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The city of San Diego has reached an impasse in labor negotiations with four of its five unions.

That’s everyone but the Police Officers Association, which meets with city negotiators tomorrow and is probably headed for an impasse as well.

Talks can continue with the individual unions representing the firefighters, deputy city attorneys, and the city’s blue- and white-collar employees. But in the likely event no agreements are reached, the contracts will soon head before the City Council, which has the final say on contracts.

This year, because of a new opinion from the City Attorney’s Office, the council will have the option to craft an alternative proposal instead of simply accepting or rejecting the mayor’s final offers. The discussions are considered especially important because of the city’s financial troubles.

Update: Mayor Jerry Sanders late Tuesday formally declared impasse with all five unions, as was first reported by the Union-Tribune.

RANI GUPTA

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