The City has started contract negotiations with the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) and in the first negotiating session the City has offered the PBA a 4.2% raise for 42 months. That comes out to an annual raise of 1.2%, when inflation in the New York City Metropolitan area of 2.4% is factored in, It's half the inflation rate.
Worse, the City expects the PBA to "self fund" the raises by requiring 100% "givebacks" for providing the money to pay for it. According to the what I heard and read the 'givebacks" are as follows:
- Discontinue the police annuity fund.
- Install 10 hour tours to reduce overtime.
- Drop all "grievances" and unfair labor practice complaints.
Sure, this was only the first negotiating session and each side submits it's maximum positions. The PBA wants a 29% pay raise for 24 months for example. However, the uniformed employees always gets a little more than everybody else. Therefore, its safe to assume when our crack negotiating team (sarcastic) meets with Bob Linn of the City, expect the next contract to be, once again, short on raises, backloaded, and maybe a "giveback" or two.
I suspect that we will get a three or four year contract with most of the raises in the final two years and if we average the inflation rate of 2.4% I will be pleasantly surprised. However, our union leadership, when negotiating with the City's Bob Linn its like "boys negotiating with men" and the members will come out with inferior raises. below the inflation rate and more "givebacks" as our disconnected union leadership declares victory once again as their members continue to lose more of their due process rights and ability to run the classroom that's best for the students.