The New York Times

August 30, 2002

Metro Briefing

By William K. Rashbaum

A state board mediating the bitter contract dispute over raises for city police officers will resume deliberations next week in an effort to reach an agreement. Union officials said yesterday that they hoped the panel, the Public Employment Relations Board, would reject a proposal to give officers a 14 percent raise over two years. The union has sought a 21.9 percent raise for its membership, whose starting salary is $31,305. The last contract included two years in which the police received no pay increase.