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NAACP, POBA call on Jersey City government for transparency

Both organizations say recent negotiations with City Hall had come to a sudden, unexplained stop

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JERSEY CITY — Members of the Police Officer's Benevolent Association and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People joined together on Friday in front of Jersey City City Hall to demand transparency from city leaders.

POBA members said they had been fighting for a fair contract before the city allowed negotiations to lapse and fall into arbitration.

"Our officers are now suffering, making $37,000," Ramon Aponte of the POBA said.

The POBA says that simply isn't enough money for officers who are Jersey City residents to support themselves and a family, and they say that the city has been unwilling to return to the bargaining table or even produce documentation regarding why negotiations ended in the first place.

Meanwhile, the NAACP says that it too was in negotiations with the city that soured. Rev. Willie Keaton, Jr., who chairs a labor committee within the organization told FiOS1 that the Jersey City chapter had been advocated for more jobs to go to minorities under the terms of a project labor agreement.

"We had an agreement and then all of a sudden they went in a different direction," Rev. Keaton Jr. said.

Instead, Keaton Jr. says that the city submitted a plan that's more favorable to the labor union. Since then, Keaton Jr. says that the NAACP has reached out to the city to try to get to the bottom of what it's been doing to help minorities as part of the city's disparity study strategic plan, but he says that the city has been less than cooperative.

Mayor Fulop's office has responded, saying it has an open-door policy with both the NAACP and police leadership.

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