Wall Street Journal

Nov. 2, 2015 8:45 p.m. ET


Police Union Blasts Draft Contract Ruling

By Josh Dawsey

The city’s main police union said Monday it was outraged by a draft decision by an arbitrator in its labor negotiations with City Hall that would give officers small raises over two years.

Such a resolution would mark a win for the city, which has long fought with Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch on a new contract.

The union said the raise would be 1% in each of the next two years and its “members are justifiably outraged by this draft decision and intend to make their outrage heard and felt.” A person familiar with the matter confirmed the terms of the agreement. A spokeswoman for City Hall said Monday night: “There is no final decision.”

Arbitration talks between the PBA and the city have stretched on for months. Meanwhile, Mr. Lynch has criticized the mayor and accused him of not supporting police officers. The union resisted similar settlements the city made with other police unions, with the PBA pushing for higher pay and more benefits.

Under the last NYPD contract, which expired in 2010, rookie officers’ starting salary was $41,975 a year. After 5½ half years, officers’ base pay was $76,488.