Police Union Rejects Deal
YAKIMA, Wa - Yakima's police union rejects the city's latest proposal for a contract next year. The sticking point... drug testing.
The proposal called for what the city says is a 5% pay increase, or about 470-thousand dollars more than they paid out last year in salary.
The city and the police chief also wanted mandatory drug testing for all officers, but the Yakima Police Patrolmen's Association has some concerns about testing procedures.
"We're concerned about some of the due process that is written into the policy for the security of the city of Yakima," says Bob Hester, President of the YPPA, "For the department as well as the Yakima Police Patrolmen's members."
"We don't have any suspicion here that the department is dirty," says Dick Zais, City Manager of Yakima, "That's not the case at all here but it is the right thing to do. To protect everyone."
The impasse between the city and the police union means they could be headed for a lengthy arbitration process. that could cost both sides lots of money.