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Council to approve new police contract

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The City Council is set to approve a contract with its police union. The term of the contract, which includes the same health benefits but no pay raises, is from January 6, 2008 through January 2, 2010.

The health and welfare benefits authorized by the contract will cost the city an additional $155,180.

“In a spirit of effective and responsible cooperation, the membership of the (Alameda Police Officers Association) has approved this agreement,” city human resources manager Karen Willis and acting finance chief Ann Marie Gallant wrote in a staff report.

As the city has struggled to balance its budget, members of the city council have questioned whether the city’s public safety services consume too much of its budget.

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