New York Daily News

November 3, 2015, 5:46 AM

  

 

NYPD work slowdown possible after 1% raise proposal for Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association members

BY ROCCO PARASCANDOLA, THOMAS TRACY, GRAHAM RAYMAN, JOSEPH STEPANSKY

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In at least one Brooklyn command, a delegate from the PBA suggested at roll call that cops give 1% while on a patrol — a reference to the raise a state arbiter proposed.

NYPD brass are on alert for a possible work slowdown among rank-and-file cops following the release of a draft contract proposing a 1% raise over the next two years for Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association members, several high-ranking sources confirmed Wednesday.

In at least one Brooklyn command, a delegate from the PBA suggested at roll call that cops give 1% while on a patrol — a reference to the raise a state arbiter proposed. The arbiter was assigned to mediate a contract deal after negotiations between the city and the PBA reached a stalemate.

High-ranking officials have heard rumblings that cops are being told to only bring out the cuffs in “must-arrest situations” — like a shooting or a robbery — as opposed to policing the streets proactively, the sources said.

Borough commanders have also gone on the offensive, telling PBA delegates to advise cops not to slow their pace of work and making it clear they will dole out severe punishments if there is a decrease, the sources said.

“We're saying to them, ‘Look, you asked for arbitration and this is what you got. Last time it worked out. This time it didn't,” the source said. “We're also telling them not to even bother doing a slowdown, because it is just going to make them look petty to the public.”

The contract draft has drawn ire from union president Patrick Lynch, who has accused the state arbiter of parroting the offer made by the city.

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The contract draft has drawn ire from union president Patrick Lynch, who has accused the state arbiter of parroting the offer made by the city.

Cops have circulated a meme of a man dangling a $100 bill over a Police Department patch. PBA members also plan on picketing outside the arbiter’s home tomorrow morning.

An arrest slowdown by cops who were enraged at Mayor de Blasio following the December execution-style killings of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu created a public relations nightmare for the department.

Cops were furious with the mayor following previous comments that some interpreted as anti-police - including publicly stating that he had advised his biracial son on how to behave around police.

At the time, unions denied ordering the slowdown and no one was penalized for the job action — which lasted two weeks.

In May, Lynch declared negotiations were at an impasse and filed an application for mediation with the state Public Employment Relations Board.