The Globe reports an arbitrator sided with the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association on the issue of pay raises and benefits.
The city says the union was seeking about 21.5% increases in salary and benefits increases over six years; the arbitrator said its members deserve more than 25%. If the city council rejects the award, the two sides would go back to the bargaining table - which is what happened with firefighters in 2010.
Both mayoral candidates issued statements. Marty Walsh said he doesn't believe in arbitration and that he would just sit down with union bargainers and bargain until both sides agreed to a contract fair to both union members and taxpayers. John Connolly said he wants to read the arbitrator's decision and meet with the city CFO and union leaders before deciding what to do next.