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Contract talks between Green Bay police union, city at an impasse


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Green Bay police union and the city can’t come to an agreement on a new contract. 

The current contract expired in at the end of 2011. 

The Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission, which over saw mediation, has declared contract talks at an impasse. 

An arbitrator will now hear both positions, and then make a decision, siding with one party or the other.   The mediator described the differences as “relatively large” according to the Press-Gazette.  Police Chief Tom Molitor says both sides can’t find any common ground on compensation.  “Everybody would like to put this behind us”  Molitor said Thursday night. 

An arbitration hearing could be held as early as this summer.  HR Director Lynn Boland says the last time the city went into arbitration with union contract talks was 10-years ago with public workers.  The main sticking point during contract negations in 2011 was the city’s request for members to contribute more to health and pension benefits.  They union refused, and the city spent the first half of 2012 dealing with a $700,000 shortfall because of it.