Police Begin Contract Talks With The City Of Portland

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PORTLAND, Ore.– Contract negotiations began Wednesday for the Portland Police Association (union representing police) with the City of Portland.  A variety of issues face the bureau including retirements, replacing those officers and the ability to recruit new ones.  A big issue is an embarrassment clause which keeps the public from knowing circumstances surrounding discipline.  Mayor Ted Wheeler says, ” It is embarrassing to be disciplined it’s just the way it is.  i don’t know how that clause ever made it into a contract but it should go away.”  Brian Hunzeker President of the Portland Police Association disagrees.  “it will never be my job to publicly shame or put someone in a spot that might affect their family or their livelihood in a negative way.”

Negotiations could go on as long as 150 days.


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