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Sioux Falls police union members reject proposed contract

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- Members of the Sioux Falls police union have rejected the two-year labor contract that city officials have offered them. The Fraternal Order of Police, representing about 220 Sioux Falls police officers, and the city announced...

SIOUX FALLS (AP) - Members of the Sioux Falls police union have rejected the two-year labor contract that city officials have offered them.

The Fraternal Order of Police, representing about 220 Sioux Falls police officers, and the city announced the contract stalemate Wednesday.

City officials and the Fraternal Order of Police reached a tentative agreement in June that included a 1.5 percent pay increase for the next two years. But union members rejected the offer in a vote.

Union representatives and city officials met Monday to discuss the membership vote, but they were unable to reach a new agreement.

The officers' current contract expires Dec. 31. The city in a statement says it still plans to implement its offer on Jan. 1.

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The starting annual salary for Sioux Falls officers in 2016 is $48,942.

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