th.