The NYC Patrolman's Benevolent Association has finally agreed to a tentative contract.
According to my reading of the details, the cops have not, repeat not, done anything to beat pattern bargaining where one municipal union settles on a salary increase and others receive basically the same financial terms. The city going back to the Koch years has often given the uniform unions 1% over the civilian unions, such as the UFT. This deal with the PBA adheres to the uniform pattern.
The PBA beat the UFT civilian pattern but so did all the other uniform unions. That is not unusual.
The PBA did get an extra 2.25% increase for cops in exchange for an agreement for officers to be equipped with body cameras. However, this is going to be paid for by lowering, yes lowering, salaries for new officers.
This is from the Daily News account of the tentative agreement:
To pay for the extra 2.25% hike that would be given to all PBA members as of this March, the city would cut starting salaries for new hires - saving itself roughly $30,000 per cop over five years.
The reduced salary for NYPD rookies would be $42,500 - down from the $42,819 new hires earn now.
After a year and a half, officers would earn $45,000. They would get another $1,000 at 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 years - reaching $51,000 after 4 1/2 years.
Once they pass the five-year mark, pay jumps to $85,292.
PBA also agreed to health savings, the same as other city unions.
For those who will comment that the police will not have to wait until 2020 to get their retroactive money paid in full whereas UFT members will have to wait, that is true. The cops received that money in raises between 2008-2010. In terms of retro, they did better than the UFT as did most other city unions.
If this contract meets the needs of the city Police Officers, they should vote for it. However, if anyone tells you that PBA President Patrick Lynch broke the pattern, just point to the lower starting salaries for cops and say the PBA is subject to pattern bargaining just like the rest of us.