City, Police Union Square Off Over Compensation, Anti-Discrimination Policy

With the three-year collective bargaining agreement for all 178 members of the Sarasota Police Department expiring Oct. 1, the union representing them has accused the city of showing no sense of urgency to come to terms.

The city, meanwhile, maintains it is negotiating in good faith and in accordance with state statute.

International Union of Police Associations Local 6045 President Eric Urbain last week circulated an email to the media saying the city has slow-walked the negotiation process since February, when the union requested meetings to begin.

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