Phoenix Officials Tweak Labor Contracts to Comply with Court Ruling on Release Time

Phoenix City Council members this week amended labor agreements with two unions to comply with a court ruling that found the city's longstanding practice of including "release time" in its contracts violated the state's gift clause.

That clause prohibits gifts of public money to people or businesses unless the government body can prove it gets direct and tangible benefit in return.

Under its old release time practice, the city allowed labor leaders to receive their usual salaries, plus overtime, while conducting union work, including representing other employees at disciplinary hearings, lobbying, and campaigning.

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