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LAPD Officers Reject Contract Proposal, Demand Higher Wages

The proposal would have included cash overtime pay but not a cost of living adjustment

The Los Angeles police officers union rejected a contract proposal with the city, citing their anger with what they call low wages, poor working conditions and unfair disciplinary practices.

Nearly 6,000 officers voted against the measure from Tuesday through Friday, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which represents over 9,900 LAPD officers, said in a statement Saturday.

"The voting results illustrate the extent of the problems not being addressed by city hall and the Department," LAPPL president Tyler Izen said in a statement.

The one-year contract would have raised the starting salary of about 900 new officers, included money for overtime pay and would have ended forced time off, but did not include a cost of living increase, KPCC reported.

Izen said officers are frustrated with management, receive low salaries and believe the discplinary system is "arbitrary and inconsistent." He said police have already taken pay cuts and "have done more than their fair share to help the City through tough economic times."

Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement this "sacrifice was always intended to be temporary" and he was "disappointed" by the vote.

"That's why the proposed contract restored cash overtime, ended forced time-off and addressed the compensation disparity for our newest officers," Garcetti said.

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