Friday, August 28, 2015

Nutter administration will not appeal raises for cops

The administration says it won't appeal an arbitration award giving police 7 percent more over two years.

Nutter administration will not appeal raises for cops


The Nutter administration announced Friday it would not appeal an arbitration award to the city’s police force, providing raises of 3 percent, retroactive to last July 1, and another 4 percent next July 1. The package is projected to cost $15.5 million this year and about $150 million over the next five years.

Despite the costs, the administration says its five-year contract with the Fraternal Order of Police provided significant structural improvements, the biggest a self-insurance plan for health benefits that’s saved taxpayers millions of dollars.

Nutter has drawn heavy flak from the city’s other unions – AFSCME District Councils 33 and 47, whose members have been working without raises or contracts since mid-2009, and the city firefighters, who’ve twice won raises in arbitration proceedings, only to watch the city delay the pay increases by appealing them to the courts.

The city contends it cannot afford the firefighters’ awards because there are no associated savings through new insurance or pension arrangements.  The city’s latest appeal is pending in Commonwealth Court.

"This is another slap in the face to us," said a statement from the firefighters union president, Bill Gault.

The president of District Council 33, Pete Matthews, said he wasn’t against the Police Department getting raises, but added: “The mayor should be fair to everybody. I’ve been saying he’s a dictator. I guess dictators need police protection.”

We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Chris Hepp, Tricia Nadolny, Julia Terruso, and Claudia Vargas take you inside Philadelphia's City Hall.

Inquirer City Hall Staff
Also on
letter icon Newsletter