Int'l Ass'n of Firefighters Local Union No. 279 v. City of CheyenneAnnotate this Case
When the Union and the City entered into negotiations regarding the 2012-2013 wages and other employment terms for the City's fire department members, the City included in its negotiating team the mayor, one city council member, and other members of the City's administration and staff. The Union eventually filed a declaratory judgment seeking a ruling that a quorum of the city council was required to negotiate with the Union, the City could not unilaterally decide to conduct the negotiating sessions in public, and the proposals exchanged by the parties were not public records. The district court granted summary judgment declaring that a quorum of the city council was not obligated to participate in the negotiations and that the other two issues were not justiciable. The Supreme Court reversed in part and affirmed in part, holding that the statutes mandate a quorum of the city council to negotiate with the Union and that the other two issues were not justiciable.