Byline: Derek Hawkins
WI Court of Appeals District III
Case Name: State of Wisconsin ex rel. Bryan W. Massman
Case No.: 2018AP1621
Officials: Stark, P.J., Hruz and Seidl, JJ.
Focus: Collective Bargaining Agreement Just Cause Protection
Bryan Massman and Ryan Most appeal a judgment dismissing their claims against the City of Prescott, the City of Prescott Police Commission, and police chief Robert Funk (collectively, the City). Most and Massman were terminated from their employment as police officers during the eighteen-month probationary period for new hires established by the applicable collective bargaining agreement. They assert that as a matter of contract they could be terminated only for just cause. Most additionally argues that he was entitled to statutory protection against termination without just cause because he had served on a probationary basis for more than one year. Together, they assert the City deprived them of notice of the reasons for their termination and a hearing at which they could challenge whether those reasons met the "just cause" standard.
We conclude that the "just cause" protections under the applicable collective bargaining agreement do not apply to new officers...