Council OK’s $68 million patrolmen’s union contract
The Boston City Council approved a deal Wednesday that the administration of Mayor Martin J. Walsh signed with the city’s largest police union.
The $68 million agreement gives the 1,500-member Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association a 2 percent annual wage increase over four years. It also standardizes compensation for hazardous work, includes incremental pay increases, and restores so-called Quinn education benefits, which provide extra pay to officers who have received additional education.
City officials have said the deal is a major milestone, stressing that, unlike in previous years, the contract negotiations were resolved without an arbitrator.
The council’s roll call vote was unanimous, according to the city clerk’s office.
“The BPPA is happy that the City Council recognized the historic significance of the fact that the union and city management were able to negotiate a fair collective bargaining agreement that takes into account the needs of our membership and the citizens of Boston,’’ said Patrick Rose, the union’s president.
With the increase, a patrol officer whose base is $68,000 in the first year will see the pay increase to about $74,000 by July 2019, city officials have said.
Samuel Tyler, president of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, a watchdog group, said that even though the deal did not end up in binding arbitration, it’s expensive. He said the perks — hazard pay, step increases, Quinn benefits — represent 54 percent of the total. While the city can pay for the deal, Tyler said he worries about the long-term impact on its ability to fund other services.