State looking into labor dispute between City and SFPD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - The South Dakota Department of Labor is hoping to end a labor dispute between the City of Sioux Falls and the Police Department over the next month.

The two sides appeared before a judge Wednesday to explain why their negotiations have not yet produced an agreement.

City officials say they can only afford a 1.5 percent cost of living adjustment for 2017 and 2018.

The Fraternal Order of Police says they think the City can do 3 percent.

The Labor Department will conduct a fact-finding hearing next month in hopes of resolving the matter.