The NYPD Collective Bargaining Agreement: What You Need to Know
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is one of the largest police organizations in the United States, employing over 36,000 uniformed officers and nearly 19,000 civilian employees. As with any large organization, the NYPD has a set of rules and regulations in place, including a collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
A CBA is a legally binding agreement between an employer and a union representing its employees. In the case of the NYPD, the CBA is between the City of New York and the Patrolmen`s Benevolent Association (PBA), which represents rank-and-file police officers.
The most recent NYPD-PBA CBA was signed in 2019 and covers the period from August 1, 2018, to July 31, 2022. Here are some of the key provisions of the agreement:
– Pay raises: The agreement provides for a 2.25% raise for each year of the contract. This is in addition to a one-time $1,000 payment to each officer in the first year of the agreement.
– Health care: The CBA includes provisions that maintain the current level of health care benefits for police officers and their families.
– Retirement benefits: The agreement does not make any significant changes to retirement benefits for NYPD officers.
– Discipline: The CBA outlines a process for disciplining officers that includes a progressive discipline system and a system for appealing disciplinary actions.
– Use of force: The agreement outlines the circumstances in which officers may use force, including deadly force, and requires officers to report any use of force to their supervisors.
– Overtime: The CBA includes provisions for officers to receive overtime pay for working more than 40 hours per week and for working holidays.
– Union activities: The agreement allows PBA officers to engage in union activities during their off-duty hours.
While the NYPD-PBA CBA provides a framework for the relationship between the police department and its officers, it is not without controversy. Some critics believe that the agreement makes it too difficult to discipline officers for misconduct, while others argue that the CBA does not go far enough in addressing issues of police brutality and systemic racism.
Regardless of one`s perspective on the NYPD-PBA CBA, it is an important document that outlines the rights and responsibilities of police officers in New York City. As the agreement approaches its expiration date in 2022, it is likely that negotiations for a new contract will be closely watched by both the NYPD and the public it serves.