BRAWLEY — In a simple roll call vote Tuesday evening, the City Council here ended months of contract dispute with the Brawley Public Safety Employees Association, which represents police officers, dispatchers and clerical personnel.
The council voted unanimously to approve memorandums of understanding with the association.
The contract dispute began more than nine months ago when the council approved its current fiscal year budget, which granted a 3 percent pay increase for all city employees.
The association accused the council of failing to meet in good faith to negotiate contracts before adopting the budget.
Additionally, the association said the council failed to produce a counter-proposal to a proposed pay increase the association submitted before the budget approval.
Citing a study conducted by the Brawley Police Department, the association said Brawley officers responded to 171 more calls annually than El Centro police officers. Though officers were responding to more calls, the association claimed, city officers were paid 25 percent less than El Centro officers. The association also said employees were leaving for other departments that paid higher wages.