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Campbell police ask for mediation in talks over salary raises

Published: Wed, October 17, 2012 @ 12:05 a.m.

Staff report


The city’s police officers have asked for mediation in contract talks.

The state fact finder’s recommendation will be nonbinding, said city Finance Director Mike Evanson.

Mayor Bill VanSuch said Tuesday he is waiting for the city’s labor legal firm to set up the talks.

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 42, which represents the police department’s 12 full-time officers, went into talks with the city in July.

The current three-year contract was settled last year but was able to be reopened only for negotiations over wages, VanSuch said.

Evanson said the city cannot disclose how much of a raise the police want while the negotiations are open.

Police now make between $30,000 and $40,000 a year.

VanSuch said the city is not in a position to give raises because it is in fiscal emergency, a status it’s had since 2004.

Under fiscal emergency, the city consults with a state oversight commission.

That commission recommended the city not give raises while it has that status, VanSuch said.

The city is planning to ask for release from fiscal emergency in January.


1michael1757(490 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Now were finally getting out of fiscal emergency,the cop's just step right up & ask for a raise,so we can go back to fiscal emergency. Good goin' guy's.

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2uetz(38 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

@michael1757 - Hmm ... Don't know about you, but $30,000/year would not be enough for me to deal with the everyday occurrences of a police officer. Go and risk your life everyday, sometimes multiple times a day for about $12/hour after taxes ($25k/year is roughly $10/hour after taxes).

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3uetz(38 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Oh, and when you start to refuse raises and fair wages for police officers, that is when the quality of officer you are left with is also compromised. All of a sudden forgetting to turn in the dope and money from an earlier traffic stop doesn't sound like a bad idea ...

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4jwhitehawke(111 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

The cops deserve a raise if that's all they're making. They waited long enough. I can't believe the city get's a windfall from oil, with royalty coming and forgets their safety forces . $30-40K .... long overdue.

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5mrblue(1175 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

It has been 6 years plus since the safety forces have had a raise. It's time. Maybe if the city fathers would have been a little more concerned about finances in the past, they would not have a problem today. Think about someone else for a change.

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