"It appears that (Cardinale) saw an opportunity to punish nonunion members, and he took it," said the supervisor, referring to Police Supervisors Association President Leonard Cardinale.
, the union boss who approved the move, said PSA attorneys spent weeks researching the legality of the legal fee charges before moving ahead with the union board-approved effort.
The idea, he
said, wasn't to punish nonunion workers or reward union members but to make sure everyone shared equally in the price of legal representation.
wasn't surprised to hear that some nonunion police supervisors disagreed.
"This particular situation has never been tested, but the law says there are no free rides," he
"I would say legally, (Cardinale) is well within his
rights. … I think the (federal) Supreme Court decision is further proof that what he's
trying to do is correct."
Police Supervisors Association President Leonard Cardinale, who leads the smallest of three bargaining groups to bring legal action against the city, said he doesn't plan to break off talks with the city as result of the ruling.
"This ruling wasn't about money; it was about right and wrong," Cardinale
According to court documents, Cardinale
made the statements as president of the North Las Vegas Police Supervisors Association
, which represents the interests of police sergeants and lieutenants.
Following the comments, Chronister reassigned Cardinale
from a day-shift non-patrol position to a swing-shift patrol position.
As a result, Cardinale
was denied adequate time to perform association business and was required to use his
annual leave, according to court documents.
no longer received his
specialty pay that he
had received since before 2011.