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Green Bay police union, city go to arbitration Monday

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GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - An arbitrator is expected to hear both sides in the Green Bay police union contract stalemate Monday at City Hall.

The police union and city have been unable to agree on a new contract since the current deal expired at the end of 2011.

The first part of the dispute is the length of a deal. Attorneys for the city want a four-year contract, while the union only wants a two-year deal due to an uncertain economy.

The police union also wants to cap retirement contributions at 6.6 percent, while the city wants cops to accept any increases other city employees face.The union is also requesting pay raises that are intended to offset rising pension costs. They want those hikes to start this year, but the city wants to delay those raises until 2014.Health and dental insurance premiums is also a sticking point. The union and city have agreed to the same percentage, but the police want it capped at current rates. Increases in future years would be the city's responsibility.

FOX 11 reports the arbitrator is not expected to issue a decision until a later date.

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