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Mediator called in as contract talks stall between Johnstown and police union

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The city of Johnstown and its police union will meet with a state mediator Dec. 11 over an impasse to the contract that expired in 2009. Both sides express hope that the meeting with the Public Employment Relations Board mediator will move negotiations along. Eric Johnson, president of the Johnstown Police Benevolent Association, said “we hope to reach an agreement for a one-shot deal.” City Treasurer Michael Gifford, who sits on the city’s negotiating team, ...

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November 29, 2012
7:59 a.m.

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The pattern continues. Localities get socked with exorbitant long-term health and pension costs by their police unions so that policemen and women can retire young, move to Florida where they get another job while collecting their NYS pension, leaving a declining tax base to pay their pensions and health benefits until they die. No wonder Upstate New York is dying.