Phoenix reaches tentative deal with police union on wages

PHOENIX, AZ &#8211 The Phoenix Law Enforcement Association has signed a tentative agreement with city officials agreeing to a labor contract that would restore half of the wage and benefit cuts they have taken in recent years.

PLEA, which represents about 2,500 rank-and-file police officers, is expected to take the contract to its members for ratification next Thursday, City Manager David Cavazos said.

The deal PLEA agreed to is similar to collective-bargaining contracts Cavazos struck with the city’s six other labor organizations restoring compensation by 1.6 percent in the first year of the agreement.

That restores half of the 3.2 percent wage and benefit cuts labor groups conceded two years ago to help Phoenix contend with a projected budget deficit that exceeded $200 million driven largely by the recession.

City officials have said the financial picture for the 2012-13 budget that takes effect July 1 is significantly improved.

In the second year of the new labor contract, the remainder of the cuts could be restored fully if certain economic triggers and revenue goals are met in the city’s budget.

PLEA was the last group to sign a contract, which still need final approval from the Phoenix City Council before they take effect.

The City Council is expected to review the agreements in the next month.

From AZCentral.com.