An August email from Mayor Jean Stothert to members of the Omaha police union was permissible under the Nebraska Industrial Relations Act, the state labor court ruled Friday.

In her email, which came in the middle of 2015 contract negotiations, Stothert said she believed that union members were hearing “misleading descriptions” of the city’s proposals and bargaining tactics.

The Omaha Police Officers’ Association filed an action with the Commission of Industrial Relations. President John Wells alleged that the mayor’s email attempted to interfere with and undermine the union.

Stothert countered that she sent the email “to make sure people had correct information as they moved forward.”

The commission ruled that the email was not coercive and was allowed under the law.

The city and union have not agreed on a 2015 contract. The same labor court will decide pay for 2015, unless the city and union can come to an agreement.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1084, roseann.moring@owh.com

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