The streets outside the San Diego Police Officers Association headquarters were packed with black-and-whites early this morning. Inside a tightly shut hall, union members were hearing for the first time the deal their directors had managed to secure with the city after months of hard-fought negotiations.
Union directors would not discuss the details of the deal itself and most of the police officers leaving the hall had nothing to say other than a quick “no comment.” However, some details of the pending deal did surface, such as a base-pay increase of 8 percent.
Union officials said officers’ medical benefits would undergo a complete overhaul, though details of the changes are unclear. Officials also said single officers will not come out of the deal as well as officers with families.
Capt. Tony McElroy of Southern Division was one of the first police officers to leave the building.
“I think most people think it’s pretty good,” he said of the deal.
Other officers said they thought the deal was “a good start.” One police officer said he was unhappy with the offer.
Most of the people leaving the meeting remained poker-faced and declined to comment. Union members are voting on the pending deal in meetings throughout the day.
I’ll be updating the story throughout the day.