Contact: Albert O'Leary
PBA Communications Director
212-298-9190

or Joseph Mancini
212-298-9150

July 12, 2004
For Immediate Release




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STATEMENT ON CONTRACT
AGREEMENTS BY OTHER UNIONS

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch said: Record numbers of police officers have resigned and retired because of low pay and better paying law enforcement opportunities resulting in 5,000 fewer police officers patrolling our streets today than five years ago. This type of agreement would reduce the starting pay for police officers making the recruiting and retention problem even worse. It’s a perfect example of why no other major city in America uses this one-size fits all arrangement called pattern bargaining and why pattern bargaining can’t work for essential emergency services in New York City.

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