The Chief

January 7, 2000

 

PBA Sues to Stop Detective Promos

The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association obtained a temporary restraining order Jan. 3 blocking the Police Department from carrying out planned promotions of patrol cops to the rank of Detective Specialist.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Stanley Parness issued the order after the PBA argued that the promotions amounted to an attempt by the department to circumvent a February 1999 Board of Collective Bargaining decision blocking the award of a "special assignment differential" of $1,400 to 2,000 select patrol cops. The board found that the award constituted a form of "merit pay" which could not be introduced without prior bargaining with the union.

The PBA charged that the department decided on the Detective designations after months of negotiations in which the union had sought some form of special assignment pay for all patrol officers.

In a Dec. 28 message to the union's membership, PBA President Patrick J. Lynch urged patrol cops offered gold shields to reject the promotions as an act of solidarity with their union.