Austin Police union approves contract; Council vote looms

November 15, 2018 - 8:54 am

AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Austin Police are one step closer to having a new employment contract.

The Austin Police Association voted Thursday morning to approve a new contract reached last week. It will go before City Council for a vote later Thursday.

Austin Police have been operating without a contract for nearly a year, after City Council rejected the last contract in December 2017. The new agreement, reached last week between city staff and the union, calls for a 1 percent raise this year, and 2 percent raises for each of the next three years. The deal will cost the city $44.6 million.

The new contract also calls for changes to police oversight, moving from the Police Monitor's office under the previous contract to an Office of Police Oversight. Council will vote to officially create that office Thursday as well.

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