September 25, 2008
I am pleased to report that the tentative agreement for 2006/10 has been overwhelmingly ratified by the membership.
A total of 17,615 (74%) of our members returned ballots with 17,516 (99.4%) voting for ratification. According to the American Arbitration Association, this is the highest affirmation of a proposed contract that has been processed by them in at least 15 years. A total of 93 votes were cast against ratification and 6 were submitted blank.
This historic settlement includes provisions that ensure us continued salary growth and substantial health and welfare funding long into the future. The overwhelming approval of this contract demonstrates our unity of purpose and our willingness to stand strong together for the fair treatment that we have earned and deserve.
On behalf of the PBA Executive Board, I’d like to thank all of our members for your steadfast support and patience during these long and protracted ordeals. It is your willingness to fight for fair treatment that brought us this historic contract. We are now well on the way to a market rate of compensation and this administration pledges to continue on that road until New York City police officers regain their rightful position as the highest paid police officers in America.
Patrick J. Lynch