Baltimore police reject labor contract

BALTIMORE — Baltimore’s police union has voted to reject a proposed labor contract that included a 2 percent pay cut and five additional days of vacation.

The city’s offer was the rough equivalent of a furlough. Nearly all city employees have received five or more furlough days.

Ninety-five percent of members of the Fraternal Order of Police voted against the proposal. Union president Robert Cherry says Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake brags about drops in violent crime but doesn’t respect what officers do to keep the city safer.

A spokesman for Rawlings-Blake says the mayor was disappointed but is confident the sides can agree on a new contract.

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