Councilor at Large John R. Connolly vowed Tuesday to vote against an arbitration ruling for patrol officers, saying that the proposed pay hike would undermine Boston’s financial future.
As the police contract dominated attention in the race for mayor, both Connolly and his rival, state Representative Martin J. Walsh, urged the city and police to reopen negotiations. But the candidates differed on how to get the parties back to the bargaining table.
Speaking to reporters on City Hall Plaza, Connolly said the arbitration system is fundamentally broken. Police and fire unions will never settle contracts, Connolly said, if they continue to win large awards in arbitration.
The award calls for 13.5 percent in raises and, according to Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s administration, includes other perks that bring the total pay hike to 25.4 percent.
“The City Council cannot responsibly vote to approve this contract,” Connolly said. “It would damage the city’s long-term fiscal health, and it would set a dangerous precedent for all future labor negotiations in the city.”
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