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Jun 27, 2012 10:29 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Sag Harbor Village, PBA Try To Mediate Contract

Jun 27, 2012 10:42 AM

The Sag Harbor Village Board and the village police union may be inching toward arbitration, following a mediation meeting Tuesday.

“As expected, we got very little accomplished,” Police Patrolman’s Benevolent Association President Pat Milazzo said. “There really hasn’t been enough constructive dialogue between the parties to come to any sort of agreement. There needs to be much more dialogue.”

Village Mayor Brian Gilbride said little about the meeting. “There was a little back and forth, but nothing to report,” the mayor said.

Mr. Milazzo said the village offered a new contract with a salary freeze for 2011, a 1-percent salary increase for 2012 and a 2-percent increase for 2013. But that the union did not agree to that because “it would have been out of line” with wage increases for other village police departments, which he said averages about 3-percent raises per year. The union had been seeking about 4.5-percent raises each year.

The village also asked the union for a health care contribution for active employees, but the PBA rejected that, Mr. Milazzo said.

The next step was left “kind of open,” Officer Milazzo said, noting that no meeting had been set yet.

He said the union wanted to have another meeting before considering arbitration, whereby a third-party arbiter would make a determination on the contract. “Arbitration is certainly a possibility, but we’re not there yet,” he said.

The police officers have been working without a contract since last June. They are seeking a new three-year contract, which would be retroactive to last year.

The PBA includes all 12 officers in the village department, excluding Police Chief Thomas Fabiano. It last went into arbitration in 2007, after a contract expired in 2005, and negotiations were settled at the first meeting.

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