12/04/2014 02:12 EST | Updated 02/03/2015 05:59 EST

Châteauguay cops can wear cowboy costumes, labour board rules

Quebec's labour relations board has ruled that police officers in Châteauguay, Que., can continue to protest against pension reform by wearing old-west sheriff costumes.

Police officers in the municipality — located on Montreal’s South Shore — donned sheriff uniforms on Nov. 14, complete with cowboy boots, dark cowboy hats pinned with a sheriff’s badge, and lapel badges shaped like stars.

They wore the costumes as a sign of protest against Bill 3, the municipal pension reform bill that was passed into law today.

The Châteauguay Police Brotherhood union spent $25,000 on the cowboy-themed uniforms.

The city quickly complained to the labour relations board that the outfits were dangerous and would lead to confusion for citizens.

In a decision rendered the same day Bill 3 was adopted by the province, the board said the city presented no evidence to support its position and that officers may continue to dress like cowboys.