SLO city officials reach tentative deal with police union

acornejo@thetribunenews.comOctober 3, 2012 

San Luis Obispo officials have reached a tentative agreement with the San Luis Obispo Police Officers Association after nearly a year of negotiations.

The union is the last of the city’s employee unions to reach an agreement after city leaders began negotiations with five of the city’s six employee unions in December after their contracts expired.

This is the last agreement toward the city’s goal of negotiating about $3.1 million in employee compensation cuts, or 6.8 percent per employee overall.

An impasse was declared with the Police Officers Association in June after the union and city failed to reach a settlement.

The tentative agreement is pending approval of the Police Officers Association membership.

City Manager Katie Lichtig would not disclose the terms of the agreement, citing city policy that she said prevents her from doing so until the union membership has been presented with its details of the contract.

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