SAN JOSE (KCBS) – The City of San Jose has won its arbitration battle against its police union.
On Thursday, retired judge John A. Flaherty formally declined to restore the 10% cut in wages imposed on police officers in 2011, as San Jose was struggling to balance its budget.
This was the first time San Jose engaged in binding arbitration to settle a wage dispute. In 2010, San Jose voters approved Measure V, which forces both sides of a bargaining dispute into binding arbitration. Such was the present case, when San Jose and the Police Officers Association couldn’t come to terms on restoring the trimmed wages and possible additional raises and benefits.
Flaherty actually reached his decision on July 1, but it was kept confidential to allow the city and POA to continue negotiations in a last-ditch effort to reach an agreement.
But, it became clear that would not be the case, and Flaherty’s decision became public on Thursday. Flaherty said officers would get no pay raise, and trimmed wages would not be restored.