New York Daily News

Updated: November 13, 2015, 4:54 PM

  

 

1% raise is official for cops in Patrolmen's Benevolent Association

BY THOMAS TRACY

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New York Police Department officers' 1% pay raise is now official. Cops gathered outside Gracie Mansion to protest the plan last week.

Meet the city’s new one percenters — the NYPD.

Cops’ 1% raise was made official Friday as a state Public Employment Relations Board panel bound officers in the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association to a measly 36-cents-an-hour boost in retroactive pay.

The board ratified a recommendation by state contract arbitrator Howard Edelman.

The deal boosts pay by 1% a year for time worked from April, 2010 to April, 2012 — contract negotiations are still pending for raises after that point and in the future, officials said.

PBA President Pat Lynch blasted the decision Friday, calling the raise “an insult.”

“Our police officers brought this city back from the brink of disaster and brought us to this time of billion dollar surpluses,” Lynch said in a statement.

“All we are asking for is to be treated and paid like the professionals we are,” he said.

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Cops rally outside Gracie Mansion.

Mayor de Blasio said the decision “follows the pattern we previously established with eleven uniformed unions, including the four other police unions.”

“Those settlements provide the fair wage increases that our uniformed employees deserve,” de Blasio said.

The PBA opted for arbitration after contract negotiations went sour in 2014.

They have loudly protested Edelman’s 1% solution — picketing both at the judge’s home as well as Gracie Mansion, where hundreds of union members rallied holding signs reading, “We don’t flip burgers, we chase burglars.”

Picketers said Edelman was treating police officers worse than city fast food workers, who expect to see their salaries increase to $15 an hour by 2018.

“Hey, Howard, is McDonald’s hiring?” one sign read.

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PBA Union President Pat Lynch with bullhorn outside Gracie Mansion.

 

As low-wage worker advocates pointed out, however, fast food salaries average about $17,000 a year while the starting salary for NYPD officers is $44,744.

The PBA can fight the 1% decision in court, but insiders said the union has already spent well over $5 million on the arbitration proceedings.

Earlier in the week, de Blasio said the PBA has no one to blame but itself for the contract proposal. NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton has backed the mayor’s stance. “He rolled the dice, and he lost,” Bratton said about Lynch on Monday.

On Friday, De Blasio offered an olive branch to the PBA, suggesting Lynch and his team can always go back to the bargaining table.

“Our door is always open to the PBA to negotiate a long-term contract that addresses wages, benefits, and other issues, as we’ve done with 85% of the workforce to date,” he said.

ttracy@nydailynews.com