The Police Officers Association overwhelmingly approved a package to help The City save about $20 million – but the yes votes didn’t come without some grumblings.
The union approved the concessions by 65 percent after 1,450 members cast their vote. The concession package included delaying raises and taking furlough days over the next two years.
Cops will still take their 4 percent raise in July, but that will be negated by the 10 unpaid days they will take over the two-year budget cycle, said Gary Delagnes, president of the POA.
The POA was set to get a 4 percent raise in July and then another 3 percent raise in January followed by another 2 percent raise, he said.
“Nobody likes to give anything back, but we are trying to cooperate with The City,” Delagnes said. “This is the second year we been asked to give back and it’s the second year we complied, and my members voiced concern about what The City is doing to get their own business in order.”