Arbitration pursued in talks over police pact

July 12, 2003|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

Contract negotiations between the Greencastle Borough Council and the three-member police union are heading for arbitration, Borough Manager Kenneth Myers said Friday.

The Greencastle Patrolmen's Association, the union that represents the three full-time officers in the department with collective bargaining rights, has requested arbitration, Myers said.

A fourth full-time officer has been hired by the borough, but he won't be eligible for union membership until he finishes his police academy training and completes a one-year probation period on the force, Council President Barbara Bock said.


Police Chief Terry Sanders and the department's part-time officers are not represented by the union.

The officers' three-year contract expires Dec. 31. Negotiations on a new contract got under way in May, Myers said.

The council held a special meeting Thursday afternoon, including an executive session that was closed to the public. The members voted to hire Attorney Joseph C. Rudolph of Philadelphia to serve as its arbitrator in the police talks.

The police union also hired an arbitrator.

Patrolman Craig Wagner, union president, could not be reached for comment Friday.

Borough officials declined to state specifics concerning the negotiations.

Under the current contract, officers earn from $13.88 an hour to $17.29 an hour, depending on rank and time in service. They receive vacation and other benefits.

Full-time police officers have been represented by a union since the early 1990s. The last time contract negotiations went into arbitration was in the early 1990s, Myers said.

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