NYPD Gets Raises, More Perks in New Contract

pbabadge.jpgUnder the terms of a contract settlement between the City and the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, NYPD starting salaries will increase and cops will get a yearly four-percent raise.

It's the first contract between the cops and the City to be settled (so far) without arbitration since 1994.

The contract "will raise the starting salary for rookie cops from $36,000, to over 40,000, and that will be retroactive to 2006," announced Mayor Bloomberg in a press release from his office. The raises are retroactive, starting on August 1, 2006, and compounded.

The cops also saw gains in their vacation days, longevity pay, sick leave requirements, and in City contributions to their health and welfare benefits. The agreement is subject to approval from the NYPD rank and file.

In a statement to his membership, PBA President Patrick Lynch said, "We have achieved a package of benefits valued by the PBA at well in excess of 20%. Salary will increase at every step of the schedule by a compounded 16.98% bringing our total basic maximum pay in the contract’s last year to $76,488."

Per the provisions outlined to the membership by the PBA, the "compounded 16.98%" translates to four four-percent raises beginning on August 1, 2006.

The Mayor's office announced the starting salary for new officers, effective August 1 of next year, would be $41,975, up from $36,000.

While previously "longevity pay and the city’s contribution to the welfare fund did not increase along with general wage increases," Lynch told his members, under the new contract, "for the first time in this great union’s history," both would be linked to the general wage increase.

Cops hired after July 1 get 13 vacation days in the third, fourth, and fifth years of service, and City contributions of between $1,400 and $1,514 to the welfare fund are mandated for both active personnel and retirees. Effective July 31 of this year, the officers will also get a paid "range day" for firing practice without sacrificing a vacation day, and this is retroactive for cops who have already given one up.

Under a pilot program, cops on sick leave "shall no longer be subject to home visitation and confinement" if certain terms are met.

The terms also state that "effective upon ratification, PBA to settle certain litigation with the City," though neither party explained this in its release.


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