Seattle police union approves contract with city

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Police Officers’ Guild has voted to ratify a collective-bargaining contract with the city that includes pay raises while imposing comprehensive accountability reforms.

The Seattle Times reports the outcome of mail balloting was announced Thursday by the guild.

Guild President Kevin Stuckey says that 1,013 of 1,059 returned ballots voted to accept the contract offer.

The contract is now subject to City Council approval.

The two sides reached a tentative agreement last month on a six-year contract, retroactive to 2015. The last contract expired at the end of 2014.

Under the deal, guild members would receive accumulated pay raises of more than 17?percent, sources have told The Seattle Times. In exchange, the guild agreed to the removal of a legal standard that will make it easier for officers to be fired for dishonesty among other concessions.