COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT – STATUS – IMPASSE
Joint Press Release by The Denver Police Protective Association and the City and County of Denver
Denver – Pursuant to Denver City Charter, representatives on behalf of the Denver Police Protective Association (“DPPA”) and the City and County of Denver (the “City”) began contract negotiations on June 30, 2020, in an effort to arrive at a Collective Bargaining Agreement on behalf of Denver Police Officers to commence on January 1, 2021. The DPPA and the City jointly announce that the Parties were unable to reach an agreement, and on October 16, 2020, declared they are at impasse in their negotiations.
The procedures for arbitration in the event of impasse during collective bargaining negotiations are set forth in the Denver City Charter (the “Charter”). The Charter mandates that the unresolved issues concerning mandatory subjects of bargaining shall be submitted to binding arbitration. A copy of the relevant charter provisions are attached.
During these impasse proceedings, the Parties are required to continue to negotiate in good faith in an effort to resolve their differences. Unlike impasse in labor negotiations in the private sector, Police Officers are prohibited from engaging in any strike or work slowdown.