Two more officers could lose their jobs next week if the city and the union that represents about 40 Modesto police sergeants and lieutenants can't agree on wage concessions.
The city and the Modesto Police Management Association are scheduled to meet today, acting Police Chief Mike Harden said.
"We're all worried because the economy is in the tank, but we're moving forward with the city," MPMA President Chris Fuzie said earlier this week.
MPMA members have seniority rights over rank-and-file officers in the Modesto Police Officers Association. That's one reason why MPOA leaders have insisted on the city granting their union a no-layoff pledge in their stalled talks over wage concessions.
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"That's a portion of it. We all understand that there would be a trickle-down effect from MPMA," MPOA President Tony Arguelles said.
Nine MPOA members face layoffs next week unless their union can reach an agreement with the city. Arguelles said the union's priority in obtaining a no-layoff pledge is to get a show of good faith from the city that its members' jobs would be safe.