Wall Street Journal
May 2, 2014


Mediator Appointed in Police-Contract Talks

Move Comes as Labor Board Declares Impasse in Talks


The union that represents New York City police officers said the state labor-relations board declared an impasse in the officers' negotiations with the city over a new contract.

As a result, the New York State Public Employment Relations Board appointed a mediator to help the two sides reach an agreement, said Al O'Leary, spokesman for the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.

Union officials said the biggest sticking point in the negotiations is an offer that says officers won't receive raises for the first three years.

"Our officers are already among the lowest paid big-city police officers in the country," PBA President Patrick Lynch said. "Now the city wants us to take another three years with no raise and that is simply unacceptable."

Mayor Bill de Blasio's office didn't respond to requests for comment.

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