The contentious issue over whether Boston police should receive a hefty raise, which flared up in Boston’s mayoral race, has opened a deep divide in the campaign for City Council.
Two weeks before voters decide which four of the eight citywide choices to pick, the candidates are drawing hard lines on where they stand on an arbitrator’s recent ruling that patrol officers deserve a 25.4 percent pay hike over six years.
The City Council must approve the recommendation for the labor contract to take effect.
Three of the candidates said they strongly favor the pay hike, according to a Globe questionnaire and their responses at two Boston.com debates. Three others oppose the award, and the two incumbents want more information.
“We need, as a city, to stop chasing our tail and move on issues that are important to the city of Boston,’’ said Annissa Essaibi-George, an East Boston High School teacher and small business owner who supports the contract. “We spent how many years on that contract? It goes to a neutral arbiter. It comes out. We need to support it.”
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