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

or Joseph Mancini
212-298-9150

June 23, 2006
For Immediate Release




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LYNCH EXPLAINS PBA’S ABSENCE FROM NEW BARGAINING COALITION

PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said:

“Coalition bargaining is fine for unions that have similar needs. The Taylor law calls for pay that is roughly equal to jobs of a similar nature, risk, training and education. The city has failed to comply with the spirit of the Taylor law in that it is not paying police a salary that is comparable to other local police departments. Given that inequity and the worsening recruitment and retention problem, we believe that we have a unique set of circumstances that would not be well represented in coalition bargaining.”

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