June 28, 2016, 2:54 PM
BY JENNIFER FERMINO, GRAHAM RAYMAN
|“Our officers were once the highest paid,” lamented PBA President Patrick Lynch . “Now, as we’re more diverse, we’re falling behind.” (ANTHONY DELMUNDO/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)|
The city’s largest police union said Tuesday that it has reached an impasse in its always contentious contract negotiations with the city.
The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association has filed a declaration of impasse with the New York State Public Employment Relations Board and described the contract talks as “deadlocked.”
The contract in question would be retroactive to 2012 and has been under negotiation for two years.
“Our officers were once the highest paid, now, as we're more diverse, we're falling behind,” PBA President Patrick Lynch said.
“This is just another example of Mayor de Blasio and his administration not appropriately supporting our police officers, who, as a result, would leave the NYPD if they could. That's bad for the city's future.”
De Blasio administration spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein said the city has repeatedly tried to come to an agreement.
“Since taking office, we have tried again and again to work with the PBA to provide their members with a fair long-term deal with significant raises and benefits — a deal like the ones every other police and uniformed union accepted,” she said.
“The PBA has been unwilling to negotiate, instead choosing to wage a political war and go to arbitration — again.”
City officials pointed out that every other uniformed union took an 11% raise over seven years. But the PBA insists that city police officers are paid 34% less than cops elsewhere.
In a PBA survey, 85% of cops said they would leave the New York City area if offered better pay.
The two sides will now go to a mediator chosen by the state. If that doesn’t work, they go once again to a three-person arbitrating panel, made up of a representative of the city , a PBA official and an independent arbitrator selected jointly.
The last negotiations between the PBA and the city, for a prior contract, also went to arbitration.
After arbitrator Howard Edelman ruled in favor of the city, Lynch mounted a campaign to discredit him, even having hundreds of off-duty cops picket his home.