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Police union, council negotiations deadlocked

November 30, 2000

Police union, council negotiations deadlocked



A top Maryland executive from the union that represents Hagerstown's police officers told the Mayor and City Council members Tuesday that there's been a breakdown in contract negotiations.

"It's quite disgusting to us. The union made offers (that were) fair and equitable. But the council turned down these proposals," said Glen Middleton, executive director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 67.

Middleton said city police officers deserve to be paid more and have a "me too" clause in their contract, which would guarantee union members receive benefits similar to those negotiated by other city employee unions.

He said police officers' morale will suffer and officers will leave Hagerstown for jobs with other police agencies unless they get more money.

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City Project Coordinator Austin Abraham, a member of the city negotiating team, said the two sides last met within the past two weeks. Abraham and other city and union officials refused to discuss any other specifics regarding the contract negotiations.

In early October, police officer and local union President Wayne Hose said city negotiators had agreed to a 2.5 percent cost-of-living raise, but have failed to reach accord on union requests for increases to the police salary scale, more pay for night shifts and for working on some scheduled days off.

The union's contract expired June 30, but under the terms of that agreement, it remains in effect until a new contract is agreed upon.

About 70 city police officers are members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3373.

A new contract would have to be approved by the City Council.

- Dan Kulin

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