Hobbs City Council Rejects Settlement with Police Union

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - A proposed contract between Hobbs and its police union will go to arbitration.

Hobbs city commissioners have rejected a proposed settlement with the police union. City attorney Mike Stone says the union also rejected the agreement, which has been under negotiation with a mediator for the past few months.

Stone says the two sides turning down the proposal sends them to mandatory arbitration.  He says that requires both sides to propose their best offer to the mediator, whose decision will be binding.

The union and the city have been negotiating over officers' wages and benefits.