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News - May 4, 2012

Around Town

THE NEW DEAL ... Negotiations between Palo Alto and the city's biggest police union had hit a wall in March, when the city declared an impasse after five months of haggling. Now, things appear to be getting back on track. The City Council is tentatively scheduled to adopt at its May 14 meeting a new contract with the Palo Alto Police Officers Association, which represents 82 officers. Marcie Scott, assistant director of human resources, said the city and the union are still working toward an agreement and are now in the "final stages." The city gained major leverage in its negotiations with police officers when voters repealed a longstanding requirement that labor disputes between the city and its public-safety unions go to binding arbitration. While the repeal frees the city to unilaterally impose benefit on the union, Scott said the city is not looking to pursue that route. "We're working toward an agreement," Scott said.

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