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POLICE UNION TO DISCUSS CONTRACT

Salt Lake police union members will hold an emergency meeting late Thursday to decide which of the city's contract proposals to endorse.

While the vote is not binding, it is more of a way to find out if officers want a "hard-pay version versus a benefits version," said union President Dave Greer."This will be a kind of majority approval of which angle we want to approve," Greer said.

Greer will take the officers' preference to the bargaining table Friday, when the union is next scheduled to meet with city negotiators.

Officers have gone without a pay raise for four years and without a merit increase for two. Police and firefighters rejected the city's offer last year and have been without a contract since July 1, 1988.