August 16, 2001

Cop Union's Contract Impasse

William Murphy

A state agency declared an impasse yesterday in the long-running contract stalemate between the city and its main police union, the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.

While most unions representing uniformed workers have settled with the city, the PBA has opted to seek a resolution by going through the State Public Employment Relations Board rather than the city bargaining procedure.

Unlike the city's procedure, contract arbitration rulings by the state panel are not binding on either side, so it is unclear how long city officers will have to work under terms of a contract that expired on July 31, 2000.

The state panel appointed Alan R. Viani, a former negotiator for city unions, to hear the case. The city is in court to try to force the PBA to use the city's binding arbitration procedure.