NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Office of Labor Relations (OLR) Commissioner Renee Campion today announced a tentative contract agreement with the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) that will offer pay increases for New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers for the first time in six years. The eight-year agreement — which is retroactive to 2017 and would cover roughly 23,000 members of New York’s Finest — represents the first contract agreement with a union representing uniformed employees under the Adams administration. For only the third time since 1994, the City of New York and the PBA have reached a voluntary agreement.
The pay increases:
Equity fund for salary increases for entry-level and early officers: The contract dedicates funding to improve the early steps of the salary schedule. As of August 1, 2023, new officers in their first year will earn a base pay of $53,790, plus a neighborhood policing differential payment that automatically adds 2.25%, or $1,210, to the salary that all officers receive (previously negotiated in the 2012-2017 agreement). Altogether, officers will be compensated approximately $60,000 when including all differentials, holiday pay, and a uniform allowance. As of August 1, 2024, the top pay for police officers after 5.5 years of service, including all differentials, longevity, holiday pay, and uniform allowance, will be $131,500 per year.
The percentage increases for the PBA:
Members of the union will receive the following compounded and retroactive wage increases:
○August 1, 2017 – 2.25%
○August 1, 2018 – 2.50%
○August 1, 2019 – 3.00%
○August 1, 2020 – 3.25%
○August 1, 2021 – 3.25%
○August 1, 2022 – 3.50%
○August 1, 2023 – 3.50%
○August 1, 2024 – 4.00%
I see no sneaky six months of zero percent increases in this agreement.
These are the numbers from the last UFT contract:
This 43-month contract provided a 2 percent salary increase on Feb. 14, 2019, followed by an increase of 2.5 percent on May 14, 2020, and 3 percent on May 14, 2021. After the May, 2021 increase, the maximum teacher salary jumped to $128,657 from today’s high of $119,472. Starting teacher salaries rose from the current $56,711 to $61,070. (The contract ended on September 13, 2022.)
I also don't see anything in the announcement of the PBA agreement that NYC police officers are going to have to wait seven years to get their retroactive pay like UFTers had to wait in the 2014 contract. We had to wait seven from when the contract was signed but twelve years from when we did the actual work to get all of the back pay we were owed from 2009-2011 that other city unions received back in those years. We were not paid back in full until 2021. Police should get their retro right away.
It's long past time for the UFT to protest that the uniform pattern being higher than the civilian pattern is sexist as uniform unions are generally male dominated whereas the civilian unions, including the UFT, are mostly female workers.
If you want to do a comparison of the percentage pay hikes:
August 1, 2017 – 2.25% May 1, 2017 - 2.5%
○August 1, 2018 – 2.50% May 1, 2018 -3.0%
○August 1, 2019 – 3.00% Feb 14, 2019 - 2.0%
○August 1, 2020 – 3.25% May 14, 2020 - 2.5%
○August 1, 2021 – 3.25% May 14, 2021 - 3.0%
○August 1, 2022 – 3.50% September 14, 2022 - ?
○August 1, 2023 – 3.50% September 14, 2023 - ?
○August 1, 2024 – 4.00% September 14, 2024 - ?
In other news today, progressive, Chicago Teachers Union backed former Chicago teacher and CTU organizer Brandon Johnson was elected mayor of Chicago. Johnson defeated original school deformer Paul Vallas. The UFT pitched in to help Johnson. It would be nice if the UFT would put up a progressive in New York.
To show how close the CTU and Johnson are, this is from ABC:
Chicago -- Before his victory speech Tuesday, Chicago’s mayor-elect Brandon Johnson was introduced at the podium by the president of his greatest benefactor: The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU). The alliance, which puts the city’s most powerful labor union in tight alignment with the new administration, is a significant departure for Chicago where both sides have traditionally sparred in public and behind closed doors.
“Make no mistake, Chicago is a union town,” Johnson, 47, said after listing the numerous labor organizations that supported his campaign.
Johnson, who taught in the classroom for four years and later served as a Cook County commissioner, worked as a paid organizer for the CTU over the last two administrations. The CTU also raised more than $2 million for Johnson by appropriating a portion of monthly membership dues to a PAC supporting his campaign.
Enjoy spring break!