January 4, 2008
City negotiators plan to use extra time to finish their case before the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association contract arbitration panel, leading the union to cite the strength of its preceding arguments.
"We have a very strong case and they have to counter that," asserted PBA President Patrick J. Lynch following last week's NYPD graduation.
The added hearings, which will begin on Jan. 7, will likely lead to the longest arbitration in recent city history.
While Police Officers have been working under an expired contract for more than three years, many have supported the union's stance against the city's wage offers.
That backing was evident last week after many officers at the graduation cheered Mr. Lynch following his introduction as part of the dais.
The union president maintained that the membership was prepared to wait however long it took and that cops have been constantly updated concerning the latest contract developments.
But one officer from East Harlem who called this newspaper last week said he wished the union would do a better job of informing the members.
"Everyone is supportive of Patrick Lynch," he said. "We think he's doing the right thing for us, but the complaint that I hear is about the lack of information coming from the PBA. It's a shame that we have to go to NYPD Rant for rumors."