Salt Lake Mayor Palmer DePaulis said Monday he would spend all day behind closed doors to craft an alternative collective bargaining offer to appease angry members of the city's three unions.
But David Greer, representing the vocal Salt Lake Police Association, said unless DePaulis finds up to $200,000 in additional wage increases for the police union alone, the mayor's efforts are in vain.Meanwhile, Greer said he would readdress a letter to the U.S. Olympic Committee alleging DePauis smeared the union during a recent USOC visit, an incident that a USOC official reportedly denied.
"We're going to try to pull this all together today and give (city negotiator) John Gisler all our stuff so he can get together with the unions," DePaulis said, adding a meeting would likely occur Wednesday.
But DePaulis said he won't alter the city's 2 percent cost of living adjustment and 2 to 2.75 percent merit raise which the police, fire and blue collar and clerical workers unions have already deemed inadequate.
Greer said his union, which is demanding a 4.75 percent COLA and 2 percent merit, won't accept an alternative salary offer from the mayor unless he ups the 4 to 4.75 percent package already rejected.
The union's demand would cost and additional $160,000 to $200,000 above the city's current offer, Greer said. The money would cover merit and COLA increases as well as settle a lawsuit filed by officers who say they are suffering from pay inequities.
Furthering their cause, the police union paid for an ad in local newspapers featuring a cartoon showing DePaulis with a $10,000 pay raise in his pocket feeding bundles of money into a monster.
The creature apparently represents the city's Olympic bid and displays the City-County Building, renovated to the tune of $30 million, on its back.
"I told you people we don't have budget (sic)," the cartoon DePaulis tells a police officer in the strip.
While the city prepares another union offer, Greer said he would send a letter to the USOC that was returned last week for lack of a correct address.
The letter, addressed to Sandy Knapp, chairwoman of the USOC's site selection committee and signed by Greer, says the union may have been smeared by DePaulis during the site selection team's visit two weeks ago.
"I'm sorry if they chose to try and discredit us during your visit," Greer said, adding he hoped the city's actions didn't jeopardize their Olympic bid.
Knapp did not return a phone call made to her office in Indiana Monday but she reportedly said union troubles were mentioned by city officials only in passing and little of the police union was discussed.
DePaulis said Knapp's assertion that the union was not discussed during their meeting was a black mark on the union's record. "I think there's a real credibility problem . . . It doesn't speak well for anything he says.
Greer stressed he wrote only that DePaulis "may" have disparaged the union but admitted that he "could have been mistaken" about DePaulis and other city leaders campaigning against the union in front of the USOC.