Representatives from the Modesto Police Officers Association and the city of Modesto held a two-hour bargaining session Thursday at which the union declared that it would prefer to take 12 unpaid furlough days over the next year rather than delay its scheduled raises this month and in February.
MPOA President Tony Arguelles said the furloughs would give the city the $820,000 in concessions it is seeking from the union. Mayor Jim Ridenour has asked the union to defer its raises to reach that target. In public, neither side has demonstrated much room for compromise.
The union wants the city to guarantee that its members won't be laid off, but Ridenour refuses to make that pledge while the recession continues.
Arguelles said the city offered the union an improved medical plan as part of the pitch to delay raises, but the MPOA declined it.
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The City Council is expected to consider the union's proposal at its June 23 meeting.