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SLO Police union foregoes a pay increase

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The San Luis Obispo Police union kissed and made up with the city, agreeing to a one-year extension of the previous working agreement that will contain no pay raises. Though the extension forgoes any cost-of-living increase for 2011, it does differ in one respect from last year’s agreement: It lacks a no-layoff clause.

Most of the other employee unions agreed to similar terms in November. The agreements keep labor costs at the status-quo level established when most labor groups agreed to freeze wages for 2010.

The police union negotiated longer than the other city unions, hoping to keep the no-layoff clause in the contract.

Matt Blackstone, head of the San Luis Obispo Police Officers’ Association, said the city wouldn’t compromise on the issue.

“It was not going to happen,” Blackstone said. “It became clear the city was not going to move on that.”

The city has kept two positions vacant after two officers were convicted of bringing pharmaceuticals from Mexico and were fired.

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