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Milwaukee police, fire unions deny delaying contract talks

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MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Officials with the Milwaukee police and firefighters unions say contract talks take time.

They say they aren’t delaying the process.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s chief of staff has another take. Patrick Curley says the unions are avoiding contract talks as they wait to see whether the Wisconsin Legislature gets rid of residency rules.

Contracts for both unions expired at the end of last year and there has been little interaction with the city’s labor negotiator since.

Milwaukee has had a residency rule in place for 75 years. Local governments say the state should get out of the discussion, calling where those workers live a matter of local control.