PBA brings fight to the streets
As part of their ongoing contract fight with NYC, the PBA is fighting income inequality within their ranks
The NYC Police Benevolent Association (NYC PBA) is once again making a big splash in their fight with Mayor Bill De Blasio over raises for their members. The PBA’s new campaign goes after the Mayor on his signature issues, income inequality and diversity.
In a new mailer sent to New York progressives, the PBA mailer says ““When NYC all looked like this, they were the highest-paid force in the country. And they remained among the highest paid until at least 1975.” The mailer shows a photo of white men in police uniforms. It then has a second photo showing a group of racially diverse officer with the caption “Now that NYC cops look like this, we are among the lowest paid police officers in the country. 53% of the latest class are people of color. But on average, they’ll make 34 % less than cops both locally and nationwide. How’s that for inequality?” The PBA has also come out with radio ads pushing a similar income inequality message.
Never one to shy away from the theatrics, PBA President Patrick Lynch took his message to crossroads of the world, handing out the mailer to New Yorkers and tourists at Times Square. According to the NY Daily News, Lynch was telling commuters “(The Mayor) is saying one thing and doing another,” he said. “Start fixing your own backyard with the New York City police officers that serve this city." In the last 2 years the city has settled contracts with most of the union workforce, but the PBA has not been able to come to terms on a contract with De Blasio. Instead they chose to go through arbitration where the police were only granted a 1% raise.
A recent survey of their members showed dismay within their ranks towards the new administration. According to their survey 95% of members say that they personally feel less safe on the job now and feel that the city is on the wrong track. A new contract that takes care of NY’s finest could go a long way to changing some of those sentiments.