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If it had wanted to, the Municipal Employees Association could have forced the city of San Diego back to the negotiating table after the raise granted this week to police officers because of a “me too” clause in its contract.

However, the MEA negotiating team unanimously voted not to reopen the contract, according to an e-mail sent to members yesterday by President Howard O. Guess Jr.

From the e-mail:

Re-opening would not be in the best interests of the membership!

MEA stands firm with its existing contract. Consequently, you will receive the previously negotiated 4% general salary increase on 7/1/07 and an additional $500 in flexible benefits this year.

(Update: The original version of this post said MEA’s board had voted, rather than the negotiating team.)

ANDREW DONOHUE

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