DC Police Officers To Get First Pay Raise in 6 Years
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — After six years of stagnant pay, D.C. police will be getting a new contract and a raise.
Union officials, however, are upset with the terms of the deal and say Mayor Vincent Gray has poisoned the District’s relationship with its officers.
WNEW Senior Correspondent Mark Segraves has learned that both sides are working with an arbitrator to reach a deal for a four percent raise starting in 2013, no raise in 2014, and another three percent raise at some point after that.
But union officials had expected the raise to take effect retroactively from 2009, and have pointed out that chief of police has received a considerable pay bump then.
The union, which consists of more than 3,700 police officers, also argues that the four percent pay raise still does not put their salaries in line with the high cost of living in D.C. or the salaries of officers in comparably-sized cities across the nation.
The union plans to ask the D.C. Council to pass legislation rejecting the deal.
“We thank the arbiter for affirming that our longstanding offer was fair and reasonable,” said Pedro Ribeiro, director of the Mayor’s Office of Communications. “We look forward to giving our officers their long overdue raises. We are just sorry that we weren’t able to implement the raises sooner.”
WNEW Senior Correspondent Mark Segraves contributed to this story. Follow Mark on Twitter.