Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Public safety

Largo police union votes down contract

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LARGO — Police union members have overwhelmingly voted down a new collective bargaining agreement with Largo, ensuring that city management and union representatives will wind up back at the negotiating table this summer, just months after long and contentious negotiations ended in an impasse.

After they were unable to resolve differences on several major issues, union representative Michael Krohn and Assistant City Manager Henry Schubert let the City Commission settle it in an impasse hearing.

Commissioners sided with Schubert on most of the major points. They voted to cut bonuses, and they eliminated $2,600 payments to union members who don't take city health care coverage.

Without a thumbs-up from the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association, though, the agreement only runs through September, rather than the normal three years.

Of the 78 union members who participated in a vote, according to Schubert, only 18 voted in favor of extending the new agreement past this year.

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