Wednesday, April 05, 2023


 This is from

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:

PBA                                                                        UFT

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 - ?

For the DC 37 pay hikes, it is 3% for 2022, 3% for 2023 and 3% for 2024. For the U.S. inflation rate, look here.

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.

Further down:

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!


Bennett Fischer said...

​The Gothamist​ article on the PBA contract contains this line:

​But budget hawks are likely to scrutinize the total cost of the deal, ​​which does not include health care concessions.​​ The contract will cost taxpayers $5.5 billion.​ (emphasis added)

I wonder what "which does not include health care concessions" means?​

Joe said...

Don't forget the retro will be one lump some payment. Not over 7 years. Mid range officers will get around 75k retro checks right away.

Anti-UFT Teacher said...

The UFT will mess us up. The UFT has always been extremely bad at negotiating, making sure that we get low increases, including extended periods of zero percent increases and long waits for retro pay.

It appears as if Mulgrew has been bought out by all NY City mayors.
Mulgrew has sold us out time and again.

Anon said...

If you have a loved one on the job, advise them to " max out" their 457s, 401s, etc. $75,000 is a lot of money going to the government. Remember, 50 plus years of age is allowed extra "catch up" contributions.

Joe said...

Ya for sure.. Put as much away as possible.. Just saying... They won't need to wait 7 years

Dave said...

Absolutely outraged!!! UFT members waited for 11 years to get fully paid, not 7! Even during the pandemic de Blasio screwed us by making us wait another 8 months or so for our full payout- with no interest, no negotiations, nothing...just the UFT giving in!

This is why I DO NOT and will NOT pay dues! Anyone wanting to be a teacher is a moron!

Teachers are required to have years and years of education, and do not reach top salary until starting their 23rd year! OUTRAGE! DISGUSTING!

James Eterno said...

Seven from when contract was signed to get paid back in full but twelve from when we did the work. Will update post based on the comment.

liberals=ccp2323 said...

James and the rest if the idiots who voted for Biden and all the dems in NYC. It is YOUR party's policies that are costing US!!!!!

Inflation was 1% Trump now nearly 15-20%, paying 1 million a day for illegals in a city with tremendous crime. Notice how California, Chicago, and new york blue progressive liberal states are falling apart!!!! How can we get an excellent contract with liberal Mulkgrw, Liberal adams, Satan Hochul, and teachers who are 80% liberal looney toons????

Here is the CNN clip

James Eterno said...

CCP 2023. I watched the nonsense you posted.

Here is a response from Hellgate citing Bloomberg on the Amazon deal where it turned Amazon is not keeping their word:

Bloomberg News reported that the company would be "pausing" construction on its massive HQ2 office complex outside of Washington, D.C. Amazon has built office space for some 8,000 workers in Northern Virginia, who will start in June. But according to the report, the larger component of the project, including three 22-story office towers "and the 350-foot-tall Helix, a corporate conference center and indoor garden designed to echo the Spheres, plant-filled orbs at the heart of the company's Seattle headquarters," have been put on ice.

Not only that, the community benefits that Amazon promised Virginia—a high school, bike paths, and public and retail space—may be in jeopardy, because the deal required that Amazon meet certain construction benchmarks by April 2025.

In other words: Maybe Amazon's opponents were right?

James Eterno said...

Please back to the PBA contract.

JA said...

The PBA contract looks pretty good to me. It seems as though Lynch has PBA members in mind when negotiating. It is obvious that Mulgrew has only himself and his cronies in mind all the time. I don't think Mulgrew knows how negotiate a contract without givebacks or exchanges. I have more than 30 years in the DOE and have to spend more time on paperwork work, PD, parent communication, creating and grading extra-credit so students can magically pass, being insulted, disrespected, and degraded by students and administration, etc. then ever before. All the extra time and extra paperwork is useless and has no positive impact on teaching and learning. I think it simply contributes to the fraud for the DOE. I worry that Mulgrew will once again negotiate a non-raise and do as he has done before, and simply make teachers waste more time and work more days.


