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Contract Talks Underway between Police Union, City

The head of the Memphis police union is telling officers to "prepare for the fight of their lives."
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The head of the Memphis police union is telling officers to "prepare for the fight of their lives."

The City and the Memphis Police Association met Friday to start talks regarding a new police contract. The current contract expires in June.

ABC 24 obtained an e-mail sent to union members Friday night. In it, MPA President Mike Williams said, "The word negotiation has been deemed the second N-word that you cannot say in city hall."

"I've been told they can't mention the word negotiations, but it is time to stop playing. What you are doing is putting citizens' safety at risk," Williams told abc24.com.

George Little, the City's Chief Administrative Officer, countered, "I suspect there are a number of words that can't be said at City Hall, but negotiations, discussions, talks, and working things out are not on the list."

The officers 4.6 percent pay cut remains the subject of a federal court lawsuit.

The city and union will meet again in the coming weeks.

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