PBA:1% ain't enough
The NYC PBA is outrage over the recent decision by a NYC Arbitrator to offer only a 1% raise
The police officers of New York City's largest union, the PBA, are outraged by the first draft of their new contract agreement with the city. The officers in this union have been working under an expired contract since 2010 PBA.
The PBA requested salary arbitration, instead of working out a contract with the Mayor, since in the past they had won larger raises through arbitration. In salary arbitration, an arbitrator is supposed to gather information provided by both sides which include other unions in the same industry.
This process is done because of New York's Taylor Law, which denies officers and other government unions the ability to strike. In 2008, salary arbitration benefited officers with a 4% raise each year between 2006 and 2010. On Monday night, the officers in the PBA caught a first glimpse of what their next minimal wage increase could be.
As it stands the officers have not received a raise in five years, and the first draft of the contract only gives 1% each year for years 2010 and 2011. This would be in line with the raises that other uniformed officers in NYC received. Pat Lynch, President of the NYC PBA said “Our members were furious when informed of the contents of this draft award.”