Exactly! Mulgrew is negotiating his own pay first. It's crazy that he makes almost as much as the President of the United States. Our salary increase should be and much as inflation. Unfortunately, we may have give backs. No offense but I blame teacher and retirees that voted for this guy! I DID NOT VOTE FOR HIM AT ALL...BUT AM REPEATING THE DECISION OF OTHERS WHO VOTED THIS MAN BACK AS UFT PRESIDENT. We had a chance to get him OUT.

smc said...

11:51 AM I agree with you 100%! There is no reason why this man is making the salary he is making, and he should have to use the same exact insurance that he wants us to use. I also did not vote for him, and I feel exactly as you do - we are all paying the price for the teachers and retirees that voted for this gotdamn clown AGAIN! I signed the petition, James. I cannot believe how many UFTers out there don't give an absolute f*ck about what Mulgrew is doing to our union.

waitingforsupport said...

@smc it's as if they are zombies.

Dave said...

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The New York Police Department (NYPD) is a vital institution that serves to protect and serve the citizens of New York City. However, recent discussions and debates have arisen regarding the fairness of the NYPD contract in comparison to the contract offered to another significant organization in the city, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT). The UFT represents teachers and other education professionals, and the discrepancy between the contracts of these two organizations has raised concerns about fairness and equality. In this article, we will explore why the NYPD contract must offer the UFT the same level of fairness.

Firstly, it is important to note that both the NYPD and the UFT play crucial roles in the well-being of the city's residents. The NYPD ensures public safety by enforcing laws and maintaining order, while the UFT represents the interests of educators who shape the future of the city by educating its youth. Both organizations provide essential services to the community, and their employees deserve fair treatment and recognition for their contributions.

However, when it comes to contract negotiations, the NYPD and the UFT seem to be treated differently. The NYPD contract has often been criticized for its favorable terms, including generous benefits, job security, and pension plans. On the other hand, the UFT contract has faced challenges in obtaining similar benefits for its members, such as fair wages, reasonable working hours, and adequate resources for schools. This discrepancy in contract negotiations raises questions about fairness and equity in the treatment of these two organizations.

One argument in favor of the UFT receiving a fair contract is that teachers play a crucial role in shaping the future of the city. They educate and mentor the next generation of leaders, workers, and citizens. They work long hours, often beyond the regular school day, and dedicate their time and efforts to educating the city's youth. However, many teachers face challenges such as overcrowded classrooms, inadequate resources, and demanding workloads. A fair contract that addresses these issues is essential to support teachers in their important work and ensure a high-quality education for all students.

Furthermore, the UFT represents a diverse group of educators, including teachers, paraprofessionals, school nurses, and other education professionals. These individuals come from different backgrounds and play unique roles in the education system. It is crucial to recognize and respect the contributions of all UFT members by offering them fair and equitable contract terms. By doing so, the city can ensure that the education system is inclusive, supportive, and able to attract and retain talented educators who are essential to the success of the city's schools.

In contrast, the favorable terms of the NYPD contract have been a subject of criticism. Some argue that the generous benefits and job security provided to NYPD officers may not be justified, given the history of police brutality and misconduct in the city. The NYPD has faced numerous lawsuits and allegations of abuse of power, discrimination, and violations of civil rights. In such a context, offering favorable contract terms to the NYPD without ensuring similar treatment for the UFT raises concerns about fairness and accountability in the city's public institutions.

Another important consideration is the financial aspect of the contracts. The NYPD is a well-funded organization with a significant budget allocated for its operations. In contrast, the UFT has often faced challenges in obtaining adequate funding for education, including resources for schools, competitive salaries for teachers, and support for students with special needs. If the NYPD contract continues to offer favorable terms, while the UFT contract does not receive similar treatment, it may exacerbate existing inequalities and perpetuate an unfair distribution of resources in the city.