Arbitrator Rules Against Denver Officers On Raises, Contract Length

October 15, 2012 11:00 PM

Arbitrator Rules Against Denver Officers On Raises, Contract Length
" DENVER (CBS4) – CBS4 has learned that an independent arbitrator has ruled against the Denver police union and in favor of the City of Denver over the length of a new police contract and pay raises for officers.

Under the ruling Denver’s nearly 1,500 officers will receive no raise next year and a 1 percent raise in 2014, significantly less than what the police union had proposed.

The city and the Police Protective Association reached an impasse in contract negotiations earlier this year and agreed to let an independent arbitrator hear both sides, and then provide a binding agreement.

According to a 58-page ruling issued Saturday and obtained by CBS4, arbitrator Harry Maclean sided with the city, which wanted only a two-year contract for police featuring no raises in 2013 and a 1 percent raise in 2014.

“Comparative data supports the city position that Denver police officers are currently well paid,” wrote Maclean.

Maclean noted the city’s precarious financial position and that Denver police had received 4 percent raises for each year from 2008 through 2012 "

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