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Updated November 13, 2015 9:04 PM


Arbitration panel decision on PBA contract is final

By    matthew.chayes@newsday.com

The NYPD's rank-and-file cops are stuck with 1-percent-a-year raises that their union called "an insult" -- the same hike nearly every other uniformed union negotiated -- and the union must return to the bargaining table to settle the still-expired contract.

The ruling in binding arbitration between the de Blasio administration and the union was finalized Friday morning, and rank-and-file police officers will soon get the back pay and the raises.

The three-member arbitration panel -- a representative for the city, for the union and neutral arbitrator Howard Edelman of Rockville Centre -- signed the decision, with the union's representative dissenting.

De Blasio spokeswoman Amy Spitalnick said the city was in the process of implementing the terms of the ruling and that PBA-represented officers would soon see the higher wages and back pay.

Cops will earn $78,026 before boosters like overtime and longevity pay. After 20 years, a cop under the ruling with night shift, holiday and longevity pay, will earn $93,891, according to Spitalnick.

The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, which represents about 23,000 of the city's 36,000 officers, opted for arbitration last year but wound up with roughly the same deal nearly all the other uniformed unions got, such as firefighters and each of the other ranks of the NYPD.

"Today's decision follows the pattern we previously established with 11 uniformed unions, including the four other police unions. Those settlements provide the fair wage increases that our uniformed employees deserve," de Blasio said in a statement.

The union, which earlier this week staged a protest outside de Blasio's mayoral residence, Gracie Mansion, over the arbitrator's decision, called the decision "an insult to every police officer's work and sacrifice."

"All we are asking for is to be treated and paid like the professionals we are," said the statement from PBA president Patrick Lynch.

In trying to convince the arbitration panel to exceed the raises given to the other unions, the PBA pointed to the salaries of other police forces, such as Suffolk's 20-year average basic maximum pay of $120,126, Nassau's average of $105,070 and New York City's $82,129.

Because of the state law setting the conditions for arbitration, the binding ruling settles only the years 2010 through 2012, and the city and PBA must return to the bargaining table to address the years between then, now and in the future.