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Federal mediator asked to intervene in Memphis city and police negotiations

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Memphis Police Association confirms it asked for a federal mediator to step in to negotiate the officers' memorandum of understanding, which would become an impasse after 11:59 p.m., April 1.

In an unprecedented development earlier in 2015, the mayor's office implemented new procedures for union negotiations to be in writing instead of face-to-face roundtable discussions.

After recent pension and health care reform, police say they are seeking better benefits and working conditions.

For the first time since the new procedures went into effect, the city and union had one-hour sit-downs on Thursday and Friday.

The city says it is open to discussions and will take all the unions requests into consideration.

The union says the meetings were ineffective and it will move forward with plans to hold a police and citizens rally from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday at the corner of Poplar and Highland Avenues.

The union says the goal is to bring awareness to the tensions between the city and police union.

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