posted on July 11, 2011 08:02
The union representing Batavia Police Officers has rejected a tentative agreement that would have ended a four year old labor dispute.
The 30-member Batavia PBA has been working without a contract since April of 2007.
WBTA has learned that the pack rejected yesterday would have granted the union a 13.5-percent pay raise retroactive to April 2007 and continue through March of 2013.
It amounted to a pay raise of 2.25-percent percent per year.
Sources said there were some health benefit concessions by the union.
Union officials and City Hall administrators have been unavailable for comment.
The dispute now goes to binding arbitration. An arbitrator will decide the dispute and both sides must accept the arbitrators ruling.
(9:15a.m.) Batavia PBA President Dan Coffey confirmed that the union had rejected the contract offer. He said the issue now goes to "binding arbitration" this Thursday. Coffey declined to confirm any details of the contract proposal describing it as an "informal" offer by the city.
(9:35a.m.) City Manager Jason Molino also confirmed that the union had rejected the offer. Molino characterized the offer as, "a mutally negotiated tentative agreement." He declined to offer details.