LAWTON Okla_ The Lawton Police Union has prevailed; the arbitrator decided for the Lawton Police Department over the City of Lawton.
The police union and city presented their cases on a new contract back in December to the arbitrator. Friday, he announced his decision. The key issue was changing the department's patrol division to a five-day-per-week, eight-hours-per-day shift. Currently, they're on a four-day, ten-hour shift schedule.
The union strongly opposed the change, saying it would have a negative impact. For one, officers wouldn't be able to work second jobs. Also, officers were concerned the new schedule would further limit the time they could spend off duty and with their families.
The ruling will be presented to the Lawton City Council at its next meeting, which is next Tuesday.
7News tried to talk to both sides Friday, but the union and the city said they couldn't do that until Monday. We'll have more on this story for you Monday.