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FOP, City Locked in Hearings over Salary Cuts

6:09 PM, May 26, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police and the city are facing off today in an impasse hearing over the police labor contract.

The two sides have been in disagreement over the terms of a new contract. FOP President Nelson Cuba said this is the final step in a two-year contract dispute.

The city of Jacksonville is asking union members to take a 2 percent pay cut, and contribute to their health insurance and pension.

Mayor John Peyton has been summoned to appear, but it is unclear if he will. The hearing is scheduled for one day, but at the current pace is expected to take longer.

At its conclusion, the arbitrator will have 15 days to present his findings.

If they disagree on the findings the contract will go to the Jacksonville City council for a final vote.

The city's Chief of Human resources Chad Poppell said they hope to have this resolved before June 30.

If they don't, the contract dispute will most likely become the concern of Mayor-Elect Alvin Brown and the new city council.

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