Police union contract extended, bargaining to continue

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The City Council has voted unanimously to extend bargaining over the next Portland Police Association contract for a year to increase public involvement in the negotiations. KOIN-TV reports negotiations over the next contract with the union that represents rank-and-file Portland Police Bureau employees began in January 2020 but have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Ted Wheeler pushed for the extension, saying public interest in reforming the contract to increase police accountability is at an all-time high. The union agreed to forgo the cost of living adjustment scheduled for July 1, allowing the city to save $3 million in next year’s budget, while resuming negotiations in January 2021.