Staten Island Advance
updated November 11, 2015 at 11:21 AM


Police union to protest draft contract at Gracie Mansion

By Anna Sanders | asanders@siadvance.com

CITY HALL -- Police will protest a draft contract decision at Gracie Mansion on Wednesday night.  

Members of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association are upset at an arbitrator's recommendation for rank-and-file police to receive a 1 percent retroactive raise for each of two years. 

Officers have been working without a contract since 2010. The union chose to go into arbitration again instead of working through the normal collective bargaining process with City Hall, making a gamble that a decision would be better for cops than the pattern established by other contracts. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration has negotiated contracts for 11 uniformed officers' unions. 

The protest will begin at 5 p.m. in front of the official mayoral residence at 88th Street and East End Avenue. 

The union already demonstrated outside arbitrator Howard Edelman's Upper East Side home last week.