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

or Joseph Mancini
212-298-9150

March 2, 2007
For Immediate Release




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PBA REACTS TO FIREFIGHTERS' CONTRACT

PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said: 

“The United Firefighters Association is to be congratulated for negotiating a contract that satisfies the needs of their members.  The FDNY has not experienced the same defection of experienced personnel that the NYPD has nor have they had any problem recruiting new members.  Since 2002, Over 4,400 fully trained and experienced police officers have fled the NYPD for better jobs including many who have opted to join the FDNY.  A cookie cutter contract settlement will not resolve the critical problems the NYPD is facing in keeping experienced officers on the job and attracting new ones.  In that the city does not have the leadership or political courage to negotiate a police contract that will resolve the staffing crisis at the NYPD then the PBA is committed to achieving that goal through binding arbitration.”

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