New York Post
November 9, 2007

Letter to the Editor

Pinched Police Pay

The city would have you believe that the reason it pays people who collect garbage more than its police officers is because sanitation workers have settled their contract ("More Garbage From the PBA," Editorial, Nov. 1).

That is simply not true. The real culprit is the city's failed policy of pattern bargaining that ignores the intensively competitive job market which has caused police salaries to fall dramatically behind other police salaries in the area.

Furthermore, if you can't count or weigh your work, the city's belief is it has no value in negotiations. The irony here is that Mayor Bloomberg constantly cites safe streets as the single most important factor to the city's economy.

You can't have it both ways. You can't say that our work gives the city value and then refuse to credit us with it in negotiations.

Competitive pay for police officers is a good investment in public safety that will pay dividends for years to come.

Patrick J. Lynch
President, PBA
Manhattan