Oh, how soon we forget.
BY KELLY RAYBURN
"OAKLAND — In March 2008, after a nearly two-year effort between the Oakland Police Department and the police union to reach an agreement on a new labor deal, an arbitrator granted police brass broader management rights in exchange for 4 percent annual pay increases for officers.
Both sides said they were satisfied with the outcome.
Jump ahead 15 months and, with Oakland in the worst financial crisis anyone can remember, that same contract is the source of consternation between the City Council and the Oakland Police Officers Association as the two sides struggle to reach a deal that is agreeable to the union while helping Oakland through its financial straits."
"We understand economics," said Sgt. Dom Arotzarena, Oakland police union president. "We see what's going on out there."