Work agreement negotiations between the city of Lawrence and the Lawrence Police Officers Assn. are scheduled to begin next week, an LPOA official said today.
Tony Garcia, president of the police officer's bargaining group, said the LPOA and city negotiators will trade proposals at 10 a.m. Tuesday at city hall.
The police notified the city in April of their intent to open negotiations for a new work agreement, as required under the city's policy for negotiating with its employee groups.
Garcia did not identify specifics of the proposal the LPOA will present to the city, but did say the group is seeking a one-year agreement with an increase in wages and benefits.
In 1988, the LPOA and city agreed to a proposal that included a 3 percent wage increase for 1989 and an additional 4 percent increase for 1990. In addition, the city offered a 3 percent "reclassification" increase in 1989.
The 1988 agreements were split into separate documents, one for 1989 and the other covering 1990.
The city-police negotiations in 1988 marked the first time in nearly 10 years that a federal mediator did not assist the two sides in reaching an agreement. Under the city policy if an agreement between the two sides is not reached by June 1, an impasse is declared. If the impasse cannot be resolved by June 3, the policy calls for the two parties to seek the assistance of a federal negotiator.