San Jose's police union rejected a 3 percent raise and demanded the city double it to stem the exodus of personnel from the agency.
The San Jose Police Officers' Association sent a letter Wednesday to city negotiators stating that San Jose PD officers will not accept a proposal that "will not slow or stop" the exodus, reports the Mercury News.
During the economic downturn, San Jose officers accepted a 10 percent pay cut, and the police union argues their pay has remained at 2009 levels. The union and city continue to feud over a 2012 ballot measure to reduce future pension benefits.
The department lost at least 100 officers each of the past two years, in 2011 and 2012, to retirement or other agencies. In September, the city announced a plan to hire 200 officers over four years.