GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Police Union and the city met with an arbitrator Monday.
He'll finally determine what the new police contract will be since the two sides have failed among themselves.
It's already been a year and a half since the contract expired.
Attorneys for the city and the police union called on witnesses to offer testimony at the hearing.
The city wants a four-year contract, while the union is seeking only a two-year deal because of an uncertain economy.
"What the city is trying to do is try lock in its costs. The union is trying to avoid risk of higher inflation which they can't anticipate between 2014-2015. I've been advising to keep the contract short," said economist, David Ward.
Police are requesting pay raises that are intended to offset rising pension costs. The union says it would pay 6.65% into the retirement system, but expects a wage increase to start this year. The city wants to delay that increase until 2014.
"In looking at our final offer, we were very conscious of what had occurred with our firefighters and our general municipal employees. Everyone had given the pension contributions voluntarily in January of 2012, and did not receive a wage increase until 15 months later," said Lynn Boland, human resources director.
"But it doesn't go into our pockets, it goes right into our WRS payments. So while the city gives us 2% wages, it saves because it pays 2% less to WRS. We're paying it," said the union's attorney, Jon Cermele.
Police also aim to cap retirement contributions, while the city feels it's fair police officers accept any increases other city employees face.
Another disagreement involves health and dental insurance premiums. The union and the city have agreed to 15%, but the union wants it capped at current rates.
"It sets the stage for the union members immediately to begin paying a lower and lower percentage of the costs and the city to again pick up a greater and greater percentage," said Geoff Lacy, attorney for the city of Green Bay.
The arbitrator is not expected to issue a decision for several months leaving the contract matter in limbo for now.
Attorneys on both sides have until September 9th to file their initial briefs.
After that it's up to the arbitrator to deliberate and make his decision.
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