November 3, 2015 | 2:58am   

 

NYPD union loses bid for higher raises

By Yoav Gonen

Christopher Sadowski
Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch

The police officers union has all but lost its gamble to get cops higher raises than other uniformed city workers by going to arbitration.

Officials at the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association issued a statement late Monday blasting a draft award by a three-member arbitration panel that they said recommends retroactive raises of 1 percent for each of two years.

That’s only slightly better than the pattern set by civilian workers in July 2014 and on par with agreements reached by other uniformed unions — who got deals sooner without spending a cent on the lengthy arbitration process.

“At a time when police morale is the lowest ever and misdirected anti-police sentiment pervades our streets emboldening the criminal element, this arbitration decision . . . denies New York City’s police officers the fair pay that they have earned and deserve,” said PBA President Patrick Lynch.

“Our members are justifiably outraged by this draft decision and intend to make their outrage heard and felt,” Lynch added.

Most uniformed workers reached deals with the city for 11-percent raises over seven years, while most non-uniformed workers secured increases of 10 percent.

Asked for comment, a City Hall spokeswoman said the arbitration panel has yet to make a final decision.