NEW YORK, NY – The police union was granted an impasse by the state’s Public Employment Relations Board after talks with the city to reach a contract deal stalled, officials announced Thursday.
The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association and the city have been stuck over a deal that would include no raises for the first three years, which union president Patrick Lynch says he refuses to accept.
PERB has now appointed an arbitrator to help both parties reach an agreement.
“We are pleased that PERB has recognized the need to appoint a mediator to facilitate meaningful negotiations between the parties,” said Lynch. Our officers are already among the lowest paid big-city police officers in the country. Now the city wants us to take another three years with no raise and that is simply unacceptable. We look forward to participating in good faith in non-binding mediation in the hopes of achieving an agreement.”
A spokesman for the PBA said the impasse had nothing to do with the groundbreaking teachers union deal, the terms of which were announced by Mayor de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina and union president Michael Mulgrew Thursday afternoon.
Three of the PBA’s last four contracts were decided by PERB in binding arbitration. The previous contract, which lasted for four years and expired August 2010, was achieved through negotiations between the Bloomberg administration and the PBA.