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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/15/15, 7:36 PM PST |

The Safety Employees Benefit Association, San Bernardino County’s labor union representing sheriff’s deputies, detectives and district attorney investigators, has declared an impasse with the county in its labor negotiations.

SEBA announced in a news release Tuesday that the union and the county, which began labor negotiations in March, have been unable to reach common ground, and that the Dec. 2 mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino presents “obvious challenges to the process.”

SEBA’s current labor contract with the county expires on Sept. 17, 2016. While there is still nine months remaining in its memorandum of understanding, SEBA declared the impasse given its prior history of lengthy, horn-locking labor negotiations with the county, SEBA spokeswoman Lolita Harper said.

“So, starting it early, which includes going into impasse, allows us to get to a mutual agreement or a point where we can ratify an MOU before our MOU expires and we are not without a contract,” Harper said.

County spokesman David Wert declined to comment Tuesday.

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