Scuttlebutt tonight in the Portland Police Bureau
is that one or both parties in contract negotiations between the city and the police union are set to declare an impasse Friday.
That situation would remove public scrutiny and move the contract talks behind closed doors. Negotiations were stalled for months earlier this year when the union balked at having residents and media observe meetings.
After Officer Daryl Turner
was elected union president in July, he declared the union would accept public scrutiny of the talks under certain conditions, such as no filming or live-blogging.
Much is at stake in the negotiations—including a pay raise for the union, alterations to police oversight, and whether the city should be allowed to drug-test sworn officers.
Turner declined comment this evening. Steve Herron, a labor-relations manager for the city, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
Check back Friday for updates.