Negotiators for the city and for the Lawrence Police Officers Assn. are expected to air their differences on a new work agreement before the dn qeLawrence City Commission at a public hearing next month.
Rod Bremby, assistant city manager and the spokesman for the city's negotiating team with the LPOA, said that since LPOA negotiators declined to meet with city negotiators Saturday morning, the formal negotiation and mediation process has exhausted.
"The LPOA has decided to submit a final proposal to the city commission," Bremby said.
The commission is scheduled Tuesday night to consider setting a date for public hearing on the matter, Bremby said.
Because the commission does not have a meeting scheduled on June 30, and the first time available for the public hearing would be July 7.
Tony Garcia and Jim Miller, two LPOA negotiators, could not be reached Saturday night for comment.
The city made its final offer to the LPOA last week during talks with a federal mediator. Both sides agreed to call in the mediator after negotiations stalled and the two sides declared an impasse.
The mediation period ended Wednesday, and both sides had three days in which they could discuss and come to an agreement. The three-day period ended Saturday.
Now both sides must submit packages to the commission.
The commission will be given seven days after receiving the proposals to set a public hearing to consider the proposals and hear arguments.
Bremby said the city hasn't decided whether to submit a one-year agreement to the commission.
Both sides agree on the most costly provision of the contract, a 3 percent general wage increase, but Bremby said negotiators were hung up on three major points: a minimum amount of overtime pay for officers testifying in court on their days off; equipment allowances; and clothing allowances for detectives.
On overtime pay to officers called in for court appearances, Bremby said, "The current agreement calls for a one-hour minimum and the LPOA would like to have that raised to two hours minimum, at time and a half."
The current work agreement calls for $175 per year in equipment allowances, but the LPOA would like that raised to $200 per year. The current agreement allows detectives $500 annually for clothing, but the LPOA would like to see that raised to $600 annually, Bremby said.
The city and LPOA negotiators had put together a tentative three-year agreement in which the city had agreed to those requests. But after the LPOA membership rejected the tentative agreement, the city pulled out those items, Bremby said.
Police currently are working under a agreement that expires on Jan. 1.