Several news outlets have mentioned the second unfair labor practice charge that was filed by the Toledo Police Patrolman's Association against Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner.
They state that a letter sent to all city employees seeking concessions violates the collective bargaining agreement because it went from the administration directly to the employees, bypassing their negotiating team. In a previous post about Carty versus the unions, commenter toledo1 mentioned this letter.
City Councilman Joe McNamara is also on record about this mailing, questioning the wisdom of expending roughly $2,000 to send out a letter to all city employees, using city letterhead, envelopes, labels and staff time, not to mention postage.
Here is what was so important for Carty to communicate with all city employees:
McNamara is right. Even if this isn't an unfair labor practice violation, it certainly could have been sent via email.