May 25, 2016, 5:20 PM
BY NICOLE SCHUBERT, THOMAS TRACY
|JAMES KEIVOM/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS|
|PBA boss Pat Lynch says the uneven disability program greatly affects younger cops because of their lower salary.|
When cops walk the streets, they’re risking their whole life — so they should get a full disability pension if hurt on the job, the city’s largest police union charged Wednesday.
Because of a law change, uniformed officers hired after 2009 are only entitled to 50% of their salary if they are injured and can’t work. Workers hired before 2009 get 75% of their salary.
"If you go out, you do the job, you get injured, you get 50% disability offset by social security," said PBA President Patrick Lynch. "So that basically comes out to $14,000 to $30,000 depending on where you are on the pay scale.”
“You can't live in the city of New York on $30,000,” Lynch said.
About two dozen members of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association rallied outside of City Hall, pushing for the rules to change back.
Union members spent the lunchtime rally handing out leaflets and holding signs that read, "Protect our officers" and "City Council, we need your support."
Lynch said that the uneven disability program greatly affects younger officers in the department.
"If they’re injured, disabled on the job, they should get a three quarters pension," said Lynch.
Last year, Mayor de Blasio hatched a plan to give younger uniformed workers 50% of their wages, but at the maximum salary for their job title, even if they are newly hired.