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(Neb)-Chadron Contract Stalemate Moving Forward  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/08/2019 10:28 PM
CHADRON - The Chadron City Council Monday night officially adopted the city's "Final Best Offer" to unionized members of the police department and rejected their "Final Best Offer" to the city, formal moves required in the contract stalemate between the two sides.

       Chadron and the local unit of the Fraternal Order of Police began negotiations last May, but failed to reach an agreement before their old 2-year contract expired in October.

      City Manager Greg Yanker told the council last night the process continued through the fall and winter with officers submitting their last offer in mid-February and the city its a month later. The officers then filed a case against the city with the CIR - Nebraska Commission of Industrial Relations


Yanker said approving the city's "Final Best Offer" and rejecting the union's was simply the next step in the process.

     Because contract negotiations were involved and the dispute is already before the state commission, City Attorney Adam Edmund recommended any discussion on specifics be done in executive session.

     The police officers have continued to work under the terms of the old contract during the stalemate. The contract decision by the Commission of Industrial Relations will be retroactive to October 1st.


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