Police union begins voting on new contract
Members of the Austin police union began voting Sunday on the officers’ proposed employment contract, and the results of the weeklong process will determine whether the proposal goes to the City Council for a vote.
The proposal, which would raise officers’ base pay 10.5 percent, is the culmination of nine months of negotiations between city officials and the union, and both sides say the document enhances the Police Department’s transparency with the community. However, several Austin criminal justice activists are urging city officials not to support it because they don’t think the contract was significantly improved.
The union vote will close Friday, and top union officials are encouraging members to vote yes. If the union votes it down, city officials could either choose to go back to the negotiating table or let the contract expire. If the union votes for it, the proposal will go to the City Council on Dec. 7 to be either implemented or voted down.
Andrew Romero, the police union’s appointed vice president, told the city’s Public Safety