April 11, 2016, 11:59 AM
BY JOHN ANNESE
SUSAN WATTS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
|Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association says NYPD cops are paid less than officers in other departments.|
The city's biggest police union says NYPD cops are more diverse than ever — and are paid less than officers in other departments.
“When NYC all looked like this, they were the highest-paid force in the country. And they remained among the highest paid until at least 1975,” reads a Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association mailing going to 35,000 progressive households and showing a photo of white men in police uniforms.
The latest academy class is 53% minority and 32% Latino, an all-time high for the NYPD.
A second photo, showing a diverse group of officers, bears the caption, “Now that NYC cops look like this, we are among the lowest paid police officers in the country. 53% of the latest class are people of color. But on average, they’ll make 34 % less than cops both locally and nationwide. How’s that for inequality?”
Last week, the union launched a radio ad campaign accusing Mayor de Blasio of contributing to income inequality by refusing to raise wages for cops and for not backing an increase in disability benefits.
When asked for City Hall comment about the mailing, de Blasio spokeswoman Amy Spitalnick repeated her statement about the radio ad:
“Our door has always been — and continues to be — open to the PBA to negotiate a long-term contract, as we've done with nearly the entire city workforce to date.”
The PBA in 2014 opted for arbitration. In November, an independent arbitrator infuriated cops and the PBA leadership by giving them a measly 1% increase in back-pay through April 2012. The union still needs to negotiate any further back-pay boosts or raises with the city.
For its part, City Hall has taken issue with how the PBA compares the NYPD to other departments, arguing that New York officers still make above-average salaries compared to cops in other cities.