Five sergeants on the Caledonia Police Department , who used to be part of a union, are giving their dues to five charities.
The sergeants had a union, but they opted to disband late last year after there weren’t enough voting members to be able to reconstitute themselves.
“The provisions in Act 10 made it less advantageous for us to continue and we found out that we weren’t allowed to negotiate,” said Sgt. Brian Wall in March. “So when we found that out, that’s when our union representative came to us and said you’ve lost your ability to negotiate and we really can’t provide you anymore services, so why pay union dues?”
All five members of the Sergeants’ union voted to disband the union.
This month, the members decided the remaining dues – a total of $1,440 – would be given divided between the Women's Resource Center of Racine , Halo Rescue Shelter of Racine , Concern of Police Survivor (COPS) Camp for Kids, Stars, Stripes Honor Flight of Wisconsin and the Racine Lutheran High School Trap Team .
According to a press release, the sergeants wanted to help the community.
The donations are made in the hopes that the money can be used to benefit those in need of services in the Racine Community (Women's Resource Center and Halo), to assist families who have lost loved ones as a result of officers killed in the line of duty (COPS Camp), to honor those who have served the United States through military service (Stars and Stripes Honor Flight) and to promote the sport of trap shooting for safe handling of firearms (Lutheran High School Trap Team).