The New York Times

July 13, 2001


ALBANY: In a ruling that police and firefighters' unions hope will win them larger pay raises, a state appeals court yesterday upheld a ruling that a state board can arbitrate contract disputes involving New York City police officers and firefighters. The ruling, by a five-judge panel of the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court, takes the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association further toward its goal of having its contract dispute with the city arbitrated by the State Public Employment Relations Board rather than the city's Office of Collective Bargaining. The state board takes into account the salaries of officers and firefighters in suburban communities, which pay as much as 35 percent more than the city does. The city said it would appeal.

William K. Rashbaum