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PERB Taps Mediator As Final Step Before PBA Goes to Arbitration

Posted 12/4/17

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association and the de Blasio administration moved one step closer to contract arbitration Nov. 28 when the state Public Employment Relations Board ruled that an impasse existed in their negotiations and tapped its Assistant Director of Conciliation, William Conley, to serve as a mediator.

If the mediator is unable to narrow the gap between the two sides, he would figure to recommend that the case be submitted to arbitration. It would be unprecedented for the PBA, which has taken that route six times over the last 27 years, four of them during the 18-year tenure of President Patrick J. Lynch, to take that step without a single municipal-union contract in place.

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