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RVC Police Union Awarded Retroactive Raises

State arbitration panel sides with PBA on increases for 2010 and 2011.

Rockville Centre's police union has been awarded a retroactive raise for multiple years.

According to Newsday [paid link], a state arbitration panel awarded police a 3.25 percent increase for both 2010 and 2011.

The award ends a period in which union members "have not had the benefit of any wage increase for over three years," according to the panel. The panel made the award for the state Public Employment Relations Board.

In a statement, village officials said they unsuccessfully attempted to reach what was described by the village as a "fair, negotiated settlement with the PBA."

After the settlement failed, the PBA elected to enter into binding arbitration, which is their right under current legislation, according to the village.

"The Village of Rockville Centre highly values our nationally accredited police department," the village said in a statement. "... We argued in arbitration that the interests and welfare of the public are a vital element of consideration and that the current state of the economy and pressure on taxpayers is at a critical stage. The arbitrators decision was similar to recent awards in Nassau County and did not address our requests for relief from the ever rising cost of salaries, healthcare and pension contributions.

"The village was however able to extend the period to attain top pay to seven years from five years and to more evenly distribute incremental increases, this accompanied with the new Tier 6 pension system, will save substantial money on new hires," the statement continued.

joe thrapp March 28, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Its Easter week let’s publish the new RVC police patrol 3.25% retroactive raise for years 2010 and 2011. People will not notice this while they are on vacation. The raises for 2012 and 2013 have not been negotiated. I know they will not be zero. Teachers get zero raises and the Police get increases. The Police do a good job. They answer 911 calls promptly, arrest people, issue tickets and maintain order. They are good family men who do the right thing. I understand they put their lives on the line. My problem is we cannot support the salaries and benefits they make. We as a community have to rationalize these benefits. The top 5 RVC police make an average of $187,500. After the raise they will make $199,770 and if they get the same increase for 2012 and 2013, they will make $213,602. I will not vilify these dedicate public servants. We as a community has to come to the realization that today’s taxes for salaries will continue to pay for their retirement. Assuming immediate retirement at 50% of pay not counting last year overtime and vacation days and they live for 25 years, we will pay an average total of $13,350,125. And when the next 5 reach top pay another $13,350,125 and more and more... I will not comment again about this article. This is insanity and we will pass this insanity on to our children and the children of the police who stay. This insanity will push our children away because they cannot pay the taxes. It’s not fair to the children or the parents.
Frank March 28, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Have Albany pay for patrol services for Old Mill Court to offset increases. I would consider the payroll of 3 full-time officers and 1 Detective fair. BTW RVC wouldn't need so many officers in this town if not for Old Mill Court. Seems only fair that the State pay for the policing of a State-Mandated housing complex.

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