- Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg called a news conference at City Hall this afternoon to announce a tentative agreement with the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the union that has most openly clashed with the mayor during his six and a half years in office, on a contract that would give 23,000 police officers a 20 percent raise over four years and increase salaries for rookie officers to almost $42,000 a year, from $36,000.
The contract would cover a four-year period, from Aug. 1, 2006, to July 31, 2010. If the deal is ratified by the officers, it will be the first time since 1994-95 that the police will be working under a current contract. For more than a decade, officers have been working as their union leaders grappled with the city over contracts that were applied retroactively, often under the supervision of arbitrators. The deal will allow officers to “focus on their jobs without the distraction of contractual disputes,” Mr. Bloomberg said.The union’s past three contracts under the Bloomberg administration were reached under binding arbitration, not consensual negotiation.
UPDATE: We have no idea what we divided to get that wrong figure. Post corrected for math.