April 11, 2012

City councilors explain their police pact votes

During last night's City Council meeting, the GOP majority managed to shoot down a proposed contract with the police union that would have granted officers an 8.3-percent raise over a four-year period beginning last July. The four opponents -- Ken Cockayne, Henri Martin, Derek Czenczelewski and David Mills -- said the city couldn't afford to be so generous. One Republican, Eric Carlson, joined the two Democrats in favor of the pact. Its failure means the issue will head to arbitration -- which Mayor Art Ward said will cost more than $10,000 just to deal with. It is also likely, officials said, the city will wind up being forced to give workers a more generous package than the one the council rejected. In any case, here are videos from last night's council session in which Mills, Democrat Kevin Fuller, Carlson and Cockayne explain their votes on the issue:

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