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An arbitrator ruled Friday evening that Boston police patrolmen deserve a 25.4 percent raise over six years, an amount more than double the increase of other city unions, according to Mayor Thomas M. Menino's administration.
The award calls for 13.5 percent in raises and includes additional money for longevity benefits, bonuses for officers with college degrees, and other perks that bring that total increase to more than 25 percent. The package will cost taxpayers $80 million over six years. In an interview, Menino warned that the contract would set an unsustainable precedent and doom future contract talks.
“The award is too expensive,” Menino said. “It continues a pattern of awards that are too expensive. Public safety unions have no reason to negotiate us with us in good faith and settle contracts voluntarily because arbitrators have proven that they will always give them more.”
The Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association did not return phone messages left with its attorney, Susan F. Horwitz, or the union’s president, Thomas J. Nee.
When both sides agreed to arbitration, they remained far apart, according to the Menino administration. The city’s offer at the start of arbitration was 15.2 percent over six years. The union wanted 21.5 percent over three years, according to the city.
Funding for the $80 million award must still be approved by the City Council. If the council rejects the award, both parties would return to the bargaining table.
“The only solution is for the City Council to vote this down and break this cycle,” Menino said. “Other cities and towns have said no and returned these awards back to the table. It’s the only way to protect the city from these awards and
this irresponsible pattern.”edit on 28-9-2013 by greencmp because: (no reason given)
A great many of these state workers are paid extremely well, and have amazing benefit plans.
State worker pay should be tied to wage growth in the state. If wages and salaries are flat, or dropping, then state workers pay should be flat or dropping as well. Considering that state workers have very secure jobs, aren't subject to corporate take over, their pay rates should probably lag the general population.
CA is the biggest crook I have ever dealt with.
Wow, that's some kind of raise. I'd wager Boston PD officers average $75 -80 grand a year already. Prices are way high up there though. I don't see how anyone can afford to live up there. Last time we traveled there the cheapest motel room you could find was $120 and that was back in 2000. I shudder to think what prices are today.
That's Northeastern Public union politics for you. City punts to arbitrator knowing full well they will get what they want but then they don't have to take the heat for making the decision. NICE< REAL NICE. Taxpayer rape anyone?
Deputy Chief Robert Lenehan says the fake cop, along with video cameras and a new lock, has cut bike thefts by 67 percent.
It’s also a money saver. Lenehan estimates it would cost $200,000 a year to have an officer watch over the cage full-time.
I dont think the problem is big pay for cops. It's the type of cops these days. A cop should absolutely be one of the highest paid public workers. They should have the best of health care and pension plans. However the type of cop should be the absolute best specimens of society. The smartest and most compassionate people in the community. They should be those who are honored to help strangers and even more proud if they nail a bad cop in the act. They should have a big enough force to make sure they dont get stressed on the job and that there is good enough resources for every task at hand. They should have the biggest smiles and biggest hearts of public workers.