AUSTIN — Austin City Council members discussed a new labor contract with the Austin Police Department Thursday.
APD has been working without a city contract for nearly 11 months now. They've lost much of their stipend and specialty pay because of this, officials with Austin police said.
Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday lashed out on city leaders last month.
"We're saving money on our officers' backs to balance the budget," Casaday said at a meeting. "It's unacceptable. I had 300 officers in my hall yesterday pissed off that we have not sat down to go over our contract."
Casaday said he stands by what he said that day, but regrets that his feelings reached a boiling point.
After Thursday's meeting, negotiators are expected to meet again next week to work on a deal.