All Things Considered

Full tentative Minneapolis police contract should be made public, says advocate

Council members sit at a long table
The Minneapolis city council will vote on the tentative agreement now that it's been ratified by the police union.
Ben Hovland | MPR News

A new police contract is now in the hands of the Minneapolis city council for approval. Minneapolis police officers will receive a more than 21 percent pay bump over three years in the tentative agreement that was ratified Monday by the union representing officers.

That pay increase would make Minneapolis police among the highest paid in the country.

An outside group has been pushing for greater transparency and reform in the police contract negotiation process between the city and the union.

Stacey Gurian-Sherman, a lawyer and a founding member of Minneapolis for a Better Police Contract (MFBPC), argued the public has a right to be involved.

“We are the beneficiaries of whatever comes out in the contract,” she said. “So, our role needs to be that we need to see contracts, we need to see the negotiations so that we can be commenting to the mayor as well as the city council on the direction that we feel the contract is going in.”

To hear the full interview with Stacey Gurian-Sherman, click play on the player above.