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Federal Mediator Reviewing San Jose’s Latest Contract Offer To Police Union

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SAN JOSE (KCBS)— After being at odds for almost a year, the City of San Jose will make a new contract offer to the city’s police officers’ union next week.

The San Jose Police Officers’ Association has been demanding a six percent raise and rejected a three-percent wage increase offer in October. Next Wednesday, both sides will sit with a federal mediator to review the latest offer, but details of that offer were not disclosed.

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said he’s optimistic about the union’s willingness to reengage in the bargaining process.

“That’s a good sign. We have been bargaining with our police union for months and months and months. We went to arbitration back in May and June and then it took months to get them back to the bargaining table,” Reed said.

“I’m hopeful that we can find some type of resolution. The longer this takes to be resolved, the more officers that are leaving our department,” said San Jose Police Officers’ Association President Jim Unland.

Five of the 40 most recent police academy graduates have already left the department and at least two more are in the process of leaving.

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