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The labor dispute between the City of Batavia and its police union moves to binding arbitration today.

City police have been working without a contract since 2007.

Last weekend, the union rejected a pay raise of 2.25% per year, retroactive from April 2007 through March of 2013. It was a total proposed pay raise of 13.5% by the city.

Binding arbitration means that both sides must accept the findings of the arbitration panel as the terms of a new contract. The arbitration hearing, being held in Batavia, could last two days. A settlement may not be announced for several months.

City Manager Jason Molino believes this is one of the first cases of binding arbitration in the state since New York passed its property tax cap.
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