Po­lice union be­gins vot­ing on new con­tract

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Katie Hall khall@states­man.com 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

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