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New York City patrol officers settle.

New York City and the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association settled for 20,000 rank-and-file officers. The accord was expected to influence bargaining between the city and other unions for higher ranking officers, as well as bargaining for firefighters, sanitation workers, and other "uniformed" workers.

The 3-year agreement for patrol officers provided three 6-percent wage increases-one retroactive to the July 1, 1987, termination date of the prior contract, and the others in July of 1988 and 1989. Other wage provisions included a 5-year pay progression schedule from starting to maximum wage rates for new officers, replacing a 3year schedule; annual longevity pay, ranging from $1,000 after 5 years of service to $4,000 after 20 years, up from a $300 to $600 range. New base salaries (excluding the longevity inducements to delay retirement) range ftom $25,977 to $38,914, compared with the previous $25,977 to $32,673.

In the benefits area, the parties agreed to support legislation to phase out a pension fund that provides supplements to the benefits retirees receive from the regular pension fund. The supplemental benefits varied according to the money in the fund, which receives infusions whenever income from the fund's common stock holdings exceeds income from its bond holdings. Under the new approach, retirees would receive set payments, beginning at $2,500 a year, rather than varying payments. If enacted, this change would also affect members of other unions.

Another benefit provision provides that employees hired after June 31, 1988, will receive 27 days' annual vacation after 5 years of service. Previously, employees received 27 days after 3 years.
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Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Jul 1, 1988
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