Niles police consider filing for arbitration

Staff report


The city’s 26 patrolmen, members of Teamsters Local 348, are considering filing for arbitration following a fact-finder report in February that recommended against a wage increase.

The fact-finder had been brought in after the city and patrolmen reached an impasse on a wage hike for the second year of their contract.

“We certainly don’t like the finding, and we’re deciding whether to go forward with arbitration,” said James Villecco, Niles patrolman.

The union had agreed to a three-year contract in 2009 containing a wage freeze the first year and provisions to reopen wage negotiations in the second and third year. The fact-finder’s report applies to 2010, the contract’s second year. Villecco said the local hasn’t decided whether to push for wage reopening talks this year, the final year of their agreement with the city.

Ranking police officers who are members of another union are not affected by the recommendation. Earlier this week, city council unanimously passed a resolution accepting the fact-finder’s report.

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