DENVER (AP) — The Denver City Council has rejected a deal negotiated with the Denver Police Union that would have meant a nearly 3% raise in 2022 but no paid vacation in 2021.
The council voted 8-5 against the deal, which critics argued would have forced the reallocation of $4.4 million of city funds. The current collective bargaining agreement between the city and union will expire on Dec. 31. If a new deal is not agreed upon, both sides will go to arbitration. Mayor Michael Hancock said in a statement on social media that he was disappointed with the council’s decision.