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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Support our first responders

See the cop on the left? The person who will do his job one
day will start at $25K, among the lowest in the United States

Some of rightwingers claim that to support the police, you don't have to join them. Well, in New York, you don't have to pay them a living wage either.

Arbitrator awards cops salary raise, but cuts starting pay

June 29, 2005

An arbitrator awarded the city's approximately 22,500 patrol officers each a retroactive raise of about $13,800 covering the two years ending in the summer of 2004.

But future cops, "the unborns" as other officers call them, will see starting salaries almost $10,000 lower than they are now.

Under the binding decision rendered Tuesday, new officers will be paid at an annual rate of $25,100 while they're in the academy. The salary jumps to $32,700 upon completion of the six months of training. Combined, first-year cops now will be paid a base of $28,900.

At the other end of the scale, the maximum salary for a patrol officer will increase by almost $5,500, to $59,588, meaning officers hired now would make about $64,000 more over a 20-year career than under the previous pay scale.

According to the Web site, which tracks police compensation, the new starting salary would place the starting salaries of New York City cops 185th lowest out of 196 police departments listed. Prior, with a starting salary at $34,515, the NYPD had ranked 151th on the list.


With the current contract having expired a year ago, Schmertz noted he was "distressed" at the "confrontational relationship" between the mayor's office and the police and fire unions.

"Bluntly, it is too antagonistic, too angry and too reciprocally suspicious," he wrote in urging the city's administration and public safety unions to work out a long-term contract and avoid future arbitration.

Just another way to support our first responders. Argue for years about their salary, then lower their starting pay to less than what a clerk makes in any city agency. Not that the teachers will go along.

Teacher contract won't follow police's, union head says


June 29, 2005

The teachers' union head Tuesday scrapped any notion of taking a page from the new police contract by agreeing to lower pay for teaching rookies.

"We will not consider a reduction to starting salaries," said Randi Weingarten, after it became known that police rookies would get lower salaries so the city can pay a retroactive, 10.25 percent raise over two years for the rest of the force.

City officials have not suggested anything similar for the teachers, but the tactic probably wouldn't work anyway.

Unlike recruiting for police, the city has had long-standing problems hiring teachers, especially in areas such as science and special education. Recruitment has taken the city far afield, from Great Britain to the Philippines.

Accusing Mayor Michael Bloomberg of "wage suppression," Weingarten said city officials are trying to hold teachers to the pay raise for other civilian unions instead of taking into account what teachers earn in the region.

"You have to negotiate with teachers based on who they are and what they do," she said.

Weingarten Tuesday said teachers are leaving at the highest rate ever due to pay, morale and other issues.

Yeah, despite stiffing the city's most critical employees with a surplus, Bloomberg isn't that bad, right? Remember, there are no unions in his company.

posted by Steve @ 3:46:00 PM

3:46:00 PM

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