February 27, 2017, 1:49 PM
BY GRAHAM RAYMAN
|Cops received a 2.25% bump for de Blasio’s neighborhood policing program. (SUSAN WATTS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)|
The rank-and-file in the city’s largest police union voted to approve the new labor contract with the de Blasio administration.
Just over 98% of the members of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association gave their thumbs up to the five-year contract in a vote, the group said Monday.
Along with the 9% wage increase other unions got under pattern bargaining, cops got a 2.25% bump for de Blasio’s neighborhood policing program.
New PBA members will qualify for three-quarter disability pensions — a benefit that had been downgraded for rookies — with only a 1% employee contribution.
|"The message from our membership is clear,” PBA president Patrick Lynch said. (HOWARD SIMMONS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)|
"The message from our membership is clear,” PBA president Patrick Lynch said. “They want this union to continue its fight for a market rate of pay and they will remain active, vocal and united until that goal is achieved. We appreciate the city's willingness to negotiate a contract that recognizes the unique circumstances of New York City police officers.”
In all, 24,160 ballots were sent to members and 18,291 voted to approve the contract.
More than 77% of the union’s members participated in the vote.