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Police pay deal shuts mayors out

County leaders had sought talks over standard-of-conduct pay, Caldwell says

By Gordon Y.K. Pang

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 13, 2013

~~<p>Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Friday that he and other Hawaii mayors tried to meet with an arbitration recommendation panel about their concerns over significant increases in standard-of-conduct differential pay being considered for the state's police officers but were told a decision had already been made.</p>
<p>&quot;The mayors got together when we were told what the award was going to be. &hellip; We wanted to meet with the (arbitration) panel and pre&shy;sent our case on the standard-of-conduct part of it,&quot; Caldwell said. &quot;We never got a chance to. As we were moving forward &hellip; the window was shut, and they said, &lsquo;We're going to (go) forward and make the announcement.'&quot;</p>
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Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Friday that he and other Hawaii mayors tried to meet with an arbitration recommendation panel about their concerns over significant increases in standard-of-conduct differential pay being considered for the state's police officers but were told a decision had already been made.

"The mayors got together when we were told what the award was going to be. … We wanted to meet with the (arbitration) panel and pre­sent our case on the standard-of-conduct part of it," Caldwell said. "We never got a chance to. As we were moving forward … the window was shut, and they said, ‘We're going to (go) forward and make the announcement.'" Login for more...



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